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


on tap

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RATINGS: 3604   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jde123 (773) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 5, 2007
Oh man, I have waited much too long to pour another fine Rochefort Belgian ale. Dark brown with a large tan head. Smells perfect, like perfection, and perfect things, and things that are perfect, like my use of adjectives. Flavor is a little smoky, not expected, although rich and full of fruits and caramel, though still light enough to enjoy. This is a great beer. One of my favorites.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 4, 2007
Hazy red-brown colour with a nice light brownish head. Sweet aroma of plum, alcohol, chocolate. Flavour is very complex with dark malts, caramel, chocolate, some spices. Strong tasty munk brew!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBiker (1414) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2007
[Sampled at eastertime in 2004.] Very close to its stronger brother. Maybe more valuable caused by the percentage, but all in all also a worldclassbeer worth going to Belgium, on a monkcruise, with the purpose to fill the celler!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 2, 2007
Looked pretty damned good, with its murky mud brown and persistent beige head. Initial musky aroma while the head was present, but revealing some dark dried fruits and creamy chocolate after. However, there are some strong alcohol notes that overpowered every other whiff or so. A pleasure in the mouth, with an early vibrant fizz on the tip of the tongue followed by some smooth sweetness and a lingering bitterness at the rear of the tongue. Quite a full body, but not as much as others of this ilk. A very solid beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
wholejustin (6) - USA - JAN 1, 2007 does not count
Great aroma and essence. Smooth , medium tannin. Hoppy yet wonderful. smooth finish and great body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BelgianBeerGal (3786) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2006
33cL bottle. I actually like this this slightly better than the Rochefort 10 because it has no detectable alcohol flavor. I would definitely search out this beer but most Rochefort products are typically over-priced: around 52 euro per case.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Arayaga2 (2114) - portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 28, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2011 Toasted marshmallowy head tops opaque brown. Pleasant raisin and cherry cola aroma with a hint of alcohol . Taste is same, plus a healthy dose of belgian wellwater and the strange lingering salty taste that provides. Rather overhyped, but the obvious bedwetting middle sibling to the still-weaker six, and the fantastic 10 $5/11.2oz Edit: had them both young in Belgium, and greatly preferred the 8 to the 10.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
LomYst (780) - Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2012 Pretty much like the 10.. same full body.. it only has a less complex taste.. less fruit.. but still amazing

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2006
Bottle from trade with AxlLives. Thanks Bryan! Pours a mahogany color with a big frothy off white head. Nice lacing with a bit of an oily trace. Aroma of plums, chocolate malt and alcohol. Taste is complex and slightly sweet. Has a small amount of hoppy bitterness and finishes with the malt being dominant. The alcohol stays nicely hidden. Not a bab trappist beer but not on par with the St. Bernardus abt 12 or tripel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2006
Bottle... Syrupy brown pour with a thick, rocky beige head. Big caramel malts in the nose; vanilla, nuts, toffee, yeast, and a piney spicyness. Awesome toasty notes. Dried fruit also.... complex aroma. Flavor matches up with the nose well, except there is much more dark fruit (plums, prunes, figs, etc.) and caramel malts. Light, refreshing bitterness counters the sweetness well. Hugely bubbly palate, a tad oily. It’s easy to see why this is a world class beer. It took me a long time to rate this one, but it’s really a great beer. While it didn’t dazzle me, it’s the understated complexity that really makes this beer special.

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