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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Ratings: 4,622
Reviews: 1,799
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 wordemupg
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into Unibroue chalice oct14 2009

A pours a murky brownish maroon with plenty of sediment,with a fast falling thumbs width of head that it left no lace to my surprise.

S lots going on here yeast, ripe dark fruit, spices, booze, caramels and some dried fruit.

T this is one crazy beer almost to much going on, everything I smell but stronger and much more complex. as it warms more and more flavor comes through I started to get some apple and molasses as I got to the bottom of the glass

M lots of bubbles that pushes the flavors around even more, and adds too the experience

D at 9.2% it may not be a good thing how easy this is too drink

this beer is worth looking for, its very complex and will make you think while drinking it

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

Pours a nice dark brown color that reveals slight hues of red when held top the light. Nice fluffy light brown head that leaves behind great lacing.

Nose is of dark fruits and a bit of malty sweetness. Taste is also of dark fruits. There's a definitely malty sweetness here. Overall, very delicious with a lot going on.

Mouthfeel is medium with generous carbonation. Very smooth and creamy. Fairly drinkable, although unless you just have a real appetitite for the style, I think it'd be difficult to drink a ton of these. It's just quite filling and interesting. Certaintly not made for chugging or sessioning.

Photo of Liverpool08
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark reddish brown. Soft pillowy head. Smells of plum, cloves and sweet raisins and a hint of alchohol. Taste is a complex mix of dark cherries, plum, and raisins. The alchohol only adds to the warm flavors this brew has. As it warms it becomes an even smoother feel in the mouth. A great beer for sure! A great example of this Belgian style.

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

Review #100. Had this beer already many times, but only now I had time to review it. Sampled this one in the Vlaamsche Reus in Wageningen. Poured into an original Rochefort glass. Nice brown color with a tiny, light brown head that quickly disappeared into a beautiful lacing.

Smell: Full of sweet caramel, nice spicy hops, dark fruits (raisins) and alcohol.

Taste: Raisins (and some other sweet fruits), sweet caramel and warming alcohol (the alcohol is clearly present, but not disturbing). This beer is also a spicy (clove?), a bit fresh (citrus, apple) and this all nicely balanced with roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation with a medium bodied. Creamy on the tongue

Overall: Another great brew from Rochefort. Completely different from Rochefort 10, which is more sweet. This beer is fantastically balanced, with some nice spices. Extremely rich in taste! I love it

Photo of pants678
3.91/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a a small Belgian tulip, opaque brown and beige head.

Smells of molasses and oak.

A strong toffee mixed well with various spices and hops. Chocolate, cola, caramel, roasted malts and a tang of fruit that hits the back of the tongue. Reminds me of an English style brown.

Leathery, well carbonated.

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

Bought from the fairgrounds in Danbury, gift from my girlfriend, good on her! (from notes taken a week ago)

A-Pours a murky brown with a doughy head.

S-Hrmm. A lot going on here. Malt, nuts, a hint of dark fruits and vanilla even?

T-Pretty amazing. I don't think I'm able to fully appreciate this beer, there's so many subtleties. Can taste the malts, nuts, mostly sweet flavors but hints of so many other things.

M-Full bodied and fantastic. A little bit on the carbonated side, but who cares.

D-I'm not a huge fan of Belgian darks, but this is one of the best beers I've ever had. Gets better as it warms up. Simply amazing

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

A- mahogany with a thin cream colored head thats stays around for the show.

S- Doughy, a little noticable alcohol, cinnamon, all spice.

T- Fruit cake, spiciness similar to the nose, bready, a touch of anise, rich and complex but not overworked.

M- Gentle cleansing effervesence, smooth, slightly syrupy, medium to full bodied.

D- Delicously drinkable. I can see how monks replace meals with this.

Photo of Kendo
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Expiration date is April 30, 2013, which means it was bottled in April of 2008 -- so this one's about 16 mos old when consumed on 10/1/09.

A: Poured -- gently -- into a Chimay chalice. Body is the color of root beer - brown, but when backlit there's a mahogany highlighting on the edges (full, strong backlighting makes this appear more amber-orange). Long-lasting creamy khaki-colored head. Lots of floaties despite the very gentle pour. Some "legs" of lace, but no rings or real heavy splotchy lace.

S: Dark fruits -- think black cherries, maybe figs -- with a nice waft of dry alcohol.

T: First impression: this would be a perfect substitute for red wine. Kind of sherry-like, but not in the way you get from some aged RIS's. There's fruit up front, some sweet sugary malt, fruitcake-type spices (nutmeg, cinnamon) then at the end it finishes nice and clean, and dry. Almost no aftertaste whatsoever. Heat from alcohol is noted -- felt going down -- but no burn on the palate or taste buds.

M: This has what I like about the best Belgians -- lots of flavor, but a spritzy, enlightening effervescence that makes it seem lighter than you'd expect. Creamy, spritzy -- typing this out as I sip it makes me upgrade the mouthfeel to 5.

D: Excellent. As it warms, it gets better, actually -- starts to taste almost soda (cola?) - like. . . .

Photo of zoso493
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 330 ml bottle of this at a local deli and poured it into a Chimay chalice

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, rich mahogany color with a half-inch head that slowly dissipates as the beer leaves the glass (which in my case is very quickly).

Smell: Amazing. Lots of earthy grains, dark fruit, sweet molasses and just a hint of vanilla are the first things I can pick out. Even a bit of brown sugar, perhaps? Really has a lot in the nose.

Taste: Very much like the smell with the estery fruit notes coming out with a sweet/sour taste. The high alcohol also gives a warming sensation.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly and fairly full bodied.

Drinkability: While this goes down very easily for me, I couldn't see myself downing a lot of these. But for what it is, it is fairly drinkable, on account of how well it hides its alcohol.

Overall, this is a fantastic brew and one that I'm sure will make it's way into my fridge quite often, as long as the store nearby keeps it in stock. Very complex and tasty brew! Highly recommended

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

Yes! Found both the "8" and "10" at The BeerMongers here in Portland. I am new to the style.

- Cloudy brown muck with chunks of yeast on the bottom of my tumbler glass... mocha head quickly down to a bubbly half-glass of lace.... looks like wood stain.. like a red/dark chestnut...

- Earthy and grape/ester nose... sweet malt, grape, fig... tobacco and oak. Slight sourness... wood, and ale. Yeast is present in its working form. Meaty.

- Bubbly zesty and earthy fig, apple, prune, and carrot pie... smooth, yet complex and bitter/sour. Bubble gum... cherry wine spirit... sugary brown...

- Clean, zesty... flavorful... and without the bitter sting, chewy suction, and tangy bite. Little dry....

- Overall this is a very interesting brew... and I can tell it is very old, and complex... and I am sure is always brewed with great care. Pairing well with steak.

Photo of will4240
4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From my beer notes... Had from a bottle september 1/09

Well... I had very high expectations, and well, as this was a good beer, It did not blow me away. There was no freshness date, and while it is 9.3% ABV and should keep well, there is a good chance this one had been sitting for a while at my local liquor store. I had it poured from the bottle into my Rochefort chalice. Dark plum with some brown thrown in there. a good three finger head that slooowly went down after a while. Medium heavy in body, it has a good feel in the mouth. This beer seemed very spicy, almost too spicy. Very complex, but that spice was just too much for me. Very good, thought it would be very great...

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

A--Eggplant/brown. with two fingers of foam. Good head retention, mild lacing.

S--Dark bread dough, a little nuttiness, some oak, spice. Very layered. Lots going on here.

T--Pretty spectacular. Balanced, malty, nutty, doughy. Hints oc chocolate and coffee

M--Lighter and more effervescent than I was expecting. Nice weight, mildly creamy, but not overbearing at all.

D--One of the best of this style I've had in a bottle. High ABV, but delicious. If I wasn't working tomorrow, I could drink a couple of these easily.

Procured at Beverages & More, Valencia, CA

Photo of dstc
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky, brown color with a tan head that falls to a small head leaving thin lace.

Sweet dried fruit aroma. Getting a sweet mocha aroma too?

Full flavor. Sweet, mild fruitiness. Sweet malt. Yummy.

Medium to full in the mouth. Fizzy and tangy.

Awesome beer. One of my favorites.

Photo of prosper
3.77/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very 'brown' - straight down the line, no reds, no yellows, just plain brown.

Smells interesting - brown sugar, molasses, dark caramel, toffee, with a hint of spices.

Taste is... different. Slightly sweet up front, mostly sugary caramel flavours, but immediately segues to a piquant spiciness - hard to describe, really, but it's familiar somehow. Can't quite put my finger on it, but it's something I want to associate with liquor - tequila, actually, that's it! Weird, but there it is. Very very dry - the initial impression of sweetness is just an illusion - the palate looking for sweetness because of the caramel, but there's none there. Some alcohol. An interesting taste, to be sure, but not one that I 'have to have,' like my most favourite beers.

Mouthfeel is tough to quantify - it's very, very carbonated, and evaporates off the tongue. Very dry, some velvety astringency.

Drinkability is OK - it's not thick and chewy like you might expect from a 9% brew.

Photo of PartyBear
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep chestnut brown, with a solid white head, that shows good retention. A little sediment.

Aroma: Sweet brown sugar and molasses. Lots of fruit in the aroma, winey grapes, banana, and maybe apples. You can definite smell the slightly acidic yeast too.

Taste: Like the aroma it is sweet from the off set, with syrupy malts. Lots of spice, with heavy clove, and a very clear alcohol taste towards the end. Plenty of fruit.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, and heavy. It's quite thick and oily in the palete, with a clingy feel.

Drinkability: Just what you expect, a superb Belgian Dark Ale. All three of the Rochefort release beer are fantastic, and just need to be tried.

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.

Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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