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


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RATINGS: 3415   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   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 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 21, 2007
330ml Bottle: Pours deep brown, much darker than the 6, with very little head and ok lacing. Aroma of candy, oranges, and brown sugar. Much more complexity in the flavour with strong alcohol, cherries, almonds, oak wood, grass, plums, and yeast. Awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbill (3574) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 21, 2007
33 cl bottle. Pours a cloudy deep brown with a moderate off-hite head. When held up to the sun no light passes through this beer. Very pleasant aroma of dates, plums and caramel. Flavor matches the aroma and is extremely well balanced. Silky smooth. The 9.2% alcohol is very well hidden. Very, very good, although I think I prefer the 10.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Adenila (1558) - DENMARK - JAN 20, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2007 Dark cloudy brown appearance with a long lasting white head. Decent fruity aroma and a very complex flavor containing different sweets and a bitterness to balance it out. VERY plesant palate, and enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
iep (230) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 19, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2007 The 8 is just a tiny bit more subtle & lighter than the 10. Which also makes it easier to drink. Not to mention that it is a lot cheaper than the 10, even though it almost has the same intensity & depth!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ekstedt (6030) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 19, 2007
Bottle. Dark brown, cloudy, with a thick white head. Fruity aroma with some sweetness. Pleasant, somewhat creamy mouthfeel with a moderate carbonation. Flavor is fruity, with some yeast character and well integrated sweetness and alcohol.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Moz (613) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - JAN 19, 2007
Hazy dark brown colour, medium off-white head. Sweet smell with vanilla, plums & blackcurrants. Fruity strong flavour, some alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
StueyD (1467) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2007
A dark, cloudy, brown coloured beer, with orange-red flashes in the light, topped with a strong, thick, off-white head. A strong perfumed nose, slightly soapy, but with plenty of dark fruit aromas. The taste is sour, again slightly perfumed, definately floral, rose petal and violet, then sweet fruit flavours, with is accompanied by a strong alcoholic kick that gives a spiciness to the sour finish. (Bottle - purchased from The Beers of Europe, Setchey, Norfolk £1.89 a bottle).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
eyesandsmiles (179) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 18, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2007 Great little sting in each sip. Still lacking greatly in comparison to the 10.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BiochemProf (179) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Dark brown pour topped by a 2-finger creamy off-white head. No really strong aroma... slight malty sweetness. Wonderful small bubble mouthfeel. Sweet caramel taste followed by a pleasing acidic tang. Wonderful beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Best by 110209. Pours a hazy muddy brown with a dense two finger head, that fades slowly to a thick cap that never entirely fades, leaving behind a thick sheeting of lace. Smell; lots of dark fruits present with figs and prunes, with some apples and pears. Molasses and chocolate are present, as well as a bunch of spices. Taste; good malty sweetness with hints of chocolate and molasses, with a little bit of candied sugar. The fruits become more pronounced once this warms, with prunes, figs, apples and some apricots. This finishes with a bit of a peppery spiciness, and a touch of alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, and very easy to drink.

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