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


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RATINGS: 3340   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jason (1712) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2007 Bottle What a strong aroma escaping form the pour, very sweet - currants, candied fruit. Great head that dosen’t really lose itself. Taste is very balanced. First sip - good, sweet flavor/ well balanced. As it warms the character of the ale comes out strong, almost takes over you. Very drinkable with a palate that grabs you. Final sip - "may I have another". Double cheers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
reebtogi (4614) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 20, 2006
A nice dark orange brown in colour, fruity malty taste and aroma. A beer that is smooth on the palate considering the malt and alcohol in this brew. Very highly carbonated with a nice head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
isamublue (21) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - MAY 18, 2006
Amber pour. Crazy foamy lasting head equaly crazy lacing. Lots of malt almost no hoppyness. Faint dry fruit on the way down. Alcohol very present. I enjoyed this beer very much

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
spporras (259) - FINLAND - MAY 18, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2006 (Bottle BB 19/07/11) Roasted malty, yeasty, fruity and slightly alcoholic aroma. Orange brown colour, murky (small particles which eventually settle) and small, light brown, slightly lasting head with fair lacing. Sweet, malty, yeasty, licorice, slightly anise and spicy flavour of long duration. Fizzy carbonated, astringent, full-bodied and alcoholic (warming) palate. Excellent! 02/11/06 (original rating was 8/5/8/5/16)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
aenimopiate (176) - The United States of Texas, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2006
This is another wonderful belgian beer. The presence of fruits is slightly detectable, and the flavor holds it’s own, and more flavors appear the longer you let the glass sit out and warm up a little. I recommend this beer to lovers of the belgian strong ale like me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jshifletNC (3) - Gastonia, North Carolina, USA - MAY 16, 2006 does not count
smooth, slightly bitter, alcohol aroma after sip but lingers as sweet hoppy flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MacDaddyOJake (274) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 16, 2006
There is a lot of hype surrounding this beer and its brewery. As this was the first offering I have tried from them, I must say that I was a little dissappointed. The head was HUGE and long lasting. Little yeasty bits floated around in the body. Aroma was sweet, but not very prevalent. Taste was good, but I find the brews from Brasserie des Rocs to be much better. I won’t give up on these guys as I have to try the 6 and 10, but I do say that it was not what its made up to be.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2006
Head is quite large and long lasting. Deep garnet body. Nose is sasparillia, roasted notes, earth chocolate, ginger, and a bit of concord sweetness. Flavour is nutty, with a stong bublegum component. Wooden oak and pine nots appear. Alc is there, yet subtle, as is banana. Very lively and slightly foamy in the mouth. Because of its complexity, and subtlies, 8 is superior to 10.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DruncanVeasey (7424) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2006
UPDATED: APR 7, 2008 Sourish chocolate yoghurt aroma. Beige head and deep brown body. Alludes at cherry liqueur chocolates and licorice. Rich, warming and creamy. Mildly hallucinogenic. A big hearted bruiser of a beer. (Re-rate, 07/04/08, previous rating 3.5). Unmistakeable monkish snout of strange yeast, mysterious aniseedy spice, liquorice, bread, nuts, BRIE, more (red berryish, not dark or dried) fruit than expected. Definitely a hint of the Westvleterens (8 and 12), but falling slightly short of that kind of depth. An undercurrent of almost citrussy, soapy hop beneath the layers of nutty chocolate malt. Evilly drinkable. Better than previously realised.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2006 bottle. very dark brown. high carb. fruity and spicy. lots of taste. better than 6. 10 is the better than this.

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