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


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RATINGS: 3639   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2007
Very similar to the 10 but the lower abv mactually makes it a bit smoother. The maltiness is more pronounced because of this. After the 10 his is my favorite beer ever.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
naplesbeerfan (17) - Naples, Florida, USA - NOV 25, 2007
Considerably more mild than #10, but similar characteristics. Dark, cloudy head with complex flavors (still working on palate). A very nice brew, but I prefer the #10 any day.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Tilley4 (218) - Huron, Tennessee, USA - NOV 24, 2007
Man, Iím disappointed. I grabbed this from the shelves of the local liquor store and I was saving it for a rainy day. I feel let down. Poured a dark murky brown with a little sediment and a huge head that too forever to settle down. I was loving life about this point, this beer looked dark and foreboding and complex. I didnít get a lot of the smells that others here got. Mostly alcohol and a little yeast. Extremely disappointed by the taste here. No malt flavor, no yeast flavor, just an alcoholic flavored water is what I got. Iím hoping that I got a bad bottle here. This beer was so hyped that I was expecting a wonderful experience and Iím sad to say that I just didnít have it. Iím probably going to rerate this in the future just to make sure, but as of now, Iím totally bummed out.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerheart (237) - Erie, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2007
Pours a deep mahogany and caramel color. Thick tan head with a lace that lasts. Aromas of raisins and cherries with hints of chocolate literally caught my nose from several feet away. Thick and bready on the palate. Tastes of raisins, figs, roasted malts, caramel, all subtly blended. Very complex. Nothing overpowering. Slightly dry, alcohol finish. A great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mbgrayson (725) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - NOV 24, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2008 High amount of head. Very smooth. Goes down very easily for a 9.2% ASV. brew. Cost $5.25 for a bottle in Bozeman Montana. This one is very good. In the Outer Banks, was $2.99 per bottle.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Frauditor (160) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - NOV 24, 2007
this is a damn good beer. had at hotel erasmus in Brugge. Wanted to try the Westlveteren 12 but they arenít distributing anymore. Glad I settled on this gem. perfect malt flavor, nice head and deep aroma. i hear the 10 is even better. gotta find one,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FatguyRacer (159) - Crownsville, Maryland, USA - NOV 23, 2007
Bottle poured in a large snifter. I enjoyed this as much as the bottle of 10 i had a week ago. It was lighter but had subtle differences. Its was a dollar a bottle cheaper, but its not a dollar a bottle less in quality than 10. But of the two, I prefer 10.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dchmela (3013) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2007
#200!!! Pours out dark brown, cloudy, with a thick fluffy off white head. Really looks nice in the glass, like you know you are in for something good. Yeast, raisin, fig aroma, very light, not overpowering. Not as smooth as the 10, but it reveals some different flavors like coffee, roasted malt, but very subdued and subtle. Thick and yeasty, but doesnít overwhelm the mouth. A little more of the alcohol and a warming going on, much more evident, whereas the 10 sneaks up on you. Finishes very clean, maybe a hint of fruit on the tongue. A classic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
popkow (308) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Bottle poured out a hazy cloudy chestnut brown body. Average hops and alcohol made this one go back smooth. The body was full with average carbs and a great bitter flav mixed with a hint of acidity.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - NOV 18, 2007
Dark brown with a big creamy quite lasting tan head. Strong aroma of roasted, coffee, ripe fruits, such as figs or whatsoever, vanilla, some earthiness, a floral touch, chocolate. A slight bitterness and a hint of acidity, due to roasted malts, and a complex mix of what iíve already mention in aroma. I found it a more bit rough in mouth than is little sister 6. Warming indeed, and very nice.

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