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


on tap

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RATINGS: 3638   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - FEB 25, 2007
Dark mahogany pour with a dense and creamy head, everlasting and enticing. Aroma is sweet caramel, striking flawless malts, strawberries and cream, candi sugar, raisins and plums, light chocolate and stunning notes of exotic flowers. This is a subdued nose, but it’s very complex and captivating. Flavor is even more impressive, balanced and authoritarian. Notes of more berries(mostly strawberry and huckleberry), dark fruits, yeast, hefty malts and copious candi sugar are seemlessly blended. It really is an effortless quaff, pulling me back quickly; dangerously drinkable. Palate is silken, medium bodied, then full feeling and weighty as it glides across my tongue. Finishes very warm and creamy, light to moderate sugar and light bitterness most noticeable, mildly dry. An excellent strong ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gwpom (297) - Akron, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2007
11.2 oz bottle. This is the highest rated beer I’ve tasted since starting on this site, and it lives up to expectations. Cloudy brown coloring, tight head that hangs on a long long time, and a not-too-sweet fruity flavor that completely hides the 9.2 ABV. Wonderful beer, which only leaves me to wonder what the TR 10 must be like. Well, maybe next years tax return.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
CheersMate (1340) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - FEB 24, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2007 This beer smelled like a pack of gummi-bears when I poured it. I loved the color, which completely surprised me when compared to the taste. The head is nice. It doesn’t look like soap bubbles, but looks like a tight head. The little black particles give that spicy after taste, with the fruity before taste. I would say that this is one of the best beers I have tried. I will say though the body wasn’t a thick as I would like it to be. The St. Bernardus had more of a body than this beer.It also had a higher alcohol percentage, and a fruitier taste. Still an excellent beer though that will leave the taste of fruit on your tongue after drinking it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rotorhead87 (119) - Temple, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2007
Excellent beer, exactly what a Trappist should be. Great initial taste; complex taste with a some fruityness and a nice spice to it. Finish is wonderful and lingering with a slight burn to it. I could drink this all day long. Definately in my top few beers. I can’t wait to find a 10 to try, as these Monks really know how to make a beer. Amazing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
LearninBeer (486) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2007
The aroma is of sweet dough, maybe a little cherry tart. The head is very light brown, creamy, mostly diminishing and not much lacing. The body is cloudy kinda murky amber/golden brown. The initial flavor was kinda sweet, makes the tongue salivate on the sides, a touch bitter with an average to long finish, just noticing a slight burn at the end. The body is light, texture a little watery and carbonation lively.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2007
bottle: pours a brown kinda murky colour with large fluffy white head. a joyous aroma of dark fruits cherries i believe and vey strong. flavour is of dark fruits and malts with roasted grains also. a hint of raisin in the taste. a very short bitter after taste. leaves my palate dry and wanting more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (3235) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2007
Pours a dark brown with a thin foamy head. Aroma is of roasted malts dark fruits,cherry and alcohol. Flavor is complex with raisins,malts,figs and spices with a sharp hop bite at the end. Quality stuff this is

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aquilo (627) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 18, 2007
This is a lovely caramel brown with a thick foamy head. Smell is of raisins and currants and roses. The carbonation is a bit high for me, it reminds me of sprite (which I hate.) The flavor, however, was pleasant, with vanilla, figs, and dates. Overall, rather enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
benclarkiii (73) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 17, 2007
This was my 2nd of 3 Belgians at a local bar. I really enjoyed the balance in this beer. Very little ’alcohol’ taste and quite complex. Compared to the Tremens I had first, the carbonation stood out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zamco17 (134) - Corpus Christi, Texas, USA - FEB 15, 2007
complex aroma, baking bread, bananas, stout. pours a murky brown. the alcohol is untraceable, a very very long finish. high carbonation. what belgian ale should be.

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