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


on tap

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RATINGS: 3571   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeinDahlem (1440) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 19, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2007 Cuvee 2006, from the big magnum bottle at the Kerstbierfestival in Essen. Absolutely reliably delicious. Dark, dark, barely golden brown color with healthy layer of head. Malty nose, malty flavor with velvet and lasting spice, finish with deeper malt, alcohol and bitter hops. Outstanding.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
detroitsteel (235) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2006
I had a bottle in the Bierodrome on Kingsway, London. The colour was very muddy, which I didn’t find appealing, and the aroma was faint, but this could be because the beer was a little cold. The flavour was citric on top with a very warm rich dark rum undertone, slighlty hoppy. The aftertaste was long and equally as rich. Looks can be deceiving: this is a very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 13, 2006
Rating #250. 330mL bottle. Beautiful pour: dark, dark brown center; fluffy, off-white head with great retention and lacing. Plenty of yeast, brown sugar, and maple syrup in the aroma. Slightly over-carbonated mouthfeel; full, chewy palate: lots of yeast and esters, slightly vinous, dried fruits and plenty of alcohol. Long, sugary finish: belgian sugar with a light spiciness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2006
This one poured a muddy brown with a small tan head which quickly faded. What little light passed through the brew left a a slight reddish tinge, but it was still opaque. Ahh, but the flavor: strong malt, married to a deep fruitiness, that coated the mouth. Nothing light about this beer. The hop balance was just about perfect leaving a mellow, slightly sweet aftertaste. A dark sludge was left in the bottom of the glass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2006
33cl bottle - pours deep brown, with some reddish highlights (faint) with a gradiant quality from the top of the glass to the bottom. Medium white head to start, a thin layer of which retains throughout the entire glass in a swirling pattern. Looks great. Aroma is sweetly malty and contains scents of dark fruits, along with a subtle yeast/breadiness. Flavour follows this up, along with a light sour/tart character in the middle, and some caramel. Good fruitiness in the start and middle. Musty, earthiness with a light bitterness in the finish. Alcohol is entirely hidden and the mouthfeel is smooth and very rich. More bitter than the Rochefort 10. Somewhat vinous in character. Beautiful beer, and very complex.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 12, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2007 color is a deep brown, like a rootbeer. good head retention, very subtle aroma mostly malts but I cant really gather anything else. Intrigueing taste. Bitter, sweet and has a very trappiste yeast taste to it like tangy bananas or something and malty very nice liquourish finish, probably the best finish on a beer I have had.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Funknmilla (733) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2006
Color is brown!...frothy frothy and frothy...not getting an aroma at all except for mild malts..flavor is similar to that of a brown ale...and much respect for the disguise of alcohol

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 11, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2007 Cloudy brown pour with amber highlights. Head is light brown, rocky and thick. The aroma is of raisins, malt and earth. Very drinkable. The flavor is yeast and dried fruit rolling into a sweet bit of brown sugar. The finish is an amazing warming alcohol feel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zootfinster (219) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2006
A very tasty beer. Slightly fruity and slightly malty. Full body. Cloudy brown dishwater appearance. This is the only negative I found in the beer. Nice big brown head

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2006
Get some light fruits almost sour aroma.Pours a muddy brown with a Very light big tan head.Get some almost musty malt in the flavors.Very nice mouthfeel,thick with some warming alcohol in the finish.I actually think I like this one better than the 10.

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