Brewed by Brasserie Rochefort
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Rochefort, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3381   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
The lower gravity cousin to Rochefort 10. Nicknamed "Spéciale" (’The Special’), this beer is the most recent production. The Rochefort 8 has a more tawny colour and a more pronounced aroma, with an even richer fruitiness (a slight undertone of fig?) and a little more spiced dryness, like that of a cake, which gives a balanced finish to the final notes.

Hugi's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Hugi (463) - Waldkirch, - DEC 15, 2012
Brown, hazy, full and stable head. Complex maltiness, berries, maybe melon. Very spicy when i had it in my mouth for a longer time (a bit like italien style spices..!). Full body. Long (and fruity) aftertaste.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sandow (2) - FRANCE - JUL 26, 2015 does not count
Really good beer, with nice color and dense froth (as every trappist beer). However, I’d rather drink an Orval or Westmalle because this one is too ’strong’

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beers0mniac (7) - FINLAND - JUL 24, 2015 does not count
Murky brown colour with frothy head that disappears quickly. Rich, dark fruits in flavour, intensive aroma. Slight alcohol warm in the end. Awesome beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EvgeniyKurilov (5) - - JUL 23, 2015 does not count
Очень приятно& насыщен& пиво каштано& цвета с густой, липкой пеной. В аромате четко выделяю& черносл& ноты. Вкус пряный со множест& сухофру& долгое послевк& Но и во вкусе и в аромате мне чего-то не хватило, особенн& если сравнив& с 10-кой.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
szeli (59) - GERMANY - JUL 22, 2015
Meiner Meinung nach sogar etwas besser als das Rochefort 10. Runder, weniger Alkoholgeschmack, dadurch mehr Aroma welches durchkommt. Super lecker.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
emincems (8) - izmir, TURKEY - JUL 22, 2015 does not count
one of the best beers in the world. 9,2 alcohol is not less, but you can easily drink this flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
David_87 (110) - - JUL 21, 2015
Pours similar in color and sediment to it´s big brother. Aroma is alot more subdued on this one compared to the 10, less of everything is what hits me! Still rich dark fruits, plums, figs. Taste follows the same road of shadowing it´s big brother in awe i can imagine as it lacks something in all the categories compared to the 10, the difference in price and abv is just not justifiable to me to choose this over the 10 at any time if you can have any of them! If the 10 is not available the 8 suddenly becomes a top class belgian dark strong beer! Perfect example of living in the shadow of something better! Bottle from SB.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CurbDog (15) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2015
Pours big head, fades very quickly and eventually disappears. Murky dark brown. Plum, raisin, fig, musk, cola aroma. All matching flavours. High carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jultsu (285) - TAMPERE, FINLAND - JUL 17, 2015
Valkoinen, kuohuva, iso vaahto. Huumaavan intensiivinen tuoksu. Hapokas alkoholinintensiivinen suutuntuma, kolamainen sihinä? Jälkimaku juuri ja juuri alkoholinpoltteiseksi kutsuttava, makea, täyteläinen. Todella hyvää.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Klimaet (702) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2015
Bottle. Pours dark hazy brown with a small offwhite head. Aromas of dark ripe fruits, some vinous notes, caramel, alcohol, raisins, malty notes. Taste is dark dried fruits, some ripe dark fruits aswell, vinous, chocolate, caramel, dark malts.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TorbenJensen (472) - Valby, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2015
One of the major Trappists is undoubtedly Rochefort. It’s beautiful dark brown with a foam is slight, but persistent. In addition to a malty aroma I can smell both flower and fruit as well as slightly perfumed aroma. It has an extremely complex flavor where both caramel malt and lots of fruit (plum, raisin) mixes with a little flower. It has a bit perfurmed taste. I can usually hate this tasty perfume, but in this splendid beer is so little to the other good flavors overtones it. The alcohol is present in the taste, but is by no means. Palate is huge and I can taste the beer for a very long time. As several other reviewers have already written, I would also strongly recommend that this beer can not be enjoyed too cold. It will simply be devastating for all the good flavors it contains.

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