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


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RATINGS: 3466   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 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cgarvieuk (18513) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 22, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2015 A deep brown colour, with a strong sweet fruit malt nose, and a deep rich lively complex malt flavour. bottler at home drunk may 2015 ... bbf may 2012 ... dark brown ... soft sweet fruits .. soft malts ... soft fruits .. soft malts ... soft toffee fruits .. ligth yeast .. ligth blackcurrant fruit 3.9

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Aegrus (49) - USA - APR 21, 2007
Bottle. Trappist Glass. Murky brown-amber pour with thin tan head. Smells of dark cherry, alcohol sweet caramel, chocolate and coffee. Robust medium body with low carbonation is accented with notes of brown sugar, berry fruit, caramel, earthiness, spice and apples. Very lovely beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Isadaddy (11) - tampa, Florida, USA - APR 20, 2007
While the Rochfort 10 seems to be rated higher on the list, this one is more drinkable. Had a bottle as dessert at the Bier Market in Toronto and enjoyed it quite a bit. If you like belgians, especially ones with body, this is worth a try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mugabe (258) - SWEDEN - APR 18, 2007
Bottle at home. Pours an inviting hazy red-brown with a lot of sediment. Fresh aroma of raisin and cherries. Full creamy, fruity taste with a dry, bitter finish with some alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnnyOlhus (43) - Amager (Copenhagen), DENMARK - APR 17, 2007
Very sweet aroma with raisin and chocolate. Tastes slitghty sweet, with nicely hidden alcohol. Very well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gottalottaibu (243) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 17, 2007
pours hazy brown with huge inviting head. wonderful sticky lacing. aroma was rather light and clean. a sweet yeasty scent with a touch of alcohol. the flavor is outstanding. fizzy at first with all the carbonation with tart fruit on the tip. warms nicely in the mouth with a medium feel and a slightly dry finish. superb. every aspect of this beer is enticing and it delivers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 16, 2007
Belgian beer festival Brussels 2006: Had to bring a few bottles home for my friends and my Dad. My favorite of the Rochefort range.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 15, 2007
Obviously a good beer...nice appearance, aroma, and flavor. Quite a bit of sediment from the pour. Much rather prefer the 10 anyday, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
reakt (949) - Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2007 freebie bottle @ beirodrome, kingsway. It looks so regal in its glass! Deep mahogany w/ dense creamy tan head. Wonderful malt nose of raisins, chocolate, caramel and nuts. Taste to match with notes of raspberries. Finish of dark fruits, malt and cinnamon. Very full on taste and palate. Creamy and spicy. Very much like the 10 with that cola character. Yum.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
clasley (153) - Arkansas, USA - APR 14, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2007 330 ml bottle. Pours a cloudy pecan brown with a dense frothy head. Rich nose with tones of plum and spice. Medium body with a dry finish. Well balanced but lacking in the flavor I was expecting. I can only assume the bottle I acquired wasn’t treated with love.

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