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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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4,618 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,618
Reviews: 1,797
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 294
Gots: 656 | 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 babyhobbes
4.07/5  rDev -5.8%
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
4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
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
4.42/5  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
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
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
4.89/5  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 +4.2%
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
4.32/5  rDev 0%
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
4.32/5  rDev 0%
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 +3.5%
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 +3%
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
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
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
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle to snifter, The liquid is a dirty brown with good carbonation. The head is a nice 2 fingers, tan and leaves ok lace.

The smell is good, yeasty mixed with dark fruit and some roasty malt.

The taste is good, I like the roastyness and a hint of pepper goes nice with the dark fruit notes as well.

The mouthfeel is good, nice body and good carbonation.

The drinkability is good, really a nice brew, I just don't think it is worth the price.

Prosit, MK

Photo of billybob
4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours a cloudy brown with a very large tan head with a easy pour that holds to a quarter inch but not much lacing on the glass. sweet fruity nose with some caramel and spice also. taste is complex and the alcohol is strong but goes down very smoothly. medium body with a excellent carbonation. price was a little prohibitive at 6.95 for a 11.2 oz bottle otherwise its just great.

Photo of wedge
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

280312 = Bottled March of 2007, so this one's about a year old.

Sparkling clear deep chestnut color with a big, soft, pillowy head. Strings of lace grip the sides as the head drops to a thick topping. Malty sweet nose: toffee, cherry, berries, dried banana, ginger, resin...all well balanced. There's a slight rummy aroma, though its not boozy at all, which adds to the dessert-like quality. Tastes malty before quickly adding some fruitiness. Apple, strawberry, smooth vanilla. The mild spices and phenols round the flavor out nicely. More floral than anticipated at first, but then more caramalized flavors, bread, and even cotton candy creep into the mix. Towards the end of the glass, this is down right delicious. Medium bodied and very soft. Only once did I notice any warming in the throat - a deceptively strong beer.

I have to say, it isn't what I expected. You might think it'll be a big, dark, alcoholic monster of a beer, but it's really pretty easy going thanks, in part, to its fantastic balance. There are a lot of subtleties and changing flavors with this Trappist ale. Complex fruitiness and a sort of sweet bread quality throughout...very nice.

Photo of Graham5161986
4.82/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a gorgeous deep, cloudy, reddish-brown with an nice 2 giner frothy, rocky off-white head that eventually settles down and leaves a nice sticky lace. Tones of sediment on the bottom of my glass.

S: nice grainy hops, sugary fruit (raisins, apples, plums), spice and yeast and definite cotton candy - wow.

T: beautiful floral, grainy hops with a sweet molasses, fruitiness that comes out mid sip then lingers into sugary, spicy, candy-like finish with a nice warming touch of alcohol. Incredibly well balanced and very complex.

M: surprisingly light bodied and bubbly (almost like champagne), excellent spicy carbonation, and a smooth, crisp, warm and tingly sensation on the finish.

D: Holy water - this beer is incredible. So many complex flavours so well balanced. It packs a punch but you would never know it as it is so easy to drink - could potentially be dangerous ;-). If you see this beer, buy it! it really is something special.

Photo of HotHabanero
4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wonderful ruby brown trappist beer. The beige head is a little thin but with good lacing. The aroma is a symphony of dried fruit, banana and spices. A flavour of plum caramel and a hint of chocolate. Medium o full bodied. Fine balance between sweet malt and alcohol. Very tasty.

Photo of PlaywrightSam
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle. Pours a deep dark brown, nice amount of tan head that retains very well. Smell is very sweet, raisins, spices, toffee, figs, roasted malts. Taste is much the same but with a really nice layer of dark fruit, apples, raisins, and maybe just a hint of citrus. Some very distant dry bitterness toward the finish. I can detect the alcohol, but it's very well hidden considering the abv. Mouthefeel is somewhat coarse, carbonation is moderate to high. It's a fairly intense beer but wonderfully balanced. If it weren't for the high sticker price I'd pick it up pretty often.

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown with a purple highlight. Foamy head 2 fingers tall with fine bubbles.

Bright aroma of fruity cherries, grapes, plumbs, pear.

Smooth and delightful. I poured it a bit cold, but upon warming up, amazing! Spicy nutmeg, cinnamon, fruity plum.

Finish is slightly peppery, with fig and rum flavors. Alcohol is very very well hidden. Maybe not eve hidden, just accompanies it beautifully.

Drinkability is definitly there. It is amazingly smooth and after only a few seconds, i'm ready for another sip. Definitly a sipper at 9%, don't get fooled by the lack of alcohol phenols. It's there!

This is a must drink for anyone who is serious about belgians or craft brews in general. There are only a couple others in this style that I would put on it's level. Great flavors, compexity, and drinkability

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

11.2 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

As a quick aside, the bigger brother of this beer (Rochefort 10) is the only beverage I've ever given a perfect 5.0 out of ~330 reviews.

The bottle fills the glass with an opaque, dark amber-chocolate body capped by a light khaki head. Absolute torrents of carbonation stream upwards from all sides...5 minutes after the pour, the head is still growing, albeit slowly. Large chunks of yeast float listlessly at the base of the tulip. Like its big bro, Rochefort 8 is heavenly aromatic, with sweet berries, dark cherry, sour tart, toffee, and plum.

The flavor is not quite as complex as R-10, but still superior to most other belgians. The palate is greeted by musky, dark fruits, sweet toffee-caramel malts, and a slight nutty, chocolate finish. There isn't a hint of alcohol at first, but as the beer warms, a slight warming touch sets in. The body is well-carbonated, medium in thickness, and delivers a semi-dry aftertaste. It's smooth & heavy, but truly a joy to consume. This is definately a winner...I'd quickly cough up the $4.99 per bottle again if my budget would allow it.

Photo of Cs1987
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark brown, opaque, poured 1 finger of head in a goblet.

Smell - Strong, but the alcohol stands out too much over other smells.

Taste - Also strong, with dark fruits being the dominant taste. The alcohol is quite detectable, but is very well paired with the taste. Quite unique.

Mouthfeel - Sharp and bubbly, but also quite smooth.

Drinkability - High alcohol beers really shouldn't be this easy to drink.

Overall - A remarkable beer, probably better than its Quadrupel brother.

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

The bottling code on this one was L050912 08:21, indicating a bottling date of September 2007. The 9.20% ABV beer poured a dark (rootbeer) brown, and even with an easy pour developed a thick foamy beige head. Lots of sticky lacing is left as the head drops. The aroma has notes of banana, clove and yeast. The taste of the Rochefort 8 is malty and complex, with hints of vanilla, milk chocolate and brown sugar. There's a slightly bitter aftertaste though the beer finishes cleanly leaving little behind. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated.

Photo of markaberrant
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - deep garnet red, clear, thick head holds up well, leaving lots of lace down the glass

S - rich malt, raisins mixed with citrus and a bit of alcohol

T - taste is deep and well rounded malt, loads of dark fruit flavours, finish is spicy and dry with alcohol

M - extremely light body combines with high alcohol to create a dry and airy finish. Alcohol is noticable, but not hot.

D - One of my favourite dark belgians, always a winner

For a fan of Belgians, it's hard to find any faults with this beer... except that it's not Rochefort 10! Excellent, very refined, a pleas ure to drink.

Photo of IBUnit63
3.78/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice two-finger, pillowy head with good staying power and cream soda color. A little lacing. Body is translucent, milk chocolate color.

Surprisingly enough, not a lot of aroma here at all at first. Exceptionally clean on the nose. Not unpleasant, but missing the expected aromatics. Slowly but surely some pine emerges. Maybe a little bit of apple cobbler and that horse-blanket feel as well.

Taste is equally clean. A little hint of pine, getting a little more spice here as it warms. Pleasant, no doubt but very very mild.

Nice carbonation on the mouth to go with the overall velvety texture. Clean and soothing.

Can drink this all day long but it's a lot more mild than I expected - disappointing in that respect but still a well-made and enjoyable, albeit austere, effort.

Photo of czfreeman
4.82/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an honor.Pours out a deep brown color with a magnificent frothy head that leaves fair lacing around the glass. Strong maltiness,alochol phenols, figs,tart dried cherry,blackstrap molasses very faint bitter chocolate,nuttiness in the aroma. Wow very complex aroma, so much going on.
Flavor-smoky,meatlike, roasted beechwood, rauchbier, bitter chocolate, molasses, dried figs. This would go so well with grilled foie gras its ridiculous. The mouthfeel is awesome because the flavor lingers forever. Drinkabitlity is limited only by the sheer enjoyment of this beer. 1 puts me in a state of bliss. Can't wait to partake in the 6 and 10.

Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 4,618 ratings.