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


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RATINGS: 3128   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
highlandlad (1416) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JUN 8, 2005
Sampled the spectacular Westvleteren 8 last night and it edges this fine 8 from Rochefort. However, I’m going to commit heresy by saying that neither quite matched Achel 8 Bruin IMHO. This poured a teak colour with a tight, prodigious tan head that left great reefs of lacework as it receded. The aroma is fairly restrained for the 9.2% abv. It’s malt-driven and yeasty with a dash of nose-prickling alcohol, a hint of espresso and grape bubblegum. The mouthfeel is briefly fizzy, fading to a smooth, almost oily texture that slides down beautifully. The last bottle of the 10 that I tasted seemed over-carbonated but this is perfect. There are delicious intense Christmas flavours in there - raisins, nuts, port and cinammon - before that big warming dry finish. As with many ales above 8%, I find the finish a touch phenolic, but that’s a minor criticism. Another outstanding ale from Rochefort. (33cl bottle, International Beer Shop, Perth, best before 29/9/09)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jefcon (1391) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 7, 2005
Deep brown with an inch-tall light tan head, which slowly diminishes into a lacy collar on the glass. The smell of this beer is distinct and simple: warm sourdough bread. The amazing thing is from how far away you can pick up the scent. Tasting begins a lengthy trek on the palate. Only after you drink down the sharp, carbonated, somewhat malty beer do you begin to really TASTE it. Yeast, smooth hops of dark fruit, nutty and caramel malts, and a coffee-like finish. I would time the finish, but after several minutes, I want another sip so badly I never seem to reach the end. A stand-alone strong ale that surpassed my expectations.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eructoblaster (3024) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2005
Murky brown cloudy body topped with a thick and lasting beige foamy head. Lively carbonation remains until you finish your glass. Robust malty nose with dark cherries, yeasty hints that hides the alcohol almost perfectly. Taste is superbly balanced, surprisingly smooth, and pretty complex (malt, hops, cherries, apples, yeast, spices). Ends with a long and warming finish. Lovely beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stew41 (1736) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - JUN 4, 2005
Big creamy with very good retention. Attractive toffee coloured brown. Fairly standard nose for the style, fruity and sweet, dark malts. Complex palate as expected: cold tea early then big sweet liquered malts, spice and aniseed. Whilst a very good beer note quite top of the class.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
weepingsuds (222) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - JUN 3, 2005
After suffering through some week brews, this beer came up strong. The aroma is of ripe fruits almost an apple cider scent. It does give the presence of alcohol but for 9.2%, it is fairly hidden. New to belguin beer this really has a nice varied flavor and goes down smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DerWeg (1495) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2005 Necessary re-rate for fresher product, in tumbler, slightly cooled. This is much better if you don’t stun it in a fridge for 5 years. Deep sugary/malty flavor imbued with dried dark fruit, nice dry edge of hops and alcohol. Still an austere, demanding beer but not one unrewarding. The 24 case I got is actually better then the last sixer I picked up, so there is a real batch inconsistency - the latter six are more harshly dry/exposed alcohol and lack depth, body and balance, overall unpleasant! Rating is for better examples. <P>5 year old bottle hisses open with slight vinegar aroma that quickly dissipate. Free of much suspended particles this Rochefort pours almost clear tea brown. Tan, fine bubble head and ample, sustained carbonation. Aroma is not so intense, a touch estery. Taste peppery, slight citric bite over some dark dried fruits. Warming alcohol feel. Full flavored but by no means a sweet Belgian at this stage! Firm malt/hop structure underpinned by assertive but controlled alcohol presence. Long sustained malty finish tempered with smoothly attenuated hop presence. Grain... caramel.... dry yet supple. So this is what a matured Trappist may taste like. Powerful aroma on the sediment I later rinse from the bottle - I would rate this 8 very differently were it not so ’settled out’ (and had more unruly young flavors present.) Perhaps I’d like it best at 2-3 years. 8/4/8/4/17

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2007 Opaque medium/dark brown. Big beige head fades a little, but lasts the whole beer. Nice yeasty banana and chocolate aroma. Hints of spice. Initial flavor is chocolate malt. Flavor is everywhere though, bread, yeasty banana, spice, grape or other dark fruit. No sip taste the same. uummmm!! good beer!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAY 25, 2005
bottle, pours a dark brown with little head. this is a little too cold. has a dusty fruity aroma with some malt thrown in. the taste is awsome. raisin, malt,spice, dusty, fruity and lighty bitter. a very good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
emodx (10) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2005
This beer kept getting better and better as I drank it. A well balanced flavor and long finish. Fantabulous!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2005
Bottle: Murky brown, dark, large beige head settles quickly, lively carbonation, enjoyable lacing.   Chocolate malt aroma, lightly spiced, with notes of dark pitted fruit and very soft apple skin.   Bready start, spicey, slight phenols, warming, with a touch of chocolate malt.   Very smooth, not terribly thick, but a well hidden ABV.   Spices, traces of dark pitted fruit and apple skin on the finish.   Tasty!

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