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

This beer is a nice ruby red color with a thick head. Thick lacing is present. The smell is fruity with more than a hint of alcohol. The taste is plums and a bit if underlying smoke. The mouthfeel is carbonated and the alcohol has a nice way of saying hello this early in the morning. This will certainly warm the tops of your ears and cheeks. A nice well rounded brew. One of the better Belgian brews I have had.

Photo of sterstar1
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good Trappist. Fruity, sweet (but not too sweet) with a hint of sourness on the back end - but not so much that it's a bad thing. Definitely drinkable. If I see this one sitting on a shelf, I'll probably pick it up again although I wouldn't drive across town to get it. I know, this is the same review I gave the 10 but I found them to be very similar. If you haven't tried it, pick one up.

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

Sometimes you enjoy a beer so much that you have review it even though you know its reputation warrants a better description than you can possibly offer given your reviewing capability. For me, this is one of those beers…

The aroma features a firm yeasty must with an inviting peaty, appley quality. The toffee malt palate includes a fairly sharp alcohol spice, sweet raisin fruitiness, a nice smokey touch, and a deliciously rich oaky tannin quality that balances the rest of the flavors nicely. The alcohol, while quite robust, is exceedingly well-hidden considering the more than 9% ABV.

The complexity of this one is a bit beyond me, so I’m sure I missed a number of hints and flavors. But I can tell you that this rich brew features a balance and variety of flavors, along with a deceptive drinkabilty, that make it one of the best beers that I’ve had it quite some time. I approached this beer with a sense of caution, concerned that all the hype and prestige surrounding this brew might lead me to give this it an overly generous review. However, after an objective tasting, I can see that the attention and praise Rochefort 8 receives is well-deserved…

Highly recommended…

Photo of CH3CH2OH
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a murky brown with a coarsely carbonated head. Toffee and raisin aroma; no hint of hops. Flavor is multilayered; not as much as the 10, but much cleaner on the palate and more drinkable. Carbonation is medium and there is a slight bite in the finish. Absolutely incredible drinkability for a 9.2 % abv ale.

Photo of deeplennon
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured with an incredible head that grew an extra centimeter or so in the 5 mins I let is sit before drinking. Murky brown in color is intriguing. Aroma is faint with some alcohol and a little caramel sweetness. Pleasing though slight. Taste again provides alcohol with a touch of caramel sweet, very very very well balanced for 9.2% making for an incredibly drinkable strong brew - as in the aroma, overall depth of flavor is again slight.

I could drink it nearly as easily as I could a glass of water and there is probably no other 9.2% beer I could say that about especially with such a dark malt profile, but on the other side of that coin it needs a bit more character to be truly excellent in my opinion. I'd certainly never pass on one though.

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

I took this the day following when I took the Rochefort 6 so I may better differentiate and
compare between the 2. The Rochefort 8 pours out dark red brown, like the Rochefort 6 and has
a wonderful appearance, again like the Rochefort 6. Nice thick head with average to good
retention. The smell is very promising; strong fruity aroma which is comprised of apples and
plums, mainly apples; totally inviting. The taste was less impressive as the smell but was going
strong with fruity apple notes dashed with a plums and other dark fruits and maybe a little bit
of spices. The pronounced mellow nature of the taste completely masks the underlying 9.2 ABV
making the beer exceptionally smooth, light and drinkable. There is none of the periodic alcohol
"kick-ins" which is common amongst high ABV beers and bitterness was not at all present. A very
well balanced taste to say the least. Carbonation was just right on the Rochefort 8 and goes
in great balance with the taste but the body should be thicker on this one. Although the 8
definitely exhibits a thicker body than the 6, I personally see it as slightly lacking still.
The after taste was a true party for the pellates; apple, plums, grapes and other dark fruits
filling the taste bud lingering on for a bit. A good to great beer that I could imagine
improvements on. A thicker body and stronger, sweeter fruity taste would make this a sure 10.

Photo of ericj551
4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rochefort 8 pours a hazy deep brown with a thick foamy head. Smell is ripe dark fruits, sweet with a lot of dark maltiness. Taste is sharp at first, giving way to a rich fruity easters. The initial sharp spiciness gives way to an incredibly smooth, rich malt flavor, perfectly balanced and deliciously complex. The alcohol is almost completely hidden. As the beer warms, the sharpness decreases and it becomes even more delicious. I think I like this beer more than the 10, it just seems more balanced to me.

Photo of mdm46410
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip. This ale poured a hazy brown color with visible carbonation and a big, foamy tan head. Excellent retention and lacing. The aroma of this beer was full of yeast notes, bread, grapes, dark fruits, and some sweet malts. The flavor was very, very rich. It included buttery bread notes along with a crisp fruitiness, and also a bit of caramel. Excellent velvety, creamy mouthfeel with fizzy, active carbonation stinging your tounge along with a nice alcohol warmth. All I can say is...awsome!! A must try. This is one top notch ale that is sure to be a favorite for years to come!

Photo of bluejacket74
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a chalice, the beer pours a hazy brown with a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. It smells like dark fruit, bread and caramel, a very nice sweet malty smell. Taste is similar to the smell, except that there's also an earthy, peppery spicyness in the taste along with the dark fruit and caramel. Mouthfeel is medium, it's smooth and silky and has a lot of carbonation (but not too much). Drinkability is pretty good, but would be perfect if the carbonation was down a little bit. Alcohol isn't too noticeable at all. Overall a very good beer, it's nice and enjoyable.

Photo of jp62099
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into tulip, dark brown, huge head. Smell is malty, bread, some fruit and alcohol. Taste is malt, biscuit, with a raisony acloholic back. Mouthfeel is relatively light although alcohol hits and lingers. Need to study the style some more don't have much experience with it. Overall impression is good, pretty pricey, an occasion brew.

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

Pours a dark hazy brown. Foamy head that falls quickly.

Smells of sweet alcohol, dark fruits and some flowery notes. Very nice.

Yeasty biscuit taste up front. Some malts in there, dark fruits and a dry finish. Some warming alcohol on the roof of the mouth. Some bitter flower taste in there as well. Towards the end the beer leaves a dark dried fruit aftertaste, very nice! The 6 was like a wattered down cognac and this 8 is more like a wattered down whiskey. I like this one quite a bit more.

A little warmer and thicker than the 6. Still has quite a bit of carbonation which seems to fit better with this brew. The dry aftertaste makes it seem like this beer is a little thicker than it is. Not bad.

I'd buy this one over several of the other Belgians I have had but I wouldn't seek it out often due to its $5.50 price tag. Looking forward to the 10 tomorrow.

Photo of khiasmus
3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a hazy dark amber with a half glass of beautiful, frothy, creamy head.

S- The nose is malty, with a prominent hint of alcohol, some dark fruits, nuts, and biscuit.

T- Initially malty, giving way to a breadiness, then some raisin and dates, then biscuit, then strong lingering alcohol in the fairly dry finish. The overall impression after a sip is alcohol and bread.

M- Silky and smooth, with a very astringent and dry finish, as you feel the alcohol evaporate out of your mouth. Pretty high carbonation, though not as high as the (gag) 6.

D- A bit too strong and dry to merit a high drinkability score, but definitely a better beer overall than the 6... I'll do the 10 tomorrow, and we'll choose a winner :-)

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.51/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured into a goblet, this had a thick, dark layer of sediment at the bottom which i left in the bottle. the appearance is a hazy amber/brown with a tan, creamy head and incredible lacing that does not want to go away. the first smell that hits me is a whiskey aroma. was this barrel aged? also notes of toffee, dark fruit, candied fruit, and some earthy mustiness. barnyardy kinda nose. taste is of sweet malts and alcohol with some of the above aromatics translating onto the tongue. a vague spicy character is present that i'm not familiar with. somehow the carbonation is still lively enough in this big beer to balance the sweet malts. any hop bitterness is in the background and difficult to pick up. this is a showcase of malt, yeast, and however they make this beer. mouthfeel is big-bodied but not as much as the abv lets on. long, warming finish with some alcohol burn. this is definitely a sipping beer, i couldn't do more than one of these, unless it was cold and i had a big, meaty cigar to pair with it. this is more reminiscent of a liquer or madeira than a beer.

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

Poured from a 330ml bottle into my beautiful Rochefort chalice.

A: A 1/4 inch light tan head forms over the deep brown colored brew with dark red undertones. Very thin lacing on the glass. A very thin layer of head remains over the beer throughout contributing to the silky smooth texture.

S: Mild alcohol along with some fruits such as figs and cherries and bananas.

T: I struggle to contemplate all the wonderfully complex flavors in this amazing beer. The malts dominate the palate in the form of chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, figs, and dark bread. There are also some faint spices as well. An excellent amount of sweetness, just there but it doesn't overwhelm. Damn, I wish I was a poet so I could more accurately describe this masterpiece.

M: Silky smooth, slightly creamy. It overwhelms the palate with its delicious complex flavors.

D: The 9.2% alcohol is virtually indiscernible. Mellow yet incredibly flavorful and complex. Very easy to drink. It might be the best Belgian beer that I have yet to try. Absolutely phenomenal.

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

I had this at 't Brugs Beertje in Brugge, Belgium. Poured from bottle into proper glasware.

A - Ruby brown, with a creamy head that really lasts, nice lacing.

S - A very yeasty dubel with nice hints of malt sweetness and caramel

T - Solid malty body witha very presant yestiness. Finishes with a mild hoppy bitterness. Alcohol appears slightly as it warms.

Very drinkable with a nice smooth mouthfeel. An unoffensive nicely rounded dubel, though nothing exceptional. Just solid.

Photo of Ausbeerboy
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with an unexpectantly large head. Grows rapidly. Poured a 11.2oz bottle into a 20oz Tulip and it still breached the rim (no chalis glass available at the time) A deep mahogany color with a tan head. Then take a deep sniff. WOW! Near floral like tones hit the nose with background of rich fruits. With some beers you really have to get your nose in there and whiff to get something. This one will reach out and grab you.

A bit more carbonation than I was expecting, but I think it helps carry the flavors across the tongue and balance out the flavors. I was really all over the place when trying to describe the flavors. If there was ever a beer that you could describe as complex, this would be it. Deep fruit flavors, followed by some sweetness and then a bit of the alcohol.

This beer has such complexity that I think it will take more than the first 11.2oz to get a handle on this one. Definitely one I'll return to, but like all the trappist ales, a treat for a special occasion.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.76/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Poured a very dark, opague nice dark tan with a huge, neverending tan head that towered 3 inches above the glass. This one defined the term retention! Tons of lace, a fantastic overall appearence.

S - Very lively smell, lots of fruity tones. Hints of apricots and figs with a nice spiceness in the back. Hints of apples, just a great well round belgian smell, very good.

M & T - Wow, first impression left me jaw on the ground. Tons of carbonation and lots of activity on the palate. Huge flavor assault , lots of dark fruits, figs, hints of yeast, and a pronounced grainey flavor. Hint of abv, but really remarkably smooth/.

D - Overall this was fantastic, may actually be my favorite belgian to date, and dare I say better then the westy. Really a good all around late night sipping brew. A+ on this one.

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

S---golden raisins and other dried fruit, brown sugar, yeast

T--heavily carbonated, bites right away and soon gives way to a sweet but earthy aftertaste

M--quite light for this much alcohol, almost seltzer-like

D--very drinkable....the alcohol is masked very well and the brew has a solid, "standard" Belgian taste.

Photo of jmalex
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I'd been saving this for several months in preparation for opening this and the 10 on my birthday. Well it's 2 days later and I've still got 'em in the fridge. So it's now the 8 tonight and the 10 tomorrow for what I assume will be one of the best vertical type tastings imaginable.

APPEARANCE: Pours a medium amber brown with light brown highlights. The huge off-white head is rocky and loose. It shrinks to a half inch, but had tremendous staying power at that point. Lacing is there, but scant.

SMELL: Yeasty, bready, peppery, spicy, caramel, this has it all. Smells just like Belgium in a glass. Nicely subdued, balanced, understated.

TASTE: It starts out very bready with somewhat bitter flavors. Spicy and peppery with a wee bit of a hop presence. Then the sweet Belgian caramel maltiness comes in. The vague fruitiness melds perfectly with the flavors from the beginning, and it becomes a wonderfully complex beer. The finish does not disappoint, finishing remarkably clean with a bit of lingering yeastiness.

MOUTHFEEL: Smooth and almost syrupy with a lower than expected carbonation but still appropriate. Quite good.

DRINKABILITY: This beer goes down so incredibly smooth and easy. 9.2% alcohol is unthinkable judging by the taste. The finish is so clean, you can almost say this is a thirst-quencher. I'm insanely impressed by this beer.

Thinking about it now, I've realized this is the first authentic Trappist beer I've ever had. It certainly did not disappoint. Those monks seriously know what they're doing. The best word I can think of to describe this beer is 'humble'. It doesn't try to be over the top or something that it isn't. It lets it's amazing craftsmanship speak for itself. I can't wait to try the 10, or anything from the other 5 Trappists.

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

Color is a murky orange, wood-brown under a slightly taupe off white frothy head. Head is a nice size and shrinks to a good 1/4" retention while leaving some occasional thick strings of lace around the old chalice style glass. Smell is intoxicating. (+ my semi-pathetic pun is partially intended). There is certainly a lot of depth in the aroma. A lot of various caramel glazed fruits including cherry, apple, prune, cranberry, and maybe pear. Its definitely thoroughly spicy too. Quite a lot to smell. All the aromas come together nicely as I sip. It is a bit harder to pick them out individually though. Through the finish, and even before, there's a very grape-like dryness that meshes with the carbonation tingle. Body is medium on the full side or full on the medium side. This beer has a velvety weightlessness, and dry prickly feel to it. Entertaining mouthfeel to sum it up. Drinkability is good but this is not for fast drinking obviously.

Not a humble beer by any means though its flavors seem thoroughly smoothed together and go on for miles.

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

Appearance: Garnet in color, clear. Lots of carbonation clinging to the inside of the glass. One finger white head, exceptionally fine and smooth-looking. Retention is lacking, however.

Smell: Raisins and a whiff of.... red wine vinegar? Some spice and sweet cake aromas as well.

Taste: Malt character is rich and cakey - bready, but sweet and light. Spice, alcohol is well concealed. Finishes nice and crisp. Very good. Some graininess in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, good carbonation.

Drinkability: High! Fairly light for the style and easy-drinking.

Photo of icemonkey908
4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a wonderful dark mahogany color with a nice fluffy head. Smell is very strong, fruity and sweet, a little bit spicy. The alcohol can be detected.

The taste of this beer is very complex much like the nose. There are hints of fruit and chocolate. It is also very spicy. Hard to describe, but like no other beer I have had. The mouthfeel is very full and has the proper amount of carbonation.

Not a session beer (which isn't a bad thing necessarily) , but a wonderful beer to sit with and contemplate. Definitely worth seeking this one out. I know I will again.

Photo of BretSikkink
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Absolutely gorgeous full-finger head in a wide-mouthed Orval chalice, creamy looking with amazing retention. Beautiful lacing. Robust dark brown brew, no highlights in this inky dark.

Spicy clove aroma, lots of bready yeast, some fruity flavors - both estery apple rind and dark, ripe fruit flavors. Alcohol is apparent.

Huge malt profile here, malted barley with residual alcoholic brown sugar sweetness. Nutty fullness, buttered bread in the middle, toffee-like at times, phenolic and ester alcohols battle for dominance, with a fruit rind result. Dark fruit (currant and fig) also apparent, other yeast flavors and mild spice give it a quintessentially Belgian beery flavor.

Smooth and creamy, light but full in the mouth. Finishes a little dry, very little afterflavor. Alcohol is perceptible throughout but never overpowering.

This is a beautifully crafted brew, not exactly a session brew but an awesome beer for a special occasion. Put against a cheese plate, this one can handle a variety of creamy and sharp flavors.

Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark and creamy brown/chocolate color with a nice white head that didn't go away until the end of the beer.
S: Sweet, but not overpowering
T: Amazingly complex. I tasted vanilla and citrus at first, but at the back of my mouth I tasted a bit of sweet sugar.
M: This is so soft and light on your tounge and overall on your mouth.
D: Even with the higer ABV this is very easy drinking and I could get in trouble in a hurry with it.

Fantastic beer overall, but I wish it was a little cheaper to have several at a time. A nice change of pace though if you are looking for something new in the store.

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

Pours a cloudy brown color with an explosive off-white head, not much in lacing but some. The smell is not overly strong, has a carob and chocolate aroma to it. The taste is of a hint of red grapes and a nice roasted nut flavor, some chocolate. The feel is much smoother than the #6, not nearly as carbonated but still quite fizzy. Moderate body, finishes a tad bitter. Not much better than the 6, less carbonated.

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