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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

4,196 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,196
Reviews: 1,753
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 246
Gots: 482 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001)
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Photo of Maracuja
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%

Hazy deep chestnut hue, topped by an formidably thick, almost animated light tan head supported by prodigious bubbles. After what seems to be an eternity, the head settles and leaves signature lace. Tart cherries and mellow chocolate upfront in aroma, along with raisiny notes and caramel from the dark candi sugar. Buttery malt becomes noticeable as the beer warms and breathes. Mild chocolate and banana are perceptible at first in flavor and are ensued by notes of darkly caramelized fruit and a date - like sweetness. Hop bitterness is only indirectly noticed by its offsetting of malt sweetness. Full in body, w/ a dextrinous, liquid velvet mouthfeel. Finishes w/ waves of dark caramel lingering. Alcohol warmth slowly emerges as an afterthought. Rochefort 8 is fabulous. The residual sweetness is well controlled and the combination of chocolate notes and fruit is superlative. Although very flavorful, Rochefort 8 maintains a elegant mellowness. Outstanding to say the least. Rochefort 10 should be a treat!

Maracuja, Sep 03, 2007
Photo of Hornet2003
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%

Drank this with a cheese and meat plate at a Belgian cafe in Vancouver.

Pours a dark cloudy brown. Looks like a cludy Iced Tea. Minimal head after it receeded off the pour.
Sweet aromas of plum and cherry. Slight bit of alcohol detected. Not as "rich" smelling as the Rochefort 10.
The flavour is sweet and malty with fruity, yeasty flavours. There was a little spice as well in the aftertaste.
Moderate carbonation and a (relatively) subdued mouthfeel.
Drinkability was probably pretty high. I can't say for sure but I managed to polish off this bottle pretty quick and could have gone fr another had it not been so expensive($9--Ouch!).

Great slightly toned down version of the Rochefort 10

Hornet2003, Sep 02, 2007
Photo of Brewfan
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%

Purchased in E. Providence for $3.49/bottle. What a bargain.
Poured into my Trappist Rochefort chalace I purchased at my first BCTC.

Pours a deep garnet/brown. Very nice head, with incredible retention. Slight off white. It's been in the glass for about 10 minutes now and it's only dropped a bit from when I poured it. Covers about 9/10 of the beer. Frothy lace clings to the edge of the glass. Can't discern any carbonation.

Deep rich nose. Bready and slighty fruity and yeasty. Kind of like the smell that you get when pastry is baking. Very inviting and comforting with an alcohol kick.

Quite carbonated on the tongue. Once again bready and yeasty. Bitter hoppiness is there, but only on the outer edges, after the maltiness fades to the back of the throat. Dark rich caramelized stone fruits dancing with chocolate malt. Bananas and spices. Slight nutmeg and clove. Not overpowering spice though. Very drinkable. Alcohol definitely makes itself known. Medium mouthfeel. Nothing too heavy, doesn't hang around on the tongue too long.
Quite drinkable, even with the alcohol kick. This one is a nice sipper. After dinner, on the deck, or like tonight. Watching "The Bronx is Burning" with some xtra sharp cheddar and triscuits. Ya know what, it's a good night.

Brewfan, Aug 31, 2007
Photo of garbercury
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%

Thanks Vintage, this is always a real treat...

Had with some seared Scallops while watching the Steelers work on the Eagles during the preseason...Poured into my trusty Chimay goblet.

A--Deep ruby-brown, darker than the 6 but not as dark as the 10, lacing that lasts, nice but not huge head.

S--Fruits. A scent that is appealing and warming

T--One of the best beers you will ever taste, smooth with hints of caramel, this is a real winner.

M--Much less carbonation than the 6.

D--I really love this beer. To me, there a very few that compare in terms of overrall quality, I know it is way too much to expect, but I could drink this every day of my life. If you have never tried this or the 10, it is a must. Belgian beer is the best beer in world and the Rochefort "Trappist" beers are at the forefront!

garbercury, Aug 27, 2007
Photo of blakesell
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into a large Belgian 'cereal bowl' chalice. Paired with Roquefort cheese.

Appearance- Dark like a muddy black stone with a thick creamy head that dissapates to a fine foam over the glass, the foam is 2-coloured, both an off white with brown splotches. Thick lacing that has a life of its own.

Smell- Wonderful dark fruits, FIG, plum, grape, cherry, a warming alcoholic smell, and of course dark candi sugars. Maltiness like no other. Who knows how the monks can make such a unique brew?

Taste- All the above smells in taste form. Dates, prunes, plums, grapes, many wine notes in this one. Beer is balanced as hell.

Mouthfeel- After a bite of Roquefort cheese, this washes over the palate, with great flavor of smooth dark creaminess. An excellent pairing, the candi sugar and alcohol warmth not over the top.

Drinkability- Very, but with the price and alcohol content, I would suggest against drinking 4-5 in a session. Clearly one of my favourites. I'll be buying more next week.

blakesell, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of chimney
3.1/5  rDev -28.4%

bottle with a best before date of july 31 2007

A: poured with a very little head that died quickly and ended with a very subtle ring around the edge of the glass. very dull amber, to the point of slightly cloudy.

S: very belgian dark fruit, sweet raisins, with a strong molasses. slight alcohol, similar to a cognac, but more earthy along the lines of a gin or almost subdued pimm's.

T: starts with a watered down maple syrup, the with a light bite of lemon/lime, with a lingering eraser molasses sweetness. there is a very subtle smoke throughout the taste, more so at the end.

M: watery at first followed buy a surprisingly bubbly feel for the age of the beer.

D: glad that i tried a rochefort 8 of this age; but i think they are much better and way more enjoyable at a young, maybe six month, age. it was definitely worth the wait and experience to be able to try one this old.

p.s.
after adding the sediment there is a nice added body with a slight added doughy like texture, but still very subdued to the point of almost wateriness.

chimney, Aug 21, 2007
Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%

Appearance - Dark brown. Creamy light brown head. Thick lacing. Good retention.

Smell - Dark fruits, bready esters, winter spices, rum, blackberries. Very enticing.

Taste - Brown sugar, raisins, figs are the major flavors. Nice malty sweetness. There is a mild hop presence in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Silky smooth. Medium/heavy body. Low carbonation.

Drinkability - Wonderful complex smell and flavors. This is a great BSDA.

stereosforgeeks, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of bjohnson
4/5  rDev -7.6%

11.2oz. bottle.

Pours a dark plum color with brown hues. One and a half cream colored pillow like looking head has excellent retention. Sticky thick lacing down the glass. Burnt brown sugar, dark fruits, and a touch of chocolate notes round out the nose. Spicy yeast with an excellent malt profile of dark fruits and brown sugar. Plums, prunes, and molasses. Smooth and silky mouthfeel with a residual sweetness left on the tongue. Abv goes unnoticed in the flavor, but apparent in the aroma.

bjohnson, Aug 19, 2007
Photo of genog
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%

Poured from a bottle aged for 4 months. Date on bottle says 10 05 11
Pours a dark ruby amber/brown color. Little to no head on this pour. Smell is of dried fruits, prunes and figs. Taste is like wine almost, grapes and fruit. Limited carbonation on this one, and it kind of tastes like a sparkling soft drink. Had this one time at a tasting and it was different. Will try another fresh bottle again sometime.

genog, Aug 19, 2007
Photo of dmamiano
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%

Beer pours a dark, amber, almost brown. Good head and beautiful lacing observed.

Nose very reminiscient of bourbon, very sweet . Plums, dates come to mind

Taste is very, very smooth. Raisins seem to come to mind. No alcohol detected despite the 9.2 %, although a warming sensation is evident.
Awesome beer, great mouthfeel.

dmamiano, Aug 18, 2007
Photo of VonSteinhoist
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%

Root beer color with mixed bubbly head. Smell of red licorice, spice. Taste of mocha, burnt sugar, dried plums, cooked plantain and butter. Finishes with lightly bitter red licorice and caramel. Excellent and complex flavor throughout. Outstanding. One of the finest of it's style.

VonSteinhoist, Aug 16, 2007
Photo of July2Nov
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%

A: Has a dark brown look, resembling coffee a bit... The lace is extraordinary on this one. Holds well and lasts.
S: Sweet hints with a slight licorice scent at the end.
T&M: Awakens the palette immediately. Rich upfront...Strong through and through...not for the light-hearted. Leaves the mouth with that tingly sensation that the good ones usually do.
D: This is to be enjoyed. Hold it tightly and remember to sip. No gulps allowed here. The high alcohol content makes you respect it's nature.

July2Nov, Aug 14, 2007
Photo of soupyman10
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%

Pours a dark black beer that's entirely lacking in highlights - almost opaque in it's blackness. A delicious looking frothy inch and a half of foam on top. This one looks fantastic. Nose is fairly mild, although still quite tasty. Strong on sweet molasses malt and crazy spices. Taste is exquisite: tons of buttery caramel malt, lots of cherries and raisins, along with some citrusy hints. Taste continues to transform as the beer continues. Chocolate and some light coffee show up as well as more roasted malt. Feel is full-bodied and creamy. This one was fantastic. Incredibly tasty and a pleasure to drink. Really fantastic - an unlimited budget would find me drinking these daily.

soupyman10, Aug 09, 2007
Photo of GreenWBush
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Presents itself to me an intensely deep, black-cherried burgundy that in its murk is impenetrable against the light. The head rocket-stacks heavily with cinnamon-looking flecks of yeast. Huge bubbles and gaps on the glass paint a heavenly picture.

Nose is pillowy; spice, aged hops, oak. Twang of phenolic yeast and candi sugar. Amazing.

Taste features a vaguely cherried tartness, dry and harmoniously intertwined simultaneously with a rock-steady malt undercurrent. Clear alcohol burn scorch, although bridled to malt and hop fusion.

Slightly high-carbonation on this beer, and not necessarily the world-changer I was expecting. Little hot, too.

Drinkability is limited by high-price, possible lack of freshness, etc. Love to try this one fresh and properly aged, though. I’ll return.

GreenWBush, Aug 07, 2007
Photo of baiser
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%

Poured from a 330 ml bottle. A hazy, mahogany brown colour, with a thin tan head, and wonderful lacing. Nose has a bit of banana, alcohol - kinda like rum. This beer is smooth, creamy and full bodied. Alcohol is warming, and flavours are complex. Full of dark fruit, phenols, very malty and lots of toffee flavours. Amazing beer...is all i can say.

baiser, Aug 06, 2007
Photo of largadeer
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%

Appearance: Dark chestnut, faintly translucent. The large tan head takes a few minutes to settle before it's drinkable. Retention is very good.

Smell: Very fruity, plum or fig perhaps, and touch of alcohol.

Taste: Sweet and very nutty, a bit of coffee and dark fruit in the background. The alcohol has a spicy quality to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, not as chewy as Rochefort 10. Carbonation is ample but very soft.

Drinkability: Not sessionable, but highly drinkable for such a high gravity beer. While this isn't as talked about as Rochefort 10, it's nearly as good and has enough of its own character to make it worth seeking out.

largadeer, Aug 01, 2007
Photo of nafnikufesin
3.68/5  rDev -15%

Dark brown color, with a frothy appearance. Pleasant sweet alcohol smell. The initial sips have a sweet wood flavor, with a late sourness in the aftertaste, which fades into a rye grain flavor. Light-medium body. Remains drinkable despite the alcohol (9.2%). Overall, a good beer for an after dinner drink.

nafnikufesin, Jul 28, 2007
Photo of joekfsu
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%

11.2 oz bottle. Pours murky brown with a thick, tan head that is moderately lasting. Light aroma of plums or prunes. Sweet initial taste and finishes with a dry, cola-like flavor. Light and bubbly body with a thin texture. Very drinkable, better than the Orval and without a doubt worth the money.

joekfsu, Jul 25, 2007
Photo of giblet
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%

gaul damn that is fine beer! no kidding aside there is a reason it is rated where it is. expensive...yes...who cares! bottle poured into a sniffer. sweet smell sweet appearance. excellent carbonation and head! wonderful fragrance. good sweet smell. the taste - sheesh this stuff rocks. now for a guy that loves pale ale first this is a twist. dont get me wrong cuz i love all kinds of beer. this stuff is trully awesome. i am so looking forward to more abbey beers!!!

excellent!

suckem up and movem out!!!
giblet

giblet, Jul 23, 2007
Photo of OKCNittany
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%

330ml bottle into a chimay goblet

A: Poured a hazy dark brown with floaters and a big, foamy, cream colored head that didn't hold.

S: Excellent aroma - fruity w/ alcohol present - somewhat like rum. Malts jump to the forefront as it warms. Still excellent.

T: Big complex flavor - both sweet and spicy, malty, with just a hint of alcohol. Next sip is of caramel & bread. This is wonderful, and getting better as it warms.

M: Smooth on the intake with just the right carbonation. Dry finish.

D: The abv is the only limiter. Would love another - right now! The worst part about drinking this beer is that you're closer to the end of the bottle with each sip. Why do I never remember to buy more than one at a time?

This tasting was shortly after a Chimay Blue (to see if my initial notes stood up to another really good B.S.D.A.). My initial impressions were correct - this beer is fantastic - the monks are freakin' geniuses.

OKCNittany, Jul 23, 2007
Photo of MurphysIrish
3.18/5  rDev -26.6%

Thin head maintained itself. Lacing separated from head, though. Large bubbles. Musty, basement smell and dried fruit in the nose. Color of the caramel sauce you drizzle on a flan. I cannot get over that musty smell. I feel like I'm in the cellar where this bottle was conditioned. It's a good thing.

On the first sip, alcohol burn is right up front and squeezes any other flavors offstage. Spicy, dark rye taste emerges after a few sips. There is some kind of tannin at the end of the swallow and an astringency that lingers down the throat. Seems like everything else is lost in this beer but the booziness. It is 9.2% ABV, after all.

Nothing I would drink on a regular basis, but a certain contender for an after dinner, "digestif" beer.

MurphysIrish, Jul 21, 2007
Photo of BrewSomerville
3.55/5  rDev -18%

Poured into a thistle glass.

Aroma: Raisins, brown sugar, dark fruits, cherries, plums, some citrus, floral hops, spicy.

Looks: Hazy dark brown with ruby red highlights. Medium sized white (dull white) head with average to poor head retention. Not much lace to speak of.

Taste. Prunes, figs, dates, raisins, cherries, cloves, molasses, and a touch of citrus. Malty, yeasty... and some hops too.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Very prickly carbonation, fine carbonation though. Lots of bubbles... could be toned down.

Overall, it's a good Beer. I'm looking forward to the # 10 that I have in my fridge.

BrewSomerville, Jul 19, 2007
Photo of theopholis
3.15/5  rDev -27.3%

Appearance- Transluscent amber with an off-white head. The head has some staying power, and leaves a very thin lacing.

Aroma- Lots of complex malt sweetness. Getting some dark ripe fruit; plums, raisens, molassas. Yet oddly crisp and fresh smelling. Very enticing.

Taste- Practically no malt sweetness. A strange dryness in the middle, like figs or soemthing. Some prune in the after-taste to A slightly hot and spicy finish. Obviously, a more attenuated version of the "6".

Mouthfeel- A td over-carbonated. Body is rather thin. Fairly dry. Clings to the mouth well, giving you a robust after-taste.

Drinkability- It's interestig, but the spiciness and over-carbonation turned what was a good beer into a mediocre one.

theopholis, Jul 17, 2007
Photo of Optimat0r
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%

pours a deep red-brown, you know typical of this style. lots more foam that with the 10 though. incredibly rich smell.
taste-malty goodness, sugar, sweet, extremely deep and complex. just damn good.
mouthfeel perfect. drinkability excellent. ive had the 10 lots of times but this is my first try of the 8..its hard to say this one is lacking in any way, these Rocheforts are simply some of the best damn beer you will ever put in your mouth.

Optimat0r, Jul 07, 2007
Photo of baggio
4.33/5  rDev 0%

Finally got around to reviewing this beer that i've tried so many times before.

A: Dark brown with a thick, impressive lace.

S: Banana marshmallow, raison, alcohol. Yummy!

T: Coffee, malt, liqorice ?, tofee, yeast

M: Smooth carbonation and very creamy.

This is a very complex beer that should be savoured in small sips. Be sure to serve it at a correct temperature, i recommend +17C to get the maximum amount of taste.

baggio, Jul 06, 2007
Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 4,196 ratings.