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


on tap

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RATINGS: 3570   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
The lower gravity cousin to Rochefort 10. Nicknamed "Spťciale" (íThe Specialí), 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JAN 31, 2007
33cL Bottle. Aroma of warming raisins and toasted walnut. A nip of sherry vinegars and light esters off of a shot of port. Caramel sauce blends with strawberries and sweet molasses. Faint edges of aged yeast character. Pour of muddled brown, with ruddy core and golden fringes. Nice creamy rise of pale oak. Flavor erupts on the palate in a seltzer foam of dried cranberries and effusive plums. Very carbonated on the palate. A nip of honey and some extremely volatile alcohols evaporate into the humours with some scotch-like elements. After a brief thin sweetness, this beer dissolves into a lightly oaky crispness, with pale sugary pipe tobaccos, woodsy tannins and plant leaves. Again, a rise of aged yeast breads pull in from the background. I think this bottle has some time on it, since the date is 30.10.07. Regardless, tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2007
Pours a dark amber with a medium white head. Lovely aromas, of dark fruit, sweet malts, and bananas. Got that sweet little sourness to it that bites at you at first. Full on the carbonation, and the dark berries really come out at the end. Full bodied, and fantastic! Trappist beers just never get old. Its been a while since I had the 8, but it was a very nice reunion.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tykjen (182) - FlorÝ, NORWAY - JAN 30, 2007
Incredible beer! Full foam and carbonation. Fantastic spicy and fruity taste, but a bit more subdued aroma. Dry and well attenuated, but at the same sweetish. A masterpiece.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
entropy1049 (40) - Oxford, Iowa, USA - JAN 29, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2007 RERATE: Take Two...Hadnít planned on a re-rate until I had one just tonight and said to myself..."Man, I think this is the best thing on two wheels!" Tried some different glassware, got a vigorous head, a big whiff of swill, and said "as good as I think this is, it deserves a re-rate". Nectar of the Gods...Yes Officer, Iíll come along quietly... Original Rating: Pours from a 330 cloudy medium brown.Very thin medium beige head with minimal retention. Definately an aroma of bananas primarily, with port, and roasted malt for good measure. Nicely carbonated medium mouthfeel with very subtle sweetness...this is definately beer first, dessert after. Oh, man, this is quite a surprise; incredible balance between flavors (banana-malt-a little hop...) and between "beer personalities": mouthfeel, carbonation, detectable alcohol, acidity). I love the mouthfeel! Totally unprepared for it in a trappist ale...A beer buffett without being overbearing!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
paydirt (9) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2007 does not count
This is a great, great beer. In some ways I prefer it over the 10 because itís a bit more balanced regarding the alcohol, however, the 10 is more chocolately and silky. This beer has brown sugar overtones and is also very Earthy. You can almost taste the dirt that the barley and hops were grown in to make this beer. Definitely one of my top 10 favorite beers in the world to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 28, 2007
Pours a light brown with a quickly desolving head. Aroma of fruits. Full mouth, Smooth finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BartC (727) - Lichtaart, BELGIUM - JAN 28, 2007
Irregular head. Aroma of burned malts, caramels and a complex combination of various spices. Medium body and carbonation. The aftertaste reveals some alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2007
Bottle. Pours a cloudy orangeish red, with a thin beige head. Smells of vinegar and plums. Now thats nice, taste is very complex, iím not even going to try and describe. Very smooth and alcohol is hidden very well for 9.2%. Another great beer out of belgium.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ford9719 (371) - Vilseck, GERMANY - JAN 27, 2007
Bottle. Poured an orange murky color. Aroma of citrus is there. Taste is very carbonated and citrus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 26, 2007
330 ml bottle. Dark brown colour seemingly cloudy. Tall beige head that clings to the glass. Crisp floral and citrusy hop aroma. Could it be cascades? Hmm. High carbonation level. Sharp hop bitterness at first. Clearly lots of fusel alcohols here, but they blend in with the sweet complex sugars and the hops. Raisiny, candy sugars and plums. Finishes much like a strong gin & tonic.

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