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


on tap

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RATINGS: 3508   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08/5   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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexanderj (3462) - Branson, Missouri, USA - OCT 8, 2006
Bottle. Poured a dark rusty brown color. White colored head. Aroma of caramel, alcohol, yeast and fruit; possibly fig. Initial taste, so much going on. Very complex. Tastes of malt, fruit, caramel, nuts, etc. I picked up a peppery feel. Alcohol not overpowering. Was impressed with complexity; overall it was very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rooney31 (42) - USA - OCT 7, 2006
11.2 oz bottle: It has a dark burgundy color, minimal head, and many yeasty bits. Scents and tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, and fruit. Alcohol is well balanced with the beer’s richness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2010 Pours hazy and deep, dark brown with rust notes; head is full, cream colored, creamy, and foamy; mostly lasting leaving thin froth and excellent, frothy lacing. Nose is nice, Belgian chocolate, roasted nuts, raisin, and plum, maybe even a maple note. Flavor is dominated by the Belgian chocolate richness but never becoming cloying with smaller notes of dark caramel, raisin, pine nuts, and fig. Palate is medium to full and soft, with a round, almost chewy texture. Finally finishes fairly long and still sweet, but drying out just a hair with notes of maple, fig, and faint pine nuts. This one is less complex than the 10, but is more approachable and hides the alcohol incredibly well. More emphasis on the Belgian chocolate than the additional fruit flavors. Certainly deserving of its place near the top.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jerre (3033) - Waregem, BELGIUM - OCT 5, 2006
Bottle, 33 cl. Dark brown color, with a werry nice creamy foam. Aroma of dark chocolate, and alcohol. Tasty, sweet dark chocolate. Complex and full body. Nice round finish with maltyness.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tranquillity (1640) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 3, 2006
Hah! I love "themadmumis" review below. I actually have nothing to add, so many flavours in one. I was happy to find the bottle in a lokal "Alko"-store (Finnish monopoly). Wonderfully little twist of alcohol, malt and berries in the end. This is a bottle that seems to last forever...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
themadmumis (347) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - SEP 27, 2006
Wow! This one hits rather strong! I’m working my way up from 6-8-10. 10’s in the fridge. Anyway, first tasting is bum-rushed by a blitz of complex parts that tackle the whole tongue with a clear alcohol note. This one has taste going everywhere from nuts to raisons to god knows what else!? Damn.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - SEP 25, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2008 All you can really say about this is that it is thick and complex. It is humbling to think about the history of this ale that has been preserved in every bottle of Trappist beers. That said; The alcohol is definetly present as is about a thousand flavor notes of fruit, wood, and nuts. It has a very sweet taste. I enjoyed how long one bottle lasts me on a saturday afternoon.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - SEP 25, 2006
Dark, hazy reddish brown. Thick foam of a light tan rests on the surface. a much richer head than the Rochefort 10. sweet flavors of malt. Honey and roasted almonds. this beer tastes just like candy. The roasted nuts and pecans you get at the fest. magical beer. I would rather have the 8 on a more common basis than the stronger darker 10.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stine (1733) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 25, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2007 Pours to a cloudy mahogany, coating the glass like maple syrup fresh from the wood, with extraordinary amounts of sediment remaining even after a gentle pour. Immensely yeasty nose with caramel, fig, brown sugar, whiskey. Tasting this is a sweet glimpse of heaven...maple, almond, yeast, honey, apple, plum or raisins and quite a few unexperienced sensations. Slightly too brisk with carbonation and needley on the tongue, but its staggeringly flavorful, a beautiful brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (6651) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 22, 2006
Poured a maple brown with a very thick, foamy white head. Dirty looking sediment at the bottom. Sweet, malty, sugary aroma. No hop smell. Initial flavor is syrupy sweet, apple, plum and brown sugar. Finish is pretty clean with no hint of the heavy alcohol. Much more drinkable than the #6.

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