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


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RATINGS: 3264   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 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2005
330ml bottle Pours abrown almost like coke. A good tan head which is fizzy and deminishing leaving no lacing. Has a malty chocolate aroma. Taste is sweet and sour, very differnt but excellent. Fizzy carbonation with the texture of a fine wine.Sort of sour aftertaste. This is very good with a taste explosion. I feel like I could drink 100"s of them and never get bored with it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - DEC 19, 2005
330ml - Happy birthday to me! - Aroma is sweet chocolate and carmel malt, Belgian yeast, cherry, and a touch of spice. Pours a deep muddy brown with a thick lasting head and great lacing. Flavor is much stronger than aroma. Chocolate mousse and dark fruit. Palate is smooth and creamy. Tasty, but not as great as I was expecting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
pintbypint (2752) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 17, 2005
330ml brown bottle. Brown in colour, red-orange highlights. Tan head is slightly rocky and fair sized, creamy appearance, tight bubbles. Malt aroma with a quality dark chocolate note. Flavour also contains a good measure of chocolate, fairly yeasty with some unexpected hop bitterness. Fruity, estery notes in the background (sweetish apple? banana?) Some yeasty dryness in the finish with a late touch of alcohol. Carbonation was perhaps a bit strong but overall a lovely balanced beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ebarnes (254) - Beech Grove, Indiana, USA - DEC 16, 2005
Dark brown with a huge head. Great flavor. Strong, but not so you would notice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2005
Dark brown with this white head. Lots of yeast in the bottle. Not much aroma some malt and yeast. Very carbonated in the mouth. Light tasting, yet interesting. Some alcohol warming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 14, 2005
Dark brown with a thick frothy beige head. Bready and dried fruit aroma. Doesn’t come across nearly as strong as it really is. Very smooth. Fair amount of yeast in the flavor. Well done brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2005
Pours plain old brown, but I know there is a lot more complexity from here. Aromas of bread, figs, and pear. Candied fruit up front with a caramel chocolate in the finish. Alcohol well hidden for 9.2%. Superb beer, as good as expected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2005
33cl bottle pours cloudy mahogony with a nice fluffy tan belgian head that stays pretty well and laces the sides of the trappist glass on the way down. Aroma is of apples, raisins, a touch of caramel, and chocolate. Flavor is nice roasty, touches of chocolate make their way through raisins, apples, figs, plums, and some yeasty bread. Palate is dreamy as expected from an abby brew. Light and airy yet so pleasant to hold in the mouth. A real treat to all of the senses..

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ALLOVATE (2503) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 8, 2005
UPDATED: APR 13, 2006 Re-rate:- Earlier bottle (21/03/09) making it god knows how old. Speckled chestnut-brown body with a tight, creamy tan head that laced a wicked pattern over the glass. Aroma was similar, but it was much richer in the mouth, almost treacly smooth and well in control flavour-wise. Very earthy, almost nutty and woody with a rich loam top soil flavour to add complexity atop layers of gritty bitter/sweet chocolate and staling musty hops. This is still a pleasure to drink. Long, well rounded, meticulously brewed. Firkin’ lovely. Look forward to my next.
AHHHH, I could be St. Remy’s biggest fan as far as their enchanting beers go! Absolute enjoyment, it’s taken several bottles over several months just to rate it. Poured into its own chalice, around cellar temperature. Deep, chestnut brown; its thick yeast pack dispersing at the end of pouring making it opaque and muddy. Across the glass the very, very fine carbonation raised slowly towards a dense, creamy 1" tan head that remained in its place for the length and left intricately patterned lace down the sides. Rich, yet quite controlled, deep, dark fruit nose reminiscent of aged figs, plums and savoury sultanas. Lightly, bready with a feint roundness of bitter/sweet chocolate and a touch of brandy. Lightly spicy, the inviting aroma preceded each sip perfectly. In the mouth it drifts from the enticing aroma, taking my palate in a new direction, a new journey. Intensely spicy, rich and yet dry flavours of cocoa, prunes, cinnamon and light clove-like spice. Warming alcohol towards the back mingles with pleasantry amongst herbal and grassy, bitter hops before a long, dry and thickly malty swallow. So smooth, it had the mouthfeel of Irish cream Liqueur with the kick to go with it. Liquid bread, nicely balanced and a treat for the senses. Like its bigger and shorter brother this was exceptional. Lovely!!!! (33cL, 18/08/09)

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ogivlado (6079) - Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 5, 2005
Bottled(330ml). –excellant beer, great fruity(banana, wild berries, plums, cherry) aroma with chewing gum notes(maybe cinnamon), great slight sweet alcohol taste with nice light caramel and slight alcohol finish

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