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


on tap

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RATINGS: 3621   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 26, 2007
Rochy 8 for my 800th rating. Saw it more as a dark red-orange rather than brown, with a big beige head. Aroma is full of fruit, smells delicious. Tastes of creamy light chocolate mixed with fruit juice. Sort of like a block of milk chocolate with liquid raspberry centres. However, overall the flavour is less intense than the glorious 10. Fair bit of alcohol in the finish. Very pleasant experience.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2007
11.2oz. Bottle $4.09 Herman’s Package Store Rochefort 8 poured the darkest murkiest brown into my goblet. When held to the light there are small mahogany highlights where you can see frantic carbonation and some tiny floating yeasties. A 1 finger slightly off white head formed on the pour that stayed put and left moderate lacing. This is one of those murky belgians that looks like it will be loaded with flavor. This beer is packed full of strong dark aromas. Too many for me to list accurately. Brown sugar and rum soaked raisins are what come to mind first. Big doughiness along with dark fruits such as figs and blackberries. More fruits are in there too but they’re difficult to put a finger on. Mild yeasty powderiness. Smells delicious. Flavor is rich and complex. Brown sugar and raisins are present in the flavor as well. Strong doughy background that allows all the other flavors to really pop. I find myelf repeating the aromas but they’re in the flavors. Figs and very mild blackberries are a couple of the darker fruits along with ripe plums. Powdery yeast on the finish. Alcohol warmth and fumes in the throat but no signs in the flavor. Fruity sweetness lingers. A very fine, strong carbonation turns the body frothy when it enters the mouth. My only complaint, and it’s a very minor one, is it turns frothy to quick. I’d like it a bit farther back on the palate. Wonderful flavor and smell make this beer a pleasure to sip away. A great beer from Rochefort. One to be pondered after each sip with all the complexity. Truly enjoyable. 3/19/07

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAY 24, 2007
A hazy brown with a bit healthy dense head. Strong fruity berry, alcohol, dark malt, though not chocolate, lots of caramel. In the darkness there was something I couldn’t put my finger on... maybe dark fruit? Subdued carbonation, mouthfilling with some alcohol warming. Big full malt, yet still dry, fruit, dates. A light malt sort of sweetness with quicky dry finish meeting the big lingering dark malt. I can’t believe I passed over this so long. Thanks Yaniv!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2007
Pours very dark brown, huge almond head. Aroma is candy sugar all the way. Flavor is just lovely, dark fruits, chocolate, caramel, candy sugar, bananas, hoppy bitterness but just for bitterness. Lots of dark fruit but big sweetness and alcohol to balance it. Huge carbonation makes it so tingly and tasty, very smooth, very easy to drink. I’d called it a dubbel or quad. Either way I love this beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
mlist55 (210) - media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2007
Dark amber/mahogany, with a wonderful lasting brownish head. Aroma is spciy and fruity. Some cinnamon and malts.Flavor is spicy and brings plum. Peppery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckeyeSammy (612) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2008 Delicious. Huge beige head, dark brown reddish color, great lacing. Sweet aroma, slight alcohol. One of my favorite beers. sweet but not too sweet. Thin back end. Flavor of dark malt, sweet fruits.. fig, raison. Well carbonated. Very clean finish. Rochefort should be proud. Worth every penny.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Prcaus (159) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2007
Bottle-Ludwig’s in Center City Phily. Brownish pour with no head, flavored is sweet but not over powering. Surprising carbonation. Per recommendation of a friend who was trying to hunt down the 10.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2010 11.2oz bottle, $6.99. Very complex aroma of sweet malty fruit and dark chocolate. Notes of sugary brandy, very ripe fruits, and red wine. Small frothy off-white head that left no lace and mostly diminished. Body is muddy dark brown and thick with small sediment particles. Flavor is lightly sweet and crisp with nice fruity brandy tones. Short finish. Palate is med-full body with lively carbonation and very very subtle alcohol. I really like the flavor but it’s a little tame. Times that flavor by 2 and it might best it’s big brother.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerBB (132) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2007
very dark brown with good size tan head. very sweet amoma, lots of malt, lots of molasses...maybe some dark fruits. surprisingly not alcoholly with 9.2%. very, very good

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
oberabcbbsok (691) - Hoboken, BELGIUM - MAY 17, 2007
A great beer not the strength of the rochefort 10 but it has a very nice taste. A topper in beer land

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