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


on tap

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RATINGS: 3623   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 16/20
mugabe (258) - SWEDEN - APR 18, 2007
Bottle at home. Pours an inviting hazy red-brown with a lot of sediment. Fresh aroma of raisin and cherries. Full creamy, fruity taste with a dry, bitter finish with some alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnnyOlhus (43) - Amager (Copenhagen), DENMARK - APR 17, 2007
Very sweet aroma with raisin and chocolate. Tastes slitghty sweet, with nicely hidden alcohol. Very well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gottalottaibu (243) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 17, 2007
pours hazy brown with huge inviting head. wonderful sticky lacing. aroma was rather light and clean. a sweet yeasty scent with a touch of alcohol. the flavor is outstanding. fizzy at first with all the carbonation with tart fruit on the tip. warms nicely in the mouth with a medium feel and a slightly dry finish. superb. every aspect of this beer is enticing and it delivers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 16, 2007
Belgian beer festival Brussels 2006: Had to bring a few bottles home for my friends and my Dad. My favorite of the Rochefort range.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 15, 2007
Obviously a good beer...nice appearance, aroma, and flavor. Quite a bit of sediment from the pour. Much rather prefer the 10 anyday, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
reakt (950) - Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2007 freebie bottle @ beirodrome, kingsway. It looks so regal in its glass! Deep mahogany w/ dense creamy tan head. Wonderful malt nose of raisins, chocolate, caramel and nuts. Taste to match with notes of raspberries. Finish of dark fruits, malt and cinnamon. Very full on taste and palate. Creamy and spicy. Very much like the 10 with that cola character. Yum.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
clasley (153) - Arkansas, USA - APR 14, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2007 330 ml bottle. Pours a cloudy pecan brown with a dense frothy head. Rich nose with tones of plum and spice. Medium body with a dry finish. Well balanced but lacking in the flavor I was expecting. I can only assume the bottle I acquired wasn’t treated with love.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sammy3D (141) - Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA - APR 12, 2007
Poured from the bottle this beer is a dense brown with a generous frothy cream head. Aroma is almost like root beer with sarsaparilla and some hints of banana. Excellent flavor with all sorts of complexities. Smoked fruit, caramel and well balanced with none of the flavors really overwhelming the other. The sweetness is never excessive. Warming and smooth at the same time in the mouth. A well crafted brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 10, 2007
From 11 oz bottle, pours a cloudy dark brown brew with a off white head. Aroma of dark plums, tart green olives and citrus. Tastes of fruit, grapes and chocolate cake. Sweet finish and a small fruit aftertaste. Another excellent Trappist Ale

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jackson220 (136) - new lenox, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2007
Very attractive beer. NIce billowy head that left great lacing. Wonderful aromas of sweet bread, tropical fruits, banana, and slighty of roasted malts. Has a pretty strong and good citrus taste while also tastes earthy with hints of caramel. The finish tingles the mouth and throat (you can really taste the alcohol in this one) and it leaves a lingering slightly bitter and sour aftertaste. very complex.... very very good

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