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


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RATINGS: 3123   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2005
33cL bottle bought in Belgium in 2000. Reddish brown color with medium head, nice lacing. Malty aroma with dried fruit. Definite alcohol flavor that almost makes it taste dry. It’s musty, malty, a bit of sweetness as it warms, some orange flavor, woody, a bit medicinal, slight tartness (the alcohol again?), nice carbonation. Good beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SudsMcDuff (5824) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2005 Big Aroma ...choc,plum,raisen,dirt,berries,dirty sherry,dust,cooking choc.....awesome lacing! tastes good too!! Has alot going on here! would love to try an aged sample,just to see how it all goes together! all and all, i overpaid bigtime but i am happy i finally got to try a highly rated and truly good belgium strong ale. try it but don’t overpay!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 23, 2005
Dark red orange, with a large billowing light tan head. Brown sugar, currants, alcohol, dates, and figs in the aroma. Dark chocolate, raisins, and earthy dark fruit flavors. Spicy ester finish with dried cherries and high alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is medium heavy and fairly hot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kramer (4943) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2005
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark mahogany with a thick creamy off white head. Reserved much of the sediment inside bottle to be enjoyed after rating. Very fruity aroma, lots of plum and rasin especially. Vinous with yeast and belgian candi sugar, some alcohol as well but rather muted. Flavor is intensly fruity. Dark cherry, plum, raisin, very vinous and multi layered. Nice spicy and warming finish. No notion of alcohol in the flavor though. Fullbodied on the palate, creamy with moderate soft carbonation. Overall, a very complex and flavorful brew. I could drink this often.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maltdog (617) - Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2005
I open the bottle to a slap-on-the-back chuff, and the frenzied froth pour collects itself into a rust-colored body and an enormous, lumpy tan krausen that mushrooms jubilantly over the rim of my tulip glass. I’m greeteed by predominantly earthy aromas accompanied by prunes or dates, cherries, flowers, yeast, gingerbread, and bubblegum wrapper. Inside, I meet a blur of flavors: walnut, fruit (plum, rum-raisin, gooseberry?, orange gumdrops), and wood. Everpresent ethanol hovers nearby, and confettis my head with fuzzy static. Shy candied citrus and anise peek from the background. I sip the secret liquid, and her pangaean lace veil discretely lava-lamps into eldritch foam amoebas. Her touch is fluffy, cottony on my tongue; an alcohol snowflake. The abrupt farewell is bone dry, spicily bitter, peppery, and strongly tannic. I depart with a sawdust or barklike astringent aftertaste. An unforgettable tryst, but at $6.99 to sample her, I’ll be content with the memory.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jerome6957 (17) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 21, 2005
Pours a murky dark brown with a colossal, craggy, meringue-like head. A thing of beauty indeed. Heavy scent of fruit: prunes and dates, and molasses. Bit of hoppy spice, and rum. Flavor nutty, heavy caramel washed slowly away by a warm enveloping alcohol with a slight burn. Strong stuff! Long dry bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zeswaft (1370) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2005
I don’t detect much of any aroma. There is a slightly nutty and yeasty scent. Pours light brown with an overwhelming off-white head. Surprisingly carbonated. Taste is tame and less intense than the 10. I enjoy this one more. This has a sort of woody Samuel Smith flavor. Not overwhelmingly yeasty like most Belgians. Finally a real Belgian that I can say I truly like.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - NOV 17, 2005
Pours dark brown with a large, rocky head that leaves lots of lacing. All the dark fruit, spices, and Belgian yeast notes of the Rochefort 10 are in the aroma, without the big whiff of alcohol. I’m also getting a hop presence, which was absent in the 10. The flavor has more light fruit (banana, orange) than the 10, with a noticeably hoppy finish. As it warms, the raisin flavor comes out more. There seems to be, interestingly, more of an alcohol flavor here than I found in its bigger brother; the 10 finished dry, with a pleasant warming, while this one finishes bitter and a bit overly alcoholic. Good, even great, but I much prefer the 10.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - NOV 16, 2005
Niiiice. Pours a murky brown wit ha decent-sized half-inch off white head that fades relatively quickly into a creamy film. Fruity malty aroma, maybe asome raisins and a floral hop undertone. Deep, rich flavor of malt, subtle roasted notes ... slight citric acidity in the bittersweet finish. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel with a slight astringent quality and a touch of alcohol warmth. very, very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Yard (45) - Senoia, Georgia, USA - NOV 16, 2005
Dark and cloudy. Off white head with an aroma of hops and fruits. Heavy flavor but still not too stout. Great beer.

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