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


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RATINGS: 3283   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2006
33cl bottle: pours a merky brown into a trappist glass, but looks beautiful. small tanish which head. Very complex in the nose. There is spiciness, nutmeg perhaps also many dried fruits: prunes, rainsins. Same flavors as the nose with a touch of figs some clove and a bit of banana from the yeast. Awesome mouth feel full of tiny bubbles, full mouth feely. very good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabjork (674) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 21, 2006
Bottled. HAzy dark brown in colour. Rich creamy and bubbly beige head. Lacings. The aroma is malty and sweet. The flavour consists of burnt malt with a sweet aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 20, 2006
Tremendous aroma of caramel and fruits. It’s down to the wire between this and the 10. Impeccable balance and well camouflaged high ABV. A superb beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jason (1689) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2007 Bottle What a strong aroma escaping form the pour, very sweet - currants, candied fruit. Great head that dosen’t really lose itself. Taste is very balanced. First sip - good, sweet flavor/ well balanced. As it warms the character of the ale comes out strong, almost takes over you. Very drinkable with a palate that grabs you. Final sip - "may I have another". Double cheers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
reebtogi (4513) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 20, 2006
A nice dark orange brown in colour, fruity malty taste and aroma. A beer that is smooth on the palate considering the malt and alcohol in this brew. Very highly carbonated with a nice head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
isamublue (21) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - MAY 18, 2006
Amber pour. Crazy foamy lasting head equaly crazy lacing. Lots of malt almost no hoppyness. Faint dry fruit on the way down. Alcohol very present. I enjoyed this beer very much

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
spporras (259) - FINLAND - MAY 18, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2006 (Bottle BB 19/07/11) Roasted malty, yeasty, fruity and slightly alcoholic aroma. Orange brown colour, murky (small particles which eventually settle) and small, light brown, slightly lasting head with fair lacing. Sweet, malty, yeasty, licorice, slightly anise and spicy flavour of long duration. Fizzy carbonated, astringent, full-bodied and alcoholic (warming) palate. Excellent! 02/11/06 (original rating was 8/5/8/5/16)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
aenimopiate (176) - The United States of Texas, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2006
This is another wonderful belgian beer. The presence of fruits is slightly detectable, and the flavor holds it’s own, and more flavors appear the longer you let the glass sit out and warm up a little. I recommend this beer to lovers of the belgian strong ale like me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jshifletNC (3) - Gastonia, North Carolina, USA - MAY 16, 2006 does not count
smooth, slightly bitter, alcohol aroma after sip but lingers as sweet hoppy flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MacDaddyOJake (274) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 16, 2006
There is a lot of hype surrounding this beer and its brewery. As this was the first offering I have tried from them, I must say that I was a little dissappointed. The head was HUGE and long lasting. Little yeasty bits floated around in the body. Aroma was sweet, but not very prevalent. Taste was good, but I find the brews from Brasserie des Rocs to be much better. I won’t give up on these guys as I have to try the 6 and 10, but I do say that it was not what its made up to be.

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