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


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RATINGS: 3069   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 17/20
jrt (62) - USA - FEB 16, 2006
A little thinner than it’s heavier counterpart, which is not neccessarily a bad thing. Pours a beautiful dark brown with a thick lasting head. Quite aromatic; you can smell that magic maltiness! Also a deep dark fruitiness and a sharp, woodsy quality are easily perceptible though this beer is very complex. Basically, this beer pleases like few can.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beastiefan2k (2359) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2006
11.2 bottle. Drank in a Westmalle goblet. The beer pours with just a little bit of white lacing of head. Very dark, murky, brown. Cannot even see into the beer, very little sediment. Smells sweet but not sugary. The beers pops in your mouth. Nice slightly heavy body. Taste is strong and sweet but cannot feel the 9% alohol. Goes down without any bitterness. Truly an outstanding beer, worth all the praise.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
onystrom (1318) - Magellan Hunter! - Skanderborg, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2006
Dark brown-amber color wirh great head. Not very sweet but more hoppy and yeasty. Like the other high no. trappist its too strong for my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jdouglas3 (31) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 13, 2006
Cloudy brown color with large off-white head, slowly dissipating. Vanilla aroma and flavor but very hard to pin down. Smooth and silky feel. Advice: Don’t serve this too cold, as more flavor comes out when it’s warm.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Quevillon (2448) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 13, 2006
WOW! Vive les trapistes! Belle couleur rouge foncé/noir, arome invitant de fruit, très bon goût d’épice et de fruit. Elle ne goûte pas comme une très forte. Je veux essayer la 10!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2006
im not sure why so over obsessed I am not a trappist man really I guess thats why but it is pretty fucking good. smooth and nice. nj home liquors hackensack

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
theburden (10) - Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2006
bottle. outstanding fruity nose, from a lingering offwhite head. Dark and ruby when held upto the light. Spicy and complex fruit flavor all over the mouth. Definitly higher alcohols present but the booziness is balanced out by the malt in the body. It tastes much smoother than a 9.2% beer. Really an outstanding beer. Makes me wish I was back in Belgium.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Trev (1868) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2007 Pours a dark reddish brown with a substantial creamy tan head. Fruity-raisin alcohol dominates the aroma. Subtler caramel maltiness. Some woody herbal tones as well. Lively spritzy mouthfeel combined with a full mouth flavour. Hard for me to nail down the flavour though. A bit sour, a bit malty sweet alcohol. Some spice to it as well. Lingering tin tasting hoppy bitterness in finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 9, 2006
Pours a dark mocha brown with a thick, mostly receding tan head. Aroma of plums, raisins, vinous malt, toffee, and caramel. Taste of fruity esters, sweet caramel, pepper, light smoke, leather, oak. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lush, wispy carbonation. This was a pretty fresh sample, with a surprising amount of hoppiness. Most certainly a cellar selection.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cartoonkhaki (1220) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 9, 2006
Dark amber brown with light brown head, sharp aroma of stewed fruits and alcohol, light oily palate and a mix of flavour, malts , honyish and fruity at times, musty...

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