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


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RATINGS: 3307   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - JAN 6, 2006
Bottled. Pours rich dark mahogany color with a tan head that overflowed the glass and hardly shrunk in the couple minutes it took to clean up my desk. Many floaties. Rich, roasted malt aroma with a very pronounced yeastiness. This is another beer I could simply smell for an hour or so; it seems to have many different subtleties and they even seem to change around a bit. The taste is somewhat spicy, somewhat roasty, somewhat floral, somewhat nutty, somewhat minty and somewhat sweet. Very dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2006
(12.26.05) 11.2 oz (330 mL) brown bottle received as gift. 9.2% ABV. Batch L270710, 14:06. Clear amber Belgium Trappist ale having a large long-lasting tan head with good lacing. Soft carbonation. Fruity, flowery, and medicinal aromas. Medium bodied that starts with light malt sweetness, peppery alcohol and slight medicinal (adhesive bandage) flavors. Finishes dry with light malt aftertaste. A good drinkable Belgium ale but in a side-by-side comparison tasting with the Rochefort 10, the latter tasted much better. Thanks Tom for the bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
stouby (3871) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2006
Bottle, at home. Brown with light brown head, unfiltered, almost lasting, good lacings. Aroma moderate to heavy malty (caramel, brown fruit), moderate hoppy, light yeasty. Flavor moderate to heavy sweet, moderate bitter, long duration. Medium to full body, creamy, soft carbonated. Moderate to heavy alcoholic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RCWCPACFP (102) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2006
Deeply sliky sweet and smooth but not overly comlpex. All of the fruit notes mergerd so as not to be distingiushable. Perfect for cheese.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gunnfryd (11862) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 4, 2006
330ml bottle. Dark golden brown . Spicy smell. Creamy head. Harmonic flavour. A warming beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beer4000 (4915) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 4, 2006
330 ml bottle. Dark red-brown with nice thick creamy head. Warm malty flavour with a hint of sherry and alcohol. A smooth and warming beer. Just a litter disappointing aftertaste, would have expect this to last longer. Hides the 9% alcohol very well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2006
Pours a hazy mahogony brown with lots of bubbles along the sides of the glass and a nice amount of fizzy/froathy head. Aroma is alcohol, caramel, toasted almonds, dark chocolate, and sherry. Flavor is very smooth yet complex. Flavor starts malty and sweet with a slightly plummy/spicey flavor. It then drys out and has a bitter banana alcohol warmth to it. Overall, a delicious beer, but i think i preferred the 6 over it, though its close.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldMrCrow (2077) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2013

Fresh bottle 1/1/06. Pours a murky dark red-brown with a lovely fine and long-lasting light-brown head. The aroma is honey, molassas, lightly toasted almonds, and a hint of pineapple. The flavor is brown sugar, oak, plums, kiwi, and slight spice, with a smooth bitter finish. The mouthfeel is luxurious, amply carbonated, almost like cognac without the alcohol burn (this beer hides its 9% well). My only complaint is that it goes a bit thin as the beer warms and the carbonation departs. 8/4/9/4/16

Rerate 11/7/13. Pours into my Koningshoeven goblet in a caramel brown with a fluffy contoured pillowy head and a reasonable amount of sand-grain-sized sediment. Cotton candy in the aroma with fruitcake and spice. Spicy flavor as well -- something akin to ginger and cinnamon -- cola flavors, modest but not overpowering sweetness drying out late. Smooth, creamy mouthful hiding the high ABV until it warms the back of one’s throat. This one is without technical flaw, but it really feels to me as if it is holding something back. Probably not one to buy on a regular basis; there are other classic Belgians that I prefer (de Dolle, I’m looking at you). I’d going to drop the rating to 4.0 though I’d have gone 3.9 or even 3.8 on this bottle right after finishing it. That said, an interesting thing happens when I open a Rochefort 10 immediately following this one. The big boozy sweet 10 makes me suddenly appreciate the absence of alcohol in the nose and the dry finish of this one. The 4.0 is deserved after all. 7/4/8/5/15

5 years old.1/31/2011 tasting of a 2006 bottle. Lovely, dusty agedness, cola flavors, spices, plum. Yeah, in the 4.1 ballpark.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 29, 2005
Pours an opaque brown-sugar color with thick rich beige head. Aroma of hazelnut, prune, rich and warming. Flavors of prune, brown sugar, and a suggestion of fried banana. Rich and fruity, a joy from start to finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ryananderson (74) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2005
Average size frothy off-white head with good lacing. Murky brown colour. Aroma is light malt (nutty) and light hops (grassy) with medium alcohol. Aroma also has some plum notes. Medium bodied with a smooth creamy texture and average carbonation. The flavour is strong with the alcohol but smooth and warming. The flavour is also a little bit sour. Very good.

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