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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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4,490 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,490
Reviews: 1,777
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 279
Gots: 574 | FT: 19
Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium

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

Poured nice, dark with quickly disappearing head, and a nice amount of lacing

the alcohol is hidden very well in this beer, could really knock you out if you didnt know it

subtle raisin and fig notes

a good sipping beer, but a bit pricy at 5$/12oz

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

12oz bottle, the first of many considering I bought a case of this.

A large head of microbubbles resting on a radiant ruby brown body make for a pleasing appearance in the right glassware. Great retention and fairly epic lacing. As others have mentioned, there is a strong smell of raisins in the aroma, but I also picked up port. The flavour is full of dried fruit, spices, and well-concealed alcohol, with a vinous edge. Its like a Christmas pudding soaked in rum and washed down with a glass of wine. The body is smooth and almost creamy, leading into a surprisingly dry finish that hinted at oak.

This is a wonderful contemplative drink to sip over the course of an evening, and I actually prefer it to the 10.

Photo of soulgrowl
4.95/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: This has one of those wonderful, amazing trappist heads, the kind that sits atop the beer like a buff-colored, sparkling pearly crown, the kind that keeps growing for minutes after the pour, the kind that distracts from the beer itself - which is a regal, plummy, thick brown with just a hint of bright blood orange and tiny beige bubbles visible just below the bottom of the head. Exceptional, the best-looking brew I've seen in a while.

Smell: Clove hits me first, then a cold, cellar-like mustiness, then a deep, toasty, earthy malt-and-yeast base. Hops appear in the form of a grassy, leafy, and floral melody, reminiscent of endives, radicchio, basil, dandelion, and lavender. There is also a slightly cheesy edge; have some of the hops been aged? Onto the malts: brown sugar, rum, hot cocoa, and chocolate are the top notes, with notes of pancakes and cherry cola in the background. Complex and well-contained; no one flavor is too strong, and the alcohol is almost entirely undetectable.

Taste: Malty and sweet without being syrupy; spicy and bright without being hot; overall, very robust and very balanced. Notes of cola, red wine, figs, molasses, prunes, strawberries, and aged balsamic vinegar spill over the palate, cleaned up by the perfect amount of alcohol, phenols, and hop spice: gin and tonics, cloves, aspirin, and fennel come to mind. Finish is clean with a zip of alcohol and an aftertaste of roasted nuts. Wow.

Mouthfeel: A bit too light, but the carbonation is spot-on; effervescent enough to buoy the malts, not so effervescent that it makes the alcohol burn too brightly. Remarkably clean.

Drinkability: This beer is amazing. It is strong, yes, and I was hesitant to give it a 5 for drinkability because of that; but it's such an excellent sipper, so complex and nice, that one bottle should be able to keep you interested for quite a while. And besides that, for 9.2% ABV, the alcohol flavor is very tame. An excellent beer. Extremely versatile with cheese and charcuterie. Respect!

Photo of cartdan
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip glass. The beer pours a dark brown, slightly opaque. Leaves a tall head with some lacing that dissipates quickly. Smell is very slight fruit, with the alcohol being evident. The taste isn't as impressive as the 6 or 10, a little spicy, maybe a little malty, but not much more there. Mouthfeel is medium. I wasn't as impressed with this one as the 6 or 10, but it is still a very nice beer...

Photo of Proteus93
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured deep amber / brown with a mild to moderate head that dropped rather quickly, leaving a pretty lace trim.

S: Rather mild to my nose, considering the ABV. Perhaps light yeasty, caramel aromas, but all in all, very mild.

T: A little bitter, somewhat malty, the alcohol isn't particularly well-hidden (somewhat unexpected following the smell), however that does not detract from the overall experience. I did not really pick up on the numerous fruity flavours mentioned by others. Earthy, somewhat spicy, with a hint of cocoa and perhaps prune.

M: Nice, bubbly, leaving something of a trail behind on the way down. Not too viscuous, not too heavy.

D: A touch strong, but that is only based on personal drinking habits. I would likely do better with the 6 rather than the 8, but I would certainly have this again. A drink to be consumed slowly - though that should allow the drinker to savour it that much more

Photo of dedrinker
3.38/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Murky rusty dark brown. Stagnant pond brown. But the light tan head has a nice soft smoothness to it. Faint aroma of yeast, musty, holiday spice. Faint-so faint, but pleasant. The flavor is dry cocoa and dehydrated tree fruit, maybe fig/ date. There is a certain bitter, phenolic/ medicinal grip to it that I find unpleasant, but in my experience that usually indicates that some cellaring is in order. These days I am leaning more towards the milder varieties - like the Rochefort 6, that offer the softened nuances and accessible complexities without the wait for the beer to mature. There is a bitter yeast and boozy flavor on the finish. I have had a better example of this, but it was a few years old. Age-away fellows. At least one year for this.

Photo of BucBasil
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured from the 11 mL bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. The darkest brown you can imagine with a massive offwhite, creamy head that I had to wait for to finish pouring, even after a careful pour.

Smell: This is one of the most complex aromas I've ever come across. What first appears mildly hoppy explodes into a crazy, fruity, tangy aroma of raspberries, currants, candy sugar, caramel malt, and a number of other notes that I couldn't place my finger on.

Taste: Almost underwhelming after the fantastic aroma, but lives up to the hype. Subtle introduction of malt and some dark fruit, but all the flavor comes in the finish, during which the powerful yeast makes itself known, as does a certain earthy, spicy character. Alcohol also has a presence here with a slight burn on the midpalate, but actually kind of pleasant. Surprisingly subdued and also very smooth.

Mouthfeel: Velvet smooth and full bodied as it just slides down the back of the throat. Slight alcohol burn and numbness after each sip, but not in a bad way.

Drink: Amazing richness, yet hides its alcohol content well. Could have a couple of these.

Overall: This is a highly complex brew. The taste and aroma have such depth that it takes some time to work everything out. Pretty amazing.

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

Carried home by-hand, from Belgium.

I actually prefer this to the 10.

A= nice brownish-red with a bit of off-yellowed head.

S= little alcohol evident, surprising for its ABV. Nice fruity-plum-prune-raisin conglomerate.

T= exceptional flavor, complexity, balance with the same fruity plum-prune-raisin conglomerate, slight sweetness and yet profound depth.

M= possibly some ABV after-numbing but you're too busy savoring the aftertaste.

D= very drinkable depending on your ABV tolerance, and how much your stomach can take before feeling bloated.

Photo of GbVDave
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice.

A: Pours a murky, dark-brown with reddish highlights. Covering this is a khaki-colored head of lavish creaminess.

S: Perfectly subtle aromas of roasted malt, berries, dark chocolate, biscuits, dark fruit. Also noticed something like a tangy cola aroma.

T: Roasted malt, spicy hops, dark chocolate, plums/figs, berries, tart apple, cocoa, and that aforementioned cola. Earthy and wonderful.

M: Smooth and velvety. Just about the time the middle rolls around a perfect amount of spicyness emerges and adds a whole new layer to the mouthfeel.

D: I could detect virtually no alcohol presence, what so ever. This is such a smooth and easy drinker. An absolute "must try"!

Photo of AlexF
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bouteille de 33 cl.

Bière brune opaque offrant une mousse veloutée et persistante. Apparence quasi-irréprochable.

Odeurs chocolatées et fruitées. Certains arômes de gâteau sont aussi perceptibles.

En bouche, la Rochefort 8 est impresionnante. Un sucré agréable mais pas trop présent est immédiatement perceptible. Des goûts de fruits (figue, prune?) sont ensuite mêlé à une agréable pointe chocolatée. Excellent !

La Rochefort 8 dissimule à merveille son % élevé d'alcool. Bière hors du commun.

Photo of Mudpuppet
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from a 11oz bottle into a Ommegang chalice. Pours brown with a light thin head.

S- Very light aroma. Light malts and alcohol.

T- Dark malt flavor. Very yeasty beer with notes of caramel. I love the flavor of this brew.

M- Strong carbonation but a very smooth brew.

D- Strong beer for sure but the great flavor and complex notes are incredible. Do not miss this beer.

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, deep, red-brown color with 2 finger tan head that looked like a bubbly version of chocolate pancake batter. Head hung around longer than with the 6.

Smell is rich and fruity-sweet, with some yeast and a whiff of pleasant alcohol.

Taste is terrific. Ripe apple, some nutmeg, and a touch of raspberry and dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel is so nice. Smooth as can be, with just the right mix of carbonation.

This is a wonderful beer.

Photo of MmmIPA
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown,chestnut colored body with a off white head that last almost the entire beer.Nice lacing also.

Notes of alcohol,yeast,berrys and plums.

Notes of milk chocolate,pepper.Dry finish.

Silky smooth taste but has high carbonation,which sucks the big one.Attacks the tongue.

This beer is very good.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours extremely dark amber brown with a massive tan head that takes a while to recede and leaves a lot of lacing. Nose is strong and sweet. After a few minutes of it being open and sitting in the glass (and not being drunk), it seems to have calmed down and is a bit more even. Taste is sweet with a huge edge to it. Alcohol is noticeably present, but firmly mixed in with the other flavors. Feel is smooth with character. Highly drinkable.

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

Dark brown with beet red highlights when backlit. Half and inch of rocky foam that leaves a modest lacing. Aroma of woody malt, brandy and spices. Taste is very full and complex. You could probably find new things in here every time you drink it. Very smooth, plenty of carbonation. I like drinking it. I will definitely drink more of it.

Photo of atrus138
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into my Duvel tulip glass. Dark, murky brown with just shy of a two inch fluffy head. Thick lacing. The smell was wonderful. "Full" would be the best word for it. Lots of fruits - dark, citrus, and tropical. Very sweet. The taste was delicious and complex, delivering lots of fruits, especially when warmed to room temperature. The carbonation was definitely higher here than in Trappistes Rochefort 10, though not unpleasant by any means. The alcohol is noticeable, but well-hidden compared to the actual ABV. Very warming without doing any damage, especially since you will want to savor every last drop of this as long as you can.

Photo of illidurit
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Rochefort goblet. This beer is the color of that brown waterproof wood stain and nearly as thick. Gritty hazy body with a monumental tan head. That famous Belgian lace is everywhere here.

The aroma is really complex. Booze soaked fig, spicecake, brown sugar, and yeast.

Taste is also very complex. Dark malt and yeast provide a foundation while several flavor notes dance upon it, including caramel, raisin, fig, pepper, exotic nuts, caramel, chocolate, and peat.

Mouthfeel takes a hit because it's too carbonated. The 6 and the 8 have this problem, while the 10 seems to have it under better control. The carbonation is distracting, yet fine enough to make the beer go down quite smoothly. Great full body.

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

light tan head that shrinks down to a thin film and leaves a nice lace sits on top of a hazy brown beer that has ruby feet. nose is of dark fruit, brown sugar, mollases, caramel (and hop? i know they use hallertau and Styrian Golding, and i could swear i detect a faint hint in the background). taste is way more than the nose suggests. fig, prune, molasses, spicy yeast, bitter hop, rum... on and on... delicious and HUGE. this beer explodes in the mouth. full of carbonation making it feel lighter than it is, medium full body is full of life and finishes dry. great with red meat and earthy, farmy veggies, the boozy taste might be too much for some. the heat is mellower in the older bottles i've had, but nevertheless, this is not for the faint at heart.

Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle. Pours a dark murky tea brown with a small fizzy white head that quickly recedes to a thin collar.

The aroma is sweet molasses, dark fruits, spiced cake and cola with a little alcohol.

The flavor is sugary chocolate malts, fruit cake, cola, nuts and dark fruits with a dry finish. The alcohol is well hidden. The mouthfeel is medium with lots of sharp sparkling carbonation.

Overall, a fairly decadent and complex dessert beer.

Photo of korndog
3.53/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured great into a tulip with a nice head that quickly dissipated into a sea foamy surface with medium residual lacing that was there to stay. Black Cherry/fig aroma mixed with malt and medium alcohol giving this high rating on the nose. Tastes drier than the 6 from start to finish with a more leathery, peaty character. Highly carbonated. I am a little disappointed at this juncture. I feel that there is not enough malty sweetness backing up the rest of the flavor and alcohol notes. I tried one yesterday and thought my buds were off, or I had a bad bottle. This one had the same deficiencies. It's difficult to believe that the 6 is so significantly different to my palate, but that's the way it is.

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

Appearance - 4.0
Poured a hand of creamy beige head that took ages to fade. The body is a solid dark brown, only penetrated by light around the edges where it is golden-red.

Smell - 4.5
A subtle yet tantalising aroma of cocoa, cherries, milk chocolate, molasses, cooking fruitcake, spice and sweet malt.

Taste - 4.5
Way more approachable than other Belgian strong dark ales. The alcohol is warming, yet soft and far less powerful than you would expect for a beer with an ABV of 9.2%. A truly delicious taste of sweet chocolate malt, caramel, brown sugar, mixed spice and stewed fruit.

Mouthfeel - 5.0
Superbly rich mouthfeel thanks to the light, fine carbonation and moderate weight in the mouth.

Drinkability - 4.5
I cannot think of a beer possessing such a high ABV that is more drinkable. I could easily polish off two in a sitting.

OVERALL
I currently see this as quite clearly the best beer I have tasted. Hugely impressive, massively flavoursome, ridiculously approachable and drinkable. The price ($10 for a 330mL) is the only downside, but will not stop me from drinking this heavenly brew again.

Edit: Having now tried Westvleteren 12, this is no longer the best beer I have tasted! Still great, though!

Photo of BeerLover729
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful brunette. Dark brown at that, with a nice big puffy head that subsides to elegant lacing. The smell is of chocolate and/or roasted barley and molasses. The taste is of roasted barley and/or caramelized chocolate malt with maybe something similar to a peat smoked malt. There is definitely some smoky character to this beer. It could just be from the long Belgium boils producing a burnt/caramel taste from the malt. Or more simply just the roasted barley. Whatever the reason this beer has a complex taste. This beer has a medium body with vigorous, but on the softer side, carbonation. Those silly monks did a great job disguising the alcohol content of this beer, however the trade off is the pronounced burnt/smokey/roast, which also makes the beer go down a little slower. Regardless, great beer.

Photo of irishkyle21
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a real treat just plain delicious. Those monks at Rochefort sure know what they are doing! The 8 pours with a fluffy tanned white head that leaves behind a thick coating of lacing as it takes all of the time in the world to settle. Has a cloudy brown color.

The nose has lots of dark alcohol soaked fruits, sweet bread, spicy yeast and some caramel.

Heaven in a glass. Tastes of caramel malt, sweet rum, lots of fruits, there is even some chocolate and a spicy finish. This is very smooth and probably the most drinkable high ABV beer I have ever had.

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

rochefort 8 pours a slightly hazy amber. a careful pour pays off unless you like em yeasty. A little extra cheese on the taco! The smell is of baked goods and sugary honey. Tastes of dark fruits and almost has an appley quality to it. the mouthfeel is gloriously creamy and smooth. the finish is exceptionally smooth, but i cant help but say there seems to be some st. sixtus influence in the flavor. I mean that in a good way (how else could you) but mostly lovely belgian flavor and that unmistakeable trappist mouthfeel. taste lingers for some time, and the abv is nowhere. great beer.

Photo of Lukie
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a brilliant dark mahogoney, with a glint of red. The head is a finger high which has quickly dissipitated to a lacing over the top, and along the rim of the glass.

The nose is incredibly sweet, with rich christmas cake, figs, rhubarb and honey characters. It is incredibly distinct in the smell, and quite strong. The hops give off a slight floral finish.

It is quite sweet, a little like cola, with sweet caramels, some plum, and a hint of coffee bean. Some honey fig, and christmas cake fruit rounds out the taste of this emmaculate brew.

Mouthfeel is smooth, with a little carbonation similar to that of drinking a cola. It is not overly heavy on the alcohol character even though the abv is high itself, making this scarily easy to drink. Just wonderful.

Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
97 out of 100 based on 4,490 ratings.