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


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RATINGS: 3188   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (10192) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2005
Bottle poured a clear dark brown with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of figs, raisins,dark chocolate, with some vinous notes. Palate was smooth and easy drinkin. Flavors of dark chocolate and dark fruit and a hint of spice. so easy drinking its hard to believe its 9.2% ABV

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1723) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - SEP 11, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2005 Dark brown, with a tan head. Aromas are dark fruit, malt, and caramel. Medium body, with flavors of dark fruit, malt, yeast, and spice. Quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivnizub (9005) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - SEP 11, 2005
Pours dark brown with a small ,firm off-white head; strong fruity nose (plums, bananas), also traces of roasted malts and a tinge of bitterness (resin?); quite dry, fruity, spicy taste, ending with some bitter-chocolatey notes. Creamy mouthfeel; very well rounded. Good old Rochefort !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jzzbassman (1522) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - SEP 10, 2005
Big malty complex aroma. Poured dark brown with a tight tan head and nice lacing. Flavor was malted and smoky, with a back flavor that was like a really good shiraz. Lots of alcohol present in the aroma and flavor, but it doesn’t get in the way. Sweet fruit and grape. Velvet mouthfeel makes this even better. Thanks Secret Santa!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2005
aromas of grass, yeast, peat, and fruit all very strong and mixed with plenty of caramel malts. color is a deep caramel brown, close to a chocolate color, with very little bits of white lacing on top. flavor was a excellent blend of sweet fruits and caramel malts, with the elements from the aroma added in small bits. a very smooth mouthfeel and even tastes, with just a bit of the abv present.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - SEP 8, 2005
fresh 33cl bottle. pours dark brown with a huge foamy head that subsided very slowly. Aromas of malty sweet fruit. Well balenced sweet flavor with plum and carmel dominating. Alchol taste is present but not overwelming. Feels great on the mouth. Not quite as complex is the 10, but maybe more drinkable. A superb beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jahughey (65) - Franklin, Indiana, USA - SEP 5, 2005
Tight, typically-Belgian head, vinous, estery, plum/caramel maltiness, appropriate alcohol nose. Very nice monks ale. Astonishingly, their 10 might even be as drinkable and is definitely more complex. As a Belgian fanatic, I prefer the more phenolic (banana/clove) yeast aromas of Chimay, but this is a terrific cloister ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nick76 (4257) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2005
The aroma is sweet,malty, and fruity with plenty of alcohol. The appearance is cloudy reddish brown with lots of particulates in it. The flavor is complex with plums, spices, malt, yeast, caramel, and alcohol. And for a beer with a 9.2% alcohol it feels like 13%. It hits you up front and goes all the way to the finish. The aftertaste is not unlike wine. Overall a very high quality beer. I just don’t like the strong alcohol content.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hendrix (14) - Berkeley, Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2005
This is what you get when you spend most of your time on your craft! Brewing excellence... This stuff was undescribably good and it hit me like a Megaton Nuclear Warhead!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
etaggie09 (21) - College Station, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2005
light brown with an apple tint. light brown head quickly diminishes to a small, long-lasting head. moderate-high carbonation with a lot of yeasty sediment floating around. leaves a good lacing on the glass. Sweet fruit, plums, some vinous aromas as well. very nice. A yeasty, fruity, vinous flavour that is well balanced. Apple and plum are prominent flavors. There are a bunch of subtle flavors in this. As a typical Trappist ale, the aftertaste is dry and somewhat bitter. Alcohol is used in a more prominent, but good way. There were just a number of flavors in here. nice moderate body with prickly carbonation. Pronounced alcohol strength is good but makes me more aware of how much I am having. I enjoyed this very much. From what I’ve heard about the 10, which I was unable to get a hold of, I will probably like that one a lot better, but this was good. Really very complex, but I thought the flavors were all too subtle.

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