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


on tap

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RATINGS: 3640   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
themightyomega (92) - New York, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Bottle: Pours rich golden brown with a heavy and persistent tan head. Aroma of hops, malt, and alcohol. Flavor is bitter fading rapidly into malt, with a strong note of some kind of grassy flavor, not entirely nice. A little too much alcohol for my tastes. Not my favorite Trappist.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 02/17/2001
Mode: Bottle
Source: www.belgianshop.com

dark brown, big fine tan head, rich malt aroma, rich malt flavor, lots of chocolate character, hint of bitterness
-------- /> Date: 11/12/2004

a touch of peppar in the aroma and even more in the flavor

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Score: **4
-------- /> The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hudspart (538) - Byron Center, Michigan, USA - AUG 28, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2007 Wow. Out of a bottle. Aroma of heavy malt. Pours a very large head. Great taste and texture. Will gladly drink a lot once I win the lottery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
StefanSD (2387) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2007 How: 330 ml bottle from Bevmo Aroma: Light, sweet, and malty with pine nuts and raisins. Appearance: Unfiltered cloudy dark brown. Head: Off-white/light khaki. Good lacing, dissipates slowly and unevenly. Flavor: Complex, taste malted barley, dried fruit(apricots&raisins), maple syrup, roasted almonds, spices–cloves and anise. Hops: Well integrated, not noticeably bitter. Palate: Silky smooth mouth-feel, a prickly fizz for carbonation. Finish: Long with slight sticky film, and a lingering sweetness. Overall: A very good beer, enjoyed while nibbling on Comte cheese. Will drink again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - AUG 25, 2007
Nice amber color, frothy head, lots of sediment. Tastes of dark fruit, malt, and and alcohol warm finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2007
[554-20070823] 330mL (06/09/11). Mouldy fruit plum bread aroma with dank cellar wood notes and medium alcohol. Clear, dark red amber body with a medium-lasting foamy off-white head. Mostly dull fruity bread and woodsy dark raisin malt flavour with hints of chocolate. Dull medium-full body is a little dry. Very interesting combination of senses.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - AUG 22, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2007 Pours a maple syrup color with thin, tan head. Nose is fruity, malt, and very compex. Lacing slowly forms as the head disipates. Dried fruit, malt and a little chocolate make up the flavor, and the finish is slightly dried fruit and sweet. Very, very nice. I think I like it more than the Rochefort 10, but I guess I will have to try it again!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DKTN (110) - Mc Donald, Tennessee, USA - AUG 21, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2007 11.2 oz / 330 mL bottle, poured in a Rochefort goblet. Nice, medium sized beige head. Color is a medium to dark brown. Very aromatic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2007
Bottle. 11.2 oz. Pours a reddish brown color with large beige and red tinted head. Aromas of black cherry, plum, and hints of chocolate, brandy. Light, with tons of lively carbonation. Flavor is moderately acidic, and has notes of fruit, grape, cherry, plum as well as malt, some spice, and alcohol. Lightly bitter, alcohol wam finish. Spectacular brew and not too expensive for how good it is.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RedCloud (129) - Rhode Island, USA - AUG 19, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2013 Pours with bubbly white head, and a nice sappy amber body with lots of sediment. Has a nice sweet pizza dough and fig aroma, with honey, grape, and banana. Has sea salt and grape taste with nutmeg, oats, and yeasty wheat malt finish.

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