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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Ratings: 4,556
Reviews: 1,786
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 283
Gots: 631 | 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 morebeergood
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Rochefort chalice. The color was mahogany brown, and there was a decent sized but thin head. Carbonation was certainly noticeable in the head. The smell was amazing, full of fig and sugar aromas. The taste was just as good, with notes of maple, cinnamon, orange, and pears present. A nice combination of sweetness and fruitiness. This beer was a bit thinner in the body than I would have expected, which is the only negative I could possibly mention. This is easily one of the best Trappist beers available in the US market.

Photo of maddogruss
3.6/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bottle of this into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark brown body with a thick, white head with decent retention and lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: A nice, sweet malty smell with hints of citrus in the undertones.

T: A sweet, malty taste with a robust, sweet aftertaste. Hints of burnt caramel and toffee lend a hand in developing that sweet aftertaste.

M: Pretty smooth, but seemed slightly overcarbonated.

D: A good combination of mouthfeel and taste makes this beer pretty drinkable. You do not taste the alcohol level at all and it goes down pretty easy. I think it could have been a little better had it had slightly less carbonation.

Photo of meatmallet
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish brown color with a beige foamy head. Good carbonation and a thick head that seemed to disappear quickly.

Slight floral smell with some fruit and spice. A little bitter aftertaste with a definate alcohol feel.

Overall a great beer. Dont be surprised by the small size it packs a kick at 9.2% alcohol.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a lively, clear, reddish-brown body topped by a large, off-white head.

Smell: Lightly spiced aroma with notes of caramel, breadcrusts, six flowers, dried fruits, a bit of booze, and freshly brewed white tea.

Taste: Flavors of toasted bread and sweet carmael with brown sugar-coated bananas and a hint of dried cherries. Savory yeast character. Slight bitterness, but it's generally on the sweet side throughout. Toasty finish with a hint of that warming booze.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. After some fizzing, after some fussing, it settles to a medium carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a very good beer, I won't lie to you.

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

A - Pours medium to dark brown in color. Some yeast particles stay suspended for a while in the glass. Ended up with just over a half inch head with good retention. Lacing was good as well.

S - Sweet aroma overall. Starts out with strong caramel followed by gingerbread and yeast. Warm alcohol is in the background with notes of fruit.

T - Taste follows smell. Starts out sweet with caramel and brown sugar. The fruit stands out more in the taste but is still mild and sweet. Dark bread, yeast, and some sharp spices are in the background. Alcohol is warming. On the very tail end there seem to ba a hop flavor but it is far removed from all the other flavors.

M - Meduim bodied with great carobonation. Finish is bittersweet.

D - Drinkability is good. The abv is high but that does not have any affect on how easy it goes down. Recommemded for any Belgian fan.

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

Pours dark brown, with a light tan and creamy head. Tan sediment is present in my glass. Aromas of roasted malts, sweet fruits and Belgian yeast fill your nose. Malt flavor is sweet, bready and nutty. Fruity notes are of plum, golden raisin and fig. The alcohol is well hidden, but still noticeable. Well balanced with a medium body, nice carbonation and a smooth mouth feel. Exceptional Trappist ale.

Photo of halfP1NT
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark murky brown, almost opaque. Small bubbles are rising. Thick, off-white head dissipates to a thin cap with a thick ring around the outside of the glass.

Smell is musty, aroma of dark fruits and sweet vanilla malts.

Taste is dark fruit; apricot, cherry? Malty, sweet vanilla, spice. Warm alcohol finish. Flavor intensifies as the beer warms.

Medium carbonation, very balanced and complex. The high abv makes this a slow sipper but very enjoyable. I like how this beer really changes as it warms.

Photo of joepais
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a chalice produced a huge fluffy tan head it takes a few minutes to settle down to a thick lace. The body is a hazy dark brown

Aromas of dark fruits, spices and malts fill your nose. Some nice bread yeast and a light alcohol whiff follows

Flavors of raisins plumbs and spices dance across your tongue along nice warming effect from the alcohol

Good mouthfeel on this one nice and bubbly on the tongue from the carbonation

Awesome drinkablity I sipped away at this for about a half hour and enjoyed every drop. I will gladly grab a few more of these

Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy dark mahogany body under an initially-huge rocky tan head. Head fades to a solid lid in about 10 minutes.

Smell is fantastic. So rich and "warm" with vanillla, vinous malt, and oak. Sweet burned cherry, old leather, dark chocolate. Spicy, peppery, mmm. Really smells exceptionally good.

Taste is spot on to the aroma: vanilla and burned cherry are the front notes, then the pepper and coriander come up. Finish is Light metallic bitter followed by dark chocolate.

Rich mouthfeel with a depth of soft and expansive carbonation spreading it all around. Tastes and feels so good, you don't really want to swallow it.

Drinkability is reduced by the alcohol, which is very evident, though not harshly so. However, there's so much going on here that this is a sipper anyway. I reckon I could sip a couple of these or more. However, they're a bit on the pricey side, so in the real world, that also reduces the drinkability.

Overall, another of Rochefort's fantastic beers. Someday I'm gonna have the 6, 8 and 10 side-by-side!

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

Pours a murky dark brown color with some red and amber hues in the light. 1/2 inch of cream colored thick fizzy head lasts for about a minute leaving some nice lacing. Smells of sweet brown sugar, nuts, molasses, cinnamon, and dark fruits. Taste is very similar, sweet maple sugar, clove, cherries, nuts, chocolate, and a touch of hops before a warm alcohol finish. Hints of butter and apples as the beer warms. Medium in body with a high carbonated feel, smooth but with a tingle to it. A nice balance with lots of flavors going on an some alcohol presence reminding you to take it slow, this baby is over 9%abv after all. Easy to drink but with the higher alcohol you may not want to drink more than 1 a night, very rewarding and something I'd save for a special occasion.

Photo of Pencible
3.63/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a dark hazy brown with fluffy light tan head. Its scent was a nice blend of malt and hops. It tasted of lots of citrus hops and some malt, and had an average aftertaste. It was watery and somewhat soapy with standard carbonation. Overall this wasn't necessarily bad, but it was certainly not an impressive beer.

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

330ml brown bottle poured into a Chimay Goblet.

A: Hazy dark brown with hints of red. A nice thick tan head with small bubbles as a top hat. Looks like an A&W commercial. The head eventually recedes to a half finger.

S: Sour and malty with a bit of toast on the nose followed by caramel sweetness, almost like cola. Light yeasts present as well.

T: Fantastic palate. Spices, caramel and malt all balanced perfectly up front. Alcohol cuts in for the finish and leaves minimal aftertaste. The transition from sweet to alcohol reminds me of a bananas foster.

M: Heavily carbonated with medium body. Nice smooth brew.

D: Best I've had in this category. Will be back.

Photo of ROMER79
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour was a deep dark brown with a two finger tan head that falls apart after a few seconds. Right off the bat you could smell the alcohol flavor. Along with that there is definitely roasted malts, caramel, and chocolate. The taste was the same but the alcohol definitely adds a huge bite. It is a full bodied beer with an alcoholic bite. This beer is for slow drinking and pure enjoyment.

Photo of babyhobbes
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thank you LeonTrotsky and IntriqKen for sending me these to try as part of my Beer Powerball winnings!! Woohoo!

Pours a dark amber color with an off-white head, that stuck around for nearly the whole glass.

Smells quite sugary, a raw, brown sugar caramel scent, that was quite a bit sweeter than the taste. This was a little more bitter and full of an alcohol bite than expected.

Certainly a very good beer, but there are lots more out there that I want to try.

Photo of marksto
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber-brown with a subtle reddish tinge. Thick, fluffly head and large beads of carbonation visible along the sides of a tulip shaped-glass, cascading up and keeping the head thick and full.

Aroma is magnificent. Clearly noticeable with the glass not even close to the nose. Essences of maple, nuts, and cinnamon dominate, with some dark fruit in the background.

Flavor continues many of the flavors found in the nose. Maple, light cherry, and raisin essences explode with the a powerful carbonation. Alcohol is there but hardly noticible with all the flavor essences going on.

A marvelous dark Begian strong ale, full of the wonderful complexity exempletive of the best of this style. Highly recommend.

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

Poured from 330mL bottle into chalice.
A: Pours a dark brownish ruby color with thick light tan head that quickly dissipates.
S: Malt, spice (clove, coriander, etc.), dark dried fruit, and bready yeast. Wonderful aroma.
T: Taste lives up to the aroma! Quite complex with notes of clove, malt, candy (?chocolate), bread, yeast, raisin, and more!
M: Very light on the tongue, which actually contrasts nicely with the complexity of the taste. High carbonation gives the beer a nice effervescence.
D: Very, very drinkable. Wonderful trappist brew! The high ABV is nicely balanced by the complex taste.

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

Pours a dark brown with ruby hues. A large luxurious light tan head sits on top with good retention receeding to leave some lace on the glass and a clumpy mass later on. Aroma is slightly sour. A slight vengar aroma with some smokiness. Strong malty profile. Dark fruits, chocolate, and a little bit of alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, silky, and lightly carbonated. Drinkability is fair. Easy to drink, but strong flavors and high alcohol limit the amount of consumption.

Photo of Sidedrummer
4.9/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My poor pour resulted in a suspension of yeast that clouded the dark bronze beer, it's a good thing I like yeast! A nice pillowy two-finger head topped off the chalice and dissipated slowly.

I nosed a slight smoky malt mixed with a wonderful spicy-raisin-plumb aroma, typical of the other Rocheforts I've enjoyed.

As it warmed up, I noticed the increasing buttery-malt flavor with floral yeast undertones, eventually turning to more of a toasty flavor with hints of honey.

A great Trappist to enjoy late in the evening while you unwind from a long day.

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

I poured number 8 from the Trappistes Rochefort selection into a chalice and it had a 1/2 finger head with a tight pillow formation with snowy blizzard like lacing.

The aroma was comforting with a smokiness and brown sugar. You could smell the alcohol.

The taste was bitter to start and finished with sweet peaches. I also got some bananas. I found it very well balanced. The sensors in my mouth were left buzzing for some time. Very, very enjoyable beer to have a couple times a year.

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

served at room temp.

poured dark brown into chalice. off-white 1 finger head that drops almost immediately. very crisp sounding pour. I noticed that I got a lot of suspended yeast particles in my glass. probably my fault however, and wont be taking that into consideration for appearance rating. very little lacing remains as I drink.

smell of rum, and raisins, and a little maple syrup.

spicy, maple syrup/molasses is my first impression. malty sweetness is dominant, and a bit strong, but far from cloying. black pepper, and apples towards the dry finish.

mouthfeel is perfect. just the right amount of carbonation for superior taste, and not so much that it is overwhelming. smooth texture. I wont say velvety, more like satiny.

I could drink 2 or 3 of these at a sitting, so I would have to say drinkability: high. If you drink 6+ beers at a time, probably wouldn't want to go with this one. might get overwhelmingly sweet, not to mention the cost. good beer, and I will definitely try the rest of their offerings.

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

Poured into a tulip.

Cloudy, dense deep brown color that maintains a strong, white head that stays for a while and leaves a little lacing after about an hour or so. Smells like dried fruit and alcohol, but not in a bad way - we're talking high quality cognac or rum. Taste is kind of disappointing. Smooth, but there is nothing really catching my attention. Regardless, the taste is good. Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and well done. This is a high quality beer that is very easy to drink due to its smoothness. Highly recommended.

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

Appearance very dark brown two finger tan head that didn't last as long as I thought it would. Smell some rosted character as well as dark fruits. Taste complex fruity some fig a bit of sweetness in the begining with a dry roasted character in the finish. Mouthfeel mediem body with high carbonation. Drinkability a nice afterdinner beer maby with a good movie and cheese and crackers for a snack.

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours murky dark reddish brown, with big, quick disappearing head. Sweet aroma of malt, fresh bread, some fruit. Full bodied, big maltiness with hints of sweet fruit -- figs? Sweet, bready malt character takes center stage. Finish is all malt, bready, sweet. Palate is big and sticky. Delicious beer.

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

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle with a best by date of 6-9-11.

A - Pours a molasses brown with about a 1 and a half inch tannish creamy head that dissipates rather slowly with a bit of sediment at the bottom and a thin lacing that sticks well to the side of the glass.

S - Hits the nose with a mix of roasted malty molasses aroma, hints of alcohol, faint Belgian yeast and the slightest hint of spice, bannana and darker fruits.

T - Taste is quite similar to smell. Hits the palate first with a smooth malty roasted molasses taste, followed by a well-blended tinge of alcohol that is mixed in with the carbonation quite well. Hints of fig, slightest bannana and clove are blended in with the whole brew and everything compliments each other near-perfectly for a sweet and spicy finish.

MF - Hangs around medium-bodied with a nice amount of carbonation to give it a nice little kick, barely noticeable.

D - Pretty darn drinkable. A slight bit on the malty side but I could tip back a few of these during a session excepting the higher ABV, although you really do not notice this aspect at all. However, this is a brew to be savored, not downed.

Notes: For my second test of a Belgian ale and first for a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, this was one hell of a place to start with. Extremely impressed with the brew. Not as malty as I expected, however, it does obviously have a malt backbone. Definitely would recommend this to anyone who has the chance to grab one.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330cl/11.2 oz. bottle, dated "20 09 11". Split with my wife, pre-dinner, to a pair of small goblets (rather unevenly I should add...she got the bigger pour).

A: Fuzzy-looking with fine sediment, a caramel brown that glows auburn in the light. Plenty of rising carbonation beneath an ample eggshell-colored head, maybe a finger that fizzes busily, reducing to a thicker cream. Surprisingly, very little lace sticking...

S: Huge aroma of raisins and sweet, dried fruit. Unmistakably 'Belgian' yeast aroma. A slight bit nutty and some spice - oddly reminds me of one of those Pecan Swirl snack cakes. After the pour, this could be smelled from at least 5 feet away...

T: Terrific spicy zest, loads of sweet fruit, apples, honey pears, figs and dates. Caramel and maybe some butterscotch. Drying toward the finish with traces of black pepper and alcohol. A tremendous blend on spices and sugars, with a balanced bittering. Harmonious.

M: Heavily carbonated at first, producing a big prickliness early. That zing mellows very nicely with some warming in subsequent sips.

D: Whew, it's been far too long since I've enjoyed one of these - perhaps since Belgium, some 18 months ago... we both agreed this is a phenomenal beer, way too easy to drink. One we'll be sure to have more often; now with 2 in reserve - recent New Seasons pick-ups at a reduced/liquidation(!) price - it's sure to happen sooner.

Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 4,556 ratings.