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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

4,247 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,247
Reviews: 1,757
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 248
Gots: 496 | FT: 17
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 phisig137
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled dated best by 6/2010. Poured into a tulip with a quickly rising, mountian, jello-like head, which lasts half way through the glass. Lacing is laid down in sheets. First sniff reveals pears, granny smith apples, a hint of caramel, and the faintest hint of hops.

The flavor is very similar, exhibiting light fruits, and a slightly astringent malt character. Much drier than I anticipated. Nicely balanced all around, and almost tastes like it's already been aged for a few years... makes me wonder what a couple years would do for it. I'll have to go back and but some more. Mouthfeel is creamy and full with aggressive carbonation, and begs for another sip.
Drinkablility I'd say is high, it hides the alcohol fairly well, and is quite well balanced.

phisig137, Feb 21, 2006
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a small snifter.
Nice foamed head that stayed throughout. Dark golden/amber body, reddish tints and some sediment.
Smell was complex. Some light fruit; lemon, pear, and some flower. Also had some darker smells; nut, malt and caramel.
Taste was about the same as the smell, but the citrus was lost and replaced with vanilla hints. Good feel to it, enough tingles to wake up the buds.

Mebuzzard, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of nouseforotacon
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in Japan, best before 11/2009. This one poured out a deep brown with a creamy-looking, light brown head that faded rather quickly into a milky film on top.

Sweet and sticky candied smell, bubblegum, cider-like with fruity esters. Hints of spice and an overall clean, layered aroma, despite a strange, muddy malt smell that lingered in the background. It threw me off a bit, but did not ruin the experience.

Light body that pleasantly warms as it goes down. Strong banana in the taste, cider present as well, red apples, and lightly acidic in the mouthfeel and the taste. Also, it was a bit medicinal/phenolic in the mouthfeel. Nice, crisp taste.

I'm finding that Belgian Strongs typically have pretty interesting, layered aromas. This entry from Rochefort is not bad, but also not perfect.

nouseforotacon, Feb 14, 2006
Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in my Orval chalice.

Appearance was very hazy dark brown. Not much light getting through. Thick tan head that left quite a bit of lacing as dissipated.

The smell reminded me of mulled apple cider and banana's. Dried fruits such as figs and ever present alcohol.

The taste was up front notes of cider as well. Sweet without being cloying. Very layered. Mulled cider, baked apples, dried figs and raisons. Spices such as nutmeg. Also a healthy dosage of hops to balance out the hefty amounts of malt and candy sugars. Warming alcohol loomed in the background.

Mouth feel was thick and velvety. Almost chewy with some biting carbonation.

Very drinkable. The alcohol, while present, does not detract from the flavor. It is a bit filling, but still one of the best I've ever had.

Ieatlambfries, Feb 12, 2006
Photo of beerphilosopher
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wide-mouth goblet from a 33cl bottle. Appeared as a slightly hazy brown color with a light cocoa head and inticate lacing. Nose is wildly exciting with alcohol up front, a good rum perhaps. Banana, raisin, and tropical fruit notes are also asserting themselves here. Velvety taste, as the alcohol retreats in the beginning. Meduim-bodied malt character, slightly exotic and spicy. Again, spiced rum comes to mind. Some sweet darkchocolate flavors erupt as well ... blended with the fruitiness of the malt/yeast chemistry. Alcohol is assertive throughout, with a medium, to heavy mouthfeel. Sweeter than dryer finish. Little carbonation. In every respect, a great beer. Very, very complex flavor profile. and the smell is epic. One of the best for sure, and one that needs to be in every beer lovers adventures. I prefer drinking this one alone ... that is, without the accompaniment of any food. Fine to drink with other beer lovers!

beerphilosopher, Feb 11, 2006
Photo of tkarsies
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served at cellar temperature from 11.2 oz bottle into wine goblet during the Super Bowl.
Poured dark brown with 1/2 inch beige head that lasted throughout glass. Ruby tones when held to light. Clear with few suspended yeast particles.
Sweet, fruity, malty. Alcohol not present on nose.
Huge sweet malty, yeasty, complex taste that is complimented by spicy alcohol flavors. Alcohol burn was present throughout but did not interfere with the taste. [Note: when second half of bottle was poured, it had warmed more and alcohol was less evident.]
Lively carbonation that only slightly lessened as it sat. Gave feeling of lighter mouthfeel than otherwise would have been.
This is a potent brew with obvious alcohol taste and effects. Very filling. One in a sitting will do for me, but this is a beer that deserves being revisited for another great drinking experience. $6 a bottle is the limiting factor.

tkarsies, Feb 08, 2006
Photo of nlmartin
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a wide mouthed 20 ounce wine goblet.

Appearance: The beer is a murky amber with floating sediment throughout. The head was nearing an inch thick creamy off white color. Trails of lace remained on the glass.

Smell: The beer is a sea of great smells. There is a sweet fruitcakey sort of smell. The beer is very bready smelling. Loads of fruity goodness float throughout the beer. There is a nice bannana and dark plum smells melding throughout. The alcohol is not really detectable in the smell.

Taste: This is just a taste bomb. The taste delivers a combination of both melded and unmelded taste. There is a very sweet bread like malty base. The hops bring a spicyness to the beer. There is the taste of anise, cinnamon, coriander and nutmeg. Bits of chocolate make themselves known. The alcohol is well masked in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: The beer is a bubblely meduim bodied treat. The taste and smells combine to form a fantastic beer. Carbonation is medium to high.

Drinkability: This is one sexy beast. A great combination of melded and unmelded taste and smells. The alcohol is well covered up in the drinking. The only way I knew the alcohol was there was that consistant warming sensation.

nlmartin, Feb 07, 2006
Photo of TerryW
3.48/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark walnut colour with a moderate head that lingers a bit before settling away. Nice curtains of lace as you go.

A decent beer as it warms in the glass and gives up more of its character. Fruit and leather and the barnyard give it interesting features, but they're not married to well to the alcohol in the beer which has a sharp disruptive edge. Takes away from some of the relaxation lurking in the glass.

Some thiness on drinking, and flavours that are too quickly overwhelmed by the alcohol. Good, but needs polish.

TerryW, Feb 05, 2006
Photo of Prufrock
2.85/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a rochefort goblet.

murky deep brown with an inch of bubbly tan head. retains well and falls into lumpy peaks. some sediment along the bottom; managed to leave most of it in the bottle.

astringent alcohol aroma. some fruity malt sweetness with a touch of bread and butter.

flavor is surprisingly weak. as a huge fan of the 10, this is a bit of a shock; flavor is astringent, bitter, and oddly empty. bit of a sweet aftertaste; a bready brown sugar flavor. sharp carbonation gives it a soda-like mouthfeel. i'm hitting the bottom of the glass and finding little else to note. oddly enough, i prefer the 6 and the 10 to this one.

Prufrock, Feb 05, 2006
Photo of Erdinger2003
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours nicely and then the head falls into a nice lacing with a good, creamy head. An extremely dark to amber color tones. A light scent of very sweet and hoppy Belgium ale that smells carbonated and warms you up right away. The hoppiness is very noticeable and balances well, it has a very light orange undertone with a super slight coffee smell after it leaves the tongue, and it becomes more prominant as it warms. The sweetness and hops aren't only blended well, but the pepper really supports the flavor well.

Erdinger2003, Jan 30, 2006
Photo of danielharper
2.83/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased from Strong Bros. Liquor Store, Fayetteville, TN.

I really tried to love this beer. I know how highly-rated it is, and I gave it every chance I could. But I just couldn't get that much out of it.

The beer pours into a snifter with a brown body and a very thick mocha-colored head. Looks fantastic and inviting.

I take a whiff of the nose, and get... not a whole lot. Slight citrus notes, slight astringent quality. Even as the beer warms, I get very little complexity or even aroma at all, but simply the same aroma further and further.

The flavor is mainly citrus, mostly oranges, with a strong astringent hit to the palate on the finish. As the beer warms, the citrus gets a bit stronger, but so does this weird dry alcoholic character to the aftertaste. Not terrible, but certainly not something I'm itching to drink several bottles of.

Mouthfeel is thick and luxurious, foamy and pleasant, largely owing to the thick foamy head.

The moderately decent flavor, combined with the high alcohol leads to a low drinkability for me. I may try this again in a year or two when my tastes may have changed, but for now there are better ways to spend the six bucks or so I spent on this 11.2 oz bottle. I can't believe this beer is as highly-rated as it is.

danielharper, Jan 29, 2006
Photo of edchef1850
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

wonderful deep rich brown color, poured with an inviting off white head. Sweet aroma, intense sweetness, caramel, dried cherries.This beer is big in the mouth, nice mouthfeel, the alcohol is there but it doesent overpower the sweet malty goodness. I love the balance of this beer, the alcohol, almost like a sweet vapor as you indulge in a complex mix of raisins, burnt sugar, toffee and even slight hints of coffee. This is a great beer.

edchef1850, Jan 27, 2006
Photo of petemoss14
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle.

Pours a dark mahogany with a creamy tan head that settle quickly to a whispy blanket over the beer. No light makes it through.

The bouquet is filled with dark fruit -- Raisins, dates, figs -- mixed with lots of alcoholic esteriness. There are also scents of candied tropical fruit and perhaps caremelized banana.

The taste is rum-raisiny with notes of apricot and caremelized guava. All this mixes with a strong, spiritous alcohol presence. As the beer warms, mild coffee notes beging to show themselves. Very complex maltiness. Pinpoint carbonation makes this brew velvety smooth on the palate.

For a beer with 9.2% this is a highly drinkable beer. It is a smooth, complex gem.

petemoss14, Jan 24, 2006
Photo of whartontallboy
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a mahogany color into my Chimay chalice, with a thick head of tight beige meringue. Doesn't leave as much lace as other Belgians, surprising.

Aroma is baked-bread, ginger, a light amaretto/almond scent, a light fig/plum scent, and a whiff of alcohol.

Flavor is quite complex; there's a heavy sweet maltiness that tastes like baked goods, almost cake-like, with a fruity spiciness that lets in some plums, strawberry, and peach flavors to go with ginger, nutmeg, and a little bit of clove. The alcohol is present maybe a bit more than it needs to be, but it's not bad. Mouthfeel is a firm medium, very creamy.

Overall: I think I got this on a pricing error for two bucks a bottle, which is a fantastic deal. It's a good example of the style, but maybe not worth the huge premium it usually commands.

whartontallboy, Jan 23, 2006
Photo of bennetj17
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No. 131009, bought it today, drank it today at home. Pours a cloudy dark brown color in the snifter, with plenty of floating yeast/sediment. The head is a bright off-white monsterous cap of foam over an inch thich and not really going anywhere for a while. Great lacing I might add. I really love the contrast from the light foam with the dark liquid below.

The smell is fruity with hints of raisins, bananas and coffee. The flavor is sweet, yet tangy, with notes of chocolate, coffee, fig, and candied sugar. The finish has a subtle dryness with the alcohol mostly well hidden. The mouthfeel carries a medium thickness, it is very rich and sparkly.

I love this beer. With such a great flavor you can't go wrong with it. Nothing bad I can say... well worth the 7 bucks...

bennetj17, Jan 22, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The perfect releif from all of the bad beers that I've drank lately. After passing on this beer for my entire life, I finally got arround to nailing it. Now, I feel stupid for not doing it sooner. The beer is nearly flawless. A muddles brown hue promises thickness, fullness, and complexity. Lightly carbonated and with a firm foamstand. Aromas show dried dark fruits, muskiness, tartness,and a hint of chocolate. Flavors don't disapoint. Dehydrated fruits form pineapples to dates and figs. Rich chocolate and malts meld together, showing firm alcohols throughout (kinda like a bourbon ball). Heavy sweetness is balanced with tartness and woodsyness. Full and rich, yet heavily drinkable on the palate and down the throat. Mouthwatering down to the last sip. Only the alcohols become a little phenolic. Otherwise, flawless.

BEERchitect, Jan 16, 2006
Photo of TheEclecticGent
3.38/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had the bottled version of this beer in a beer tasting event. This beer has a thick cloudy deep brown color with a thick even light brown head and good lacing. The smell is rich with fermented fruit and leather. The taste, like the 10, is still lighter than I would expect, but better than the 10. The taste, although light, is of nuts and fruits and a bit of tannin. It has all the tags to be a great beer but it lacks a full flavor. It is better than the 10, I’m looking forward to drinking a 6 for the final comparison.

TheEclecticGent, Jan 12, 2006
Photo of pootz
3.25/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The bottle put a maple syrup colored murkey ale in my goblet with a frothy beige cap which appeared to be specked with cinnamon colored yeast particles. Cap did not last...soft carbonation. As this ale warms and begins to "breathe" in the glass, you get some marvelous aromas; banana muffin dough, spice, pear cider with a musty wet animal hair smell. Medium body, oily mouth feel. Fairly complex flavor profile with toffee, bread, spice , figs...very nice, HOWEVER..all this is eclipsed by a poorly hidden sharp alcohol burn and piney resinous hopping...finish is sharp, bittering and heated with alcohol.

Put me down as one craft beer drinker who is unimpressed with Rochefort ales. I think they are well made and have some interesting distinctive features but they are overrated. If I want this type of stiff drink which I have to eat food with or else 3 or 4 on an empty stomach are trouble, I'll do the job better with a rum drink or a sherry.

pootz, Jan 11, 2006
Photo of phishgator
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours into a chalice with a nice foamy tan head. The color is a dark brown almost opaque. The aroma is alcohol soaked raisins and plums, dark chocolate, candy sugar, and pumpernickle bread. The taste comes through as a chocolate, malty sweet delight. The flavor is much the same in profile to many of the big Beligum brews, but this one is the best IMO! The body is filling; not enough to fill you up though. I could drink this one everyday but, probably no more than two.

phishgator, Jan 11, 2006
Photo of allergictomacros
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark hazy brown, with a tan head. Smells strongly of purple-flavoured candy. A bit of yeast rounds out the nose. Fruity taste, with a strong alcoholic bite. A little bit of hops in the finish, but they're not the centerpiece of the flavours. There's a darker taste to it, but more fruity than roasty. Feels a bit overcarbonated ever so slightly, but is very drinkable nonetheless. Not my choice for something to drink everyday, but very tasty.

allergictomacros, Jan 09, 2006
Photo of joeyels
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful pour, thick head that remains throughout entire glass with noticeable lacing. Dark brown in color. Slightly sweet taste of raisin and plums. Very easy drinking for such a high alcohol content. Drinks much smoother than it looks. Wonderful beer that only improves with time if you have the self-discipline.

joeyels, Jan 09, 2006
Photo of mdagnew
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast...

Poured a dark red / copper colour... Slightly off white head pours big and foamy and then fades to a nice thin layer...

Aroma - Dark fruits (raisins, figs), peppery, spicy hops, some toffee notes, yeasty/bready, slight nuttiness...

Taste – Dark fruits, yeasty, light roasted malts, brandy notes, noticable alcohol, over ripe bananas, light caramel notes...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry.. Medium / full bodied.

Overall - An exceptional beer.... Highly recommended...

mdagnew, Jan 09, 2006
Photo of rustymoore
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Rochefort 8 pours well with a nice medium head that stands long after poured. The rich, dark amber color is ever present along with smells of caramel and raisens. The alcohol content while high is very discreet and I could see myself getting in trouble drinking this quality Belgian ale. The best beer I have had in awhile.

rustymoore, Jan 08, 2006
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer has a deep mahogany hazy brown body with a big carbonation of tiny bubbles. The head is a creamy light tan that last and last. The beer has nice lacing with each sip.

S- This beer has a big aroma of dark caramel, dried fruit like prunes, raisins and figs. There is a faint toasted malt note with some bready hints. The finish has a soft perfume quality to it. It started to have more of a banana note as this beer warms.

T- This beer has a light toasted malt flavor with caramel, honey and dark fruit notes with a hint of cider. There is a slight bitterness to the dry flavor. There is a strong but not hot alcohol taste in the finish.

M- This beer has a medium light mouthfeel with a high carbonation adding to the texture. There is no real carbonic bite but there is a bit of alcohol warmth in the finish.

D- This beer taste very fresh and the flavors are more distinct and have not blended together. It has lots of good flavors but the alcohol and fizz are a bit strong.

rhoadsrage, Jan 07, 2006
Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy medium brown color with a tan head that shows good retention and leaves a few wisps of lacing

Smell: A very unusual semi-sweet phenolic aroma, unsweetened chocolate, hazelnuts, balsa wood and figs

Taste: Starts with a modest earthy, unsweetened chocolate backbone and builds upon that with layers of herbal bitter flavors that add complexity and keep it from the sweetness that is present in so many Belgian Strong Dark Ales; the finish provides alcoholic warmth that is otherwise disguised on the palate

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a bit of carbonation

Drinkability: A bit lighter in body than most BSDAs, a nonetheless satisfying sipper

brentk56, Jan 06, 2006
Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 4,247 ratings.