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


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RATINGS: 3510   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
benclarkiii (73) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 17, 2007
This was my 2nd of 3 Belgians at a local bar. I really enjoyed the balance in this beer. Very little ’alcohol’ taste and quite complex. Compared to the Tremens I had first, the carbonation stood out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zamco17 (134) - Corpus Christi, Texas, USA - FEB 15, 2007
complex aroma, baking bread, bananas, stout. pours a murky brown. the alcohol is untraceable, a very very long finish. high carbonation. what belgian ale should be.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2007
Hazy golden dark brown color, tiny bubbles in the head around the edge of the glass. Spicy maple vanilla creme notes in the taste with different dark fruits making appearences with each sip. Good complex stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 13, 2007
Bottle. (BB 23.01.11) Unclear dark brown with a red tinge. Huge frothy beige/brown head. Excellent lacework. Wonderful and inviting aromas of malt and various fruits (red berries, lemon, plums and cherries). Sweet malt and caramel flavours, along with a refreshing fruitiness. Alcohol well hidden. Mild and mellow hops in the finish. Medium to full body. Oily mouthfeel. Impressive.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
YuckFouBrew (12) - Frisco, Texas, USA - FEB 11, 2007
Sweet malt, beet candy aroma. This beer hides its high alcohol % well, at 9.2% its deceptively smooth. My favorite trappist beer up to this point.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AndreasJaeger (505) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2010 Fruity, herbal, sweet aroma. Fruity, sweet warm alcoholic taste with plums, raisin, caramell and roasted malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 7, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2008 Brown color with just a trace of translucence. A big head with lots of lace. Strong aroma of fruits, grapes maybe. Deeper and darker than the 6 but lighter than the 10. Taste is great, complex, fruity and malty. Great balance. Amazing beer.

Re-rate. I tried all Rocheforts together in one tasting. Since then I have had the 10 again many, many times but I’ve yet to try the 8 or 6 again. At the time I thought the 8 and 10 were equally good, though different. I now have my doubts.

This beer is remarkably similar to the 10. It contains most of the same aromatics though this is sweeter and is yeastier. The ten is more complex and has some darker characteristics and a little bit of pine while this is fruiter. They both smell great though. The taste is the big difference for me. The mouthfeel and flavor of this are just not near the 10 in terms of quality or complexity. Side by side this seems almost watery though it is more drinkable. Alcohol hidden well. This is a knockout beer, no doubt, but definitely does not live up to its big brother like I once thought.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
flemmingwillum (1108) - Nysted, DENMARK - FEB 7, 2007
Well, I hope that you others not will call me a heretic for saying this beer ain’t that special... But here we go: A nice dark, muddy, brown beer, but almost no head poured from my sample of this beer. The aroma is the best thing about it: Cherries, figs, dates, alcohol, and a note that seems like an Irish Whiskey Cream Liquoer or something. Very belgian in it’s aroma. The flavor is figs, alcohol, a little berries, and a little sourishness. OK, not an impressive body for a 9,2% ABV beer, but on the other hand a creamy palate. There’s much other belgian strong ales I would prefer to this one; especially considering the price.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JK (5411) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 6, 2007
This beer has one of the best aromas I have found. It is unusually complex and pleasant. The first aroma is port. Next is malt with dark fruit sweetness with some pear. The alcohol is there as well, but compliments rather than overwhelms the other aromas. I also perceive light wheat and coriander. The beer is very dark brown and cloudy; thick with sediment. The foam lasts a long time in a quarter-inch layer on top of the beer. Flavor is dominated by sweet malt. Hop presence is minor. There is also fruit and some wine, as well as wild game. The only negative about this beer is the alcohol level. It is completely hidden in the flavor and aroma, but so strong that it has a desensitizing effect on my tongue. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - FEB 6, 2007
This beer is a cloudy red-orange-black with particles in the bottom. It has a fluffy off-white head with good endurance. It has a moderately sweet roasted aroma. It’s the sweetless of apple, date, and the warmth of black pepper and alcohol. It has a well-balanced sweet-sour-bitter flavor and a rather thick, soft, dry body that leaves a trail of alcohol and a yearning for another bottle of this.

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