Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

5,258 Ratings
Trappistes Rochefort 8Trappistes Rochefort 8

Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort

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 taez555
3.41/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a huge foamy whitehead with a dark opaque brown body.

The nose was a mix of alcohol, garbage, soft chocolate and malt.

Taste was very grassy and tea like. Medium to A sour and very present bitterness. Lots of dark and very muted caramel and chocolate malts. Sort of like someone turned the volume down on the dark roasted flavor. Mild dark fruit tones, some yeast and malt. A large carbonation that needs it’s time to settle.

Overall a very tasty trapist ale, not the greatest, but basically decent. The carbonation really overpowered the taste.

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Photo of blackie
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour into my snifter creates an off white 1" head composed of big bubbles. The beer is a dark burnished copper color.

smell: Aromas of licorice and dark sugars are present. Some yeasty notes are present, along with some light fruits (banana, date, pear). The hops are spicy and clean. Only a moderate EtOH sharpness is noticeable.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the lower end of the high range and the body is light, but not watery.

taste: Loads of light fruity flavors tease the tongue...making themselves known but never revealing their variety to me. A very slight yeastiness perhaps. The hops are very low and provide only a tiny amount of bitterness, but that is all that is needed. Not a bit of EtOH can I find.

drinkability: Way too drinkable for a beer of this abv. Flavorful to boot.

Delightfully complex, but not overbearing. Printed on the label are the characters L 29 06 10 followed by 07:43 below.

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

Dated 14/09/10, it's less than 3 months old (No worries, I've picked up another 12 or so to age in the cellar!).

A: Ruby-brown. Off-white, bubbly head, slightly fluffy. Some retention and lace.

S: Caramel, raisins, figs, prunes. Very Belgian.

T: Very well balanced. A little chocolate up front, plenty of fig, raisin, prune flavours (Belgian special B malt?), along with some extra fruityness from the yeast. Slightly bready. Warming, sherry-like aftertaste. Very nice.

M: Moderate body, moderately high carbonation.

D: Very well rounded and approachable, with plenty of depth to the flavour. This could almost be a session beer.... but you'd REALLY regret it in the morning!

Fruitier, and not as much chocolate flavour as the Rochefort 6... à chacun, son goût!

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an impenetrable chocolate color with lots of visible yeast chunks bouncing of the sides of the glass. The huge head gradually recedes to a cap the drapes the glass with sheets of foam. The aroma is a blissful mix of ripe dark fruit and berries, caramel and spicyness. The taste is much the same with banana bread, pepper and and pear notes. This is one hell of a complex beer. The mouthfeel is thick and prickly with carbonation. The alcohol is warming, especially in the long finish. Hops are restrained throughout.

The is a malty, infinitely complex beer. Truly a beer to be sipped and savoured. Its better than I expected. Even better then the 10 to me.

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Photo of scriabin
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a lovely dark copper brown color and a thin head. The smell is quite interesting, a mix of hops and chocolate and other flavors. The taste is very rich, a flavorful mix of hops and a little bitterness. I think my bottle was a little on the cold side for me, this would be much better at close to room temperature.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber in color with big bubbles and a head that falls quickly to a single bubble sustaining film. Wow, this smells exactly like a port. There’s some big fig smell with some white raison and tootsie roll. My mind is telling me that there’s alcohol here, but it’s wonderfully camouflaged. Tastes like some sort of divine dopplebock. There’s a cola like caramel, some prunes and a nice lime finish. There are also a few slight spices mixed in here. Really warmed up my stomach too. The mouth feel was a big disappointment. The carbonation kept stealing the flavor, so frustration is giving this a lower rating. This is a very nice beer.

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Photo of wingnutter
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer aint much to look at. Dark and cloudy, with a coke-like small head. Letting it sit in the goblet for a minute, the very center is actively foaming, forming a small peak in the middle. Interesting.

Smells great. Brown sugar, earthy, alcohol.

Teste: Upon first sip, I get a wine-like, slightly dry aftertaste. This beer tastes pretty good. Malt, raisins, caramel, alcohol. Maybe a slight nutiness. Not much else yet.

I detect an underlying sweetness, like dark fruits maybe (cherries? figs?)

Feels a little thin. Maybe its the carbonation, I dont know.

Pretty good, but Ill have to revisit in the future.

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Photo of andjusticeforale
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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

330 bottle into Rochefort goblet- which while being beautiful, I find to wide and shallow for my taste. Though, no doubt the best looking beer glass I own.

A: A hazy, caramel brown. Very little head from the careful pour which subsides to a ring.

S: malt, molasses, candied sugar, dark flesh fruit

T: malt sweetness and oh so smooth. sugar, richer thicker sugars like molasses/caramel. slightly vinous in a port/sherry fortified way. vague prune and fig notes mixed with a little plum. more and more malt followed by a little prickly spice as it warms.

M: smooth yet playful, perfect carb. level. malt creaminess coats the whole mouth.

D: Exceptional-except for the hefty price tag

this beer deserves much less thinkin and much more drinkin...Im off.

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

330 ml bottle, served just below cellar temperature in a chalice. Pours a deep garnet/brown with a 2 finger tan head of variable sized bubbles, looking pillowy soft while subsiding to a half inch of very fine foam that leaves lots of beautiful lacing. Smells fruity sweet - like a fruit roll-up (black cherries?, currants?). Tastes very much the same but with notes of alcohol and medicinal phenols, anise, chocolate, some hops and hop bitterness, caramel?, melons?, apples?. A lot of guesswork on this beer - the flavors are hard to pinpoint, but they smell and taste kinda like a sweet candy. It has a body that is thick and smooth, and although it is a good beer, after the 10 I had really high expectations for their other beers or thought they might taste similar. This one's good in a different way than the 10, but still doesn't compare to it.

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Photo of atigerlife
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review updated 5/3/09:

33cl bottle poured into a Rochefort chalice. Bottle dated 8/2/03, 9:30 [2.25 years old].

Poured a very large, fluffy light brown head. Beer is dark brown with a tinge of red. 2-finger creamy/fluffy light brown head. Very good lacing and lasting power. Beautiful.
The smell is of plums, raising, figs, brown sugar. Very earthy. Malty and yeast presence.

The taste is fantastic and complex. Very rich. Malts. Molasses. Dark cherries, figs. I slight, perfectly balanced bitterness at the end. The alcohol is present, but not overpowering [especially considering its ABV]
The mouthfeel is very good. Perfect carbonation, smooth. Overall, this is an exceptional beer. I had this with some very good steak and BBQ'd vegies. Absolutely perfect match! Wow!

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Photo of Sephiroth
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with small head that doesn't last long. Smells fruity, yeasty, and bready.

Taste is complex and fruity. A toasted biscuit character is also there. The hops are very understated, but they are noticed. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth. Sessionably drinkable.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer positively frothed out of the bottle to form a big head topping a very deep dark brown body. The nose is subdued fruit notes and old leather. The taste is truly remarkable; complex earthy body with a dryish finish. The plummy flavours taste aged and regal. This is a beer that can stop you dead in its tracks by its bigness and complexity. Freakin brilliant.

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Photo of dalion037
4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is really an exceptional beer. From the first sip to the last it is very enjoyable. Great hops and a nice after taste. It leaves you craving another and another. The biggest problem was running out before I got my fill. Buy it! Drink it! If you can find it.

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Photo of BeerNutta
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was good but a little dissapointing. Rochefort 10 is much better in my opinion.

A = Dark brown with a thin foam head that slowly dissapates. When lifted into the light, you can see a slight red tint.

S = Sweet bubblegum. It just smelt like sweet bubblegum.

T = Inital taste of plums and prunes with a slight bubblegum tinge, that mellows into a alcoholic warmth when the beer gets warmer.

M = This is where it lets itself down a bit. Very lightly carbonated and very watery thin. Its as if this is Rochefort 10 light.

D = Still a great beer. Not as complex as the 10 but a great beer none the less.

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Photo of DrainBamage
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown color with a hint of red. Has a nice quarter inch head. Has a mild fruity and maly smell. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated yet smooth. Taste is unbelievable. It's lightly hopped and the spices and malts are perfectly balanced. The alochol is well hidden and very deceiving. You'd never guess it's 9.2 abv. This is one spectacular beer. It's just as good as Rochefort 10. No beer drinker will want to miss this one.

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Photo of becktone
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours to be a nice dark color. When held up to the light one can tell that it is an orange/red/brown color. It produced a moderate sized creamy looking head that quickly dissipated to a lacing and film over the top of the beer. When agitated the head becomes a little thicker. The factor that this head looks creamy really makes this beer look appetizing, The lacing also contributes to that. I also noticed when I was pouring it that there was some sediment in the bottom of the bottle, I was careful not to pour it into my glass. Not that it would hurt anything, but most people really don't want chunks of sediment in their beer.

In this beer the strongest aroma I detect is a malty one to be sure. The sweet aroma of vanilla is dominant over all other aromas of this beer. I really don't detect much of a hoppy smell at all here. The smell is easy to pick out and over all one doesn't have to work hard to smell any type of aroma this beer offers.

This brew has a complex flavor. As indicated by the aroma, most of the flavor in this beer is sweet, not much bitterness here. The first thing I taste is a sweet flavor. Its really hard to describe the overall taste of this beer but in it I do detect vanilla, and a coffee bean taste. I also detect the hops in the flavor of this beer as well, however the bitterness that they offer is short lived. I taste it on the back of my tongue right after the beer is swallowed. That taste is soon replaced by the taste of vanilla, which slides from the front to the back of the mouth, and in turn leaves a coffee bean aftertaste in the mouth. I would also like to note that now as my beer is warming up a bit more the hops become more pronounced, the bitterness is stronger, but still held in check by the overall sweet, malty flavor of this beer.

The mouthfeel of this beer is excellent. It is full bodied and fairly high in carbonation. As I have said with other Belgian Strong Dark Ales I believe that higher carbonation adds to the overall character of the beer. If there were less carbonation it might taste as if the beer were flat. The beer also leaves and oily feeling on my tongue after I have swallowed it, perhaps this is one of the reasons why the taste still lingers in my mouth for a bit (longer than most) after I have swallowed it. I would definitely buy this brew again. It is an excellent beer and is definitely one of my favorites (out of the few styles/beers I have had at this point).

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

The even, off white head springs forth like Cokes in his scene from "Crouching Hops, Hidden Malt".. It eventually dies back down, leaving large wet lace that clinges to the glass like Willis to Tarrantino. Underneath is a hazy brownish orangish earwax coloured liquid.

The smell is yeasty brown sugary earthy spicy.

The flavour is a bit thinner than expected (yet not quite as thin as the plot of "Pay It Forward"), but still complex. There's an almost ashy earthiness up top, with a dry spiciness and some fruity notes over on the side. There are some chocolate and coffee notes up front, and some spiciness at the end.

A little fizzier than expected up top- with a medium liquid down below.

The drinkability isn't quite as good as expected (much like the end scene of "Suicide Kings")...but it;s not bad. The high carbonation is the thing that puts me off more than anything else. Not bad, but definitely not my faovurite brew. I prefer the 10.

Be well

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a brown color with a lot of visible floaties. The head is unimpressive. It is small and white, and disappears within seconds. I started writing this review the moment I set the glass down after I poured the beer, and the head was gone before I was finished typing the opening sentence. All that is left now is a thin ring around the edge, and a thin cirrus cloud of foam on top. Caramel, and dark fruit dominate the aroma, while spices linger in the background. It is not what I would expect from a Belgian strong dark ale, but it is not unpleasant either. The taste is quite fruity with caramel tones. Spices and alcohol don't voice themselves until the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is not my favorite Belgian strong dark ale. I think that the extra fruitiness of this beer would be easier for me to like if it were spicies.

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

Pours dark brown with large bubble head that fades quickly.

Strong alcohol, almost mediciney which is probably accented by the spicey bitterness. But there are sweet malts and brown sugar with molassas flavors present. Medium to full body with good carbonation. Oddly enough, the alcohol, which gives it that medicine quality, makes this rather drinkable with it's warming quality.

Decent beer, but not terribly impressive.

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Photo of budsboy
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle marked 200207. From what I could gather, July 2002 bottling. Web site says good through "bottling date - 5 years."

Poured a cloudy, reddish amber with a then tan head. A slab of dark dregs tumbled down the neck but stayed in the bottle.

Vinous aroma, plum, dark fruit and spice (coriander). Hardwood aroma in there.

Oak and alcohol going in. A rush of sweet dark fruit. Bittering toward the end. Quite amazing how this changes. Wine-like fruit qualities dominate but other flavors are easy to detect.

Full and clean in the mouth. Low carbonation.

A complex beer. Flavors change in the mouth and as it warms. Truly enjoyable and one I will buy whenever I can. It would be great to age some.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice bottle. Simple and old looking. This beer’s gimmick is that is has no gimmick. Label says drink by 2009, just how strong is this beast???

The 8 pours a weak coffee brown with vivacious internal tsunamis but almost no head. Looks kind of like the Wisconsin River during an august storm. Loads of suspended, unsettling sediments. These little yeasties are pissed and they’re not going to sit down and let you drink them. They’re going to swim about like drunken frogmen until you down the last gulp.

The aromas are umpteen. Bananas attack the nose straight away. Surprisingly there’s a touch of citrus in the 8, which is weird since this is such are darkish beer. The rest of the nose is pear schnapps, dirty figs, and booze.

Texture is Smooth and lotiony like the wax in a sweaty hobo’s ear, only in a good way. The malts are practically behemothic with about a kilo of brown sugar. I’m getting a bit of sweet potato tempura in here too and plenty of all that stuff that I found in the nose. This beer plays with my tongue like the first older woman I ever kissed, professional and experienced. Slightly medicinal with a pinch of cloves or some other spice. Perfectly balanced.

I could drink this one into the new year and I might since I’m heading to Europe for the new year.

My first experience with Rochefort and I’m thrilled. I can’t wait to try the 10 that’s waiting for me in the fridge.

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Photo of twilight
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark plum color with a head of fine bubbles. Looks spectac in my St. B glass. Aroma is of chocolates, plums, fruits, yumminess. Taste is big chocolate, a sweetness and fruitiness do die for and a finish that is akin to dark chocolate and a dryness that is completely unexpected. It's almost tart and vinuous. Yeah, it's dry and chocolatey and a bit sour and bittersour in the dry finish. It's complex and... I don't know. I can't tell, but it's very fascinating. No notes of spices, but it's quite spectacular. Mouthfeel is good, fine bubbles dissipating on the tongue and leaving the chocolate. Drinkability? One could kick these back all night... Excellent overall.

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Photo of TPoling
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle it pours a murky brown into a tulip glass with very little head. There is a big alcohol and candied fruit aroma with some bread yeast.

The first taste brings sweetened dried fruit, alcohol, and a hint of apple, prunes and currants. It numbed the roof of my mouth with the spiciness and the complexity just kept on going for a long finish and changing depth the more it warmed with time and touch.

Rochefort 8 is an excellent bottled beer that is probably even more divine served up on tap in the town of the monestary with the appropriate accompanying cheeses.

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Photo of Ego
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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2 full fingers of offwhite fluff (large-ish bubbles), dissipatting "reasonably", as dark as brown can be without being black, some of the carbonation looks "suspended" in the brew and there is some sediment on the bottom of the glass, inviting as big brother (the 10), the lacing is great as I go on in the glass.

good carribean rum, the type that reminds you of butter cooked pecans, the type of rum that is $50 for a little bottle... the kind that you imagine being stored in oak barrels on ships, when men were men, and midgets were... um, nevermind, back to the review... in a way it almost smells like someone dumped a shot of 151 in a cheap liquer... but that doesnt sound as sexy.. does it ? underneath the rum smell is some raisin-apple (not sweet) tones, some chocolate as well, this opens up nicely when warming to room temp from cellartemp.

mouth etc...
grainy, the carbonation is mildly prickly but not jumpin', mild hop like spiciness to it, kind of like an IPA in a wierd way but slightly dark fruity ? interesting. the mouth feel is great, spot on for me, not syrupy or thick and not watery.. right there on the edge of a goof mouth full o' beer. The ABV is noticable but not a detractor to me considering all the goodness in the flavor (and flavor/smell combo). tasty.

the ABV keeps this a non session one, but for what it is? tasty. I dont know if I would pair this with anything too strong, it mihgt distract from the complex flavors swirling about. maybe just with basic crackers and cheddar or jarlsberg... or some emmenthaler...

if I had a choice the 10 is better but this one is damn good.

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
4.3 out of 5 based on 5,258 ratings.
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