Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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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 Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a dark brown color, the head is big and tan colored. As it settles there is some light lacing on the glass left behind. The aroma is earthy with a mix of coffee. The taste resembles coffee as well along with some caramel sweetness. The mouthfeel was smooth and not really heavy like some dark beers. There was a lot of sediment in the bottom of the glass after the pour. Overall I though this beer was pretty good.

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Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a hazy brown with a billowing tan head. There are nice snap-crackle-pop sounds while I wait for the gorgeous head to fall a bit so I can pour more. Surprisingly, almost no lacing is left on the glass. Scent is wonderfully complex - lots going on here, but I'm picking up toffee, raisin, maybe a little plum. A tasty malty sweetness (caramel, raisin, plum) comes through strongly, with a slight touch of bitterness in the finish to balance it out. It all fits together perfectly. A mild alcohol taste began to come out more as it warmed. Mouthfeel is rich, creamy, chewy, and absolutely sublime. Just an outstanding beer.

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Photo of flexabull
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Time to get back to Belgium.

Pours vigorously from the bottle, it's a hazy brown color, with a nice big white head.

Aromas are nutty and sweet, with hints of booze and oak. Very pleasant.

Taste starts out nutty, with caramel malt sweetness, and hints of tart fruits. Finish is crisp, dry, a bit boozy, earthy, and warm. Full flavored but not strong, also with wonderful balance.

Mouthfeel is great, very smooth, full bodied, yet not at all heavy.

Overall, this is superb. I glad I spent the money to buy this pricy little bottle, because this is outstanding.

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Photo of DrewV
2.73/5  rDev -37%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a Spiegelau Stemmed Pilsner (tulip) glass. Some unfiltered residue remained in the bottle after a careful pour.

A: A 3-finger off-white head sits atop a dark brown liquid body in the glass. Not much light getting through.

S: Light fruit up front, cherries, some overripe dark fruit, lots of Belgian funk. A curious aroma, not sure if I've encountered this exact smell before.

T: Follows the aroma, only much stronger. More funk, cloyingly sweet, heavy on the malt, but not in a good way. An odd mix of light and dark fruits, in conjunction with a somewhat thin body, make this a wierd combination.

M: Thin body with less carbonation than the head would suggest. This would benefit from a heavier body and a more aggressive carbonation.

O: A decent ale, but not one I would seek out again. The combination of heavy funk and the opposing light and dark fruit flavors make this a one-and-done for me. I guess the best feature of this ale is the totally-hidden alcohol. I couldn't smell it, nor could I taste it. But strangely, I would almost welcome some alcohol flavor mixed in, because the existing flavors were not pleasing to me at all.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance - Glossy light caramel head with opaque dark brown body.

Smell - Overripe dark fruit.

Taste - Alcohol heavy. Almost a little salty. Could be FUCKING RESIDUE in my mouth due to a prank earlier tonight. But I'm assured by everyone else that this beer does taste salty...

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied.

Overall Drinkability - Good beer but i'm a little too ruined by tonights prank, and a little too paranoid to trust the beer i'm having. i'll get back to this another day.

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Photo of ottovon
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours out a ruby brown color, with a large, light brown head that faded down to just coat the top of the beer.

S: i get brown sugar, some toffee, raisins, dark fruit, belgian yeast, and sweetness. There is also a little sting of alcohol.

T: the aroma carries through on this. toffee, brown sugar, fruit. it finishes with a slight bitterness. some roasted malt, and alcohol as well.

M: it has a medium-thin body, with medium carbonation.

O: this is a good belgian beer, that i would definitely buy again.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Westy chalice.

A- Two finger big frothy beige head, well carbonated, dark dark brown appearance; red orange hues come out, beautiful lacing. Attractive beer.
S- Wow, dark fruits, cherries, plums, raisins, brown sugar, slight toffee aroma, very nice smell, malts, big complex aromas.
T- Big complex beer, so much going on, sweet, toffee, dark fruits, cherries, plums, raisins, alcohol is present, but does not take away from the beer.
M- Medium mouthfeel, well carbonated, creamy and smooth.
O- Another great beer from the Trappistes of Rochefort. Really complex, and tasty, I prefer the 10 to the 8 but they are both amazing beers that I will be drinking for years to come.

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Photo of jmeyers78
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


A-Dark reddish brown with 1" off white head that quickly settled out.

S-Plums,raisins, a little malt. Slight scent of alcohol.

T-Wow. A lot going on here. Sweet fruit flavors, mainly plums and raisins. Picking up some maltiness. Almost no alcohol flavor considering this is 9%ABV.

M-Very smooth. On the creamy side with plenty of carbonation

O-Awesome beer. One of my favorites. So complex and smooth.

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Photo of ajcobb24
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Rochefort 8 has about one half a finger of head on the initial pour. C Appearance was medium to dark brown and pleasing to the eye. Some dark yeast specks could be seen floating near the bottom of the glass that I poured it into.

Smell - The smell of the beer is quite sweet and full bodied. I smelled raisins and plums.

Taste - The taste to this beer was very mellow and pleasing. All tastes were in perfect balance. I could taste raisins and plums as it went down. Very slight caramel note as well.Could not taste the alcohol content at all.

Mouthfeel - Pretty heavily bodied. The beer was very smooth and pleasing.

Overall - This beer was very good. Almost perfect, but not quite there yet. I guess I am a little hard to please. A very well-brewed beer. I would have liked the taste that I experienced during the middle of my sip to have been a little stronger.

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Photo of ckcanady
4.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- light tan head that holds together nicely for a belgium. Hazy brown.

S- First aromas of mild rum then I pick up on fruity esters of fig and banana, and some hints of brown sugar.

T- smooth alcohol flavor. Hints of brown sugar. Fruits: banana, fig, and raisin. balanced Belgian spice.

M- Well balanced body, however on the low side. Creamy and rich.

O- Overall very pleased. I have a Belgian Dark Strong Ale fermenting now and if it is half the beer this is I'll be pleased!

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Photo of ColdPoncho
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by February 24, 2015 (bottled in 2010)

A - Clouded brown body with red light, a loose light tan head sits atop and quickly thins.

S - Rich dark fruits, cherries, toffee, Very nice.

T - Nice malty body, Belgian spice, good fruit profile. some chocolate and toffee in there too.

M - Very present body, feels a bit thin for the expected size.

O (D) - a great tasting and complex beer. Exquisite, not perfect. Something to keep trying for sure.

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Photo of machostacos
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass. Best by 7/4/15.

A: Deep ruby-hued brown - very pretty color. Towering, soapy cream-colored head that shrinks down to a small cap on top of the beer. Very effervescent. Much clearer than its little brother (my fault on the pour of the Rochefort 6 - waaay too much crud floating around.) Zero lacing.

S: A milder Rochefort 10 ha. Rich butter, toffee, caramel, dank cave-like must, prunes and dates and some slightly rotting dark sweet cherrie, a little nuttiness, and some cotton candy. So complex and wonderful - I could curl up inside this glass! There was a slight metallic twinge at first, but it seems to have disappeared...hmm.

T: Beautifully rich; buttery burnt caramel, sticky sweet stone fruits, nuts, old leather and rich tobacco with that very slight metallic edge. Hmm...I wonder if there's something wonky with this bottle that's causing that metallic-ness.

M: Creamy and rich. Not quite as sticky as its rich flavors might suggest, though it makes me smack my lips in delight. Mouth-coating and chewy.

O: Undoubtedly Rochefort 10's little brother - it's (obviously) a milder spitting image of Trappistes Rochefort's flagship 10. Richness and high ABV limits you to one or two, but that's really all you need. An exceptional Belgian Dark (heck, this could stand up to any Quad and do just fine), and certainly a benchmark for either style. A fantastic beer.

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Photo of ludachris
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Its hazy brown body shifts to a stunning cherry amber hue when held to the light. A high level of carbonation feeds the nearly three fingers of fluffy and thick beige head with wonderful retention. This is one of the best looking beers I've ever seen. Edit: now that I've decanted the rest of the bottle and the sediment is in the glass, the haziness has increased tenfold and the beautiful cherry amber colour is harder to make out. It's still a fine looking beer but no longer a 5 for me.

Fruitcake is one of the first things that comes to mind after a quick whiff. The nose is incredibly rich. Warm and sticky raisons are layered on top of overly ripe dates and plums which are then sprinkled with brown sugar. The alcohol character is rum like and very sugary, pairing wonderfully with the dark fruits.

A hefty punch of sugary rum like alcohol steps in immediately, spreading itself along the sides of the mouth. It's pronounced but still enjoyable. Alcohol soaked raisons and dates are smattered on the middle of the tongue. The intensity of their sweetness increases as the beer moves along and the alcohol recedes. I still get a bit of that brown sugar character from the nose and it fits nicely in the taste.

Its creaminess and density is something to be enjoyed in itself. Medium to full bodied with an ample amount of carbonation and perfect balance. The booziness in the finish gives it a dry feel in the end.

This reminds me of why BSDA's are one of my favourite styles. Rich, full, and very flavourful. One bottle is a perfect serving. The alcohol presence in the taste was a bit too much for a 4.5 from me but I will be more than happy to revisit this down the road.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Belgian Beer Cafe in Riga. From notes.

A - Poured almost black, but more like a very dark brown. Extremely hazy making it look opaque. Half finger khaki head from the pour with weak lacing and no head retention as it was gone fast.

S - Nice and boozy with some fruitcake and lot's of rich, dark fruit. Really inviting with the dark fruit mix. A hint of sugar is there too.

T - Delicious with dark fruits and a nice cherry or plum note. Not too sweet. No alcohol in the flavour. Straight dark fruit makes this very nice.

M - Soft feeling with mild to medium carbonation and a medium body. So very soft and delicate with a slight chew. Feels great.

O/D - Very tasty beer from Rochefort. Nothing they make has been close to average for me. Very drinkable and complex. Nothing to complain about at all.

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Photo of danedelman
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am editing my review as my tastes have come around a complete 180.

A-deep mahogony with a nice 2 finger creamy white head.

S-dried fruit, candi sugar and dark malts. very fruity. dryness typical to trappist ales.

T-same as the nose with the flavor. Very well done, perfectly fermented and bottle conditioned.

M-medium bodied with a high carbonation which was making for a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- Poured into a Rochefort chalice. Pours a dark, brandy colored reddish-brown. Lots of haze blocks out almost all light. A gentle pour to avoid the loads of sediment at the bottom produces a thin layer of tan head that quickly dissipates to almost nothing.

S- Lots of sweet, fruity alcohol, dark fruits (figs or dates).

T- Amazing. A lot of alcohol at first, but not at all in a harsh way, is surprisingly drinkable. The alcohol produces an array of delicious rum and dark fruit flavors, which especially take over towards the end with lots of dates, figs, and apricot. Spiciness is consistent throughout, although it gives way to fruits towards the end. The malt character is amazing, thick, bready, and sweet like molasses. Phenols are considerable. Hops are pretty much entirely absent.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Has a smooth, creamy feel.

O- One of my favorite beers.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
1.15/5  rDev -73.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a murky iced tea color with a 2 inch light tan head that fades to a thin cap. No lacing whatsoever. Smells of dark fruits, brown sugar, spices, and yeast. There is a hint of funky smell coming off this one, just like the 10 I just reviewed. Taste is of raisin puree, prune juice, spices, and slight Belgian yeast. Again, slight funk comes through in the taste. Mouthfeel is extremely flat and thick. This does not work well for this beer at all in my opinion. Overall, this seems to be another bad beer. I just gave the 10 a horrible review and this one is pretty bad too. I bought both bottles from the same store. Both were stored in a cooler at a high end bottle shop so I am not sure what happened on these. I will have to get another bottle of this one too so I can confirm infection issues.

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Photo of iheartIPA
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An aggressive pour gives birth to a pretty, light tan, three finger head. Not soon after calculating the height does the foam disappear, leaving nothing behind but a few lingering suds on the glass. Essentially no lacing. This brew is river murky. Holding it up to the pc monitor, NO light penetrates. Some dredge floats on top of the now 2 centimeter "head" while some dances on the bottom.

Alcohol is first to strike the nose. Vodka? Very boozy. Very hot. This is accompanied by some banana and apricots. It's your classic monk formula but with an almost over-the-top heat.

The taste and its progression go hand in hand with the nose. The alcohol is dominant, then the fruits kick in. There is a super sweet malt that hangs around the roof of the mouth and back of the tongue till the next sip (almost as if this is your reward for working through the heat). Make no mistake; this is a very smooth brew. Just be prepared for the +9%. It isn't hiding.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer. It's certainly not for the faint at heart. But if you're looking for a robust evening sipper, grab a Trappistes Rochefort 8.

Did I mention it was hot?

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Photo of Intrinsic
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One thing I love about trappist beers - the head seems to keep growing after you've stopped pouring. Rochefort 8 is no exception. Its light-brown head sits atop an opaque caramel coloured beer with smooth, billowing carbonation.

Rochefort 8 has a wonderful combination of smells, including interesting Belgian yeast, a malty sweetness that isn't overpowering, and subtle spice characters.

In comparison to most other beers, Rochefort 8 is simply amazing. However, when comparing it to other trappist beers it falls short on taste. The malt is very well-balanced with a dry bitterness, with notes of caramel and spice. Its damn good, but its not amazing.

The mouthfell lost points because it felt slightly chalky, but since that contributes to the dryness it actually works well. Its very smooth and drinks well. I'll be drinking more of these in the future.

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Photo of djsmith1174
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark, opaque brown with a nice tan head. Dissipated fairly quickly with nice lace.

S: Dark bread, spices, slight vinegar.

T: Starts with a slight vinegar sour note, transitions to the dark bread, tart fruit, cloves. Not as much sweetness as expected toward the finish. Noticed very little alcohol presence.

M: Nice carbonation and medium body.

O: Not quite what I expected with the slight vinegar taste, but it didn't really detract from the flavor for me. Didn't overwhelm me as I thought it would, but I think I will seek it out again in the future for comparison and see if anything changes.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before June, 2013? Not sure. Anyway, poured from a 330mL bottle into my Trappist Westvleteren goblet.

Opaque dark sienna body with a half finger of lasting buff cream surrounded by a tall lip of denser foam. Thick pasty lacing. Good retention. Dark chocolate drops of lees dot the top.

Rich, complex malts and esters in the nose: stewed nectarines, prunes, toasted bread, and a light herbaceous note suggesting rosemary and wild flowers.

Deep melanoidins, alcohol laden fruitiness, chocolate, chicory, and more on the palate. Mid-way through you get a touch of hops, delivering a modest yet significant bitterness to the affair. Malt balls and becherovka in the finish. Dry yet sticky with a bit of heat.

Effervescent, chewy, and bready mouthfeel.

An oft overlooked offering from Rochefort - overshadowed by their quad. Excellent on it's own, and perhaps even better as an ingredient in a proper rabbit dish.

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Photo of OldIronLungs
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thin cola color into my deep tulip. The light film of head akin to a slightly flat soda.

Nose has a sweet, almost berry quality. Bubble gum, caramel, figs, some banana and a light hint of alcohol.

The head on this beer belied the carbonation which foams the tongue with a watery sweetness of dates, molasses and almost-sour cherries. Honestly that's the best I could describe it - it's a hard to pick out exactly what I'm tasting with this one. It's very clean with a wet finish combined with stick malt stickiness. The abv does nothing to hinder another sip...I honestly found it too easy drinking; I kind of like a bit more body with my strong dark ales, but maybe I should just drink quads when the mood strikes - Still, the simplicity of this one defies it's nuance.

-- That's a Trappist! --

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Photo of beerprovedwright
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I wish I had a bigger bottle. Poured with a little yeast sediment which some was suspended in the frothy three finger head of light brown. Lace is sticky and clings from the top of the pour to the last of the glass. Color is a deep brown, a 35 on the SRM beer color chart. Smell is exquisite, with aromas of figs and dates, molasses, banana, spices, and malt. Taste is almost a good as the smell, with the sweetness of dates, molasses, honey, caramel, toffee, coffee, banana, and malt. Mouthfeel is full and creamy, with a punch from the carbonation, and a little mealy from the floating yeast. Plenty of punch from the alcohol hidden in the wonderful sweet flavor, a nice warming feeling from the first sip and flows over you like a large wave. Slightly pricey for every day drinking, but a great treat.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
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 SWMeyer4141
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-A very murky dark brown with some hints of red. A beige fluffy 3 inch head rests on top and slowly reduces to a light film. Some nice lacing rests along the side of the glass. Also some yeast floating around as the bottom of the glass.

Smell-Instantly I get two aromas, booze and fig. No matter how many times I go back that booze is really coming through. Some spice and banana in there as well.

Taste-This beer very much tastes like rum off the bat. Booze, lots of dark fruits and lots of sweet malts as well. Although the booze is very predominant it is extremely smooth and balanced. This is an incredibly tasting beer thats so simple, but complex and perfectly balanced.

Mouthfeel-Light-Moderate carbonation that coats the tongue and mini flavor morsals burst all over. So smooth and balanced.

Overali-Ya, this beer deserves the hype, it's very nice. I just love the complexity and the fact that it's easy to drink and goes down easy. Definitely going to seek out the 6 and the 10.

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 5,347 ratings
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