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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
Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium

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 John656
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Gorgeous dark chestnut brown. Nice foamy head that slowly dissipates.

S - Figs, plum, brown sugar and pine.

T - Plum, raisins, and dark fruits. The complex flavors evolve through the palate with a pleasant caramel finish. There is a slight hint of booze and the intensity of the sweetness grows as the temperature rises.

It goes without saying for this style (Strong Dark Ales/Quads), but you will not fully appreciate this beer if served at a cold temperature.

M - Medium-bodied and smooth texture. There is a medium carbonation element present that I would prefer was a little lower.

O - One of the best beers on the market for good reason. Not as complex as the 10 but a well balanced beer with a dark fruity flavors that never fails to disappoint. (762 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big, fizzy head that requires several pours to fit one bottle in one chalice. Retention is good. Brew is a dark red, translucent, very lively beer. Any sediment was left in the bottle. No noticeable lacing.

Nutty, fruity, and spicy aroma. Strong hints of prunes, Belgian yeast, nutmeg, and cloves. Slightly sharp.

Surprisingly, extremely balanced flavor. Tons of dark fruit and Belgian Candi sugar, with an extremely nutty finish. Nothing tart or sharp as the aroma indicated. Prunes, raisins, slight hints of banana, and big yeast notes. Slight alcohol flavor. Extremely sweet, more so as it warms.

Medium-full feel. Slight foaming, and relatively warm. Long finish of caramelized or crusted sugar or candies.

Fantastic, very traditional Belgian BSDA/Dubbel. Certainly worth regarding up there with the best of the style, including Westmalle and Chimay. (858 characters)

Photo of Wolberjs
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pouring into a tulip forms over an inch head, that dissipates into a lingering 1 finger. with over an inch of lively. Nice ruby/brown color with little bubbles constantly bubbling up. Sediment at the bottom of the glass.

S - Smells like sweet dark fruit, kind of a red wine grape bready taste with some figs.

T - Tastes effervescent. Dark fruit, figs, and malty bread.

M - A little thin, but a nice tingly feel.

O - Very nice example of the style. Think I like it more than the Rochefort 10. (499 characters)

Photo of jonb5
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

50th Belgian beer review.

330ml bottle, poured into Kasteel chalice.

A: Very dark amber, hazy,
small tanned head which disappeared very
quickly, didn’t leave much lacing.

S: Grape, yeast and unlike the 10 it was boozy.

T: Biscuit, grape, plumb, molasses, had a slight burn from the
booze.

M: Medium body, the booze gave it a
coarse edge, went down fairly well for the high
ABV.

O: Compared to the 10, this is the less
sophisticated younger brother. A a very good
beer, rather than a world class offering, actually
reminded me of St Bernardus abt 12. (562 characters)

Photo of CowsandBeer
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Trappist Achel glass. Best by 04/04/2018. Served slightly chilled.

Appearance: Poured down the middle of the glass produced a huge head with an intense fizz. Brown body with reddish hints and a thick, creamy, rose tinged head. Best head retention I’ve ever seen in a Belgian Dark Strong. Insert picture of monk here.

Aroma: Lots going on in the nose, though it’s the usual suspects in a beer of this style: brown sugar, candied dates, cherries, stone fruits and some bubblegum. There is a faint grassy hop bite and some drying leather which set it apart from other beers of the style that I’ve had. Also a pleasant floral alcohol.

Taste: Same as the nose with lots of sweet dark fruits and candi sugars, but more of a focused, dense layering of flavors. A pleasant brandyish, bready finish. This like a meal of sticky sweet fruit cake.

Moutheel: High carbonation with a drying finish. The dryness actually prevents it from being too sweet and brings out more of the flavors. Quite warming but in the best way.

Overall: A rich, complex ale. Like other beers of the style it’s hefty, sweet, and malty. However with Rochefort 8 there’s more of a drying touch that brings forth more of the flavors, and that’s what sets it apart in my mind. Also, the nice floral alcohol is deceptive and pleasant. Curious about what would happen to this with some age. Went really well with some Cookies and Cream ice cream. (1,453 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Finally got around to cracking this one open after I've sat on it for several months. Enjoyed out of an 11.2 oz brown bottle marked with a best by date of 6/13/17. I seem to remember reading that Rochefort has a five year lead time on their best by dates, so best guess, this bottle is around 21 months old. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack series chalice glass.

Appearance - Pouring gently (so as not to dump all of the sediment into my glass) renders healthy two-finger head the color of lightly toasted marshmallow, frothy and rich. Takes quite awhile to dissipate, showing good legs, but no lace to speak of outside of some spatterings of sticky residue in isolated spots. Beneath the active head resides a beautifully-hued body. Light brown with reddish burgundy undertones at the bottom part of the glass where it is thinner and more conducive to letting in light, then dark chestnut-to-walnut brown at the top, with a steady gradient in between. One of the prettier beers I've seen, for sure.

Smell - Sweet baking spice provides an intoxicating complement to dark fruits and vinous undercurrents. Notes of figs, candied dates, some fainter elements of raisins are all here along side a malty sweetness and gentle spice from the yeast profile. Some faint phenols are present, lending a depth of aroma that I really enjoy.

Taste - Continuing with the promise of the smell, the taste has grain sweetness, with some spiciness that is reminiscent of rye, but different. Probably that Belgian yeast. More dark fruits, with now some plum alongside the presence of figs and even light molasses. I know this isn't as high ABV as some in the style, but I can hardly taste the alcohol at all. The richness really hides it well.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-full body with moderate carbonation and a creamy feel on the tongue. I really do like this style, but this is one of the more easy-drinking takes that I've had.

Overall, just fantastic. It's been a long time since I last had the 10, and I know it's a different beer than the 8, but I think I might prefer this one. Rich and sweet, but not overpoweringly so or cloying. Lots of flavors at play, but it doesn't seem muddled at all. I love the fact that it's so easy to get as well. Proof positive that something doesn't have to be impossible to obtain to be outstanding. (2,322 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

BBD 9/27/17. Pours a very hazy dark amber with a slight reddish tint. Massive head and lacing that retains well. The nose is subdued, but of dates/figs, dark malt and Belgian yeast. The body is on the heavy side of medium with a nice slick mouthfeel. Normal carbonation level with a touch of effervescence on the finish. The wonderful flavor profile is quite complex, yet balanced. It begins with a multitude of dark fruit flavors - fig, date, raisin, plum - then flows to a mild malt sweetness over a well subdued alcohol phenolic note. The finish is smooth, yet also almost clean. A slight residual alcohol burn with associated phenolics linger a bit. This is the best Belgian I've ever had. (693 characters)

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle. Westmalle Chalice glass. Dark brown, deep ruby tints to the light. Hazy appearance. Beige foam creates a cottony & lasting crown. Copious lacing rings on sides. Belgian yeast & toasted malts to the nose as well as dark fruits-prune, raisin & cherry hues. Flavors as expected from aroma profile completed by woody notes & kind sugary warm sensation. Medium body. Soft carbonation. Voluptuous & flavorful palate. Fruits & gentle heat mixed with a very low bitterness linger into a long finish. One of my favourite Trappists. Complex & Great !!! (556 characters)

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip.

A - Beautiful brown color, lots of carbonation bubbles.

S - Mild bready smell, honey flavors, medium sweetness.

T - Bready flavors, figs, honey, sweetness.

M - Fairly full bodied, creamy, very smooth.

O - Not as good as 10 but very solid and drinkable. In fact, easy to drink many. (305 characters)

Photo of kevanb
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, best before 2018, poured into a Trappist Rochefort goblet.

The beer pours a dark amber color, hues of burgundy and earthy brown, opaque with some noticeable bubbles rising to the glass, and some loose sediment settling at the bottom. A wonderful, thick, soapy, bone colored head rises from the beer, about 3 fingers high that has nice retention and yields just a small amount of sticky lace. The aroma is potent, huge amount of rich dark grains, fig, plum, raisin, yeasty clove with some phenol alcohol. The flavors are so strong, huge bready grain, dark, rich and sweet, fruity yeast flavors, also dark, plum, fig, raisin, prune, a bit of chocolate character is noticeable with some brown sugar, clove and tobacco at the finish where alcohol makes another appearance. The flavors are true to style, boisterous, potent and impactful, the balance could've been a bit better as the malt dominates for the most part and the other flavors are more nuanced rather than showcased. The body is crisp, zippy and lively, coats the mouth well, perhaps a bit abrasively so, but the finish is soft and creamy with a bit of a dry bite.

Verdict: A really enjoyable beer and one of the benchmarks for the style. The body is a little livelier than what I'd prefer and the balance could use some improvement, especially with their masterclass of a beer in Rochefort 10. Definitely one to savor and enjoy, a great beer during the colder winter months. (1,450 characters)

Photo of mpyle
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice amber color, good clarity. Pours a MONSTER slightly off-white head, creamy and long lasting.

A slightly sweet raisin/plum aroma escapes even from the big head. Subtle hint of alcohol. Smells rich and "big" without being overpowering with malt and alcohol.

Rich malty flavor up front, great complexity of chocolate, dark fruit. Malty without being overly sweet. Nicely balanced and finishes with a slightly sweet, slightly dry, alcohol tinged plum flavor.

MF - medium body and fairly high carbonation. Nice smooth alcohol warming.

World famous for a reason. Complex flavors and no rough edges. The alcohol and carbonation help dry it out a bit and keep the maltiness under control. (690 characters)

Photo of Act25
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Better let it warm. Tried 2x one aged and on young, both disappointing.
Next time, I will also let it age a few more years because this is not close to its reputation on 2 tries. And I love BSA.
2nd review dated best by 06-2018, so it's young.

A: Again - it's disappointing compared to Chimay, Orval, Achhoufe. Very muddy brown even with a carefully stored, carefully poured.
S: Too faint. Again beach in winter, beach plums, grasses, minerals, raisins in your pocket.
But better as it warms.
T: As before.... Wine-like, better as she warms. Mystery as with all Trappists, plum, long finish.
A tad too cola like and sweet for me.
MF: Faint carbonation. Warming. After dinner drink, but body is also too thin.
O: intense enough for a 4 overall, but no higher.

1st review
Scored a bottle dated 2008-06-16 (5.5 years old).

A: Pours a muddy, cloudy dark river brown into a Leffe chalice with zero retention or lace. It's because it's cellared so long?

(Note to self - try this fresh) 3.5

S: Aroma's mostly gone. There's a faint aroma of fruits, spices, becoming stronger as the beer warms up. Beach in winter. 3.25

T: I find the alcohol well hidden. The taste is wine-like, but past it's prime. Fruit, berries, plum, raisins, and plenty of yeast, against a malt backdrop.

Fun as it was to try a cellared edition, I would not waste my $5.29 on it again. I'd go for a fresh one, or one I carefully cellared. 4

M: Medium-bodied, bubbly and also wine-like, chewy, real body. Yet the finish is dry. 4

O: Makes me want to try a better bottle of this. 4 (1,562 characters)

Photo of msquared36
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with a hint of red. Very dense head with good retention.

Scent consists of bread and alcohol with a hint of sweetness.

Taste is dark fruit and sassafras. Delicious.

Good carbonation that tingles on the tongue.

Great combination of smell, taste and consistency. Deserving of its reputation. (305 characters)

Photo of jpro
3.81/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330mL bottle poured into a snifter...

A: Murky brown; gentle pour yields a one-finger almond head of soft foam; thick ring of retention, but no lacing on the glass.

S: Dark, sweet bread; some notes of molasses and dark fruit; tobacco... gets better as it warms.

T: Bready malt; light plum; a touch of booze; leather; kind of thin.

M: High carbonation; lighter body than expected; sweet start and dry finish.

O: Nice look and aroma; average taste and decent feel.

*from notes 01.16.14 (489 characters)

Photo of TastyAdventure
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - brown. Off white frothy 2 finger head with good retention

S - plums, fig candy,spicey alcohol, no overwhelming smells but very pleasant

T - relatively clean yeast flavors for belgian. spicey tingles around the tongue. Mild hints of the dark fruit. much more balanced by hops than most strong belgians.

M - lighter, "tingley". lots of carb

Overall, a lighter more balanced belgian. I like!! (397 characters)

Photo of bierdeflanders
3.71/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

S: plums, oak

A: muddy brown with lasting two finger head

T: Carmel sweetness, some oak, plum notes

M: medium body, nice amount of carbonation, with some alcohol warmth on the finish.

O: good example of a dark strong ale, has lots of fig/plum notes with some tartness to the finish. (286 characters)

Photo of WunderLlama
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle served into a goblet

Hazy Brown and orange pour creates a giant pillow of taupe foam. Settles into a gentle layer of bubbly foam. No lacings.

Aroma of raisins , figs and plums. Bit of peppery spice. biscuity, malt sweetness.

Smooth taste of deep rich fruit. Alcohol is present. Taste is in the front of the tongue. Fizzy carbonation builds as it lingers in the mouth.

Medium mouthfeel , alcohol adds heft.

Decadent, dEep rich taste, a glass worth savoring. (470 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice value at $3.30/ea LCBO- 330ml bottle

A- Excellent! Opens with a TON of carbonation. Nice cloudy dark appearance.

S- Excellent! Cloves and sweet nutmeg

T- Excellent! So glad I am aging some for later

M- Creamy, thick, excellent carbonation.

O- Excellent! Again I am glad I am putting some in the cellar. Should blend well with the nutmeg and earthy hints coming to life in a few years.

Food pairing.

This wonderful dark ale will pair very well with... Hamburgers!

You pick the toppings and the sear from the grill just rocks!

Enjoy! (570 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown, basically black with a light mocha/tan head.

S: Nose is faint, with some dark fruit, plum, fig and malt.

T: Caramel is very much present, but more toward the finish. Malt and candi sugar are more prevalent up front, there's also a fair bit of dark and citric fruits. Sweetness is the predominant flavor type.

M:Full bodied, not super smooth, but not overly harsh.

O: Not as good as Rochefort, not even close, but it's great beer, and a great example of the style. (491 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The middle of the Rochefort pack, poured into a Chimay goblet from the classic bottle. Sources describe this beer as dominated by dark fruit and on the cake-like, spicy side. I largely agree with this assessment. This brew is a dark reddish honey color, lighter than I expected, with a huge amount of pale tan head. These Trappist brews seem to bring the bubbles, bottle conditioning being par for the course. Initially the aroma is fresh fruit, like purple grapes, quickly followed by spicy yeast that recalls cloves predominantly, brown bread crust, and sweet dried fruits ... Palate is a cornucopia of dark fruit flavors, fig newton cookies and raisins, brown bread, rummy dark sugar, quite rich and sweet but with an earthy, woody, tannic finish that reminds me of strong black tea and rhubarb. The high level of carbonation and medium body mean this drinks like a less flavorful beer than it truly is. What really stands out here are the spicy esters ... Black pepper and a lot of what tastes like fresh cinnamon. The cinnamon effect builds as you go. Cake-like indeed. Fantastic stuff, and I maintain that Rochefort is king of the Trappists ... Or perhaps Pope? Hmmm. (1,173 characters)

Photo of TeamMathis
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Murky, dark caramel. Frothy tan head. Leaves a light lace.
Smell: Malt and overly ripe grape. A hint of pear.
Taste: Malt, grape, and ripe fruit.

This is been my favorite Belgian brew for several years now. It's just so balanced through and through. The smell hits you with ripe grapes and then it turns into pear. The malt smell carries you right to the malty taste, which then opens into a ripe fruit mix. There is a big spiciness that follows the whole drink. I will definitely continue to get this. (515 characters)

Photo of LVituri
4.94/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Uma cerveja realmente fantástica. Um pouco mais leve e menos aromática do que a Rochefort 10, mas com muito valor e qualidade. Já ouvi algumas dizerem pessoas que preferem ela do que a irmã mais forte, pelo fato de ser menos forte e mais equilibrada. Mas esquecendo da Rochefort 10, a Rochefort 8 é uma das incomparáveis cervejas belgas, que encantam e surpreende nosso paladar.
Mais um genial rótulo da Rochefort. (422 characters)

Photo of BeerDocT
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chilled la Trappe goblet.

Appearance 4.0: Poured out an opaque dark caramel color...almost a dark honey color like a locust or spring mix honey. Nice, 1/2" head quickly faded, leaving a foam on top. Nice lacing.

Smell 4.0: Lovely nose on this beer. Acetone scents along with a sharp, fruity tartness help to somewhat cover up the scents of Belgian yeast, a hit of boozy bubblegum and a certain scent of corn.

Taste 4.0: Front is dry. Almost non-existent. Middle is where this really unique taste of toasted grains, malt, noble hops -all perfectly balanced and wonderfully smooth-- seeps in from the edges of the palate and then washes over the center of the palate only to quickly fade away into dryness. Finish is wonderfully warming and slightly sweet with a deep taste of noble hops, barley malt and sweet adjuncts (corn, rice, etc.).

Mouthfeel 4.0: Balanced and complementary to the taste of the beer.

Overall 4.0: Outstanding beer. The taste levels, the bouquet, the mouthfeel all combine to make this a brew worth tracking down. These Belgian Darks I have been reviewing all represent many hundreds of years of brewing acumen and this lovely brew is no exception. This beer would be excellent for sessioning or simply savoring in fron of a roaring fire. Recommended. (1,292 characters)

Photo of CloudStrife
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip. Best before 04.04.2018

A: Pours a slightly hazy deep amber brown with a large slightly tanned head on top. Taking quite a long time to dissipate the head leaves lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Not an enormous nose on this one. Belgian qualities are evident with dark fruits and maybe some candied sugar. Anything that does come through is pleasant.

T: Flavor is much more impressive than the aroma would lead you to believe. Real nice blend going on here. Loads of dark fruits with a mildly sweet toffee like character. Such a smooth brew. Alcohol is well hidden. Once the yeast is poured in it becomes more mellow.

M: Smooth and creamy body that retains a nice carbonated feel. Certainly isnt hot but will warm you up nicely. Finish is clean, making this dangerously drinkable.

Overall this beer puts the craft in craft beer. Remarkable quality and a complex blend of flavors. Always impresses me when I have one of these. (972 characters)

Photo of Durge
4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A hardy looking hazy hazelnut amber colored brew with a muscular off-white head that settles just slightly to a finger thick blanket with generous lacing. Just terrific looking stuff. The nose picks up delicate but sure juniper berries with hints of orange peel and slight lemon grass and tastefully sweet malt. Enjoyable. The palate appreciates gin-like flavors right away through a medium-light body and the crisp feel of fairly aggressive but smooth, tiny bubbled carbonation. As it warms the warmer flavors emerge with pleasant caramel malt and grassy edges. Paired with the cheese of your choice this really becomes really special and so smooth. (650 characters)

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