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


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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 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bruceb (3) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 3, 2007 does not count
Wonderful flavor, smooth, likely the best beer I have ever had. The only down fall is that the beer has been bottle conditioned which I find adds a slightly unpleasent after taste if the sediment becomes disturbed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 2, 2007
A smoky, dark beer with a strong alcoholic zing, this is a pleasant, refreshing malty beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrD (61) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2007
The infinitely complex flavors...which shift--sometimes subtly, sometimes unbelievably--with each sip...really, genuinely defy description by analogy; I could say fig, licorice, saltwater taffy, raisin, dried seaweed, damp spalted wood, etc, etc, etc...but not matter how many unique, specific descriptors I piled up, the description would still fall short. So...just try it. (For me, personally, the carbonation was a little excessive and too fine for such a richly flavored trappist.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - FEB 28, 2007
Bottle, pours a cloudy dark brown with a sizable tight tan frothy head that persists; good lacing. Mild aroma of caramel, plum and raisin. Taste is very pleasing, moderate carbonation, lighter on the palate than expected. Nicely done, and definitely lives up to expectations.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - FEB 28, 2007
An amazing beer. Aroma is decent, honestly not much scent to it at all, which can be a good thing. Appearance is dark brown and perfect. Mouthfeel is amazingly smooth. Flavor is rich and hoppy. A wonderful brew

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Amaj80HC (13) - 9, BELGIUM - FEB 28, 2007
Aged for 6 months now, this beer (besides the st bernardus abt 12) is really really close to the Westvleteren 12. It has the same subtle salty taste that you will find in the Westy too. I don’t know another beer that comes so close in taste. In fact, i don’t think i would be able to tell the difference in a blind taste. (Just let it age for at least a year....this is the minimum time required for the yeast to do his job). This rule should be applied for all beers with a refermentation in the bottle. Conclusion: i am a bit surprised it’s not higher in the ranking. Give it another try and let it age before consuming. (serving temperature: 12°C)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
skibumphishead (259) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 27, 2007
12oz bottle poured into a snifter... creamy mouthfeel and aroma of alcohol and plum. The flavs are all subtle... fruit and light chocolate hints... very pleasant, but not as flavorful as the other trapists that i have had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jalichio999 (502) - BRAZIL - FEB 26, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2008 Coloração marrom, excelente creme bege, denso e persistente. Notas de torrefação, nozes, café, caramelo e algo cítrico. Final seco e levemente amargo. Aroma complexo. Carbonatação média/alta. Álcool muito bem equilibrado. Ótimo aftertaste. É das melhores cervejas do mundo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Willin8 (55) - Massapequa, New York, USA - FEB 26, 2007
Deep yellow pour. Fruity aroma. Flavor is fruity yet not as robust and complex as I was hoping. Finish is a bit watery. I would like to re-visit this one under different circumstances because I was not that impressed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2007
sampled at blind "Better Know a Style: Belgian Strong Ale" tasting 07. poured a creamy off white head and slightly hazy reddish brown. looks very nice. nose has nice molasses, raisin, plums, and pretty yeasty. flavor is pretty sweet with raisins. a strangley bland flavor that rewards you with tons of alcohol in the finish. plate is full and rich but way too much alcohol in the finish. a surprise let down at this blind tasting.

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