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


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RATINGS: 3344   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgentgesdo (679) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 30, 2006
Pours a beautiful brown-red, clear, with a wonderful creamy light brown head. Nose is faintly soapy, spicy, with cinnamon and clove, faint coffee. Flavor is fig, coffee, yeasty spicy notes that remind me of cinnamon and cardamom, bitter oregano. Feels dry. Long, lingering, slightly harsh, slightly smoky finish. Pretty good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rune (9105) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUL 30, 2006
330ml bottle. Frothy off-white and long lived head over a cloudy, copper brown body. Aroma of malt, dark fruit and yeast. Assorted flavours of coffee, figs, cheese and sweet malts. There is also some yeasty notes towards the end. Smooth and crispated mouthfeel. Medium to full bodied. Roasty finish with warming alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JUL 30, 2006
Brown coloured with an average off-white head. Rather sweet yeasty alcoholic aroma with some distinctive dark ripe fruity hints and some roasted caramel touches. Full body, creamy. Finish is more bitter, with a slight touch of sweet fruity and alcohol. This is a top beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
estarrio (19) - Rhode Island, USA - JUL 29, 2006
Poured a dark opaque crimson color with a medium tan head. There is some sediment and yeast in the bottom, as Rocheforts are not pasteurized. Decent retention and elaborate, full lacings. Smell is of malt, assorted fruits and that familiar Belgium yeast ester. Palate is pleasingly frothy. Tastes of sweet plum, raisin, vanilla balanced by sudden but slight bitter hop finish in the end. A warm alcohol presence can be sensed throughout but it’s not overpowering. Overall, this is a very drinkable brew and excellent Belgian strong dark ale. Personally, I prefer the complexities of the quad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mike191 (9) - Grapevine, Texas, USA - JUL 29, 2006 does not count
Extremely small tan head. Typical aroma with typical appearance. Alcohol taste with more bitter than sweet. Average beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (4818) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 28, 2006
Well, the head is pretty blah. The beer however, is nice. A strong beer, the alcohol is evident but tasty. has some dubbel characteristics as well as some whiskey notes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 27, 2006
Pours an opaque brown. Dense, frothy, khaki head. Lots of ifne lacing. Spicy aroma. Clove and coriander. Very yeasty nose. Luxurient malt and candy sugar. Taste is rounded molasses and candy sugar. Faint ginger. Black currant and plum. Alcohol is very apparent in the finish and keeps the mouth drier than expected. Medium bodied, feels sticky at first and then the alcohol just dries it the hell out. A sipper and a good beer in its own right, not just as the 10’s little brother. This beer screams for steak. And more than six-months aging.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2006
Bottle best before 31/7/07: Dark muddy brown pour with a nice off white head that receeded quickly. Aroma, dark fruits, some sweetness, a bit of yeast. Flavor, sugar, a little tartness, and fruitiness. There’s a bit of warming, but in a good way. Very pleasent to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PattyBoy (302) - North Liberty, Iowa, USA - JUL 24, 2006
Pours a murky brown, thick billowy head. Aroma is sweet dark fruits. Flavor is more dark fruit, caramel, nutty, finishes with some spiciness. Slight hint of alcohol, but this is incredibly smooth. Not overpoweringly sweet like I usually find most Belgian brews. Very Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (14292) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2006 Bottle at home. Brown - white head. Aroma: sweet banana (brown banana), redberries, juice af redberries, plums. Taste: Fermented plums, plumwine, and some of it reminds me of wheatbeer. Strange -- not my kind of beer. (4/4/5/2/12) Re-rate: I found it a lot better this time. Not that powerful in the banana - "wheatbeer" - very fruity, berris, yeas, hoppy, nice and complex !!! Bottle

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