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


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RATINGS: 3436   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marsiblursi (3063) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 27, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2009 (Bottle at The Rover, Göteborg) Pours dark red/brown with a light brown head. Smells marzipan. Alcohol. Malt. Plums and liquorice. The taste is sweet. Soil and smokey tobaco. Salty. Marzipan. Almonds. Brown sugar and some milk- chocolate. 8/3/6/4/15 Second try: (Bottle, 2 to 3 years old) Pours dark mahogany brown. Creamy, pale nougat coloured head. The aroma holds earthy and fruity tones up front. Mild tones of figs, prunes, ripe dark cherries, green raisins, rum, brown sugar, mild burned cookies, tobacco, chocolate, liquorice and maybe a touch of blackberries and black currant. Bit Belgo-spicy as well. A tiny touch of herbs and citrus acid. The flavour is light to medium sweet, light bitter and tiny acidic with tones of dried/dark fruit, cherries, spices, earth, tobacco, dark sugar, chocolate, cookies and liquorice. The mouthfeel is round and velvety with that typical, playful Rochefort carbonation. Complex but subtle finish. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
zsb19 (168) - Cincinnati, Kentucky, USA - JUN 26, 2006
Bottle - Pours deep dark brown with thick fluffy off-white head and a ton of sediment. Aroma is malty and sweet with notes of caramel, vanilla, and some dried fruit. Palate is medium in body with a heavy carbonated mouthfeel. Upfront taste is roasted/burnt malt with some nuttiness present. Follow through has notes of dried fruit and alcohol with some bitterness. Aftertaste is dry and malty with some muddled vanilla/caramel notes and a nice alcohol warming. Overall a nice strong ale with a lot of flavor that opens up as it warms. Can’t wait to try 10.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RoyceH (1197) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - JUN 26, 2006
Very complex malty aroma. Summer fruit, spice, some syrup. Appearance is dark brown, fluffy white head. Flavour is slightly sweet, again, very complex, malty, syrup, berries. Palate is so smooth, alcohol is disguised right through to here. Some hops here. A rather awesome beer I was glad to share with friends, and pleased to taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - JUN 26, 2006
11.2 oz. pours a very murky dark brown with a huge off white head. Aroma is dark fruit, sweet malts, some chocolate perhaps, and woody. (rochefort 10 has a much more intense aroma) Taste is chocolate, plums, raisins, yeast, and almost dirt (earthyness) in a good way.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
EithCubes (5269) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2015 Bottle. Uncontrollably full head, no matter what I try. Laces gorgeously, is playfully fluffy, and is full enough...well, is full enough to bounce a few quarters. Pours a dark brown. Nose is sweetly malty, with dried fruit (mostly berry), yeast, spice, and caramel. Really, not the most complex aroma in the world, but certainly among the most beautiful. Taste is otherworldly. Soft and luscious, slightly sweet, loooads of malt. Slight chocolate, more red berry. Strong spice is evident toward the end, as is the barely-there alcohol. Still, extremely full-bodied, a stream of oil amidst the cream. A hint of cloves. Soft and velvety. And there is even a nice hoppy swallow. Quite an experience! Kept my eyes closed for minutes afterwards, thinking about what I’d just tasted. [2006.06.26: 4.5]

Re-rate from an 11.2oz bottle best before end 04.07.2018, so pretty fresh. Nose is dark and figgy, very little toffee; burnt raisins flambéed in rum; dates and faint banana, light phenols and alcohol; very richly malty with sweet red fruit in the bg; pretty perfect and style-defining aroma. Pours deep, dark garnet with a huge and noisy oily-soapy beige head that fades quickly. Taste starts sweet with the lovely strong honey-candy character of the 6, lightly floral with marshmallow and vanilla; goes through singed caramel with deeper fig and date, faint grape and cherry, light mineral contribution and spice. Some orange peel, light lavender, very mild alcohol (stunning how well-integrated it is!) which reminds of high-quality gin. Ultra-smooth medium body, light caress of warmth and oil from the booze. I can’t help but marvel at how much more vibrant and alive these last two bottles of Rochefort have been; maybe the bottles I had 8.75 years ago had been sitting on a shelf for too long? Despite its size, this one seems somehow smaller, and very digestible (I dare say dry!); it’s a sipper that doesn’t wear on the palate, and despite my wolfish celerity I’m surprised at how much remains in the bottle -- as if this were the famed "süßer Brei!" Heavens forfend, I’d get even less done! [2015.03.14: 4.8]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 26, 2006
In the 330 mL bottle at the 2006 Huber Haus Belgian Trappist Ale Tasting. The head has blue-green undertones in color. I kid you not. Dense muddy brown beer in color with the aforementioned off-white head. Buttery cake batter aroma. Doughy and chocolatey. Has a drying astringency to the flavor. Tart and candy sweetness are both present. This is a fun beer. The interesting sweetness seems separate from the finishing bitter bite and the ethanol burn.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3580) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2006
11.2 oz bottle. Dense, chocolate brown. Smooth tan head with soft peaks stays around. Lacing like the aurora borealis. Plum, sherry and mocha nose. Woody, wild mushrooms, cabernet and rum raisin; alcohol evident. Silky body with medium carb. Clean finish with residual Baker’s chocolate. So well made but alcohol adds sharp edges.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2006
MMM Trappist beer. In my opinion this is the best Trappist brewery since Westvleteren dissapeared from the scene. Nice looking deep red hazy color with some sediment. Foamy eggwhite head with plenty of lacing. Alcohol is more constrained in this than the 10. Big breadlike malts and soft yeast. Notes of banana and ripe fruit. Ends on somewhat of a dry alcohol note. A meal in a glass. What more to say about this beer than try it if you havent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CamdenD (1118) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 24, 2006
Wow -- hugely surprised by this beer. Seemed to have a bit more hop presence than the 10, and therefore almost strangely refreshing for a dark, 9.2, beer. Would have many of these if I could afford to.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrBunn (2595) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2006
Massive tan head above a body that is brown with amber tinting. Aroma is very nice... sweet cloves, heavy fruit (cherry and prune come to mind) and caramel. Flavor is very complex and blends together superbly. Caramel backbone with definite fruity undercurrents and a bit of a tartness that comes through near the tail end. Top notch.

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