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


on tap

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RATINGS: 3571   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ChrisTurner (207) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 3, 2007
Bottle -- Deep, dark chocolatey brown wtih a bit of carbonation (when seen with a strong light behind it) stirring up the lees. Huge beige head that you could ski on and lasts and lasts, leaving lots of lacing. Aroma is beautiful, all rich fruit, roasted malt and spices. A full, creamy palate. An explosion of flavour (and complexity) in the mouth, with rich fruits, malt, caramel, chocolate and a touch of alcohol warmth that gently fades in near the end. Perhaps a little watery in the aftertaste. A truly marvelous beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 2, 2007
bottle....appearance: poured dark plum and raisiney in color and another nice off-white head from these rochefort guys!.....aroma: dark fruit, sweet malt, raisin, plum, and sugar.....taste: nothing more to say since it’s pretty consistent to the characteristics described in the aroma. light in body and goes down well. can feel a little bit of the alcohol in this but truly an enjoyable, tasty , and satisfying beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
garthicus (2889) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUN 1, 2007
What a beer! Bottle (I cant believe it can be got on tap!) Dark brown color, fluffy head. Fruity/fig/raisin aroma with a subtle fig flavour, very impressive

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Avatar (84) - Gliwice, POLAND - JUN 1, 2007
0,33 bottle. Pours brown-redish with medium brownish rocky really nice looking head. Great aroma and taste but the second bit watery... but i will rerate it soon, as now i’m drinkin it after 50hours without sleep;) Anyway - great beer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
charcot25 (181) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - MAY 31, 2007
11.2 oz bottle into a goblet. Similar to the 10 but better balanced without the prominent hotness of alcohol. Truly divine with an explosion of dark fruits, caramel, chocolate and honey. One of my favorites.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
leeburg (230) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAY 31, 2007
33cl. Dark pour into a snifter with decent bubbles. Sugars, fruits, spices, everything I want in a trappist. Good mouthfeel, good alcohol presence... captivated after the first sip.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Quietman (173) - Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2007
Dark brown.Off-white head.Very nice aroma,including dark brown sugar,dark fruit.Sweet,spicy slightly bitter flavor,nicely balanced.A little alcohol towards the finish.Soft carbonation makes for smooth texture.Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 30, 2007
Pours a deep opaque brown with moderate bubbly head. Aroma of apple, alcohol, dark fruit, brown sugar, and grain. Flavor is spicy with strong plum and fig notes, complemented by a slight flavor of chocolate/caramel malt. Mouthfeel is really unique: bubbly carbonation offset by an almost creamy body. I do prefer the Rochefort 10 to this one, but this is a delicious brew nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GRM (3644) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2007
Brown bottle, 33 cl, best before 14 09 10, Trappist tasting at my place, savoured on March 9 2007; eye: dirty brown, hazy, no effervescence, brown head; nose: roasted malt, alcohol, candied fruits, caramel, lightly acrid roasting, bitter and astringent finale, creamy texture, mildly bitter and sweet; overall: really good FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 33 cl, 9,2 %, meilleure avant 14 09 10, soirée Trappiste chez nous, savourée le 9 mars 2007; oeil : brune sale, voilée, pas d’effervescence, mousse brune; nez : malt torréfié, alcool, fruits confits caramel, alcool, tabac; bouche : sirupeuse, tabac, malt torréfié, caramel, fruits confits, caramel, légère torréfaction âcre, finale amère et astringente, texture crémeuse, moyennement amère et sucrée; en résumé : très bonne

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Embrouille (2835) - SWITZERLAND - MAY 29, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2008 Bottled 33cl. A dark hazy brown beer with a huge creamy head. Strong carbonation. The nose includes rich fruits (berries, plums), some dark chocolate, toffee, spices. Wonderful, outstanding mouthfeel. Again fruits, chocolate and spices (cloves) in the taste. A strong licorice presence. Powerful alcoholic finish with a lingering licorice note. Excellent. In fact, I even prefer this beer to the rochefort 10. Note November 10 2007: "Heather, eucalyptus, figs and home made caramel. Some peanuts in the finish" How I perceive the nose after several samplings: Figs, licorice and home made caramel accompanied by tarragon and pineapple. Additional comment: Strong basil notes in the finish.

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