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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Ratings: 4,557
Reviews: 1,786
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.19%
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Brasserie de Rochefort

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001

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Photo of KCHopHead
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - More translucent than most Belgian Strong Dark styles. Thin bubbles layer the top.
S - Being a newer home brewer I can smell residual sugars from the dark belgian candi sugar.
T - Yeasty. Sugars are delcious. Is this alcoholic? Oh yes there it is.
M - Effervescant and carbonated. Great balance.
D - Why do they only make this in small bottles? I'd like a keg please.

Not a big fan of the sediment at the bottom. I know it's kind of a novelty and it's not bad for you but it bothers me towards the end of a glass.

Photo of TurtleCove
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Corsendonk tulip.

My first impression of this Belgian gem was the fruit aromas that wafted from the bottle before even pouring.

In the glass it looks like an Irish coffee, dark and rich with a thick off white head. The head subsides quite quickly leaving fine lacing.

The dominant nose is of dark malts, dried summer fruits and a fresh from the oven pumpernickel loaf.

I'm not usually a fan of malty Belgians but this one is exceptional. Rich and sweet with a mild hoppy bitterness on the finish, not metallic like so many "wannabeers".

It's September in New York as I drink this beer for the first time, I have just picked and eaten the seasons frst parsnips and frozen, probably, the last of the tomato sauce, and this beer just fits. It's like a harvest festival in a glass. It is warm and comfortable like dried fruit, "The Last Of The Summer Wine". I'll be laying away plenty of this elixir, alongside the falls root crops, to while away the winter by the fire.

Photo of woosterbill
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle, BB date 11/02/14, into a Duvel tulip; stage two of a 6-8-10 tasting.

A: Deep, dark, opaque reddish-brown body topped by a voluminous off-white head that shows decent retention and leaves lots of frothy lace. Some yeast sediment sinks to the bottom of the glass.

S: Hugely yeasty: nothing but assertive spice (cinnamon!) and a bit of alcohol on the finish. Slightly disappointing in its lack of complexity, but that cinnamon is striking to say the least.

T: Mmmm. Some bittersweet fruit up front (raisins?), followed with some spice from the yeast and a huge blast of warming alcohol on the finish - this isn't a bad thing here, however. Well-integrated complexity, but nothing that really blows me away.

M: Medium to full bodied with abundant soft carbonation; very smooth indeed.

D: While I rather enjoy the alcohol warmth, it doesn't really lend itself to quaffability. This beer isn't particularly harsh for its strength, but it doesn't do anything at all to hide its bite.

Notes: This is an impressively complex beer, but none of its dominant flavors particularly appeal to me - certainly not as much as some other beers I've had in this style. It was certainly a step up from the 6 in terms of flavor intensity and complexity, but I think I preferred the smooth balance of the 6. Bring on the 10!


Photo of nickd717
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from BevMo in Mountain View.

A - Dark brown color with a beige head.

S - Aroma of candi sugar, dark fruits, sweet malt, and yeast.

T - Candied fig and raisin, caramel malt, slight roast, candi sugar, chocolate, and alcohol. Really good, but not on the level of Rochefort 10.

M - Really smooth and fairly full on the palate. Soft carbonation, bottle conditioning evident.

D - Fairly high for the style.

Photo of flagmantho
4.11/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a wine goblet.

Appearance: deep brown with hints of red, opaque; almost like a particularly dark cider in appearance.

Smell: malty, sweet, slightly fruity, with an earthy toastiness of which, I must say, I'm not a huge fan. But it's a subtle enough characteristic not to be completely off-putting.

Taste: big, full malt flavor with lots of caramel notes and even a hint of plum. This is almost like an Imperial Brown Ale to my taste buds. I think it's delicious, but my brain and palate are almost inadequate to comprehend this beer.

Mouthfeel: well-integrated carbonation, but the alcohol adds an astringency which detracts from the creaminess.

Drinkability: I love the flavor, but the high alcohol, dry, astringent finish and complex, sophisticated flavor profile all combine to make this a once-in-awhile sipper at best.

Photo of macktbone
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased and consumed at city beer. $6.99 plus a corkage fee... A little pricey but prob one of the better ones in the fridge.

A- medium brown with lot's of carbonation. Served in a tulip glass. Little head and a dirty homemade wine color.

S- smells a little funky with a fisherman's ale edge to it.

T- very woody, rests on the back of the tongue and the rooof of your mouth. A little hot but well blended.lots of medim bodied fruits without the citrus flavor.

M- well carbonated. Not overly, like some other forced Belgians.
Creamy yet maintaining an edge adequate for the style.

D- beautiful option for those who want a good Belgian without tons of funk. Alcohol may be a little too prevelant for a beginner but for a Belgian lover this is a great one to check of your list.

Photo of JordanEllwanger
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The 1000th review of Rochefort 8 (lucky me).

Poured into a sniffer. Dark opaque brown almost burgundy. Pours smooth with a level head leaving small almost no lacing. Lots of sediment on the bottom and somewhat tough to pull up, but fizzes up nicely upon pouring.

Smell is boozy like wine, dry piercing.

Taste is roasted slightly smoother than the smell. Also with a wine like tint to the taste.

Feels slick and under carbonated.

A very good beer, well crafted and great flavor, but it is no 10.


Photo of JamesS
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Puors a great dark brown color with some nice indigo tinges; has great head and wonderful lacing. Great deep scent, hints of fig and other fruits, with a huge malty ester. Deep, deep flavor, with a slight spiciness and a great fruit hit; big on malt, no real bitterness. Goes down well for being such a big beer, but there is a huge alcohol taste in the finish.

Photo of joshuadlight
3.84/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle into a Chimay goblet.
Muddy water brown with a one finger head that disappears except for the ring of foam from the stem of the glass.
The smell and taste is quite complex, morphing from the first sip to the last as the drink warms. Early there are fruity notes that are coupled with alcohol burn. Later there are more yeasty esters along with chocolate and butterscotch flavors.
It was a good beer that I enjoyed slowly. I do have my first Rochefort 10 in the fridge, though, and I hope it is more impressive than the 8.

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

FRESH: Pours copper/ruby with a large but rapidly diminishing head.
Aromas of vanilla, honey, cinnamon, pears, yeast. Very perfumy. Bready, sweet cookie dough. Alcohol is just noticeable as a pleasant, slightly spicy note. Later on figs/prunes and caramel become apparent. There is so much going on here!
Similar flavours, but not as much complexity. Alcohol is much more apparent, especially in the harsh finish.
Carbonation is too high for my liking, but otherwise mouthfeel is good.
Absolutely fantastic aroma, it’s a pity this didn’t follow through to the flavours.
AGED (3 years): Amazing aroma as before, more concentrating on honey, toffee, caramel, and chocolate though. Very complex. Flavours seemed to have dried out, but the alcohol is reasonably well integrated now.

Photo of PapaEugene
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Little brother/sister of my favorite beer.

A: Poured it in my Rochefort glass. A great amber/brown color. Head is not too impressive. I often notice differences when opening this beer or the 10. Sometimes it gushes out of the bottle, but this time no need to be careful.

S: Caramel, malts, raisins and some alcohols. A nice rich smell.

T: PLeasant alcohols, notes of raisins but also red grapes. Some citrus, apple and of course great malts. A little bitterness, a little spice.

M: High carbonation and a medium body.

D: I see some similarities with the R10 but still good enough to stand on it's own. Very rich in taste for a medium body. This beer I could drink a few on one evening unlike the R10 that usually finishes my evening.

Photo of kbeals
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- 11.2 oz. bottle decanted into a snifter glass. Pours a muddy, chocolate color with some floaters. A couple fingers of off-white, fizzy head adorns the beer. Good lacing and excellent head retention.

S- Dark fruits and sweet, dark malts fill the nostrils.

T- Pretty complex taste here, dark fruits including raisins along with an aftertaste of dried apples. A bit of molasses is also mixed in there, along with a bit of a boozy warmth to finish.

M- Smooth and plenty of carbonation, medium bodied.

D- High ABV makes it hard to drink more than one but every sip left me wanting more.

Photo of Duhast500
4.78/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a Chimay goblet.

The color is a dark burgundy and pretty cloudy with a light brownish head. Some slight lacing.

The smell is sweet with some yeasty aroma with a malt presence that is quite unbelievable. Some licorice flavor mixed in with some bready, grainy flavor.

The taste is sweet at first and then does punch with some really nice flavoring. Good warm hints of raisins, some other dried fruit I can't quite place at this time.Flavor reminds me not of bread but of dough.

The feel of this beer is quite pleasing. It is light, a bit tangy but well balanced.

Photo of sevopie
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany brown, bordering on black. Brownish head with a fairly good amount of lacing.

Raisins, brown sugar, some breadiness and spiciness, and some candy and alcohol on the edge.

Sweet bread with raisins is very prominent, some mild other fruitiness, and some alcohol on the bite. It doesn't seem quite as complex as the 10, but I am enjoying the taste more so.

Oily, carbonated but not immensely so like a fair amount of Belgians. Overall, right where it should be.

Doesn't have quite the boozy kick of it elder statesman '10,' and comes off better for it. The bready sweetness comes off very well balanced here - and I think I ended up enjoying it more than 10.

Photo of HitokiriNate85
3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle with a best by date of Dec. 12, 2013. Poured into a snifter.

A - Dark brown with some red highlights. Really surprising amount of carbonation. Wow. Thick frothy, tan head that hasn't sunk much in the last couple minutes since I poured it. The head really stuck around for the whole glass. Really nice.

S - Difficult to really get a feel for. Honestly, the most prominent note in it really reminds me of a family recipe for sticky buns. Sweet dough and raisins.

T - The flavors don't jump out of the glass. Actually, this is surprisingly delicate. Instead of being smacked with huge flavor, there's a progression with each sip. There's a lot of sweet malt flavor. Raisins. The alcohol in the finish is pretty nice, actually, and gives a brandy note. Coming back here. There's a bit of clove in the finish. I poured the yeast in, so I'm guessing it comes from that. Halfway through the glass I'm getting a lot of bready malt in the finish.

MF - Way more carbonation than I expected. Reminiscent of a sparkling wine, almost. Surprisingly thin. I'd kind of prefer a little more body, but this really lends to the...

D - Drinkability. See what I did there? The carbonation really helps out here. I can't really discredit the ABV considering the style. However, I would prefer some more bitterness to help balance it out overall. One bottle is definitely enough. If this were the middle of winter and it were cold, then, well, I could be persuaded to have another.

Photo of Murchmac
3.68/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an Andre the Giant one finger beautiful layered cloudy dark brown

Yeasty dried plums Dr. Pepper smell dominate this beer as did the British Bulldogs did to the WWF in the 80's.

Tastes smooth yet carbonated. Bready with dark goodness. It's amazing how different from the 6 it tastes and they're the same style.

All in all a good beer, I don't know what took me so long to try it, maybe i'm just stupid.

Photo of Jayli
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a majorly cloudy chestnut brown with a two finger of extremely lively off white-tan head. Head retains well leaving nice spotty and wispy lacing on the glass. Nose is of fruits, yeast, caramel, brown sugar, and some honey. Taste is full of alcohol and dark fruits up front. Very malty still but with a lot more yeast, almost a gingerbread type brown sugar taste. Over-ripe bananas and a pear flavoring make up the finish. Medium bodied, moderate to high carbonation, somewhat of a creamy and smooth texture to it, really coats the tongue. This is a great beer to sit with for a bit - well blended and complex flavoring.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle, cellared one month shy of 2 years.

A: As with the Rochefort 10, this is one magnificent looking beer, cherry in color with reddish brown highlights, excellent clarity. Plenty of carbonation, this beer is capped by a finger-thick beige head. This Koningshoeven glass really shows this beer off, and the fact that the head lasts longer than Ron Jeremy could hope to just adds to the sexiness.

S: Rich, dark and fruity, this beer (like many I've had recently) is very complex. Raisin bread, plums, fruit cake, sweetened milk chocolate and rum. Brown sugar is also present. In some ways, it reminds me of the Rochefort 10, only less hot and more delicate. Mildly nutty with a hint of cashew and almond skin astringency. Excellent

T: Opens smooth and rich with a melange of figs, plums and raisins, with a definite bready characteristic. The plum character is pretty prominent and is enjoyable. Plenty of brown sugar and a little caramel, some chocolate and coffee. There's a delicate blend of spices - a little clove, cinnamon and white pepper. Finishes dry with a little alcohol. Excellent

M: Light in body while having a very complex flavor profile, this beer is great. The carbonation is high, but also smooth, and the finish, very good with a delicate blend of yeast, spice and fruit.

D: This is a *lot* more drinkable than its bigger brother, and this is probably going to be the beer I cellar a lot more of. Excellent

**Edit 4 August 2012**
The bottle says this one was best by 29th June 2010, so that probably makes this 7 years old!

The nose is soft, rich and delicious. Mild cola, sherry, rum cake brown sugar, a little toffee, moderately fruity, surprisingly bright and complex. The palate opens a little duller, but still very complex and well integrated with the sherry oxidation. A little cola, the spices have lost their deeper notes and have become a little sharper, with clove and an almost black cardamom-like flavor. Drying on the finish with a touch of burnt sugar and toffee, this is excellent.

Photo of Grunewald
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip glass. It pours a muddy brown color. The beer has a decent head that dies down to a ring.

S - sweet malt, molasses, licorice and red grapes

T - sweet dark malt and licorice with a pleasant spice finish

M - strong carbonation with a chalky finish that subdues the strong alcohol taste nicely

D - very strong licorice and spice flavors combined with a great mouthfeel that balances the alcohol

Photo of WalrusJockey
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- thick, dark brown beer with a tight, thick faun head. Poured cloudy even after 2 weeks sitting in the fridge.

S- grape and ester aromas over thick, heavy sweet malt.

T- carbonation tingles fade into a light, sweet flavor, which broadens and deepens into a rich, nutty, date- and grape- like sweet-savory malt. Aftertaste is starchy with some grape notes.

As it warms, the esters are over-come by a deeper, more rich malt palate, of roasted malt, toasted almonds, dates and...other rich malty flavors. The aftertaste becomes like a sweet cereal.

Belgian Strong Dark isn't one of my favorite styles, but this is a really delicious beer.

M- much lighter than I expected. The higher carbonation keeps the beer light, while the creamy texture keeps it satisfying. From the nose I was worried this would be a heavy, cloying, syrupy affair, but it isn't at all.

D- as good as it can be, at 9%. Better than most beers of higher ABVs, that's for sure.

Photo of Seru1
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Chocolaty and completely opaque with a very light tan corona and a medium bodied head. Beautiful beer.

Nose- A meat scent, with milk chocolate and nutmeg aromas. I there's alot to sniff here.

Taste- Divine malty goodness, there's notes of milk expresso and sweet chocolate. This is a beer thats just mindblowingly good.

Mouthfeel- For such a malty beer it cuts through fat like a chain saw. It fills the mouth and lasts a decent amoutn of time without overstaying it's welcome.

Drink- I could drink this heavenly beer all day long till the break of dawn.

Photo of whoneeds8
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Westmalle glass dark dark amber with a thin off white head. Scents of grapefruit and strong raisin smells come from the glass. The taste has more of those raisin flavors that mellow out to a wooden oak taste. Lots of carmel malts as well. Very little hop flavor, if not none at all. The mouthfeel is a little odd. While there isn't much visible carbonation, once it enters the mouth I get the feel of champagne with out the tickles of bubbles. It almost takes away the tounges ability to taste the flavors. The alcohol is very well masked, which makes it much better drinkablilty.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.78/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured in a chalice.

Looks very similar to the 6, slightly darker with a smaller head. On the nose it's a bit more boozy but not too bad for being 9.2%. Also theres some raisin and a lot of malt.

Very malty and a little sweet. No bitterness and again some raisins and spicyness. I didn't do a great pour so I got some floaties in it but it's still pretty solid.

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Rochefort 8 and 10 are both available at a lot of places here in RI. Never bothered to try any. Starting with the 8, sober. Plan to review the 10 another night. This is one beer I need all my neurons firing at full capacity.

11.2oz bottle poured into snifter.

A- Coffee brown. Nice, full head that diminished over 5 minutes or so.

S- Very intense, even from a sitting distance. Upon close inspection: Sugar, candied plums, banana, alcohol. A darker Cabernet aroma is there. Very strong, probably one of the strongest aroma beers out there.

T- Not nearly as sweet as the aroma leads me to believe. Very quality. A tart plum/fig flavor, complete with spices. Perhaps a faint granny smith twang. Mild bitter chocolate qualities, as well. Malt is well-defined and fantastic. An incredible beer that has me drawing for words.

M- Great carbonation. Incredible mouthfeel. Really impressive.

D- Over too quickly. Not a sign of the 9.3% ABV, save for a little warming on the back end.

Now I'm excited for the Rochefort 10, and am going to pick up a Rochefort 6, as well. There's a reason this beer is so popular, every BA needs to try this masterly crafted beer.

Photo of greengorilla
4.88/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I poured this from a bottle into a tulip. It was a dark burnt organish in color with a beautiful foam head. The appearance was really something to admire.

The smell and taste were just wonderful. It is so smooth and very drinkable. The mouthfeel was exactly what I would want in a beer.

This may be my overall favorite beer. If I could afford it, I would drink one every night.

Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 4,557 ratings.