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

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RATINGS: 3385   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hrking (140) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 17, 2006
I liked this one better than the 10. Not as much of an alcohol aftertaste and more appealing ,smoother,creamier,must say one of my top 10 easily..

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dmradus (227) - Ithaca, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2006
Dark amber-brown with a huge white rocky head that lasts and lasts - classic Rochefort there. Aroma is predominately dark fruit, but significantly complex with a definite malt presence as well as some spice. Taste is complex as well: apples, plum, pepper, chocolate, slightly bitter with a complex yeasty finish. High carbonation but still manages a relatively creamy feel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thesober (9) - TÝllÝse, DENMARK - NOV 15, 2006 does not count
My favourite beer until now. A verygood looking dark beer with a thick long lasting head. The taste is very smooth with a sligtly sweet taste and some alcoholtaste to it. the first pour was clear dark and very smooth tasting. The rest of the beer was stirred and all the yeast made the beer emore complex and interesting in itís taste. Fantastic beer

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brew4all (103) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 12, 2006
Nice dark pour with a thick head. The aroma was complex with malt and dark fruits. Taste was huge and layered with fruits and dark breads. It was layered with spice and sugar as well as some dark chocolate. Finished smooth with a slight alcohol feel but really nice to the taste buds. Very good Ale

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
almopina (87) - Madrid, SPAIN - NOV 12, 2006
Cloudy, dark amber brown colour with an everlasting white head. Great smell of sherry, chocolate and some hints of sweet malts. Well balanced flavor of dark fruits, sweet dark malts, yeast, spicy and some great chocolate notes. Smooth palate and long finish. A great beer!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tinydancer (52) - Gibsonville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2006
Gorgeous! Well balanced. Malty and sweet. Heavy head leaing beautiful lacing. Dough aroma. Alcohol to the palate, but not out of control. Great body. I would liken it to a cabernet in some regards. It has an earty tannin quality. In fact just one of these little boogers is inhibiting my ability to write this. Love it!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - NOV 11, 2006
11.2 oz Bottle-poured a medium brown color w/a large foamy off white head & lacing which lasted til the end of the beer. Light, sweet, floral aroma. Sweet, fruity flavor of figs & rasians. No trace of alcohol at all. Exceptionally smooth, could be a sesson ale if it wasnít so high alcohol. Not a sweet as the #10. Long pleasent, fruity finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MadIndian (2606) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2006
Thank you Stegosaurus and Beerded_one. Good dark ruby pour with 4 finger beige head, big time lacing. Sweet aroma possibly brown sugary smell. Flavor seems a little complex but it is smooth as it warms a fruity flavor can be tasted. . A really good brew.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tramp55555 (61) - Lisbon, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2006
Best damn beer I íve ever had, except for their 10.. Iíve had alot of types from all over the world. Iíve not yet had Westvleteren, but I find it hard to believe anything can be better than this beer. This is a shining jewel in the beer world. It is the Holy Grail (or is that íHoly Ale?). Best damn beer Iíve ever had!!! Except for their 10.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
islay (1493) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2006 The aroma is sweet and sherry-like, but subdued. The beer is a deep, mild brown in color, with a thick, cream/light tan, sparkling head. The flavor is sweet and spicy. It is so complex as to be almost indescribable. The texture is silky smooth, but it maintains a kick. This is a very drinkable brew, especially for one so high in alcohol. I continually had to remind myself to slow down and make it last. Rochefort Trappistes 8 surpassed my lofty expectations. I think I dreamed this beer, and drinking it was a dream come true. I can honeslty say that this is the best beer that I have ever had. I give it only 19 overall so that I might leave room for Rochefort 10.


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