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


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RATINGS: 3286   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ALLOVATE (2522) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 8, 2005
UPDATED: APR 13, 2006 Re-rate:- Earlier bottle (21/03/09) making it god knows how old. Speckled chestnut-brown body with a tight, creamy tan head that laced a wicked pattern over the glass. Aroma was similar, but it was much richer in the mouth, almost treacly smooth and well in control flavour-wise. Very earthy, almost nutty and woody with a rich loam top soil flavour to add complexity atop layers of gritty bitter/sweet chocolate and staling musty hops. This is still a pleasure to drink. Long, well rounded, meticulously brewed. Firkin’ lovely. Look forward to my next.
AHHHH, I could be St. Remy’s biggest fan as far as their enchanting beers go! Absolute enjoyment, it’s taken several bottles over several months just to rate it. Poured into its own chalice, around cellar temperature. Deep, chestnut brown; its thick yeast pack dispersing at the end of pouring making it opaque and muddy. Across the glass the very, very fine carbonation raised slowly towards a dense, creamy 1" tan head that remained in its place for the length and left intricately patterned lace down the sides. Rich, yet quite controlled, deep, dark fruit nose reminiscent of aged figs, plums and savoury sultanas. Lightly, bready with a feint roundness of bitter/sweet chocolate and a touch of brandy. Lightly spicy, the inviting aroma preceded each sip perfectly. In the mouth it drifts from the enticing aroma, taking my palate in a new direction, a new journey. Intensely spicy, rich and yet dry flavours of cocoa, prunes, cinnamon and light clove-like spice. Warming alcohol towards the back mingles with pleasantry amongst herbal and grassy, bitter hops before a long, dry and thickly malty swallow. So smooth, it had the mouthfeel of Irish cream Liqueur with the kick to go with it. Liquid bread, nicely balanced and a treat for the senses. Like its bigger and shorter brother this was exceptional. Lovely!!!! (33cL, 18/08/09)

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ogivlado (6104) - Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 5, 2005
Bottled(330ml). –excellant beer, great fruity(banana, wild berries, plums, cherry) aroma with chewing gum notes(maybe cinnamon), great slight sweet alcohol taste with nice light caramel and slight alcohol finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - DEC 4, 2005
Very similiar to Trappistes 10. I tried them side-by-side and preferred this one. I felt that the smaller "8" was holistically a better beer. I can’t put my finger on it but IMHO this beer is more balanced than 10.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bourne (161) - Suwon, SOUTH KOREA - DEC 3, 2005
dark cherry chocolate flavor with a rich smoothness to it. very velvetly over the top of your mouth. The 10 is still a better treat, this isnt as exsotic or as rich and thus is not as exceptional.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mtdshn (173) - Moline, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2005
Bottle. Pretty yeasty and light alcohol scents. Dark chocolate followed by cherries and more yeasty tastes follow. On the heavier mouthfeel side as compared to the 10. Nice tingling mouthfeel just like the other trappists. I like it, but I’d have to say I like the 10 better. Still a great choice if you can get it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rane (930) - Nibe, DENMARK - DEC 2, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2010 Bottle. DArk brown with medium pale brown head. Aroma caramels, toffee and nuts. Surprisingly smooth and easydrinking given the 9% ABV, taste malt, sweet, nutty, long taste,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - DEC 2, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2009 Trademark Trappist IMHO. Superior balance of the all the candy dish, raisin, cedary aromas and the the enticing carmelized brown sugar platform (not as a fermentable thought). For the abbot rather than the brothers. This bottle shows some rather refreshing hoppiness hand in hand with a slight spice. Rochefort being the only Trappist brewery to commercially release a beer spiced with anything, coriander here. As always, this beer is balanced and seamless from introduction on. The abv. strength is well hidden as the malt sweetness forms a velvet glove around a bourbon "sour mash," tanginess. Those with head problems should give warmer temperatures a try.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Marko (4124) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 2, 2005
0.33l bottle @ Tolkien’s House, Zagreb, odd broad La Trappe glass
Poured a very dark brown and murky body with a small creamy tanish head that went away fast. Lovely aroma: plums, figs, raisins, random fruit, liquorice, malt, some acidity. The taste isn’t worse. It started with distinct roastiness which was intertwined with a lovely banana taste. Gum candy could be felt, and dark malts, and some berry coated in brown sugar, even some lemon could be felt in the last few sips. EVen this lovely herbal yet fruity taste I identified in Orval as aloe vera is there. Alcohol is well hidden, and what little could be felt actually improved the taste. The aftertaste consisted of some odd roasty yet sweet caramel that stuck to introduce the hoppy bitterness which was rather incospicuous. Lovely stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
lovibond (115) - New York, USA - NOV 30, 2005
Almost as flavorful and aromatic as its bigger brother, but so much easier to digest.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mbeem (104) - New Hope, Alabama, USA - NOV 29, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2006 Poured a cloudy brown with an off-white foam head that dissipated rather quickly. Aroma of woody malt with just a twinge of skunkiness. Big mouth feel, dry and cola-like due to the carbonation. No real detectable alcohol. I expected more, but not bad.

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