Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a chalice, the beer is a nutty brown coloring, opaque and muddled, with a low profile, tightly bubbled, cream colored head. Aromas of berries and cherries forward, heavy fruity esters, with some apple and pear in there, as well. Roasted notes, with a toffee and caramel backbone, some subtle spicing of nutmeg and coriander, and some notes of candi sugar. Smells delicious. Flavors are richly sweet and sugary forward, with a roasted toffee backbone supporting a more muted fruit blend of apple and berries, as well as some subtle nutmeg and cinnamon spicing. Fruit cake-ish, but better balanced and unbelievably drinkable. The body is light and smooth, with a subtle carbonation ruffle in the undertones. Candi and fruit aftertaste blending on a caramel linger into the smooth, slick, slow finish. Very nice beer.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.77/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best before Dec 2019, opened Apr 2015

A - Dark mahogany cider brown body. Old paper off-white head with a mixed bubble structure. Outstanding retention and great lace.

S - Caramel, cardamon, musky potpourri, allspice, clove, dust, hay, and cardamon.

T - Surprisingly sharp up front with a shot of bold bitters and a kick of acidity. A caramel and nutty sweetness quickly rises up and overtakes the opening punch. Fruity finish with banana, papaya, vanilla and toffee.

M - Medium light body. Slightly fizzy carbonation.

O - A really nice BDA on the lighter side of the style with great versatility when it comes to food.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.77/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

05/08/06- Purchased at Jackson's Wine and Spirits in Lafayette, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with a best by date of '07. Had this for about two years now. Poured into my Rochefort chalice.

Appearance- Murky pond scum color. Not sure how to describe it. I guess on the thick brown side. Bits of brown yeast that looks like, as my wife describes it, as tobacco spit. Good likening there. Bottle overflowed as it opened, but didn't lose any of it. About a 3/4 inch head topped of the glass nicely. Head dies down soon and really doesn't leave much of any lacing.

Smell- Malty mixture of caramel, dark fruits, nuttyness and some dark chocolate.

Taste- Extremely mellow. Dates and raisins with a lightly alcohol soaked taste. Kind of a milk/dark chocolate mixture. Kinda thin though. In fact much more than I thought it would be.

Mouthfeel- A bit watery, but super smooth. Really low carbonation level.

Drinkability- Was a bit disappointed, but it's still above average. I would buy several others over this one, but would in no way, shape or form, turn one down if offered to me. For the $5 I paid for it though, seems like I was a bit let down.

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Photo of tempest
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle, properly served in a Rochefort glass, at Cafe 28 in Minneapolis. I've been on a dark belgian kick lately and compared to some fine beers, this didnt disappoint. This beer wasn't perfect mind you, I couldn't get much aroma out of it and the carbonation was a bit much unless I was eating. However, while I was eating (spicey pork) it was one of the best pairing I've had in ages.

The flavors of chocolate and caramel blended perfectly with my pork's dark and spicey sauce. There was a hint of fruit in the tase, but I mostly got cocoa and caramel. Like some of the other trappists I've tried, this seemed a mellow but very tasty brew. Could have passed for a quad in my book. I'll have to put this head to head with the 10 some time soon. You should too.

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Photo of WesWes
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a cloudy brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that lasts. The aroma is great. It has a wonderful malt scent that boasts of pale, roasted, and crystal malts. It has a very nice yeast aroma. It's so fruity. It really makes the aroma truely great. The taste is great as well. It has an extremely smooth flavor. The malts and yeast meld together nicely. It mildly fruity with a nice malt base. The alcohol is hidden completely. This is excellent. The finish isn't dry and earthy. It's silky smooth with a bit of esters and malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is perfect. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. Damn, for a 9.2% beer, it went down so quick. This was very enjoyable. I will be revisiting this one soon.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a small snifter.
Nice foamed head that stayed throughout. Dark golden/amber body, reddish tints and some sediment.
Smell was complex. Some light fruit; lemon, pear, and some flower. Also had some darker smells; nut, malt and caramel.
Taste was about the same as the smell, but the citrus was lost and replaced with vanilla hints. Good feel to it, enough tingles to wake up the buds.

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Photo of Gavage
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy brown in color with a 1/2" head. Some light lacing developed through the drink. The aroma is of caramel and yeast. The flavor is complex as the malt flavor was matched with caramel, raisins, chocolate, pepper, and yeast. Very little bitterness.

The mouthfeel is smooth and has a creamy consistency. Medium bodied. The caramel and pepper linger well into the aftertaste. The alcohol is not as noticeable as I thought it would be. Very drinkable and an absolutely enjoyable brew.

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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 DoubleJ
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle enjoyed with dinner, on to the beer:

Ruby brown with caramel and orange hues, this beer sure didn't feel like a strong ale as it's considered. It was mellow and medium bodied with no cloying flavors. Flavor-wise was mostly of figs, and throw in some bits of dark fruit, brown sugar, and oak. Alcohol was disguised well. It was more straight-forward than I was expecting, but still a nice treat to clean up a filet mignon dinner.

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Photo of liamt07
3.53/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2005 vintage, from Sammy. Into a tulip.

Mahogany with a small but solid cap of offwhite head. Nose is potent, loads of nutty liqueur, dark fruits, plums, currants, brown sugar and some alcohol. Taste has some more nutty liqueur with some harsher than anticipated ethanol, oxidized in a light cardboard-y kind of way, and retains only mild dark fruit and brown sugar qualities. Watery feel, and ethanol (almost tequila-like alcohol) comes out again in the finish. Over the hill, and unfortunate. I'll need to try this much younger for reassessment.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.95/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review from 7/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark, dark red amber with massive head and lacing. Dark fruit aroma. Absolutely delicious. Tastes of dark fruit, caramel slightly floral with Belgian yeast and malt. Complex, rich and flavorful. Approaching perfection.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle into a St. Bernardus glass at night. Not sure of the vintage.

A- A dark dirty brown color with some mahogany tones when held towards the light. Not much of a head came up but about 1/4 of an inch of off white foam came up leaving no lace. Not as dirty(sediment wise) compared to Rochefort 10 but still some particles seen.

S- The smell on this was much fainter than R.10 which was expected but R.8 smell is light. Some dark sugars, malts and some dark fruits ever so sly. Raisins and figs this pretty much like the 10 version only significantly lighter.

T- A nicely mixed bag of dark fruit, malts and belgian yeast and spice. Very light apple and pear with candied malts with some cinnamon and other spice. If it was not for the raisin and fig appearence the taste would of been a loss for me, it just was not to full.

M- Extremely light for what this brew looks like not to mention the high abv. I would say on the tail ends of medium bodied with a good supply of carbonation. The light flavors do not intrude your senses for long making this a quick sipper. I wanted more out of this but it is what it is.

D- I will go for the 10 from now on as it is more richer in flavor and feel but this was a great experience. Either way this is high in ABV so no more than 2 in an evening if it is available.

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Photo of Wasatch
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Probably the best brew I've had. Pours a dark reddish color with a really big head which dissappears quickly. Lots of lacing afterwards. Scents of malts, hops, and fruits. 8 has an awesome taste the alcohol content is hidden very well. Mouthfeel is a medium body with a great after taste. This trappist brew is very drinkable. I will buy more of the 8 and get some 10's as well.

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Photo of aasher
1.38/5  rDev -67.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

This beer poured a muddy, murky dark raisin brown in color with a light khaki head which laced the glass. I don't know what to think of the aromas. It's like nothing I've ever smelt from a Belgian dark. It is incredibly "spicy", astringent, and kind of hard to deal with. It's like rubbing alcohol mixed with Thai food. I'm thinking this could be a bad bottle? Possibly infected? I don't know. The flavor too, like rubbing alcohol and spicy, giving me a headache. Oh my god I can't believe this. I'm sooo disappointed! It's nauseating. This bottle is awful, downright awful. It kills me to drain pour. I've had the others before but this is my first "8". Apparently I'll have to try this again. When that time comes I'll revisit this review but WTF. $6 for this experience was horrible, and on my birthday? Come on.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
2.96/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Expiration Date April 2008, Sampled January 2004
Pours a beautiful ruby color. It is vry highly carbonated, which creates a thick creamy light brown-tan head. Aromas of dark fruit, rum, a certain spiciness, faintly musty, and alcolohol are all to be found in the nose. The taste is lightly sweet up front and finishes with a kick of alcohol. This beer has a light body considering the strength (as is characteristic of many Belgian beers), though it is perhaps is on the thin side.

This beer does not even come close to the character & depth of either the 6 or the 10 from Rochefort. A bit dissapointing really. There is some dark fruitiness in the taste, but it is somewhat muted, and there is a musty, perhaps wet cardboard, flavor, which makes me think that perhaps this beer has been mistreated. I can't quite place it as oxidation damage though. This beer should be strong enough to shrug off any rough treatment it recieves during importation though. I will definitely have to try another sample later for a rerate.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz picked up at the Boise Coop on Friday for about $5.. poured into my New Belgium snifter.

Shortlasting light tan head.. marginal lacing.. slightly hazy chesnut/walnut brew.

Aroma is more restrained than the 10.. still.. brown sugar, dark caramel and dried fruit are more than present... some yeasty spiciness. some prunes and very lite clove.

Flavor has much less "Belgian" characteristics than the 10.. some dried cherry fruitiness... dusting of cocoa.. and at the tail end of the palate the spiciness comes much more into play... with a finish of low cloves and spicy albeit low alcohol... light/medium body with an ever present carbonation... fairly complex, but my mind is having a hard time picking out all the nuances.

One of the classics for sure ... I've only had the 8 maybe 5 times, and each time, I appreciate it more and more.. very drinkable and something for your friends who don't like "dark" beer.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Small bottle poured into a flute. A nice unfiltered and unfettered look. Dark brown in color with a nice head and lace.

S. Dark fruits, brown sugar, candi sugar, caramel malts.

T. A nice trappist yeast flavor, fruity esters bording on peach and apple. Sweet sugar and caramel malt. Ghost like hop adds balance.

M. Fuller bodied and slightly chewey.

D. This is a rare treat. Wouldn't drink it all the time, but good to end a session with. Next time I plan to share a bomber with a friend.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle, poured into my Ommegang goblet.

A: Brown with a white/tan head which doesn't stay around as long as I would have liked.

S: Candy sugar upfront, with burnt smells, molasses and raisins, with a hint of alcohol in the end.

T: Molasses dominates, with hints of fig, not overy phenolic, but a nice warming alcohol presence in the finish.

M: Not incredibly robust for a beer of this strengh, but very creamy and enjoyable, very smooth.

D: Drinkability is suprisingly good for a 9.2% ale, not refreshing per se, but not cloying and overly alcoholic making each sip a serious endeavour, like some highly alcoholic brews can be.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this 33cl bottle for some time, but never opened it: I am now in possession of a 2007 Cuve'e one and a half litre bottle, so it's time for this small one to go!

Best before 8th Nov this year, I poured it slowly into a Westmalle chalice, ensuring no sediment left the bottle. The body was a deep amber brown colour, murky and moody looking, the thin head of small bubbles just about covered the whole glass, with stronger depth around the rim forming a collar.

The smell was of old sweaty, yet sweet molasses and treacle.

The taste is also old/sweet, a strange combination of flavours, difficult to differentiate or seperate without waffling.

The rich maltiness from those sweaty molasses contains the alcohol content very well, I had real problems picking up the 9.2% ABV this beer has.

To call it a classic is easy and almost unsporting, but it is exceptional in it's simplicity and elegance: so a classic it is!

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Photo of biegaman
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Straight on gazes prove unyielding. A stony and steadfast burgundy sits staunch and resolute. A white spray has been sandblasted across the top. Backlight will reveal an animated tone of ruby and gorgeous scarlet blush. Rochefort 8 is pure eye candy.

The aura of fruits: both ripe and dried, light and dark. At some point or another its bouquet falls under the influence of raisins, apple, pear, dates, figs, red grapes, and juicy plum. A powerful essence of yeast lays beyond the fruits and seems to outlive them as the beer warms.

As with many Belgian ales the yeast is fascinating in that it features distinctly in all aspects of the beer and yet lends no one specific character. No spice is used but one could easily assume cinnamon, clove, anise, or chamomile and not be far from describing what it is they're tasting.

The taste of yeast also contributes notes of bread pudding, gingerbread cookies and rum cake. Flavours of over-ripe apples and nectarines, as well as raisins are ever present. Although no alcohol is present it reminds one of red wine or, in aged samples, sherry and port.

The yeast is also present in the texture. Combined with the alcohol it procures a very dry beer; all notions of sweet nectarines and summer fruit vanquish quickly and the mouth is left feeling (slightly unpleasantly) cottony. Fortunately there's enough rich malt to make up for it.

I used to love Rochefort 8; I still do, but I used to too. Fresh and aged, I've had delectable experiences with whole crew, numbers 6 through 10. This is a great place to start for anyone beginning to discover Belgian beers and is a frequent revisit for all connoisseurs. World class.

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Photo of Zorro
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled through the efforts of Murrayswine and UTBIF.

Poured in to my Duvel Tulip I get a near clear walnut brown colored ale with a tall tan head that is about Duvel strength.

Smell is quite appetizing. Lots of brown sugar and fig Newton’s aroma in the first sniff. Deeper aromas of vanilla, oak, chocolate, coriander, black pepper, nutmeg, and that is about all I name.

Taste is mildly sweet with a big hit of chocolate at the beginning. Black pepper and spiciness are the next things that hit my tongue. Banana and chocolate seem to mingle in the taste. Not bad but I keep expecting more flavor from this one.

Mouthfeel is quite full and very creamy.

Not bad at all but a bit throttled back in flavor for my tastes. Having said that there aren't that many beers that are better than this. Still this is no Gouden Carolus Carolus D'Or.

Review #900 by the way only 100 to #1000.

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Photo of stevoj
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice medium brown color, with foamy and fast disappearing head. Aroma is of dried fruits. Taste is more of the same and some sweetness. Very drinkable and delicious.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a wine goblet.

Appearance: deep brown with hints of red, opaque; almost like a particularly dark cider in appearance.

Smell: malty, sweet, slightly fruity, with an earthy toastiness of which, I must say, I'm not a huge fan. But it's a subtle enough characteristic not to be completely off-putting.

Taste: big, full malt flavor with lots of caramel notes and even a hint of plum. This is almost like an Imperial Brown Ale to my taste buds. I think it's delicious, but my brain and palate are almost inadequate to comprehend this beer.

Mouthfeel: well-integrated carbonation, but the alcohol adds an astringency which detracts from the creaminess.

Drinkability: I love the flavor, but the high alcohol, dry, astringent finish and complex, sophisticated flavor profile all combine to make this a once-in-awhile sipper at best.

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Photo of John_M
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

High time I reviewed this beer.

The beer pours a murky brown color with sensational head retention and lacing. It doesn't get much better then this. On the nose I get chocolate, brown sugar and maple syrup. The beer smells pretty nice. The flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, though there's also some cherry and spice as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, though there's a lightness on the palate that I appreciate. Drinkability is pretty amazing; I would never guess the abv. is nearly 10%. If anything, this beer is entirely too easy to drink.

This is a solid beer, no doubt, but IMO there is no comparison between it and it's bigger brother, the Rochefort 10. So while this is a nice enough beer, for an extra buck or two, I'll always go with the 10 if it's available.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy opaque Brown with a beautiful beige head that was tight and lasting.

Rich fruitcake aroma with dark cherries, malt and yeast on the nose. Very nice.

Complex very long flavor. Starts with dark cherries and malt up front, and then seemlessly progresses to creamy cocoa, vanilla, and light spice notes and finishes with an alcohol burn. I don't find the alcohol at all unpleasant here- like a sip of cognac after a rich meal.

The mouthfeel is very nice- full and creamy. A tiny bit much carbonation for my taste.

Drinkability is high. The richness, high carbonation, and alcohol burn make it a sipper, but I'll keep sipping.

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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