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


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RATINGS: 3155   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HIGHB4LL (611) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2014
12 oz. bottle from Cash Wise in Williston. Appearance: 2 fingers tan-kahaki head that does not last, head lasts as a film, amber color, light cloudy, no lacing to note. Aroma: light plum/fig, rich malt, biscuits, light floral hops. Palate: medium body, alcohol warming sensation and thinness, average carbonation, finish is dry and alcohol. Taste: sweet plum/fig, into a maltiness that lasts, but is partially masked by the booziness that takes over and rides it through towards the end. Overall, slightly thin texture for me, and the booze is not overly well hidden, but I know it is not meant to be. For the style, a little light, but very good tastes and aromas. My only complaint is that this beer is not as rich in the malt as I like my Belgian strongs personally. Very good beer besides.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (5986) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 14, 2014
"pours a light-medium murky brown. nice aroma of plum fruit and spice. as with the 6 and 10, it hides it’s 9.3% abv incredibly well. Heavier and fuller than the 6, which was surprisingly light. Medium bodied and smooth as snot on a glass eye. flavor mimicked the aroma once again. Very nice beer."

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
eduardovl (891) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
330ml bottle served in its own chalice. A: Pours a dark brown color with a medium dense and creamy beige head. Particles floating around. Medium to low retention and some nice lacings left in the glass S: A little bit less complex than the 10 but still quite fruity and bready. Strong notes of raisins and plums. Candy sugar. Caramel malts and earthy Belgian yeasts T: Sweet and fruity upfront. Notes of chocolate biscuits, candy sugar, malts, Belgian yeasts, brown bread, candy sugar. Nice hops profile, not too bitter. A bit boozy M: Full creamy and molasses body. Reasonable carbonation. Belgian-style bittersweet aftertaste O: Absolutely drinkable. Simply delicious. A winner, ever! [ BA Review @ 11/18/2009 ]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
robbienate (113) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 13, 2014
a sweet, spicy taste and aroma, and you have to love the way those tiny bubbles just sit on your tongue. Unfortunately it disappeard way too fast and only left me wanting more (too cost prohibitive), we must pay homage to those trappist for continuing to produce such fine quality beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (2887) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 13, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours deep brown, nose is fruity, malty, taste is toffee, figs, dark fruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PsychoGunnar (200) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 11, 2014
Double trappist beer, and thus automatically qualified for the "classic" stamp. Powerful and sweet, beautifully red brown with clear hints of strawberries, soy sauce and hints of beechwood, cinnamon and caramel. A joy for both the nose, the mouth roof and the tongue. Nice to be in Belgium!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mackeon (55) - - OCT 11, 2014
A fine beer from the good brothers in Rochefort. Just a little too much caramel makes this a slightly too sweet beer for my taste, and the extremely thin head doesn’t do its appearance much good, but overall this is a great beer, with a particularly fine nose. A great beer for late afternoons in fall. Classic label with a pretty jumble of lettering styles, quite Belgian, that.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ulysse (49) - Brussels, BELGIUM - OCT 8, 2014
Pours a reddish brown colour. Head is made of rather large bubbles. Doesn’t stick around very long. 9,2% goes unnoticed in the aftertaste. Wouldn’t mind drinking copious amounts of this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zlotta (55) - Bonn, GERMANY - OCT 7, 2014
0,33 l bottle (way too expensive at the Bierbörse in Schwelm). Dark ruby colour, clear liquid. Very creamy, off-white stable and thick head. Intense aroma of cherry, plum, dried fruits, raisins, rock sugar and caramel. Taste is a mixture of sweet and bitter. Medium body, creamy texture, lively carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel. Crisp bitter finish (in a pleasant way). After having opened the bottle, I was just impressed how good a beer can smell. Drinking it was even better. Love it, just a gorgeous beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopRedHead (389) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 7, 2014
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours dirty orange brown with a creamy khaki head. Aroma of toast, bready yeast, leather, cherries and toffee. Flavours are very bready, dark fruits, alcohol warmth and basementy/leathery note. Medium body, lingering bready booziness. Prefer the 10 by a long way.

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