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


on tap

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RATINGS: 3509   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jake65 (3118) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 7, 2007
Bottle: Pours a murky, reddish brown color with a lasting finger of beige head. Lively carbonation, but not that noticable when taking a sip. Nose is a bit fruity, as well as an earthy, breadiness. Kind of muddled. Taste is sweet, fruity, just a bit bready, hint of sherry, and warming. Subtle, yet in depth flavors are not competing with each other. Delicious.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 6, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2008 Fantastic in all respects. Complex, balanced, earthy, diverse fruits without excess acidity. Beautiful nose, head, finish. Can’t think of anything wrong except perhaps a touch too sweet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheCEO (100) - USA - APR 6, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2007 11.2 oz. bottle (’05 Vintage) served ice cold in a glass, coffee tulip - Ok. After drinking Delirium Tremens, I was wanting this to be a great one as advertised...and for how fantastic this may be for its style...it’s not MY style. Maybe I will learn to love it someday...but not now. Imperial/Double IPAs are where it’s at...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2007
cloudy brown with a minimal white head. Alcohol and carop in the nose. Flat with some carbonation and a little rough around the edges. Maybe a bad bottle? Will have to rerate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Diablo9845 (62) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2007
Bottle @ Chauccers Pub. Trappist Glass. Very nice appearance, dark with a lasting head. Alcohol would have been masked more as it didn’t suit the flavour as much. Somewhat dry with good carbonation. Not as great as I expected, but a smooth drinking beer. Overall, not as good as I expected. I’d drink this again, but overpriced and I would prefer a ABT12 or even the Chimay Blue.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - APR 4, 2007
The pour was a cool deep brown with a nice good white head. The aroma was faint fruit. Not really complex in fruit and spice. Smooth with ever so slight hoppiness. Good but certainly not stellar and not worth the price. Maybe a mediocre bottle here in california. Wanna try the 10.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DonkeyHoetay (21) - Bellerose, New York, USA - APR 4, 2007
Easily available in New York City, last time in a bottle from NBD - Im a Big fan of belgian beer, That said let others tell you about palate and nose and finish... you’ve had a few chimays a duvel and some pale american attempts at belgian strong ale and are ready to step up. Your wondering just what you should try, whats next? whats the better Belgian? ...... This is it, enjoy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
targhee (30) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - APR 2, 2007
330 ml, bought at Table and Vine, West Springfield, MA. This once again proves its all about freshness, and proximity to the brewery. Clearly an excellent beer, and will enjoy trying several later this summer in Belgium. Poured nicely, a small amount of sediment. Nice coffee head, concentrated malty finish. Alcohol is camouflaged.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
nearbeer (4473) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 2, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2007 330 ml, maybe 2005 vintage (not sure what to make of the date code: L 10 05 11), dispensed in quart jar. Hazy burnt caramel, dark brown color with medium-sized tan head that tries to linger and gives nice lace. Wow, aroma is chocolate bread pudding with raisins and a splash of rum. Taste is similar, but slightly less rich (thank goodness, means I can drink more!), with just a touch of dryness and dangerously drinkable. Palate is light-medium and would be fine any season of the year. Alcohol is masked well, but gives a slight warm feeling afterwards. Thank you Jesus, for leaving some of your quiet, beer-makin’ holy men around to save a heathen!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - APR 1, 2007
Cloudy mahogany colored pour with a classic Trappist huge pillowy white head. Dark fruit aroma, not as chocolaty as the 10. Tannic notes, brandy, and spice popping out also. Earthy sweet malt flavor with lots of dark fruit, a little tannic, a touch of cherry and brandy, well hidden alcohol. Medium body with a tingly carbonation and a slight alcohol warming on the finish.

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