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


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RATINGS: 3169   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
flemdawg (532) - Naples, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2005
A best before date of 5/30/06. Muddy brown body with a decent sized tan head. Dark dried fruits in the aroma(plums and rasins) carmel, and some apple too. Also got a bit of alcohol as it warmed up. Lots of malts in the flavor, dried plums, rasins, apples, pears, grapes, and bit of carmel as well. Tasty indeed and a great beer to drink on my honeymoon.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FrankJohansen (3604) - Sabro, DENMARK - AUG 17, 2005
A fullbodied beer with lots of taste, sweet malty aroma, but only very little head.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2005
Bottle. This beer is simply amazing. The nose is a little spicy. Poured a dark brown with a thick foamy head. The taste is very smooth. There is no way to tell this is 9.2% abv. Finish leaves your mouth totallywanting more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
xenthem0nk (101) - Oregon, USA - AUG 14, 2005
Pours slightly auburn brown. Less complex then 10 for sure, but damn good apart from the relationship between the two. The commercial description is bad marketing on their part. Dark cherry, plum, raisins, vanilla are predominant in the nose. Flavor was iniailly warm and smooth, but finished spicy, not too much from an alchohol burn. Very good, will enjoy it again some day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - AUG 12, 2005
Aroma of black cherry, vanilla, raisins, toffee, some pineapple and cotton candy. Appears deep unfiltered mahogany with a soft cream-coloured head. Flavor is chocolate, raisin, fig, red wine, alcohol. Palate is far too bubbly for my taste and I think it is so bubbly that it interferes with the flavor. Overall I was somewhat dissappointed with this brew, and I believe it is the first time that palate has played such a central role in my rating. I will, of course, try it again at a later date.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
adrian910ss (2361) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2005
Pours an unfiltered beautiful reddish brown color with a beige creamy head. Smells of tart,chocolate,figs,raisins and vanilla. Taste is a complex combination of sweet tart,bitter chocolate,figs,banana,vanilla,and raisins. Another excellent brew made by the monks !!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
harrisoni (14015) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2005 Bottle. This is my highest rated beer and for good reason. Hazey reddish brown colour with beige head. Aroma is stunning. Bitter choc with sweet black cherry and dark fruit nose some raisin/sherry/whiskey. more choc in mouth with sweetish dark fruit and again the same cherry/raisin/sherry flabours but on the end a burst of spicey hops. Never gets too sweet. Some orange as well. Unbelievably good with a slight alcoholic warming kick at the end

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tatterdash (10) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2005
Had this after the 10, in many ways I actually like the 8 better. As all three Rocheforts use the same recipe, the appearance is about the same, beautiful, burgandy-brown with a tan head that laces and never completely goes away. The smell has a little more plum and less of the hint of alcohol the 10 has. The taste is almost the same, with that same incredible finish and smoothness that I will love forever like a long lost lover. I find the 8 a little less decadent and more drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GonZoBeeR (2937) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 2, 2005
Aroma:dark fruit and brown sugar.... Appearance:Dark redish brown,light head... Flavor:caramel,dark fruit,light alcohol....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2005
UPDATED: APR 4, 2007 i prefer the 10 much more, pours dark with a reddish hue, with an everlasting tan head, aroma of citrus, and spices, taste, is malty, typical belgian spices and citrusy fruit present, also a nutty flavor good body, good beer.

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