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


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RATINGS: 3172   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Quiver (140) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - AUG 24, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2006 The best head I have ever had... on a beer. The head was about 1 1/2 in thick after the pour. Shrinks down to about 1/2in through out the entire glass. The head was so frothy and thick that it looked like the rocky mountians and lasted throughout the beer. Unbelievable lacing that covers the glass.... on to taste.... extreamly complex. starts with a slight hoppy yet smooth with a little sweet fruity black cherry taste. Medium malt.... slight nutty roasted flavor, moves onto a warm slight hop taste.... Every taste brought a little something different to the table. Never had an alcohol taste, finished the same as it started... but you might have 4 or 5 different taste in the middle.... the palate coats your mouth and makes you shiver with excitement. The beer finishes leaving you craving another ride... All in all an awesome beer....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 24, 2005
Deep murky chocolate brown in color with a dense, 1/3" tan, foamy head. Fabulous lacing as we proceed. Enticing aroma characterized by dry chocolate, cloves, pepper, some detectable alcohol, dried banana chips and earthen, dusty leaves. Rich and invigorating flavor. Anticipated carbonation tingles like seltzer on a mustache. Dry chocolate quality evolves into specialty chocolate covered prunes. One of the more impressive spicing displays, with phenols stemming from pepper, poppy seeds, cloves and a small scattering of nutmeg. A little loose in body but nothing too distracting, while it favors dryness to creaminess, making the flavor seem depleted at times. Encompassing finish, as a filmy presence protrudes with a muted chocolate, banana and plum aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - AUG 23, 2005
Aroma was musty, head was large, Flavor was malty, with great dark fruit flavors, plum, raisin. A spicy vanilla aftertaste. a great beer!

   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 (14020) - 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

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