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


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RATINGS: 3618   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dj (572) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2007
Bottle, 330ml. A dark brown colour pour with a good head. A nice sweet floral hop aroma with malt, peach, pear and a little spice. Taste is exceedingly malty, with chocolate, cinnamon, bread and pear. Alcohol is noticeable but not overwhelming. A fairly sweet, malty finish. Fairly high carbonation. Really tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pforei (338) - USA - MAR 7, 2007
Bottle. Trappist Glass. NIce dark brown color that turns a lighter shade when held to light. Good head. Syrupy aroma of overripe fruit (prune/raisin) with some chocolate. More spice in the taste then the aroma reveals. Nice smooth body with an alcohol kick at the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kellin (1) - Larkspur, California, USA - MAR 7, 2007 does not count
A fine trappist. Distinct caramel, buttery chocolate, and slight fruit flavor emerged on my palate. Aroma is pleasant and enticing. Color is consistent and attractive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
teddybeer (3397) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAR 6, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2007 (Bottle 33cl): no doubt, one of the best beers I ever drank. Dark brown, Big head and sweet aroma, full of fruits and caramel tastes with a hint of chocolate in the end.

   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 (2663) - 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.

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