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


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RATINGS: 3637   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
The lower gravity cousin to Rochefort 10. Nicknamed "Spťciale" (íThe Specialí), 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 13, 2007
Bottle. (BB 23.01.11) Unclear dark brown with a red tinge. Huge frothy beige/brown head. Excellent lacework. Wonderful and inviting aromas of malt and various fruits (red berries, lemon, plums and cherries). Sweet malt and caramel flavours, along with a refreshing fruitiness. Alcohol well hidden. Mild and mellow hops in the finish. Medium to full body. Oily mouthfeel. Impressive.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
YuckFouBrew (12) - Frisco, Texas, USA - FEB 11, 2007
Sweet malt, beet candy aroma. This beer hides its high alcohol % well, at 9.2% its deceptively smooth. My favorite trappist beer up to this point.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AndreasJaeger (505) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2010 Fruity, herbal, sweet aroma. Fruity, sweet warm alcoholic taste with plums, raisin, caramell and roasted malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 7, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2008 Brown color with just a trace of translucence. A big head with lots of lace. Strong aroma of fruits, grapes maybe. Deeper and darker than the 6 but lighter than the 10. Taste is great, complex, fruity and malty. Great balance. Amazing beer.

Re-rate. I tried all Rocheforts together in one tasting. Since then I have had the 10 again many, many times but Iíve yet to try the 8 or 6 again. At the time I thought the 8 and 10 were equally good, though different. I now have my doubts.

This beer is remarkably similar to the 10. It contains most of the same aromatics though this is sweeter and is yeastier. The ten is more complex and has some darker characteristics and a little bit of pine while this is fruiter. They both smell great though. The taste is the big difference for me. The mouthfeel and flavor of this are just not near the 10 in terms of quality or complexity. Side by side this seems almost watery though it is more drinkable. Alcohol hidden well. This is a knockout beer, no doubt, but definitely does not live up to its big brother like I once thought.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
flemmingwillum (1185) - Nysted, DENMARK - FEB 7, 2007
Well, I hope that you others not will call me a heretic for saying this beer ainít that special... But here we go: A nice dark, muddy, brown beer, but almost no head poured from my sample of this beer. The aroma is the best thing about it: Cherries, figs, dates, alcohol, and a note that seems like an Irish Whiskey Cream Liquoer or something. Very belgian in itís aroma. The flavor is figs, alcohol, a little berries, and a little sourishness. OK, not an impressive body for a 9,2% ABV beer, but on the other hand a creamy palate. Thereís much other belgian strong ales I would prefer to this one; especially considering the price.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JK (5806) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 6, 2007
This beer has one of the best aromas I have found. It is unusually complex and pleasant. The first aroma is port. Next is malt with dark fruit sweetness with some pear. The alcohol is there as well, but compliments rather than overwhelms the other aromas. I also perceive light wheat and coriander. The beer is very dark brown and cloudy; thick with sediment. The foam lasts a long time in a quarter-inch layer on top of the beer. Flavor is dominated by sweet malt. Hop presence is minor. There is also fruit and some wine, as well as wild game. The only negative about this beer is the alcohol level. It is completely hidden in the flavor and aroma, but so strong that it has a desensitizing effect on my tongue. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - FEB 6, 2007
This beer is a cloudy red-orange-black with particles in the bottom. It has a fluffy off-white head with good endurance. It has a moderately sweet roasted aroma. Itís the sweetless of apple, date, and the warmth of black pepper and alcohol. It has a well-balanced sweet-sour-bitter flavor and a rather thick, soft, dry body that leaves a trail of alcohol and a yearning for another bottle of this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 6, 2007
its not to the level of the 10 but still a damn good beer. i think the 10 is more fruit forward and sweeter whereas the 8 has a sweetness to it, but much milder and subdued. i got a flavor of raisins, maybe fig, a touch of leather, and some alcohol. i havent had one of these for a while, i always get the 10 and i will likely continue doing so. good beer, but not quite up to par with the 10.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2007
33cl bottle for #300. Poured very cloudy reddish brown with some floaties. Almond colored head was very sturdy and long lasting, becoming bumpy after a while and leaving sheets of lacing. Aromas of raisin, yeast, fortified wine, candied peel, spice and a sweet fruit, kind of like pineapple. Flavor was a nice meld of sweet dark malt and spices--great balance between the two. A bit of pepper on the finish. Full bodied and effervescent. Not cheap of course, but Iím glad Iíve tried it this once.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
andyhite (308) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - FEB 4, 2007
300ml bottle yields an earthy brown haze appearance with a khaki layer of head. there are almost too many scents herer to pick them all out. plum, raisin, caramel, creamy butterscotch, and even some malt extract on the tail end, or perhaps itís just a maple syrup aroma. Its aroma isnít as hoppy as it could be. The taste is mirrored, yet is more of caramel-vanilla-butterscotch. the hops appear too, not subtle, but also non-offensive. carbonated mouthfeel with a pleasant medium finish. The best iíve had thus far. it just needs to not cost an arm and a leg, but i understand why it does.

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