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


on tap

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RATINGS: 3513   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08/5   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Palidor19 (3113) - Brandon, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2006
Yum Yum Yum!!!! This a fantastic beer, exactly what I was hoping for. Rich yeasty malts. Taste is dark fruit and candied sugar. Alcohol Content is appearant yet not too overpowering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beergut111 (210) - Berlin, GERMANY - AUG 8, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2007 I really enjoyed this. Bold taste, like nothing ive ever tried. There were tastes of fruit, chocolate and spice and it was nicely carbonated.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2006
Bottle, Morte Subite, Brussels. I was going to say that this is overrated, but with so many Beer Gods liking it, I guess I’ll just have to make myself an anomally (me and sk8viking, that is). Rocky but lasting tan head over opaque brown beer. Smell is medicinal and sugary, with aluminum as a main component. Mouthfeel is a big letdown, watery and fizzy. I noticed this in the 10 as well, they were both thinner than I expected for the alcohol level and color. Sweetness in the flavor seems artificial. Finish is meally on the back of the tongue and flacidly sweet everywhere else. My overall impression, from beginning to end, is that the beer is hollow; there’s nothing in it. Very disappointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Finn (5580) - Tromsø, NORWAY - AUG 6, 2006
Bottle 0,33l. Clear colden colour - deep brown and unclear when stirred. Heavy sedimented. A white creamy head. The "champagne" feeling af a strong belgian beer. A rich complex aroma. Sweet sourish flavour leaving you with a lasting bitter aftertaste where you notice the strength. A bit too carbonated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - AUG 5, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2006 Pours dark with a thick light head. Smells of crazy yeast (hints of runny french cheese), bready sweet malts, alcohol, and perhaps some spice. The flavor is very sweet, but not sickly so. It has some mild fruit flavors (dried cherry), a very spicey malt profile, and a touch of hop bitterness. The funky yeast flavors are there too. Add crazy belgian yeast flavors/aromas to a doppelbock, and you’ll be there. The mouthfeel is quite nice - it isn’t nearly as thick as other strong, sweet beers - no doubt due to a fair amount of belgian candi sugar used to thin the body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (41314) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2006
Bottle. Really nice aroma, fruity berries and plums to start with more gentle chocolate, malt and dried fruits with a little bit of spicy yeastiness to round the whole thing off and bring it together. The alcohol is really well hidden. Fairly sweet but in the silky smooth way the luscious aromas would lead you to expect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - AUG 2, 2006
From a 33 cl. slender brown bottle with a best before date on the front label, 28.04.09, sampled at cellar temperature in a Rochefort chalice. Poured a cloudy lightly orange hued brown with a foamy head that settled into a thin sudsy, fizzy lacing. Aromas of rum cake spices, fruity, pears and ripe figs and nice fruity esters, the alcohol whiffs are quite pleasant. Good fizzy carbonation and a crisp, dry, carbonated smooth light bodied mouthfeel. Delicious tasting, rum cake malty, a good rum spiciness, caramelized sugary, sweet baked apples and figs fruitiness, the alcohol is spicy and provides a nice warmth in the palate and a dry, sweet spicy, fig and bread malty finish, excellent Belgian drinkability, very quaffable for a strong ale. Rochefort brews some of the best ales available to the USA, a must try for anyone exploring the world of beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (7777) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 1, 2006
Murky brown color with thin vanishing off white head. Aroma is sugary, toffee, molasses and a hint of spice. Thick chewy mouth feel. It has explosive carbonation. Flavor is very smooth and sweet sugar (maybe beets), molasses and a bit of toffee. Along the edge of my tongue are spicy flavor notes. Good beer. Too sweet for my taste. If given a choice between the 8 and the 6 the 6 wins easily.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thecollector (32) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 31, 2006
bottle. color looks like dark-cherry wood with a medium beige head. aroma is of chocolate, malt, yeast, and mild fermented fruits. the taste starts with a nice medium mouthfeel and complex flavors of figs, chocolate, and yeast. very tasty. finishes with smooth chocolate. delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgentgesdo (685) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 30, 2006
Pours a beautiful brown-red, clear, with a wonderful creamy light brown head. Nose is faintly soapy, spicy, with cinnamon and clove, faint coffee. Flavor is fig, coffee, yeasty spicy notes that remind me of cinnamon and cardamom, bitter oregano. Feels dry. Long, lingering, slightly harsh, slightly smoky finish. Pretty good stuff.

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