Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

5,267 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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of heebes
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle

Pours a dark cloudy brown with a fizzy carbonated head that recedes quickly, no lacing. Particles floating..? The nose is bready malt, sweet dark fruits and strong phenol. On the sip I get a great tasting, smooth beer that tastes of a well balanced yeast and malts and the dark fruits. Very easy to sip, medium bodied. The high ABV is well hidden. Great looking label/bottle, perhaps not worth the high cost/bottle though.

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

A: Beautiful dark walnut, though slightly murky, brown with a decent head that comes down to a fluffy and very sturdy clouds that float above the beer for the remainder of your drinking. Lacing is moderate to low. Notable sediment visible from the bottom of the glass.

S: Absolutely fantastic here. Very strong alcohol notes here, but in a very well balanced way. The alcohol works well with the fruit notes. I especially get banana and a bit of apple. Yeast esters are a nice background.

T: Huge malt character with roasted notes all over it. I'm getting warm bread and molasses. Strong alcohol notes that carry along a strong fruitiness that while sweet has a high level of tartness. A nice bit of cloves spice and the lingering effects of the fruitiness level out with a slight onset of stronger alcohol in the finish.

M: Creamy and medium to heavy in body. Moments of powderiness toward the finish, and an onset of alcohol that dries up the finish quite quickly. Leaves you wanting another sip.

D: If not for the price tag, I could see myself sipping this for hours on end. While an excellent beer for sipping, it would fill you up quickly if you just knock them back, so this high drinkability rating comes specifically with the style in mind.

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Photo of pgaveau
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle pored into a Trappist Rochefort Chalice.

Dark brown color with very little head that disappeared quickly. Slightly sweet carmel taste. The taste became sweeter and fruitier as the beer warmed to nearly room temperature. Extreemly easy drinkability. This is my favorite Trappist beer (thus far).

I would drink this more often if I could afford to.

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Photo of bamojr
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

big tan head with huge retention. Smells wonderful. Very spicy and fruity flavor, this is a perfect example of a well executed trappist ale. This is very fizzy brew with some subtle sweet chocolaty or brown sugar notes. One thing is for certain, Belgians know how to make beer!

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.33/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance -- Pours a hazy chestnut hue with two fingers of frothy beige head. Great retention.

Smell -- Rum raisin, plum, applesauce (yeah), buttered dark bread, gentle spice.

Taste -- Like the nose, dark and dried fruits are in the forefront: rum-soaked raisins, plum, apple and pear. Some dark bread flavor still persists, but is quite muted. A little bit of candi sugar flavor toward the finish. Alcohol is prominent and sharp.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body, perhaps a hair lighter, with an abundance of prickly carbonation. Really not where it should be. Also, alcohol is a bit too sharp, even for the style.

Drinkability -- Honestly, a bit of a letdown. How is this the top-rated BSDA? Depth of flavor isn't really there, a few off flavors, and the mouthfeel is too light and spritzy.

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Photo of jlandis
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An aggressive pour produces a huge fluffy tan head and a chunky murky dark mahogany. Maybe I poured a little too aggressively, because there is a lot of yeast in this glass.

Subtle dark fruits and brown sugar. I was expecting a little more from the nose, but maybe my cold is hitting me more than I thought.

Right up front I'm hit with sweet rich dark fruits and bitter dark chocolate. There is a brown sugar sweetness that is followed up by a crisp dry finish. This is a beautifully complex beer and all of the flavors mesh well together. There is a nice alcohol burn that reminds you that you're drinking a powerful beer from Belgium.

Moderate mouthfeel with huge carbonation.

This is a great beer, and I'm thoroughly impressed. This beer has lived up to its reputation and I will be sure to pick this one up as often as I can. Although this beer is close to 10% I just can't stop drinking it. I'm trying to savor it nice and slow, but there is something about it that keeps me coming back for another sip, another drink. I suppose that might be due to the dry finish, but I have been won over by this one.

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

Poured from bottle into goblet. Nice light tan two finger head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving a light foam on top. Dark amber color that does not permit light to pass through.

Light aroma of dark fruit and some chocolately notes.

Lovely taste. Very rich and deep in complexity. Noticeable raisin and plum flavors along with dark chocolate. Some subtle bready yeast flavor.

Smooth moutfeel with good level of carbonation. Too sweet to make it highly drinkable for me, but only by a small margin. Outstanding belgian brew.

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Photo of dgilks
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

According to the bottle date this is about 2 years old. The age has done no harm to this bottle.

Hazy, red-amber colour with a creamy tan head. Good head retention.

Amazing aroma. Lots of cotton candy, peaches, lemon and lime candy. Slightly spicy with an almost cola note. I don't give 5s easily but this is right there for me.

Smooth and malty flavour with nice Belgian candy sugar and caramel malt notes. There's a touch of breadiness too. The same fruity sweetness from the aroma comes through. The alcohol is very well hidden. I really like this.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. It works well and assists the flavours to shine but is still a touch prickly for me.

The flavours here are just about perfect and the beer really shows it. This is a pleasure to drink and one of the best crafted Belgians I've had.

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Photo of jhtipton
4.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful deep amber color with a somewhat quickly diminishing fluffy head. Very hazy/cloudy. Not a hint of light passes through this biere. Smell is like nectar of the gods, yeast, honey, fruity. The taste is wonderful-fruity and yeasty and somewhat sweet. I guess I am feeling dates or raisins and maybe pears in this. Mouthd=feel is medium bodied. I would have expected more from the pour but it suits the beer. Drinkability is fine considering the high ABV. I guess this beer is good until May 5, 2015 at 3:05 PM.
Update, I have compared this with 5 of 7 of the Trappiste ales and I can't say anything is close, yet...
That's what it seems to say on the bottle...

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Photo of Tabni
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bought bottle at Stop n Shop in the Gables

Appearance - Dark like the night, cloudy heaven going on in my glass.

Smell - Malts mixed with fruits. Exclusive belgian ale smell.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Is a strong push in the face. Great caramel feeling. Sweet and delicious, warms up throat slowly.

Drink-ability - I could drink a lot of this in a cold January night.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy, deep brown and active pour with a 2 finger off white or light brown head. Very nice retention.

S: Smells definitely of dark fruits. Maybe some grape juice in there with the expected banana scents.

T: Very interesting and complex taste. Dark fruits and maltiness start it off. Cherries, grapes, and plums could be the culprit. A warming feeling from the alcohol closes it out.

MF: Very full bodied and aggressively carbonated. Feels great on the palate.

D: The complexities and full bodied nature of this drink hurt the drinkability, but the masked alcohol bring it back up.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.94/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm guessin this bottle is about 2 years old

A- pours a dark plum color with a bit of yeast sediment. the foam is all belgiany and trappisty... a beige, active lather whose edges slope up to meet the walls of my chimay goblet. this is a high abv beer, and so the foam doesn't last too long but does maintain a sheen of sudsy membrane over top the body.

S- extremely fruity, mostly blackberries and plum, raisin, fig, date, chocolate, grape juice, pineapple alcohol, banana, tart cherries, black pepper, brown sugar, and toffee. also a woodsy earthy side like sandalwood and mineral water, yeast funk, old barn.

T- the perfect mix of fruit and funk layered over a very dry, crisp, brown whole grain bready malt backdrop. peppery spice, nutmeg and clove, allspice, dried hardwood, dark berries, date, fig, dark leather, dense old whole grain bread like german style pumpernickel. faint chocolate flavors hide in the background with banana and band aid. hop bitterness is crisp and clean, with merely a vinous and lightly lemon pith flavor. the hop bitterness balanced everything out to the utmost degree, never allowing a sugary or cloying situation and the flavor does nothing to stand in the way of the deeply complex malt and yeast strings that are being hit HARD by their respective piano hammers. all the above mentioned flavors hit hard but are fleeting, not quite staccato, but not quite the one chord stop pedal either. they rise, peak, then drop sharply and linger for a bit as they level off then fade away. this happens in transition, with each layer of funk then fruit then grain then spice then cocoa then funk again then grain again then hops then alcohol (only after it has warmed a great deal) and these things are all orchestrated beautifully. and once the beer warms, there becomes apparent a green, clorophyl leafy earthy herbal sort of flavor that naturalizes this whole thing. i don't know i think it's puttin a buzz on me. finishes dry, crisp, exquisitely balanced, sweet-tart-grainy with lingering bitterness and spicy burps.

MF- when cold and fresh out the bottle, the carbonation reacts with whatever pH is in saliva to form this burst of foam explosion. ever ate a Tums or Rolaid then took a swig of soda or beer? same thing, just not as violent. once aerated and warmed a bit, the body is lush and silky with some heft, perfectly prickly and tightly carbonated as if this babe, even who though i know has been treated with neglect and misfortune (see reviews from other high proof belgians i've bought from questionable retailer), she has held up bravely and with sincerity and integrity and still wears a pure white dress in my eyes. if this beer could talk, she would tell my girlfriend i'm not so shallow after all. that's how nice she is. dry on the cheeks, sticky on the lips, clean otherwise and perfect.

D- so. here we sit. more or less halloween saturday. no spooky beers or creepy beers or vampire stuff or nosferatu that my distributor has been out of all f***in season and instead something i've been saving for a special occasion and this is it. too drinkable, not the fainest hint of alcohol except a pineapply essence that has my head light and lifted. the monk on my shoulder chimes in and says 'trappist excellence'.

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Photo of claspada
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aromas are quite subtle. Mainly dark fruitiness, with some chocolate and the typical smell of banana.
The tastes are quite complex. Dry dark fruits mix with sweet caramels and some extremeley subtle earthiness and herbal notes from presumabley the hops. Also as it warms I am detecting some breadiness/biscutiness (almost gingerbread character; the spiciness from the yeast mixed with the maltiness).

Mouthfeel is perfect, amazingingly good lacing and bubbliness for the ABV which in undectable while chilled, but becomes apparent as it warms. Better than the #6 so far, will have to sample the #10 soon to complete the trifecta.

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

a- Pours clear brown beer with light brown - Huge head with good retention. Raging carbonation, almost opaque with bubble activity. Surprised it didn't gush.

s- It smells of fruity yeast esters, dark malts, some black pepper spice. Raisin or fig character as well. Really complex and interesting aroma.

t- Alcohol is present in sip, warming to the esophagus. Dark candi sugar and caramel flavors. Bitterness is strong and suiting to alcohol content. Yeast is delicious. Aftertaste is malty and thick on the tongue.

m+d- Smooth beer. I did let the beer sip for a bit to let the carbonation go down. Fuller mouthfeel than expected. Complex flavor profile that seem to change over time. It is a shame these beers are so expensive. It is a little boozie, but I like to be reminded I'm drinking a 9.2% beer.

Good beer. Well balanced and delicious.

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Photo of DrewZ926
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Great deep brown, maroon pour with lots of sediment/floaters. About a 1 finger tan head that dissipates quickly.

S - Great smell, actually surprisingly hoppy, very reminiscent of a quad (rochefort 10). Picking up hints of citrus, mainly orange and lemon, followed by fig and raisin.

T - The big selling point of all Rochefort's brews. Fruity and malty. Highlighted by fig, raisin, oak, cherry, grape, and a bouquet of other great trappist flavors. Alcohol is nearly undetectable but provides some warming on the aftertaste. The flavor follows through from start to finish. As full bodied as they come.

M - Nice and dry, good moderate carbonation.

D - As perfect as it gets. So smooth and tasty. Really a crisp, clean finish to it, even though I've let the brew warm a bit the finish tastes chilled and fresh.

10>8 but 8 is amazing in its own right. so drinkable and crisp.

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Photo of chalsk
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Interesting beer. Has a complex aroma. Notes of fruit, malt, and caramel hit the nose. Good sweet and bitter balance, with the carbonation preventing the sweet from overpowering. The carbonation also gives the beer an interesting finish, which fades nicely. The only knock for me is the body, the beer is just a bit thin for me.

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Photo of CheckmateBrew
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Mug

A - A cloudy appearance almost muddy appearance. Nice two finger head

S - Malts and sugar, fruits and chocolate

T - The alcohol is there but not overpowering like a shot of vodkka. Malts, chery and a touch of chocolate. A very nice beer, but I must admit that I like the #6 better.

M - A slight after taste as the warming sensation slowly grows. It's a sweet, very smooth beer. nice carbonation

D - to me it is the high alcohol that keeps this rating down. a very nice beer, but I do prefer #6 better as it has a better balance.

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

330mL bottle poured into a Westmalle chalice. Bottle dated 110214 so the beer is about 20 months old. This was drank along with the 6 and 10

It pours a deep chestnut brown with a beautiful pillowy head that dies into frothy layer. The head retention of these beers are spectacular.

The nose is much more fruity than the toffee of the 6 and has more 'Belgian' character to it. The aroma of this also has a bit of sweet sugariness to it at the end.

Taste wise it was really nice, some candied cherries and malty caramel, maybe a little darker fruit esters. As it warms just a little bit of the alcohol can be tasted. The mouthfeel is spot on, carb level great and it drink wonderfully. The ABV can be detected just a bit, especially as it warms but I really enjoyed this beer, much more so than the 6.

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

This beer pours a dark murky brown with hints of red. This is the best beer I've ever had. It smells great and it tastes great. The aftertaste is even better than the flavor. Very smooth and completely satisfying. Extremely easy to drink and the alcohol is well masked.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.33/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cloudy burgundy with floaties aplenty. I thought I poured carefully. Large beige head the collars and skims. Rouses well.

Aroma is dark, steely caramel, peach fuzz, fig, mild clove and spicy phenols. Kinda ho hum. Taste is equally, good but unimpressive. Steely caramel, earthy brownie crust and raisins. Creamy mouthfeel.

It's nice but I was expecting a display of Belgian mastery.

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

Tried back to back with the 10, would recommend doing so as well!

A - Same color as the ten dark mahogany brown, thick very light tan head that is semi-creamy looking. Very much unfiltered.

S - Semi-sweet with hints of toasted bread, candied sugar, sweet figs, and caramel. Quite complex just not as aromatic as I had hoped.

T - A little spicier than the 10 and there is a slight slight hop presence. Lots of sugars and yeast esters throughout the beer with complex flavors of toffee, biscuits, and dates.

M/D - Medium body, slightly more carbonation "harshness" than the 10, and finishes semi-sweet. Aftertaste is a bit funky with flavors of burnt bread, roasted malts, and cooked sugar. Still very drinkable and a very good beer.

Definitely the little brother to the Rochefort 10 but still a solid brew all around.

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Photo of Pballa4lyfe
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- a beautiful caramel color, brown, with white thick head

S- chocolatey, brown sugar, very pleasant aroma

T- again with the chocolate, yummy, sweet but not overpowering, very good, couldn't taste the alcohol, very well blended

M- good mouthfeel, some carbonation

D- could probably only have about 2 of these in a night before the sweetness got to you

Overall, great beer, it was a pleasant experience and i would buy again

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

Poured a gorgeous dark brown with a massive light brown head that looks light a big round rising loaf of bread. Holds shape nicely. Aroma is sweet and brown sugary. Nice dark dried fruit flavors. This tastes like raisins! This is slightly warming with some light hints of spices. Smooth and medium bodied. Yes this is great, id rather go for the added kick of the 10 though.

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Photo of gdrydenc
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


A - I never thought that appearance could be that much different between beers. However, this beer breaks that mold. Granted, this is only my second trappist, but the sediment floating in the beer blows my mind. The color is exactly what I expected. The head poured fantastically and stayed along for the ride. Perfect.

S - Fruit! Plum, banana.. a bit of fig? Delicious smell. The best Belgian I've ever smelled. The smell can't really be equated to any other beers I've had.

T - Delicious notes of fruit. A bit sweeter than many other Belgians I've had, but it doesn't knock me over with sweetness. The taste is just as complex as the smell. Can't taste the alcohol at all... is this really 9.2%?

M - The mouthfeel is a perfect representation of the style. It foams in the mouth, but doesn't prevent you from swallowing, like I've experienced with other Belgians.

D - Drinkability is the only fault of this otherwise impeccable beer. And by 'fault', I mean it isn't the best I've seen from the style. It is nearly perfect, but the sweetness and heaviness could get to me after more than one of these.

Overall, I love the trappist style and this is the best representation I have seen of this style. Incredible.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
9.2% ABV, Best Before 04.04.2018

A - This Merlot-hued firebrick amber beer pours clear with sediment left in the bottle allowing the exodus of thousands of carbonation bubbles to be witnessed. The tall light khaki head slowly lowers, fed constantly by the carbonation but leaves little lace in its wake.

S - Heavy fruity complexity of dark cherries, figs, and a touch of white raisin all come from the ester-producing Belgian yeast which carries with it just a pinch of spicy notes but rather develops into notes of old and dusty wood shed. A kiss of candi sugar sweetness comes to life behind the unsweetened caramel malt.

T - Dark candi sugar and caramelized malts really play out strong here giving the beer a toasted bread quality that works well with the dark fruit. Fig and prune hints blend nicely with dark cherries and some maple syrup-like sweetness almost like jam spread across toast.

M - While the alcohol has hidden thus far, it comes out in the body where, after the swallow, it's perceived retro-nasally and, while there's a bit of sweetness in the flavor, the alcohol dries this beer out giving its medium-full body a smoother finish that's accented by carbonation.

O - An excellent beer across the board, Rochefort's 8 is pleasing to all senses and without a flaw. Alcohol is an afterthought when you're deep in the nuances of mild spiciness, dark fruit pleasantries, and a base of malt complexity!

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
4.3 out of 5 based on 5,267 ratings.
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