Trappistes Rochefort 8 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Reviews: 1,817
Hads: 4,794
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 340
Gots: 763 | 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 jsausley
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Spiegelau Belgian glass.

A: A lovely dark brown with tinges of red. A nice thick head. Significant strong and resilient head.

S: Earthy notes, pine, spices, malt malt malt. Lovely wonderful aroma.

T: Big malts and lovely spices. Nice sweet body and hints of coffee. Good strong caramel flavor on the top. Wonderfully balanced, lacking any bitterness. Very yeasty, lots of Belgian flavors. Not as complex or robust as the 10, but still a very lovely drink.

M: Rich and smooth, perfectly balanced. Excellent drinkability.

O: As expected, not as good as the 10. But still better than most other beers. Thick, hearty, malty, powerful and wonderfully balanced. A+. (693 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy deep brown with a foamy khaki head that dissipates somewhat quickly.

I can smell pears, raisins, and dates as soon as I open the bottle. Notes of green apple, figs, and prunes become evident, with a fairly sweet Belgian candi sugar sweetness at the base.

Flavor reveals sharp pear and bruised apple underlying a doughy, bready malt backbone. Rich and rummy, the burnt sugar malt sweetness supports complex prune and date notes well. The finish is fairly light and dry.

Body is moderate, but the high carbonation keeps it feeling light. Alcohol warmth is a bit high.

Great ester character is balanced nicely by the malt. The carbonation is higher than I'd like, and a phenolic alcohol character emerges as it warms. Wanted to like this more, but the carbonation killed it for me. (795 characters)

Photo of Antnego
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a chilled mug.

A: Pours cloudy brown with a monstrous head that took forever to dissipate. Lacing is thick and clings to the side of the mug.

S: Smells... Earthy, musty... Everything else is quite muted. I get *slight* hints of banana.

T: WOW. the nose was misleading. This a sweet, complex brew - fruity, earthy, bready, sugary sweet, with blueberries and the right amount of booziness and funk at the back end. One of my new favorites, definitely.

M: Buttery, fizzy, light, moderate carbonation.

O: Despite the somewhat lackluster smell, this one came through in the taste department. Incredible flavor that begs you to have more! (650 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle. Pours hazy amber with tall, long-lasting, foamy off-white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of bready malt, caramel, barnyard yeast and fruity esters. Body is full and crisp. Spicy yeast, caramel malt, plums, raisins, brown sugar fill the mouth. Finish is long and spicy. Great brew. (295 characters)

Photo of MonkeyDunk
2.94/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured bubbly, smells malty, cherries, alcoholic, and lemony. Coagulated, chunky dregs in the bottom of the bottle.

Strong oxidization flavor dominates, I've never had anything like this before. Then it tastes like buttery caramel, burnt toast, and lemon. Something slightly spicy, what is that oxidized flavor... turmeric? garlic? olives? Tastes like when I used to suck on my zipper, or put my tongue against a battery (without the tingles). Slight salt and clay.

Expected something more pleasant after all the rave reviews! Interesting though. Wouldn't buy again now that I've satisfied my curiosity. (605 characters)

Photo of SebD
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From notes

Appearance: It has a nice merky dark brown color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately fast and leaves lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of dark fruit (plenty of figs, plums, raisins), Belgian yeast and brown sugar.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a bunch of dark fruit (plums, raisins, figs), Belgian yeast, brown sugar and perhaps some Candi sugar.

Mouthfeel: It has a med/high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. Very well balance and complexity. (611 characters)

Photo of arthurspoor
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour this one out with confidence. It will not overflow your glass with foam.After about a minute It leaves a thin layer of head, which will stay there. The color is dark brown, bit like pancake syrup.

The smell is fruity, with dark fruits dominating, but some fresh notes as well.A sense of bitter and caramel. Spicy as well, but not dominant.

The taste is excellent. It is sweat and yeasty, has a compact flavor. Dark fruity character, with prunes and raisins and licorice. Also there are (the usual suspects) caramel ande brown suger - I almost forgot ;). Carbonation is just right for this beer - not to much, but prominent. Hides the alcohol very well, without an excessive sugarly taste. You drink this beer easy, and because of the compact flavor you might think this it is not very complex. But it is in the way the flavors are bound together that makes this beer so good. As if all the complexity comes together in a point of beer singularity (this is the beer talking) controlled by a yet to be discovered force of the universe. So...

A very, very nice beer, and I am Tripel kind of guy! (1,100 characters)

Photo of BIG_KAHUNA
4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served ice-cold in a bottle at San Sei Restaurant, Kihei, Maui, Hawaii. Poured into a 12 oz pint glass and I had to let it warm for quite awhile to enjoy. 5/28/14

A - Dark brown, three finger tan, off-white head with nice lacing

S - Spicy, yeasty and subtle sweet aroma.

T - Brown sugar, prune, raisin and licorice dominates early. As it warms the spice and yeasty, warming alcohol character comes out. Adequate carbonation. Medium body with a smooth mouth feel.

O - Excellent brew. Wish a snifter was available at the restaurant.

Serving type: bottle (556 characters)

Photo of JulioH
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice tan foam forms as you pour. Hard to catch any aromas, although I traced some coffee, nutmeg, berries, funk. Taste is amazing. This is a very complex beer. I tasted coffee again ( I changed my glass, coffee still present), that boozy Belgian ale flavor was present, and berries.

Drinking this beer is like eating a dark chocolate filled with a raspberry fill. Pleasant to drink, not thick. (394 characters)

Photo of Dna_Infinity
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to glass

Appearance - Dark brownish red head. Had a thick off white head. Some carbonation

Smell - Complex, has some dark fruit, raisins, some herbs, yeast is present

Taste - Sweet, herbal taste, dark fruits are predominate, yeast, alcohol is definitely there. Has a dry finish

Overall - Complex is an understatement. One of the best beers from Belgium. I'm sitting on a couple to see of they age of the coming years (427 characters)

Photo of Nachos57
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful brown with tan head

S - Very Belgium ale smell, some yeast and nice malt sweetness

T - Delicious complex flavor

M - great body and carbonation

O - Best ale of this type I've had, very recommended

I am really looking forward to finding some Rochefort 10, but even the 8 was hard to find (304 characters)

Photo of BradC
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours deep reddish brown with a thin light tan head that lasts forever.

Aroma is sweet, reminds me of brown sugar or cinammon, spicy.

Tastes of dark spiced fruit, warm brown sugar, spiced rum, very complex with alcohol presence just noticeable. Finishes with a sweetness only tongue that I've never tasted before.

A good amount of carbonation give s this an effervescence and keeps it drinkable. I think it also brings some of the sweetness out.

Overall, a wonderful brew, I haven't tried the 6 or 10, but I certainly will. (527 characters)

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Muted brown and nearly opaque, with a good head that settles quickly

S: Deep Belgian richness with a potent alcohol sweetness rising above.

T: Much sweeter and smoother than the 10. Fruity rich elements go straight for the tongue and stay there, adding a pleasant sweet to each stage of flavor. It tasted like something ancient or steeped in brewing tradition (though less so than the 10). Overall, amazing. Much more versatile flavor than the 10. Makes me look forward to the 6!

M: Spectacular. Coats your mouth like paint (but in a good way, haha)

O: Not as arcane-tasting as the 10, but nearly perfect in its own right! A great beer for any fans of the style. I'll definitely buy again! (696 characters)

Photo of sprat1960
3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chestnut brown in color; opaque, Gigantic head; though it dies out entirely relatively fast. Nice faint smell; slightly sweet and grainy. Sweet, grainy full taste with a slightly dry finish. Definitely full of flavor. Medium body. Nice, light carbonation. Very good Belgium beer; though I think I prefer the 6 over the 8. (321 characters)

Photo of Macko
4.99/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

33cl bottle sitting outside, clear skies, little bit cool, dark, time to relax.

Appearance: Brown with Red Hues. Large head didn’t hang around too long.

Nose: Brown sugar and toasted malts

Taste: Bursting with flavor. Dark fruits and whatever grains you care to mention,
but beyond all that a subtle sugary aftertaste.
Then a tiny little sourness. Just to keep you on your toes!

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation yet with a creamy aftertaste. Some warming afterwards, though not significant for a 9.2% beer.

Overall: Truthfully, to review this beer is the reason I joined beeradvocate.
This is just the nicest beer I’ve ever tasted.
Perhaps not the best, you can debate that, but it’s my favorite of all time. Yet.

For info: My Belgian buddies (who prefer the Rochefort 10), say to check the date on the Rochefort bottle ... it always shows a date 5 years after it was created. The closer you are to that end date the better, they reckon. Mine still shows almost 5 years from now, beer was still superb. (1,013 characters)

Photo of Bonsall_Phil
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Purchased from Frazier Farms in Vista CA
Use by date: 4-7-18

A: Poured into chalice. Very deep bronze-brown and very effervescent. Head developed some big bubbles started at about 2 inches and settled to a quarter inch and held as I waited for the beer to raise in temperature.

N: sweet, light toasted malt. Subtle biscotti tones

T: strong raisin fruit up front, pleasant syrupy and easy spices along the edge of the tongue. Clove, nutmeg. Taste quickly gives way to a clean, yet silky aftertaste and mouthfeel. Perfectly balanced, alcohol is present and warm but only detected slightly

Very pleasant beer, a new favorite now. Would try pairing it up with a thick smokey pork chop (686 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz (330mL) bottle from Barrel and Barley (Woodstock, GA). 5.49. Best by 04/07/18- I assume bottled 4/7/13. Served in a Southern Tier tulip snifter.

Pours muddy red hued brown with three fingers of beige head. Keeps a modest layer that laces well.

Smell starts dry and earthy before revealing spice, cherries and yeast. The nose really opens up as it warms with more dark fruit, malty bread and caramel.

After a near-abrasive initial burst of spice and alcohol while still cold, it warms to reveal notes of raw cane sugar, bing cherries, fruity yeast, dates, banana, caramel, clove, nuts and raisin bread. As the chill fades the balance and layers of flavor really flesh out and moderate the alcohol.

Supple, medium body with abundant carbonation. Aftertaste of dark fruit, yeast and bready malt.

I'm much more familiar with 8's big brother but this is quite solid in it's own right. Once it reaches a proper temperature this delivers an outstanding drinking experience on all levels. (997 characters)

Photo of John656
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Gorgeous dark chestnut brown. Nice foamy head that slowly dissipates.

S - Figs, plum, brown sugar and pine.

T - Plum, raisins, and dark fruits. The complex flavors evolve through the palate with a pleasant caramel finish. There is a slight hint of booze and the intensity of the sweetness grows as the temperature rises.

It goes without saying for this style (Strong Dark Ales/Quads), but you will not fully appreciate this beer if served at a cold temperature.

M - Medium-bodied and smooth texture. There is a medium carbonation element present that I would prefer was a little lower.

O - One of the best beers on the market for good reason. Not as complex as the 10 but a well balanced beer with a dark fruity flavors that never fails to disappoint. (762 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big, fizzy head that requires several pours to fit one bottle in one chalice. Retention is good. Brew is a dark red, translucent, very lively beer. Any sediment was left in the bottle. No noticeable lacing.

Nutty, fruity, and spicy aroma. Strong hints of prunes, Belgian yeast, nutmeg, and cloves. Slightly sharp.

Surprisingly, extremely balanced flavor. Tons of dark fruit and Belgian Candi sugar, with an extremely nutty finish. Nothing tart or sharp as the aroma indicated. Prunes, raisins, slight hints of banana, and big yeast notes. Slight alcohol flavor. Extremely sweet, more so as it warms.

Medium-full feel. Slight foaming, and relatively warm. Long finish of caramelized or crusted sugar or candies.

Fantastic, very traditional Belgian BSDA/Dubbel. Certainly worth regarding up there with the best of the style, including Westmalle and Chimay. (858 characters)

Photo of Wolberjs
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pouring into a tulip forms over an inch head, that dissipates into a lingering 1 finger. with over an inch of lively. Nice ruby/brown color with little bubbles constantly bubbling up. Sediment at the bottom of the glass.

S - Smells like sweet dark fruit, kind of a red wine grape bready taste with some figs.

T - Tastes effervescent. Dark fruit, figs, and malty bread.

M - A little thin, but a nice tingly feel.

O - Very nice example of the style. Think I like it more than the Rochefort 10. (499 characters)

Photo of jonb5
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

50th Belgian beer review.

330ml bottle, poured into Kasteel chalice.

A: Very dark amber, hazy,
small tanned head which disappeared very
quickly, didn’t leave much lacing.

S: Grape, yeast and unlike the 10 it was boozy.

T: Biscuit, grape, plumb, molasses, had a slight burn from the
booze.

M: Medium body, the booze gave it a
coarse edge, went down fairly well for the high
ABV.

O: Compared to the 10, this is the less
sophisticated younger brother. A a very good
beer, rather than a world class offering, actually
reminded me of St Bernardus abt 12. (562 characters)

Photo of CowsandBeer
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Trappist Achel glass. Best by 04/04/2018. Served slightly chilled.

Appearance: Poured down the middle of the glass produced a huge head with an intense fizz. Brown body with reddish hints and a thick, creamy, rose tinged head. Best head retention I’ve ever seen in a Belgian Dark Strong. Insert picture of monk here.

Aroma: Lots going on in the nose, though it’s the usual suspects in a beer of this style: brown sugar, candied dates, cherries, stone fruits and some bubblegum. There is a faint grassy hop bite and some drying leather which set it apart from other beers of the style that I’ve had. Also a pleasant floral alcohol.

Taste: Same as the nose with lots of sweet dark fruits and candi sugars, but more of a focused, dense layering of flavors. A pleasant brandyish, bready finish. This like a meal of sticky sweet fruit cake.

Moutheel: High carbonation with a drying finish. The dryness actually prevents it from being too sweet and brings out more of the flavors. Quite warming but in the best way.

Overall: A rich, complex ale. Like other beers of the style it’s hefty, sweet, and malty. However with Rochefort 8 there’s more of a drying touch that brings forth more of the flavors, and that’s what sets it apart in my mind. Also, the nice floral alcohol is deceptive and pleasant. Curious about what would happen to this with some age. Went really well with some Cookies and Cream ice cream. (1,453 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Finally got around to cracking this one open after I've sat on it for several months. Enjoyed out of an 11.2 oz brown bottle marked with a best by date of 6/13/17. I seem to remember reading that Rochefort has a five year lead time on their best by dates, so best guess, this bottle is around 21 months old. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack series chalice glass.

Appearance - Pouring gently (so as not to dump all of the sediment into my glass) renders healthy two-finger head the color of lightly toasted marshmallow, frothy and rich. Takes quite awhile to dissipate, showing good legs, but no lace to speak of outside of some spatterings of sticky residue in isolated spots. Beneath the active head resides a beautifully-hued body. Light brown with reddish burgundy undertones at the bottom part of the glass where it is thinner and more conducive to letting in light, then dark chestnut-to-walnut brown at the top, with a steady gradient in between. One of the prettier beers I've seen, for sure.

Smell - Sweet baking spice provides an intoxicating complement to dark fruits and vinous undercurrents. Notes of figs, candied dates, some fainter elements of raisins are all here along side a malty sweetness and gentle spice from the yeast profile. Some faint phenols are present, lending a depth of aroma that I really enjoy.

Taste - Continuing with the promise of the smell, the taste has grain sweetness, with some spiciness that is reminiscent of rye, but different. Probably that Belgian yeast. More dark fruits, with now some plum alongside the presence of figs and even light molasses. I know this isn't as high ABV as some in the style, but I can hardly taste the alcohol at all. The richness really hides it well.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-full body with moderate carbonation and a creamy feel on the tongue. I really do like this style, but this is one of the more easy-drinking takes that I've had.

Overall, just fantastic. It's been a long time since I last had the 10, and I know it's a different beer than the 8, but I think I might prefer this one. Rich and sweet, but not overpoweringly so or cloying. Lots of flavors at play, but it doesn't seem muddled at all. I love the fact that it's so easy to get as well. Proof positive that something doesn't have to be impossible to obtain to be outstanding. (2,322 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

BBD 9/27/17. Pours a very hazy dark amber with a slight reddish tint. Massive head and lacing that retains well. The nose is subdued, but of dates/figs, dark malt and Belgian yeast. The body is on the heavy side of medium with a nice slick mouthfeel. Normal carbonation level with a touch of effervescence on the finish. The wonderful flavor profile is quite complex, yet balanced. It begins with a multitude of dark fruit flavors - fig, date, raisin, plum - then flows to a mild malt sweetness over a well subdued alcohol phenolic note. The finish is smooth, yet also almost clean. A slight residual alcohol burn with associated phenolics linger a bit. This is the best Belgian I've ever had. (693 characters)

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle. Westmalle Chalice glass. Dark brown, deep ruby tints to the light. Hazy appearance. Beige foam creates a cottony & lasting crown. Copious lacing rings on sides. Belgian yeast & toasted malts to the nose as well as dark fruits-prune, raisin & cherry hues. Flavors as expected from aroma profile completed by woody notes & kind sugary warm sensation. Medium body. Soft carbonation. Voluptuous & flavorful palate. Fruits & gentle heat mixed with a very low bitterness linger into a long finish. One of my favourite Trappists. Complex & Great !!! (556 characters)

Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
95 out of 100 based on 1,817 ratings.