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


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RATINGS: 3314   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GarrettB (1163) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 8, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2007 It is hard to write about the Trappistes 8, because everything that can be said about it has already been said. Its notoriety has elevated it to an exalted position for most avid American drinkers. It’s plentiful, available and sacred by origin. Flavor complexity and an apparent capriciousness have given the Rochefort Trappistes 8, and its brewery a well deserved reputation for mystique and sedulousness. For these reasons, and countless others, the Rochefort series (10, 8, 6) have been well discussed. No remark I could make would be new, no clever repartee would be witty, no observation would be astute. This does not, however, deprive me of the power of emphasis. With my writer’s hands tied I’m left to comment on what readers have said before, combing through their reviews and picking out the most verisimilous ones. To this task I will choose one: temperature. The Rochefort 8 is a fine example of brewing art; a dimly glowing harvest moon brown head slowly morphing atop a dusty, antique wood brown body. The smell is begat from apples, oak, smoke, flowers, mist, star anise, blackberries, butter and cinnamon – a comparatively full roster. The taste is equally profound, replete with bananas, chopped nuts, espresso and hazelnut, all within an overarching grand cacophony of toasted and roasted malts. The key to this flavor, one unlike anything I’ve had before, is the temperature. Before it’s allowed to flux to room temperature the Rochefort 8 is a tongue numbing rake of roasted malts. Mellowing slowly wins the heart of this beer’s true flavor, uncovering richer and enigmatic tones of flavor. Give it a sip when it’s still cold, but don’t let your reaction give way to early and unfair judgment. A little cooking to room temperature and suddenly the Rochefort 8 blossoms into a brew worthy of its reputation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Furseth (2007) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - JUL 5, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown hazy colour, with a werry nice creamy foam. Arom of chocolate,sweet banana,citric and alcohol. Tasty, sweet banana,dark chocolate, citrus,malt, and was round and has full body. Nice round finish with maltyness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - JUL 3, 2006
Thanks to bentley78 for this. I can find the 10 but not the 8 in my area. Nice dark brown pour with thick off white head that lasts. Aroma is light grain, malt, grassy and earthy. Taste is nutty and malty. Nice spice and earthy grass notes. Easy drinking with slight alcohol finish. Excellent all around.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
gregdl (6) - christiansburg, Virginia, USA - JUL 1, 2006 does not count
My second favorite. Every bit as good as the #10 just without the warmth. Excellent start to finish. Light a good cigar and relax under the stars with this ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2006
Bottle. Pours a hazy brown with a foamy tan head. Dark fruit, clove and hints of banana. Finishes mildly sweet but has a certain mustiness to balance it out.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
funkengruven (5) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 29, 2006 does not count
Quite a nice pour, dark brown, almost as dark as a cola with very strong head retention, head stayed thick and puffy for a few minutes. Smell is interesting but very good, hints of bubblegum and mint. Taste is equally as interesting, Earthy, grassy tones with a slightly bitter finish. Alcohol not very prevalent in this brew which makes it easy on the mouth, and not difficult to drink at all. Carbonation is not excessive at all, this is a nice brew, looking forward to more of these in the future.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2006
aroma of berries and wheat malt, with some raisins and molasses and toffee. some clove, nutmeg, and vanilla as well. very full and rich aroma. the appearance is an opaque dark brown color with an almost nitro-like head. flavor is purple grapes, vanilla extract, some kind of root, brown sugar, raisins, molasses, toffee, carmel malt and green apples. very decent, but the alcohol’s a little potent this early in the game. might need a little age.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcnally (114) - Burbank, California, USA - JUN 27, 2006
The thing I like the most about this fine beer is its appearance. Pours with a HUGE white head that lasts forever. I had to wait five minutes for it to settle enough to take a sip. Left a thick lacing that covered the glass. Dark, cloudy brown color. Sweet aroma, some fruit, alchohol. Taste is also sweet. I get some caramel and nuttiness in there. Good beer, different from what I’m used to. Don’t let the small bottle fool you. There is enough here to satisfy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marsiblursi (3045) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 27, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2009 (Bottle at The Rover, Göteborg) Pours dark red/brown with a light brown head. Smells marzipan. Alcohol. Malt. Plums and liquorice. The taste is sweet. Soil and smokey tobaco. Salty. Marzipan. Almonds. Brown sugar and some milk- chocolate. 8/3/6/4/15 Second try: (Bottle, 2 to 3 years old) Pours dark mahogany brown. Creamy, pale nougat coloured head. The aroma holds earthy and fruity tones up front. Mild tones of figs, prunes, ripe dark cherries, green raisins, rum, brown sugar, mild burned cookies, tobacco, chocolate, liquorice and maybe a touch of blackberries and black currant. Bit Belgo-spicy as well. A tiny touch of herbs and citrus acid. The flavour is light to medium sweet, light bitter and tiny acidic with tones of dried/dark fruit, cherries, spices, earth, tobacco, dark sugar, chocolate, cookies and liquorice. The mouthfeel is round and velvety with that typical, playful Rochefort carbonation. Complex but subtle finish. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
zsb19 (168) - Cincinnati, Kentucky, USA - JUN 26, 2006
Bottle - Pours deep dark brown with thick fluffy off-white head and a ton of sediment. Aroma is malty and sweet with notes of caramel, vanilla, and some dried fruit. Palate is medium in body with a heavy carbonated mouthfeel. Upfront taste is roasted/burnt malt with some nuttiness present. Follow through has notes of dried fruit and alcohol with some bitterness. Aftertaste is dry and malty with some muddled vanilla/caramel notes and a nice alcohol warming. Overall a nice strong ale with a lot of flavor that opens up as it warms. Can’t wait to try 10.

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