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


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RATINGS: 3570   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 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 (3704) - 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 (2079) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
LomYst (770) - Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2012 Pretty much like the 10.. same full body.. it only has a less complex taste.. less fruit.. but still amazing

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2006
Bottle from trade with AxlLives. Thanks Bryan! Pours a mahogany color with a big frothy off white head. Nice lacing with a bit of an oily trace. Aroma of plums, chocolate malt and alcohol. Taste is complex and slightly sweet. Has a small amount of hoppy bitterness and finishes with the malt being dominant. The alcohol stays nicely hidden. Not a bab trappist beer but not on par with the St. Bernardus abt 12 or tripel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2006
Bottle... Syrupy brown pour with a thick, rocky beige head. Big caramel malts in the nose; vanilla, nuts, toffee, yeast, and a piney spicyness. Awesome toasty notes. Dried fruit also.... complex aroma. Flavor matches up with the nose well, except there is much more dark fruit (plums, prunes, figs, etc.) and caramel malts. Light, refreshing bitterness counters the sweetness well. Hugely bubbly palate, a tad oily. It’s easy to see why this is a world class beer. It took me a long time to rate this one, but it’s really a great beer. While it didn’t dazzle me, it’s the understated complexity that really makes this beer special.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 20, 2006
Drank in a trappist glass. Thick cloudy brown poor with a thin off-white head. Aromas... just wow! Aromas of pine, bread, alcohol, brown sugar, cinnamon, prunes, dates, raisins, caramel... just imagine... What you smell is what you get. Perfect balance, you can feel the alcohol for sure, sweet and nice bitterness. Very creamy mouthfeel. The trappist Rochefort abbey ranks #2 right behind St-Sixtus and the westy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
grease (42) - Reno, Nevada, USA - DEC 20, 2006
This beer only scores lower than the Rochefort 10 because the 10 exists. This beer is also exceptional, but a bit more subtle in all respects than its bigger sibling. Great complexity, but less assertive stone fruit flavors and aromas, less alcohol overtones, and more of the developed yeast character is allowed to come through as a result (phenols, esters).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
valpoaj (710) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - DEC 19, 2006
Beautiful, lasting, bubbly tan head accented this beer that poured a deep, opaque brown. Although not incredibly strong, this brew has a very nice fruity aroma. Nice, complex flavor that has a strong undertone of brandy. Palate is left very warm with a coating long after the beer is swallowed...excellent finish. Very rich and enjoyable beer...well worth the price!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeinDahlem (1440) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 19, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2007 Cuvee 2006, from the big magnum bottle at the Kerstbierfestival in Essen. Absolutely reliably delicious. Dark, dark, barely golden brown color with healthy layer of head. Malty nose, malty flavor with velvet and lasting spice, finish with deeper malt, alcohol and bitter hops. Outstanding.

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