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


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RATINGS: 3011   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 (586) - 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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Beerbarella (323) - - APR 23, 2014
330 ml bottle. Pours clear dark brown with a high brownish head. Rich roasty aroma with chocolate notes. Wonderful taste. Mild palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beeracoon (415) - - APR 23, 2014
Huge light-brown head. Caramel-brown colour. Vanilla aroma. Bitter roast taste. Lasting bitter palate. Somehow I’ve expected more given its astonishingly high average rating.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
seynie (86) - Tienen, BELGIUM - APR 22, 2014
Lovely brown colour, more lively than expected with a good foam top. Smells of fruit, Granny Smith even. Taste is not as pronounced as hoped, but the finish is superb. Cognac, apples, red fruits, citrus. Very complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
keeszorge (19) - - APR 20, 2014
Het 'kleine broertje' van de 10. Fruitig aroma, zoete smaak met licht bittere afdronk. Elegante schuimkraag. De Rochefort is en blijft een absolute topper!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BastogneBrewery (2) - BELGIUM - APR 20, 2014 does not count
Beautiful color but no grain taste. No coocked grain taste ! This beer is made with too much Brown sugar. The taste is the same, this is caramel. Very llow bitterness. The foam is decreasing very fast. The general taste is good but i expect more than Brown sugar taste when i buy a beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
EdwinLitzau (241) - NETHERLANDS - APR 19, 2014
Donkerbruine kleur, weinig schuim. Fruitig aroma. Smaakt fantastisch, fruitig, zoet met een kleine bittere nasmaak. Goddelijk.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HerrBierkoenig (105) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 19, 2014
From 0,33l bottle. BBD: 03.08.16. Pours hazy amber brown liquid with dark apricot reflex, medium tan head. Aroma: beautiful deep rich aroma, cognac, red fruits, plum, resin, citrus, summer biscuit fruit cakes, caramel, well hidden alcohol. Taste: medium sweet, light to medium bitter, light to medium sour, biscuit cakes, citrus, fruits, Palate: medium body, oily texture, average to soft carbonation, long bitter sweet and warm (bit alcoholic) aftertaste. Quiet good drinkability because of medium body with watery/oily mouthfeel and good carbonation. Overall: Excellent aroma, taste bit less excellent, than expected (perhaps due to not best storing conditions), would recommend with summer fruits cakes or winter gingerbread.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jayzz (203) - Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2014
Lovely beer with a buttered toffee aroma and smooth sweet nutty flavor. Has a dark amber rich color.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JonnyConga (52) - Cornwall, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2014
High carb. V little aroma. Burnt fruit. Okay but nothing special. Not sure if I get this Belgian beer thing yet... ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lucbier (6) - - APR 15, 2014 does not count
Maravilhosa cerveja Belga. Em sabor e aroma, só perde da Rochefort 10. Complexa. Malte predominando. Excelente !!

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