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


on tap

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RATINGS: 3570   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - APR 1, 2007
Cloudy mahogany colored pour with a classic Trappist huge pillowy white head. Dark fruit aroma, not as chocolaty as the 10. Tannic notes, brandy, and spice popping out also. Earthy sweet malt flavor with lots of dark fruit, a little tannic, a touch of cherry and brandy, well hidden alcohol. Medium body with a tingly carbonation and a slight alcohol warming on the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - APR 1, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2012 Bottle. A cloudy dark brown beer, with an avrage sized. frothy/fizzy, mostly diminishing off-white head. The aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain, caramel), lightly to moderately yeasty (basement), with notes of toffee, raisins, plums, brown sugar, with a touch of chocolate.The flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, velvety texture. lively carbonation, long finish with medium bitterness, lightly alcoholic. Appearence is the weakest part, the rest is world class. Complex aroma, good balance and not boozy at all. An old favorite.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2007
11.2oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy brown with ruby highlights and a large long lasting light tan head that leaves good lacing. Wonderfull aroma of fresh malt, raisins, plums, and caramel. Taste is fresh malt with notes of raisins and plums complemented by a slight caramel sweetness and a hint of corriander. Finishes dry and bitter with a small amount of carbonic bite. Alcohol is very well hidden and the overall balance of this beer is great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kingtubby (18) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2007
Had the 10 though I’d try the 8. Pours a very interesting brownish color, Almost like a dark cider. Smells of dark fruits. Taste not as strong as I expected. Fizzy taste on the palate. Good beer but not worth the 6$ I paid for the bottle, unlike the 10. I would definitely Recommend the 10 over the 8.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Carl99Fan (187) - Suwanee, Georgia, USA - MAR 28, 2007
I can’t find the 10 anywhere, so I settled for a bottle of the 8. Nice color, great taste! I could easily polish off another 3 bottles of this before the night is over. One of the best beers I have had...very smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
keith0718 (434) - Kansas, USA - MAR 26, 2007
Has a different, fizzy kind of palate, but unlike the overcarbonated palate of macro-beer. Unique taste; not quite as good as the 10, but very good nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hapjydeuce (996) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAR 25, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2008 Always one of my go-to’s while roaming around BevMo. Pours murky brown with some red tint and always a guaranteed thick and bubbly head. Aroma is a nice combination of caramel malt, toasty Belgian yeast, raisin, plum and candy sugar. Sweet and dry flavor is a mix of cherry chocolate, light toffee, dark fruits (with prominent raisin), and banana. Nice numbing mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation. Hand me the bigger 10 anyday!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vonderbrink (95) - Concord, California, USA - MAR 23, 2007
Bottle: Dark brown color. Nice tan head. Chocolate and coffee aroma. Goes down smooth, with a little hint of the alcohol Nice finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrdeath5493 (113) - Arkansas, USA - MAR 22, 2007
This was an excellent beer. I tasted it head to head with the 10. The result is I enjoyed the 10 much, much better.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thefederalist (306) - Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA - MAR 21, 2007
Wow! Pours dark brown, nice head. Aroma explodes with complexities - raisins, raspberries, toffee, alcohol, you name it. Flavor is amazingly complex, especially as it warms. Slightly sweet on the onset, but the finish is dry and complex. Amazing, world class beer. I actually liked it better than the 10.

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