Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Reviews: 1,820
Hads: 4,799
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 341
Gots: 764 | FT: 25
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Brasserie de Rochefort

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 emsoud726
4.76/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Saw the review on BA and just had to try it. Did not disappoint.
Had this by the bottle. Poured dark brown with a very thin head into a tulip glass. Small amount of sediment at the bottom, but not entirely visible until the glass was finished.

Very flavorful - sweet but not overpowering. Surprisingly light for its strength and darkness (palatable, not too filling).

In short, despite the intensity of the beer overall, it kept me wanting another (which I unfortunately did not have at my disposal). Fantastic beer. (520 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.76/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Poured a very dark, opague nice dark tan with a huge, neverending tan head that towered 3 inches above the glass. This one defined the term retention! Tons of lace, a fantastic overall appearence.

S - Very lively smell, lots of fruity tones. Hints of apricots and figs with a nice spiceness in the back. Hints of apples, just a great well round belgian smell, very good.

M & T - Wow, first impression left me jaw on the ground. Tons of carbonation and lots of activity on the palate. Huge flavor assault , lots of dark fruits, figs, hints of yeast, and a pronounced grainey flavor. Hint of abv, but really remarkably smooth/.

D - Overall this was fantastic, may actually be my favorite belgian to date, and dare I say better then the westy. Really a good all around late night sipping brew. A+ on this one. (820 characters)

Photo of mattmaples
4.76/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is exceptionally smooth for being at 9.2. This one, like the 10, is all about the malt. It has an expectional dark red/brown color, it has a nice body but is significantly lighter than the 10, along with a higher more prickly carbonation. Promenant sweet plum like flavor. If you thought the 10 was too thick and rich this may be more to your liking being lighter in body and brighter / fruiter in flavor. I'm going to do a side by side against 8 and Chimay Red and 10 and Blue for fun. (496 characters)

Photo of bbdog
4.76/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Rochefort goblet (damn sexy glass) drank over the course of 20 minutes so it warmed from fridge temp to perfection. Complex flavor through out. If there was ever a reason to become a monk this would be it. I am a Beer Advocate and I advocate this beer with 2 hearty thumbs up! (290 characters)

Photo of drseamus
4.76/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a Chimay glass. The beer has a beautiful deep brown color and a thick off-white head. The beer has a great malty scent. The taste is very smooth and creamy with the classic sweet malty flavor typical of belgians. There is a slight break in the smoothness with some of the roasted malts and a slight hint of spiciness. The mouthfeel is perfect. It feels smooth and full, just like a beer should. The drinkability is extremely high. I will certainly go and find more of this beer and drink some now and age some for later. (551 characters)

Photo of alamode
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

served from bottle into Chimay goblet

A- murky rown, off-white head of tiny bubbles...a little yeast in the pour, as I was trying to get every bit of liquid I possibly could...

S- fruit, some caramel sugars, a little booze too

T- malt, bitter, yeast, dark fruits & spice...carries the booze very well..does not taste as big as it is...taste is excellent!

M- full feel in the mouth, very pleasent...perfect carbonation on the tongue...cleans up in all areas of the mouth.

D- Very balanced! solid flavors that cooperate and make this extremely easy to finish...definitive for its style. This ale was a pleasure to consume. (628 characters)

Photo of BS-
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a La Trappe goblet.

A: Woody brown with a thin, pale head. Rather unassuming. The head does last forever, though.

S: Grapes, brown sugar / candy hints of bread crumbs and sweet wood.

T: This is hard.. It’s like angels decided to descend upon my tongue and frolic around my tastebuds. Absolute perfection. When this sweet nectar from the heavens first touch your tongue, you are confronted with a sweet, malty candy body with a brilliant balance from the dark fruits (plums) and slight spice brought slowly to your attention at the sides of your tongue. The malty sweetness endures well into the aftertaste, but the fruitiness gives way to a hint of hops and bread crusts, which makes you almost want to chew on the beer. Alcohol is present, but it hits your head more than your mouth.

M: Rather full-bodied and creamy, with just enough carbonation. As close to perfect as it gets, although it goes down slightly too easily. Almost watery.

O: Sweet nectar of the Gods. I would rather die than to live without this beer in my life. It’s an absolute must-try for every self-respecting human being. Easily one of the best beers around. This is a very stripped-down review. The tastes in this beer is so complex, I can't even begin to imagin how to describe them all. If, like me, you aren't a huge fan of the Rochefort 10, do give the 8 a try. I'm sure this one will work for you. (1,397 characters)

Photo of roblowther
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a murky, reddish-brown with a medium-density thin tan head that leaves a bit of lacing as it dissipates. Smells of cloves, raisins, plums, nutmeg, and a touch of cinnamon. Taste is a sweet, caramel malt, followed by the crisp spices and a warming alcohol finish. A bit brighter than the 10, but similar. Mouthfeel is oily and chewy, with nice carbonation. Having downed a number of these during a marathon bocce tournament, I can attest to the drinkability. It may be a bit much for those that prefer their beer light and refreshing, but if its flavor you crave, you can sip these all day long. (600 characters)

Photo of TOMHONE
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What I wrote about Chimay I'll "ditto" with Trappistes Rochefort 8. Smooth, creamy and extremely tasty. By far an absolutely fantastic beer. My friends would "second" my opinions for they got to share in our beer drinking exploits when we brought back many a bottle of Rochefort 8. In the Brussels grocery stores this beer is plentiful in supply at a very reasonable price. Getting them home is a chore but well worth it. (421 characters)

Photo of illidurit
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Rochefort goblet. This beer is the color of that brown waterproof wood stain and nearly as thick. Gritty hazy body with a monumental tan head. That famous Belgian lace is everywhere here.

The aroma is really complex. Booze soaked fig, spicecake, brown sugar, and yeast.

Taste is also very complex. Dark malt and yeast provide a foundation while several flavor notes dance upon it, including caramel, raisin, fig, pepper, exotic nuts, caramel, chocolate, and peat.

Mouthfeel takes a hit because it's too carbonated. The 6 and the 8 have this problem, while the 10 seems to have it under better control. The carbonation is distracting, yet fine enough to make the beer go down quite smoothly. Great full body. (725 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330cl/11.2 oz. bottle, dated "20 09 11". Split with my wife, pre-dinner, to a pair of small goblets (rather unevenly I should add...she got the bigger pour).

A: Fuzzy-looking with fine sediment, a caramel brown that glows auburn in the light. Plenty of rising carbonation beneath an ample eggshell-colored head, maybe a finger that fizzes busily, reducing to a thicker cream. Surprisingly, very little lace sticking...

S: Huge aroma of raisins and sweet, dried fruit. Unmistakably 'Belgian' yeast aroma. A slight bit nutty and some spice - oddly reminds me of one of those Pecan Swirl snack cakes. After the pour, this could be smelled from at least 5 feet away...

T: Terrific spicy zest, loads of sweet fruit, apples, honey pears, figs and dates. Caramel and maybe some butterscotch. Drying toward the finish with traces of black pepper and alcohol. A tremendous blend on spices and sugars, with a balanced bittering. Harmonious.

M: Heavily carbonated at first, producing a big prickliness early. That zing mellows very nicely with some warming in subsequent sips.

D: Whew, it's been far too long since I've enjoyed one of these - perhaps since Belgium, some 18 months ago... we both agreed this is a phenomenal beer, way too easy to drink. One we'll be sure to have more often; now with 2 in reserve - recent New Seasons pick-ups at a reduced/liquidation(!) price - it's sure to happen sooner. (1,414 characters)

Photo of intensify
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter from a 11.2 oz bottle. First off..the name of this beer is prestigious so while reviewing i told myself i would keep it honest.
Poured a dark brown color with a 2 finger head which faded quickly. Small particles caught my eye as they made their eay to the bottom of my glass. Nice presentation indeed.
The aromas are crazy. So many different things going on here. Dried fruits such as raisins, maybe dried purple grapes. Cinnamon and a touch of booze. The taste is as explosive and complex as the smell. Starts of with dried fruits then slowly fades into a sweet flavour very similar to wine. Finishes nice with a warm touch of alcohol. Very well balanced. The mouthfeel is medium to dry, but leaves a nice adtertaste which makes you go back for more. Nothing complements the palate more then the finiah of this ale.
Overall i was impressed. Complex and delicious. If you can get ahold of one of these, please do. I know i will. (950 characters)

Photo of OKCNittany
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle into a chimay goblet

A: Poured a hazy dark brown with floaters and a big, foamy, cream colored head that didn't hold.

S: Excellent aroma - fruity w/ alcohol present - somewhat like rum. Malts jump to the forefront as it warms. Still excellent.

T: Big complex flavor - both sweet and spicy, malty, with just a hint of alcohol. Next sip is of caramel & bread. This is wonderful, and getting better as it warms.

M: Smooth on the intake with just the right carbonation. Dry finish.

D: The abv is the only limiter. Would love another - right now! The worst part about drinking this beer is that you're closer to the end of the bottle with each sip. Why do I never remember to buy more than one at a time?

This tasting was shortly after a Chimay Blue (to see if my initial notes stood up to another really good B.S.D.A.). My initial impressions were correct - this beer is fantastic - the monks are freakin' geniuses. (942 characters)

Photo of KCHopHead
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - More translucent than most Belgian Strong Dark styles. Thin bubbles layer the top.
S - Being a newer home brewer I can smell residual sugars from the dark belgian candi sugar.
T - Yeasty. Sugars are delcious. Is this alcoholic? Oh yes there it is.
M - Effervescant and carbonated. Great balance.
D - Why do they only make this in small bottles? I'd like a keg please.

Not a big fan of the sediment at the bottom. I know it's kind of a novelty and it's not bad for you but it bothers me towards the end of a glass. (521 characters)

Photo of andjusticeforale
4.78/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful deep brown, golden undertones, with a tan head settling into pools; ultra fine bubbles and lacing in sheets.

The smell is pure Trappist- the undeniable malt and yeast smell, somewhat sweet and funky, often times described as tropical fruits; also the bright aroma of grapes.

The first taste is freshly brewed coffee, mixed with lavender- like a super slick herbal refined Doppelbock, but so much more. The alcohol warms beautifully in the end of each sip and then there is the wonderful lingering aftertaste of sweet brown Easter breads, cappuccino foam and apple pie.

The mouthfeel is so perfect, the body do round and creamy, this is perfection and gives up nothing to the higher alcohol quadruples.

If you have not tried this, get it as soon as possible, have it after dinner in a Trappist chalice, sip, drink deep, whatever. You will not be disappointed. (880 characters)

Photo of ThirdCoast
4.78/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Serving Type: 330ml bottle. Authentic Trappis Product Label. Printed numbers : 071210 Date? 07:44 Time?

A: Dark brown, very little light is let through, large particles throughout, nice head.

S: Light aroma, Bananna, faint alcohol smell, complex

T: Coffee, chocolate, liquid silk, malty, extremely complex taste.

M: Stings the tounge, yet creamy as it goes down.

D: This is one of the best, but i have a 10 sitting here so we will see. :) (453 characters)

Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.78/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: murky raisin brown with some sediment in it. Excited aboit this one! Not much of a head from the way I poured.

S: prunes and figs. Raisins and doughy bread. Some esters.

T: wow... raisins, cherries, plums, more dark fruit. Then comes the esters, doughy bread, yeast. On the back end I get graham cracker, lemon, brown sugar, and chocolate.

M: perfect. Its creany and medium-full yet fizzy and light. This is one of the best parts.

O: being not a fan of the Belgium darks I have been avoiding them for quite some time. This was my entry back into the style. It's perfectly balanced, majorly complex, and very well crafted. (630 characters)

Photo of Matthew
4.78/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 fluid ounce bottle. Pours out of the bottle into my ommegang glass a light brown with slight hints of dark reddish rusty around the edges in the light. A beautiful
fluffy off-white rocky head. The perfect looking beer.
Lots of carmalized brown sugar, nice bready spice wrapped with prune, fig, and chocolate raisons. A touch of alcohol is present in the nose but is subtle and
takes a back seat to the huge sweet bready and fruity malt complexities.
The smoothest beer that I have ever laid my lips to. Creamy sweet bready malt character flow over my taste buds
and gives way to hints of spice, dark sweet ripened fruits. The finish is light warming alcohol character flavored with sweet
malt, spice, fruit and a light chocolate like flavor. Incredibly lusicious and smooth.
A wonderful full bodied, creamy, and smooth beer. It just slides over your taste buds down your throat leaving incredibley complex
and incredibley delicious flavor. Carbonation is at a perfect level for the style.
The head retention and lacing with this beer are fantastic. Sticky frothy head remains and the last thing left in my glass is a little
bit of frothy head and a whole lot of lacing. This is one of the finest beers I have ever drank. (1,280 characters)

Photo of Duhast500
4.78/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a Chimay goblet.

The color is a dark burgundy and pretty cloudy with a light brownish head. Some slight lacing.

The smell is sweet with some yeasty aroma with a malt presence that is quite unbelievable. Some licorice flavor mixed in with some bready, grainy flavor.

The taste is sweet at first and then does punch with some really nice flavoring. Good warm hints of raisins, some other dried fruit I can't quite place at this time.Flavor reminds me not of bread but of dough.

The feel of this beer is quite pleasing. It is light, a bit tangy but well balanced. (597 characters)

Photo of baos
4.78/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Bottle into large snifter glass.

A: Deep amber with three fingers of fluffy, tanned head that recedes to a half inch with quite a bit of lacing.

S: Nice candi and booze aroma: Banana and fig with alcohol and some spices.

T: Wheat malts with dark dried fruits.

M: Medium full feel with a nice creamy finish.

O: Very nice. The Belgian know how to make good use of religious orders!!! (386 characters)

Photo of Mll777
4.78/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Love the micro fine foam, it's gorgeous. It just stays on top of the beer the complete time to finish it.

It is very low carbonated, which makes the drink so nice and smooth, I will buy some to keep for a couple of years at least I will try :)

I liked it better as the 10 (273 characters)

Photo of silverblaze540
4.78/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Dark opaque amber, almost brown. One-inch head that dissipates quickly. Head is cream colored with small bubbles.

S - Prunes, malts, hints of citrus.

T - Very sweet and malty with no bitterness.

M - Rich and creamy with some alcohol burn.

O - One of my favorites. The sweet and malty taste is very pleasing. (320 characters)

Photo of Stephen63
4.78/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a little too quickly and had to wait about 5 minutes for the head to subside. A good sign! Wonderfully dark with excellent, virtually permanent head.

S - Incredibly complex, dark fruits mostly but got many competing aromas.

T - Superb with the expected complexity from the smell. Very malty with fruits and spices. There is a lot going on here. Exhilirating! Slight but very pleasant hoppiness as an aftertaste.

M - Put simply, like silk on the tongue and mouth. This is one hell of a beer.

D - Very much so but a killer kick in the alcohol which is actually very easy to forget.

One of the very best trappists and that is saying something. (666 characters)

Photo of xanok
4.78/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought from the fairgrounds in Danbury, gift from my girlfriend, good on her! (from notes taken a week ago)

A-Pours a murky brown with a doughy head.

S-Hrmm. A lot going on here. Malt, nuts, a hint of dark fruits and vanilla even?

T-Pretty amazing. I don't think I'm able to fully appreciate this beer, there's so many subtleties. Can taste the malts, nuts, mostly sweet flavors but hints of so many other things.

M-Full bodied and fantastic. A little bit on the carbonated side, but who cares.

D-I'm not a huge fan of Belgian darks, but this is one of the best beers I've ever had. Gets better as it warms up. Simply amazing (631 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.79/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 33 cl slender brown bottle, consume before date on the front label. “Authentic Trappist Product” on the label.

Appearance: Fluffy light tan lace foams up during pouring but the lace struggles to hold together. Murky brown colour with a hazy that blocks out any chance of light.

Smell: Mild rum alcohol in the nose, fruity with ripe banana, pear and fig. Vague phenols with mellowed out alcoholic esters give a hard whiff of alcohol again.

Taste: Silky smooth, creamy alcohol and malt mouth feel that glides through the mouth and down the throat. Grain, phenols and alcohol form to a head at first taste with a spicy character that does not take things over but is more of a showing of what is in store. Maltiness is close to huge going from brown sugar to brownies, dark bread to mild coffee. Alcohol runs the gamete with a sweet and spicy flavour to a fruitiness of ripe tropical fruit … fig and apricots come to mind. Phenolic but not to the point of being medicinal, clove spiciness rounds and balances the sweetness far into the finish.

Notes: Hard line in the aroma and flavour with a mellowed aged flavour from a bottle that has been around for a while, this age has not taken way from the beer at all other than its head retention perhaps. Ripe and fruity, malty and alcoholic. The complexity alone is staggering for the taste buds. (1,383 characters)

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