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


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RATINGS: 3382   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - SEP 25, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2008 All you can really say about this is that it is thick and complex. It is humbling to think about the history of this ale that has been preserved in every bottle of Trappist beers. That said; The alcohol is definetly present as is about a thousand flavor notes of fruit, wood, and nuts. It has a very sweet taste. I enjoyed how long one bottle lasts me on a saturday afternoon.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
unclemattie (4357) - Georgia, USA - SEP 25, 2006
Dark, hazy reddish brown. Thick foam of a light tan rests on the surface. a much richer head than the Rochefort 10. sweet flavors of malt. Honey and roasted almonds. this beer tastes just like candy. The roasted nuts and pecans you get at the fest. magical beer. I would rather have the 8 on a more common basis than the stronger darker 10.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stine (1657) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 25, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2007 Pours to a cloudy mahogany, coating the glass like maple syrup fresh from the wood, with extraordinary amounts of sediment remaining even after a gentle pour. Immensely yeasty nose with caramel, fig, brown sugar, whiskey. Tasting this is a sweet glimpse of heaven...maple, almond, yeast, honey, apple, plum or raisins and quite a few unexperienced sensations. Slightly too brisk with carbonation and needley on the tongue, but its staggeringly flavorful, a beautiful brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (5888) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 22, 2006
Poured a maple brown with a very thick, foamy white head. Dirty looking sediment at the bottom. Sweet, malty, sugary aroma. No hop smell. Initial flavor is syrupy sweet, apple, plum and brown sugar. Finish is pretty clean with no hint of the heavy alcohol. Much more drinkable than the #6.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerloverEJ21 (131) - Georgia, USA - SEP 22, 2006
This beer is very complex. On the pour, a nice thick head with a light brown hue. Pleasant aroma, fruity, a hint of alcohol. Beer is thick, dark bown, hazy, and about as clear as mud, which is great. Taste is refreshing at first, then the oak flavor starts to ensue, and lasts on the finish. Slight bitterness, malty. I wish this beer was a little bit more refreshing, with a little cleaner finish, otherwise it might go as one of my favorites. This is definitely a ’4’ beer. Alochol hitting me immediately. Yup, that 9% is hitting my brain like a 1-2 punch from Ali! Awesome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hangover (1092) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - SEP 20, 2006
Murky, cloudy dark brown pour with a lasting white, foamy head. Banana aroma with lots of dried fruit, raisin, plum and clove. Amazing first impression. LIghtly carbonated, incredibly creamy. Dried fruit with a bit of alcohol in the middle. Nice finish, some chocolate, slightly bitter. A little bit of yeast towards the end, and while the alcohol is noticeable, it is mainly from the warming sensation, not the taste. Very smooth. Very good! Appearance and palate are 5’s.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Harsebrau (227) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - SEP 20, 2006
Large, light tan head that took its time to dissipate. The sludge from the bottom of the bottle rested in a swirl atop the fluffy pillow head. A cloudy beer that appears as though it might not let you in the gate. Mysterious. Dark and brooding. Yet the sniff was of fruit/citrus and caramel and malt. A well carbonated beer that is lively in the mouth. Malt, fruit, some faint chocolate?, a winter berry, and alcohol flavor. My first 8. Not my last.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 17, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2006 Bottle. Pours cloudy caramel with thick off white head-very carbonated. Aroma is fruit, caramel, malt, and slight sourness. Flavor is caramel, rye, fruit, and malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kiapepito (110) - Port Angeles, Washington, USA - SEP 16, 2006
first of all, over paid waaay too much for this bottle at "the ginger man" located in austin, tx. $11.25 a bottle... didn’t know that before i purchased it... oops... thanks to the hubby for buying it for me. poured into a glass, very dark color with a thick tan head on it. Smooth flavor of chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BuckeyeBoy (3604) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 11, 2006
12oz Bottle Pours out a hazy brown topped with a nice tan head. The aroma is GREAT. This was a very nice Belgain strong.

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