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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Ratings: 4,619
Reviews: 1,797
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 294
Gots: 657 | 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 aerozeppl
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. From notes.

A: Deep brown color with plenty of yeast floating around. Me and my friends used to call them gremlins when we were younger. Still do. Really good looking beer.

S Malt right off the bat. You can definitely smell the yeast in this one right behind it. Not terribly complex but perfect.

T: I wrote down "wonderfully drinkable". It really was. No one taste overwhelmed any of the others. Everything was in perfect balance with a taste leading seamlessly into another.

D: We throw around "I could drink this all day" a lot, but I really could. The 9.2% would catch up to you but before it did you would have no conception it was about to. I have a bottle of the 10 in the fridge right now and I cannot wait to try it out.

7.99 for a 11.2 oz bottle.

Photo of Bethanya1982
4.94/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is by far my favorite beer I tried at the Belgian Beer fest. It is spicey/smokey but not over powering. It has the perfect balance between spice and sweetness. It leaves a pleasant after taste. It's so smooth, you'd never know it was a strong ale..until you stand up that is..

Photo of bwatson
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pulled this one off the shelf in the basement where its been hiding for too long. Poured into a goblet at about 60-65 deg. Fizzy off-white head fell quickly leaving a film of tiny bubbles clinging to the surface. Colored a deep reddish brown that is not quite opaque when held to the light. Tiny bits of yeasty sediment show up suspended in the liquid. Smells of caramel with a hint of butterscotch, maybe some vanilla and raisons. A taste reveals a light mouth feel and a ton of carbonation. The 9.2% Abv listed on the label is barely noticeable though. Bitterness come though for a second then fades quickly to a warm malt aftertaste. Quite a bit lighter than Rochefort 10. I could drink several of these in a sitting. Not as flavorful as 10 but still very good; refreshing on a beautiful fall day. I’ll think I’ll get some more of this.

Photo of srandycarter
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into the tulip.

A - Beautiful look, carmel accented brown. Big head. Murky and quite a lot of sediment throughout the body, which surprised me. I would have decanted better if I had known.

S - Carmel, brown sugar, yeast with a slight backdrop of cooked fruit.

T - Maybe too carbonated, sweet malt, raisin and candy. Up front flavors reduced but not completely balanced in finish.

M - I think too carbonated. Has a very creamy coating toward the end of a sip that is nice.

D - Frankly, this and big brother are miles apart. A good beer, none the less.

Photo of thierrynantes
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : Couleur acajou, limpide, mousse fine et stable, bien saturée.
Smell : Nez doux et épicé, aux tons de cacao.
Taste and mouthfeel : Arôme délicat, fin et équilibré. Saveur d'abord piquante, épicée, puis douceur chocolatée et rondeur de malt caramel très nettes. Corps long, doux et harmonieux.
Drinkability : Très bonne bière trappiste.

Photo of Lupe
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky brown color that allows no light to pass through. Liquid is topped by a a thick and frothy tan head that lasts. Sheet of foamy lace sticks to the side of the glass.

Malty aroma starts things off with toffee and raisins. Yeast comes through as well, adding some banana scents. Mild rum-like alcohol and a touch of spice round things out. Excellent aroma.

Rich sweetness that has a starts off with caramel & toffee going to dark bread to mild coffee. Fruit steps up next adding fig and raisin flavors. Alcohol comes in adding a spiciness that matches well with the sweetness - reminiscent to rum cake. Has the Belgium mustiness you come to love in these beers. Flavors enhance and balance really nicely as this brew begins to warm. The sweetness is not cloying at all - very well balanced by the alcohol and spice. Lingering sweetness and clove spice.

Silky smooth, rich and creamy - yet has an element of champagne lightness from the carbonation. Full-bodied and glides through the mouth and down the throat.

So smooth, so good. Easy to drink but at 9.20% it will do some damage before you know it. Excellent beer.

Photo of WesWes
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a cloudy brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that lasts. The aroma is great. It has a wonderful malt scent that boasts of pale, roasted, and crystal malts. It has a very nice yeast aroma. It's so fruity. It really makes the aroma truely great. The taste is great as well. It has an extremely smooth flavor. The malts and yeast meld together nicely. It mildly fruity with a nice malt base. The alcohol is hidden completely. This is excellent. The finish isn't dry and earthy. It's silky smooth with a bit of esters and malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is perfect. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. Damn, for a 9.2% beer, it went down so quick. This was very enjoyable. I will be revisiting this one soon.

Photo of jobyone
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark brown with full head. THe Smell has fruit (berries) and chocolate. The taste again has chocolate, berries but also hints of toffe and lots of malt. The mouthfeel has a bit of sparkle. THe aftertaste lingers nicely. This is very drinkable and I happily would sit down for several at a time.

Photo of wjimson
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an impressive beer. Purchased this one 2 Christmas's ago. I bought a few of these at LCBO at the time with a lady friend, and left them at her place. I made sure I got these bottles back at my place before I stopped seeing her. I am glad I got this beer back.

Exceptional appearance because the head was roaring. The yeast leaves cocao like sediment on the top of the head. I had put the dreds with the rest of the glass instead of throwing it out. Smells earthy, phenolic, but decently mellow. The taste is of a mellow earthy tone, like wood and mushrooms if I must compare it to something else. The alcohol is not too evident, if it were not for the 9.2% labeled on the bottle I woudnt' have known. The aftertaste has got some fruity or plum like flavour. When I exhaled after drinking this beer I could feel the ethanol coming out along with some like "vanilla" like flavour. This drink is potent in alcohol but more so in the complexity of flavours.

This is definately drinkable. Why stop such a good thing.

Photo of bunnyhustle
3.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into oversized wine glass (best glassware available). Pours a deep rich brown with light tan head. Very thick 2 finger head that takes a while to settle and becomes very rocky. Leaves behind good amounts of lace and a thin layer of head is retained throughout the glass. Smell is of alcohol, caramel, and toasted grains. Malt and alcohol are present in the taste along with a touch of chocolate, caramel, and toasted grains. I personally cannot detect any fruit other than a touch of raisin. Served cool but as it warms it leaves a terrific creamy mouthfeel that leaves a warming affect as it goes down, also leaves a slighly sour aftertaste. Slightly lower score on drinkability as it is a bit strong. Overall a good beer. Wouldnt be in my top 100 list, but a good beer.

Photo of KingG
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at room temp and poured into my Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance is good. Dark-brown colored brew with a huge soapy tan head. Lacing is thick and everywhere.

Smell is very good. Rum soaked raisins, Belgian yeast, Belgian candy sugar and bubblegum. Very pleasing aroma.

Taste is good. Much like the smell. Alcohol is very noticeable in the flavor which knocks a point off. Chocolate-covered hazelnuts and a small hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium-bodied. Soft and delicate on the palat with a slight burn from the alcohol. Above-average level of carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. An easy drinker with a flavor that makes you go back for more. Another one would be very welcome.

A very nice Trappist brew that is a must if you like the style. I think some age will take away the alcohol burn and mellow out the bitterness.The 10 will get more attention from me but the 8 is still an awesome brew.

Photo of BigJTrucker
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish red color, with a thick billowing head that settles VERY slowly, leaving some nice lacing and a thick layer of foam floating. Aroma? Absolutely amazing! Faint sugar cane with some raisiny aroma and a faint yeastyness. Wow, taste is amazing as well, with an oakey flavor, along with some lightly roasted malt. Mouthfeel is very smooth, slightly fizzy feeling, just the right amount of aftertaste. A solid belgian dark. Very well balanced, but due to the price, i'd have a hard time drinking this really as anything other than an occasional treat.

Photo of younger35
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

For my 99th and 100th reviews I decided to do a side by side tasting of Rochefort 8 & 10. I’ve had these both before in bars but never at home. Comes in a nice 11.2 oz bottle that is a bit more festive and informative that the Westvletern 12. Labeled with a stamp that reads L130612 07:46 (no clue). Drank out of my Rogue Überfest Pilsner glass.

Appearance- Pours a murky russet brown with hues of amber and yellow. HUGE tan head that spills out of the top of my glass. This thing is creamy, frothy, foamy and O so beautiful. Looks like a root beer float. Leaves a great cap the entire brew and foamy lacing randomly sticks all over the glass. Looks exactly like the 10.
Smell- Lot’s of dirty Belgium yeast fills the nose. Very fruity under the mustiness remenicent of banana’s and ripe dark fruit. Sweet toffee from the malt shows more as it warms. Nice and spicy with big whiffs of liquor like alcohol.
Taste- Very rich sweetness that has a subtle caramel/chocolate start. Light fruits and brown sugar help round out and cover the rum cake alcohol. Has the Belgium mustiness but not to the extent that the nose leads you to believe. Flavors enhance and balance really nicely as this brew begins to warm.
Mouthfeel- Creamy and super smooth. Has a very heavy feel, yet is deceptively airy. Couldn’t possibly have a better feel. Perfection!
Drinkability- This is just a fabulous brew. Looks great in the glass, smells fantastic and tastes even better. You could sit and easily drink six or seven of these before you knew what hit you. I like this version of Rochefort slightly more than the 10. I think it’s a bit more balanced and easier drinking. Both excellent brews that are a must try!

Photo of umustdrink
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8 & 10 back to back
8 goes first.

Served in a wine glass after sitting in the fridge for an hour and a half, not too cold, not too warm.

A - Pours out a deep dark ruby red color with a pillowy offwhite head. Head retains very well at a half inch. Lacing is good, sticking a lot around the edges of the head, and some sheets where I drink from.

S - A sweet yeasty smell with some very DOUGHY, slightly earthy malts, some lightly sour-like fruitiness, tart cherries, and a little bit of spice. Some faint phenolic notes in the background.

T/M - Starts out with a muted fruity taste, thick textured with a sharp bite of carbonation. A light yeasty flavor enters in, accompanied by some spicy flavors. Carbonation finally lets up and an odd sort of bitterness comes through and finishes with a faint yeasty sweetness.

D - Overall it was an okay drink, but the taste left a little to be desired (more flavor). Maybe not worth the high price tag.

Photo of botham
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. pours a deep copper with ruby red highlights, and a huge off-white brownish head that dissipates quickly. great lacings on this one.

smell is hoppy, with a yeasty character. cascade hops give the aroma a spicy and coniferous feel, while ale yeast puts a fruity character in the mix. notes of apple and apricot.

taste is of alcohol up front, with sweet ale yeast as well. same notes of apricot and apple are present, with a vinous feel. finishes with an alcoholic bite and some spicy hops.

aftertaste is of residual alcohol and apricots, with a bit of apple.

mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with bite from alcohol.

drinkability is decent, but the high alcohol levels and bite will make this one less drinkable. the brew overall is well balanced, and is a solid example of a belgian strong dark. cheers!

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

After reading the glowing Bevmo description card (perfect "desert island" beer), I gave this a try.

Not an impressive looking beer, by any means. Sort of an unappealing murky brownish color, no real head to speak of, and no carbonation.

The smell, and the taste, quickly make up for the bland appearance. Dark roasted fruits, tons of belgian malts (how many strains did they cram into this thing?), a delicious tart aftertaste to balance the malt and fruit strains.

Not to be missed.

Photo of JayTheFinn
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Oh man, this is tasty! I think this is my favorite Belgium I've ever had. Sure it's got a high ABV, but you really don't taste it (although you feel it soon enough!). It just had a nice, smooth malty flavor that went down with the greatest of ease. Tantilizing dark brown body as well with the typical overwhelming foamy head. $5 for a 330ml is a bargain at these flavors!

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

A 330 ml bottle poured into a Rochefort challis at the Tony Roma’s bar in Kennewick, Washington.

A: It is a very dark orange-brown murky beer with an abundant sticky dark caramel head. It has the color of a coke with a swirl of coffee. Once it settled, the interior of glass was covered with lacing and the beer itself stayed coated with small bubbles.

S: The aroma is awesome. It has a fruity (burnt orange and figs) aroma that complements the toasted malts and caramel sugars. It does not so much hide the odor of alcohol as merge the odor in a well balanced aroma that is very pleasing.

T: Complex balance of sweet and spicy flavors accented by the bite of alcohol. It is reminiscent of a mixed drink more than a beer. The malts taste of coffee, coco, and caramel. There is a slight hint of peppers and cloves.

M: Smooth and creamy with a rich full mouth feel that glides through the mouth like silk on a young woman’s freshly shaved legs. It is very lightly carbonated.

D: I had a hard time stopping. The tastes are so enticing it is difficult to pull away from this superior beer.

Comment: I love the Rochefort 10 (it is my beer of choice) but the 8 is a strong companion and stands on its own as an excellent beer. Awesome…what a beer should be.

Photo of franksnbeans
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brown sugar color with a big head and spurratic lacing. Smells of brown sugar, fig, dried fruit. Tastes as it smells along with a slight lemon tea finish. Extremely smooth. Medium in the mouth with great carbonation. ABV is non existant. So drinkable its not funny. Those monks know what they are friggin doing.

Photo of Atch
3.72/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very dark, 2 finger head, I was careful not to pour the yeast and it' still a little cloudy.

Smell: To me it smells sweet and smoky. Almost like wine.

Taste: Malty, sweet. For the ABV, the alcohol taste is not very dominant. But you can tell it's there.

Mouthfeel: The beer feels heavy, consistenty wise. But smooth going down. Low on the carbonation side.

Drinkability: I thought it was good and fairly easy to drink one. A good fall warmer.

Photo of jar2574
4.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice thick, foamy, tan colored head that clings to the sides. Dark brown colored beer.

Smells of dark fruit, fig, hops, and a slight touch of alcohol.

The mouthfeel is smooth as butter and has a buttery feel along your tongue. The taste is of cherry, figs and a perfect blend of hops and malts.

Very drinkable, especially for the amount of alcohol involved. The fruitiness and the alcohol content might get to you over long sessions. But this is a wonderful beer and I'd love to try a long session with it.

Photo of Lothore
4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a murky brown, letting no light pass through. A huge light brown head initially tops this brew then fades to a nice 2 finger head.

S- Smells of grapes, raisins, dark fruit with a hint of alcohol that stings the nose.

T- Very light however hugely complex in taste. Yeasty and earth with hints of spice. Small amount of dark fruit tastes along with a distinct alcohol warming.

M- Perhaps a bit overcarbonated. Medium bodied.

D- This is definitely one to sip on but for the ABV it is very drinkable.

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

330ml bottle, best before 14/09/10.

pours a deep reddish orange with a big fluffy tan head. the head drops slowly and leaves some chunky lace behind.

aroma is nice. alcohol. date. bit of raisin. dried cherry. light anise. yeasty spice. bready malt. bit of toasted character.

taste is good. alcohol. dark fruit - raisin and date. bit of dried cherry too. lightly toasty. bittersweet chocolate. yeast. bit of spice. bread and cracker malts.

mouthfeel is good. medium-low bitterness level. medium body.

drinkability is good. i really love all the fruit. well balanced. a really great beer. i think this is my favourite of the rochefort lineup.

Photo of Maracuja
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy deep chestnut hue, topped by an formidably thick, almost animated light tan head supported by prodigious bubbles. After what seems to be an eternity, the head settles and leaves signature lace. Tart cherries and mellow chocolate upfront in aroma, along with raisiny notes and caramel from the dark candi sugar. Buttery malt becomes noticeable as the beer warms and breathes. Mild chocolate and banana are perceptible at first in flavor and are ensued by notes of darkly caramelized fruit and a date - like sweetness. Hop bitterness is only indirectly noticed by its offsetting of malt sweetness. Full in body, w/ a dextrinous, liquid velvet mouthfeel. Finishes w/ waves of dark caramel lingering. Alcohol warmth slowly emerges as an afterthought. Rochefort 8 is fabulous. The residual sweetness is well controlled and the combination of chocolate notes and fruit is superlative. Although very flavorful, Rochefort 8 maintains a elegant mellowness. Outstanding to say the least. Rochefort 10 should be a treat!

Photo of Hornet2003
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank this with a cheese and meat plate at a Belgian cafe in Vancouver.

Pours a dark cloudy brown. Looks like a cludy Iced Tea. Minimal head after it receeded off the pour.
Sweet aromas of plum and cherry. Slight bit of alcohol detected. Not as "rich" smelling as the Rochefort 10.
The flavour is sweet and malty with fruity, yeasty flavours. There was a little spice as well in the aftertaste.
Moderate carbonation and a (relatively) subdued mouthfeel.
Drinkability was probably pretty high. I can't say for sure but I managed to polish off this bottle pretty quick and could have gone fr another had it not been so expensive($9--Ouch!).

Great slightly toned down version of the Rochefort 10

Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 4,619 ratings.