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


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RATINGS: 3604   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 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
onlyrocknroll (379) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAR 6, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2011 If God drank beer, I’m sure that this would be His choice. Murky brown. Brilliant malty complexity, chocolate, raisins, a little spice and fruit which all overlap in very pleasurable way. Better than Rochefort 10 even.

Re-rate. new score, same notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
glennmastrange (2652) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2011 Bottle. What an awesome aroma this beer has. Pouring it is like opening a box of chocolate caramel cookies. Not letting this beer warm in the glass is a waste. Notes of herbs, wood, dates, butter and light alcohol were also prevalent and a fairly strong element of dough. Head is off-white and frothy with good lacing. Color was a hazy brown. Flavor is initially sweet and acidic with an average length finish which is both bitter and acidic. Medium bodied and oily/creamy in texture, the one thing that interfered with the taste was the fizzy, almost artificial carbonation that is common in beers that are meant to be served ice cold.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bergface (56) - madison, Alabama, USA - MAR 5, 2007
Not boozy at all... You wouldnt know it had alcohol if 3 healthy sips didnt warm up your chest and throat. Big head, really nice lacing. Aroma is fruity, currants and grapes I think. All of the flavors are melded really well so its hard to distinguish them all. Really smooth drinking.... and a bit hard to describe.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
theodor (12) - Son en Breugel, NETHERLANDS - MAR 5, 2007
A very fruity aroma. The aroma gives you not the idea that the beer is so strong. It is a very clean beer with some sweetness. The hopping is very good in balance. The mouthfeel is very smooth.

   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)

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