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


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RATINGS: 3621   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - JUL 2, 2007
Clearly one of the worldís great beers. Huge head due to bottle conditioning. A flaw in a sense, but it dissipates quickly. Very dark brown, opaque. An austere brew. The nose does not tell much. Smells like a spiced sugar cookie. Indeed, this buttery sugar cookie note is one of the key elements. This beer is definitely a sweet after-dinner treat! Vanilla notes strengthen the sugar cookie resemblance. Spicy notes of cloves and hops. Some fruits in this liquid cookie, but theyíre hard to pinpoint--prunes, raisins, black cherries, perhaps figs as another suggests. The greatness of this beer is the simple and beautiful overall taste made up of myriad complexities.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
cdeaton (66) - Madison, Indiana, USA - JUL 1, 2007
This being my first of the Trappistes beers, I wasnít sure what to expect. Probably a good thing -- it made the sensation of being knocked on my ass all the more interesting. Pours a dark brown with a huge, lasting light brown head. Pungent aroma with very citrusy notes, along with dark chocolate. Pretty much wakes up the body as soon as it hits the tongue. Extremely complex -- everything from red wine to flowers in the flavor. A beer thatís kind of like a Tarantino flick: I probably need to drink it again to pick up subtleties I missed. One thing that will hold consistent is the biting alcohol in the mouthfeel, which was a bit of a damper. I would have guessed this had 15%-20% alchie content had I not known better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbeers21 (693) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUN 30, 2007
Pours dark ruby/chestnut color with a monsterous, off-white head. Yeasty sour notes on the nose. Bread, subtle green apples, light toasted toffe/coffee aromas persit. This particular offering smells different than from past examples.....Tastes wonderful. Malty raisin-figgy flavors balanced well with a concoction of sugars and fruit flavors: pears, blueberries, raspberries (fruit punch?). A slight warmth emits from the high abv, yet it is subtle and well disguised. The palate is smooth and delicate, but yeilds surprizing strength and complexity. The beer itself is very milti-directional yet it is still measured and well constructed. A fantastic beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Braincage1 (147) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - JUN 27, 2007
Bottle. A very lively beer. When poured it has at first glance a murky deep brown river-like color but closer inspection yields a great red amber hue. Defenite aromas of raisins, apricots, cranberry and honey all mix into an amazing blend. First exposure on the tastebuds is intense from the taste and carbonation but mildens perfectly later. Sweet apricots, pineapple, plum mixes with more moderate notes of bread. Very smooth mouthfeel and a nice warmth finishes a great beer. Appearance is actually the weakest area.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - JUN 27, 2007
Poured brown with a large tan head. Aroma of fruit, spice, and sweet malt. Flavor was much of the same. Not as strong of a taste as the 10 but very smoothe. Couldnít tell it was 9%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
uhre (384) - DENMARK - JUN 25, 2007
Itís a bit more malty in the aroma than the Rochefort 6. The head is poor - it doesnít last that long. The flavor is sweet and very similar to the Rochefort 6, but you can sense the alcohol more here. Itís also stronger so no suprise. All in all I think they were to similar, itís like itís only the alcohol that seperates them from each other.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (3277) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 25, 2007
Bottle. The pour is red and murky with a fluffy, long lasting white head. Good lacing here. The aroma is mouthwatering indeed. Loads of sweet, dried fruits, berries, licorice, raisins, cloves, pineapple, and hints of wool. Itís a fairly dense beer, but not hugely over the top. As bold as the flavor profile is, it still has many soft nuances. I picked up hints of licorice, earth, strawberry, whole barley. This is vary tasteful, refined, and complex. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
smcd (366) - USA - JUN 24, 2007
I drank another one of my favorite beers the other night and was reminded just how good it can be. Rochefort 8 is excellent. It easily competes against its bigger brother and other trappist cousins. Everything you would expect: deep copper, fast-dissipating head that leaves nice lace and fine bubbles. Notes of dried fruits and nuts. A wonderful, aromatic hoppiness to boot. Mmmmm.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
blklab2007 (2118) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 22, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2009 bottle, pours a brown color with less carbonation then the 6 did with little head. taste is the 6 with more punch. this may be my favorite of the three the 6 is great for easy drinking but this is one to be savored.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jdhunt76 (56) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2007
Bottle. Deep brown pour with a delicately laced off-white head. Familiar Belgian nose with layers of roasted malts, raisins, and molasses. Full-bodied and very roasty for a Belgian with some roasted malt flavors that are usually associated with porters and stouts. Lots of complexity in the flavor, with hints of hazelnuts, raisins and dark chocolate, and an almost wine-like finish. Seems to be more carbonated than most of the Belgian strongs Iíve tried.

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