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


on tap

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RATINGS: 3571   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RedCloud (129) - Rhode Island, USA - AUG 19, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2013 Pours with bubbly white head, and a nice sappy amber body with lots of sediment. Has a nice sweet pizza dough and fig aroma, with honey, grape, and banana. Has sea salt and grape taste with nutmeg, oats, and yeasty wheat malt finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drfabulous (6184) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 19, 2007
Classic Trappist. My wife and I shared two of these for our wedding night. I can’t add to what’s already been said other than that.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
teebradford (51) - Senatobia, Mississippi, USA - AUG 18, 2007
Very, very good stuff. Flavor is peppery and spicy. Golden in color with a soft fluffy head. Highly recommended. Smells as good as it tastes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TET (2492) - Kaarina, FINLAND - AUG 18, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2013 One year to expiry date in this bottle. A dark brown beer with a creamy, dense, beige and head. Aroma of raisins, some sweetness, dark fruits, spices, earthyness and some port wine. Aroma is slightly sweeter when the beer is warmer. Taste is slightly sweet, quite lots of hops, dark and dried fruits, spicyness. The aftertaste is long, smoothly spicy and almost dry. Full bodied, medium carbonation, surprisingly fresh to drink. Very tastefull Trappist, complex but still easy. Nicely balanced with dark fruits, sweetness and spices.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 18, 2007
Pours a beautiful, cloudy, dark amber almost mohagony brown color into the trappist glass. A small amount of sediment was left in the bottle, with some tiny particles making their way into the trappist glass. There was an inch of perfect, frothy head letting it be known that this is a mother of a beer. The scent was very complex with malt, raisins, caramel, figs, dried fruit and a doughy, biscuity note coming through. A perfect play on the palate, with tiny, crips bubbles exploding on the tongue. There is a nice creamy feel to the finish. The complex flavors included dried fruit, cherries, molasses, alcohol, chocolate and some bitterness. There is a spicey aftertaste and near perfect mouthfeel. This is a tremendous beer that lives up to the hype.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brix (648) - DENMARK - AUG 17, 2007
Tasted 2007-07-22. Fresh bottle, 33cl. Pours dark brown with an off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt, molasses, yeast and banana. Ditto flavour. A very heavy and very rich beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheJester (2418) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 16, 2007
330 mL bottle. Mahogany brown with excellent, sticky head. Aroma is of chocolate, plums/raisins, cherries, and alcohol. Flavour is full and complex; candi sugar, dark chocolate, dried fruit, licorice, alcohol, and malt. Finish is more spicy than bitter. Alcohol flavour is subtle, but feels nice going down. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 12, 2007
I sampled this one up against Rochefort 10 and 6. Pours dark brown with beige head. Muted caramel nose. Nice malty flavour, with subtle sweet and spicy notes, and with mild hoppiness. Finish is smooth and soothing. A water-down version of Rochefort 10, but still a great beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EHSRanders (1987) - Tjele, DENMARK - AUG 9, 2007
Bottle. Hazy brown colour with large creamy off-white mostly diminishing head. Nice fruity aroma. Sweet fruity flavor. Nice complex beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
RaphaelN (195) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 6, 2007
Bottle thanks to HogTownHarry. Nose is cherries, alcohol and yeast. This is one hell of a brew. Upon the first sip, a cool splash warms up the mouth and brings tremendous flavours with it. Toffee, cherries, hot chocolate, cumin and alcohol lingers in the mouth with a very pleasant chocolate mousse & cake-like aftertaste.. This is very enjoyable, and without a doubt a favourite in my book.

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