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


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RATINGS: 3105   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stew41 (1736) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - JUN 4, 2005
Big creamy with very good retention. Attractive toffee coloured brown. Fairly standard nose for the style, fruity and sweet, dark malts. Complex palate as expected: cold tea early then big sweet liquered malts, spice and aniseed. Whilst a very good beer note quite top of the class.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
weepingsuds (222) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - JUN 3, 2005
After suffering through some week brews, this beer came up strong. The aroma is of ripe fruits almost an apple cider scent. It does give the presence of alcohol but for 9.2%, it is fairly hidden. New to belguin beer this really has a nice varied flavor and goes down smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DerWeg (1493) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2005 Necessary re-rate for fresher product, in tumbler, slightly cooled. This is much better if you don’t stun it in a fridge for 5 years. Deep sugary/malty flavor imbued with dried dark fruit, nice dry edge of hops and alcohol. Still an austere, demanding beer but not one unrewarding. The 24 case I got is actually better then the last sixer I picked up, so there is a real batch inconsistency - the latter six are more harshly dry/exposed alcohol and lack depth, body and balance, overall unpleasant! Rating is for better examples. <P>5 year old bottle hisses open with slight vinegar aroma that quickly dissipate. Free of much suspended particles this Rochefort pours almost clear tea brown. Tan, fine bubble head and ample, sustained carbonation. Aroma is not so intense, a touch estery. Taste peppery, slight citric bite over some dark dried fruits. Warming alcohol feel. Full flavored but by no means a sweet Belgian at this stage! Firm malt/hop structure underpinned by assertive but controlled alcohol presence. Long sustained malty finish tempered with smoothly attenuated hop presence. Grain... caramel.... dry yet supple. So this is what a matured Trappist may taste like. Powerful aroma on the sediment I later rinse from the bottle - I would rate this 8 very differently were it not so ’settled out’ (and had more unruly young flavors present.) Perhaps I’d like it best at 2-3 years. 8/4/8/4/17

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2007 Opaque medium/dark brown. Big beige head fades a little, but lasts the whole beer. Nice yeasty banana and chocolate aroma. Hints of spice. Initial flavor is chocolate malt. Flavor is everywhere though, bread, yeasty banana, spice, grape or other dark fruit. No sip taste the same. uummmm!! good beer!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAY 25, 2005
bottle, pours a dark brown with little head. this is a little too cold. has a dusty fruity aroma with some malt thrown in. the taste is awsome. raisin, malt,spice, dusty, fruity and lighty bitter. a very good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
emodx (10) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2005
This beer kept getting better and better as I drank it. A well balanced flavor and long finish. Fantabulous!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6257) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2005
Bottle: Murky brown, dark, large beige head settles quickly, lively carbonation, enjoyable lacing.   Chocolate malt aroma, lightly spiced, with notes of dark pitted fruit and very soft apple skin.   Bready start, spicey, slight phenols, warming, with a touch of chocolate malt.   Very smooth, not terribly thick, but a well hidden ABV.   Spices, traces of dark pitted fruit and apple skin on the finish.   Tasty!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25088) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2006 (Bottle 33 cl) Very dark brown but far from black. Nice, creamy head. Chocolatey with loads of malt and dried fruits in the delicious and very complex aroma. Huge sediment. A yummy, yummy Trappist. 050893

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAY 11, 2005
Pours a cloudy apple cider brown with a thick off-white head. Vibrant aroma of ripe dark fruits, pear and earthiness. Flavor of plums, raisins, apple, yeast, caramel, roasted and toasted malt, brown sugar, yeast and a nice twinge of alcohol. Pleasantly sweet, moderate hop bitterness. Medium body, starts off with lively carbonation then it calms down a lot as it warms. Great head retention. Really nice stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
csbosox (1223) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - MAY 10, 2005
33cl bottle. BB 25.12.07. Poured about 9oz into a NB worthy glass. Temp of the beer was at 63°. Pours reddish brown with a wispy off white head. The beer creates large foam dots as it is swirled, it also coats the glass. The beer has a sweetish aroma of dark fruit (raisins. plums), some spiciness (almost peppery), vanilla, and some mysterious bright notes. The mouthfeel is huge and it is the first thing you notice when you take a sip of the beer. The taste is fruity and mildly chocolaty with a dry, slightly bitter finish that keeps it from being cloying. There is a touch of alcohol at the finish when it warms up quite a bit. I poured the remainder into the glass and neither the aroma, appearance, or flavor changed, but I did find some ground pepper sized particles at the bottom of the glass. This is tasty, but a bit underwhelming. This tastes more like what I would imagine the table beer for the monks to drink than the not-so-little brother of the wonderful Rochefort 10. Will re-rate for sure

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