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


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RATINGS: 3234   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
NewSkeptic (5) - New Hartford, Iowa, USA - FEB 22, 2006 does not count
Pours golden brown with a light tan active head of medium bubbles. Little if any lace pattern on the glass as the head diminishes. Abundant very pleasant well balanced aroma of yeast, sweet maltiness and a subtle dark fruits. Flavor is nearly as intense than the aroma primarily of sweet malts, yeast and a gentle hop bitterness. A peasant tongue tingle from the carbonation and alcohol. The flavor finishes dry with no coating sensation and a slight hop bitterness diminishing to a gentle brown sugar sweetness. Very drinkable smooth, complex, satisfying flavor profile. A wonderful aroma essence in the back of the throat of alcohol, carbonation and malt. Wow, its at least 9.2% alcohol and definitely a beer for special occasions !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2006
Bottle. I for some reason fail to be blown away by the Rochefort series. I appreciate the recent slight decline in price, and have now taken the opportunity to finally rate this one. Notes of raisins, vanilla plum, and brown sugar meet on the nose and palate. It hides its alcohol well, but it doesn’t blow me away with its flavor profile, mouthfeel, or finish. Its good beer that is a bit on the expensive side.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2006
Robe brune voilée surmontée d’une mousse beige en dentelle et persistente. Arômes de fruits et de houblon aromatique. Saveurs de fruits, de houblon aromatique, de levure, de bois et d’alcool.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
yngwie (14338) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 18, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2009 Bottled.(BB 2010) Wonderful dark brown color, and a large, lasting beige head, leaving nice lacings. Aroma is malty, with alcohol, raisins, candi sugar and cocoa. Sweet, malty flavor with warming alcohol, raisins and bitterness. Full to medium body and a finish with alcohol and lasting bitterness. It’s a shame this classic costs almost $8 in Norway. Rating: 8-5-8-4-17-4.2. 060218

Bottle, BB 130813. Wauw! I really love the smell when pouring this one, always putting my face right above the glass when pouring. Prunes, cellar, dried apricots, alcohol, some roasted malts and yeast and even more dried fruits, and a lovely tobacco-like spicyness escapes the glass. When finished, at least for a while, sniffing the beer, I see a wonderful creamy, two-finger thick, beige head on top of an unclear, brown body. The head stays, and leaves some pretty lacings as the beer goes down my throat. In the mouth it’s full-bodied and warming, silky smooth and quite carbonated, but not feeling fizzy at any level. The flavor is sweet and malty, filled with dried fruits and some spicyness. Dried apricots, rum raisin and prunes at least. There’s some bitterness as well, and that cellar and yeast found in the aroma are also chiming in. Some peppery notes also finds it’s way down the throat. The finish is of the lasting kind, warming, sweet yet dry, bitter, lightly roasted and spiced, and with a lovely peppery touch in the very end. I have to admit I was really in the mood for a good Belgian tonight, and I knew this one would live up to my wishes. In that light my rating might be too high, but right now it’s worth every point. Really good to know it’s back in Norway, after a short absence. And that aroma is priceless. 090904

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonsiii (165) - Fredericia, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2006
Not as heavy as Roc 10, but thats okay. Drink it in a tulip glass to discovery all of the aroma of this classic belgian beer. Not possible to see through the glass at all. Certainly something for the cellar...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrt (62) - USA - FEB 16, 2006
A little thinner than it’s heavier counterpart, which is not neccessarily a bad thing. Pours a beautiful dark brown with a thick lasting head. Quite aromatic; you can smell that magic maltiness! Also a deep dark fruitiness and a sharp, woodsy quality are easily perceptible though this beer is very complex. Basically, this beer pleases like few can.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beastiefan2k (2580) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2006
11.2 bottle. Drank in a Westmalle goblet. The beer pours with just a little bit of white lacing of head. Very dark, murky, brown. Cannot even see into the beer, very little sediment. Smells sweet but not sugary. The beers pops in your mouth. Nice slightly heavy body. Taste is strong and sweet but cannot feel the 9% alohol. Goes down without any bitterness. Truly an outstanding beer, worth all the praise.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
onystrom (1321) - Magellan Hunter! - Skanderborg, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2006
Dark brown-amber color wirh great head. Not very sweet but more hoppy and yeasty. Like the other high no. trappist its too strong for my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jdouglas3 (31) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 13, 2006
Cloudy brown color with large off-white head, slowly dissipating. Vanilla aroma and flavor but very hard to pin down. Smooth and silky feel. Advice: Don’t serve this too cold, as more flavor comes out when it’s warm.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Quevillon (2566) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 13, 2006
WOW! Vive les trapistes! Belle couleur rouge foncé/noir, arome invitant de fruit, très bon goût d’épice et de fruit. Elle ne goûte pas comme une très forte. Je veux essayer la 10!!

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