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


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RATINGS: 3260   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2006
This is one great Belgian! I would say it ranks right behind St. Bernardus 12 in my book. It is better than Rochefort 10! The pour was dark brown with some red mixed in, and a nice tan head that stuck around for eternity and left tons of lacing. The aroma was light and sweet. The taste was superior--lots of creaminess in this one, but very light at the same time. This belgian is very drinkable, especially for a 9.3% ABV. The finish was light and full of taste. Great hops and some fruits mixed in there as well. Canít wait to have another."

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 13, 2006
Pours dark brown with lots of caramel foam. Soft fruity, sweet, caramel aroama taste. Feels gently creamy around the toungue. Goes down smooth. Not a very carbonated feel, which I enjoyed. Very slight alcohol aftertaste but not as much as I expected for the 9.2 % apv rate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2006
bottle. Aroma: dark fruits, berries (strawberry?), light floral, faint chocolate, vanilla, toasted nuts, and sweet maltiness. Appearance: Pours an opaque dark brown. Small dark copper highlights when held to the light. Head is light beige and abundant. Head lingered well into the tasting. Good lacing throughout. Flavor: Dark fruit comes out first. Then a toasted nut flavor with hints of anise. Then a slight banana esther that lingers for a while. Lots of vinousness in the middle of the tongue. Espresso and chocolate tasted in the back of the mouth. Alcohol very noticeable in this one. Some floral notes in the aftertaste. Palate: Medium-full bodied. Carbonation was a little prickly and detracted a bit. Alcohol warming was high and extended down my throat. Overall: This is a great beer, and worth seeking out. But if i had to choose between this and the 10, the 10 wins every time.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rayg1 (580) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 9, 2006
Pours a murky looking brown with a light brown head. Smell is fruit and spice. Had a sip or two while it was still cold and left it alone for 15 minutes for the flavor to come out. Some fruity sweetness at first and then a nutty flavor, walnuts maybe. A pleasing bitterness follows ending cleanly with the warmth of the wonderfully hidden alcohol. My best belgian to date.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2006
Bottle (from Bitter Virtue, BB Apr 11). Really nice aroma, fruity berries and plums to start with more gentle chocolate, malt and dried fruits with a little bit of spicy yeastiness to round the whole thing off and bring it together. The alcohol is really well hidden here and makes for a much more balanced beer than the 10. Fairly sweet but in the silky smooth way the luscious aromas would lead you to expect.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (11298) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 8, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2009 Pours muddy brown with slight beige head. Very fruity aroma and some chocolate. The taste is quite vinious, but sweet and full-bodied.
7/2/6/4/12 = 3.1

[new rating, 24.9.2009]
Very lovely deep red colour, small film head. Aroma is lightly buttery, fruity and caramel. High carbonation, nice frothy mouthfeel. Flavour is sweet, rather vinious, quite a lot of caramel, raisins and a good, earthy bitter hoppiness. Fine, but the 6 and the 10 are still far better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GarrettB (1134) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 8, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2007 It is hard to write about the Trappistes 8, because everything that can be said about it has already been said. Its notoriety has elevated it to an exalted position for most avid American drinkers. Itís plentiful, available and sacred by origin. Flavor complexity and an apparent capriciousness have given the Rochefort Trappistes 8, and its brewery a well deserved reputation for mystique and sedulousness. For these reasons, and countless others, the Rochefort series (10, 8, 6) have been well discussed. No remark I could make would be new, no clever repartee would be witty, no observation would be astute. This does not, however, deprive me of the power of emphasis. With my writerís hands tied Iím left to comment on what readers have said before, combing through their reviews and picking out the most verisimilous ones. To this task I will choose one: temperature. The Rochefort 8 is a fine example of brewing art; a dimly glowing harvest moon brown head slowly morphing atop a dusty, antique wood brown body. The smell is begat from apples, oak, smoke, flowers, mist, star anise, blackberries, butter and cinnamon Ė a comparatively full roster. The taste is equally profound, replete with bananas, chopped nuts, espresso and hazelnut, all within an overarching grand cacophony of toasted and roasted malts. The key to this flavor, one unlike anything Iíve had before, is the temperature. Before itís allowed to flux to room temperature the Rochefort 8 is a tongue numbing rake of roasted malts. Mellowing slowly wins the heart of this beerís true flavor, uncovering richer and enigmatic tones of flavor. Give it a sip when itís still cold, but donít let your reaction give way to early and unfair judgment. A little cooking to room temperature and suddenly the Rochefort 8 blossoms into a brew worthy of its reputation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Furseth (1995) - Kungšlv, SWEDEN - JUL 5, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown hazy colour, with a werry nice creamy foam. Arom of chocolate,sweet banana,citric and alcohol. Tasty, sweet banana,dark chocolate, citrus,malt, and was round and has full body. Nice round finish with maltyness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - JUL 3, 2006
Thanks to bentley78 for this. I can find the 10 but not the 8 in my area. Nice dark brown pour with thick off white head that lasts. Aroma is light grain, malt, grassy and earthy. Taste is nutty and malty. Nice spice and earthy grass notes. Easy drinking with slight alcohol finish. Excellent all around.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
gregdl (6) - christiansburg, Virginia, USA - JUL 1, 2006 does not count
My second favorite. Every bit as good as the #10 just without the warmth. Excellent start to finish. Light a good cigar and relax under the stars with this ale.

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