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


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RATINGS: 3071   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lululegrand (94) - gent, BELGIUM - JAN 25, 2005
Good hazy brown beer with small light colored head. Fine malty nose with touch of caramel and some dry fruit and spices. Smooth taste, malty and complex taste. Elegant aftertaste that lingers on.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MillStreetMan (152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2005
This is a classic example of everything that a Belgian can do right, but it falls marginally behind its big brother, the Rochefort 10. Not too much of a complaint though, because these are among the two best beers out there. Unfortunately, neither is readily available in Toronto, but occasionally I’ll come across one. This one has a great deal of sweetness, yet isn’t overpowering or cloying. Just about perfect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbabybeer (39) - langley, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2005
this beer is fantastic. it’s a tad less complex and weaker than the 10, but still damn near perfect. everything is wonderfully balanced and the feel in the mouth is smooth yet exciting. dark fruit, plums, brown sugar, a bit of citrus, coffee, toffee, malt, chocolate flavors all harmonize with eachother in this dark, dark, slightly amber beer. the head is moderate with smallish bubbles with nice lacing and a moderate realease of gasses. this beer is complex and delightful. cheers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2005
bottle from new beer.Ruby brown color.off white head.sweet aroma ofdark fruits, very tasty,flavor of plums,subtle sweetnessdont even noitce the 9.2%this beer has madelnight better

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JAN 16, 2005
Deep chestnut color with a small tan head. Fruity, floral aroma and flavor of dark fruits, chocolate malts, dark bread and spices. Very smooth and delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 13, 2005
Cloudy almost muggy in color. Pours with a small head into a trappist goblet. Hints of plum, licorice?, spices. One of the best of the Trappist abbey ales available outside of Belgium/Netherlands.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 12, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2005 Allright. 50th beer!! Bought this at Kardstat in Bremen, Germany just for this;)....2.79 euros though whoa! but well worth it. Talk about racking ones brain. Was drinking this while listening to a Guided by Voices. phew! Nice big murky brown body. Nice creamy head. Flavours that hit you are roasted coffee, chocolate, some nasal opening aromatic taste....(did they pour Amol into this too? It would explain the peppermint taste/aroma) Aftertaste carries a plum and a bit of a citrus hint? Nice alchohol hit in the head. Had me buzzin. Cant wait to try the 10...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (20545) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 6, 2005
Hazy red brown colour with beige head. Sweet aroma with lots of plums and alcohol. Sweet complex flavour with notes of plums, spices and liquorice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
YK23 (465) - Haifa, ISRAEL - JAN 5, 2005
Wow this is one complex beer, full bodied, not as thick as the 10 but still full, incerdibly flavorfull, coffee, chocolate, floral, bubblegum, slighly medicinical, amazing, this was my beer for the new year.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thehoff (585) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 4, 2005
Deep brown with cream bubbly head. Strong scents. Alcohol first, dark dried fruits, chocolate, coffee, banana, smells quite dry. Surprisingly subtle flavor at first and then builds. Bites the taste buds in the end. Tastes of fruit peel (mostly apple), slightly floral, has a different tanginess, like no other beer I have had. Smooth beer. Some spices that I cant really place. Excellent beer. I enjoy the fact that it is so subtle.

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