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


on tap

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RATINGS: 3572   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
The lower gravity cousin to Rochefort 10. Nicknamed "Spťciale" (íThe Specialí), 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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nephirem (143) - CROATIA - MAY 16, 2016
Pours dark brown body with creamy beige head. Hazy appearance. Smell is a bit faint, mostly sweet, a bit herbal, a bit toffee. Full body with thick texture and very subtle carbonation. Mostly sweet taste with slight alcohol burn on the tongue. Aroma is pleasant, herbal, floral; caramel, toffee, spices.... Excellent. Lovely balanced ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MetalMurphy (352) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAY 14, 2016
bottle @ antwep. dark brown colour, heavy body, malty, but fruity, quite good belgian beer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Studoffsky (78) - POLAND - MAY 10, 2016
Chyba jeszcze lepsze niż "dziesiątka". W nosie belgijskie drożdże, marcepan, figi, porto, pieprzne fenole. Na języku jak to w mocnych belgach gruszka z jabłkiem ale też wanilia, nuta czekolady (najbliższa deserowej), suszone śliwki, lekka pieprzność. Wszystko idealnie zharmonizowane. Dobre wysycenie, przyjemnie "pracuje" w ustach. Rozgrzewa, alkohol oczywiście mniej wyczuwalny niż w 10. Pierwsza liga.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CRock (167) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2016
Surprised I havenít rated this yet considering I drink it regularly. Itís just a solid anytime beer. Summer, winter, morning, night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scrumpy369 (322) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAY 6, 2016
Bottle at home. Brown colour with a small beige head. Nose is funky slight banana. Taste is low-medium sweetness with definitve booze. Silk smooth. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pedro_Pinho (120) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 3, 2016
Hazy brown with creamy off white head. Aroma is malt, yeast and caramel. It has been a long time since I had one of this. Really good and tasteful, although I actually prefer the no.10.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Humlehode (556) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 1, 2016
Pours clear deep amber. Very fruity aroma. Prunes, raisins, roasted notes, oak, toffee. Complex. Sweet. Highly carbonated

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Syfher (302) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAY 1, 2016
Bottle of 33cl, in a Trappist glass; room temperature. Good Trappist beer, a little bit greedy in taste in comparison with his big sister. Nice aroma and taste dominate by the Trappist yeast. Try it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
markosalaplaya (1) - - MAY 1, 2016 does not count
Used to be one of my favourites. Still one of the better style examples, but Iíve travelled on from Belgium.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BucannonXC5 (1372) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 1, 2016
Type: 330-ml. bottle (11.2 oz.) Glass: Westvleteren 12 Trappist glass From: San Diego Wine Company in Miramar (San Diego), Calif. Price: $5.99 Purchased: N/A; Received on April 23, 2016 Consumed: April 27, 2016 Misc.: Best before July 23, 2019 Thanks, Tom! My wifeís uncle, Tom, brought this as a gift, along with Founderís KBS and Acoustic Ales Instant Triple Karma. Unbelievably nice as I hadnít had the chance so have either. Have always wanted to try these Trappistes Rochefort beers, but this will be my first. Poured an auburn, murky color with 1-to-2 fingers of frothy, khaki head. Light bubbles coming up from the bottom. Minimal wet lacing. Average retention. (Sight - 4.00) Smelled that 9.2 pct. ABV right away. Once that settled, got spoiled plum, toffee, some candied caramel, red apple, purple grape, raisins, prunes and more dark fruits. Funky overall. (Smell - 4.00) Taste was a bit better, but still on those funky notes. Got roasted toffee, candied caramel, spoiled plum, raisins, prune juice, dates, rye bread, purple grape, red apple, some blackberry, hints of rum, light notes of chocolate and some wintry spices. (Taste - 4.00) Medium body. Oily texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Long, warming finish. (Feel - 4.25) I really wanted to like this one but probably ended up overrating it as a result. It was good, but not something I would need to try again. Itís not like Iíve never tried a Belgian Strong Dark Ale (this was my 12th) but it was just good, not great. Maybe this is supposed to be the standard, but I reviewed it as is. (Overall - 4.00) 4.03 90 A-

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