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


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RATINGS: 3437   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DanBerg (59) - Alkmaar, NETHERLANDS - FEB 4, 2007
Such a nice beer. Sometimes a bit too much alcoholic scent but I donít care, itís 9,2% Wow, very good. Very dark appearance. Creamy palate and a great taste. Best beer so far.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheKegergator (241) - California, USA - FEB 3, 2007
The little brother of the Trap. 10 did not disappoint. A really great brew. Not quite the look or smell of the 10 but this is in no way a slouch. Nice dark color and a sizable head. Very easy to drink and the taste is just as good, only slightly lighter, then the 10.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
llafoe (40) - Greenwood, Indiana, USA - FEB 3, 2007
11.2 oz bottle. Pours a caramel brown with a 1/2" creamy off-white head. The aroma has malt, cherries, chocolate and caramel... and many others I couldnít nail down. Very complex taste with fruit, spice, malt and carbonation apparent.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mrthirstyneck (341) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2007
a good beer first trappist style ive had and i like it not sure wht others are like but kinda cherry notes and sweet a bit but balanced and maybe a hint a achohol warmth but nice beer i like this one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
missing (72) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - FEB 2, 2007
A good representative of the style. Unlike the 10, this one holds a hint of cherry on the palate; especially as it warms up. Almost a sherry like note. A good beer with the characteristics you would expect in a trappist.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
stison42 (318) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2007
Cloudy brown color. Aroma is fruity initialy but with a tinge of caramel. Slight nutty taste along with a finish of creamy vanilla. Medium body, decently spiced. A well balanced pretty good beer. Iím glad I tried it but I wouldnít really look for it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
LinusStick (3036) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2007
Putting this in perspective, this is a great Belgian. Maybe I am too American, but I do not bump my ratings just because I know a beer is a trappist. Is it good? Yes. Is it great? For the style. Is it mind blowing? No. The pour was a dark brown with a 2 finger head that stayed untill you said "Go home". The aroma and taste were "Robin Hood-ian". Fruity with a touch of spice. After one sip I wanted an IPA. Sweet and mellow, I now know, while trappist beers are good, they are not my cup of.....uh.....beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3191) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JAN 31, 2007
33cL Bottle. Aroma of warming raisins and toasted walnut. A nip of sherry vinegars and light esters off of a shot of port. Caramel sauce blends with strawberries and sweet molasses. Faint edges of aged yeast character. Pour of muddled brown, with ruddy core and golden fringes. Nice creamy rise of pale oak. Flavor erupts on the palate in a seltzer foam of dried cranberries and effusive plums. Very carbonated on the palate. A nip of honey and some extremely volatile alcohols evaporate into the humours with some scotch-like elements. After a brief thin sweetness, this beer dissolves into a lightly oaky crispness, with pale sugary pipe tobaccos, woodsy tannins and plant leaves. Again, a rise of aged yeast breads pull in from the background. I think this bottle has some time on it, since the date is 30.10.07. Regardless, tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2007
Pours a dark amber with a medium white head. Lovely aromas, of dark fruit, sweet malts, and bananas. Got that sweet little sourness to it that bites at you at first. Full on the carbonation, and the dark berries really come out at the end. Full bodied, and fantastic! Trappist beers just never get old. Its been a while since I had the 8, but it was a very nice reunion.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tykjen (182) - FlorÝ, NORWAY - JAN 30, 2007
Incredible beer! Full foam and carbonation. Fantastic spicy and fruity taste, but a bit more subdued aroma. Dry and well attenuated, but at the same sweetish. A masterpiece.

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