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


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RATINGS: 3381   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HDane (82) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Pours a dark brown with a fairly thin, creamy looking white head. The fantastic aroma is of bananas, honey, figs, and an overall sugary sweetness. Very fizzy, carbonated mouthfeel. Yeasty flavors, alcohol, spice. Not quite as good as the 10 (which seems to me to be much more drinkable), but still delectable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 11, 2006
I hadn’t had a beer in a few days when I cracked this one open for dinner this evening (I had some other stuff for dinner too-- less important stuff). I was blown away. Every now and again you’ll have a beer, the first sip of which will just make you stop and think, ’hey, this is why I drink beer.’ This was certainly one of those beers. The complexity of flavor meshed perfectly with the beer’s mouthfeel, and appearance. I tasted everything from plum and cherry to some chocolate and nuttiness, even to some candy sweetness (I think this was probably induced by the higher alcohol content). The beer is a fantastic nut brown color, with a head that lasts to the very end. The beer has a pleasant, tart finish which mellows as the beer warms. The carbonation is understated, and the alcohol is what really dominates the palate (not in a bad way though). Belgian beer is not beer to be pounded day in and day out like folks drink Pabst or even some of the stronger american ales. In fact, I’d say, these stronger Belgians are MUCH better if you only have one every month or so. It makes you appreciate the flavor (which is strong and ultra-complex) a lot more than you would otherwise. In other words, it’s great beer, but I’ll probably only drink one bottle of belgian strong ale for every ten or fifteen bottles of other beers. That’s all it takes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ps71 (19) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 11, 2006
330 ml brown bottle. Large light beige head that quickly fades away. Brown color. Cloudy. Aromas of caramel, sugars and alcohol. Spicy taste: sugar, mouthwarming due to the alcohol, somewhat mouthcoating, taste of alcohol. Complex taste. Long finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
alobar (3093) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2006
Sopay head that lingers and hugs the side of the glass. Bready aroma with hints of chocolate, and fruit. Amber brown color. Taste is fruity (banana), with yeast/bread, and a hint of chocolate. Worth the wait!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mookieguy (17) - USA - JUN 10, 2006
Bottle. wonderful beer. not as good as the 10 (obviously) but still better than most. must try more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alkione (6) - De Panne, BELGIUM - JUN 8, 2006 does not count
Dark reddish-brown colour; aromas of brandy, chocolate and black cherry. Stiff alcohol flavours in the body, with a dark fruitiness and a lot of malt.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2006
Appears a red toned mahogany color with a fluffy light tan head that slowly fades out. Chunks of streaky lacing are left around the glass. Smell is of figs, cocoa, brown sugar, molasses, bananas, plum, and raisins that are mixed into a sugary batch of yeasty cake and spices. Taste is of the same aromas that come together nicely. Mouthfeel is slightly carbonated up front but finishes with a warming molasses and cocoa touched alcohol bite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
schwaiger (90) - Laramie, Wyoming, USA - JUN 5, 2006
Bottle courtesy of Degarth. Poured the color of old oxidized brass, cloudy with tiny particles. Huge, mostly lasting, meringue like off-white head, good lacing. Moderately malty aroma... light roastiness, straw. Light floral notes, some honey, alcohol, some yeastiness. Big notes of apple cider, some butterscotch, vanilla. Initially somewhat acetic, lightly sour in the end with the clean aftertaste of apples. Some cinnamon. Medium bodied, slightly dry. Very smooth and pleasantly cleansing. This was good, but I truly liked the six better. The aromas were less pronounced here, and I felt the flavor lacked some of the complexity I enjoyed in the six. Still, truly great.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hazmatt (363) - Virginia, USA - JUN 4, 2006
Bottle. Pours a ruddy dark, amber opaque brew with a copious tan head. Nice lacing. Aroma is of chocolate, caramel, raisin. Full bodied and very velvety. Excellent complex flavor. Smoked wood, rum, malty flavors emerge as it temp increases. Alcohol hidden well, but very warming. A nice lingering finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eaglefan538 (2939) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 2, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2010 Re-rate, 1.5yr old bottle in Jan 2010: Wonderful, rich floral plum flavors and aromas, this thing even beat out a Roche 10 of similar age, richer flavors, better overall mouthfeel, not as heavy. Great stuff. Original rating: Another impressive one from Roche. Poured with a genrous head, this one was a dark and cloudy amber with lots of sedimentation (just like the 10). Aroma was spicey and yeasty. Flavor was spicey (coriander) and lightly plum like. Was weaker and the mouthfeel was thinner than the Roche 10, but still pretty enjoyable. Alcohol came out much stronger than in the Roche 10.

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