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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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4,208 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,208
Reviews: 1,755
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 248
Gots: 483 | 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 therica
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Carried home by-hand, from Belgium.

I actually prefer this to the 10.

A= nice brownish-red with a bit of off-yellowed head.

S= little alcohol evident, surprising for its ABV. Nice fruity-plum-prune-raisin conglomerate.

T= exceptional flavor, complexity, balance with the same fruity plum-prune-raisin conglomerate, slight sweetness and yet profound depth.

M= possibly some ABV after-numbing but you're too busy savoring the aftertaste.

D= very drinkable depending on your ABV tolerance, and how much your stomach can take before feeling bloated.

therica, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of GbVDave
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice.

A: Pours a murky, dark-brown with reddish highlights. Covering this is a khaki-colored head of lavish creaminess.

S: Perfectly subtle aromas of roasted malt, berries, dark chocolate, biscuits, dark fruit. Also noticed something like a tangy cola aroma.

T: Roasted malt, spicy hops, dark chocolate, plums/figs, berries, tart apple, cocoa, and that aforementioned cola. Earthy and wonderful.

M: Smooth and velvety. Just about the time the middle rolls around a perfect amount of spicyness emerges and adds a whole new layer to the mouthfeel.

D: I could detect virtually no alcohol presence, what so ever. This is such a smooth and easy drinker. An absolute "must try"!

GbVDave, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of AlexF
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bouteille de 33 cl.

Bière brune opaque offrant une mousse veloutée et persistante. Apparence quasi-irréprochable.

Odeurs chocolatées et fruitées. Certains arômes de gâteau sont aussi perceptibles.

En bouche, la Rochefort 8 est impresionnante. Un sucré agréable mais pas trop présent est immédiatement perceptible. Des goûts de fruits (figue, prune?) sont ensuite mêlé à une agréable pointe chocolatée. Excellent !

La Rochefort 8 dissimule à merveille son % élevé d'alcool. Bière hors du commun.

AlexF, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of Mudpuppet
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from a 11oz bottle into a Ommegang chalice. Pours brown with a light thin head.

S- Very light aroma. Light malts and alcohol.

T- Dark malt flavor. Very yeasty beer with notes of caramel. I love the flavor of this brew.

M- Strong carbonation but a very smooth brew.

D- Strong beer for sure but the great flavor and complex notes are incredible. Do not miss this beer.

Mudpuppet, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of BeerImmediately
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, deep, red-brown color with 2 finger tan head that looked like a bubbly version of chocolate pancake batter. Head hung around longer than with the 6.

Smell is rich and fruity-sweet, with some yeast and a whiff of pleasant alcohol.

Taste is terrific. Ripe apple, some nutmeg, and a touch of raspberry and dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel is so nice. Smooth as can be, with just the right mix of carbonation.

This is a wonderful beer.

BeerImmediately, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of MmmIPA
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown,chestnut colored body with a off white head that last almost the entire beer.Nice lacing also.

Notes of alcohol,yeast,berrys and plums.

Notes of milk chocolate,pepper.Dry finish.

Silky smooth taste but has high carbonation,which sucks the big one.Attacks the tongue.

This beer is very good.

MmmIPA, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours extremely dark amber brown with a massive tan head that takes a while to recede and leaves a lot of lacing. Nose is strong and sweet. After a few minutes of it being open and sitting in the glass (and not being drunk), it seems to have calmed down and is a bit more even. Taste is sweet with a huge edge to it. Alcohol is noticeably present, but firmly mixed in with the other flavors. Feel is smooth with character. Highly drinkable.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of CDBeerDisappear
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with beet red highlights when backlit. Half and inch of rocky foam that leaves a modest lacing. Aroma of woody malt, brandy and spices. Taste is very full and complex. You could probably find new things in here every time you drink it. Very smooth, plenty of carbonation. I like drinking it. I will definitely drink more of it.

CDBeerDisappear, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of atrus138
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into my Duvel tulip glass. Dark, murky brown with just shy of a two inch fluffy head. Thick lacing. The smell was wonderful. "Full" would be the best word for it. Lots of fruits - dark, citrus, and tropical. Very sweet. The taste was delicious and complex, delivering lots of fruits, especially when warmed to room temperature. The carbonation was definitely higher here than in Trappistes Rochefort 10, though not unpleasant by any means. The alcohol is noticeable, but well-hidden compared to the actual ABV. Very warming without doing any damage, especially since you will want to savor every last drop of this as long as you can.

atrus138, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of illidurit
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Rochefort goblet. This beer is the color of that brown waterproof wood stain and nearly as thick. Gritty hazy body with a monumental tan head. That famous Belgian lace is everywhere here.

The aroma is really complex. Booze soaked fig, spicecake, brown sugar, and yeast.

Taste is also very complex. Dark malt and yeast provide a foundation while several flavor notes dance upon it, including caramel, raisin, fig, pepper, exotic nuts, caramel, chocolate, and peat.

Mouthfeel takes a hit because it's too carbonated. The 6 and the 8 have this problem, while the 10 seems to have it under better control. The carbonation is distracting, yet fine enough to make the beer go down quite smoothly. Great full body.

illidurit, Dec 27, 2007
Photo of timtim
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

light tan head that shrinks down to a thin film and leaves a nice lace sits on top of a hazy brown beer that has ruby feet. nose is of dark fruit, brown sugar, mollases, caramel (and hop? i know they use hallertau and Styrian Golding, and i could swear i detect a faint hint in the background). taste is way more than the nose suggests. fig, prune, molasses, spicy yeast, bitter hop, rum... on and on... delicious and HUGE. this beer explodes in the mouth. full of carbonation making it feel lighter than it is, medium full body is full of life and finishes dry. great with red meat and earthy, farmy veggies, the boozy taste might be too much for some. the heat is mellower in the older bottles i've had, but nevertheless, this is not for the faint at heart.

timtim, Dec 26, 2007
Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle. Pours a dark murky tea brown with a small fizzy white head that quickly recedes to a thin collar.

The aroma is sweet molasses, dark fruits, spiced cake and cola with a little alcohol.

The flavor is sugary chocolate malts, fruit cake, cola, nuts and dark fruits with a dry finish. The alcohol is well hidden. The mouthfeel is medium with lots of sharp sparkling carbonation.

Overall, a fairly decadent and complex dessert beer.

Beaver13, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of korndog
3.53/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured great into a tulip with a nice head that quickly dissipated into a sea foamy surface with medium residual lacing that was there to stay. Black Cherry/fig aroma mixed with malt and medium alcohol giving this high rating on the nose. Tastes drier than the 6 from start to finish with a more leathery, peaty character. Highly carbonated. I am a little disappointed at this juncture. I feel that there is not enough malty sweetness backing up the rest of the flavor and alcohol notes. I tried one yesterday and thought my buds were off, or I had a bad bottle. This one had the same deficiencies. It's difficult to believe that the 6 is so significantly different to my palate, but that's the way it is.

korndog, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of LittleCreature
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 4.0
Poured a hand of creamy beige head that took ages to fade. The body is a solid dark brown, only penetrated by light around the edges where it is golden-red.

Smell - 4.5
A subtle yet tantalising aroma of cocoa, cherries, milk chocolate, molasses, cooking fruitcake, spice and sweet malt.

Taste - 4.5
Way more approachable than other Belgian strong dark ales. The alcohol is warming, yet soft and far less powerful than you would expect for a beer with an ABV of 9.2%. A truly delicious taste of sweet chocolate malt, caramel, brown sugar, mixed spice and stewed fruit.

Mouthfeel - 5.0
Superbly rich mouthfeel thanks to the light, fine carbonation and moderate weight in the mouth.

Drinkability - 4.5
I cannot think of a beer possessing such a high ABV that is more drinkable. I could easily polish off two in a sitting.

I currently see this as quite clearly the best beer I have tasted. Hugely impressive, massively flavoursome, ridiculously approachable and drinkable. The price ($10 for a 330mL) is the only downside, but will not stop me from drinking this heavenly brew again.

Edit: Having now tried Westvleteren 12, this is no longer the best beer I have tasted! Still great, though!

LittleCreature, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of BeerLover729
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful brunette. Dark brown at that, with a nice big puffy head that subsides to elegant lacing. The smell is of chocolate and/or roasted barley and molasses. The taste is of roasted barley and/or caramelized chocolate malt with maybe something similar to a peat smoked malt. There is definitely some smoky character to this beer. It could just be from the long Belgium boils producing a burnt/caramel taste from the malt. Or more simply just the roasted barley. Whatever the reason this beer has a complex taste. This beer has a medium body with vigorous, but on the softer side, carbonation. Those silly monks did a great job disguising the alcohol content of this beer, however the trade off is the pronounced burnt/smokey/roast, which also makes the beer go down a little slower. Regardless, great beer.

BeerLover729, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of irishkyle21
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a real treat just plain delicious. Those monks at Rochefort sure know what they are doing! The 8 pours with a fluffy tanned white head that leaves behind a thick coating of lacing as it takes all of the time in the world to settle. Has a cloudy brown color.

The nose has lots of dark alcohol soaked fruits, sweet bread, spicy yeast and some caramel.

Heaven in a glass. Tastes of caramel malt, sweet rum, lots of fruits, there is even some chocolate and a spicy finish. This is very smooth and probably the most drinkable high ABV beer I have ever had.

irishkyle21, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

rochefort 8 pours a slightly hazy amber. a careful pour pays off unless you like em yeasty. A little extra cheese on the taco! The smell is of baked goods and sugary honey. Tastes of dark fruits and almost has an appley quality to it. the mouthfeel is gloriously creamy and smooth. the finish is exceptionally smooth, but i cant help but say there seems to be some st. sixtus influence in the flavor. I mean that in a good way (how else could you) but mostly lovely belgian flavor and that unmistakeable trappist mouthfeel. taste lingers for some time, and the abv is nowhere. great beer.

AKBelgianBeast, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of Lukie
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a brilliant dark mahogoney, with a glint of red. The head is a finger high which has quickly dissipitated to a lacing over the top, and along the rim of the glass.

The nose is incredibly sweet, with rich christmas cake, figs, rhubarb and honey characters. It is incredibly distinct in the smell, and quite strong. The hops give off a slight floral finish.

It is quite sweet, a little like cola, with sweet caramels, some plum, and a hint of coffee bean. Some honey fig, and christmas cake fruit rounds out the taste of this emmaculate brew.

Mouthfeel is smooth, with a little carbonation similar to that of drinking a cola. It is not overly heavy on the alcohol character even though the abv is high itself, making this scarily easy to drink. Just wonderful.

Lukie, Dec 17, 2007
Photo of pheggeseth
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330mL bottle poured into my brand new Surly Darkness goblet.

A: dark burgundy brown, large tan bubbly head

S: subtle alcohol up front followed by lots of sweet fruit, the sweetness melds into buttery toffee, very inviting

T: again, sweet fruit, but followed by echoes of woody malt rounded out by alcohol

M: not too thick, but still coats the mouth, a little too carbonated for me, but as this is my first "Trappist" beer, I can't detract for that

D: I like Belgians, but they're distinctive character and potent flavors limit their repeated drinkability for me. That said, this one is quite refreshing, with balanced flavors and decent complexity

pheggeseth, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of fank2788
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz undated bottle served in a snifter
In the glass this beer is a fairly dark nearly opaque brown, the head starts out thick and rocky but falls to a thin layer of tight tan bubbles which throw lace all over the glass. The smell is rich fruitiness and malt with a bit of spice, a hint of alcohol and maybe a touch of an earrthy yeast tone as well. At first the taste this is a bit brash, spicy from hops and alcohol with the malt and fruit underneath. As the beer warms it tends to smooth out and blend a bit better and the malt comes out front and is it ever malty. There is a lot of dark grain maltiness reminiscent of dark bread with chocolate, under those there is a touch of what seems like brown sugar and coffee. When warmer this beer is nice and full in the mouth however it leaves surprisingly little aftertaste just a bit of drying and quick hint of peppery alcohol. A very good beer, nothing strikes me as amazing, however, everything seems to come together so well to make this quite enjoyable to drink.

fank2788, Dec 12, 2007
Photo of evanc
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Poured a brownish amber color with a large tan head. It dissipated after quite some time. There's lots of nice yeast floating around in there.

S - Wonderful fruit and brown sugar smell with a tidbit of alcohol in there.

T - I felt like the taste was wonderful though a bit lacking - it left me still looking for something. It was fruity but very light at the same time. Very sweet but left no real aftertaste.

M - Left no real residue. Everything felt great in my mouth - even the yeast didn't bother me.

D - I could drink many of these in a night - though with the decent ABV (9.2%) I don't know if I should drink more than 3 or 4. Great beer.

evanc, Dec 07, 2007
Photo of BlindPig
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Thick tan head on a dark cloudy brown body.
S- Alcohol, dark fruits, toffee malts, grass hops, clove, and light banana in there too.
T- Follows the aroma. Really nice complex flavors. Bitterness lingers on the tip of tongue from grass hops, and a light warming from the alcohol. Some chocolate flavors in there too.
M- Medium body with high carbonation.
D- This is one great beer. Reminds me of a blend between Rochefort 10 with a St. Bernys 12. Of course there are some major differences, its just first thing that comes to mind.

BlindPig, Dec 03, 2007
Photo of CVC
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Trappistes Rochefort 8

Came in a 11.2 fl. oz. brown/olive-colored bottle; served in a pint glass.

Seconds after pouring, a foamy, creamy head with an off-white color rises and fills half of the glass. It then dissipates down to two fingers, where it stays a while. It then continues to fall until it's just barely blanketing the beer with its creaminess. The beer is very foggy and opaque with a blood red/brown coloring. Some lace seems to stick on the glass as I'm drinking, and smelling the plum aroma that it has to offer. The taste, on the other hand, is much more complex--malts, yeast, fruits, and grain. It finishes smooth with not much carbonation or fizz at all.

The name--with the huge reputation--says it all. A classic beer right here. It's always a pleasure to drink The Rochefort.

CVC, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of rye726
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Good deep brown color with some red hues. Tan head dissapates quickly to a nice silk cover.

Sweet nose with pitted fruits, vanilla and caramel. Some alcohol tones and a slight citrus hop character.

Taste also very sweet but not out of balance. Spicy fruits and chocolate.

Nice full body and dry mouthfeel finishes this ale well.

Considering the complexity and size, this is quite a drinkable brew. Highly suggested.

rye726, Nov 28, 2007
Photo of JBogan
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a semi cloudy dark brown with a very large head which stayed around for a while and left good lacing.

Smelled first of alcohol followed by fruity scents, plums, raisins, dates. A little malty as well.

Tasted pretty good, but I would prefer the alcohol not to be so dominant. It did pick up the above mentioned fruity flavors and as the beer warmed a bit of caramel.

Good mouthfeel, nice and creamy but with a good carbonation sting that follows.

A nice drinkable beer, especially for this time of year. A beer to be savored and not just pounded, (especially for the price, $8 a bottle). It's a beer to sit back and enjoy.

JBogan, Nov 27, 2007
Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 4,208 ratings.