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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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4,241 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,241
Reviews: 1,757
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 249
Gots: 494 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001)
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Photo of ruckzuck
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The classic. Yet another beer I love that I'm finally getting around to reviewing. Out of my Chimay chalice.

A - lovely deep brown; thick, luxurious off-white head

S - dark fruit, spice, sweet malt, hints of alcohol

T - again, dark fruit, bits of spice, hints of sweet malt, alcohol comes in at the end; just completely and totally lovely

M - fairly solid body, good carbonation of course

D - Rochefort...one of the greats! Of course the drinkability is great! I'm sure we'd all drink this more if we could afford it, and for those of you who can, I envy you! If you haven't had this get to it!

ruckzuck, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of blitz134
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Second in the series. Poured into the LaChouffe tulip. Voluminous, light tan head, that reduced slowly. More slowly than the 6, head is a shade darker than the 6 as well. Again, this one looks dark when not held to the light, but exhibits a brilliant red hue when light passes through. Super sticky lace coats the glass. I don't know what else to ask for in the appearance.

Nice aroma again with this one, less fig and more fruity esters, cherry and raisins, a bit more red wine like. Overall, a "brighter" aroma. I personally think the 6 had a bit more aroma complexity with its hints of dark malt, but maybe I'm having an off night. Head eventually settles down to a thin layer

Flavor comes across super smooth, to the point where everything just works together and its almost hard to pick any one thing out. Definate fruity esters of raisin and fig, only notes of cherry. Smooth caramel hints with an obvious flair of dark sugars and slight alcohol at the end. Finishing flavor has a tiny amount of dark malt character, subtle chocolate almost.

This one is just really smooth. I think the 6 is a little more defined, but this one just melds together so nicely. A little residual sweetness, but finishes just about perfect. Not dry, not overly sweet, really lets the subtle flavors shine through.

This is just a smooth beer. The 9.2% just doesn't show itself, unlike the 6 which has a bit more alcohol bite, but this one is definately a bit more warming. Another great beer. Hard to decide between this and the 6 at this point, depends on if I want smooth or a bit more discernable flavor/aroma character.

blitz134, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of CamuMahubah
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark mahoghany into the chalice with a tan head. Beautiful!

Smelled of rasperries and chocolate.

Very malty. I was getting big cacoa overtones with the yeast current.

Excellent. Thick and substantial.

The alcohol is hidden like it should be in a Trappist ale. This is very enjoyable.

CamuMahubah, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of mikeohhh
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow, can't believe I found this on a mix-and-match six-pack shelf! I love Rochefort but they're kind of pricey, so it's a rare treat.

Appearance: Poured into a La Chouffe tulip glass. Dark mahogany in color with a tame head. I got a fair amount of yeast sediment in the bottom that I wasn't really expecting however.

Smell: I'm detecting cloves and thyme. A rich, wonderfully spiced ale.

Taste: Oh man, the thyme! It tastes like a stew and I mean that in the best way possible. This would be INCREDIBLE with lamb or beef. I want to pour this over mashed potatoes. Alcohol isn't present at first, but comes in strong in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very hearty, lingers on the sides of my tongue.

Drinkability: Great with a meal, especially red meat. It's a shame it's not available in 750 mL bottles, or in 4-packs. It's fantastic, but not something I could drink every week.

mikeohhh, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Total Wine and More in Union... this is certainly a world-class, top-notch brew... one of the better Belgians on the market for sure... the overall quality and character of this brew is a step-above most other representations in the category... Great prune-colored, dark-brown, mahogany hue with am impressive frothy head that exhibited nice staying power and lingered for a bit... smell is very intense, with a strong suggestion of roasted malts, candied sugar, and caramel... taste was ultra-rich and thick, sweet, but not cloying, with a strong presence of figs, prunes, dehydrated fruits, malts, caramel, toffee, and a slight vanilla... Mouthfeel was equally rich, filling, and satisfying, with a very easy drinkability that went down smooth, crisp, and clean... An excellent sample... Definitely recommended...

dsa7783, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of ggaughan
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled poured a deep brown color with a thick off white head into my Orval glass. Although the head was thick and fluffy, it ran away rather quickly but left behind some nice lacing down the glass and a solid ring that stuck around. The nose of the beer was of dried fruits, biscuity. The taste was pleasant and filling, in a good way. There were dried fruit notes as with the nose, plums. Along with a slightly sweet malt character, the alcohol level is present in the taste and makes for one fine sipping beer. Another very fine Rochefort beer.

ggaughan, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of tpd975
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another top 100 beer I have had several times without a review.

A: Dark brown chestnut hue that poured with a nice solid head which dimished rather quickly. There was spoty lacing and some floaties bouncing around in the glass.

S: Sweet dark fruits; prunes and figs mostly. There is a boozy rum type aroma mingled in with some bready yeast.

T: Dark fruits and rum up front. Some spices with hints of chocolate covered cherries in the middle. Malt and brown sugar finish it out along with just a tad of pipe tobacco.

N: Nicely balanced. Fairly complex brew that is balanced and ever so enjoyable.

D: This one is getting pretty rare. I stocked up and plan to enjoy one from time to time over the next year.

Overall: Another wonderful beer by Rochefort. The taste is very regal, there is no doubt about it, its one of the true masterful beers of the craft beer world. I love those trappist monks more than I can express. They really know their beer.

tpd975, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of rxdrewthejew
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been on a bit of a Belgian kick lately so might as well keep it rolling.

A: Pours full dark brown with hints of red. There was sediment everywhere in the bottle, including on the underside of the cap...not sure how it got there. The head is huge! Like four fingers, fading to one but with big thick lacing.

S: Smell is big with spices and lots of breadiness. A bit of hops and the scent of dry wine.

T: Huge bready flavor, almost reminds a bit of a doppelbock. Rich frutiness, not entirely sure what it is-maybe currant or plum, but something dark. Mellow pepper and a tad bit of hoppy bitterness. Earthy malty goodness is a major flavor throughout.

MF: Quite fizzy and sharp, as you would expect from a belgian. Big a thick but still has some crispness and plenty of dryness in the finish. The alcohol is pretty big and the warming is noticable.

D: A sipper with the fullness of the flavor, but the dryness doesn't allow too much time between sips. Flavor is pretty complex but all fits together well. Extremely well crafted beer that would be great any time of the year.

rxdrewthejew, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of animal69
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's about time i got around to this one;Pours a hazy deep garnet brown, with a exceptionally large tan head and lacing that clings to my glass; Wow smell is unbelievable great sent of hops, and as it warms a bit many complex smells occur, mainly a fruity, almost hot alcohol smell but a pleasing one,a darker fruit and caramelized malt undertone, some hop aroma present as well, a faint bubble-gum too ; a sweet, spicy, crisp taste, not what i'd expected however, i may need to age a bottle a decent belgian malty flavor, i taste a bit of plum/licoriceish in that, but something not as pleasant (cardboardish ?) after the initial taste, a nice aromatic effect tho, i'm not sure how to describe a blend of bread and toasted kiwi ; a dry, surprisingly light body w/ mad dextrins, and awesome co2 ; an extremely drinkable beer, i really wish i had more, although i think this one may be a bit overrated

animal69, Feb 05, 2008
Photo of evanackerman
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rochefort 8 pours a deep tawny brown with a billowing head

aroma is reminiscent of spiced rum, alcohol is prevalent,

taste is spice and fruit followed by a long finish of toasted malt, very complex, alcohol is apparent but not nearly as much as one would think at over 9%.

mouthfeel is smooth and supple

drinkability is pretty high for a 9% abv.

overall, a well-deserved classic, worth trying if you haven't yet.

evanackerman, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of lightindarkness
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark brown with a ruby shine in the light. A well-held creamy head is fed by a few constant streams of carbonation from the bottom and leaves nice lace.

Initial smells of floral notes and fruits, dried cherry, apple, and raisin. Hints of a delicious puckery sour-apple smell over grains and a little spice with whiffs of alcohol.

A mix of fresh and dried fruits flood the palate with apple, cherry, pear and raisin. Subtle breadiness sits firmly under the darker sweeter fruit. Finishes with some spice notes on the back end and notable alcohol fumes.

Hangs sweetly in the mouth, full and sticky with medium body. Carbonation bubbles on the tongue and fills the mouth (and stomach) with additional froth. Some estery alcohol feel, but hey, it is 9.2%abv. Very very tasty, but fullness of taste and carbonation in combination with abv limit overall drinkability.

lightindarkness, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of jellycabbage
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was very happy to find the Belgian-owned Delhaize grocery store here in Cologne, which stocks a few belgian beers for a very reasonable price (this 12 oz bottle was a euro ten). One can only drink so much kölsch in Cologne.

Dark color with nice lacing as I poured it into a snifter glass. The smell is malty and very sweet. The taste mimics the smell - sweet, smooth and creamy. A great warming effect on your tongue and a sweet aftertaste.

This is a delicious belgian beer. I only hope that I don't get too spoiled as having it as one of my "everyday" beers.

jellycabbage, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz picked up at the Boise Coop on Friday for about $5.. poured into my New Belgium snifter.

Shortlasting light tan head.. marginal lacing.. slightly hazy chesnut/walnut brew.

Aroma is more restrained than the 10.. still.. brown sugar, dark caramel and dried fruit are more than present... some yeasty spiciness. some prunes and very lite clove.

Flavor has much less "Belgian" characteristics than the 10.. some dried cherry fruitiness... dusting of cocoa.. and at the tail end of the palate the spiciness comes much more into play... with a finish of low cloves and spicy albeit low alcohol... light/medium body with an ever present carbonation... fairly complex, but my mind is having a hard time picking out all the nuances.

One of the classics for sure ... I've only had the 8 maybe 5 times, and each time, I appreciate it more and more.. very drinkable and something for your friends who don't like "dark" beer.

JohnGalt1, Jan 28, 2008
Photo of jwc215
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Rochefort chalice:

Pours dark - black with ruby highlights when held to light. A thin creamy head lasts throughout the duration. Trailing lace slides down the glass.

The smell is of figs/raisins/dark maltiness with some earthy/slightly fruity notes and boozy alcohol.

The taste is malty with some dark fruitiness. Slightly medicinal with some caramel/toffee. A boozy alcohol bite becomes mellower as it progresses. Creamy and sweetish. A citric fruitiness comes through in the end with a fruity, sweetish finish.

The feel is exceptionally creamy and silky.

A creamy, warming brew to sip on (though the smoothness - despite alcohol - makes it easy to more than sip.

jwc215, Jan 28, 2008
Photo of Traquairlover
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2-oz bottle poured into a chalice

A = Dark murky, mahogany brown, with a large foamy off white head. Leaves very light lacing behind on the glass.

S = This is a very interesting smelling beer, it reminds me
less of beer and more of a tropical mixed drink using dark rum and creme do banane. There is clearly alcohol scents in there but the sweet complex smells that accompany it are enough to underplay it. Very interesting.

T = Very malty with spiciness accompaniment, though whether purely from the alcohol or not is uncertain. Brown sugar, molasses, pumpernickel bread. Long finish of complex flavors balancing the sweet malts and a sharpness from the yeast and alcohol.

M = Heavy bodied, indeed very creamy or frothy, good coating of the mouth.

D = This is a great sipping beer. I would highly recommend it. Though it might deaden the taste of the beer somewhat, I think this would be very good with a maduro cigar.

Traquairlover, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of Jmamay22
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This wonderful Trappiste ale pours a murky brown with ruby highlights under the light. As customary of Belgian ales this features a voluminous head with an off white color and creamy consistency.

Smells of dark fruits such as figs and a wonderful bouquet of various spices, yeast, and hint of alcohol. The sweet smells is well balanced by the spices so that everything comes off well balanced.

Starts off tasting sweet then moves to figs and raisins. Finishes with a spiced kick. The alcohol becomes more evident midway through the glass and I'm reminded to sip, but the alcohol remains well hidden. Closer to room temperature the sweetness recedes and the dark fruits move to the forefront showing the power and complexity of this dark ale.

Like other fine Belgian beers the carbonation produces a surreal creamy consistency that serves to deliver maximum taste. This also creates wonderfully food pairings as the carbonations serves to sweep away each bite of food and reset the taste buds. Drinkability is dangerously high, but I will happily stop at one, but look forward to the next another day.

Jmamay22, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of jslot38
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to the Rochefort Chalice, looks nice.

Appearance: The head quickly fades to a sheet of off white. The body is a nutty brown color. Looks great in the chalice.

Aroma: A nutty grainy aroma, with some cloves, some spices. A bit of toffee lingers.

Taste: A strong grainy alcohol presence hits you first. Once that subsides the pallate is hit by a nice nutty and fruity taste. Some dried figs, apples, and a bit of spice.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation level is very high up front. But quickly mellows, and fades.

Drinkability: A sipping beer, but one that you want to drink.

jslot38, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of scottoale
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the 11.2oz. brown bottle, a dark hazelnut brown with two fingers of lofty eggshell colored foam. The head dissipates slowly and the lace slips down into the liquid.

Sweet fruity nose consisting of dark ripened plum, raisen, pear and honeysuckle. Light, earthy phenols rise from the brew as it warms, adding more depth to it's aroma.

Tasting much like the smell, this is a very sweet and strong tasty ale that just seems to lack the refinement of the Rochefort 10....not quite as complex if you will. None the less, this is yet another delightful ale that the Trappists so skillfully brew.

Just a little to much fizz in the feel of this medium bodied, otherwise smooth beer.

Highly drinkable for a more potent type brew, enjoy it slowly for what it's really worth.

scottoale, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.9/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in Bordeaux glass--
A-Poured very smoothly and formed thick head that endured several minutes before dissipating into thin spots on the surface, like little patches of mold that form on bread. Deep amber and rust color.

S-Raisins and tobacco, fig, cocoa, mocha, earth, malt, prune, light hops, toast, caramel...this is a veritable bouquet of sensations.

T-Light and clean with pleasant suds, malt and hops are in perfect harmony, and bitterness is reminiscent of a tasty French roast. Body marries well with flavors, but is deceptively light for its abv. Aftertaste is slightly bitter mocha, and a thin, sweet estery coating lingers on the inner cheeks, tongue, and roof of the mouth. Delightful.

M-This Trappiste is well-balanced, and it remains so at every moment of consumption.

D-One of my favorites for reasons noted above, and for the fact that it's textures are a perfect match for its flavors at every stage. Drinking this beverage inspires a complete appreciation of its masterful chemistry, and makes me feel good.

BoitSansSoif, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a snifter. pours a cloudy mahogany with a slightly tan head that drops rather quickly, but not all the way. Decent lacing. Sweet malty nose that has a sharp prune aroma. The high alcohol is definitely in the nose as well, with a hint of cinnamon. Highly carbonated and a little rough on the first sip. Raisins and prunes are the first thing I get from this, followed by a ton of spices. I also get baked apples and pears from this as well. Feels outstanding to drink this. I love trappist beers.

paulthebeerguru, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of avalon07
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this from a bottle into a chalice. Had an inch of head that didn't last very long. Cloudy brown appearance typical of this type of beer.

Sweet yet understated smell, with some fruits emerging the most.

The taste was fantastic. Had the yeasty flavor combined with some toffee and fruits - maybe cherries. It was incredibly well-balanced in this category.

Had a good carbonation that wasn't overdone in any way. It had a zing to it, but wasn't obnoxious about it.

This is a wholly drinkable beer. The high ABV never gets in the way and its complexity is excellent.

avalon07, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of joeskirkie
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle meets Westmalle Chalice - keepin' it Trappist.

It sits a dark deep mahogany, the head filled out the chalice but settled down.

Oh my, what an impressive nose: deeply roasted toffee, chocolate, cherries, and a I swear theres a sweet honeydew note. Very rich, and complex.

Tasting: dark pitted fruits, cherries, blackcurrants, the unmistakable Belgian yeast, and the roasted toffee comes in as a bit of an afterthought on the finish. The slightest, subtle hint of alcohol lingers.

It has a slightly bready, moderately heavy mouthfeel to it. I must say I do really appreciate this beer.

joeskirkie, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of Rudgers73
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer fills up my goblet 2/3 with beer, 1/3 with a very light, sticky, soapy head. The beer is a deep cola brown with reddish highlights around the edges of the glass. Small chunks of yeast settle to the bottom. It is just dark enough were I can't see the carbonation well, but there is a slight stream rising through the center of the bottom of the glass. The aroma is strong with dark fruit, apples, and oranges. Very smooth and familiar yeast aroma to me because it resembles the smell of Unibroue yeast which I believe is a hybrid/bastardized version of this strain. I smell a touch of alcohol towards the end after a few long inhalations of the aroma. The head has now settled to a thicker, but still not really dense 1/4 inch cap. Lacing is already present and I haven't drunk any yet. Now, to taste. The flavor is awesome. Mellow, complex, smooth. The thing I like best about these higher end Belgian Trappist ales is that they don't have to have an overwhelming blast of flavor. Some Abbey beers these days tend to have a really saturated flavor that is a little extreme and shocking. Just like some IPA's that cover their subtle mistakes with bitterness, I think some poorly crafted Belgian styles cover up corner-cutting with a sticky sweet overtone. The best abbey ales I've had all have a very mild flavor making them seem more delicate and sophisticated.
I can taste a very bready base with caramelized sugar evenly mixed throughout. As the malt profile begins to subside after the initial sip, there are tart and spicy flavors that rise up. I can taste a good dose of hops that are neither overwhelming or underdone amongst the other flavors. Alcohol is slightly present in the aftertaste, and it is warming to the face and stomach. Much like a hearty, dry red wine. This beer must be fermented at a low temp and then allowed to rise to a relatively high temp through the end of the primary, because it provides a huge spectrum of flavor that begins with round and sweet alcohol and ends in tongue-numbing esters. As I continue drinking this one, I don't get sick of the flavor at all. Everything about this beer is so well done I think it is going to earn the first 5 against my scrutinizing beer standards.

Abbey St. Remy, you have won.

Rudgers73, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of malcontent
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Deep mahogany body crowned by a magnificent two fingers of head. Steady streams of bubbles shoot to the top. Thick lacing hugs the sides of the glass.

Powerful aromas of brown sugar and brandied fruit abound. Heavenly malt sweetness is manipulated perfectly by the unmistakable Belgian yeast. Rich and balanced without ever betraying a hint of alcohol.

Although initially fruity, a surprising malty/breadiness pushes to the foreground. Subtle cardamom characteristics lace a fruity but dry finish. A touch of alcohol and astringent bitterness diminishes an otherwise magnificent beer.

Full-bodied with mouthfilling carbonation. No criticism in the area whatsoever. Drinks beautifully although the alcohol somewhat limits it beyond a sipping beverage. Anyhow, it's absolutely delightful and a long-overdue treat to myself.

malcontent, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of kwakwhore
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass. Murky brown with red accents when held up to light. Not a huge head but a small layer of bubbles persists all the way down the glass.
I'm not smelling all the things that everyone says are there, but my nose is kind of congested. I do smell something plummy and maybe some cloves.
Flavor improves exponentially as this gets warmer. More subtle than I expected, but very nice. The slightest amount of bitterness on the back of the tongue. Plum, some phenols, other things that are hard to pin down because it is very complex and hard for my uncultured palate to sort out. Alcohol is not evident at all.
Mouthfeel is lighter than expected. Refreshingly fluffy and not syrupy at all.
A delight to drink for sure. I'm starting to feel the alcohol, but it's not very obvious. One of the most drinkable and enjoyable beers in this style.

kwakwhore, Jan 16, 2008
Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 4,241 ratings.