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


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RATINGS: 3333   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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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.

kdm1984's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kdm1984 (782) - Missouri, USA - NOV 16, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2013 Large, thick head with thick rings of lacing and sediment at the bottom. Aroma of dark purple and red fruits like grapes, raisins, cherries, cranberries, and apples. Flavor is all of the aforementioned along with bready malts. ABV incredibly well-hidden as with #10 - no burn despite being over 9%! Rochefort is incredible with this. Only complaint - a bit too much acid. Otherwise, smooth and well-balanced. Reminds me of a better version of Brother Thelonius by North Coast - a fine beer in its own right. Basically, this is almost as good as their legendary 10. SECOND TASTING NOTES: Not as much acid this time. Drinking it slightly warmer. Tasting more brown sugar and molasses. Butterscotch and caramel, too, including in the aroma. Carbonation is very high - like soda bubbles on the mouth at first. This is so tasty - 9% ABV is well-hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MelvinKalksma (59) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - MAY 17, 2015
Aroma: Caramel, raisin, drop, chocolate, fruity. Appearance: Darkish brown, starts with a huge off-white head and ends with a nice steady one. Taste/Palate: Caramel, raisin, drop, chocolate, fruity in the end. Sweet from beginning till end, but still has a bitter taste woven in it. Overall: The taste is slightly more sweet and softer than that of the darker 10, but still very good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
k92488 (339) - NORWAY - MAY 16, 2015
0.33 flaske. Klar mørk med hvit skum som varer. Aroma av gjær malt sitrus. Smak av karamell. Søt og mild. Veldig god

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nevalainen (230) - FINLAND - MAY 16, 2015
Cloudy amber color with creamy off-white head. Aroma is caramel, fruit. Taste is Strong sweet, with tiny alcohol finish. A good one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
njager246 (502) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2015
Still not my jam, but much better than 10, dark fruits and a strong malt presence, not bad!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cristobal37 (334) - Canyon Lake, California, USA - MAY 16, 2015
Amazing. The perfect dessert beer. Sweet candied sugar, dark fruit, creamy malts. Fantastic beer. I might actually like this more than the 10. Sweet yeasty aroma from beautiful cream colored head. A dream.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Guldfeldt (3) - Ringsted, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2015 does not count
Tykt skum med lang holdbarhed. Uklar mørkebrun. Sød med eftersmag. Fik 2 indenfor et døgn og den første havde en sur eftersmag men denne er god.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
AndyGibbs05 (21) - - MAY 15, 2015
Beautiful. You just can’t beat the classics. Caramel, chocolate aroma and taste, sought bubblegum and banana but just amazing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kingvit (358) - - MAY 14, 2015
Aroma: caramel, nuts, roasty, citrus, herbs, basement aromas, alcohol, banana, bubblegum, clove, raisin, vanilla; Appearance: amber, hazy, vanishing frothy head: Taste: intense sweetness, medium sourness, slight bitterness: Palate: medium carbonation, long finish, full body, oily texture Delicious, rich, luscious, well-rounded, well-hidden alcohol, intense yeast aromas. For slow savouring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerjerky (5) - - MAY 12, 2015 does not count
Bottle, pours dark brown, the head quickly drops to a persistent silky sheen. Caramel, raisin, bitter chocolate. For the ABV, very tempered alcohol tones, balanced sweetness, not cloying. A nice fruity after taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Arek (491) - Zielona Góra & Wrocław, POLAND - MAY 10, 2015
Bottle 0.33 l, Drink Hala, Wrocław, Poland.
Brązowe, mętnawe piwo o obfitej, puszystej i sztywnej pianie oraz przyjemnym, słodowym, owocowym aromacie. W smaku gęste i bogate, początkowo słodowe i owocowe, lekko słodkawe, przełamane kwaskowatością, następnie wytrawne, palone z biszkoptowymi nutami i rozgrzewającym finiszem.

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