Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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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 dblinkhorn
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours with an off-white three-finger creamy head. As it dissipates it leaves good lacing and settles at a thin cap of ultra-creamy foam on top of the beer. The color is a very dark mahogeny-amber and fairly hazy.

Smell - Reminds me a lot of the Chimay Red. Definitely a lighter version of the 10. Has rich scents of dates and fig right up front balanced nicely by a pudding-like malt character behind this. Little spice, but it is there: slightly peppery/clovy. Some brown sugar sweetness is also mixed in. Has some surprisingly fresh and crisp smelling hops, although they aren't bitter; floral and somewhat herbal.

Taste - Mild metallic taste from the malt, with some raw bready character. Also some powdery yeast right away, that stays all through the finish. Raw-like floral hops and some herbal notes as well. Light molasses sweetness also behind these flavors. Dark ripe fruits again are very present. There is moderate alcohol warmnth throughout.

Mouthfeel - Has a wonderful carbonation character. It is refreshing yet has no unpleasantness at all to it. The body is medium and is quite smooth. It finishes somewhat dry but also has a slight oilyness in the aftertaste.

Drinkability - Moderate flavors but has a nice mouthfeel and refreshing carbonation. I could easily down several of these in a night, and the wonderful flavor helps that of course.

A very good Belgian strong dark. Much like Chimay Red in my opinion, but it still has better and stronger flavors, and a superior mouthfeel. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of oelergud
3.53/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Close to being completely opaque the body is a muddy brown reddish color. Tan silken head with great retention and lace. Very little carbonation.
The scent has strong sweet and alcoholic notes. Some plum and raison. Brown sugar and almond as it warms.
Nutskin and molasses tastes along with raison and almonds. Hoppy aftertaste with a pretty dry finish.
Medium mouthfeel, no coating with was abit strange.
Ok drinkability, but not something I'll seek out again. Maybe if it wasn't so damn dry.


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

What a treat! I picked this one up while getting the Mrs. some more margarita mix. Pours to an intriguing murky brown with plenty of carbonation and a finger and a half head that just never went away. MMM suds!

Nice smell, I detect malt, alcohol, a hint of hops, and some sort of spice. I also smell a small whiff of something fruity, plumbs perhaps?

The taste was similar to the smell, starting out with the sweet malt and fruit. The alcohol was a little stronger than expected but it finished with a nice hopy bite.

Mouthfeel was almost creamy with lots of suds. I am a sud fan!

Drinkability was good, I gave it a lower mark because of the ABV. It would only take a few of these and I would be loopy.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.86/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Opaque dark brown body with a few fingers thick off-white head. Fruity smell, though I'm not sure which fruit. Some spice also. Malty taste with some fruit... Chocolate? Fairly full-bodied. A nice complex ale, as one might expect... Fairly enjoyable, but not my favorite trappist ale...

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Photo of OStrungT
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a muddy brown color. It is quite cloudy. It sports a thick, fluffy, tan head. The head fades very slowly, leaving many thick laces.

This beer smells of prunes, and figs. It also smells spicy. It has a nice earthy yeast aroma also. It has a sweet, caramel malt aroma. The alcohol is well hidden in the aroma.

This beer has a strong malty flavor. Caramel and molasses mostly. It has a slightly spicy flavor also. Coriander, and maybe grains of paradise. It has a slight fruity taste also. Mostly plumbs, and some figs. Not much alcohol flavor.

This beer is quite full bodied. It leaves a sweet malty aftertaste. This beer is well carbonated, going well with the style.

This beer might make a decent session beer. It is easy enough to drink. The only problem is the alcohol content is a little high.

Overall: This is a good beer. I will buy it more often.

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

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Poured a dark murky brown with a fluffy, off-white head.

Sweet, malty aroma, with a bit of raisin or date.

Lovely caramel and roasted malt flavor with an undertone of dark fruit. Sweet and complex.

Creamy and medium-bodied with a tingle of carbonation.

Complex flavor and creaminess make this beer very easy to drink. Very smooth. It rivals the Rochefort 10.

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Photo of sabrills70
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz brown bottle with numbers on the front 29 06 10 - perhaps a drink before date? This has been in my fridge for a year or so. Pours a chestnut brown with a big fluffy 2 finger head with nice lace. Aromas of sweet malts, brown sugar, sherry, raisin, and alcohol. Tastes are very similar except for the much noticeable hop presence. Alcohol has a definate noticeable presence. Lots of flavor here, but not as smooth as I would like. High carbonation makes it a bit hard to drink.

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Photo of davidchollar
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i ordered this from an internet store along with some bottles of westvleteren and st. bernardus. until this moment, i assumed the rochefort 8 was an 8% abv dubbel, like the other 8s. anyway, after taking a sip, it is definitely a 9% abv belgian strong dark ale, and a pretty good one.

poured into a tulip, this ale is a very dark brown. a great, light tan head lasts a long time. good looking beer, but i've seen prettier examples of this style. even before given a chance to warm up a bit, there is a lot to smell here. first impression of the smell is mostly dark, ripe fruits. i don't get much of the big belgian yeast smell that dominates so many other belgian ales, and this is a good thing. after a while, the smell is still the same. sweet and fruity, pleasant, a solid good.

smooth, full-bodied, delicious. this is obviously expected from any trappist ale, especially after trying the rochefort 10. but this beer surprised me with a really strong flavor and big bitter finish. not nearly as sweet as i thought it would be from the smell. the higher abv is obvious, not hidden at all, but it doesn't bother me. not quite as complex or memorable as the 10, but this is still a great beer that should be required drinking for all BAs.

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Photo of vancurly
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark orange/brown and hazy. Beige whipped head, that sits there like a marshmallow. Nice lacework.

Aromas of dried fruits, citrus. Tobacco leaf. Wood. Funnily enough, I got a flashback to an English old ale. Perhaps the hop profile has a spiciness that can compare.

Spice profile including musk, white pepper, ginger, preserved orange. Brazil nuts, pecan nuts, hazelnuts. There is an attractive earthiness and almost grape-spirit hint. Some very aromatic malt, biscuity & toasty.

And a lingering fresh, green hop flavour.

Not remarkably sweet. Perfumey yes, but finishes medium, with a malty aftertaste.

Very different to its big brother.

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

A beautiful sight when poured into my St. Bernardus chalice. Dark brown with tons of floaties in suspension. A nice creamy cappuchino head. Aroma is fiercely complex. Hints of coffee and chocolate, but dominated by fruit. Wonderful smelling, and even as it sits a few feet away I can smell it. A bit of alcohol in there also. Nice lacing as you gulp it down too.

This is such a good beer. Delicious malt that is so wonderfully complex. Raisins, pears, banana, and some chocolate all linger throughout the taste experience. Alcohol is there, but its not a hindrance.

Creamy body that I would say is Medium-Full. Carbonation is abundant. This is a pretty heavy, and expensive, beer. I'm not sure if I could put more than a couple of these down because they are so complex. It really is a meal in itself, but its a pleasure to drink it.

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

pours a very deep amber with finger thick tan head the drops to nothing after 20 minutes.
the aroma is sweet, fruity, malty, spicy, hint of alcohol.
the flavor is malty, spicy, citrus, minerally, soft, very balanced, refreshing, smooth.
this is awesome, i want to drink this everyday.

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Photo of mjc410
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This bottle spent a year in the cellar after I felt that its partner was still too young.

The pour into my 25 cL Chimay chalice raises an impressive and slow to fall head of about three fingers. It's very light tan, and leaves copious lacing. The body is a murky brown, ruby when backlit. The nose is sweet and juicy, with notes of caramel, dark fruits, pepper, yeast, and fine cigar tobacco. The taste is surpassingly smooth, sweet, and malty. It has definite peppery notes, and a lighter tobacco taste. This has a slight chocolate milk character in the finish, and some sweet berry notes. There's so much more here that I can't quite put my finger on! The alcohol is also quite well hidden. The yeast pour doesn't alter the taste for my pallette, since the dregs seems to be only a few small brown drops. The mouth is on the light side of medium, with a very smooth carbonation. This is an excellent beer, one that I'm very glad I was able to resist for a year!

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

I've waited to drink this ($6/bottle), so it should be special. Cannot say that it is. It is good, don't me wrong, but this isn't from a "'round the corner" brewer, so they aren't provided the leverage. Maybe it isn't in it's prime, because I truly taste ripened cider.
Earthy bouquet with a murky-as-the-Loch Ness body. The mouth is left with a lot of silt, like after an English Breakfast. Small head and very little lacing.
Smell is enticing and quite promising, but alas, far from alive.
I let it sit before consumtion and it didn't open up.
Darn it.

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

This is a very, very good beer. Compares favorably to Chimay (Red cap) or Duvell.
Dark, sweet at first, with some nice mystery flavors (spices/ citrus?). Balanced by a light hop flavor to finish clean and not cloying. Mouthfeel is fabulous but I like a well carbonated beer. Pay attention to the serving suggestion: put it in a wine glass at the very least if you haven't got a tulip or a chalice. It really does make a difference.

Note to purchasers: You may find Rochefort 10 sold alongside the 8. Buy BOTH. Drink in whatever order you'd like but you'll probably appreciate the 10 even more after an 8.

God bless the Trappist Monks!

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Photo of HoustonTX
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice ruby brown. A large off-white head eminates forth. The lacing is incredibly sticky as well. The smell is quite appealing. Ripe layers of phenols, residual sugars - especially brown sugar, on top of a nice carmelized base. Outstanding... the smell leans towards the dark fruit, and caramel.

Taste is amazingly complex, and has a lot going for it. Initially, a tangy sweetness lays on the palate. The dark fruit, and candied sugar blend nicely creating this effect. Soon this taste is overcome with a note of brown sugar. Brown sugar lingers for only a second, and is closely followed by a nice amount of hops. The hops really help to level out the flavors. Fruity with a touch of spice. Mouthfeel is creamy, and semi-dry. Drinkability is exceptional.

A very solid Belgian, and one that I highly recommend.

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Photo of ThirdCoast
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Serving Type: 330ml bottle. Authentic Trappis Product Label. Printed numbers : 071210 Date? 07:44 Time?

A: Dark brown, very little light is let through, large particles throughout, nice head.

S: Light aroma, Bananna, faint alcohol smell, complex

T: Coffee, chocolate, liquid silk, malty, extremely complex taste.

M: Stings the tounge, yet creamy as it goes down.

D: This is one of the best, but i have a 10 sitting here so we will see. :)

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Photo of BitterBrian
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I felt like cracking a special beer last night, so I reached for the Rochefort. I don't know if the timing was right, but I really enjoyed this beer. It looked great, smelled delicious, and tasted like a divine dessert.

Appearence- Poured into my Westy chalice. It started with a 2" pillowy tan head but it soon dimished to the point where I could fit the rest of the bottle in. Beer was a Chocolate Lab sort of color. Head had spices in it. My guess would be cinnnamon.

Smell- This is one of those beers that you hold under your nose the entire time. It smelled of raisins, chocolate, cinnamon. . . but at the same time
it wasn't overwhelming or too sweet.

Taste- As above, this is one well balanced, delicious brew. Heavy malt backend with a dry cinnamon finish. I love this one.

Drinker? I could drink this for the rest of my life. Delicious and a great end to a day.

Top 5 material.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My 100th review so thought I'd make it something special.

A- Pours a dark creamy mahogany with a nice white head that leaves quickly with little lacing.

S- Quite interesting...peppery, herbal, slightly sweet.

T- Dry and nicely hoppy. Very well balanced with a malt sweetness that gives it a nice complexity. Well carbonated. Peppery hops come through at first, increased by the carbonation. Sweet malts take over in the middle and it has a very clean, sweet finish.

M- Big carbonation, clean and dry.

D- Fills you up pretty fast with the carbonation, but with the very nice complexity every sip is a new experience.

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

Poured from the 330ml bottle into my Duvel tulip glass. Body is a deep mahogany color topped by a hige, sticky, creamy light brown head that hangs around for a while, leaving creamy lace on the glass as it recedes. Aroma is rich and complex - lots of peppery spice and coriander, sweet dark malt, brown sugar, and a touch of milk sugar, tempered by a generous whiff of alcohol as it warms. Simply amazing.
Palate seems to lack focus. It is at once sweet from a wonderful blend of dark and sweet caramel malts, spicy and peppery from the yeast, and mildly herbal from the hops. A slight letdown from such a wonderful aroma, but still quite nice. Body is rich, smooth, and creamy, almost perfect. A thoroughly pleasurable experience to drink - very slowly - over the course of the evening.

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

8 September 2006, Best Before Jul 2010

Garnet brown colour. Large stable dense head with lacing on the glass. Fruit and chocolate aroma. Surprisingly, the aroma seems to have some kind of citric and zesty hop character to it as well. Tastes of citrus fruit, spices and chocolate. Rich roasted malt flavour and some sweetness. Alcohol is masked well but contributes a nice warmth. Mouthfeel is prickly and full bodied. Very drinkable and tasty dark ale.

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Photo of downes51
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I write this the morning after a session last night with 5 bottles of this excellent beer.

Where to start? This is a rich, complex, treacly, perfectly balanced, strong dark ale with a hop aroma perceptable behind the strongly chocolate flavour.

And the alcohol fumes (it's a 9 percenter after all!) remind you that this is a real drink... It's not like (for example) a Duvel which can sneak up on you without warning. I'd forgotten just how good this beer was.... it had been in my cellar for at least a year which might have helped.

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Photo of cbl2
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

9/6/2006 $5.99 11.2 oz. 9.20% Best by 1/12/10.


Pours an extremely dark brown with faint tinges of ruby when exposed to the light. Topped by a quarter inch of tight off-white foam that is slow to settle, and laces the goblet nicely as it goes.


A touch of smoke, rich ripe plum, a hint of alcohol, warm and inviting.


This is good, and what I expected out of the 10, but was letdown. Rich chewy mouthfeel with vibrant ripe fruit exploding in the mouth. Drupes dominate with cherries and plums battling it out for control of the main flavor. A cognac like presence is felt towards the finish, as the alcohol makes itself known. Aeration reveals even further depths of cocoa and toffee. A beautiful and exceptional beer, this is what I had hoped the 10 would be.

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.92/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had an opportunity to enjoy one of these a couple days ago. Where to start...

It poured a rich, opaque mahogany color with small champagne like bubbles making their way to the 1-2 finger thick & creamy head. The smell was my favorite part. Drank out of a glass chalice at the recommended temperature (55 degrees), I immediately got pounded with a wave of dark, decadent scents including molasses, raisins, prunes, figs, cane sugar. After sitting in my glass for about 20 minutes, I smelled the raw alcohol come out. The favors mentioned in the smell carried into the taste – complex and superb.

Who needs desert with a beer of this grandeur? In my opinion, this is fantastic sipper to be enjoyed after a good steak dinner or with a full stomach.

I highly recommend this beer to anyone that wants to try a piece of Belgium brewing at it’s greatest.

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Photo of ndekke39
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared a bottle of this with some friends. Best-by date of 3/23/10. Poured a lovely cloudy caramel color with a small, brownish-head. Looks like someone melted the caramel off a caramel apple into a glass. And what do you know - smell dominated by caramel apple, alcohol, yeast. Taste centers around the caramel as well. Malty, toasty, licorice, similar to a good Scotch Ale. Mouthfeel was bright and fizzy; plenty of tiny bubbles. Packs a bit of a punch, but makes for wonderful sipping. Highly recommended.

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

Color: Amber with small to medium bubbles in a thin persistent head.

Aroma: Chocolate and alcohol, herbal, a bit doughy, fruity sugar and spices (yeast and malt), unrefined sugars, cherries (with a hint of cranberry?).

Taste: Spicey and fruity, mostly darker and/or drier fruits (plums, dates etc...), but very dry with a slight round wet note in the middle, followed by a long dryness displaying a pure, clean alcohol note that shines out above the faint background of chocolate and spice.

Body: Medium/Medium light

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Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
4.3 out of 5 based on 5,226 ratings.
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