Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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96
world-class

4,755 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,755
Reviews: 1,835
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 336
Gots: 742 | FT: 25
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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 Blindpigbiz
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

AGED FOR OVER 6 MONTHS

Smell: pure cream and subtle maraschino cherries

Taste: slightly burnt Belgian waffles with maple syrup and topped with fresh picked, extremely ripe, blueberries with chocolate sauce on top; chocolate mousse whipped cream would be on the side

This is my favorite Trappist ale and should be paired with the finer things in life, such as filet minion, smoked goose, aged white cheddar and black grapes, and thanksgiving dinner

Photo of SuperSpy
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes out of the bottle a hazy brown. The head is huge, tan, super fluffy and is here to stay.

The aroma is bread, a hint of caramel, brown sugar, pear and fig.

Very smooth and a bit creamy. This beer packs an unbelievable amount of complex flavors. There is apple cider, black cherries, chocolate, dark bread, brown sugar and still more. The flavor then transitions to where the dark sweet flavors are in the background and the alcohol, phenols, clove like spice and an earthy semi-dry finish bring the sip to its end. The aftertaste has a character similar to a highly sweetened, light roast coffee. Three people drinking this beer would probably identify fifteen different flavors. It's altogether sweet and complex in the beginning but then earthy, spicy and dry in the finish.

This is a great beer. Anyone that loves Belgian strong darks will love this beer. Anyone that is a fan of dark, complex flavors will love this beer. Anyone that's a fan of beer should love this beer.

Photo of rtaps
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Merely brown with a nice off white head that lingers for a bit Not much lacing

Smells of nice toasted mals, banana like, bready

Wow that's good it's bready, toasted malt the alcohol play a nice role here as well it's yummy!!!

Medium bodied med-high carb

Taste isGREAT

Photo of proc
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out to what can best be described, as a cloudy, iced tea appearance in the glass with a very, decent head. Aroma is that of fruit, with figs, plums and raisins prominent. The taste is excellent and exhibits the yeast profile that it shares with with the "6" and the "10" offerings. Extremely drinkable for a beer that clocks in at over 9% ABV, although the price prohibits drinking this in copius amounts. The ABV is exceptionally well-hidden. Another fantastic offering from this brewery and a must try.

Photo of psumjl269
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: light brown with a lot of carbonation, like a soda.

S: Yeasty and malty. Definitely very sweet.

T: Very sweet and very light. The carbonation makes it taste kind of airy, but in a good way. The aftertaste is kind of like fennel.

M: Very light, high amount of carbonation.

O: You would never know that this beer has such a high ABV. It is delicious. I highly recommend it.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cloudy, deep brown in appearance with a generous head. Unsure if beer is naturally hazy or if I disturbed the yeast a bit too much

Nose is the real treat with this beer. Reminds me of a clean brewery, some unfamiliar smells along with the yeasty bready aromas that you love. Take that and combine it with many desert spices that are elusive, maybe brown sugar, nutmeg, Christmas pudding, and Irish bread pudding with amaretto topping.

On the palate the beer is noticeably thin bodied and carbonated well but you're just so enchanted by the nose that you don't care what else there is. Yes, I can't get past the nose. No need to comment on taste.

Finish is somewhat sour and reminds me of burnt apples. Can I just nose the beer? Is that permitted?

Photo of DonDirkA
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours more black than the 10, same cream colored head but it settles a bit thicker, around 1.5 fingers. Nose is dry spice, figs, more fruity than 10, some grapes, a hint of cherries and definitely some burnt sugar. The taste is somewhat sweeter. Fruity, cherry, grape, plum, apricot, malty, clove, slightly smokey, a hint of chocolate and maybe just a bit of pears in the far back. No alcohol heat on this one. There is pretty strong carbonation, the body is medium, it goes down smooth and gives a slight sting on the tongue. Definitely better than the 10 in my opinion but they are both excellent. Gooo Monks!

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

First of all, I very, very much liked this brew versus the Rochefort 10. This was a much smoother tasting Rochefort than the 10. It poured a large invigorating tan head with fine-small bubbles. It had a fruity aroma to it and the lacing on the sides of my glass was fair. The body was light brown, yeasty, and murky. This was one fine smooth and enjoyable drink. However, I still prefer a Westy 12 over a Rochefort.

Photo of tatterdash
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this after the 10, in many ways I actually like the 8 better. As all three Rocheforts use the same recipe, the appearance is about the same, beautiful, burgandy-brown with a tan head that laces and never completely goes away. The smell has a little more plum and less of the hint of alcohol the 10 has. The taste is almost the same, with that same incredible finish and smoothness that I will love forever like a long lost lover. I find the 8 a little less decadent and more drinkable. I somehow knew that I would love Rocheforts, and all that is left on my quest is the Westies...

Photo of brurevu
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From my tasting notes: This is a step down from their 10, but it was still phenomenal. It poured an opaque brown with a decent head and lots of spices, sweet malts, and caramel in the aroma. The taste was deep and complex, while not as intense as its bigger brother it was still big and bold. The 8 is still ranked as one of the best beers in the world and it was mmm mmm good.

Photo of marc77
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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 Lexluthor33
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours deep Ruby brown with a rich,foamy head with a surviving half inch lace. The aroma is of dark fruits,chocolate,plums,grapes and malts. The taste is chocolaty,sweet,earthy,malty,fruity and phenolic. The alcohol is there and yet it is so well masked.The mild spices are so well balanced with the complex taste. So complex,so rich!
The overall feel is creamy,rich,great carbonation,crisp,smooth,bubbly and some mild bitterness in the finish. The stinging alcohol is not too overwhelming yet it lets you know -RESPECT ME,I AM HERE!
Seriously, So complex and special.

Notes: I do not buy into hype,but this is another example of why Belgium is so unique in the beer world. The brew is memorable in every sense of the word. Expensive,but worth it.

Photo of BradC
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours deep reddish brown with a thin light tan head that lasts forever.

Aroma is sweet, reminds me of brown sugar or cinammon, spicy.

Tastes of dark spiced fruit, warm brown sugar, spiced rum, very complex with alcohol presence just noticeable. Finishes with a sweetness only tongue that I've never tasted before.

A good amount of carbonation give s this an effervescence and keeps it drinkable. I think it also brings some of the sweetness out.

Overall, a wonderful brew, I haven't tried the 6 or 10, but I certainly will.

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

Appearance: Very dark brown color, sediment appears at the bottome fo the glass. Head is absolutely magnifacent and perfect, forming a billowing dome on top of the Chimay chalice I am drinking it out of.

Smell: Zesty and fruity, raisin and alcohol.

Taste: Served a bit too chilled, but has a robust malty flavor, highlighted by some nice raisin flavor, a smooth drinker indeed.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, very full, perfect.

Drinkability: An excellent beer, I enjoyed it about as much as the 10.

Photo of DaveJanssen
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a 330mL, poured into tulip.

Ar: Dark fruit, floral, tart and fruit, raisins, plums, hints of pear/peach, light hop presence, light alcohol, earhty, perfumy

Ap: Clear medium amber, mousselike tan head, great retention, smooth lace

F: Crisp nutty/toasty malt, raisins, prunes, dates, caramel, toffee, fruity/floral notes are unique, very dry and crisp, light alcohol, dry earthy malt, mild chocolate, dark but not roasted, very nice fruit (perfumy, almost tripel-like), peach, pear, candy sweet, bitter and alcohol at end, evolving complex taste

M: light warming/hot alcohol, high fine smooth carbonation, very well attenuated, slightly rough alcohol end

O: unique fruitiness, very dry, could be lower in acohol, great beer

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

It displays quite an attitude...all towering egg-like brown spun sugar dome... evil-looking beer ..."not-beer"
The first sip is more like a first "chew." The smell is one of dank, sweaty, super corn. There is mocha on the attack together with baked berries, cream, beans and roasted bees.
Really.
Not-"B" flavors include soda, caramel, industry, fantasy, universe ...
Someone touched Cooper's Sparkling Ale with steamed hops and broiled toast!
What a parcel of humancana!
These are super fresh and obtained at Merchant's in Dearborn.
Zowie!

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

This is from my blog, so forgive the repetition:

The Rochefort 8 weighs in at a very respectable 9.2% ABV and pours a wonderful rich dark caramel colour, almost opaque but with a silken quality.

So powerful is the aroma of burnt sugar, that even before I put my nose anywhere near the glass I can smell the delights to come. The Rochefort 8 shares the quality of being sweet with undertones of bitterness that was the overriding sensation with the 6, however this one is altogether far smoother.

I found that the initial tastes make you want to simply sip the beer, as if in some perverse manner this will help you to savour the flavours.

However, after about the third taste, I couldn't help but taking decent sized mouthfuls to just enjoy the fullness of the beer.

Photo of Matty1918
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought a 330ml brown bottle.

Pours dark...no light shines through when holding the glass up to a light. A rich creamy tan head with lots of bubbles at first. Head disappears after a while but leaves some good lacing near the top.

Aroma is sweet and malty. I can detect caramel possibly molasses with a hint of spice.

First sip is WOW....a hint of chocolate, lots of malt and spice. There is an aftertaste of fruit and molases. Can't put my finger on the fruit..possibly orange or fig....lot's of complex flavors. You can feel the alcohol with the first sip as it warms your cheeks but it is not overpowering. It has a creamy texture as you swish it in your mouth. A great Dark Ale...

Photo of BeerWatcher
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A dark muddy brown body, crowned by a thick slightly off-white head (oh those Belgian yeasts), that settles down nicely into little more than a film riding on too of the beer.
Aromas are molasses, raisins, fig newtons, and a bit of brown sugar tickling the background.
I let this one warm for a bit from the fridge before opening, to maximize the tastes, which echo the aromas. There is a fairly thick mouthfeel,with a slight viscosity as it glides over the tongue. It's highly complex, and keeps adding to its repertoire with each sip. Definitely some alcohol presence entering the mix. Now getting some sweet nuttiness, and prune juice. I would compare this to the best bread puddings I have had, contained in a glass. A simply wonderful World Class beer.

Photo of rye726
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Good deep brown color with some red hues. Tan head dissapates quickly to a nice silk cover.

Sweet nose with pitted fruits, vanilla and caramel. Some alcohol tones and a slight citrus hop character.

Taste also very sweet but not out of balance. Spicy fruits and chocolate.

Nice full body and dry mouthfeel finishes this ale well.

Considering the complexity and size, this is quite a drinkable brew. Highly suggested.

Photo of legalpete19340
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured root beer brown with a humongous three finger head of tan thick foam.

S: Damp forest, wood, dates, root beer.

T: Dates, cinnamon, dark oat bread, herbal tea, slight honey, root beer, alcohol. Transitions effortlessly between the candy sweetness of dried fruit and bready flavors. Enough spice to accent the highs and lows but not overpower. Balanced and hides the booze well.

M: Lively, well carbonated, medium and smooth.

O: Phenomenal. So interesting and enjoyable to drink. Nothing overwhelms.

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

Appearance: Initially pours a mostly clear deep reddish brown color with a half-inch of fluffy tanish foam on top. There are quite a few bubbles rising to keep the head frothy. The head was still going strong a few minutes into the beer...nice!

Aroma: Deep rich dark chocolate and a tad of roast along with a whole bunch of subtle fruit flavors. I get black cherries in particular, but there are also a little plums along with a toastiness that smells like it is slightly burnt toast. As it warms a touch, there is a bready character coming out from the yeast to add to the complexity.

Taste: Really clean yet rich flavor. There is a whole lot going on in this one. I can get a noticeable chocolaty roast presence, but it isn't a huge part of the profile like it is in a Porter. There are lots of bready and toasty notes to fill out this beer. The balance is (I believe) balanced toward the sweetness the entire time. There is a noticeable alcoholic presence that makes itself known as a spicy undertone rather than as an an alcoholic heat. The alcohol itself is really smooth and only warms you up from the inside.

Opinion: Man, now this is a good beer! My wife isn't really a beer drinker, but I gave her a sample of the Rochefort 10, and she exclaimed "How can anyone not like this beer!?" I agree, and think that this statement describes this beer...excellent! I tell you now that I will drink this beer any chance I get until I am stinking drink. This (and the 10 especially) are phenomenal beers and one that you absolutely HAVE to try!

Photo of oskoreien
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The world class rating is very much credible. Belgian strong dark ales are my favorite and this one may be my favorite of the style. 11.2 oz. bottle poured, unfortunately, into a pint glass.

It pours a murky brown with a wonderfully large fluffy head that slowly dissolves into a smaller creamy one. It laces well all the way down to the last sip.

It smells fantastic. Very sweet bread like and malty aromas fill the air around the glass. Ripe fruit esters are also present.

Even with a 9.2 abv this beer just goes down so easily and smoothly. Lots of dark fruit flavors, raisins for sure, it has that great Belgian yeast flavor. A gorgeous, complex beer.

Photo of Beernoisseur
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of the best beers I've ever had. It pours beautifully, has a wonderfully rich aroma. The taste is slightly less sweet than some of the other trappist belgians, which is perfect for me. I like this better than Chimay. I enjoys this out of a frosty tulip glass, but a goblet would've worked just as well. Try one!

Photo of yauri
4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As best as industrial beer gets.
What a head! What a crisp, rich, non-alocholic taste.
No questions, it is the #1 trappist, and out of Rechefort arsenal - this is THE cannon.
Cant think of any better beer experiance from stuff you can get off the shelf anywhere in Benelux.

Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 4,755 ratings.