Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Reviews: 1,818
Hads: 4,797
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.56%
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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 Maakun
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle tasted was about 7 months old (if best-before date is 5 years after bottling).

Pours a dark brown, looks murky even though I kept the yeast in the bottle when pouring. About 1 cm head (in Orval glass) that stays for a while. Lots of visible carbonation in the glass.

Smell is toffee, malty, milkchocolate. Nothing too heavy.

Taste: wow, reminds me a lot of chocolate flavoured soy icecream. Sweet, lots of cocoa and some malts/cake taste. Creamy. Then some tutti-frutti, at least the dried plums and apricots, after that a light bitterness. There's a lot going on, and the flavours complement eachother really well. After a bit of warming up in the glass there's a lots more fruit, and the chocolate fades a bit to the background. Aftertase is fresh, slightly bitter and more soy icecream.

Mouthfeel is really enjoyable. Just thick enough, creamy, and with the perfect amount of carbonation.

Despite the 9.2% of alcohol and the darkness of the beer, this is remarkably fresh and balanced, while still very complex. The best of it's kind I've had by far. (1,070 characters)

Photo of rundocrun
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured fom a 330 mL bottle into a snifter glass. Bottle code is 220414 - indicating a bottling date of April 2009.

A - Pours a deep brown with hints of amber eeking through. Has a finger or two of very light tan head that lasts literally forever. Little bits of sediment float around with the effervescence of this beer (even after leaving a good 1/2 inch of liquid in the bottle) Moderate lacing on the glass.

S - Amazingly rich, estery and complex. Lots of rich plum and dark berry aroma along with an earthy caramel note. Only the slightest hint of booze slips through the mele of esters and malt -- impressive considering this is a 9.2% beer.

T - Immediately sweet, dark and fruity. Has a noticeable warmth that fills the mouth and chest, but it's not overly boozy or "hot" from the alcohol. Toward the middle I get a taste of sweet caramel or brown sugar and an earthy, bready background flavor. Finishes somewhat sweet and spicy, but the hops also get into the mix with a mild bitterness. Another thing I appreciate about this expertly crafted ale is that it's so sweet and rich, yet it finishes so cleanly. Most beers this malty leave my mouth feeling like I took a shot of maple syrup. Not so with this ale. Perfect.

M - As I said earlier. For all the big, malty body that this beer has, it finishes with a clean, somewhat dry mouthfeel--almost making me want to drink it faster than I should. I'm in awe of how such a malt-heavy beer can be so drinkable and, well, not syrupy. (1,489 characters)

Photo of steelreign
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

OK, LongBeachBum took the words out of my mouth on this particular masterpiece. Simply put, one of the finest beers in the world for all the right reasons. Murky brown pour with smallish off white head. Sweet and dark, fruity notes along with plenty of malt and Belgian yeasty funk, this smells wonderful. Taste is oh so smooth and so very complex, it makes it difficult to analyze. All I know, or care to know, is that this has everything I love in a Belgian dark ale and nothing else. The aromas translate well into the taste. Ridiculous drinkability, and a smooth and creamy mouthfeel that is beyond. Wow, I am truly blessed ot have been able to sample this in my lifetime. Highly recommended! (696 characters)

Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Notes: Got it in the first week of April. It was in the cellar since then.

A: Light brown colored body. High carbonation resulted in big beige head but the lace was weak.
S: Fig is the thing. But there's also some hidden citrus.
T: Noticed the caramel notes, the coffee bitterness and lots of stuff I can't recognize. It's complex in tasting matters.
M: Its high carbonation gives it a smooth and creamy feeling all around your mouth. For a 9.2 ABV beer, the alcohol is almost unnoted. What an incredible beer.
O: In my personal opinion, it's awesome. By far the best beer I've ever had until this date. But I'm sure that the Trappistes Rochefort 10 that I have on the cellar will get me into heaven anytime soon. (714 characters)

Photo of sentomaster
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A - Dark brown, small one finger head fades quickly into nothingness. Murky dark brown color that prevents any light from penetrating.

S - Sweet roasted malt, Fig, and ripe bannanas. I also get the faintest hint of chocolate and sweet sappiness.

T - Really complex. Phenols and spiciness up front that play vigoursly but never overwhelm. Big malt flavors follow going from molasses to brownies, toasted bread to mild coffee. Fruitiness like figs and apricot along with vanilla with a slight earthiness also.

MF - Full bodied with a dry clean finish. Velvety smooth, creamy malt mouthfeel, but not too heavy.

D - A rich beer. The ABV is masked very well. Dangerously drinkable. (724 characters)

Photo of shigg85
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought a bottle of this from the Tobu department store in Ikebukuro, Japan. Poured into a Rochefort goblet. Beautiful, mystical dark brew with the abysmal bubbles common to high-quality Belgian strongs bubbling up from the bottom. However, I didn't see the same alcohol rim as I saw on the 10 in this one. The smell is so intoxicating and invigorating as you pour this out, especially into the wide-brimmed goblet. The taste was superb with dark berries and cherry, and the 9.2% comes through beautifully in a warming way. I can only lower this ranking because I have the 10 to compare it to. This is an outstanding beer, and I recommend it for anyone with an advanced enough palate to really enjoy it. (702 characters)

Photo of pgaveau
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle pored into a Trappist Rochefort Chalice.

Dark brown color with very little head that disappeared quickly. Slightly sweet carmel taste. The taste became sweeter and fruitier as the beer warmed to nearly room temperature. Extreemly easy drinkability. This is my favorite Trappist beer (thus far).

I would drink this more often if I could afford to. (356 characters)

Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a hazy brown with a billowing tan head. There are nice snap-crackle-pop sounds while I wait for the gorgeous head to fall a bit so I can pour more. Surprisingly, almost no lacing is left on the glass. Scent is wonderfully complex - lots going on here, but I'm picking up toffee, raisin, maybe a little plum. A tasty malty sweetness (caramel, raisin, plum) comes through strongly, with a slight touch of bitterness in the finish to balance it out. It all fits together perfectly. A mild alcohol taste began to come out more as it warmed. Mouthfeel is rich, creamy, chewy, and absolutely sublime. Just an outstanding beer. (634 characters)

Photo of Chadbrew
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is bliss in a glass. I often forget how a good Belgian pours such a huge fluffy head, wow! There is a big fruity profile in both the aroma and the taste, like dried fruits. I detect plums, raisins, and figs with a bit of fresh sweet cherries thrown in and the whole thing is wrapped in a caramel coating and baked like some kind of old world dessert.
Great beer but between the availability, price, and abv I don't think I can rate this as an exceptionally drinkable beer, but highly recommended. (507 characters)

Photo of dgilks
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

According to the bottle date this is about 2 years old. The age has done no harm to this bottle.

Hazy, red-amber colour with a creamy tan head. Good head retention.

Amazing aroma. Lots of cotton candy, peaches, lemon and lime candy. Slightly spicy with an almost cola note. I don't give 5s easily but this is right there for me.

Smooth and malty flavour with nice Belgian candy sugar and caramel malt notes. There's a touch of breadiness too. The same fruity sweetness from the aroma comes through. The alcohol is very well hidden. I really like this.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. It works well and assists the flavours to shine but is still a touch prickly for me.

The flavours here are just about perfect and the beer really shows it. This is a pleasure to drink and one of the best crafted Belgians I've had. (839 characters)

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.73/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Round 5 of the 9-Round Trappapooza/Trappaganza '06 with expatsteve.

Pour: a black-hole burst from opaque and murky in the middle to ruby/garnet along the perimeter under an inch or rocky oatmeal cookie foam.

Nose: lavender/lylac perfume, spicy nuts, brandy raisins and plum wine.

Taste: the roasted yeasty malt body of Chambly Noire comes to mind at first sip, followed by deep, sweet fruits, peaty smoke, chicory, brandy raisins, and sourdough bread.

Feel: medium body, yeasty grit, boozy vapors singe the nostrils.

Drinkability/Overall: amazing "sneaks up on you" development from dark, roasted yeast and floral notes to rich, sweeter fruit and liquor. The big winner of Trappapalooza/Trappaganza '06, knocking off his big and little brothers and a host of other Trappists for the crown. (804 characters)

Photo of scottchesterhall
4.73/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-brown, opaque, tiny bubbles, thin head, poured goblet, exp. 25 08 15

S-faint chocolatey yeast

T-rich warm chocolatey malt, toasted graham crackers, clean finish with gentle but long-lingering boozy sweetness that offsets the toastiness...such a nice balance!

M-very nice gentle carbonation that increases the flavor

O-big yet balanced, warm and toasty with gentle notes of flowery sweetness...awesome. Dangerous! (418 characters)

Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.73/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

33cl Bottle

Pours a rich dark brown with a reddish brown head that does not fade. Lacing almost completely coats the glass.

Aroma is malty with a yeasty fruitiness. I smell a hint of cherries.

Taste is deep and malty with an amazing dark fruitiness. It finishes slightly sweet and fruity, but really rather clean. I don't detect any alcohol. Absolutely delicious.

Mouthfeel is full and rich and extremely smooth.

I don't want to stop drinking this. Why did I only buy only one bottle? Oh yeah, because they're $7.... Bummer... What a treat! (556 characters)

Photo of jkeane22
4.73/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle, cellar temperature (about 60 degrees).

Appearance - perfect. rich color, perfect foam

Smell - subtle carmel and citrus tones. Smell balanced between malt and hops.

Taste - magnificent. Carmel malt taste is slightly dominant but well balanced by citrusy hops. Starts rich and a little sweet and ends with a nice spicy edge. Surprisingly there is a bit of carbonation in the ale that creeps up on you, but very balanced. There is a lot of complexity here in flavors and texture. I have the feeling that I could drink this Ale for years and not get tired of it.

Mouthfeel - very good. Thick, with the foam subtle but ever present, and a touch of carbonation.

Drinkability - outstanding. The great qualities of this Ale are subtle. One does not tire that easily.

Overall, you can do a lot worse, and maybe not much better, in a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. (878 characters)

Photo of jhtipton
4.73/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful deep amber color with a somewhat quickly diminishing fluffy head. Very hazy/cloudy. Not a hint of light passes through this biere. Smell is like nectar of the gods, yeast, honey, fruity. The taste is wonderful-fruity and yeasty and somewhat sweet. I guess I am feeling dates or raisins and maybe pears in this. Mouthd=feel is medium bodied. I would have expected more from the pour but it suits the beer. Drinkability is fine considering the high ABV. I guess this beer is good until May 5, 2015 at 3:05 PM.
Update, I have compared this with 5 of 7 of the Trappiste ales and I can't say anything is close, yet...
That's what it seems to say on the bottle... (667 characters)

Photo of artusory
4.73/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark brown with a slight reddish tint. A lovely creamy off-white head sits atop the body. Head gradually settles down to a thin coating across the surface of the beer that lasted as long as the beer did. Nice lacing, even in a tulip. Aroma is caramel, chocolate, cookies, some berries and dark fruit. Mostly sweet nose, but some roasted notes. Slight aroma of alcohol as well. Initial flavor is moderately sweet, cookie dough, milk chocolate, caramel, toffee, candi sugar, figs, and raisins. The flavors compliment each other quite well and are very balanced. The beer ends with warming alcohol, and a medium length, dry finish. This has an incredible mouthfeel, round, filling, very smooth and creamy. Lively carbonation dances on the tongue. Wonderfully complex, but without the hot alcohol that ruins the 10. (829 characters)

Photo of ThePortlander
4.73/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just had this with dinner and it was Amazing. Thick, lustrous head with a dark red-walnut coloring. The smell is complex, ranging from yeasty bread to dried fruit. The taste is supple and deep, assaulting you with crusty bread, dates and raisins, apples, chocolate, caramel, bananas, and everything else you'd expect in a great dubbel. The mouthfeel was almost perfect, and still fantastic. This is a great one, and not too expensive either. Get it. (449 characters)

Photo of Hibernator
4.73/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Trappistes Rochefort 8
11.2 oz brown bottle
080311 - 07:50
Served in a Chimay goblet

Pours a deep chestnut brown with a puffy head on top.

Whiffs of blended malts with a touch of prunes and figs.

Ultra soft mouthfeel with a prickly carbonation underneath. Flavors are complex with hints of caramel, dark fruits and cinnamon spice. Respectable hop snap on the finish.

Extremely well crafted and a gem of a Trappist ale. So enjoyable and fulfilling. Phenomenal drinkability level. Recommended. (508 characters)

Photo of LordofthePings
4.73/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 11.2 ox bottle into a westmalle goblet.

Kept at fridge temp until ready to drink but improves greatly as nears room temp. Would recommend letting it sit for 20 minutes or so before starting. This is a near prefect example of its style. Complex esters and dark belgian dried fruit flavor. No raisin which is a plus. EtOH taste is masked by malt flavors. Very little if any hop flavor or aroma. Slightly too carbonated for my taste, but this improves as it is left out warming up. Will buy again and again. (517 characters)

Photo of OzarkElmo
4.73/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From 330 ml bottle into chalice. Pours a deep, cloudy brown. Drinking this at around 55-60 degrees. Not as much "silt" as the 6 had. Moderate carbonated head mostly diminishing, but not as much as the 6. Lacing throughout as opposed to zero for the 6. I am drinking a beer that the gods long for! I agree with another reviewer - the aroma is pretty mellow, more to me than the 6. Malty, figs, raisin, alcohol evident on the palate and in the finish. With that said this is quite an enjoyable brew - wow! It has me standing erect and saying "aye man this is beer - down with the wine laddie". Do the monks drink this before, or after Mass? Cheers to the Trappist Monks at Rochefort, Belgium! I think I'm hammered! (712 characters)

Photo of dukeandduke
4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

3/15/15 (Bottle) - Very nice dark brown pour, nice tan head, very thick texture. Nice fruit and caramel aroma, intense toasted malt smells . Excellent tasting beer, nice kick while drinking. I still prefer the 10 to this 8, but these are among the top few beers I've ever had. Highly recommended!!! (299 characters)

Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

appearance; light brown, hazy body with some yeast floating about. An off white head constantly replenishes itself and a nice collar lives so so lacing.

smell; sugary rum and fermenting figs. Very cane sugar-like quality, reminds me of Indian jaggery. Plums, pears and red apples in thier too with some dried, chocolate covered mango.

taste; upfront, a very intense dark fruit and rum flavor. Next warms up with yeast before falling bitter in the finish in a vegemite sort of taste. Alcohol perceived. Aftertaste is somewhat like dark chocolate. Even some nutty notes from start to finish, black walnut comes to mind.

mouthfeel; sharp alcohol burn and velvety carbonation. Smooth warm finish. Medium to heavy bodied but sits light in the stomach.

overall; one of the best examples of the style I've had, truly amoung the best. (830 characters)

Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Unfortunately I didn't have the patience to let this one settle. It was a gift from my roomate and I figured we should just try it right now. That being said, its quite cloudy. Couple chunks too.

Very nice nose. Very earthy with some nice rich deep caramel and raisin smells as well. Very nice nose.

Very nice flavors here. Really smooth and well rounded bready type notes, but its not too smooth. There is a nice earthy kind of edge to it as well that really balance the semi sweet caramel kind of bread flavors. Just a touch of alcohol in the finish with just barely some lingering atringency...maybe from the CO2??

Mouthfeel is right on for the style. But its not quite perfect. Definately on the thin side which is right for the style I think.

Very drinkable. Dangerously so for a 9.2% beer. (809 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a big, foamy, frothy, very light tan head with lots of lace. Color is an odd hazy, almost opaque brown. Nose is incredible: full of very ripe, juicy dark and red fruits like plums, berry, apples, pears, peaches, figs, and their jams. Body is a hair thin. Drinkable in an odd way. Love to be able to afford to cook with it. Great juicy fruit finish. (360 characters)

Photo of _--TAD--_
4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

If you love Belgian Ales you will love this without a doubt.
It has great taste which I hate to say taste almost like communion wine (Catholics and orthodox's will understand) but has that Belgian ale essence. It is fairly thick when sipped but goes down smooth. It has a bit of a sweet taste to it and not a very over powering after taste. (340 characters)

Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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