Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

4,756 Ratings
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100
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Ratings: 4,756
Reviews: 1,835
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 336
Gots: 743 | 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 Chadbrew
4.72/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of dgilks
4.72/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of scottchesterhall
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
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!

Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
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!

Photo of jkeane22
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of jhtipton
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
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...

Photo of artusory
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of ThePortlander
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of Hibernator
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of LordofthePings
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of OzarkElmo
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
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!

Photo of dukeandduke
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
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!!!

Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of drpimento
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of _--TAD--_
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of TheDoctor
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of dwren89
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of Ryanm1
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
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

Photo of spacecake9
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of Trentonator
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of edbeered
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of Optimat0r
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of kbanks13
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 4,756 ratings.