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


on tap

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RATINGS: 3466   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
islay (1712) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2006 The aroma is sweet and sherry-like, but subdued. The beer is a deep, mild brown in color, with a thick, cream/light tan, sparkling head. The flavor is sweet and spicy. It is so complex as to be almost indescribable. The texture is silky smooth, but it maintains a kick. This is a very drinkable brew, especially for one so high in alcohol. I continually had to remind myself to slow down and make it last. Rochefort Trappistes 8 surpassed my lofty expectations. I think I dreamed this beer, and drinking it was a dream come true. I can honeslty say that this is the best beer that I have ever had. I give it only 19 overall so that I might leave room for Rochefort 10.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
IrishRed1983 (33) - USA - NOV 8, 2006
Smells of flowers and plums with a good wiff of alcohol. effervescent off-white head. cloudy amber brown in color. refreshing and crisp, slightly sweetened with an alcoholy finish, smooth smooth palate. good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wineandbrew (40) - Steilacoom, Washington, USA - NOV 4, 2006
Bought @ Steilacoom Wine and Brew. This has got to be one of my top three favorite beers in the world... and I have had thousands! The head is totally tremendous, and is such a signature for a trappist beer... like pouring a Guinness on tap, takes forever. The nose only hints at is what to come, but the flavor and the mouthfeel is what makes this beer sssooo incredible, somewhere between the best brown and a yeasty double, this beer is wonderful! Frothing in your mouth, you taste sudsy dark fruits and lots of the character of a trappist beer, lightly sweet, it leaves you wanting more! And more!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
asmithbeer (71) - California, USA - NOV 2, 2006
Deep amber pour with nice creamy/fizzy head. Aroma is syrupy a little sour and fruity. Flavor is medium complex with some bitter fruits, a bit malty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 30, 2006
Yum. Pours brown with some floaties and an awesome thick off-white head. Aroma is stacked with malts, fruits, and some alcohol. Creamy mouthfeel. Taste is mostly darker fruits, malts, and some earthiness, but everything is subdued and in balance. Sweet and warm.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thomat (2800) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 29, 2006
Dark amber with a firm tan foam. Lots of malt and fruit tones. Full bodied with a very complex bitter / sweet aftetaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
vyvvy (5010) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - OCT 28, 2006
While I loved 10 I like this one better - this is newly an all time favorite of mine. Poured very dark amber brown with a creamy light tan head. The aroma is incredible containing cream, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, cocoa and lactic qualities. It reminds me of a cross between a trappist ale and a very high quality sweet stout. Medium / full body with quite a bit of carbonation that is very non-intrusive to the flavors. Taste starts with milk chocolate, toffee, caramel, light bits of earthiness. For the combination on the taste I am reminded of a cross between a top quality scotch ale with chocolate given a Trappist twist. The finish adds some spiciness that seems to be from hops. Oddly enough with as rich and full flavored as this is the finish is crisp. It comes across incredible. There is a small lingering toffee taste left in the mouth. You could never tell this is 9.2% except for the effect it leaves, it is hidden exceptionally well. This is a top beer in my book.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
masteren (15) - Hvidovre, DENMARK - OCT 28, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2006 Aroma is sweet and strong. Smooth taste of fruit, raisins, prune and pepper. Good solid head. A very complex beer. One of my favorit trappists.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2006
330 ml bottle. Cloudy brown color with full light brown head. Complex and smooth, with no alcohol taste. Sweet malt aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (9191) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 26, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2014 First rating
Initial Rating Date: 10/26/2006 2:48:37 PM - UPDATED 8/30/2009
33 cl bottle
Clear brown color, tan fluffy head. Fruity spicy and a bit alcohol scent, marzipan. Sweet as well, rather complex smell, but not extreme. Very full mouthfeel. Sweet and taste flavor. Like drinking candy/sweets. Low bitterness. Sweetm but really nice, aftertaste.

Bottle at a blind tasting
On August 30, 2009
Cloudy dark brown color, off-white head. Sweet, spicy, alcohol scent. Sweet, alcohol taste. Medium to moussy mouthfeel, hoppy aftertaste, low bitterness.

Vertical tasting first half of 2012, never got around to enter my notes until now
Tried 2011 vs 2007 vs 2006 side by side
2011: Hazy dark brown color, fairly big tan ehad. Sweet, cabbage, sugary, licorice scent. Sweet, alcohol, spicy taste. Spritzy mouthfeel, low bitterness.
2007: Very dark brown color, smallish tan head. Sweet, malty, dirt cellar taste. Dirt cellar scent. Spritzy mouthfeel, low bitterness.
2006: Hazy dark red color, smallish off-white head. Malty, white pepper scent. Dirt cellar, malty, sweet taste. Medium to spritzy mouthfeel, low bitterness.

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