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


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RATINGS: 3584   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lagomswedish (213) - Umeå, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2006
Stewed tea appearance with a quickly thinning tan head. Powerful aromas of earth, fruit and mazipan. As with all the Rocheforts, the mouthfeel was excellent, with tight carbonation and a pleasing level of residual bitterness. However I couldn’t esacpe from the fact I got a lot of soap flavour from this bottle. I swear if I’d burped bubbles would have come out of my mouth........ And the alcohol is a little raw, especially when it warms up. Not as well balanced as the 10 in my opinion, but still a classy beer that paired well with a very over-ripe brie.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nijuro (63) - USA - NOV 27, 2006
wonderfully balanced, brown sugar, clove, nutmeg and plums. Really complex with a very nice mouthfeel. I actually prefer this to the 10, but I have another bottle of each, so we’ll see how it goes on the second go-around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2006
From bottle. Dark brown with a reddish hue. Foamy tan head. Nose of raisins, brown sugar and some alcohol. A yeasty and hop spiciness come out as well as it warms. All those flavors are present in the flavor. Smooth palate with enough carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TampaBeer (257) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2006
Aroma of fresh fruit and raisins. Raisin colored body with well balanced palate. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
burpfrank (299) - carpinteria, California, USA - NOV 21, 2006
This was pretty well balanced in flavor,body ,appearance and it tasted like a good quality beer.It had high alcohol content,but was pretty much masked by the good body.Average aroma.I didn’t detect much varied taste,so I will have to get another!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PHXHOPLOVER (50) - LAVEEN, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2006
Pours dark brown, cloudy with floaties-maybe my fault. Light brown medium lasting head with fair lacing. Has aromas of berries, blackcurrant, caramel malts, a little sweet, but not cloying. Alcohol well hidden. The monks sure know what they are doing!! Worth $4 a bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lowe1983 (1483) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2006
Pours a dark red/brown color with a medium tan head. Aroma is of dark fruits, caramel, spices, and a little alcohol. Flavor starts off with the dark fruit and caramel flavors that give way to the spices and alcohol warming. Very delicious brew, very complex.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beermaniac (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2006
Appearance: Good lacing on sides of glass. Dark ruby color, relatively clear. Aroma: This is where this beer shines in my opinion. Very complex nose. Upon pouring, I get a skunky spiciness (a pleasant skunky), buttery, malty, fruity, woody and some alcohol notes all just keep jumping out of the glass. Flavor: Not as complex, but the flavor is very nice. High alcohol content is well-hidden, and oxidative sherryish notes along with a sweetish, candyish flavor make for an interesting flavor. Some berry notes in the finish, as well as light vanilla notes. Palate: I like the mouthfeel of this beer. Thicker, but not cloying. Very drinkable, with higher carbonation that cuts through the thick body. Very smooth! Overall: I could drink alot of this, which is obviously dangerous. Nice beer, with odd and complex notes not found in alot of beers.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Grovlam (4205) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2006
Bottle. Have had the 6 and 10, so not it was time to battle with the 8. As with the others the 8’Th has some of the Rochefort trademark aroma and taste. It pours unclear and dark chestnut like in colour with and extraordinary coffee-cream like head. What a display of aroma and taste. Roasted caramel and candies, date, raisins, figs and some yeast. Slight liquorish, chocolate and nuts as well. Amazingly full bodied with an incredible well balanced bittersweet finish. I will never get tiered of Rochefort!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hrking (140) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 17, 2006
I liked this one better than the 10. Not as much of an alcohol aftertaste and more appealing ,smoother,creamier,must say one of my top 10 easily..

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