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


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RATINGS: 3509   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08/5   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
rcmatthews (10) - USA - AUG 14, 2006
I enjoy this beer more than the Rochefort 10. I think it the alcohol of the 10 can get to be too much. At first, the aroma was of apples, and then as it warmed up more a a carmally scent. I wish it had a bit of a stronger mouthfeel. No complaints on the taste though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
kidcadaver (3) - CANADA - AUG 14, 2006 does not count
Super Strong Beer, Strong tasting, dark and malty. Alcohol burn kicks in seconds after swallowing. Over-rated, but still a good quality beer from Belgium.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sersdf (1018) - chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2006
thick, but terrific. tons of flavor, and actually was pretty great at a cold temperature. really heavily malty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
tobizag (34) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 9, 2006
pours a deep caramel color with a lasting off white bubbly head.. aroma is of yeast and sweet dark fruit. flavor is of slight molasses, moderately sweet. definitely carbonated, but i enjoy the amount of fizz. this was a great beer, now i need the 10!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - AUG 9, 2006
This nothing next to the ten. Fizzy head that lasts. Aroma is yeasty with candy and dark fruits. Flavor is much the same and palate is a bit fizzy for me. Alcohol is there at the with sweetness. Just a decent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bdjames29 (273) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2006
Yeah, its good - after trying the 6 and now the 8, I keep thinking that I am going to get a beer thats almost as good as the 10. I understand that they are different styles, but neither the 6 or the 8 are close. Still this is a delicious beer. The character and quality of these beers are outstanding. Quick, lively, pop-like head - sticks around for a while and laces nicely. Deep, murky, cider-looking appearance. After bringing the head back around, I picked up on a pear flavor, fruity tones throughtout. Sugary, malty goodness. Full body and an easy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Palidor19 (3111) - Brandon, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2006
Yum Yum Yum!!!! This a fantastic beer, exactly what I was hoping for. Rich yeasty malts. Taste is dark fruit and candied sugar. Alcohol Content is appearant yet not too overpowering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beergut111 (210) - Berlin, GERMANY - AUG 8, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2007 I really enjoyed this. Bold taste, like nothing ive ever tried. There were tastes of fruit, chocolate and spice and it was nicely carbonated.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2006
Bottle, Morte Subite, Brussels. I was going to say that this is overrated, but with so many Beer Gods liking it, I guess I’ll just have to make myself an anomally (me and sk8viking, that is). Rocky but lasting tan head over opaque brown beer. Smell is medicinal and sugary, with aluminum as a main component. Mouthfeel is a big letdown, watery and fizzy. I noticed this in the 10 as well, they were both thinner than I expected for the alcohol level and color. Sweetness in the flavor seems artificial. Finish is meally on the back of the tongue and flacidly sweet everywhere else. My overall impression, from beginning to end, is that the beer is hollow; there’s nothing in it. Very disappointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Finn (5580) - Tromsø, NORWAY - AUG 6, 2006
Bottle 0,33l. Clear colden colour - deep brown and unclear when stirred. Heavy sedimented. A white creamy head. The "champagne" feeling af a strong belgian beer. A rich complex aroma. Sweet sourish flavour leaving you with a lasting bitter aftertaste where you notice the strength. A bit too carbonated.

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