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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Ratings: 4,619
Reviews: 1,797
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.19%
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Gots: 657 | FT: 22
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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 laituegonflable
3.58/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gingery brown colour with delicious beige head, sticks around beautifully, very sticky. Sticky but slightly cascading lacing. Slightly cloudy appearance. Very nice.

Very hoppy nose, with a sour, dusty character. Quite nice. Has a slight sweet character, it's a caramel character actually, but it's just on the back and hidden by the hops. A lot to smell on this, and a fair amount to like.

Quite sweet on the front, with a creamy flavour, but hops kick in on the mid palate and stick around for the back. To be honest I think this is too chilled, but there's enough flavour coming through. Quite smooth and decently flavoured with a slight element of something on the palate I can't quite pick (my bad). Very drinkable, mouthfeel is very smooth and with subdued, pleasant flavours.

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

Pours a hazy dark red/brown color with some ruby highlights. The head comes up to about 1.5cm and is loose and bubbly, leaving tiny amounts of lacing from the swirls of tan bubbles that stick around. Looks like I've come to expect. The smell is deep and dark. A bit of bready malty sweetness, tossed in with chocolate, a hint of carmel and even dried dark fruits and esters. There's quite a lot to look for, and it stands up to my expectations for the style. The taste is nice and very complex like the smell. A taste of dark chocolate and caramel mixed together comes through first, with the sweetness if caramel beating out the bitter/roasted kind of taste from the dark chocolatey malts. I'd even say I can taste sweetened, very smooth coffee. Then I get a taste of esters, and the fruits: plums, raisins, but more like the generic, non-descript fruity tastes of esters. Then it finishes with a bit of sugary sweetness, but definitely not cloying. On some sips, it actually finishes with a little dryness. That's a quality I've really come to enjoy: being surprised by what I'll taste next. The alcohol is hardly present, but it warms a little. The mouthfeel is so full, and there isn't a thing, even with all of the complexity, that I do not enjoy in here. Goes down very smoothly and the carbonation is pleasant. The alcohol doesn't hit you quickly, and this beer just begs you to keep going. I think I like this better than the 10, and easily my favorite from the style to this point. I was happy to have it, and I bet you will be too.

Photo of goblet
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured it out of a 330 ml bottle into my trusty goblet with a date of 20013/06/04

A,soon after the pour i let it settle and warm up a bit ,the thick frothy tan head did reduce but stayed. it`s dark brown with yeast gathering at the bottom of the glass.

S,not a powerful aroma but it`s got some dark fruits ,like prunes and raisin ,rich malt and sugar some alcohol seeps through .

T,it`s got body almost a full body yet a light syrupy side,creamy malt and spicy yeast the alcohol is there but it takes a back seat and lets others drive this beer.

M,the feel is a slick malty cream ,spicy yeast that dances on my tongue with delight some sweet sugar after taste as well .

D,this is a world class beer! extremely drinkable one of my personal favorites . highly regarded as one of the best beers to have,stock up on this one .

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

Poured from a 330 ml brown bottle into a chalice.

As the cap is popped, the brew slowly begins to foam up, aggravating the sediment at the bottom of the bottle and lifting it into the beer.

As the beer is poured, it shows a deep, hazy burnt umber hue, giving rise to a thick cap of tan foam that begins to fade fairly quickly, falling to a creamy layer that resides resolutely upon the surface of the beer, leaving behind nary a trace of itself on the walls of the glass.

The nose is full of mocha, with chocolate and espresso notes combining wonderfully with a hint of spice that is truly inviting.

A somewhat light, medium body possesses a lively character; full-throttle chocolate and espresso flavors perfectly mimic the nose, merging with a powerful yeasty spiciness that lends superb complexity to the brew. Extremely dry, soaking all moisture from the palate as it goes down, the beer leaves an insatiable desire for another draught.

Alcohol presence is virtually undetectable on the palate but lies in wait for the head, showing its intensity as the glass empties.

Absolutely wonderous, Rochefort 8 is a truly unique and appropriately holy experience. World-class and highly recommended to anyone and everyone who enjoys a good quaff.

Photo of sjccmd
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: dark caramel with 2 finger light tan head that slowly fades...yeasty fellas running around

S: Rich dark fruits, figs, dates, belgian yeast, a bit of alcohol

T: along with the smell but with a nice malty finish

M: a little more watery than the 10, but still silky and has a nice dry finish

D: it's a bit of a sipper, but frequent sipping is necessary...more complex than the Chimay blue, I wish I had more than one bottle

Photo of shroompod
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before 280409, from my cellar.

Pours a murky brown. Good Head , some lacing.

Slight sweet aroma. Bubblegum.

Grape juice fruitiness hides any hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Good carbonation.

Overall one of my favorite beers .Recommended.

Photo of Nick3
4.87/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An 11.2 ounce bottle poured into a Trappistes Rochefort glass.

A: Color is a rich dark brown and beer forms a nice and thick head, about 2 inches. Head disappears quickly though.

S: Smells like candied sugar and toffee; it made me feel like I was about to enjoy a luscious dessert in liquid form!

T: Exceptional, just gets better with every sip. Alcohol dissipates quickly as the beer warms. Very complex synthesis of dark fruits and rich candies.

D: Definitely a sipping beer to be savoured. More than two and you're pressing your luck.

Photo of dqderrick
3.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - 4.0
Sediment city. Dark Caramel.

S - 3.5
Smells a tad boozy. Maybe a little figgy.

T - 4.5
Figs, boozy taste like the smell. Dry, much dryer than the Chimay Blue. Saki in the flavor? More fig.

MF - 4.5
Great carbonation mouth play.

D - 3.0
One is good for me. I really don't see myself drinking more in one night.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

G: 18-ounce glass snifter. Bottled on date of January 30, 2008.

A: Pours with a thick and creamy two-finger head with plenty of carbonation atop it. The color is typical of the style, a fairly robust and creamy dark brown.

S: Strong, sweet smell of raisins, dates, and dark sugars; maybe a hint of molasses. A slightly-acidic smell with little alcohol. A nice spice factor, as well.

T: Fruit-filled aftertaste, though not much on the front end. The belgian yeast are definitely present here--much different than the usual taste of malts and hops. However, I'm a little disappointed with the lack of complexity in this one--hopefully I'll get more out of the 10.

M: The initial sip brings a strong sense of the beer's carbonation onto the tip of the tongue. Mild sensation of alcoholic warmth and tingle on the swallow. All in all, very smoothe.

D: Very delicious and easy to drink, but I'm not sure if the value of this one is enough to justify the cost of drinking a few of these.

Photo of Yesac
3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Solid dark caramel brown. Bright white bubbles around the edge. Lots of sediment.

S - Sweet florals, fig, sweet caramel and dark fruits.

T - Distinct Belgian yeast up front.. earthy malt middle finishes with a dull spice

M - Highly carbonated gives a big mouthfeel. Lots of dancing bubbled on the tongue. Dry finish.

D - Lack of complexity makes this an easy drinker. The high carbonation helps as well.

Photo of steelerguy
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Huge head on the pour and it just kept climbing! Had to let it rest for a bit before I got the rest of the not quite 12 oz. bottle in there. Barely translucent dark amber around the edges to a caramel center. Head faded after a few sips to a nice covering and it coats the glass nicely.

S - Spicy with some sweet dates and bananas. More subdued than I was expecting.

T - The dates and ripe banana carry over to the taste. The spice comes on late along with a little alcohol warmth. The malt balances the alcohol well. Detect only the slightest bitterness from the hops. Balanced taste but lacked some pop for me, would have liked a touch more complexity.

M - Creamy and smooth with a good carbonic tingle. Quite nice.

D - Extremely drinkable for a 9.2% ABV beer. In fact, I would say this is the most drinkable beer over 8% I have had, a testament to the balance.

Photo of jonbad19
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first review, so here goes:

Appearance: nice cloudy appearance with good head retention

Smell: Extremely complex. Though i am not yet great at identifying components i get some raison and apples on the nose in addition to some tradional begium aromas. Delivers very well on the nose.

Taste: Follows through very nicely on the taste, Most of what i got on the nose came through very well upon tasting, not overpowering, nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Had a creaminess to it that i wasn't quite expecting...nice though.

Drinkability: As with all belgium beers, i would never have been able to guess the ABV. Drank very well for 9.2 percent.

overall i thought this was a pretty awesome beer, i think it lived up to the hype. Can't wait to try the 10.

Photo of JonMich13
4.97/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A = Deep, dark and cloudy. Obviously unfiltered. Nice 2 finger creamy head with what looked like cinnamon sprinkled on it.

S = Aroma was an experience in itself. Malty and fruity smells blended perfectly.

T = Oh the wonderful taste. Perfect balance of maltiness and an endless array of fruit notes that reveal themselves.

M = Creamy smoothness that can't get much better. Abundant carbonation.

D = Extremely drinkable. This one is a troublemaker.

Photo of kaseydad
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light brown with a finger and a half of foam.

Great pear and apple aroma.

Tangy taste right off the bat but then turns very silky and smooth at the swallow. I taste a combination of fruits and some malty characteristics. I also get a touch of a peppery finish.

Nice creamy mouthfeel which makes my mouth salivate for another sip.

The drinkability is there and at 9.2%, it is wickedly drinkable.

Photo of PBoegel
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer again very recently, 2-12-09. I found it to be much more complex and well rounded than my first tasting. A lot more depth of character in aroma and taste. Subtle but delicious. A more mineral character than I first recalled and something I found that I first very much loved in Chimay's beers when I first had them some 15 years ago. The sugar and malt dry out to a chalkiness combined with dry fruit tones. A beer worth cellaring and tasting as it ages.


When I first really began getting into beer in the mid 90s living in Manhattan, Belgium came my way via Chimay, Corsendonk and an occasional St. Sebastians.

This is actually the first time I have had a Rochefort 8 as over time I became skeptical of almost all European imports and their freshness in the bottle.

Poured in a Chimay goblet, the beer is dark, muddy brown with a faint but evident light cream white head that manages to stay on top the whole drinking experience, likely from the nucleation points.

My honker was having a hard time last night, first things picked up seemed like some staling cardboard oxidative notes, but as the beer warmed and the alcohol rose out of the glass, light herbal notes, earthy grains, some light raisiny and dried fruit. Kept hitting a sniff all the way through, some malty tones begin to rise up but most dominant is the rose like alcohol combo.

Flavor and mouthfeel was more complex with a predominate alcohol warming, but not overbearing. Smooth, drinkable no hot tang, but seemed to be missing a little magic touch from a great Belgian.

Other flavors are of burnt brown sugar, maple, light chocolate notes, sour cherries and some caramel and cream notes.

Not knocking this beer by any means, this is one I will visit again, would love to try it on draft or get to a definitely fresh or well stored bottle. Even with some slight handling flaws evident this beer is still to be examined multiple times.

Photo of Jimbo87
3.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark, opaque brown. Modest off-white head.

Smell is wheat and barley.

Taste is spicy, alcoholic, and there is another taste I recognize from St Bernardus Abt 12 but can't describe. Maybe it's from the yeast. Good taste though.

Mouthfeel pretty creamy and smooth. Carbonation is on the low side, but I believe it's normal for the style.

Drinkability: one bottle will be enough in one sitting. Pretty high abv reduces drinkability, but that's just the style. Good beer, I think I enjoyed it more than Abt 12.

Photo of bowersdm
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a Rochefort goblet

A - dark brown, nice head (it's only 1cm or so, but because it's in a chalice, i think that'd equate to a nice head)

S - yeast, alcohol, spice, grass, apples, bananas. it's very sweet.

T - essentially the same as above. the spice and apples is more pronounced and the alcohol is noticeable, but it doesn't at all make the beer unenjoyable. it doesn't seem that complex and i don't find it as enjoyable as the 6, but it's still great.

M - mmm...rochefort. nicely carbonated as most trappist beers seem to be.

D - without question, i'd drink this again.

Photo of sonicdescent
3.82/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark and murky brown with one finger of creamy head.

Smells fruity, bananas and light berries.

Tastes similar to smell, very complex with those same hints of fruit and other light spices and bread.

Mouth is thin to medium bodied with high carbonation.

Not bad, not a westy 8 but not bad.

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

Poured bottle into a Trois Pistoles chalice. Color is a dark brown, active carbonation with a fluffy, two finger-khaki colored head. Very nice lacing and formations of rings.

Sweet tart aroma of sugars, bananas, candied fruits, with a nice low end malt presence. Can make out the bitter alcohol hiding in the background as well.

What a smooth beer! Touches the palate with a bit of crisp but ends the ride with silky smooth finish. Toasted grains, honey, dark fruits, a touch of hops, and a solid amount of the world famous Belgian sugars. A sweet beer no doubt and extremely complex. I am left with a boozy flush and as mentioned previously; silky smooth and a tad dry.

I am not a Belgian connoisseur by any means and I really enjoy this one. I understand why this beer is rated so high: refined, delicate, and bold at the same time. Worth the $5 and will certainly drink more in the future.

Photo of spithrash
3.85/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice hazy crayon brown into a Trappistes Rochefort glass I purchased in Belgium with a nice 1/4 inch head. Dissipates slowly as I drink the beer, leaving some lacing.

Smell of alcohol is present along with ripe banana, and somewhat sweet.

Alcohol is present in the taste although fairly smooth. Malty, somewhat spicy at the end and fading nicely in the aftertaste. This is good, but not blowing my socks off.

Medium body, not heavy or chewy. High abv is present but in a good way and somewhat masked.

Given the 9.2% abv this beer could get you in trouble as it's pretty easy to get to the bottom of your glass. I'd gladly sip on another.

This one fell a little below my expectations given the praise for Rochefort in general. Definitely good, but I can't put my finger on why I didn't give it a little better rate.

Photo of Arbitrator
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Dark brown color with an inch of fluffy white head, which recedes into a ring that demonstrates the active carbonation. Substantial lacing down the glass.

S: Gingerbread, brown sugar, maple, molasses, nuts, and oak. A very dark nose, but it's complemented by hints of cherry and sour apple. A small alcohol component to the nose.

T: A well-blended flavor throughout the entire drink, which is a rarity. I can pick out the individual flavors at any point during the taste. The gingerbread, brown sugar, maple, and molasses give it a sweet backbone. The nuts, oak, sour apple, and cherry complement the flavor with bitterness and wood. A small alcohol sting at the end, but much better than my experience with Rochefort 10.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation for the style. Not too much alcohol burn -- decently masked for its ABV.

D: A fantastically well-made beer, with lots of great balance and flavor. However, I've had comparably complex beers -- especially barrel-aged ones -- that felt smoother, particularly with regard to alcohol masking. I appreciate how well-made this is, but I don't regard it as one of the best I've had.

Photo of dasenebler
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big head dissipates to a steady layer with a swirl of dark yeastiness. Cloudy, turbid mahogany, with sediment floating around-- maybe I screwed up the pour. Aroma of yeast, alcohol, and fruity sweetness.

Layers of complex flavor. At first it's medicinal, hoppy, and bitter. Then there's a phenolic, rubbery and yeasty flavor on the tongue. After a few sips, the taste buds adjust and it's beautifully balanced. Alcohol is well-hidden. Lots of buttery maltiness, some dark fruit flavors too. Finish is astonishingly dry and clean. This amazing flavor profile is unique to Rochefort. Fine-texture carbonation. Mouthfeel is creamy but surprisingly lithe and bright on the tongue. Insanely drinkable for a strong belgian ale.

Delicious, unique. Easily the hoppiest of the three Rocheforts.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle served in a De Koninck 'Bolleke'.

L - clouded chestnut brown color with a off-white head that settled as a light layer with active carbonation bubbles.

S - sweet cherry liqueur aroma with some earthiness to it.

T - light sweetness upfront flavors of cherries, plum, raisins with woody and earthy flavors mixed in, quite tasty.

F - medium bodied with a good amount of crisp carbonation.

D - goes down smooth and easy.

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

Poured from bottle to pint glass.

A- Beautiful murky brown, lots of suspended particles. Whitish tan head 2 fingers thick that stays.

S - Wonderful smell, hints of hops and the alcohol is apparent.

T - Exceptional taste, wow, hides the alcohol really well and very enjoyable. Almost caramel like taste to it.

M - Very good mouthfeel, smooth with just the right amount of carbonation.

D - Good drinkability, I would drink it all the time if I could, but at $5 dollars for an 11.2 I think this will be one to get only once and while.

Thoroughly impressed, will buy this beer again.

Photo of bskrtz
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From an 11.2 ounce bottle, served @ approx. 38 degrees:

A: Murky brown with suspended yeast (or hops?), fine carbonation and a quickly disappearing head
S: Traditional Belgian Brune ale... gingerbread, dried fruit, pine
T: Wonderful, full body with smooth, fruity finish. Strong alcohol goes undetected. A real mouthfull.
M: Ample carbonation tingles as it goes down, well balanced
D: An execellent strong Belgian speciman... Enjoy often.

Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 4,619 ratings.