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


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RATINGS: 3388   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.

kdm1984's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kdm1984 (813) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
knasputte78 (30) - SWEDEN - AUG 2, 2015
Rödbrun färg med litet skum. Fyllig smak med russin och liknande. Trevlig men inte topp ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StevieT (996) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 2, 2015
From a bottle. Slight aroma of Vegemite toast, lasting head, super smooth, no hint of the strength, very tasty drop.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sonotono (117) - torino, ITALY - AUG 1, 2015
Colore rosso scuro, schiuma cremosa non eccessiva. Odore fruttato, frutta matura, fichi. Frizzantezza medio-alta. Sapore molto frutttato, dolce, leggero caramello, finale piuttosto secco che smorza bene le note dolci. L’acool si fa sentire. Da meditazione.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Peter_Golgo (20) - NORWAY - AUG 1, 2015
*********************************** Good stuff ***********************************

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dhatton (188) - Mendham, New Jersey, USA - JUL 30, 2015
Pours an effervescent cherry wood color with full finger of loose beige head that diminishes to a thin milky substance that clings to the surface. Musty yeast aroma with notes of cloves, sourdough, and dark fruits. Excellent taste of spiced rum, caramel maltiness, cherries, and marzipan. Creamy texture with dry finish. Nicely balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DraftDodger (467) - - JUL 30, 2015
Copenhagen 30/7 2015. 33 cl bottle from Gunnar Madsens Vingandel. Aggressively foaming upon opening. Pours hazy brown with small white head. Disappears fairly fast. Sweet fruity aroma with some yeast and fermentation in the background. Some tart notes for balance. Fizzy carbonation. Taste is well balanced between sweet fruity fermentation and a little sourness. A fine Belgian Dark Ale. Maybe a bit aggressively carbonated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ivardo (111) - NORWAY - JUL 29, 2015

   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 (15) - FINLAND - JUL 24, 2015
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 (10) - - JUL 23, 2015
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.

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