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


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RATINGS: 3320   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 30, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2006 The only beer better than this is the Rochefort 10. This is a near perfect beer. The monks can sure brew a little bit of heaven. Re-rate on 10-28-06 I guess when you try so many outstanding beers a person needs to go back and alter other beers that no longer seem as great as you thought. I had this as a 4.8 but I realized it is a mighty fine beer but not even close to the Rochefort 10.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
undsioux7 (835) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAY 30, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2006 pours a brown with a bit of reddish tint to it. lots of carbonation.Aroma of musty yeast. It is a very sweet with a bitter finish. There is also a bit of coffee, liquorice and alcholic ending. Some spice and dark fruit tastes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 29, 2006
Dark brown with tan head. Nice roasted malt aroma. A lot of carbonation, but nice feel. Sweet flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sunevdj (3355) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2006
Pours a dark brown with a tanned head. Massive/compact lacings. Quite sweet with a light bitterness. Malty and yeasty with bonusaromas of prunes and dades slight whiff of perfume. Nice discreet hoppiness. Medium to full bodied. Abit too sweet; hence the 6 in Flavor. Hides alcohol very well. Slightly bitter finish with a warming alcohol sensation. Nice-one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ghawener (1518) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - MAY 29, 2006
Bottle: Extremely smokey, strong full body that reminds of a stout. Bitter, dark chocolate and burnt coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jacobwennbom (353) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAY 28, 2006
Pours quite dark with big brownish head. Lots of aroma, caramell, roasted nuts and probably more. Taste is very rich and malty. Also nutty. Very rich body. Best beer for me so far.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lgklotet (432) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 27, 2006
Beautiful long lasting head, wonderful complex aroma. Good malty flavours, dry, alcohol very well masked. Definitely going to have to try this again. Very surprised at how present the carbonation is, nice prickly feel in the mouth. Let’s see what a couple of years in the cellar will do to this guy..

   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.

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