Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

5,288 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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Photo of Reaper16
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz. bottle -- best by Oct. 14, 2014 -- served into a tulip glass

Pours rusty copper, penny looking shade of brown. It's pretty darn opaque -- even before the yeast gets poured in -- but you can just make out the significant streams of carbonation screaming up to the top. The effervescence on this beer is very apparent. A gentle pour yields three fingers of frothy, but also loose and soapy, buttermilk colored head. The lacing is a touch restrained given the size of the head, but that may be a glassware cleanliness issue more than anything. A very, very nice looking beer.

Rochefort 8 has one of the more intriguing noses I've come across in a long time in the BSDA style. I immediately get a strong array of botanical flavors being thrown off by the yeast. Aromas of lilac bushes and lavender bars of soap come across pretty clearly. After my nose gets used to those smells, it keys in on the more familiar malt scents: caramel, boiled peanuts, a bit of cocoa powder. There's some dates, some nutmeg. A bit of a fruitcake component. All in all, it's a malt-forward BSDA whose subtle botanical aromas lend it the complexity needed to earn a 4.0 score.

That malt-forward nature definitely carries through on the palate. Baked dark bread and a not-insignificant amount of caramel provide the beer's spine. Of course there are some fruity esters: dates and cherries most prominent. Most interesting to me is a particular herbal-meets-sweet flavor that I haven't tasted in any other beer. It took me a minute to place that flavor, but then it hit me: horehound candies. Rochefort 8 strikes a good balance between spices (nutmeg, clove) & phenols, herbs, malt and ester. The only issue that I have with it is that the alcohol is pretty noticeable.

The effervescence is off the charts on this beer. The carbonation feels very active on the tongue, but it's not prickly. It's soft; the beer feels like a cloud in your mouth.

Overall, this beer is a very nice BSDA. It's nearly in the elite tier of the style. It is subtle and complex and unique. That says a lot.

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

Pours a dark brown, mahogany color; fluffy tannish head. Great lacing in the glass.

Smell is mainly deep, deep malt, with the presence of dark fruit (Fig, plum, some cherry), and molasses sweetness.

Very malty flavor. There is also quite a biting alcohol and peppery finish. Noted presence of molasses, cherry, fig, and a bit of black currant are all there as well. On the whole, however, lacking a bit in complexity due to the fact that the strong malt pull overwhelms everything else that is going on here.

Mouthfeel is marked by medium carbonation, full flavor, and stinging bite.

Overall, this beer leaves me a bit disappointed. Don't get me wrong, it is flavorful. But on the whole there is just something missing. Mainly it is the lack of complexity commonly found among fine Trappist brews. Still, a nice beer, just not 'world class' in my opinion.

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

Pours a deep coffee brown, opaque (despite leaving most of the yeast in the bottle), with lighter amber brown at the edges. Pretty minimal light tan head, all big bubbles, that dissipated quickly, leaving a thin layer of foam on the surface and little lacing.

Smells of dark fruits, prunes and dates. All sweet strong malty odors up front. The expected yeast aroma comes in next, with a bit of bite from the alcohol. It smells like a rich, sweet, strong, full-flavored Belgian ale, which is exactly what I'm looking for.

Similar to the smell, the taste is all rich chewy caramel malts. The dark fruit flavors are pronounced. It has a delicious tangy, peppery finish that I really like (courtesy of that Belgian yeast?). There are a lot of other subtler flavors hiding in there, but I'm having a hard time pulling them out due to the carbonation.

Medium- to heavy-bodied, with the thick chewiness of a doppelbock. But it feels overcarbonated, just too many bubbles dancing on my tongue, distracting me from the flavors.

A very good strong Belgian ale, full-flavored, malty, and delicious. The big downside is the high carbonation, which detracts from my enjoyment of all those smooth fruit flavors.

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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 claytong
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It was a little lighter than I expected, a bit thin comparatively. For being unfiltered it has amazing clarity and the appearance was incredible. It was really easy to get down, which doesn't say much since in general when it's tasty I can knock it down even barleywines. This was light though, at 9.2 I barely noticed the alcohol. Seemed like it couldve been 5 or 6.
The notes are softer than I wouldve like, but stayed in the mouth very nicely.
for 5 bucks its something you definitely have to try. just dont get a beer from the pub and get this guy instead.

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Photo of Janderson91
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No idea when this one was bottled. Poured into a snifter. Enjoyed on 03/30/11.

A - A dark brown/red muddy cloudy color. A two finger off-white head forms and quickly dissipates to a thin layer. Leaves little lacing. Floaties are everywhere.

S - Dark fruits, bubblegum, Belgian yeast, dark fruits some more and candy sugar. Very interesting aroma. I like it.

T - Dark fruits and nutty malts initially. Cherry tartness almost. Along with some Belgian spiciness and the finish is very sugary sweet balanced by some alcohol burn. This thing is complex and definitely a sipper.

M - Mouthfeel is good. Medium-creamy body with prickly carbonation.

O - Overall this is an excellent beer. Very unique for sure, I quite enjoyed it.

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

Slightly cloudy in the bottle when held to the light. Poured into a New Belgium tulip glass. Thick frothy head; cream colored. Medium lacing and fingers around glass and edges. Dark brown in color with less lights looks almost black. Sweet caramel and belgian hops stand out the most to me with the smell. There is a hint of alcohol as well. Unbelievable taste. The cara malts and candy really stand out. It has a bit of a sweet beginning toning out to a mellow middle finishing very refreshing. Not dry or sweet. Definitely begging you to drink more. Lots of carbonation dancing around the mouth tingling the tongue and cheeks. Perfect balance of texture in the mouth. Not to watery or thick; just right. I don't think its quite as good as the 10 but it sure as hell is close. I will just rate them the same. I will say the 10 seems to mask the alcohol a little better than the 8.

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

330ml bottle. I have been able to taste this and Westlvleteren 8 in the span of a couple of days... How good beer can be cannot be explained

A- Very dark brown with visible yeast floating around, giving the beer some haziness. Light brown and small bubbled creamy head that shows very good retention and nice lacing

S- The aroma is mostly from malts; you can get both caramel and roasted malts, but they are nicely blended. The mix of them gives some kind of rum like aroma. A lot of fruit hints are underlined (prune, dried fruit, maybe orange)

T- Malts are dominant but somehow there's not just sweetness. There are both a roasted feel and some bitter notes that give this beer a very nice complexity. Sugar brings balance and prevents excessive bitterness on the tongue. And then of course there are the sweet flavours, mainly on the palate: prune and dried fruit as the smell suggested, along with caramel. You may also get some faint alcoholic notes on the tongue. The end is more bitter and spicy, with alcoholic notes growing in strength

M- Strong body and amazing creamy smoothness. Carbonation is low but good for a beer that is mainly based on it's creamy texture. A very nice sweet aftertaste stays on the back of the palate: the only thing you want is another sip

O- A perfect beer, with great drinkability and complexity. It's bitter feeling, not so common in a strong dark ale, may be a bit confusing, but this is an awesome beer

A flawless beer, maybe not a mindblowing one, but taste, complexity and great drinkability are those of a great one

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, with a nice 1 finger caramel head. Looking forward to trying this one for the first time. It looks almost as good as the 10, maybe .5 off. Great smelling beer too- raisins, figs, fruit, spice, malt and alcohol come into play. Very similar to the 10 in smell if I remember correctly. The taste of this beer is exceptional- all the smells come into play here. Nice malt backbone, and everything is blended perfectly. Truly one of the better beers I've experienced. I'll have to have this and the 10 side by side at some point. Mouthfeel is amazing- Just right for this beer. All in all, a world class beverage- looking forward to trying this one again next to the 10.

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

Poured from bottle into goblet

A: Pours a dark brown with some sediment that settles. A substantial head with nice lacing. noticeably more carbonation than their 10 quad as expected.

S: Not as much character as the 10 here and im guessing this will transfer to taste as well. But still getting lots of toffee and those same figs and raisins but more subtle here.

T: The dark fruits transfer to the palate and the carbonation is actually an appreciated feature. Still getting the deep sugars and molasses.

MD: More drinkable than the 10 for me but not as much as the 6. But hey i'm a double fan over triple and quads. For what it is, it is exceptional. Very velvety texture. recommended.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lot like Rochefort 10, but more watered down. A nice dark brown with mocha head that fades fast. Lots of dark fruits, plums, dark cherry, and dates. Caramels, toffee, and chocolates. Toasted bread, pears. The nose follows. Hints of woody, nutty, earthy notes. Very malty. Delicious.

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

11.2 oz bottle (fresh) poured into a big snifter. Clear, unsaturated brown with a creamy medium light brown head. The head retention is good for the glass and lacing is poor as expected (the glass, again). Very dark chunky sediment is carefully avoided.

The aroma was very very potent to begin. It could be called saturating, or even numbing if you go too close... sniff at a safe Scotch like distance! Fresh baked fruit dessert, specifically pear, contained sweetness, and spice (especially apparent after knowing that there is some coriander in it). Slightly sweet on palate with plenty of freshly caramelized sweetness in the aftertaste. Signature Rochefort. Medium body, ample carbonation, clean and dry finish, long aftertaste, dangerous drinkability. Slight bitterness noted at the end. Floral notes at times, very very delicate. Dark fruit emerges with warmth. What a yeast!

Rochefort should be an adjective in beer vocabulary. Very similar in character to 10, but less tannic and certainly thinner. On the up side, alcohol is less interfering too.

Scores -- Appearance: 4, Aroma: 4, Taste: 4, Mouthfeel: 4.5, Overall: 4.5

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

This is a very dark and hazy brown. The creamy tan head started out almost overflowing from the glass but dissipated some and held it for quite a while.

The aroma is pretty enticing. It is heavy in yeast, but also fruity (think dates and plums). These translated very well into the taste with a bit of added caramel as well.

I really enjoyed this a lot and would definitely drink it again.

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Photo of cbutova
3.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decided to treat myself tonight for the "holiday." Been waiting on the 8 and 6 for a long time, the 8 goes tonight. 21.04.15 means this is almost a year old (I think).

Opens with probably the loudest burst of air I have ever heard from a 12oz. I immediately imagined bottle bomb but I am lucky tonight.

A- Dark brown body with a massive, foamy light tan head. This thing almost bursts out of my snifter! It falls to about one finger and retains there for a long time. Some suds stick and a few spots of lace.

S- Sweet brown sugar deep caramel malt comes to mind immediately, I feel like it will be extra sweet. Candi sugar? I also get some nice dark fruit, raisins, yeast spices, fresh bread and that signature Rochefort yeast profile. Some vanilla with warmth, making it very nice.

T- Once again I get a lot of sweetness, brown sugar feel. Raisins and fig/dark fruit work their way in along with spice, bread, vanilla and caramel.

MF- Silky feel with smooth carbonation at a moderate level. Certainly some alcohol warmth but it works out nicely.

DB- I like the overall flavor but it is just too sweet in my opinion. I usually never complain about sweetness either, cloying to me. Either way, it is a well made beer with one flaw that drags it down a bit.

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

2010 bottle, served cool in a St. B goblet. A casual pour yielded a finger of light beige head situated atop a cloudy brown liquid the color of cider in the fall. The head faded fast leaving little to no lacing.

The aroma was rich with sweet malt, candied dark fruit and an earthiness that invoked images of being outdoors in a forest. The taste followed the nose closely - figs and plums, sugary sweet malts and a slight spiciness with a light alcohol finish.

The mouthfeel was pleasant. It was full bodied, with medium (but pronounced) carbonation. Overall it was a very satisfying beer to sit and slowly enjoy.

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Photo of Stang895
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is delicious. Its actually milder than many of the Belgian Ales. Its rich mahogany color and 1/8th in head has created a very nice looking beer. Small particles of yeast have affixed themselves to the bottle. Its very drinkable and a must have for the beer aficionado.

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Photo of stckhndlr
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Beige head on top of a murky body with floating sediment throughout. Wonderful looking beer.

S- Malts, sweets, dark fruit.

T- Oh how good it is. Belgian yeasts and sweet dark fruit just as the smell. Malty caramels. These monks know what they are doing over there in Belgium.

M- Has a medium thick creamy texture that is just as smooth as ever.

D- Very.

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Photo of WetCoaster
3.33/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Well, based on the "good until" date -- if I'm reading it correctly -- this is actually quite fresh. Let's see how it goes.

Appearance: Clear oxblood brown with a tan, fizzy head. Retention is OK, but it quickly recedes to a thin skin of froth.

Smell: Surprisingly bright and spicy. The malt is actually in the background, instead overcome by apple fruitiness and a rather run-of-the-mill clove spice; there just doesn't seem to be much here. I'm also getting an odd tobacco aroma that I can't really place.

Mouthfeel: Again, a bit underwhelming. The mouthfeel, given the big ABV and style, is very light and crisp -- perhaps even a bit overcarbonated.

Taste: Well, on the plus side, the alcohol is very nicely disguised. However, the taste is, wow, I really can't believe I'm saying this, but a bit bland, frankly. There's a vague caramel maltiness, a bit of fruit (fig, raisin, apple), some dextrose sugar sourness, but as was once famously quoted, "there's no there there." It's just all ends and corners; there's no middle.

Drinkability: I'm stunned. The 10 is a marvel, one of the richest, most complex, absolutely delicious beers the planet has to offer; it's amazing. This -- which I assumed would be its little brother -- is an entirely different animal. And that's not good, because it's a fizzy, thin, somewhat drab animal, and it ain't cheap.

It is spring, so perhaps my sinuses are a bit compromised, but I just don't think this is quite what I hoped it would be. I'd pony up the extra two bucks and go for the mindblowing 10 instead.

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Photo of fastsrt
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured 11.2 ounce bottle in a challace

A: deep amber, beige head, looks sexy.

S: bright not as rich as the 10 but thats not always a bad thing.

T: spicy, yeasts come through, there is no booze what so ever just a complex enjoyable drink.

M: perfect.

D: smooth smooth. and a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of peensteen
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep brown with light mahogany hues in the light, 1 1/2 fingers of tight white head, fluffy, good retention and good lacing. Smells of rich dark fruit, raisin, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, light candy sweetness, yeast, dark bread and a hint of alcohol. Taste is of Dark fruit, brown sugar, fig, plum, raisin, sweet sugary notes and a touch of warming alcohol. Medium, slightly creamy, smooth as silk and a good feel on the palate. Excellent stuff, rich and complex but still subtle and approachable, ABV well hidden, lush and enjoyable. Truly a world class beer.

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

Hazy metallic brown with a tan to off-white, three finger head. The head remains through many sips.

Very yeasty and fruity aroma. Overripe fruit and doughy bread. Dates, pears, bananas, apples. Alcohol is present too.

Taste follows the aroma but slighty more mellow and dry. Crisp and full. More bready than fruity but the fruit is very present. Mutligrain sourdough with baked apples, raisins and dates.

Delicious and complex. Fruity and refreshing. Drinks fully but not heavy.

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Photo of 7UCK
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apperance- The appearance of this is something of a Brown/ Autumn red hue. Nid 2 finger head.

Smell- Smell of something of a mixture of plum or raisens, almost something of a cherry.

Taste- Vewry unique and amazing taste. Something or a fruity, and spicy flavor.

Mouthful- Wonderful, the carbonation was very pronounced.

Drinkablity- I would drink this all ay everyday. Very satisfying.

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Photo of SuperSpy
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes out of the bottle a hazy brown. The head is huge, tan, super fluffy and is here to stay.

The aroma is bread, a hint of caramel, brown sugar, pear and fig.

Very smooth and a bit creamy. This beer packs an unbelievable amount of complex flavors. There is apple cider, black cherries, chocolate, dark bread, brown sugar and still more. The flavor then transitions to where the dark sweet flavors are in the background and the alcohol, phenols, clove like spice and an earthy semi-dry finish bring the sip to its end. The aftertaste has a character similar to a highly sweetened, light roast coffee. Three people drinking this beer would probably identify fifteen different flavors. It's altogether sweet and complex in the beginning but then earthy, spicy and dry in the finish.

This is a great beer. Anyone that loves Belgian strong darks will love this beer. Anyone that is a fan of dark, complex flavors will love this beer. Anyone that's a fan of beer should love this beer.

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Photo of KajII
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Best served in a Trappist glass]

Poured a unfiltered muddy brown with bits yeast particles floating in it with a large light brown creamy head that had excellent lacing. The aroma was quite intense of sweet chocolate malts and an earthy yeast with notes of molasses, figs and plums. It tasted smooth and sweet with a slight acidic-alcohol flavor in the beginning and ended slightly sweet with hints of chocolate, dried friut and a mild alcohol aftertaste that lasted quite a while. Mouthfeel was medium to full in body and very creamy yet oily in texture with a surprisingly lively carbonation. Overall I can sum it up in one word, YUM!!!!

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Photo of nickfl
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with a two finger head of off-white foam on top of a dark brown body with little light showing through. the head actually seems to grow rather than settle and it develops large bubbles and meringue like peaks that leave thick, sticky lace on the glass.

S - Spicy notes of caramel and dark brown sugar with a bit of plum.

T - Lots of toffee up front with allspice and some clove. More caramel notes come out in the middle along with a bot of brown sugar and some light molasses. The beer finishes with toffee and darker caramel as well as a hint of chocolate. Lingering toffee, brown sugar, and chocolate.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - Very drinkable, complex, and surprisingly dark. There is a whole lot of toffee throughout both the aroma and flavor with spicy notes that are not quite as fruity as I would have expected. The clove in particular is quite strong and blends well with the toffee and brown sugar. The beer finishes very dry, but with just enough sweetness to keep the caramel from tasting burnt. Not as intense as the 10, but good nonetheless.

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
4.3 out of 5 based on 5,288 ratings.
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