Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Ratings: 4,505
Reviews: 1,778
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 278
Gots: 590 | FT: 20
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Brasserie de Rochefort

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001)
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4.8/5  rDev +10.9%

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4.8/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of ghetto90007
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle.

Poured dark, caramel brown with a two-plus finger off-white head. Had to be a little gentle with the pour because the effervescence was very active. Lacing starts with a coating on the side of the glass, but quickly recedes - no significant retention.

Wow. This one has a nose on it. Figs up front, along with some powerful rum-soaked fruit smells. Strong alcohol coming through and smelling up the room.

Super complex, spirited flavors. Robust malty sweetness, figs, and a spiciness that lingers. Makes Chimay Blue seem like a straightforward ale. Brown sugar and sweet, spiced fruity desserts come to mind.

Super smooth mouthfeel. Full-bodied, but carbonated enough to not feel heavy.

This is a really complex beer, even for a complex style. I have another bottle that I plan to store for a while and see what happens with a little bit of age. Exceptional beer.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of RaphaelSC
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep brown with a caramel 2 fingers head with good retention.

S:Caramel and banana and some toasted malts.

T: Woody and dry with some caramel notes and low carbonation, ends just a little bitter, the alcohol can be felt just because the warm sensation in the end.

M: A dry bittersweet feel that resemble wine but not so sweet and more refreshing, some coffee appear in the aftertaste as some bitterness.

O: Its like Rochefort 10, but a little less complex, still a excelent beer, a must have to me.

Photo of bbdog
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
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!

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4.8/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of drseamus
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of Morris729
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky deep brown color with noticeable flakes of sediment floating throughout the beer. Nose is rich and complex with aromas of rum-soaked raisins, dark cherries, ripe bananas, and fig preserves. Taste begins with a bit of brown sugar and dark caramel followed by a bit of Belgian spice and notes of chocolate covered cherries. Simply delicious—a marvelous brew.

Photo of OKCNittany
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of KCHopHead
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of tlazaroff
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown, somewhat hazy, and boasts a slightly tan head that is rather thin, but does well being with the lacing just coating the glass and staying afloat.

S: This is a hefty smelling beer. Big fruit notes: raisin, plum, fig, all that dark fruit, cut up and pureed into a crepe filling. Thats what this beer smells like, a delicious crepe filling.

T: Upfront I get a bit of sweetness that carries through to the middle as a burst of caramel, but not sweet caramel, it's more like it's hardened and slightly burnt and mixed with dark fruits mentioned above. The finish has a nice earthy, almost vegetal sensation. The caramel lingers on the tongue well after the finish.

M: Dry, Heavily carbonated, and full bodied.

D: This is a sipping beer at it's best. Defiantly just something to have one of and savor it.

Photo of Stephen63
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of BluntChief
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Rochefort 8 is a dank ass beer, but it's brother the 10 is much superior. Think of it like they rates these trappistes on a 1-10 scale... that seems to be how it works. But there's a lot to be said for the no. 8, which is still an absolute beer revelation.

A: Pours a dark amber, enormous head in a Spaten glass possibly resulting form not being cold enough. The head is dense and almost solid, dissipating shortly but leaving a film across the top.

S: Heaven. Dark, overly ripened fruits, sweet, grainy, and loaded with booze. Makes your nostrils tingle, and your extremities harden.

T: Again, heaven. Creamy and delicious, fruity and earthy, and burning with a ton of booze. Figs, fermenting dates and peaches...

M: Like steamed milk. Smooth and delicious, wouldn't even suspect it was over 9% if it didnt set your stomach on fire.

Overall, awesome. Definitely world class, dubbels are good but this was exceptional.

Photo of xanok
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
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

Photo of 2Cents
4.81/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cjgator3
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of it's 11.2 oz bottle into a chalice. Quickly dissapearing white head forms on top of a murky dark brown body. Smell is fruity with bananas, pears, dough and sweet malt with a noticable strong alcohol presence in the nose as well. Mouthfeel is rather light and highly carbonated. Taste is absolutely incredible! Taste is dry with fruity notes, spices and chocolate that is followed by a long warming alcohol presence. High alcohol character hurts the drinkability a bit. As the beer warms up it gets even better. Overall, this is simply a sensational brew.

Photo of avylover
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours out a nice hazy brown..pretty much opaque. Not a whole lot of head to speak of, but inviting nonetheless..

Aroma of toffee, grapes, and a rather inviting maltiness along with a just right alcohol whiff. Very nice

Taste mirrors the aroma - we've got all sorts of flavors here...caramel, vinous fruits, even a little peach detected. The alcohol melds in great with this brew

Mouthfeel is full & chewy, with ample carbonation heklping to unleash the flavors, leaving a nice aftertaste in the finish.

Drinkability...well, probably not a good idea, but I could drink this to no end..

EXCELLENT!!! I'm not a big belgian fan...but the darker belgians tend to hit the mark for me.

Photo of irishkyle21
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a real treat just plain delicious. Those monks at Rochefort sure know what they are doing! The 8 pours with a fluffy tanned white head that leaves behind a thick coating of lacing as it takes all of the time in the world to settle. Has a cloudy brown color.

The nose has lots of dark alcohol soaked fruits, sweet bread, spicy yeast and some caramel.

Heaven in a glass. Tastes of caramel malt, sweet rum, lots of fruits, there is even some chocolate and a spicy finish. This is very smooth and probably the most drinkable high ABV beer I have ever had.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Rochefort 8 has a thin, cream-colored, fizzy, root beer-like head, and an initially clear (it seriously clouds up when one swishes and pours in the heavily caked bottom contents), extremely bubbly appearance, with film of lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweetness, fig, prune, bread crust, and malt. Taste is similar with a background of grain husky and brandy wine. Mouthfeel is medium and quite prickly, and Rochefort 8 finishes mostly dry, relatively easy drinking, and rich. This is one of the world's classic beers, and I highly recommend it!


Photo of weeare138
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a red toned mahogany color with a fluffy light tan head that slowly fades out. Chunks of streaky lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of figs, cocoa, brown sugar, molasses, bananas, plum, and raisins that are mixed into a sugary batch of yeasty cake and spices.
Taste is of the same aromas that come together nicely.
Mouthfeel is slightly carbonated up front but finishes with a warming molasses and cocoa touched alcohol bite.

Edit 11/26/06: Opened up a fresher bottle next to a Westy 8. The Westy barely edged it out IMO but this one is just so nice and complex that it's hard live up to something like that. I found the Westy to just be a bit more smooth. Pricewise??? C'mon, there's no need to argue. I think I paid $4.50 for this bottle and I think the Westy was $18.

Photo of karst
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

3.3 cl bottle from Corral Liquor-Grranite City, Ill. $6 "dated" 25 02 09 pours a deep murky chestnut brown with a persistant 1" dense head with strong beading keeping a 5 mm dense cap til the end. Unbelievable sheets of lace on the sides of a 0.4 L Rastal New Belgium sniffer. Decanted all but the last rusty brown fine sediments and served at 55°F.

Aroma of brandy-like alcohol with fruits suggesting Banannas, pairs, carmelized plums, figs and baker's chocolate along with Spices ( nutmeg, caramom, anise and ginger that desguised a floral hop bitterness). Malt aromas sugested brownies, dark malts brown sugar and a cookie dough that emerges with warming. A musty yeast also present. Both aroma and flavor are ultra-complex and echoed in the flavors! Mouthfeel was smooth, creamy and dextrinous. The body was full. Taste ends with the spices pricking the tongue and palate and finishes dry almost woody with the alcohol warming in the end.

Trappist 8 is truely World Class! (Ranks in top 50 Best of BA list with the lowest rating of 3.95)

Photo of gdrydenc
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


A - I never thought that appearance could be that much different between beers. However, this beer breaks that mold. Granted, this is only my second trappist, but the sediment floating in the beer blows my mind. The color is exactly what I expected. The head poured fantastically and stayed along for the ride. Perfect.

S - Fruit! Plum, banana.. a bit of fig? Delicious smell. The best Belgian I've ever smelled. The smell can't really be equated to any other beers I've had.

T - Delicious notes of fruit. A bit sweeter than many other Belgians I've had, but it doesn't knock me over with sweetness. The taste is just as complex as the smell. Can't taste the alcohol at all... is this really 9.2%?

M - The mouthfeel is a perfect representation of the style. It foams in the mouth, but doesn't prevent you from swallowing, like I've experienced with other Belgians.

D - Drinkability is the only fault of this otherwise impeccable beer. And by 'fault', I mean it isn't the best I've seen from the style. It is nearly perfect, but the sweetness and heaviness could get to me after more than one of these.

Overall, I love the trappist style and this is the best representation I have seen of this style. Incredible.

Photo of Docrock
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice thick head, good retention, nice amber color

S-Decent Malty nose,slight caramel, hint of raisin

T- Caramel, full body, wonderful

Mouthfeel. Medium body with good carbonation.

Overall. A fantastic beer.

Temp-Served a bit cold, consumed slowly and when at about 48F flavors began to expand..much better

Serving type: bottle poured in to Chalice.

Photo of sitarist
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep eggplant brown/purple color. About two inches of off white, almost tan head, the head falls to a half an inch and sticks around for awhile. Lacing is thick.

Aromas of horehound, raisins, figs, pear, candy, spice, with hints of the alcohol. Complex but subtle, well balanced, nothing overpowering, warm and inviting.

Taste of grapes, vanilla, dates, red wine like tannin, and pecans.

Lighter bodied, creamy, the flavors are painted on the tongue. There is a very slight astringency. The finish is long and pleasant before it dries.

Very drinkable and enjoyable. For all the flavors and amount of sweetness this never becomes too much.

Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
96 out of 100 based on 4,505 ratings.