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 "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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ScoWRee (409) - Perkiomen, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2007
Pours brown with a small head that disapates. wonderful aroma of banana. Flavors of banana, a litlle carmel. Carbinations noticable. Slight bitter finish. Very Nice...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - JAN 24, 2007
after 976 reviews a lot of notes are not required, but the nose is very sweet banana. Nice carbonation with great caramel flavors. I love this beer, and it is nice to see it get the recognition it deserves.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - JAN 24, 2007
Citrus and banana aroma with malty accents. Raisin brown color with frothy tan head. Flavor is dried fruit, carmel malt with a lightly bitter finish. Well carbonated and complex. Full mouthfeel. Similiar to the 10 but not as strong. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrandonB (86) - Denton, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2007
Bottle. A nice brown semi hazy pour with a lighter tan head that leaves excellent lacing. Aroma and flavorings of sweets, florals, and sweet caramel. A full finish that feels great on the tongue.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
turbothy (1141) - Bonn, GERMANY - JAN 22, 2007
Much weaker than the Rochefort 6. Less lacing, less aroma, less flavour but much more carbonation. Not awesome, average.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 21, 2007
330ml Bottle: Pours deep brown, much darker than the 6, with very little head and ok lacing. Aroma of candy, oranges, and brown sugar. Much more complexity in the flavour with strong alcohol, cherries, almonds, oak wood, grass, plums, and yeast. Awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbill (3601) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 21, 2007
33 cl bottle. Pours a cloudy deep brown with a moderate off-hite head. When held up to the sun no light passes through this beer. Very pleasant aroma of dates, plums and caramel. Flavor matches the aroma and is extremely well balanced. Silky smooth. The 9.2% alcohol is very well hidden. Very, very good, although I think I prefer the 10.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Adenila (1560) - DENMARK - JAN 20, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2007 Dark cloudy brown appearance with a long lasting white head. Decent fruity aroma and a very complex flavor containing different sweets and a bitterness to balance it out. VERY plesant palate, and enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
iep (230) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 19, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2007 The 8 is just a tiny bit more subtle & lighter than the 10. Which also makes it easier to drink. Not to mention that it is a lot cheaper than the 10, even though it almost has the same intensity & depth!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ekstedt (6382) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 19, 2007
Bottle. Dark brown, cloudy, with a thick white head. Fruity aroma with some sweetness. Pleasant, somewhat creamy mouthfeel with a moderate carbonation. Flavor is fruity, with some yeast character and well integrated sweetness and alcohol.

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