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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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4,493 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,493
Reviews: 1,777
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 279
Gots: 575 | FT: 19
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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 USCTrojanBrian
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Brewer's Art chalice.

Not my favorite style (BSDA), but it's a Trappist, it'll be great, right?

Brownish dark pour (I was expecting more black, cool). Alcohol in the nose, a very mild sugary sweetness in it as well. Overpoured the spent yeast a bit, oh well.

Nowhere near as much syrupy texture or alcohol flavor as I thought -- good. Really nice body/mouthfeel actually. Not much head retention.

Malt base comes alive as it warms up, a bit more roasty, not quite to coffee-like levels or anything close, but just coarse, a little sweet but earthy at some level.

Quality overall brew, far exceeded my expectations (I realize it gets a 4.31 but its also a BSDA). I'd definitely have another, especially as it keeps getting better as it warms up. Very well crafted, still not my favorite flavors ever but performs like a great beer should, hard to knock it.

Photo of erok
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Hazy brown, I stirred up too much yeast during transport from the liquor store to the hotel.

Smell: Earthy, Spicy, yeasty
Taste: Plum, toffee, alcohol
Mouthfeel: Toungue-coating, but not thick, some carbonation and some alcoholic heat.
Drinkability: An enjoyable sipping beer, I wasn't expecting a thrist-quencher, though.

Photo of guntherhophead
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Rich cloudy brown with a nice, dense head with good retention .
S: Fruity. lightly spiced with hints of banana and apple with mild honey and molasses.
T: Definately fruity. Banana, pears/apples. Molasses and raisins. Some spiced plum undertones.
M: Velvet. Very smooth. Lightly carbonated. Dense, rich nice feel on the tongue.
D: I love this beer! It's what beer should be. Old world style that takes you back to old Europe. If you can, drink this in a thick old fashioned wooden or ceramic beer stein.

Photo of 7ways
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a sniffer.

A Hazy medium brown. 1cm head retention. Almost no lace at all.

S. Candy, yeasty, wine like. Awesome sweet malt.

T. Heavy candi sugar, nutty sweet malt. Citrus and deep dark fruit start to finish. Alcohol is apparent but soft. Pleasant, mild sourness at the finish. A little molasses/sorghum (sp?) syrup to round it out.

M. Med-full body, smooth carbonation. Lasts a while.

D. Served cold, but much more enjoyable close to room temperature (duh). Not my style, but definite quality.

Photo of champ103
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very cloudy brown color. A large tan head forms and leaves some nice lace.
S: Malty with lots of dark fruits. Banana's, pears, and apples. Very nice and complex.
T: Wonderfully malty and a nice oak character. Dark fruits that follows the nose. A nice complex malt character again.
M/D: A full body that is rich and creamy. Velvety smooth on the tongue. I could not tell at all that this was over 9% ABV. Incredibly smooth and easy to drink.

An awesome beer. I wish the bottle would have never ended. A treat and a must try by any means.

Photo of nsmartell
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this beer after dinner at Fat Abbey Cafe in Milwaukee. From the 330mL bottle to a nice tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice dark amber, almost brown color with a small off-white head that didn't last very long.

Smell: Sweet, malty and with a hint of alcohol.

Taste: Sweet again and spicy and you can definitely taste the alcohol but in a very good way.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a nice smooth alcohol bite.

Drinkability: If not for the high alcohol content (and high price) would be a great session beer. Very drinkable and very tasty.

Photo of gyllstromk
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I poured this one into a Chimay goblet, receiving about an inch of head which maintained a velvety appearance even after collapsing. The body was an opaque, deep red and did not yield even when placed in front of light.

Smell and flavor were tart; cherry, raisins, cloves, and dates. Unmistakably Belgian yeast!

Very effervescent -- almost feels like pop rocks! Leaves a trail of alcohol as the ABV is recognizable, though not unwelcome.

Not one to overdo, and may claim the palette for a while. Plan to finish with this one.

Photo of mnj21655
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into my Orval chalice

Pours a slightly murky deep brown in color with amber hints at the edges and about a finger of dense, moussy and persistent light tan head. Aroma is complex and intriguing without being overpowering. Lots of sweet malt, some caramel, some alcohol and lots of esters. Dark cherries, figs, plums and raisins all seem to be present here. The taste is much like the aroma. Lots of sweet malt, some wonderful caramel notes and more fruity esters. The malt dominates at first but then gives way to the dark fruit esters. Just before the finish the esters are replaced by some sweetness and a pleasant alcohol. Mouthfeel is good, well attenuated, medium-light body with moderate carbonation and a nice smooth alcohol warmth. Drinkability is quite good, this beer is complex and interesting yet still accessible.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Small bottle poured into a flute. A nice unfiltered and unfettered look. Dark brown in color with a nice head and lace.

S. Dark fruits, brown sugar, candi sugar, caramel malts.

T. A nice trappist yeast flavor, fruity esters bording on peach and apple. Sweet sugar and caramel malt. Ghost like hop adds balance.

M. Fuller bodied and slightly chewey.

D. This is a rare treat. Wouldn't drink it all the time, but good to end a session with. Next time I plan to share a bomber with a friend.

Photo of PatronWizard
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My BA Top 100 aspirations continue.

Nice color. Very dark brown. Almost the same shade as the bottle. Generous head of bubbles. Impressive.

Sweet malts is the nose. Not too strong.

Taste: this is a good beer. I believe I like this style. Not sure of the particular flavor so I'll just label it "good."

Good feel, medium carbonation, extremely, extremely drinkable. The wonderful 9.2% (one of my favorite %) is completely unnoticeable, like drinking a kinder gentler root beer with balls.

Overall: very nicely done

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

This is from my blog, so forgive the repetition:

The Rochefort 8 weighs in at a very respectable 9.2% ABV and pours a wonderful rich dark caramel colour, almost opaque but with a silken quality.

So powerful is the aroma of burnt sugar, that even before I put my nose anywhere near the glass I can smell the delights to come. The Rochefort 8 shares the quality of being sweet with undertones of bitterness that was the overriding sensation with the 6, however this one is altogether far smoother.

I found that the initial tastes make you want to simply sip the beer, as if in some perverse manner this will help you to savour the flavours.

However, after about the third taste, I couldn't help but taking decent sized mouthfuls to just enjoy the fullness of the beer.

Photo of eweneek83
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This one is odd...

It pours a medium amber colour, a light murky brown with sediment floating about. A huge creamy flowing head. light lacing

smells like a belgian ale, hard to explain. A spicy, breadlike, with a hint of dates or golden raisins.

taste - a bit spicy, not nearly the bite of other belgian ales of this abv (9.20). A tiny bit of breadlike taste. There's something really good in there, I just can't figure out what it is.

mouthfeel - It's perfectly carbonated, medium but very smooth body. Goes down beautifully. A warming feeling in the mouth too, cuz of the alcohol.

Drinkability - pretty high, it's very smooth and tastes really good, simply. The only thing that would stop you from drinking a lot of these is it's abv and hefty pricetag. A great beer. Of course it is, It's a Trappist beer.

Photo of adamette
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the light brown bottle much like the one pictured above. Purchased at McNaulty's Bier Markt in Cleveland, Ohio a few days ago. Poured into a clean, clear glass.

A As I poured I noted some sediment going into the glass and sure enough checking the bottom of the glass I can see a pinch of dark sediment there. This beer has a presence in the glass. A deep, thick brown body which one cannot see through. I just got up and held the glass to an intense light and noticed two new things: 1) the body is actually a deep brown amber in intense light and that 2) sediment is not just on the bottom of the glass but also floating around in an even distribution. Light brown 2 finger head which remained there for about 4 minutes after I poured it.

S Strong, malty, earthy amber smell. Very inviting.

T Malty, little hops, alcohol late mid taste and a very pleasing malty after taste. There is some sweetness but not a frank sweetness, more like a molasses sweetness. This is some great stuff!

M Full but not to any extreme. Primary mouthfeel is malty goodness.

D High alcohol means that I cannot drink too many of these. Still very interesting and drinkable because of it.

Notes: I had read about this beer and considered calling a distributor to see about ordering it. I was delighted to see that it is for sale at the Bier Markt. I learned about the Bier Markt here at BA. Thanks to all of you for that type of information. Addendum: Since writing this I found Rochefort at World Wines and Liquor in Mentor for $4.99 a bottle. It was more than that at Bier Markt.

Photo of paco1029384756
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours Deep ruby brown color with a small, but somewhat lasting head.

Scent is big and fruity, blueberries, cherries, and prunes mostly with a nice buttery whipped cream smell. Some sugars and yeast as well.

Taste starts off creamy going into a big fruity flavor with a malty kick finishing it off with a bit of yeast.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light, but cloying and strong nonetheless.

An all around awesome beer, highly recommended.

Photo of Haybeerman
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark, opaque brown with a hint of yellow. Coarse and billowing two inch tan head that dissipated slowly to even ring. Laced but didn't hold.

S: Rich dark fruits, raisins, spices and alcohol.

T: Sweet yet powerful. Dark fruits, plums and raisins; delightfully complex.

M: Medium bodied but CO2 and alcohol balance it out well. Just want to sink into this one - satisfying and pleasantly warming.

D: Easier to drink than one might think but not as easy as some other belgian dark ales. I think its the CO2 and alcohol; this one will sneak up on you.

Photo of CrellMoset
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Market Street Wine Shop, Downtown location, in Charlottesville, VA, poured into a Rochefort chalice (courtesy of Brawley's Beverages in Charlotte, NC).

Appearance: A hazy brown muddy, ruddy bodied beer with a fast-fading light tan head that foams up and disappears just as quickly. Lacing doesn't stick too much, but you'd expect that (as well as the head) for this glass/style.

Aroma: Herbal, phenolic spice, dark fruits, and brown sugar and deep bready grainyness at first, but agitation releases a whole slew of light fruity esters - sweet and tart cherries, bananas, strawberries, apples, and other grape-like tannins. There's a faint hint of alcohol as well.

Taste: Strong phenol notes - sort of like blackened burnt pepper in places, cloves in others, spicy herbal leafiness in others still - brown sugar, dark fruit, and wholesome biscuity maltiness, some earthy dirty leafy notes, plenty of lights fruits and bananas again, and perhaps a little bit of anise, even. Quite a collection of notes, and nothing comes off as overpowering or cloying or rough. A very well-rounded and well-made beer.

Mouthfeel: Very big-bubbled and even, fluffy, with big "sublimation" - it evaporates as son as it hits your mouth. Nice.

Drinkability: Nothing wrong here. Not quite on par with the Rochefort 10 as far as Rochefort brews go, but then again, it's a completely different style, so what're you gonna do. Probably the best Belgian Strong Dark I've had - lots of great complexities in this one, and although there's plenty of EtOH, it's well hidden. Recommended, and fortunately easy to find.

Photo of Quej
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown, some light brown shining through, and some off-white head from the heavy carbonation leaves a nice lace. Some sedament visible in the bottom of its chalice.
S - Very sweet and malty smelling, lots of dark fruit, raisins and cherries mostly. Surprisingly little alcohol detectable even when it warms.
T - Strong robust sweet taste, very fruity but quite boozy as well, more than in the nose. Tastes largely like prunes, dates, red grapes and balckberries. There is a significant bitterness which keeps it from being overly sweet. Reminiscent of a carbonated vin doux naturel or a porto.
M - Quite effervescent, tingly feeling, perhaps from the alcohol. Very pleasant medium-heavy body balanced by the carbonation.
D - A little strong, but balanced so well that it is very dangerous and deceptive.

Photo of PhxHorn
3.68/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown cola color with a big light brown head. Smells mildly of cherry and cola. Tastes mildly of cola, cherry, and brown sugar, and wee bit of sourness in there at the finish. A pleasant flavor, just kind of watered-down overall. A solid beer, but the pinch of sourness in there knocked it down a notch for me.

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle.

The beer poured a murky brownish, reminded me of cola, with a pretty thick off white head, in which a thin film was maintained throughout the beer. The aroma was a little weak, the yeast was prevelent in that it had a slight fruity aroma, but I didn't think it was all that great. The taste was very good. I thought that it had a malty cola taste to it. The cola flavor made it a bit too sweet for my taste for a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, still very interesting. The beer had good carbonation and was smooth and easy to drink. Overall, a solid beer.

Photo of changeup45
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

3/4/2008. Pours a murky brown color topped with a thick foamy head. The head does taper off a bit, leaving a thin head the rest of the way. Still leaves a good amount of lacing. Fruity, faint spiced malt aroma with a touch of yeast. Extremely smooth flavor with a rush of sugary dark fruits, slightly spicy with malts taking a back seat. Maybe even some caramel somewhere in there. A long, tasty, gentle mouthfeel. 9.2% and I hardly know it's there. This is one of the best beers I have had to date.

Photo of ffcpa2
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found it to be very drinkable such as settling in for an afternoon of football sitting back in a comfortable chair, perhaps with your computer in front of you as you watch the games. What could be sweeter than great football and a really good solid beer that after a couple you know you've been drinking beer.

Photo of kuykendall
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance= Deep dark brown, with a light brown two finger head.

Smell= Nutty with alcohol notes.

Taste= A nutty malt flavoring with alcohol and some chocolate. Other tastes come out as it warms up, star anise and maybe some saffron. I had this beer with paste in butter, and I think the two complemented each other very well.

Mouth feel= It sits pretty heavy on the tongue and is thick which is what I usually expect from a Strong Belgian ale.

Drink ability= I like this beer, but the alcohol content would cause to either keep it to one a night, or drink it only at home.

Photo of jeffmonarch
3.03/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 oz. bottle in a snifter glass.

A - Dark brown with a thin tan head that stays for a while.

S - Sweet but a little sour. It almost smells like wine that's gone bad and has turned to vinegar.

T - Constant tingle on the tougne. Spices and some fruit but very mild.

M - Light bodied with high carbonation.

D - I'm not really as impressed as the hype had been built up for it. I will have to try another and edit my review in case this was a bad bottle. With all of the good reviews and how little I'm givig this it has to be a bad bottle.

Photo of nrbw23
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy murky brown with a huge tan head with tons of active bubbles jumping up as I pour. The head forms a nice layer of bubbles across the top of the brew that stays the entire time and leaves little lacing.

S- Dark fruits (cherries, plums and raisins), roasted malts, spice, and alcohol. Overall a lot going on here and complex.

T- First thing that jumped out at me was the spices. Then I could pick up some light chocolate, dark fruits and alcohol. Overall pretty good and again a lot going on here as well.

M- Creamy, tons of carbonation, full in body.

D- Very easty to drink, very solid brew

Photo of treyrab
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 into a chalice

A: Pours a dark raisin color color with a huge frothy off-white head

S: Tons of dark fruits such as raisins, dates, figs, along with candi sugar and yeast funk

T: Very much like the smell with a hint of alcohol thrown in as well. The taste is very complex but the alcohol is noticeable in this one

Overall a great brew! Taste is very similar to Westy, wonder why that is :)

Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
97 out of 100 based on 4,493 ratings.