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


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RATINGS: 3005   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 6, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2005 Perfect looking beer, just like its bigger brother. This beer has an aroma unlike any beer Iíve ever encountered. Incredibly fresh cookie or gingerbread dough, with loads of spices (definitely allspice and cinnamon but a few others I couldnít quite pick out), orange peel and whatever they use to spice Hahn Witbier and Emersonís Taieri George. Thereís jasmine and other floral, perfumey stuff in the background. More fresh doughy flavours, though it is very light and lean in the mouth. Loads of spice flavours coming from all directions, fresh but light maltiness, light bitterness and alcohol with a touch of chocolate in the finish but it sure doesnít seem like itís 9%. I found it a touch too fizzy early on and whilst it was really good, it was perhaps a touch too light on malt flavours to be my ultimate Belgian. Onya beer_ledgend!
Re-rate: Wow - when you have this stuff fresh itís just like as described above only way fresher and better. I like it better than the 10 for its (relative) drinkability. Moving up!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2004
Pours a dark brown with small head. Smells of chocolate and alcohol. Velvet mouthfeel, tastes strong with chocolate, malt, strong alcohol, and finishes bitter. Pretty darn good... too drinkable lol

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - OCT 2, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2009 Sweet friuty smelling beer with a wonderful dark appearance,no head to speak of,but that doesnt alter how great it is.The taste...WOW! Its malty & cakey and it has a spiced chocolatey aftertase.I feel almost honered to be drinking this,its special and delicious and although it does have an alcoholic kick to it I love it!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Metalhead (623) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2005 BB date just 3 mos away. Slightly cloudy deep reddish brown,soso head. Aroma is slightly sweet,dark fruit,malt, spices bits of Belgian chocolate,but theres something else in here,over ripe white grapes maybe. Will my taste buds never learn? This is the type of beer that makes the bit of beersnob in me want to take my time smelling and taking little sips swirled around the mouth trying to find something else. The other side of me wants to quaff it down because it is so fuckin delish.This one goes in my book as near godly status. Every bit worth the $. Re rate based on several sub avg bottles and the one I wish I could be enjoying now. The looks and aroma have not really changed. The aroma on this one is actually sweeter than past bottles. It started out with a nice mix of chocolate and dark dried fruits but the finish(again) killed it. Like someone had used my glass as a spitoon or for old cigar butts. Iíll pass from now on,too inconsistant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mathis (48) - KBH K, DENMARK - SEP 27, 2004
I am a big fan of Roc No 10 and was actually disappointed with this beer. It has a strange and strong aroma with hints of medicin, herbs, jougurt and malt - all though strange, impressive! It has a muddy body without no clear collor! The taste is a bit sour, bitter and vinous with hints of malt, nuts and plums. Burns a bit, and the taste of alc is a bit dominant. A good beer, but nothing compared to No. 10!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RichardWilding (201) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2007 Dark brown. Cherry and prune aroma, with some chocolate. Malty, with some roasted bitterness. Chocolate, dark fruits, toffee. Small amount of alcohol, but not a lot considering it is 9.2%. Superbly complex, an amazing beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
marcus (6017) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 20, 2004
This dark brown ale pours with a lovely tan head. The flavor is of bittersweet chocolate, with a spicy malt finish. Overall, a very tasty and hearty beverage.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2004
Best before 23 10 07; Tasted September 19, 2004: Brown Coloring. Good Head. Herbal. Plenty of Bite from the Alcohol. Bittersweet.. Some Malts. Spice. Overall, Not Bad At All!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4362) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2009 Best before 23 10 07; Tasted September 19, 2004: Pours a dark amber color with a big head. Very malty aroma. A dry malt taste followed up with a bit of stale bread. Interesting and tasty, but not one of my favorites. A bit of spice as well. 8/4/7/3/15

Best before 27 12 12; Tasted December 12, 2009: This one started odd. Never had a Trappist beer start do the slow-mo gusher routine. My surprise was compounded by the first pour, which had the consistancy of a milkshake. The bottle hadnít been moved in a year, so how all the freaking yeast got stirred up like I played a soccer game with the bottle, I have no idea. Cloudy brown color with a meidum head that fades immediately. Massive sediment. Aroma of Munich malt, caramel, brown sugar and a bit of biscuit character. Taste is really odd... The rum, molasses and caramel would suggest that Iíd love this beer to death. The carbonation like Champagne, cooked veggies and celery indicate this was actually brewed by the moronic brew pub in the backwoods that thinks adding brown food coloring to sewer water makes it beer. Iíve never been more turned off by a Trappist, including my hate-accept-loathe relationship with Orval. It gets one more try... 7/2/6/2/14

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DYCSoccer17 (3226) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 19, 2004
Rating #600. Bottle best by 04 02 08. Sweet aroma with cherries, raisins, chocolates, and brown sugar malts. Scrumptious aroma. Pours a very hazy, mrky dark brown color with a gorgeous long lasting vanilla colored large head. Start is tangy and slightly sweet, turning into maltiness with significant choco-coffee notes in the middle. Roastiness to finish with some slight bitter hops in there as well. These monks suck at praying cause theyre too good at brewing.

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