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


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RATINGS: 3127   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hawkshadow (107) - Rural Retreat, Virginia, USA - APR 1, 2005
Wow. Poured reddish brown with a billowing head, lasting and lacing all the way down. Aroma is light and pleasant, grain and hoppy with nothing overpowering, but balance in all. Taste is sweet and salty, finishes more salty with very slight bitter. The alcohol warms my throat and back of my tongue with the aftertaste. Absolutely good. I definitely would recommend this to anyone.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lunkie (1404) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - APR 1, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2005 Sweet malt aroma. Cloudy brown colour with fair head. Deep sweet malt flavour. Smooth palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 29, 2005
The aroma had dark fermented fruit (raisins and plums), grapes (almost vinious, and apples. The flavor was rich w/ coriander, apples, and dark fermented fruit. The beer poured cloudy brown color w/ thin lasting head and lacing. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and creamy, and tart.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - MAR 27, 2005
This beer pours a murky brown color with a massive, extremely foamy pearlish head and massive lacing on the side of the glass. The aroma is sweet, raisiny, with hints of apple, pear, candy sugar, roasted malt, cotton candy and cinammon. The flavor is full bodied and extremely complex. Heavy alcohol can be picked up about midway through the warming process. Heavy caramel stickyness, raisins, malts, and fruits galore. Heavy carbonation, yet full mouth feel... a tough to accomplish task. Long, sweet finish, raisiny and complex..don’t know how many times i can say that.... dry yet not overbearing...very tongue coating and oh that hint of chocolate in the finish...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hunsell (400) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 27, 2005
Aroma of overripe fruits, raisin, fudge, fills the entire room. Darkbrown beer, off-white head that stays and stays. A touch less sweet than the 10, this is absolute monkbeerquality. SO complicated, with lots of different (dark) fruits. Very smooth, wellbalanced, worldclass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2005
Complicated flavor that was absolutely delightful. A mixture of fig, caramel, chocolate, and alcohol. Ahhh ... gotta love monks. They know beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
steview (1019) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 24, 2005
very active dark body and thick body with ruby highlight, dark bone white head that doesn’t want to diminish. chocolate, raisin, fruits like fig and grape. fizzy, active, smooth palate. like a caramel chocolate fig newton, but obviously, it’s much better than my description. complex and hard to discern, and enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - MAR 22, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2008 Very nice beer, you should get a lot of these. The series actually. Very, very nice complex aroma. The flavor is very good too. Excellent beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2005
Poured a rich dark brown into Rochefort chalice. Aroma of fruits and alcohol. Taste is complex, yet easy drinking. Taste is of figs, raisins, malts, alcohol and a bit like wine..really improves as it warms. Due to the fine carbonation, it doesn’t have a thick feel to it. I love this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 7, 2005
yeast in the nose. malty, lots of evidence of the alcohol. not the best, but i mean, it’s still a trappist.

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