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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Ratings: 4,564
Reviews: 1,789
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 284
Gots: 635 | FT: 21
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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 humanawho
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - good head and a strong dark ruby color

S - tight noise with a very earthy base and some sweet notes

T - nice earthy spicyness, very strong yeasty flavor and nice malty backbone

M - nothing bad; solid heavy body good bubbly carbonation

D - very high drinkablity, the earthyness balances the sweetness

Photo of bifrostguard
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Has a light plum color with a tall off white head that loses its energy quickly. Quite effervescent.

S - Dark fruit, booze with grain.

T - Figs, dates, raisins and grain up front followed by a smooth and enjoyable alcohol burn. Not as sweet as some of the other Belgians which is a good thing for me.

M - Thick and creamy.

D - This is a nice one. Not too sweet, just boozy enough and complex. A keeper for the night.

Photo of GilGarp
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I just finished brewing my first Belgian ale, a dubbel, and decided to celebrate (and posibly bring good luck) by drinking this classic example.

The cap on this 330ml bottle pops with authority and pours with more than enough head. It has a hazy dark brown color with red highlights. The head sticks around well and leaves nice lacing behind.

Aroma is very pleasant, full of fruit esters and a very distinct yeast. Slight spice in the nose as well.

Flavor is outstanding and easily one of the best I've had in this category. It starts of with a nutty/fruity flavor that evolves into spice with clove and a hint of vanilla. The fruits are apple, pear, fig, and banana. Very nice balance.

Mouthfeel is typically high in carbonation for these styles and this is no exception. Not as much burn as I would expect from something this strong. Drinkability is very good for the style.

I take this as a good omen for my Belgian to be a great one as well!

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

A: poured a murky, mud colored brown. off white head. little lacing on the side of the glass.

S: honey, caramel, booze, not really too much in the nose here.

T: really boozey, really really boozey initially, roast malt flavors, slightly skunky hop presence, light roasted coffee flavors. some of the honey flavors follow through.

M: very carbonated, lots of tiny bubbles, carbonation is prickly and sticks on the tongue. definite warming from the alcohol.

D: not one of the best trappist ales i've ever had, somewhat disappointing actually. a little much on the carbonation for me. and the alcohol is not hidden very well either.

Photo of spointon
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 11.2oz skinny brown bottle into my St. Bernardus chalice.

A= This ale poured a very cloudy, murky brown color with loads of sediment in suspension. The dirty tan head started a bit over 1/2" and quickly dropped to a thin cap. Very little lacing down the glass.

S= Aromas were EXTREMELY muted. I practically had to snort this thing to get a sense of what it was all about (and it was at cellar temp). What I did find was a bit of estery banana bread, rum soaked raisins, and alcohol. That was about it.

T= This is where this ale started to win me over. I found flavors of rich malty sweetness up front, followed by notes of carob, brown sugar, figs, and fruity esters. Some spiciness present as well. The middle and finish were wrapped in a heavy alcohol warmth that was both pleasant and large.

MF= This ale had a medium body with a low-medium carbonation, giving this one very smooth feel.

D= This bottle had a bit of age on it, but not anywhere near its outer limit. Very drinkable but not without its faults. Still, this is a great tasting beer, I just wish it had a better aroma profile.

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

Oh! I just discovered the perfect combination! Rochefort 8 and brie! I put thin slices of this remarkable French cheese on "Party Extras" crackers (Haust) and it's pure bliss combined with this great beer. I was initially surprised with the enthousiasm that the head formed. Pouring very carefully a thick layer (5 cm) of beige froth formed on top of the dark brown liquid. Then I rummaged around in my fridge to look for something to accompany it... and found it! The wonderful sweet taste of the beer combines excellent with the sweet taste of the brie. Highly recommended!

Photo of SykDoc
4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this from a bottle into a snifter. It pours a dark toffee brown that is opaque when held to the light. A ~2 inch head initially forms and dissipates into a thin lace.
The aroma includes notes of cotton candy with chocolate and spices.
The initial taste is very interesting with hints of chocolate and caramel which are enjoyed when combined with the scent. You cannot tell the alcohol content.
The mouthfeel includes a fair amount of carbonation for a light/medium bodied ale.
This beer is quite easy to drink and can be enjoyed by a wide variety of beer lovers.

Photo of bbothen
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a St Bernardu chalice. This info matters.

Pours a deep mahagony brown color with a bubbly 2 finger deep off white colored head.

Smells fruity, banana, spicy, yeasty, sweet, smells like a bakery. Nice.

Tstes fruity, dates, grape, woody, nutty, sweet caramel, toffee, Belgian yeast, boozy. Yummy.

Smooth, creamy, brisk, nice, medium to full, warming booze, moderate carbonation.

Nice Belgian dark ale. I personally like the 6 & 10 more, but this is mighty tasty. Can't go wrong with any from the Rochefort line up.

Photo of MASPuros
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber dark brown with 2 inch off white head. Lots of sediment

S - Dark fruits, toffee, caramel

T - like eating a Caramelo, chocolate and caramel falvors dominate and finishes with a creamy taste. Can taste slight alcohol but it is well balanced in with the flavors of the beer. It is masked very well

M - Medium body with lots of carbination. Not sticky or chewy. Went down very well and smooth

D - It a bit pricey but very worth having a few in your cooler. This is a ver easy drinking brew. I will defiately be looking for more to age.

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

Bottle labeled as 250613 07:57

A - Cloudy dark brown with lots of tan head

S - Chocolate spices and dark fruit

T - Good chocolate with some caramel, dark fruit and creamy vanilla. The alcohol is well hidden.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

D - Very enjoyable and easy to drink. It gets better as it warms up.

Photo of sgoodship
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my first foray into Belgian Ale and not a bad place to start!

A: Good earthy chestnut brown hazy color. Poured a 330ml bottle into a goblet. Frothy head that lasted a little while and dissipated into a wisp of a head with a nice delicate ring.

S: Bready, biscuity malt, spice, banana, dark fruit. As the drink progressed, the alcohol (manifested as rum) became stronger but by no means overpowering.

T: Sweet malt beginning moving into biscuit malt, moving into dark fruit and finishing with pepper spice, phenols, rum alcohol after taste. Nothing is overstated. The alcohol is amazingly concealed inside the well balanced complexity. 9.2 ABV seems impossible but the rosy cheeks are a reminder.

M: Medium/light carbonation. Feels clean and smooth - little buttery. Medium/light bodied. Warms like a hot toddy.

D: Amazingly drinkable. This ABV and profile wouldn't be my choice for a session beer of course but I would certainly revisit this brew and I am looking forward to trying more Belgium Ale.

Photo of prsguitarsr4me
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This and the 10 are the best beers I've ever had. 5 all-around for this one. Gorgeous looking beer with a creamy head with exceptional retention. Smells fruity and sweet, but not too sweet. The taste is like heaven in a bottle. Tastes like silk. The malty and velvety feel and accompanied by some slight coffee undertones with the alcohol reminding us how great the beer is. The blend is unbelievable. Well, this is one of the best beers I've ever had. Everyone needs to try it!

Photo of Beernoisseur
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of the best beers I've ever had. It pours beautifully, has a wonderfully rich aroma. The taste is slightly less sweet than some of the other trappist belgians, which is perfect for me. I like this better than Chimay. I enjoys this out of a frosty tulip glass, but a goblet would've worked just as well. Try one!

Photo of uwmgdman
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New review with fresher bottle:

The beer pours a deep mahogany with a reddish hue and quickly diminishing light tan head. The aroma is quite fruity, a bit spicy, and fairly sweet, rather inviting. The flavor is quite complex, very malty, dark fruits, and a bit earthy. The beer finishes a just a bit tart, slightly dry, and with a prick of the medium-high carbonation. The flavors linger nicely on the palate with just a bit of warm glow in my belly. Overall a very flavorful beer, yet still quite drinkable at the ABV, even better as it warms.

Photo of Casey10
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a awesome ale with repeat drinkability.

Once again another Belgian that is worth trying.

Darker beer with taste that make your tastebuds water.

Have not tried a Rochefort 10 yet but can only imagine that it only gets better.

Wonderful beer will drink it agin if given the option.

Photo of nrpellegrini
3.8/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think I missed something on this beer.. don't get me wrong it was really good, but not A+ worthy to me? I kept thinking I could have stirred the yeast up? I was careful though? I'll give it another shot but heres how the first time went..

Poured a deep dirt brown color with a huge tan head that stuck around the whole time. Smelled of sweet malts and yeast, with a hint of hop spices. This was not the case for the taste. No hop flavor, and almost no malt. Hard to describe. Sweet smooth flavors. A very thin, almost airy beer. A sweet leather taste, some raison and spices. Maybe some water down rum in there. The mouthfeel was good, every drink tricked me into thinking it was going to be heavy but it thinned out and laced the mouth nicely. The drinkability was nice, never picked up the alcohol. Just very confused by the taste.
Give it a shot..

Photo of Blakaeris
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque dark brown, with thick chunks of yeast giving a look of solidity. Head is a thick tan mass and hangs around awhile.

Aroma is brandy soaked dark fruit, hints of powdery chocolate, musty, with cinnamon and nutmeg.

Taste is caramel malt sweetness. Generous dark fruit, cocoa, brown sugar, and banana. Dry mustiness with hints of woody oak and vanilla. Bourbon like alcohol notes in the finish with lingering yeasty spices.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Soft and creamy.

A tasty Belgian treat. Flavor is mellow overall with pleasant subtleties. Fruity and musty. A winner.

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

Straight on gazes prove unyielding. A stony and steadfast burgundy sits staunch and resolute. A white spray has been sandblasted across the top. Backlight will reveal an animated tone of ruby and gorgeous scarlet blush. Rochefort 8 is pure eye candy.

The aura of fruits: both ripe and dried, light and dark. At some point or another its bouquet falls under the influence of raisins, apple, pear, dates, figs, red grapes, and juicy plum. A powerful essence of yeast lays beyond the fruits and seems to outlive them as the beer warms.

As with many Belgian ales the yeast is fascinating in that it features distinctly in all aspects of the beer and yet lends no one specific character. No spice is used but one could easily assume cinnamon, clove, anise, or chamomile and not be far from describing what it is they're tasting.

The taste of yeast also contributes notes of bread pudding, gingerbread cookies and rum cake. Flavours of over-ripe apples and nectarines, as well as raisins are ever present. Although no alcohol is present it reminds one of red wine or, in aged samples, sherry and port.

The yeast is also present in the texture. Combined with the alcohol it procures a very dry beer; all notions of sweet nectarines and summer fruit vanquish quickly and the mouth is left feeling (slightly unpleasantly) cottony. Fortunately there's enough rich malt to make up for it.

I used to love Rochefort 8; I still do, but I used to too. Fresh and aged, I've had delectable experiences with whole crew, numbers 6 through 10. This is a great place to start for anyone beginning to discover Belgian beers and is a frequent revisit for all connoisseurs. World class.

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

Huge two inch off white frothy head. Deep brown color that does not let any light through. Only a light lace is left on the glass.

A strong aroma to this one with some dark fruits, brown sugar and some rum notes.

Huge taste of brown sugar and candy at first and then the dark fruits come through with a light rum flavor and maybe some banana taste to it. Their is a warming alcohol taste that is quite nice. This is such a great beer and very complex but not as complex as other Belgian Strong Dark Ales that I have had.

A very smooth beer that goes down very easily and hides the alcohol well. Carbonation is moderate and if this was not so expensive it would be on my weekly list.

Photo of rtepiak
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

a murky chestnut with sediment and a thin creamy light tan head. the smell at first was sour. then some alcohol. this disapated after a minute or so. very smooth fruit esters dark fruit, and the sourness of an under ripe plum. some pear too but mainly fig. not particularly sweet. the palate was smooth as ever. with a light but rich leathery wallnutty malt and a hint of toffee. the fruit was figs, apple, blackberry, plum, and a grape finish. fig straight out of a tree. the mineral the apple/pear. the sourness and richness of fruit all at once. absolutely wonderful accent with malt leather blend. the density was wonderful throughout. not too much not too weak. no heavy alcohol resonating. this is a must for anyone that is interested in beer. great for sipping. i would have two or three even. but it really shines best with food.

its best for game meat. or a great steak... well seasoned. but it works for fish too. had it with leg of lamb over potatoes and greens and some pickled white anchovies.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.91/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I got this as an extra in a trade with DLucky...and it is definitely an awesome extra...really excited for this one. Aged 11.2 oz bottle poured into my Chimay chalice (both brewed by monks...right?). Best by June (or maybe March) 09. Rochefort has limited availability in PA and is very expensive.

A- This is a beautiful beer. Pours perfectly into my chimay chalice with a 1/2 finger head with perfect retention. Traces of lacing are left all the way down the glass.

S- The nose is very pungent and at first loaded with a nauseating grain alcohol odor with a big barleywine-like maltiness (I'm not a fan of most barleywines). It was hard to put up to my nose at first...but upon further inspection the nose is quite complex. Strong phenols are definitely upfront and what I noticed initially. Fermented grapes/raisins, a sweet bready yeast, funk, and a soft spiciness come through almost as equal upon further inspection.

T- Fermented grapes raisins and/or plums upfront with a soft spicy yeast backbone. The gingerbread spiciness comes through a little more for the finish along with a slight alcohol warmth. A slight soft spiciness lingers on the back of the palate.

M-The mouthfeel is perfect. Low carbonation and medium to lightweight body loaded with yeast. Extraordinarily smooth.

D- This is an awesome beer that took me a few sips to warm up to. At first I didn't know what to think about this beer but it very quickly grew on me. It is a nice, well put together Belgian that is complex and very smooth. I'm sure the aging process has helped a lot with the mouthfeel and maybe has hindered the nose. After some aging it's still a bit boozy and it would be hard to drink more than this bottle. One I will have again (if found at a decent price).

Photo of USCTrojanBrian
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
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 +4.2%
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 +4.2%
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 -6.3%
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.

Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 4,564 ratings.