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


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RATINGS: 3510   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08/5   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.

kdm1984's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kdm1984 (814) - 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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
glacier (107) - Warszawa, POLAND - FEB 11, 2016
Piwo trapistów. Piana Intensywna. ładna, szybko znika, ale zostawia kożuszek.. Barwa ciemny brąz, lekko mętna, Wysokie wysycenie szczypie w język. Ciało pełne, oleiste. Zapach bardzo intensywny, złożony, winny, śliwkowy, delikatnie drożdżowy. Trochę ziemisty i alkoholowy. Smak ziemisty, Korzenny. Potem czuć smaczki ciemne, palone, wyrazistą alkoholowość i rózne owocowo-winne, lekko cierpkie nutki. Czuć moc piwa. Końcówka trochę gorsza.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Keukeman (57) - BEST, NETHERLANDS - FEB 8, 2016
Bottle poured a hazy brown-amber colpur beer. Nut-like flavour. Slightly bitter. I liked the 10 better but still pretty good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
vinivini (912) - BELARUS - FEB 2, 2016
Hazy tan to brown, tall rocky head vanishing to a thick film on beer. Aroma of rich malts, yeasty spiciness, some strong alcohol like grappa. The rest is hard to describe and beautiful. Even a note of fresh cucumber. Medium to full body. Oily to creamy. The taste is similarly complex. Dark fruit, grappa, sherry, I don’t even know what. A great experience drinking this

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RhetoricalAns (730) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 1, 2016
Bottle pour. Darker brown amber pour, thin rocky tan head. Decent lacing. Dark malt aroma, toffee, brown sugar, bread, dark fruit, a little bit of yeasty ester. A little bit of warming alcohol in the body. Medium body overall, carbonation is on the creamier side.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
datrael (40) - Kraków, POLAND - JAN 30, 2016
Zaczyna się od drożdżowego, zbożowego aromatu z alkoholową nutą, który nie ulatnia się ani na moment, pozostaje do ostatniego łyku. Barwa ciemny brąz, całość pokryta z początku obfitą, szybko opadającą jednak pianą. Wysokie wysycenie szczypie w język. Ciało pełne, oleiste. W smaku mocna zbożowość z wyczuwalnym alkoholem, słodowa podbudowa. Zarówno w ustach jak i w nosie wyczuwalne kwaśne owoce, z czasem zaczynają dominować, narzucając nieco smaku kompotu z suszonych owoców.. Każdy łyk bardzo przyjemnie rozgrzewa. Piwo znakomicie ułożone, wszystko jest na swoim miejscu. Sączy się je cudownie, trudno się do czegoś przyczepić. Idealne na długie zimowe wieczory.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wombat23 (137) - Texas, USA - JAN 27, 2016
11.2 oz. bottle. Pours a dark amber-brown with an off-white head that is initially a little fizzy and then eventually settles into more of a thin creamy film. Moderate lacing that slides down the glass back into the beer. Aroma of dark fruits, malt, caramel, and some alcohol. Flavors of dark fruit, spice, caramel, wine, nuts, and light Belgian yeast. Warm, slightly bitter finish. Strong carbonation. Some creaminess in the mouthfeel. Had this for the first time in Brussels, Sept. 2015, and I was hooked! Absolutely fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stijnemans90 (34) - - JAN 22, 2016
Notig en zacht. Rijk van smaak, licht zoet op de tong, bitter in de afdronk. Veel smaakevolutie. Niet zo lekker als de 10, maar nog steeds uitstekend.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kk101 (4) - TAIWAN - JAN 22, 2016 does not count
bubble smooth taste good bread smell long lingering aftertaste alcohol bitter tones

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tesorino (11) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 21, 2016
Brown colour with tan head. Malt, raisin, bread aroma. Sweet, malt, raisin, fig, caramel and bread taste. Medium to full body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBHansen (573) - Křge, DENMARK - JAN 20, 2016
Bottle @ DŘE. Appearance: pours clear red-brown with good beige soapy head and lacing. aroma/taste: brown sugar, chocolate, dried fruits/dades, plums, alcohol and lots of spices, palette: strong yeasty aroma, average to sparkling carbonation, full body, medium to notable sugar sweetness, somewhat balanced by a medium bitterness, medium to long duration and an oily texture. Overall: nice complex strong ale.

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