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Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Reviews: 1,825
Hads: 4,835
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 346
Gots: 802 | FT: 25
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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 Spipenger
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown almost burnt peach color. The head poured a little thick (probably my fault). I was surprised it didn't have a stronger aroma, but I distinctly smelled a sweet peach. The taste, well, the taste. Exquisite, subtle, yet rich. Hint of vanilla and a strong fruity taste (not citrusy). Just a pleasurable drinking experience. (332 characters)

Photo of spacecake9
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into my Maredsous chalice.
A- Pours a dark hazy brown with a nice white head that settles quickly to a flat cap.
S - Funky aroma of yeast and banana.
T - Wow that is really good. The flavor is complex - a little caramel, some dark fruit.
M - Medium body and carbonation.
O - This is really good and deserves its world class rating. Might be as good as the 10. Can't wait to buy more. (393 characters)

Photo of mr-jj
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip from a 12 oz bottle.

Color is hazy mahogany with a huge head of large bubbles that dissipates into clumpy islands of foam with minimal lacing. Nice smell - yeast, malt, dark fruit, banana, a touch of phenol and booze - very complex. Flavor is delicious - fruity and malty with barely a hint of the alcohol it contains. Body is medium, just a touch of carbonation - very drinkable. Goes down way too easy.

Overall, this is a great beer. I would like to compare the 10 and 8 side by side. I think I might like the 8 better. (549 characters)

Photo of breakingbland
3.85/5  rDev -10.3%

Poured a cloudy brown with medium-coarse bubbles; the head dissipated quickly. The mouthfeel followed: The lively, coarse carbonation was almost objectionable, and the body was a bit thinner than expected. The taste is wonderful, though: malty, sweet fruit (dried dark fruit) with little hops presence. Will look forward to trying this again to see if my perception of the body & carbonation change. (399 characters)

Photo of Advocaate
4.95/5  rDev +15.4%

Full disclosure: This is my absolute favorite beer. The 10 is also fantastic, but this is just a bit better. Would be a 5 if not for the hope I'll one day taste something better. So a little biased; I've been drinking this regularly and with enthusiasm for years.

L: Moderate head with abstract, short-lived lacing. Earthy, cloudy and almost muddy.

S: Sharp: over-ripe bananas, cloves and yeast. Much more pleasant than that description allows.

T: Very strong, very malty, definite caramel notes, and much less sweet than you'd think. A rich, yet clean finish. Not dry at first, but increasingly so as you drink it. Quite acidic on the tongue. A combination of flavours I can't even begin to describe; try, and savour, it yourself.

O: This is the standard upon which every Trappist and Trappist wannabe should be judged. There most completely drinkable yet complex brew that I've tasted yet. Please, Unibroue: release something like this (Maudite doesn't compare) so I don't have to pay $6/bottle! (1,001 characters)

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - dark hazy brown with a great tan head.
Smell - sweet fig toasted bread banana and clove.
Taste - Taste like it smells but very strong
Feel - medium thick body with lots of carbonation
Overall - fantastic strong dark ale (226 characters)

Photo of Rhubbs
5/5  rDev +16.6%

I discovered this beer by accident about 2 years ago and haven't regretted it.

Pours a reddish brown with about half to 3/4 inch of creamy white head. poured into a Rochefort chalice(got it for christmas last year!)
Taste is of malty sweetness with cherries, raisins, and figs. a hint of spice. letting this beer warm and open up makes a word of difference to it's flavour profile(drank mine between4-6 C)
the carbonation is a nice mouth feel.
overall one of my favourite beers, I always have 2 bottles cellared for special occasions. (535 characters)

Photo of Neorebel
4.87/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Rochefort is without a doubt my favorite Belgian producer. I can't believe I'm only now honoring this one with a formal review. Rochefort 8 is a 9.2% ABV Strong Dark Ale. It's moderately translucent color is somewhere between Sepia and Sienna, which not only is lovely, but stylistically appropriate. A fair amount of soda-like carbonation is visible within the glass, however the nearly nonexistent off-white head does not indicate this.

The array of scents coming into the nose from the aroma is incredible... Brown bread, baked apples, bananas, molasses, figs, and cloves. Decadent, yet delicate.
While tasting this complex amalgamation of flavors, it's easy to notice that at the heart of this, is a big & bready malt base. A splash of tart fruits, spices, and perhaps a hint of chocolate all join this foundation nicely. What lingers in the finish seems to be a tiny hop element, as well as earthiness and phenols. The alcohol is somewhat warming and noticeable, but I would say it is far from 'hot.' The body is not overly heavy, and in fact it feels smooth and creamy washing over the palate.

Ultimately, I would recommend this on any occasion that calls for huge grainy malt beer- it's one of the timeless, top Belgian Strong Dark Ales! (1,249 characters)

Photo of TheHammer
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured with a solid finger of head that retained like crazy and produced a limited amount of lace. The body is a deep brown the scarlet notes that falls just short of being entirely opaque, boasting that tell tale Belgian aggressive carbonation.

Smell: Warming really helps this one come out, but even when cool the beer has a rich thick dark caramel malt smell backed by notes of plums and figs, which as it warms brings out notes of berries, orange peel, vanilla and a herb I can't quite place.

Taste: In a word, wow. This beer starts exceptionally strong as chewy malt sweetness backed by dates, plum and raisins come forward shifting to a quick spicer note of cloves, anise, grapes, cranberries and a hint of citrus zest, ending with more of that malt backed by a mild berry taste and a slight dry yeast touch. Perfect score.

Feel: Marvelous transitions, nice chewy malt aftertaste that doesn't cling, not too dry, not too moist, ample head, the only thing keeping it from a perfect score is the carbonation is a tad too aggressive at the start of the beer for my liking, and not around enough for the middle transitioning.

Drinkability: Oh yeah, it's flavorful, it's refreshing, it's on the lighter end of medium bodied, it hides it's alcohol masterfully. Give me a barrel of this stuff, and I'd be out cold in a matter of hours it's so good. A little gassy and a little too classy but hey, it's Trappist beer, what do you expect?

Final Thoughts: The Trappist monks seldom disappoint, and this one is certainly no exception. This is currently my highest ranked Trappist Beer and my 3rd highest rated beer as of the time of this review. I can't say enough good things about it, and you owe it to yourself to track this down and try. Two thumbs and two big toes up! (1,785 characters)

Photo of JackRWatkins
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

A: mild lacing, little to no head, light cola color, muddy brown
S: rich, malty fruity aroma, not overly boozy like the other rochefort beers
T: malty, a tad briny, some dark fruit, subtle sweetness, dry acidic finish, carbonation is not so much visible at tastable, it is very sharp in this way, expect a lot of ambiguous esters from this beer (flavors that are fruity but not pertaining to any discernibly specific fruit)
M:intensely sharp and watery(not watery in a bad way necessarily)
O:very good though to any of those trying it I would say, ice cold is not best, I think it probably softens your ability to perceive some of the more subtle flavors (656 characters)

Photo of ttroha
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Bottle from Maltitude. Pours brown with white head. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, malt. Taste of vanilla, spices, and a slight hint of chocolate. A wonderful Trappist beer. Awesome beer and maybe my new favorite Trappist. (220 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle best by 2018 poured into a goblet
A: Dark brown, somewhat muddy but a latte-colored head that slowly settles to a thin lacing
S: Malt, caramel, brown sugar, some fruit esters, all in great balance
T: Matches the nose but not quite as complex as I expected
F: Medium-bodied but again quite balanced. No hint of alcohol, not too sweet/thick
O: Great beer, now I'm interested to grab a few more from the same batch to follow as they age (448 characters)

Photo of AngEo
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

330ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Color is a dark rusty brown. Light test yields a dark caramelesque color. Pours with a bit over 2 fingers of head which slowly settles into a thin ring of foam. Smells very malty and of dark fruits with a lingering hint of alcohol. Initial taste is very malty with strong spices and the same dark fruits. The alcohol is detectable but less noticable than the smell led on. Very good overall. (431 characters)

Photo of T100Mark
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

11.2 ounce Euro bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - A rusty brown color. Hazy. Mondo head. Bitchin'!

Smell - Malty. Baking chocolate. Musty. A whiff of Belgian sour.

Taste - Malty. Baking chocolate. Herbal. Peppercorns. Slightly bitter. Slightly sour.

Mouth - Moderate carbonation. Moderate body. Silky.

Overall - This beer taste great! The combination of bread, sweet, bitter, and spice is both unique and amazing. I could chug multiple Rochefort 8s if it weren't for the high alcohol content and even higher cost. (539 characters)

Photo of muchloveforhops3
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

330ml bottle poured into a snifter

P- murky brown, with no translucence; 1f of off-white head, that recedes to a small foam cap within a couple of minutes; lots of yeast chunks noticed at the bottom of the glass
N- bold brown sugary sweetness paired with dark fruit notes (black cherries come to mind), all over bready malt; pleasant and inviting
T- follows the nose; brown sugar up front, sweet dark fruits mid-palate, and a chewy yeasty finish, with moderate alcohol presence; solid bready malt backbone; very well-balanced
MF- medium-full bodied with medium carbonation; silky smooth and creamy
O- a great example of the style! (631 characters)

Photo of kmkryah
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass

Appearance: Dark brown, thick, and cloudy.

Smell: Alluring near-caramel smell, banana and ester notes.

Taste: Thick yet smooth taste. Malty at first impression, but with a rich and diverse range of flavors.

Mouthfeel: Heavy, creamy, bubbly, alternately sweet and spicy.

Overall: Complex, strong beer that will treat you well if you appreciate it. (392 characters)

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Pours a murky pond like raisin brown. Some sediment slowly settles to the bottom. 1 finger of light tan head then settles to a thin film. Scent is of dark fruit, raisons, plums, prunes, cherries and figs with light spices and alcohol esters. Taste follows the scent with dark alcohol soaked fruit, christmas spices, brown sugar and alcohol esters. Snappy carbonation makes this go down faster than you would expect. Delicious. (426 characters)

Photo of Sumo_Steve
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

In the interest of full disclosure I love strong dark ales of most every stripe. This is no exception, although I must say slightly drier than I had anticipated. The malts are still very much front and center, taste a bit like the other famous abbey product the fruit cake, but it is balanced by a a slight bitterness and the aforementioned dryness. When cold the high carbonation makes for a very refreshing sensation, as the brew warms the more caramel notes come to the forefront. There is little alcohol character, a truly dangerous trait in a beer this tasty. Complex and lovely. (584 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle, poured into a chalice, Best by 2/10/2018

A- pours a murky brown color with light ruby/orange hues, two-finger foamy & creamy off-white head eventually reduces to a solid film that floats on top, and lasts long after the pour

S- aroma opens up with a rum-like bouquet, quickly followed by fruity esters & notes of ripe banana, pear, cherry & fig. Sweet malty aromas give notes of brown sugar, coconut candy & caramel. Light phenols with a shnappes-like booze aroma closes it out

T-strong alcohol character up front mixes with a fruity bouquet of cherry banana, and even a hint of orange. The sweetness of the malt gives notes of burnt brown sugar, caramel & fig. Spicy yeast gives notes of cloves & medicinal notes, which leads to a constant battle of spicy and sweet in the mid-palate. Phenolic notes kick in as it nears the finish, with more sweet malty flavors of caramel, dark bread and sweet alcohol, finishing dry-yet-sweet and boozy

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy full mouthfeel, eventually closing slightly chewy with lingers of warming alcohol

O- this is one of those beers that just grows in complexity the longer you drink it. A standard setting beer of the style and one that is to be savored (1,258 characters)

Photo of offthelevel_bytheplumb
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy dark brown with a big, pillowy head that dissipated slowly
into a cap, and left a moderate amount of lacing on the glass. There was a small amount of
sediment on the bottom of the glass.

Aroma: Brown sugar, molasses, marble bread, chocolate, dates, and a touch of caramel and
vanilla were all present on the nose.

Taste: Malty sweetness was up front, very yeasty in the middle, and finished with a candy
sugar sweetness. No alcohol was detected.

Palate: Body was unusually light for a 9.2% ABV beer. Carbonation level was about average.
Molasses and brown sugar made for an aftertaste that lingered for a little while afterwards.

Overall: This beer is excellent! Alcohol was hidden very well. My biggest complaint is the light
mouth feel, but the taste is enough to make someone overlook that. Highly recommended
from this guy! (884 characters)

Photo of mtomlins
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.
No bottle date, best before date is 8/2018; poured on 9/2014

Pours mahogany brown and cloudy (but I decanted a bit of the sediment), with a tall, bubbly tan head with not much lacing. The nose is nice and big with lots of sweet roasted malt, raisins, brown sugar and candi sugar. The taste is very similar with a big emphasis on on the malt profile and brown sugar. The body felt lighter than expected/wanted with a bit too much carbonation. A tasty beer, but not as full as I thought it was going to be. (563 characters)

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

A: This beer brewed from malted barley and non-malted cereals is very dark in the glass but not black, however the light does not pass through when you hold it up. It supports and enormous head if poured to the wrong glass or even poured incorrectly.

S: It smells of barley and water with some sweat fruity notes; apples, cherry and dark fruits. There is also a slight note of spice but nothing too shocking.

T: Decent mix of fruity flavours following the aroma to a tee. There is some apple, pear, cherry, raisin and plum. The spicy hop bitterness clings on and makes the after taste even more pleasant. The sweetness is moderate.

M: Quite a creamy mouthfeel in the finish and dry and what I would describe as moderate to full bodied.

O: When it is poured into the correct glass does not have a large head but if you use the wrong type of glass then you end up with a 5th of a glass of beer and the rest head which takes an age to die down (to see what glass to use check the bottle). The first sip has a nip of alcohol but it is not over powering and there is a slight bitter sweet taste to it so that it is a very pleasing beer. But be warned this is a strong drink and should not be taken lightly. I like to think of this as the thinking man’s special brew. It also has bubbles so this one tingles on the tongue. (1,325 characters)

Photo of Nightwing
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Poured from bottle. Aroma of fruit. Appearance is a very dark brown with significant tan head. Medium bitter taste with a dry finish. A really great Belgian Strong Ale. (172 characters)

Photo of guityler83
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Purchased from the Abbey the day I drank it.

A: The beer poured with an enormous head and overflowed the glass, possibly from the shaky ride it had in the backpack. After the off white head settled in the Cantillon flute glass the rest of the beer was poured and a fine layer of tiny bubbles clung to every spot of the edge of the glass. Dark marroon color with peaks of red and orange coming through. Clarity is good despite the dark complexion.

S: Sweat fruity impression in the nose with mild and unoffensive spicy phenols hiding in the background. apples, cherry blossom and raspberry are my first impression.

T: Beautiful bouquet of fruity flavors on point with the aroma, apple, pear, cherry all derived from the malt if I understand correctly. The spicey hop bitterness clings on and makes the after taste even more pleasant. The sweetness is moderate. With the esters being very mellow in the fresh version.

M: Clean with extreme drink-ability creamy mouth-feel in the finish and dry with moderate body.

O: Between the mid evil scenery, the perfect weather and the fresh beer.. once I was not a fan of this beer this one really hit the spot. The Abbey this came from was forgettable and the monks don't let you see much so it can be skipped. But the Roch 8 is the best in their 3 beer line up in my opinion. (1,324 characters)

Photo of Badger6
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Dark caramel brown, hazy. Big off white head, recess fast, some lacing. Dark fruits, sweet malts. Spicy, earthy flavor. Licorice. It's Belgian and good. (154 characters)

Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
95 out of 100 based on 1,825 ratings.