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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

4,207 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 4,207
Reviews: 1,755
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 247
Gots: 482 | FT: 16
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 meathookjones
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured out a murky opaque brown with a tan foamy head that filled the goblet. The head stayed afloat for a while decorating the glass with rings of clumpy lace. The aroma is sweet and malty with a good amount of fruitiness to it and a touch of alcohol as it warmed. Caramel covered fruit was the main ingredient in the taste. There was a bit of yeastiness to it as well as a slight spiciness. Aftertaste was a sweet malt and spicy mix. Body was medium to full with a creamy smooth feel to it. Pretty drinkable stuff but the sweetness would keep me from having more than one. Good overall beer that I would pick up again.

meathookjones, Nov 19, 2004
Photo of necoadam
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow this was good.

Poured out a tan/brownish color with a light tan head that was quite big and that lasted for a little bit.

Smell consisted of various items. It was quite musty with a little bit on yeast, dough, chocolate, some slight bananas as well, and some alcohol in the background as well.

Taste was great. Starts off with some nice malt flavors with some chocolate and fruit notes blend in as well. Some spiciness mxes in as well to give it that big complexity that this beer is known for. It all lasts into the aftertaste and you can most likely name 15 other items that can be tasted in this beer as well.

Mouthfeel was so soft and smooth. You want to savor every sip for this beer. I'll have to revisit this during the holiday time, the spiciness is pretty good.

necoadam, Nov 11, 2004
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer poured into the chalice medium amber with a very slight haze. The head was just off-white and fell slowly to the edges of the surface then lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was low with caramel aromas and a light fruitiness. Some slight floral aroma was also present. No appreciable increase in aroma occurred as the beer warmed in the chalice.

The flavor was distinct deep caramel and dark fruits with a nice bittering component that keept the malt in check. Some belgian spice was present in the flavor along with some light fruitiness. The flavors were all well blended and smooth, but the only real exhibit of pure complexity was how they hid the 9.2% ABV.

The finish was even with lasting malt and caramel and belgian yeast spice into the aftertaste. The body was medium full and the carbonation made it seem less.

33 cl bottle. Code on botttle 28 12 05. The real winner to this beer is the ability to restrain the alcohol and still make a well balanced beer. The alcohol warming after consumption was still on the lower side and the beer was highly drinkable for the level of alcohol it contained.

GCBrewingCo, Nov 05, 2004
Photo of alexgash
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Date 30 05 06, served at cellar temp.

26th birthday beer, October 21, 2004

Wow, what a beautiful looking beer! I seem to get easily wowed by Belgian (especially Trappist) ales. The 8 has a murky (yeast), garnet-brown body with a big, towering, light-tan dollop of head. Wonderful lacing.

Aromas of rich, sugary plums, candy, spicy yeast, brandy, oak, and champagne tang greet my 26 year old nose. Nice.

Taste starts with notes of lightly sweet fruit (raisins) and oak. Other fruits chime in—grapes, apples—with an underlying base of sugary malt.

Mouthfeel gets chewier mid-palate. As it moves into the finish, caramelized sugar and yeast take over. Finish is yeasty, and sticky with an underscored tangy bittersweetness. Slightly alcoholic, and warming.

A very nice beer to kick off my birthday night.

alexgash, Oct 23, 2004
Photo of tatterdash
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this after the 10, in many ways I actually like the 8 better. As all three Rocheforts use the same recipe, the appearance is about the same, beautiful, burgandy-brown with a tan head that laces and never completely goes away. The smell has a little more plum and less of the hint of alcohol the 10 has. The taste is almost the same, with that same incredible finish and smoothness that I will love forever like a long lost lover. I find the 8 a little less decadent and more drinkable. I somehow knew that I would love Rocheforts, and all that is left on my quest is the Westies...

tatterdash, Oct 12, 2004
Photo of etaggie09
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: light brown with an apple tint. light brown head quickly diminishes to a small, long-lasting head. moderate-high carbonation with a lot of yeasty sediment floating around. leaves a good lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Sweet fruit, plums, some vinous aromas as well. very nice.

Taste: A yeasty, fruity, vinous flavour that is well balanced. Apple and plum are prominent flavors. There are a bunch of subtle flavors in this. As a typical Trappist ale, the aftertaste is dry and somewhat bitter. Alcohol is used in a more prominent, but good way. There were just a number of flavors in here.

Mouthfeel: nice moderate body with prickly carbonation.

Drinkability: Pronounced alcohol strength is good but makes me more aware of how much I am having.

Notes: I enjoyed this very much. From what I've heard about the 10, which I was unable to get a hold of, I will probably like that one a lot better, but this was good. Really very complex, but I thought the flavors were all too subtle.

etaggie09, Oct 11, 2004
Photo of horndecker
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Well, lets see, where to start? Very complicated brew.
Poured into a Chimay goblet a cloudy murk of aged walnut with a dense tan two finger head which slowly subsided to an incredibly intricate lace - I know it sounds strange, but it just looks different. It clears after a while and reveals a deep red brown glow.
The nose is all roasty malt, citrus, stewed fruit and then after a bit of warming, bananas and toffee.
The first taste is cocoa and then maybe prunes, then soemthing bitter and herbal and root beer-ish. The inside of your mouth gets a little numbing effect from the big hit of alcohol, but it's not overpowering and the mouthfeel is fabulous, like drinking a fizzy beef stew!
Update on the nose: grass, cough syrup, plummy...
Certainly not a session beer, unless it's a short session. Very drinkable, but one at a time. Singular, complex, delicious.

horndecker, Sep 29, 2004
Photo of Paddez
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of my favourite beers of all time.

Pours a murky, dark brown beer with a thick, large and stubborn head. Chocolate, dark/plummy fruits and Spices batlle it out in the smell. There's is also a faint alcohol smell present. The taste is dark, rich and rather malty. Deifinitely not as sweet as you would think though. The 9,2% Alc. 'hits pretty hard' and warms the throat somewhat. Pairs excellent with 'Stoofvlees' and other meat dishes as well.

Definitely on par with the Rochefort 10 and very close to the Chimay Grande Réserve (Blue Cap/Label) wich I still like little better than this one. Nonetheless, ... a world-class beer!

Paddez, Sep 25, 2004
Photo of paterlodie
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell starts with a lot of maltarome, slightly roast followed by some fruit and a little hops. Taste is slightly roasted but mostly fruity and a nice bitterness follows afterwards. The aftertaste is mostly straw but pleasant. A good beer that doesn't taste to much alcohollike, like I would expect for a 9,2% beer.

paterlodie, Sep 21, 2004
Photo of SilentSabre
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark, murky, brown like really cloudy tea. Nice thick slightly off-white head with a nice sticky lacing. Very attractive. The smell was quite strong of yeast and spice. Like a very faint clove/nutmeg spice. The taste was very good with plenty of the same spice in the smell, some caramel and a very slightly noticeable cooked fruit taste in the background of the finish. The mouth feel is awsome on this one! Very smooth. Heavy, but smooth and with a nice warming effect from the 9.2%abv. Not overpowering at all, but you certainly know what kind of brew you're dealing with. I really enjoied this one and to tell the truth, I think I liked this one better than I liked the #10.

SilentSabre, Aug 27, 2004
Photo of SeanChouffe
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown color, hazy and effervescent; plenty of co2 rolling up from the bottom. The head is light brown and creamy with a slippery lace and good retention. Aroma is of cookie dough, preserved fruits, spices, apples and raisins. Flavor is of rich fruits, caramel and a hint of alcohol with a sweet start with a peppery finish. Mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy and effervescent with a hop bite.

A great well-rounded beer with world-class qualities.

SeanChouffe, Aug 25, 2004
Photo of tjd25
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful head, perfectly dense and creamy, lasting on the dark mahogany color body. The smell is very enjoyable: yeasty with notes of pineapples, mangos and red fruits. Slightly nutty too, with pleasant notes of chocolate. The taste is great: red fruits with some exotic notes and smooth an creamy dark chocolate flavor. The thickness of the hops appears in the aftertaste but in a great harmony with the other elements of this great brew. The alcohol is superbly hidden. The mouthfeel is very rich and bready, nicely smooth and round. Such a good beer.

tjd25, Aug 14, 2004
Photo of benmiliron
3.78/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Paid $5.99/bottle. Solid opaque brown. Dark tan head. Molasses and rushes of spice, alcohol and fruit behind oppressing malt. Good beer, very "Trappist" in style and taste - kind of overpowering and strong. I can imagine what 10 must be like. For the price I would not buy this again, but it is a good brew.

benmiliron, Aug 12, 2004
Photo of kmpitz2
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice dark brown color with a huge 2 finger latte-colored head that doesn't fall much at all. The nose is more sweet than other beers of this style that I have tried. There are some fig scents in there, but the sweetness of the malt is what prevails. After letting the beer sit, the head has fallen just a bit leaving a thick lace on the side of the glass. The alcohol is not hidden well in the initial sips, and this is not a flavor I like to have shining through in my stronger beers. As I let the beer sit and warm, the alcohol subsides and becomes more what I like. The fig and malt sweetness are there, but not overly powerful. This is not my favorite in the style, but still a good offering. The beer is a little thinner in my mouth than I like, but it's still good. The drinkablilty suffers due to the thinness and lighter flavors of this beer, but it would not be a far stretch to sit down to a few of them in a night. I would drink this beer again, but there are a few other Belgians I would pick first.

kmpitz2, Aug 09, 2004
Photo of crookedhalo
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this case to the tune of $140 about a year ago. I'm sure it sat in the store for probably another year beforehand. Dated best before 9/8/04. The bottles we have where I work are dated sometime in 2007. Decants a deep ruby brown with lots of flaky protein coagulation and yeast suspended. Pillowy beige head that leaves excellent lacing on the Rochefort goblet. Complex aromas of yeast, esters, carob (almost chocolate) and gourmet caramel. This beer transcends words. It's malt profile is a bit reminiscent of a chocolate-like character, but more tame and subdued. Yeasty in the sense of it's unique yeast strain. Aging this beer really mellows it's characterisitcs. Velvety mouthfeel as well as being very drinkable for it's alcohol strength. Very smooth, or should I say smoov.

crookedhalo, Jul 22, 2004
Photo of yankeeheel
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a really nice dark brown/red with a nicely proportioned tan head. Foam sheet settles out nicely.

Smells sugary carmel sweet with just a hint of allspice in the background.

Mild apple with acaramel malt body comes to mind as I first sip. Nicely light and moderate mouthfeel and body. almost feels like an apple puree. Don't ask, it just does. Cinnamon, anise, and clove all kick in for a slightly astringet and bitter ending. Yeast coats the tounge and leaves me wanting more.

yankeeheel, Jul 22, 2004
Photo of Dukeofearl
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a semi-opaque brown with slight carbonation. I had to stop the pour very short because this baby had a lot of yeast at the bottom of the bottle (the most I've ever seen in an 11.2 oz. bottle). There was a medium sized off-white head that stuck around a good long while.

Aroma: A marvelous, bready, fruity, desserty sweetness, with raisins and dates and candied cherries and rich milk chocolate.

Flavor: Very different from the aroma- so much so it shocked me. Slightly sharp, almost sour peppery and spicy flavor that strongly enveloped the bready, malty flavors. No sweetness at all- some cinnimon. Alcohol presence very strong.

Mouthfeel. Nice full, rich mouthfeel, but alcohol rising in the sinuses was a little strong.

Overall: I like this brew very much. My first impression wes not all that great, because I felt the alcohol profile was too strong. Some beers do such a great job of masking the alcohol, and I didn't see that here. But after another try on another day, I really began to appreciate the complexities and richness of the flavor. I adjusted my review accordingly.

Dukeofearl, Jul 14, 2004
Photo of mschofield
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish-brown or dark amber, topped with a two finger creamy light tan head. Leaves thick sticky webs of lace.
Sweet, fruity aroma, grape, raisins and wine notes.
Sweet, syrupy taste, molasses, brown sugar, even a corn like touch. Peach, pear, flowers and grass.
Full bodied, syupy and lip tingling.

mschofield, Jul 09, 2004
Photo of foamyhead
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber brown cloudy look with a beige, steady head with small bubbles.

It has a full, rich and round smell with notes of caramel and yeast

The taste is fullbody, wine-like, sweet, like good quality milk chocolate, a strong taste, pretty lot of bubbles, spicy notes of hubbs in the aftertaste. complex and harmonious. Makes you want to think deep thoughts...

I look forward to the next sample of this beer :)

foamyhead, Jun 27, 2004
Photo of kegerator
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this one seemed to just be there, nothing impressive but nothing really bad about it either. It just didn't seem to have that extra umph or complexity liek the westy's in comparison.
poured a nice deep brown with a decent head but surprisingly it was a touch fizzy and disappeared rather quickly.
smelled of fruit and malty goodness.
taste was similar to the smell but it just did not have a zing about it. weird...
i found it to be qwuite drinkable but I will not plop down the 9 bucks per bottle for this one again. on to Rochefort 10 for a taste...

kegerator, Jun 10, 2004
Photo of kindestcut
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Note: This beer has been aging since August 2003, so any variations of flavor are as a result of its age.

The Rochefort 8 pours a dark brown, earthy color. The head was very vibrant and rose quickly to a full, fluffy tan. The beer looks wonderful.

The aroma is fruity and quite spicy, reminding me of spiced rum. The taste is just incredible. At 9%, this beer is incredibly smooth. The flavor is sweet with very little alcohol burn.

I normally wouldn't give a beer with a 9% ABV a perfect mouthfeel score but this one is excellent. It's excellent in so many areas, I'm not sure how it could be improved.

This beer is delicious, maybe too delicious for a brew so potent.

kindestcut, Jun 04, 2004
Photo of CortexBomb
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful deep brown colour with a thick frothy head and sedimentation evident with a large pile of yeast residing in the bottom of the glass.

The scent continues the high quality first impression of the beer, dark fruits aplenty and malts both are there, and beg you to have a sip.

Taste is wonderful, a full bodied sweet yet spicy flavour greets you up front, the dark fruits (raisins, plums) hit you, and a delightful malty flavour with a slightly smoked alcohol burn on the very back end, but actually quiet smooth when you take the high ABV into account.

Mouthfeel is nice and thick, as it should be, while drinkability is good and on par with other high quality Belgians.

Very high cost at 7$ for a small bottle, but well worth it, I'd be glad to have this again!

CortexBomb, Jun 01, 2004
Photo of ngandhi
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep plum backed by an almost porter-esque cocoa. Very comparable to the Westmalle dubbel. Medium-light malt bodied with alcohol providing a good deal of structure and mouthfeel. Outside of a pleasant warming of the belly and the back of the throat, the alcohol is not detectable on the palate and only lightly on the nose, but classically so, managing to blend well with the rich flavors. With a freshness that reminds me of wort just thrown into the fermenter, this is an absolutely gorgeous brew. The magnificent Belgian yeast has fully attenuated this beer, leaving some great phenols, but is otherwise clean and accentuates the fruity hops on a satisfying, dry finish.

Relax, relax.
ng

ngandhi, May 31, 2004
Photo of rajendra82
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of the 11.2 oz bottle into the goblet with a very murky brownish red appearance. A lot of little Belgian yeast floating was observed around in the glass. The head was about an inch in height and died down pretty quickly. There was a generous amount of lace on the sides of the glass. The aroma was sweet-sour with cherries, licorice, molasses, and Belgian horse blanket smells wafting through. The taste was a balance between dark skinned dried fruits and dry peppery spiciness. The malt exhibited a roasty burnt quality, but not to a degree found in a stout or a porter. A more pronounced hop bitterness than that typically found in Belgian strong ales was also detectable. The beer was medium thick on the palette, and never felt watered down compared to its bigger and bolder brethren. This is one masterful brew thanks to those Trappist monks. If they did not require celibacy, I’d have joined the order a long time ago.

rajendra82, May 15, 2004
Photo of chugamugofsud
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This offering is actually, in my opinion, not as good as the rochefort 10. The pour was a relatively dark gold that was essentially opaque thanks to cloudiness. There were white tracers on the top and a relatively large yeast formation at the bottom of the glass. The smell was of malt, although it had the alcohol smell found in many malt liquors, which was slightly disturbing.
The taste is pretty excellent, sweet and malty like most trappist ales are and full of alcohol. I don't think I would recommend more than one at a time though, as it is not a quick drink.

chugamugofsud, May 13, 2004
Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 4,207 ratings.