Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Ratings: 4,503
Reviews: 1,777
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 278
Gots: 588 | FT: 20
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Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001)
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Photo of Alkey
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into my snifter a dark reddish/brown color with a small tan head that leaves some spots of lace around the glass. The smell is of dark fruit maybe some figs and also a brown sugar or molasses. Taste is hard to describe but is slightly sweet almost a syrup flavor with a bit of yeast and a lightly carbonated feel. The complex flavors seem to hide alot of the alcohol and make this a delicious and very drinkable brew.

Photo of kajerm
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

let me get this out of the way: this is my favorite beer in the entire world.

pours totally opaque caramel brown with a little off-white head that goes away quickly. smells like spices, dark malt, and bananas; maybe a few berry notes as well. belgian yeast is there en force, and you can smell a little alcohol but it's pleasant, not overpowering.

tastewise, I feel like I could study this beer for years and not even come close to getting everything that's there. it's malty as hell, but in a pleasant, spicy way that goes perfectly with the banana flavor of the yeast. unlike it's too-big brother (rochefort 10), everything is in perfect balance here-- you can taste the alcohol, but it adds warmth to the beer and doesn't make you feel like you've just downed a bottle of nyquil while being punched in the chest.

it's thick (but not too thick), and I feel like I could just sit with this beer in my mouth for hours.

I hope I don't need to tell you it's not sessionable, for every possible reason (including price if you're not in belgium.) drinkable for a BSDA, but not sessionable. this is a beer to sip and savor.

Photo of RoundelMike
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It's amazing what you can find on the shelves at state-operated Utah liquor stores. I found this Rochefort Trappistes 8 bottle and I have to admit, it's the first beer of this caliber I've tasted. In short, I was floored. Amazed.

The serving bottle was understated and elegant enough (just my style...I can do without flashy labels). I unintentionally poured a huge head with this beer. You really have to pour it slowly. The liquid below the embarrassingly fluffy head poured a really attractive dark brown with just a touch of red--unfiltered. The head was a butternut tan. Beautiful, in my opinion.

The smell is complex. You're hit with a fig smell followed by fruit--dare I even say citrus? Definitely oranges. Everything is pulled together with a light woody scent.

The taste is sweet, then bitter, and then you notice strong but not biting carbonation. The most noticeable aspect of the taste isn't the individual facets of it, but the way that the flavors work together to create a full, creamy, and utterly natural taste. Mouthfeel is smooth and even.

Drinkability for a Belgian Strong Dark Ale is a relative thing, as you don't exactly go knocking ten of these down during the big game. It's a sipping beer (the alcohol content requires it), but I'm sure I could sip it all night.

Photo of Infamous7100
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Following up on what most reviews have already stated, this beer, when poured, was a dark brown, almost red in color. The head, which was nearly half the glass, was carmel in color. As far as smell, the overpowering scent that I encountered was cinnamon. It made for a nice taste when combined with the other flavors, which weren't nearly as apparent to a rookie beer reviewer such as myself. While in the mouth, the beer definitley "wakes up" your tastebuds and finishes very smooth, which impressed me. As far as drinkability goes, I must say, be careful. At 9.2% alcohol and its great taste, it could be a short evening for you if you have too many.

Photo of westweasel
3.73/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle.

The beer is a medium brown in the glass, about the color of milk chocolate. It poured out with such a big head, that I only got about half of the bottle in the glass at first and had to re-pour. The aroma is bready, toasty, sweet, and floral. I could smell caramel, graham cracker, and even some cinnamon.

The mouthfeel is medium in body, with a nice fairly dry finish. The taste is caramel, sweet, and bready, with some bitterness at the end adding to the dry finish. There are also spicy notes in there and a black pepper taste.

This beer is very drinkable, with its higher alcohol content masked by the flavors of the malt. An excellent beer.

Photo of roblowther
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a murky, reddish-brown with a medium-density thin tan head that leaves a bit of lacing as it dissipates. Smells of cloves, raisins, plums, nutmeg, and a touch of cinnamon. Taste is a sweet, caramel malt, followed by the crisp spices and a warming alcohol finish. A bit brighter than the 10, but similar. Mouthfeel is oily and chewy, with nice carbonation. Having downed a number of these during a marathon bocce tournament, I can attest to the drinkability. It may be a bit much for those that prefer their beer light and refreshing, but if its flavor you crave, you can sip these all day long.

Photo of jeffaz02t
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown with specks of yeast floating around. Nice big foamy head that goes down in a ferw min.

S: alcohol is strong right off the bat. I smell vague spices as well.

T: Malty as hell! You can taste the alcohol big time in this great brew. It has a spicy character throughout, though there is a great sweetness to it. It finishes with a clove and spicy alcohol flavor.

M: Medium bodied beer, with a great CO2 level.

D: Strong, but I could put a few back no prob. It keeps you wanting more. I will have to get another few cases soon!

Note:
This beer tastes great if you use it to make a stew. The results were great!

Photo of uconnalum2
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, dark brown with a big head that goes down a bit but lasts throughout. The smell is rich with dark fruit, spices, and alcohol. The taste is a complex blend of malt, dark fruit, spices and alcohol. A tartness comes in at the end. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with some carbonation tingle. Drinkability is high for a 9.2% ABV. It would be easy to get carried away with this one so you have to show restraint. Overall, a great beer that should be savored. The flavors and smoothness really come out as it warms.

Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Looks good pouring into a wide-mouthed chalice. Not a huge amount of foam, and it subsides fairly quickly. Body is a deep chestnut color, sort of murky with sediment suspended within it.

Smells a little intoxicating, alcohol blended with fig and plum.

Taste is pretty rich, sweet at first, with the alcohol and fruit notes coming through and hanging on the palate. Finish is earthy, roasty malt, with a slight bitterness of mild cocoa. First sips seemed a little one-dimensional, but as it warms it shows more depth.

Mouthfeel is full and rich, easy to sip and enjoy. Sweetness hinders the drinkability a bit, one bottle at a time is enough for me.

Overall, it's definitely worth a try, but Rochefort 10 is still my favorite from this Trappist brewery.

Photo of bigreduw64
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown color and slightly cloudy. It smelled fruity with a hint of what seemed to be cinnamon. A very nice strong nose. When tasted it had a slight caramel flavor with a moderate finish. The finish became pretty sweet and almost tasted like sugar water. Overall I really enjoyed this beer.

Photo of BobThomas
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark, almost black with a nice light lacy head.

Smells nice and creamy, malty, and alcoholic for sure.

Tastes and feels big and creamy with deep rich flavors. The first sip was absolutely delicious. In later sips however, I noticed the presence of alcohol more and more. What a shame. Half way through the glass, the memory of the delicious flavor was erased by alcohol.

If the alcohol was a little more in balance, this would be a just about a perfect beer.

Photo of mithrascruor
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into an oversize wine glass.

Appearance: Pours an elegant ruby-brown color, with a very thick and creamy/foamy light tan head (which eventually becomes a thick film that stays for eons).

Smell: The aroma is very complex and it is difficult to describe the overall sense it gives. Very rich and warm, replete with spices, banana, and dried fruits. Alcohol is definitely present, but it is married with the spices (such as brown sugar and other less-apparent ones, including cloves) and the other flavors remarkably well.

Taste: The beer has a strong, warm, dark bready flavor, with diversified malts, an abundance of spices (yet not overdone), and a variety of fruits, including pears and the aforementioned dried fruits. A mild alcohol taste is affixed to these other flavors, but never becomes an independent entity. Finishes with a slight tartness, seguing into a warm and spicy aftertaste. A beautifully complex flavor, while not being over-done at all.

Mouthfeel: Has a luscious thickness to it. With a rich creamy and silky smooth feel it is quite impressive.

Drinkability: A joy to drink, so no problems here! Sure, it's strong, so don't drink too much... but the alcohol taste that is often obvious in strong beers never sticks out here. Instead it remains as an integral part of the overall taste.

This is, quite frankly, my favorite beer. Drinking it is almost a religious experience. Quite difficult to find near where I live now, but I managed to get a few for New Years. Never fails to disappoint; in fact I become more fond of it over time. Complex and amazing on all fronts, this is a beer that people should at least try once.

Photo of tempest
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle, properly served in a Rochefort glass, at Cafe 28 in Minneapolis. I've been on a dark belgian kick lately and compared to some fine beers, this didnt disappoint. This beer wasn't perfect mind you, I couldn't get much aroma out of it and the carbonation was a bit much unless I was eating. However, while I was eating (spicey pork) it was one of the best pairing I've had in ages.

The flavors of chocolate and caramel blended perfectly with my pork's dark and spicey sauce. There was a hint of fruit in the tase, but I mostly got cocoa and caramel. Like some of the other trappists I've tried, this seemed a mellow but very tasty brew. Could have passed for a quad in my book. I'll have to put this head to head with the 10 some time soon. You should too.

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

Appearance: It has a huge tan head and a pretty redish brown body. Great lacing.

Smell: Fermented fruit like raisins and rye bread come through. I have a cold though...

Taste: Alchohol. Wow I don't know. It's definitely one of the strangest tasting beers I have ever had. It's sorta like brandy almost really. I imagine this would be great with a nice fatty ribeye!

Mouthfeel: Thick and soft followed by some alchoholic bite: excellent.

Drinkability: This is a beer I would only drink one of not just because it costs way to damn much in the States but it's really thick. I mean I guess it's like a stout but I don't drink many of those often. It has twice the alchohol though...so

Nota bene:
I think you have to pour this differently cause the head rises on itself way after you pour it.

Photo of PeatReek
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Even chilled to a medium-cool serving temp (~50F), poured ridiculously foamy. Head is huge, rocky, and just a tad off-white towards beige. Body is deep amber/copper with a touch of haze, not especially cloudy. Aroma is caramelly sweet and resinous, with a prominent floral hop component; maybe even edging towards lavender-soapy. Waiting several minutes for the head to die down so I can take a taste... Carbonation is very prominent, a sharp buzzing on the tongue throughout each sip. The initial taste is round and floral, with a somewhat abrasive and alcoholic bitterness. Then fruity sweet with a hint of prunes, and finally a sweet smoky finish. Hmm. Honestly it kind of tastes like someone poured Mad Dog 20/20 into a hoppy brown ale.

Photo of zeff80
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours out a reddish/brown color with a three-finger head. leaves great Belgian lace.

S - Smell of dried fruits, malt and some citrus.

T - It had a nice spiciness along with malt and dried fruits. The alcohol taste was also quite noticable.

M - It is very crisp and medium-bodied.

D - This is an outstanding beer. The flavors are really amazing.

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

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a Chimay glass. The beer has a beautiful deep brown color and a thick off-white head. The beer has a great malty scent. The taste is very smooth and creamy with the classic sweet malty flavor typical of belgians. There is a slight break in the smoothness with some of the roasted malts and a slight hint of spiciness. The mouthfeel is perfect. It feels smooth and full, just like a beer should. The drinkability is extremely high. I will certainly go and find more of this beer and drink some now and age some for later.

Photo of CharlieMopps
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy brown/mauve, reddish-purple color with an inch of foamy head that displayed fairly good retention.

S: A fruity and floral bouquet with a sweet and medicinal malty background, slightly alcoholic and yeasty.

T: Surprising smoke-like malt flavor up front paired with a Belgian sugar and fruit sweetness, coupled with a surge of warming alcohol that dissipates to a somewhat dry finish. Segues to a brief hop cameo, leaving a pleasant trail of lingering maltiness.

M: Syrupy and bubbly, yet smooth. Carbonation gives this brew an interesting texture, very pleasing on the palate.

D: The abv makes this one to watch out for, but the taste and its complexity warrants another round, if not more. Excellent selection, would highly recommend.

Photo of Shovelbum
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thin creamy head over a deep mahogany body. Strong aromas of plumb, tart cherries, rich caramel and a hint of yeast. Flavor is similarly complex—where to begin? Subtle dark berries, raisons, plumbs and a bit of pear combine with a more substantial malty sweetness. Toward the finish a bit of a spicy hop bitterness shines through, although its still not very substantial—just enough to balance things out. The body is surprisingly light for the hefty flavor and appearance. Mouthfeel is smooth with a crispness toward the end. The alcohol lets you know its there, but does not detract from the flavor.

A masterpiece. This ale deserves its reputation as one of Belgium’s finest. The waves of complexity seem as though they’re being actively directed across the tongue. Suprisingly smooth. A great cold weather sipper!

Photo of tjthresh
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Delirium Tremens tulip. Huge beige head formed atop of a beautiful dark rubyish body. Tons of lace. Aromas of rum raisin, black cherry, and plenty of candi syrup. Very malty and rich, yet light on the tongue. Syrup, molasess, exotic sugars, peppery. Slight alcohol burn. World classic in every sence of the word.

Photo of Morris729
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky deep brown color with noticeable flakes of sediment floating throughout the beer. Nose is rich and complex with aromas of rum-soaked raisins, dark cherries, ripe bananas, and fig preserves. Taste begins with a bit of brown sugar and dark caramel followed by a bit of Belgian spice and notes of chocolate covered cherries. Simply delicious—a marvelous brew.

Photo of mwagner1018
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Westmalle goblet, initial strong release of carbonation to a short but distinct 1/2 inch head, burned copper/red tinted dark cherry color. Very light lacing, but dissapointing head retention. Although a nice swirl of the glass in a large goblet releases substantial flavor/re-creams the head (I recommend to continuously swirl the glass as you consume)... and releases the smell of bitter sweet pear/apple pie/faint cinamon and sugary infested yeast/alcohol remints. The smells definitely diminish quickly, but to get the initial glimse of them is well worth it. I liked the slightly creamy, and strong mouthfeel, heavy and bubbly to the tounge with a nice leftover taste to the side of the cheeks and roof of my mouth. Fantastic drinkability, could definitely sit down relax by a fire and drink several of these. For a beer with 9,2% alcohol, I think it has a very nice subdued sweetness and nice bite, without any overpowering alcohol smell/flavor.

Photo of aluskungs
2.73/5  rDev -37%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Big bubbled head floats and stays on top of this dark brown brew. Looks very medieval! Has the color of a brown ale.

Not much of a smell. Alcohol (9.2%) burn, roasted malts are present.

Well carbonated. Heavy beer. This one needs to be drunk slow... Has an alcohol burn that hurts my thought, a little unbalanced in that sense. Could use some more malt sweetness to take off the edge (in my opinion). Muddled mixed flavors, like some failed home brew experiment, a train wreck. Prune and plum flavors are present, would probably go great with turkey and gravy (today is thanksgiving).

Not impressed, this beer is way too heavy, bitter alcohol, and lack of good flavor makes this a bland beer.

Photo of MVassar
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let this one sit in the glass for at least ten minutes, or until it reaches room temperature. Like a fine wine, it really needs to breathe.

Gorgeous orange/mahogany color. A rich, creamy head that lasts forever. Incredibly enticing.

Not much going on in the nose initially, though with time some sweet fruit and malt comes through.

Tastes of bread, caramel, and slightly burnt raw sugar...delicious.

Very smooth, with an appropriate hint of carbonation.

Exceptionally drinkable in the wee small hours.

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

Had a bottle of this at Bois Cereste in Akasaka. I've had it before, but this is the first time I've reviewed it.

Poured at almost room temperature into proper glassware. Mahogany coloured, with a thin eggshell head that fades relatively quickly.

Aroma is all dark fruit and alcohol, with a little bit of coffee or espresso. Raisins, plums, prunes, dried figs, and overripe berries dominate over a caramel sweetness.

Very thick, oily mouthfeel. Liiiittle bit of alcohol, with a lot of the dark fruits sticking around. Brown sugar, sherry, and dark rye bread are also present. Not much carbonation at all. Thick, semi-bitter aftertaste that gets a little cloying after a full bottle.

Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 4,503 ratings.