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


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RATINGS: 3557   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier (3475) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2007
11.2 oz bottle best by 2009-03-30

I have been waiting for a special occasion to open this and rating #400 seemed as good a reason as any. I’ve been sitting on it for about two years now so it should be near its peak. Perhaps I will drink another bottle fresh to compare if I can find it for less then $6.99.

Aroma / Appearance - The half finger eggshell colored head sat beautifully on top of a body the color and consistancy of maple syrup. A creamy ring of lacing stuck to the sides like rings of age on a redwood. The aroma was very complex. It started with pecans and vanilla. Soon it morphed to honey, white chocolate and hazel. By the time I was ready to take sip it took on the scent of fresh smores. It was very sweet, balanced and inviting.

Flavor / Palate - The vinous mouthfeel permeates every corner of the mouth. A peppery combination of graham crackers and marshmellows washes over the senses first. It then transforms into cocoa, caramel, honey, pears and cinnamon. Once it finally begins to fade the taste of toasted rye sits on the tongue. The alcohol is well hidden, only coming out only at the very end. This is almost on par with the Rochefort 10 and just as good as Westy 8 in my opinion. If it were cheaper than $6.99 a bottle I would pick it up every once in a while.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
milewide (1958) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 6, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2007 Dark brown. Fruit and yeast aroma and taste. Alcohol well hidden. No hops. Almost the equal of the 10, but $1/bottle less.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
afiskness (6) - Columbia Heights, Minnesota, USA - JAN 5, 2007 does not count
Great beer that I wish I could drink more often. Dark brown color with light tan head, nose is full and fruity and caramel flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jde123 (773) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 5, 2007
Oh man, I have waited much too long to pour another fine Rochefort Belgian ale. Dark brown with a large tan head. Smells perfect, like perfection, and perfect things, and things that are perfect, like my use of adjectives. Flavor is a little smoky, not expected, although rich and full of fruits and caramel, though still light enough to enjoy. This is a great beer. One of my favorites.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 4, 2007
Hazy red-brown colour with a nice light brownish head. Sweet aroma of plum, alcohol, chocolate. Flavour is very complex with dark malts, caramel, chocolate, some spices. Strong tasty munk brew!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBiker (1413) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2007
[Sampled at eastertime in 2004.] Very close to its stronger brother. Maybe more valuable caused by the percentage, but all in all also a worldclassbeer worth going to Belgium, on a monkcruise, with the purpose to fill the celler!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 2, 2007
Looked pretty damned good, with its murky mud brown and persistent beige head. Initial musky aroma while the head was present, but revealing some dark dried fruits and creamy chocolate after. However, there are some strong alcohol notes that overpowered every other whiff or so. A pleasure in the mouth, with an early vibrant fizz on the tip of the tongue followed by some smooth sweetness and a lingering bitterness at the rear of the tongue. Quite a full body, but not as much as others of this ilk. A very solid beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
wholejustin (6) - USA - JAN 1, 2007 does not count
Great aroma and essence. Smooth , medium tannin. Hoppy yet wonderful. smooth finish and great body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BelgianBeerGal (3654) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2006
33cL bottle. I actually like this this slightly better than the Rochefort 10 because it has no detectable alcohol flavor. I would definitely search out this beer but most Rochefort products are typically over-priced: around 52 euro per case.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Arayaga2 (2048) - portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 28, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2011 Toasted marshmallowy head tops opaque brown. Pleasant raisin and cherry cola aroma with a hint of alcohol . Taste is same, plus a healthy dose of belgian wellwater and the strange lingering salty taste that provides. Rather overhyped, but the obvious bedwetting middle sibling to the still-weaker six, and the fantastic 10 $5/11.2oz Edit: had them both young in Belgium, and greatly preferred the 8 to the 10.

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