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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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4,210 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,210
Reviews: 1,755
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 248
Gots: 484 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort

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 July2Nov
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!!!


suckem up and movem out!!!

giblet, Jul 23, 2007
Photo of OKCNittany
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Photo of potownbill
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dave M. for carrying the Trappist Rochefort three pack back from Belgium. You are forgiven for liking wine more than beer. But this is no ordinary beer.
Appearance: Pours a deep, dark brown with a fluffy tan head that popped up over the edge of my glass.
Smell: Yeast (which my wife could smell from across the room), Malt, Raison, Single malt scotch,
Taste: first sip right out of the fridge was heavy alcohol. Patience, Patience, Patience. 5 minutes later all the complexity was there.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, fizzy, creamy, slight alcohol burn
Drinkability: Only one bottle, so I drank it sssllllooowww. Can't wait to try the 10!

potownbill, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of Halcyondays
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle, poured into my Ommegang goblet.

A: Brown with a white/tan head which doesn't stay around as long as I would have liked.

S: Candy sugar upfront, with burnt smells, molasses and raisins, with a hint of alcohol in the end.

T: Molasses dominates, with hints of fig, not overy phenolic, but a nice warming alcohol presence in the finish.

M: Not incredibly robust for a beer of this strengh, but very creamy and enjoyable, very smooth.

D: Drinkability is suprisingly good for a 9.2% ale, not refreshing per se, but not cloying and overly alcoholic making each sip a serious endeavour, like some highly alcoholic brews can be.

Halcyondays, Jul 01, 2007
Photo of Enola
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a nice ruby red color with a thick head. Thick lacing is present. The smell is fruity with more than a hint of alcohol. The taste is plums and a bit if underlying smoke. The mouthfeel is carbonated and the alcohol has a nice way of saying hello this early in the morning. This will certainly warm the tops of your ears and cheeks. A nice well rounded brew. One of the better Belgian brews I have had.

Enola, Jun 30, 2007
Photo of sterstar1
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good Trappist. Fruity, sweet (but not too sweet) with a hint of sourness on the back end - but not so much that it's a bad thing. Definitely drinkable. If I see this one sitting on a shelf, I'll probably pick it up again although I wouldn't drive across town to get it. I know, this is the same review I gave the 10 but I found them to be very similar. If you haven't tried it, pick one up.

sterstar1, Jun 27, 2007
Photo of arguemaniac
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sometimes you enjoy a beer so much that you have review it even though you know its reputation warrants a better description than you can possibly offer given your reviewing capability. For me, this is one of those beers…

The aroma features a firm yeasty must with an inviting peaty, appley quality. The toffee malt palate includes a fairly sharp alcohol spice, sweet raisin fruitiness, a nice smokey touch, and a deliciously rich oaky tannin quality that balances the rest of the flavors nicely. The alcohol, while quite robust, is exceedingly well-hidden considering the more than 9% ABV.

The complexity of this one is a bit beyond me, so I’m sure I missed a number of hints and flavors. But I can tell you that this rich brew features a balance and variety of flavors, along with a deceptive drinkabilty, that make it one of the best beers that I’ve had it quite some time. I approached this beer with a sense of caution, concerned that all the hype and prestige surrounding this brew might lead me to give this it an overly generous review. However, after an objective tasting, I can see that the attention and praise Rochefort 8 receives is well-deserved…

Highly recommended…

arguemaniac, Jun 27, 2007
Photo of CH3CH2OH
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a murky brown with a coarsely carbonated head. Toffee and raisin aroma; no hint of hops. Flavor is multilayered; not as much as the 10, but much cleaner on the palate and more drinkable. Carbonation is medium and there is a slight bite in the finish. Absolutely incredible drinkability for a 9.2 % abv ale.

CH3CH2OH, Jun 27, 2007
Photo of deeplennon
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured with an incredible head that grew an extra centimeter or so in the 5 mins I let is sit before drinking. Murky brown in color is intriguing. Aroma is faint with some alcohol and a little caramel sweetness. Pleasing though slight. Taste again provides alcohol with a touch of caramel sweet, very very very well balanced for 9.2% making for an incredibly drinkable strong brew - as in the aroma, overall depth of flavor is again slight.

I could drink it nearly as easily as I could a glass of water and there is probably no other 9.2% beer I could say that about especially with such a dark malt profile, but on the other side of that coin it needs a bit more character to be truly excellent in my opinion. I'd certainly never pass on one though.

deeplennon, Jun 25, 2007
Photo of basica
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I took this the day following when I took the Rochefort 6 so I may better differentiate and
compare between the 2. The Rochefort 8 pours out dark red brown, like the Rochefort 6 and has
a wonderful appearance, again like the Rochefort 6. Nice thick head with average to good
retention. The smell is very promising; strong fruity aroma which is comprised of apples and
plums, mainly apples; totally inviting. The taste was less impressive as the smell but was going
strong with fruity apple notes dashed with a plums and other dark fruits and maybe a little bit
of spices. The pronounced mellow nature of the taste completely masks the underlying 9.2 ABV
making the beer exceptionally smooth, light and drinkable. There is none of the periodic alcohol
"kick-ins" which is common amongst high ABV beers and bitterness was not at all present. A very
well balanced taste to say the least. Carbonation was just right on the Rochefort 8 and goes
in great balance with the taste but the body should be thicker on this one. Although the 8
definitely exhibits a thicker body than the 6, I personally see it as slightly lacking still.
The after taste was a true party for the pellates; apple, plums, grapes and other dark fruits
filling the taste bud lingering on for a bit. A good to great beer that I could imagine
improvements on. A thicker body and stronger, sweeter fruity taste would make this a sure 10.

basica, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of ericj551
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rochefort 8 pours a hazy deep brown with a thick foamy head. Smell is ripe dark fruits, sweet with a lot of dark maltiness. Taste is sharp at first, giving way to a rich fruity easters. The initial sharp spiciness gives way to an incredibly smooth, rich malt flavor, perfectly balanced and deliciously complex. The alcohol is almost completely hidden. As the beer warms, the sharpness decreases and it becomes even more delicious. I think I like this beer more than the 10, it just seems more balanced to me.

ericj551, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of mdm46410
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip. This ale poured a hazy brown color with visible carbonation and a big, foamy tan head. Excellent retention and lacing. The aroma of this beer was full of yeast notes, bread, grapes, dark fruits, and some sweet malts. The flavor was very, very rich. It included buttery bread notes along with a crisp fruitiness, and also a bit of caramel. Excellent velvety, creamy mouthfeel with fizzy, active carbonation stinging your tounge along with a nice alcohol warmth. All I can say is...awsome!! A must try. This is one top notch ale that is sure to be a favorite for years to come!

mdm46410, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of bluejacket74
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a chalice, the beer pours a hazy brown with a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. It smells like dark fruit, bread and caramel, a very nice sweet malty smell. Taste is similar to the smell, except that there's also an earthy, peppery spicyness in the taste along with the dark fruit and caramel. Mouthfeel is medium, it's smooth and silky and has a lot of carbonation (but not too much). Drinkability is pretty good, but would be perfect if the carbonation was down a little bit. Alcohol isn't too noticeable at all. Overall a very good beer, it's nice and enjoyable.

bluejacket74, Jun 17, 2007
Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 4,210 ratings.