Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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Trappistes Rochefort 8Trappistes Rochefort 8

Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001

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Photo of MVassar
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let this one sit in the glass for at least ten minutes, or until it reaches room temperature. Like a fine wine, it really needs to breathe.

Gorgeous orange/mahogany color. A rich, creamy head that lasts forever. Incredibly enticing.

Not much going on in the nose initially, though with time some sweet fruit and malt comes through.

Tastes of bread, caramel, and slightly burnt raw sugar...delicious.

Very smooth, with an appropriate hint of carbonation.

Exceptionally drinkable in the wee small hours.

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Photo of NilocRellim
4.01/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy brown, with a hint of red. Smells clean, sweet, malty, and can definitely smell the booziness. Creamy bock-ish taste, but lighter; very smooth, sweet, drinkeable, and can taste the booziness.

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Photo of hctap00
4.01/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful red-mahogany color. Incredibly frothy head, very carbonated. Took several minutes to pour the whole bottle. I could hear the head fizzing the entire time. Quickly reduced to a thin white lacing.

Aroma is far sweeter and fruitier than I expected. Ripe cherries were my first thought. Not as much of the "dark fruit" common in other Belgian dark ales. As it warms, the yeast and phenol aromas are more prominent. Spicy aroma as well that I can't quite place.

Most noticeable throughout is the spiciness that I associate with the good Belgians. Yeasty, phenolic, peppery maybe. Initially I get some of the same fruitiness from the aroma. It is fairly one dimensional though, and the finish not terribly satisfying.

Very thin mouthfeel. Carbonation is rather high. No lingering effect. Almost feels like water going down.

It certainly is not Rochefort 10. None of the wow factor that I previously experienced with Rochefort beers. I think I have lost my taste for Belgians since I spent a week drinking nothing but last summer. Still enjoyable without a doubt, but just too one dimensional and thin. Not very "dark" for being classified as a strong dark ale. Will re-review at some point to give it another chance.

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.01/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy deep brown in color with a nice tan head that left lace. Good amount of yeast sediment in the bottle which was quickly added to the beer.
Aroma came off as mostly alcohol and a vinous, vinegar character. Malt depth was underneath that.

Taste shows a deep, rich malt character. The beer has a slight sour, vinegar character to it. This is usually a big problem for me, but for some reason it doesn't really distract that much from this particular beer. Nicely balanced. Slight fruit. Relatively smooth for a 9.2%ABV dark Belgian ale.

Mouthfeel has a lot of tiny carbonation bubbles in it, but is otherwise good.
Very drinkable for this style of beer with the alcohol content it has.

Overall, a good beer I enjoyed drinking, but not one I'll be in any hurry to pay $6 for a bottle again. Not a great beer to me like it is to a lot of people.

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Photo of output01x
4.01/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz. (Dated Best By 03/11/14) bottle into a snifter.

A moderate pour yields a huge 3-finger tan-colored head. After a few minutes, it settles to a decent dusting and thick foam ring. The body is a murky dark caramel-brown color with large floaties. Thick lacing attempts to cling to the glass, but gravity decides otherwise.

A delicious boozy spiced apple aroma is just as enticing as it sounds. Slight notes of brown sugar and dark fruit are also noticable.

Flavors of sweet malt, dark fruit, and candied sugar at the start followed by a cider alcohol warmth. As this beer warms, a slight spiciness strikes the tip of the tongue.

Medium bodied with high carbonation puts this beer smack dab between sipper and thirst-quencher. The carbonation seems a little high, as it causes the flavors to dissipate prematurely.

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Photo of Kunstman
4.01/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first review, and my first Trappist Ale, celebrating my first anniversary as a beer geek, and 700 unique beers, with Rochefort 8.

A: Dirty brown color with a reddish/copper hue when held to the light. Solid beige head with great retention. Minimal lacing. Yeast sediment is visible.

S: Dark fruit, sweet estery wine like aroma, with a hint of alcohol.

T: Deep dark fruit taste, with some molasses. Very slight nutty, bready characteristics. Alcohol more present as it warms. Slightly dry on the finish.

M: Medium/heavy. More carbonation than I would expect.

O: A good Belgian beer. Carbonation seemed off a little though. Certainly not my favorite Belgian, but I would buy this again. Looking forward to trying more from the Trappists.

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Photo of Zimbo
4.01/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slight initial cola nose, this quickly blows off to a rather tender rich Belgian chocolate quality. Quite beautiful really.
Gently poured this formed a soft airy bubbly tan head which surprisingly disappeared quickly giving it a rather flat appeance. Brown to the eye with light orangy highlights.

A rich sweet flavour ever so slightly hinting at thin cognac there is also a fairly persistent acidity which doesn't compliment the body's other beautiful smooth quality. But if you don't rush things it largely disappears in time though.

Some elements in the glass are truly great but in general these different parts don't really form a joyful focused whole.

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Photo of Chizoad
4.01/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. What an impressive looking beer. Huge, creamy head with slight off-colors in it, probably from the yeast. Slow to fade. The beer itself is murky mass of red-brown goodness. Little bits floating around promising happiness.

The aroma coming from this is one of strong malts and coffee. It was really quite intimidating, because I just knew that it would be quite the same on the palate.

What was promised on the nose was amplified on the tongue. Wow. A real stunner of a beer, with powerful coffee and toffee flavors with some caramel wedged between the two ends. Not that sweet for the style.

Generally enjoyed the mouthfeel, but found the carbonation, which was enormous, to be a little bit overwhelming. If I took just the smallest sip, the whole mass would foam up on my tongue and melt. That sounds good but in practice was a little strange.

Drinkability is a little hard to judge. There's no way I could follow this one up with another, but I did like it when I had it. A substantial beverage, to say the least.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to exiled for sharing this bottle. It is at least two years old because it was purchased when Rochefort was still available in Texas.

Pours murky brown with an off-white head. The aroma is caramel, sugar and dark fruit. The flavor has quite a bit of grape with some other dark fruits, caramel and candi sugar. The sugar is pretty forward in the taste. Somewhat boozy. Medium mouthfeel and high carbonation. A very good beer, but not as good as Rochefort 10.

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Photo of yankeeheel
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a really nice dark brown/red with a nicely proportioned tan head. Foam sheet settles out nicely.

Smells sugary carmel sweet with just a hint of allspice in the background.

Mild apple with acaramel malt body comes to mind as I first sip. Nicely light and moderate mouthfeel and body. almost feels like an apple puree. Don't ask, it just does. Cinnamon, anise, and clove all kick in for a slightly astringet and bitter ending. Yeast coats the tounge and leaves me wanting more.

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Photo of frankiepop
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Not much smoke popped out upon the opening of the bottle, but the brown ale poured out a nice light tan foamy head with some nice lacing lacing.

Texture and Taste: Creamy beer with a high alcohol and carbonation for quite a bite yet very drinkable. Extra malty sweetness that glides passed the mouth. Alcohol runs the gamete with an oaky, sweet, and spicy flavors. Great stuff but a little too much for *even* me. A great Belgian beer full of complexity.

Complements loud thrashy avant-garde jazz such as Cecil Taylor or Sun Ra.

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Photo of Gmann
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brown color with an explosive off-white head, not much in lacing but some. The smell is not overly strong, has a carob and chocolate aroma to it. The taste is of a hint of red grapes and a nice roasted nut flavor, some chocolate. The feel is much smoother than the #6, not nearly as carbonated but still quite fizzy. Moderate body, finishes a tad bitter. Not much better than the 6, less carbonated.

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Photo of sterstar1
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good Trappist. Fruity, sweet (but not too sweet) with a hint of sourness on the back end - but not so much that it's a bad thing. Definitely drinkable. If I see this one sitting on a shelf, I'll probably pick it up again although I wouldn't drive across town to get it. I know, this is the same review I gave the 10 but I found them to be very similar. If you haven't tried it, pick one up.

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Photo of edchicma
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pourde a cloudy chocolate with a nice head and very good lacing. Smell was a nice blend of raisins, bisuits and light hops. I was hoping for more on the tatse level, considering its ratings. However, it was above averag, but not outstanding. Taste was brandy-like with amalt and molasses elements...slight hop presence also. Mouthfeel and drinkability were good with dryness and slight bitterness being the main components.

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Looks good pouring into a wide-mouthed chalice. Not a huge amount of foam, and it subsides fairly quickly. Body is a deep chestnut color, sort of murky with sediment suspended within it.

Smells a little intoxicating, alcohol blended with fig and plum.

Taste is pretty rich, sweet at first, with the alcohol and fruit notes coming through and hanging on the palate. Finish is earthy, roasty malt, with a slight bitterness of mild cocoa. First sips seemed a little one-dimensional, but as it warms it shows more depth.

Mouthfeel is full and rich, easy to sip and enjoy. Sweetness hinders the drinkability a bit, one bottle at a time is enough for me.

Overall, it's definitely worth a try, but Rochefort 10 is still my favorite from this Trappist brewery.

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Photo of Padron4KM
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, bb date 04 11 08.
Pours out hazy brown, with some fine sediment. 1" head is long lasting.
Aroma is fruity, caramel, a little dough, a little alcohol.
Flavor is plumy, caramel, raisins, with a good dose of spice. a little bitterness on the finish.
alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of Regenpak
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh! I just discovered the perfect combination! Rochefort 8 and brie! I put thin slices of this remarkable French cheese on "Party Extras" crackers (Haust) and it's pure bliss combined with this great beer. I was initially surprised with the enthousiasm that the head formed. Pouring very carefully a thick layer (5 cm) of beige froth formed on top of the dark brown liquid. Then I rummaged around in my fridge to look for something to accompany it... and found it! The wonderful sweet taste of the beer combines excellent with the sweet taste of the brie. Highly recommended!

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Photo of waldowin
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark orange, brown in the glass, with a dense white head which faded to a ring and a thin patchy sheet. Solid lacing.

Smells of toffee, golden raisins, and candy.

Tastes of candied sugars, raisins, plums, and a bit of astrigency in the finish.

Mouthfeel is big, with the carbonation exploding halfway through.

Overall drinkability is very good. This is a very well-made beer, if not a bit sweet to drink too much of. An excellent dessert beer.

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Photo of buschbeer
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured into my glass to fleeting off white head. It is brown and clouded with yeast. The smell is spicy and for some reason reminds me of apples and cinnamon. I get some caramel malt in there, too. The taste is malty with a spiciness as well. It is not as viscous as I expected. There is an abundance of carbonation. It goes down pretty easy for the ABV.

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Photo of srv33
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, with a beige head - medium bubbles, quickly dissapates, just a little bit of lacing. Scents of molasses, fig, a bit of musk, and spice. Taste is not at all what I expected, very unique indeed. Not quite sure what to make of it, it has this sort of funky creaminess with notes of spice (coriander?) dark fruit, soy, and some roasted malt. Mouthfeel is lighter than what I would have expected too, its somewhat light, compared to others in this style, very slightly syrupy. One rather pleasing is the aftertaste it leaves. Overall a very unique brew, not as pleasant as I'd hoped but certainly glad I tried it.

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Photo of fx20736
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a chalice, served at cellar temp.

Just a shade darker than Trappistes 6. This is a dark ochre beer with a pale khaki head. Beer is actively carbonated. Having already had the 6 I decanted the 8 so that most of the sediment stayed in the bottle.

Aroma of rich brown bread with just a hint of chocolate and molasses.

Mouthfeel: decent

Taste: Similar to the 6, although not quite as sweet; brown sugar and a faint taste of plums.

Notes: My 2nd Trappiste. Decent but ultimately disappointing.

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Photo of BeerDocT
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chilled la Trappe goblet.

Appearance 4.0: Poured out an opaque dark caramel color...almost a dark honey color like a locust or spring mix honey. Nice, 1/2" head quickly faded, leaving a foam on top. Nice lacing.

Smell 4.0: Lovely nose on this beer. Acetone scents along with a sharp, fruity tartness help to somewhat cover up the scents of Belgian yeast, a hit of boozy bubblegum and a certain scent of corn.

Taste 4.0: Front is dry. Almost non-existent. Middle is where this really unique taste of toasted grains, malt, noble hops -all perfectly balanced and wonderfully smooth-- seeps in from the edges of the palate and then washes over the center of the palate only to quickly fade away into dryness. Finish is wonderfully warming and slightly sweet with a deep taste of noble hops, barley malt and sweet adjuncts (corn, rice, etc.).

Mouthfeel 4.0: Balanced and complementary to the taste of the beer.

Overall 4.0: Outstanding beer. The taste levels, the bouquet, the mouthfeel all combine to make this a brew worth tracking down. These Belgian Darks I have been reviewing all represent many hundreds of years of brewing acumen and this lovely brew is no exception. This beer would be excellent for sessioning or simply savoring in fron of a roaring fire. Recommended.

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Photo of PBoegel
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer again very recently, 2-12-09. I found it to be much more complex and well rounded than my first tasting. A lot more depth of character in aroma and taste. Subtle but delicious. A more mineral character than I first recalled and something I found that I first very much loved in Chimay's beers when I first had them some 15 years ago. The sugar and malt dry out to a chalkiness combined with dry fruit tones. A beer worth cellaring and tasting as it ages.


When I first really began getting into beer in the mid 90s living in Manhattan, Belgium came my way via Chimay, Corsendonk and an occasional St. Sebastians.

This is actually the first time I have had a Rochefort 8 as over time I became skeptical of almost all European imports and their freshness in the bottle.

Poured in a Chimay goblet, the beer is dark, muddy brown with a faint but evident light cream white head that manages to stay on top the whole drinking experience, likely from the nucleation points.

My honker was having a hard time last night, first things picked up seemed like some staling cardboard oxidative notes, but as the beer warmed and the alcohol rose out of the glass, light herbal notes, earthy grains, some light raisiny and dried fruit. Kept hitting a sniff all the way through, some malty tones begin to rise up but most dominant is the rose like alcohol combo.

Flavor and mouthfeel was more complex with a predominate alcohol warming, but not overbearing. Smooth, drinkable no hot tang, but seemed to be missing a little magic touch from a great Belgian.

Other flavors are of burnt brown sugar, maple, light chocolate notes, sour cherries and some caramel and cream notes.

Not knocking this beer by any means, this is one I will visit again, would love to try it on draft or get to a definitely fresh or well stored bottle. Even with some slight handling flaws evident this beer is still to be examined multiple times.

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Photo of Airedoggie
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Chestnut Brown, murky. Off-white head. Low Retention and thin lacing.

S: Malty smell like roasted caramel, complex with hint of oak.

T: Almost pungent, toffee-like, malty with spices & hops. Even a sweet chocolaty note that finishes very dry.

M: Effervescent, carbonated, full-bodied and dry.

D: The high alcohol content, dryness and astringency make this more of a sipping brew. it would go nicely with a hearty meal.

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Photo of simonjohansson
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell: sweet and somewhat "smooth" smell; dried fruits, some almonds, some spices (almost like Orval?).

Taste: sweet taste of dried fruits (raisin, plum), almonds and sugar, and figs as well. Some bitterness, but this beer has a soft and smooth character, except for the alcohol.

This is great stuff, but the alcohol is a bit annoying.

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
4.3 out of 5 based on 5,234 ratings.
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