Trappistes Rochefort 8 | Brasserie de Rochefort

5,279 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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-12-2001

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Photo of Grogsky
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FaradayUncaged
4.6/5  rDev +7%

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

Huge two inch off white frothy head. Deep brown color that does not let any light through. Only a light lace is left on the glass.

A strong aroma to this one with some dark fruits, brown sugar and some rum notes.

Huge taste of brown sugar and candy at first and then the dark fruits come through with a light rum flavor and maybe some banana taste to it. Their is a warming alcohol taste that is quite nice. This is such a great beer and very complex but not as complex as other Belgian Strong Dark Ales that I have had.

A very smooth beer that goes down very easily and hides the alcohol well. Carbonation is moderate and if this was not so expensive it would be on my weekly list.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

gaul damn that is fine beer! no kidding aside there is a reason it is rated where it is. expensive...yes...who cares! bottle poured into a sniffer. sweet smell sweet appearance. excellent carbonation and head! wonderful fragrance. good sweet smell. the taste - sheesh this stuff rocks. now for a guy that loves pale ale first this is a twist. dont get me wrong cuz i love all kinds of beer. this stuff is trully awesome. i am so looking forward to more abbey beers!!!


suckem up and movem out!!!

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Photo of mr-jj
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip from a 12 oz bottle.

Color is hazy mahogany with a huge head of large bubbles that dissipates into clumpy islands of foam with minimal lacing. Nice smell - yeast, malt, dark fruit, banana, a touch of phenol and booze - very complex. Flavor is delicious - fruity and malty with barely a hint of the alcohol it contains. Body is medium, just a touch of carbonation - very drinkable. Goes down way too easy.

Overall, this is a great beer. I would like to compare the 10 and 8 side by side. I think I might like the 8 better.

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Photo of humuluslupulus8
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: The beer was a dark red color with a little brown. There was a light tan head on top that lasted a long time.

S: Like Rochefort 6, I smelled a dried fruit aroma, but the smell was more robust in Rochefort 8. I also noticed some of the alcohol as well.

T: I mainly tasted the dried fruit flavor, similar to Rochefort 6. However, this beer was sweeter and more complex overall. There was a strong roasty flavor that I guess would be from the type of malt used. The alcohol was blended well with the other flavors.

M: This beer had a good level of carbonation- somewhat on the lower side. The carbonation combined with the head foam created a smooth-drinking beer.

D: I really enjoyed this beer overall. While I noticed similarities to Rochefort 6, I definitely liked Rochefort 8 more. It seems the extra time utilized in making this beer made it better fit my taste preferences. If a longer brewing time brings about improvements for Rochefort's beers, then I am excited to try Rochefort 10 soon.

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Photo of mkh012
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep reddish-brown with a lasting, chunky head. Noticeable sediment in the bottom of the glass. I get grapes, vinous notes, and that signature Belgian yeastiness on the nose. The taste is incredibly smooth and well-balanced. Less intense than 10, but maybe to its benefit. If you are a fan of Belgian strong ales, you may find this is one of the smoothest. The alcohol is very well-masked, and there are really no bitter or off-putting notes. Tastes of dark fruits but is brighter and slightly sweeter than 10.

I have a bottle of 10 aging and really need to give it a proper review down the line. I paired my first bottle of 8 with a nice medium rare sirloin at Wolfgang Puck's Spago in Las Vegas, and it was a heavenly combo. Up there with the best beers I've had. I appreciate the subtlety and smoothness when compared to 10 (which is a bit more prune-y and rich) but will have to try both side-by-side to decide which is "better".

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Photo of beergeek279
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in the 11.2 oz. bottle, into the St. Bernardus goblet. The color is a dark copper, with a thick white head that goes nowhere. The smell is a dry yeastiness. The taste is dry, with a hint of floweriness in the beer, and a strong yeastiness in the aftertaste; alcohol is not noticable. Mouthfeel is very well carbonated. Drinkability, definitely could have a few of these.

Another excellent Trappist, though not quite as good as the 10 (then again, what can be?). Still, if you prefer a drier taste, this will interest you. I still will likely have this one in the future.

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

poured it out of a 330 ml bottle into my trusty goblet with a date of 20013/06/04

A,soon after the pour i let it settle and warm up a bit ,the thick frothy tan head did reduce but stayed. it`s dark brown with yeast gathering at the bottom of the glass.

S,not a powerful aroma but it`s got some dark fruits ,like prunes and raisin ,rich malt and sugar some alcohol seeps through .

T,it`s got body almost a full body yet a light syrupy side,creamy malt and spicy yeast the alcohol is there but it takes a back seat and lets others drive this beer.

M,the feel is a slick malty cream ,spicy yeast that dances on my tongue with delight some sweet sugar after taste as well .

D,this is a world class beer! extremely drinkable one of my personal favorites . highly regarded as one of the best beers to have,stock up on this one .

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Photo of Svyturys30
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bonsall_Phil
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Purchased from Frazier Farms in Vista CA
Use by date: 4-7-18

A: Poured into chalice. Very deep bronze-brown and very effervescent. Head developed some big bubbles started at about 2 inches and settled to a quarter inch and held as I waited for the beer to raise in temperature.

N: sweet, light toasted malt. Subtle biscotti tones

T: strong raisin fruit up front, pleasant syrupy and easy spices along the edge of the tongue. Clove, nutmeg. Taste quickly gives way to a clean, yet silky aftertaste and mouthfeel. Perfectly balanced, alcohol is present and warm but only detected slightly

Very pleasant beer, a new favorite now. Would try pairing it up with a thick smokey pork chop

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Photo of sherillc
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Little brother/sister of my favorite beer.

A: Poured it in my Rochefort glass. A great amber/brown color. Head is not too impressive. I often notice differences when opening this beer or the 10. Sometimes it gushes out of the bottle, but this time no need to be careful.

S: Caramel, malts, raisins and some alcohols. A nice rich smell.

T: PLeasant alcohols, notes of raisins but also red grapes. Some citrus, apple and of course great malts. A little bitterness, a little spice.

M: High carbonation and a medium body.

D: I see some similarities with the R10 but still good enough to stand on it's own. Very rich in taste for a medium body. This beer I could drink a few on one evening unlike the R10 that usually finishes my evening.

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4.6/5  rDev +7%

Photo of dasenebler
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big head dissipates to a steady layer with a swirl of dark yeastiness. Cloudy, turbid mahogany, with sediment floating around-- maybe I screwed up the pour. Aroma of yeast, alcohol, and fruity sweetness.

Layers of complex flavor. At first it's medicinal, hoppy, and bitter. Then there's a phenolic, rubbery and yeasty flavor on the tongue. After a few sips, the taste buds adjust and it's beautifully balanced. Alcohol is well-hidden. Lots of buttery maltiness, some dark fruit flavors too. Finish is astonishingly dry and clean. This amazing flavor profile is unique to Rochefort. Fine-texture carbonation. Mouthfeel is creamy but surprisingly lithe and bright on the tongue. Insanely drinkable for a strong belgian ale.

Delicious, unique. Easily the hoppiest of the three Rocheforts.

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Photo of wrogers19971
4.6/5  rDev +7%

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 omnigrits
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a globe.

A. Murky brown with a light tan head, lots of lace.

S. A strong musty, earthy aroma mingled with spicy yeast and dark fruits.

T. More fruit, and a strong hint of ripe banana. This is nothing like the same kind of banana flavour you get from a hefeweizen. I'm getting the same hints of cola that I found in Rochefort 6, but more muted.

M. Medium bodied and smooth but with a prickly carbonation. Dry in the finish.

O. This one is going to be added to my list of favourite beers, no question. A delicious dubbel without the sweetness that can mar some beers of the style for me. Superb.

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Photo of lhwjanssen
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 LocusSolus
4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of HappyGuy12345
4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Drank from tulip glass after poured from a bottle.
Appearance: Very dark brown with large amount of foamy tan head. Sediment on bottom of glass was noticed after I finished most of it.
Smell: Mild fruity aroma
Taste: Extremely smooth with hints of raisin and other fruits with no aftertaste. This beer has 9.2% ABV, but it is extremely well hidden.
Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation
Overall: It's not difficult to see why many consider this a "world-class" beer. Certainly a beer for special occasions or celebrations.

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Photo of majorbase2
4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, mahogany brown color with a lumpy, brown head. Dissipates after a bit, leaving a thin, patchy layer of head and a very thin ring of lacing.

Aroma is very sweet. Sweet caramel malts and dark fruits dominate first sniff. Prune, fig, and cherry.

Taste follows the nose. Dark fruits and sweet malts are strong. Brown sugar is present. Raisin and fig. Very sweet and smooth. Has some earthy character as well. Not much alcohol presence. Ridiculously smooth. One of the tastiest brews you'll find, completely nailing the dark fruit flavors, with a nice accent from the other malt presence.

As stated, this beer is criminally drinkable. I downed this in about 20 minutes, and I normally drink my beers in about 45. Good carbonation. Goes down creamy and smooth.

Sensational beer. My highest rated beer at this point is Rochefort 10. I will be very curious to see where this one ends up. One of the best beers I've ever had.

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Photo of CroatianTrain15
4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Brasserie de Rochefort
4.3 out of 5 based on 5,279 ratings.
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