Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Reviews: 1,820
Hads: 4,801
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 342
Gots: 765 | 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 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)

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

A:
Pours a murky, orangish brown. Cloudy with hunks of yeast and uniformly pretty. Has a beautiful creamy tan head that maintains perfect thickness and has sexy uniform lacing.

S:
Funky blue cheese, some doughy yeast notes. Nice underlying boozy sweetness. Overall smells good and is quite complex.

T:
Dry and nutty. Really creamy and delicious. Has a tinge of strong cheese just like the nose but is otherwise a lot earthier with some really stong, warm, smooth nut flavors along with chocolate and coffee.

M:
Soft and warm (from the high ABV, I assume) with pleasant carbonation and a creamy medium body. Extraordinarily long, pleasing finish.

O:
Tastes like the water out of an enchanted swamp. Gross and scummy and muddy and stanky and fabulous. Really nice looking. Smells delicious and teases you. Tastes delicious but not quite what you'd expected. Looks like a picture. Tastes like a dream.

Give 'er a quick flick of the wrist and watch the head pop right up to give you a perfect drink every time. No doubt I'd have it again but first I have to find the 10 and 12. (1,079 characters)

Photo of dwren89
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: deep brown/mahogany, off white fizzy head, hazy

Aroma: dark fruit, molasses, fig, malty sweetness,

Taste: dark fruit, molasses character, but not in a cloying way, malt sweetness but balanced by more hop bitterness than Straffe Hendrik, not as deep in flavor and character as the 10, but quite drinkable

Mouthfeel: lighter on the palate, medium body, medium carbonation

Overall Impression: a more drinkable version of the 10 with only slightly less flavor. Same flavors as the 10 though. Dark fruit, molasses, and fig notes pervade with solid hop bitterness rounding out the flavor to counteract the malt bitterness. (632 characters)

Photo of Ryanm1
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Saw this beer all over Brussels, Belgium in Supermarkets and corner stores and had to pick up a bottle. I know of #10's high ranking so I decided to give this one a whirl, although took it back to the states before trying it.

When I was ready to open the bottle a few day after bringing it home, I realized it was a bit shaken up in the Transatlantic Flight. An overwhelming amount of carbonation came out like a soda that was shake up. I immediately poured half of it into a tulip glass. Poured brown with an excessive amount of foam. Had to let it slowly dissipate before I poured the final ounce or two into the twelve ounce glass. Was able to salvage about nine ounces of beer. Poured a dark brown color, slightly translucent when held up to the light.

The first sip of course very effervescent with the carbonation, but still felt light in my mouth, not syrupy or thick. The smell and taste was that of a slight amount of dark fruits. Alcohol was present in the taste as the beer weight in at 9,2%. Overall an excellent selection (1,037 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 Trentonator
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, with a nice white head. Smell is sweet, floral, with some chocolate and cherry. Creamy mouthfeel and wonderful taste. I get some caramel, a sweet aftertaste. Drinkability is low because of high ABV. Went nicely with a big grilled steak. A wonderful brew from the monks I continue to admire. (310 characters)

Photo of edbeered
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is exceptional in just about every way. It pours a dark brown color into a snifter glass. The aroma is warm, sweet, almost sherry-like. The taste is wonderfully balanced. There is a hint of sherry, chocolate, and a fruity tart flavor. Despite it's 9.2 percent alcohol content, other than a certain warming quality, one can barely taste the alcohol. The mouthfeel is just exactly right, not too heavy and not too thin. As long as one treats it with respect(no gulping here), this is a sublime beer and one of the very best anywhere. (541 characters)

Photo of Optimat0r
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep red-brown, you know typical of this style. lots more foam that with the 10 though. incredibly rich smell.
taste-malty goodness, sugar, sweet, extremely deep and complex. just damn good.
mouthfeel perfect. drinkability excellent. ive had the 10 lots of times but this is my first try of the 8..its hard to say this one is lacking in any way, these Rocheforts are simply some of the best damn beer you will ever put in your mouth. (444 characters)

Photo of kbanks13
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. into a tulip glass

A: Pours a deep mahogany brown with a pillowy two finger head that sticks around for a while and leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

S: Subtly boozy aroma. Some plum and figs are most noticeable. Floral aroma in the background with a rich and somewhat yeasty smell too.

T: Sweet and boozy, like the nose, but subtle and refined. Aforementioned fruits are able to be tasted up front. Carmel and brown sugar notes immediately thereafter. I only detect a hint of floral and citric hoppiness before the taste fades to a lingering malt taste.

M: Velvety smooth, but very rich and somewhat viscous. Moderate to high carbonation, but it fits here.

D: Exceptional beer, and I would not want to ruin it by having too many. This is a special beer that is meant to be savored occasionally, and it is very clear. The smell and taste beg for you to defy this, however, and the alcohol gently reminds you not to. (929 characters)

Photo of garbercury
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks Vintage, this is always a real treat...

Had with some seared Scallops while watching the Steelers work on the Eagles during the preseason...Poured into my trusty Chimay goblet.

A--Deep ruby-brown, darker than the 6 but not as dark as the 10, lacing that lasts, nice but not huge head.

S--Fruits. A scent that is appealing and warming

T--One of the best beers you will ever taste, smooth with hints of caramel, this is a real winner.

M--Much less carbonation than the 6.

D--I really love this beer. To me, there a very few that compare in terms of overrall quality, I know it is way too much to expect, but I could drink this every day of my life. If you have never tried this or the 10, it is a must. Belgian beer is the best beer in world and the Rochefort "Trappist" beers are at the forefront! (809 characters)

Photo of billybob
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours a cloudy brown with a very large tan head with a easy pour that holds to a quarter inch but not much lacing on the glass. sweet fruity nose with some caramel and spice also. taste is complex and the alcohol is strong but goes down very smoothly. medium body with a excellent carbonation. price was a little prohibitive at 6.95 for a 11.2 oz bottle otherwise its just great. (379 characters)

Photo of chanokokoro
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

33 cl (11.2 oz) bottle poured into a Trappistes Rochefort branded chalice

Pours a murky mahogany with a one finger fluffy bone white head. Exceptional retention, lacing that sticks to the side of the chalice and slowly slides down to rejoin the creamy head. Fruity nose; fig, date, hint of apricot, and perhaps some pear joined by phenol alcohol. Big malty body; spicy, dry, with yeasty pumpernickel bread crust. Brown sugar and pear, apricots, rich fig and date. Alcohol is ever-present but always perfectly balanced. The complexity of this brew is simply stunning and the balance is just as impressive. Medium-bodied, smooth with lively carbonation that pokes through here and there to tickle the palate. Truly world-class. (726 characters)

Photo of crookedhalo
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this case to the tune of $140 about a year ago. I'm sure it sat in the store for probably another year beforehand. Dated best before 9/8/04. The bottles we have where I work are dated sometime in 2007. Decants a deep ruby brown with lots of flaky protein coagulation and yeast suspended. Pillowy beige head that leaves excellent lacing on the Rochefort goblet. Complex aromas of yeast, esters, carob (almost chocolate) and gourmet caramel. This beer transcends words. It's malt profile is a bit reminiscent of a chocolate-like character, but more tame and subdued. Yeasty in the sense of it's unique yeast strain. Aging this beer really mellows it's characterisitcs. Velvety mouthfeel as well as being very drinkable for it's alcohol strength. Very smooth, or should I say smoov. (788 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 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 DmanGTR
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this on Christmas evening along with a few others. This is a review from notes.

A - poured a cloudy cherry brown with a thin, off-white cap in my chalice. Continuous bubbles kept the cap there the entire session. No lace. Yeast settles in the chalice after a little while so keep it swirling.

S - aroma was a tad on the light side but there were notes of sweet caramel malts, toffee, hints of figs, prunes, and raisins. A touch of alcohol in the end gives it a somewhat port-like aroma.

T - sweet maltiness in the beginning blended with some concord grape juice, figs, caramel, and port. Finishes bittersweet with a tiny touch of hops (whoa.... hops!) and an alcoholic kick. I also detect some cocoa... complex and excellent.

M - Medium bodied and highly carbonated. Very smooth but a bit too carbonated for my liking.

D - For such a big beer, highly drinkable. Can definitely do a couple of them in an evening.

Overall - $4.99/bottle of this stuff at Hegedorn's was a STEAL!!! I bought out their entire stock of this and the Rochie 10's when I went. This is my first time having a Rochie 8 and it is absolutely phenomenal! Great tasting, excellent drinkability. The only thing keeping me from giving the smell a perfect score was the fact that it was a bit less pronounced that I expected. The mouthfeel was a bit over carbonated. One of these is most certainly not enough for an evening but I can never bring myself to drink more than one for a special occasion (this occasion was Christmas so of course I had to). Anyway, this is an exceptional beer and should age quite well. I'm looking forward to seeing what a few years will do to this. I believe it pairs well with some aged sharp cheddar or swiss cheese.
A must try for any Belgian beer lover. Simply divine. (1,777 characters)

Photo of marburg
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hazed dark brown body with fizzy cream-colored head. Practically opaque through the direct center of the glass. Generously spiced and fruity: stewed cinnamon apples in brown sugar pop off the top of the glass and directly into the nose. Mingles with banana puree and a touch of cloves.

Equally delightful in its flavors. Yellow raisins and tropical fruits blend with spiced alcohol and a distinct cinnamon/nutmeg flavor. Very exotic and enticing. Alcohol hits you pretty well, but even as this warms, the full intensity remains caged, unlike this guy's big brother. (568 characters)

Photo of chalsk
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Interesting beer. Has a complex aroma. Notes of fruit, malt, and caramel hit the nose. Good sweet and bitter balance, with the carbonation preventing the sweet from overpowering. The carbonation also gives the beer an interesting finish, which fades nicely. The only knock for me is the body, the beer is just a bit thin for me. (328 characters)

Photo of dnichols
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A 330 ml bottle poured into a Rochefort challis at the Tony Roma’s bar in Kennewick, Washington.

A: It is a very dark orange-brown murky beer with an abundant sticky dark caramel head. It has the color of a coke with a swirl of coffee. Once it settled, the interior of glass was covered with lacing and the beer itself stayed coated with small bubbles.

S: The aroma is awesome. It has a fruity (burnt orange and figs) aroma that complements the toasted malts and caramel sugars. It does not so much hide the odor of alcohol as merge the odor in a well balanced aroma that is very pleasing.

T: Complex balance of sweet and spicy flavors accented by the bite of alcohol. It is reminiscent of a mixed drink more than a beer. The malts taste of coffee, coco, and caramel. There is a slight hint of peppers and cloves.

M: Smooth and creamy with a rich full mouth feel that glides through the mouth like silk on a young woman’s freshly shaved legs. It is very lightly carbonated.

D: I had a hard time stopping. The tastes are so enticing it is difficult to pull away from this superior beer.

Comment: I love the Rochefort 10 (it is my beer of choice) but the 8 is a strong companion and stands on its own as an excellent beer. Awesome…what a beer should be. (1,262 characters)

Photo of allboutbierge
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a colleague who brought this back from a conference in Brussels.

A dark mahogany color with a deep brownish-orange hue when place up to light. Off white and big head which diminishes to a cloudy lace. I get a lot of date, raisins, chicory...maybe even candied apple in the aroma. There's a lot going on here. Flavor combines a strong presence of chocolate cake and a spicyness reminiscent of Anchor's OSA from 2007, warming to the back of the throat. Lightly carbonated, but lively on the tongue when swished around.

Much more entertaining than Chimay and most of the other doubles I've had out there. (614 characters)

Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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