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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Ratings: 4,655
Reviews: 1,810
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 300
Gots: 679 | FT: 24
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Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium

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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Ratings: 4,655 | Reviews: 1,810
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.

Photo of champ103
4.47/5  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
4.42/5  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
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
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 +3.5%
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
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
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 -4.4%
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 +8.3%
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
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
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 +8.8%
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.

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 4,655 ratings.