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


on tap

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RATINGS: 3565   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheJester (2394) - 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 (1971) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
biznizness (1128) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 6, 2007
Alcohol in the nose... chewy, with sweet malts and alcohol flavor... yes. Matching shirt and pez dispenser, today is going to be a good day. Recommended listening for this beer: Elvis Costello, Shipbuilding. A fine ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 6, 2007
Second time having this and figured it proper to rate it this time. Poured a beautiful deep burgundy color with a foamy cream-colored head that hung out ’till the finish. Big belgian yeast aroma that displayed a big dark cherry tone. Some caramel, sweet bread dough, and plum accents helped to cover up the alcohol nicely. Smooth mouth feel, just enough carbonation to balance it out. The taste on this was a sweet, dry doughy beginning with the fruit hints coming through in the finish. Wonderful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
lampeno420 (320) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - AUG 5, 2007
great, great beer. nice and full taste to it. the only rochefort ive been able to get ahold of so far, and it was not disappointing in the least. best shared with friends, just make sure its friends that can appreciate an actual beer, and not some crappy bud light.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2007
Bottle. Nose is sweet with a touch of sourness, and a distinct apple-sweetness in the background. Dark reddish brown without much head. Really balanced flavor, fruit peel and sweet malts. Thick, almost chewy palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 5, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2011 What really amazes me about beers as rich and complex as these Rocheforts is how full and lively the body is. Rarely do I focus so consistently on this, but I just don’t know how those Trappists manage to get the heft and fullness of an IPA in a Belgian strong like this. Big nose with candied fruits and dark honey, and a long finish with a hint of molasses and anise. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - AUG 4, 2007
Finally entering all my "Better Know a Style: Belgian Strong Ale" tasting 07 results. A very nice aroma with moderate sweetness and all those dark fruits that you love from rochefort. Nice brown color with beige head. Sweet, dark fruits and a little molasses in the flavor with a long finish. A nice full body compliments.

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