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


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RATINGS: 3071   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
OKBeer (1170) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - NOV 15, 2004
Beerbistro Winterfest and Vintage Tasting. Brown in colour with a thick frothy tan coloured head. Fruity, yeasty, lightly spicy (cinnamon, coriander) raisin, and plum aroma. Dark sugar, molasses, toffee, and dark fruit flavours. Full bodied, smooth and silky mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kumite56 (469) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - NOV 14, 2004
This is an excellent beer and a nice step upwards from the thin bodied six. Complex in aroma and tast with dried fruit evident, storng malty taste and a nice bitter finish. Alcohol makes it presense in the aroma (lightly) and the taste but for the most part well masked.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2004
cloudy,murky rusty brown brew.Nose is not far off from the 10.A plethera of exotic fruits: dates, bananas,figs and pure heaven.Put all that in a blender add some alcohol and wow.Great body and a lucsious aftertaste that lingers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2004
Medium brown color with a slight head. After having the 10- the 8 seems to have a lot less body and complexity. Seems almost as if they just took the 10 and watered it down a bit. Mostly a fruity and raisiny aroma and flavor with lots of yeastiness in the background.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2004
Murky brown colour with nice big beige head. Aroma has some sweetness with fruit, also some coffee, leather and alcohol. Flavor also has some fruit, but the bitter chocolat and alcohol is clear in the finish. All in all a very complex beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2004
Bottle. Great nose-dried fruit and sugar. Flavors that come out are hay, raisin, caramel, prune, very slight chocolate, fig, and alcohol. Crisp dry finish. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kevin (2048) - New Mexico, USA - NOV 2, 2004
pours a cloudy dark brown with a giant creamy light head. dirty yeast and bittersweet aroma wow this is smooth. has a spiced caramel and tree bark taste that finishes smooth with a lingering alcohol that is nice. a great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerBaronLS (85) - Grove City, Ohio, USA - NOV 2, 2004
Extremely rich aroma, strong head, very dark and opaque. Tastes of whipped cream and carmel, mixed with a nut brown. Heavily carbonated. Overall a very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2004
33 cl bottle. Fruity, sweet smell with some hints of whipping cream and caramel. Dark unclear red/brown in color. High but not very pretty head - that lasts long however. Some sediment in the bottle. Taste is absolutely marvelous. Chocolate, caramel, raisins, warming alcohol. Very powerful carbonation - maybe a bit too much for my taste - but propably close to the perfect beer (which, by the way, is Rochefort 10)

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - OCT 30, 2004
33cl bottle BBD 25.12.07 I could smell this before the glass was half full. Deep brown/burgundy color with chocolate/tan head. Smells of cocoa, raisins, lether, alcohol, slight cappochino, plums & cherries a bit. All that goes into the full, velvety lingering palate. Alcohol is a highlight in this massive rich carmelly sweet brew that finishes with sharp bitterness, leaving me dreaming of fig newtons dipped in rich chocolate milk. alcohol warming, maybe a bit of port...Taking on a mothball aroma as it breathes, or is that malted milk balls? Nutmeg? Just doesn’t get much more complex and yummy than this. I’ve been disapointed by a few bottles of the 8 in the past, but this one knocked me out.

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