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


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RATINGS: 3466   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Best by 110209. Pours a hazy muddy brown with a dense two finger head, that fades slowly to a thick cap that never entirely fades, leaving behind a thick sheeting of lace. Smell; lots of dark fruits present with figs and prunes, with some apples and pears. Molasses and chocolate are present, as well as a bunch of spices. Taste; good malty sweetness with hints of chocolate and molasses, with a little bit of candied sugar. The fruits become more pronounced once this warms, with prunes, figs, apples and some apricots. This finishes with a bit of a peppery spiciness, and a touch of alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, and very easy to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maria (10190) - Thisted, DENMARK - JAN 14, 2007
Dark brown with a huge, creamy head. The first I tasted was only 4 months old baby, the aroma was crisp with notes of roses, roasted malt and alcohol. The mouthfeel was rather carbonated. The flavour had roses, roasted malt, plum, raisin, pear, nuts, a bit of cinnamon, resin and alcohol. The finish had light bitterness and alcohol. Overall impression was a bit perfumed, but nice. The next was 24½ months old and the alcohol was still present - but not nearly as much and the prickly mouth feel was gone together with the perfumed notes. Aroma: fruit (apple among others), caramel, candy sugar and roasted malt. The flavour has notes of dark fruit, plum and others, roasted malt, caramel, nuts, sweetness and a nice citrus as counterweight and towards the end a bit of licorice or dark chocolate. Rounder, more mature, and still nice, but the baby also had it charms...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fukito (976) - Santiago, CHILE - JAN 13, 2007
Bottle - January 2007 - Thanks Omhper! Pours and opaque brownish color with a huge rock-solid head. Aroma is spicy, bananas, tropical fruits, deep and penetrating. Taste is very complex, yeasty, some molasses, a slight vinous touch, catching and deep. Earthy hops at the end. Mouthfeel is medium to full, intriguing, recomforting. Nice, complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2007
Pours a cloudy brown with maybe a half inch of cream colored head. Only sparse lacing. Sweet malty aroma is inviting. The initial sweetness has flavors of molasses, dates, and brown sugar. This blended very nicely into a fruity yeasty and mildly spicy finish. The aftertaste lasted a good long time. I was surprised to not taste any alcohol. Medium body and lightly carbonated. Very smooth beer, deceptively drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scanovajr (663) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - JAN 13, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2012 Bottle 33cl at Asterix (São Paulo). Dark brown color with a nice creamy head. Brandy and fruit aroma.Malt amd sweet caramel flavor. Fantastic beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
robinvboyer (3696) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2007 huge thick head........nice aroma, typical trappist aroma. very nice, but falls short of a 10 or a st bernardus 12. nice, but not great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
b33r (772) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2007 Medium brown in color with faint fruity aroma. Large light brown head with nice lacing. Thick with huge flavor. Fruity and malty but not too heavy. Crazy

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
feelssogood (1) - CANADA - JAN 9, 2007 does not count
i’m sorry but i can really not degrade this beer in anyway... now tell me i’m wrong, and i will stand behind this beer any day

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopslovin (194) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 6, 2007
Dark cider pour with nice head and lace. Pleasant evenly balanced taste with nothing jumping out of balance.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier (3325) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2007
11.2 oz bottle best by 2009-03-30

I have been waiting for a special occasion to open this and rating #400 seemed as good a reason as any. I’ve been sitting on it for about two years now so it should be near its peak. Perhaps I will drink another bottle fresh to compare if I can find it for less then $6.99.

Aroma / Appearance - The half finger eggshell colored head sat beautifully on top of a body the color and consistancy of maple syrup. A creamy ring of lacing stuck to the sides like rings of age on a redwood. The aroma was very complex. It started with pecans and vanilla. Soon it morphed to honey, white chocolate and hazel. By the time I was ready to take sip it took on the scent of fresh smores. It was very sweet, balanced and inviting.

Flavor / Palate - The vinous mouthfeel permeates every corner of the mouth. A peppery combination of graham crackers and marshmellows washes over the senses first. It then transforms into cocoa, caramel, honey, pears and cinnamon. Once it finally begins to fade the taste of toasted rye sits on the tongue. The alcohol is well hidden, only coming out only at the very end. This is almost on par with the Rochefort 10 and just as good as Westy 8 in my opinion. If it were cheaper than $6.99 a bottle I would pick it up every once in a while.

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