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


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RATINGS: 3007   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2004
Murky brown colour with nice big beige head. Aroma has some sweetness with fruit, also some coffee, leather and alcohol. Flavor also has some fruit, but the bitter chocolat and alcohol is clear in the finish. All in all a very complex beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2004
Bottle. Great nose-dried fruit and sugar. Flavors that come out are hay, raisin, caramel, prune, very slight chocolate, fig, and alcohol. Crisp dry finish. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kevin (2037) - Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2004
pours a cloudy dark brown with a giant creamy light head. dirty yeast and bittersweet aroma wow this is smooth. has a spiced caramel and tree bark taste that finishes smooth with a lingering alcohol that is nice. a great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerBaronLS (85) - Grove City, Ohio, USA - NOV 2, 2004
Extremely rich aroma, strong head, very dark and opaque. Tastes of whipped cream and carmel, mixed with a nut brown. Heavily carbonated. Overall a very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2004
33 cl bottle. Fruity, sweet smell with some hints of whipping cream and caramel. Dark unclear red/brown in color. High but not very pretty head - that lasts long however. Some sediment in the bottle. Taste is absolutely marvelous. Chocolate, caramel, raisins, warming alcohol. Very powerful carbonation - maybe a bit too much for my taste - but propably close to the perfect beer (which, by the way, is Rochefort 10)

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - OCT 30, 2004
33cl bottle BBD 25.12.07 I could smell this before the glass was half full. Deep brown/burgundy color with chocolate/tan head. Smells of cocoa, raisins, lether, alcohol, slight cappochino, plums & cherries a bit. All that goes into the full, velvety lingering palate. Alcohol is a highlight in this massive rich carmelly sweet brew that finishes with sharp bitterness, leaving me dreaming of fig newtons dipped in rich chocolate milk. alcohol warming, maybe a bit of port...Taking on a mothball aroma as it breathes, or is that malted milk balls? Nutmeg? Just doesn’t get much more complex and yummy than this. I’ve been disapointed by a few bottles of the 8 in the past, but this one knocked me out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DanielBrown (3627) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2004
Bottle from Stirchley Wines and Spirits, Birmingham. Spicy berry brew, with licorice and super bitter choc sourness. Strong alcohol in the mouth - piquant liqueurness. I can’t be bothered to say too much about this, cos lots of others have already said everything. This is cool, possibly my fave Rochefort.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
zach8270 (3219) - Henrietta, New York, USA - OCT 22, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2008 [33 cl. bottle] Dark and murky brown pour with a nice tan head. Aroma of spices, sweet malts, biscuit dough, black cherries and prunes. Flavor is very warm and full with cherry and prunish tastes, with a nicely balanced sweet malt flavor and a very prominent alcohol finish. The aftertaste is slightly dry and fruity. Very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SED43 (23) - Manhattan, New York, USA - OCT 22, 2004
Aromas of caramel cocoa, plums and honey with some dates. Nice hints of allspice and malty bread. Murky ruby red in color. Tan head mostly diminshing sorry no lacing here. Kinda reminds me of tea that has’nt been strained. Due to the huge amount of sediment. Moderately sweet w/ a bitter light fininsh. It's almost mind I say, "It's almost champagny". Dry effervescence of nice. Soft mouthy feel could call it kinda ogley. We wont go there with that word, but if you care to challange that will be on you. ;^) Palates good hell. What do I know I'm waiting for my food> >:^(. Overall I'd like to try it's big brother. Very tasty belgium strong ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - OCT 18, 2004
Brown muddy color, decent head. Aroma of prune, sweet candy and alcohol. Flavor has hints of chocolate, dark fruit and malt. Surprisingly subtle with an elegant smooth mouthfeel, finishes with alcohol prominent. Though this was quite good, I think I was expecting a more distinct flavor to stand out, but it seems all the character just hangs out in the background. I’m fairly certain that this was the most expensive brew per ounce that I have purchased to date - I expected bliss but this was not achieved.

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