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


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RATINGS: 3511   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mister_Li (481) - GERMANY - JAN 17, 2016
Trübes dunkelbraun mit reichlich Schaum. Röstmalzig, fruchtig, Kirsche, Waldbeeren, süß, leicht würzig, spritzig

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
firsthuman (3) - GERMANY - JAN 15, 2016 does not count
Very good Beer. Interesting fruity flavour. Full aroma. Good sweeteness. Creamy taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ferrinche (51) - Santiago de Compostela, SPAIN - JAN 15, 2016
Extraordinaria, incluso, según mi opinión personal, por encima de la Rochefort 10, al entras más fácil, teniendo notas muy similares. Muy recomendables las 3 Rochefort, un acierto seguro.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wrlangin (67) - Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2016
Excellent beer. Crisp, balanced. Definitely not as robust as the 10, but still very enjoyable and better then most capital Belgian beers. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hinez57 (224) - Clinton, Mississippi, USA - JAN 12, 2016
Everything it is supposed to be as a Trappist Golden Strong. Fruity esters, moderate phenols on the nose. Ruddy light brown with chunks from bottle and wonderful thin head. Sweet, dry, balanced, drinkable, figgy, carmel, grainy, bits of hops shining through. Wonderful palate, high carb but muted by viscous nature of brew. Just a wonderful brew throughout. More simple/straightforward than some other Trappist ales but just as good or better in some ways.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BenWesthof (195) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 9, 2016
One of the best beers I have ever had. Rich bitter tones and a long lingering aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mariuspoenari (428) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 9, 2016
33cl bottle from the local supermarket. Pours a murky brown with a tall cream head with very good retention. Smells of dark fruit, prunes, raspberry jam, caramel and spices. The taste follows the same notes and resembles Rochefort 10 quite a bit (though I still need to do a head-to-head tasting). Sweet and a bit bitter, a bit sour, spicy and complex. Not as full-bodied and smooth as the 10, but still world class.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Icedwarf (1006) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - JAN 9, 2016
Donkerbruin bier met schuim. Smaak is zoet, krachtig. licht hoppig bitter met iets van drop, caramel en anijs. Mogelijk zelfs beter dan de 10.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
drjoeng (458) - - JAN 4, 2016
9.2%ABV. Belgian Strong Ale. Poured out black brown. 28şSRM. Nose has some nice roasty malty aromas. The chin chow or licorice nose is back again. There are some nice roasted nutty aromas of chestnuts and hazelnuts. Maybe honeyed or carmelized cashews. Creme brulee. Mouthfeel is soapy. There is pronounced carbonation and the palate is bitter with alcohol being a very prominent feature. There are pronounced flavors of dates, black plums, toffee and percolated coffee which you get more in the finish. Finish is medium and malty with an aftertaste of chocolate alcohol fumes. Goes on Favorites List!

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