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

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RATINGS: 3598   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4
   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

4.6
   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.

4.6
   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.

4.5
   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.

4.1
   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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GRM (3698) - 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

4.7
   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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 26, 2007
Rochy 8 for my 800th rating. Saw it more as a dark red-orange rather than brown, with a big beige head. Aroma is full of fruit, smells delicious. Tastes of creamy light chocolate mixed with fruit juice. Sort of like a block of milk chocolate with liquid raspberry centres. However, overall the flavour is less intense than the glorious 10. Fair bit of alcohol in the finish. Very pleasant experience.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2007
11.2oz. Bottle $4.09 Herman’s Package Store Rochefort 8 poured the darkest murkiest brown into my goblet. When held to the light there are small mahogany highlights where you can see frantic carbonation and some tiny floating yeasties. A 1 finger slightly off white head formed on the pour that stayed put and left moderate lacing. This is one of those murky belgians that looks like it will be loaded with flavor. This beer is packed full of strong dark aromas. Too many for me to list accurately. Brown sugar and rum soaked raisins are what come to mind first. Big doughiness along with dark fruits such as figs and blackberries. More fruits are in there too but they’re difficult to put a finger on. Mild yeasty powderiness. Smells delicious. Flavor is rich and complex. Brown sugar and raisins are present in the flavor as well. Strong doughy background that allows all the other flavors to really pop. I find myelf repeating the aromas but they’re in the flavors. Figs and very mild blackberries are a couple of the darker fruits along with ripe plums. Powdery yeast on the finish. Alcohol warmth and fumes in the throat but no signs in the flavor. Fruity sweetness lingers. A very fine, strong carbonation turns the body frothy when it enters the mouth. My only complaint, and it’s a very minor one, is it turns frothy to quick. I’d like it a bit farther back on the palate. Wonderful flavor and smell make this beer a pleasure to sip away. A great beer from Rochefort. One to be pondered after each sip with all the complexity. Truly enjoyable. 3/19/07

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAY 24, 2007
A hazy brown with a bit healthy dense head. Strong fruity berry, alcohol, dark malt, though not chocolate, lots of caramel. In the darkness there was something I couldn’t put my finger on... maybe dark fruit? Subdued carbonation, mouthfilling with some alcohol warming. Big full malt, yet still dry, fruit, dates. A light malt sort of sweetness with quicky dry finish meeting the big lingering dark malt. I can’t believe I passed over this so long. Thanks Yaniv!


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