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


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RATINGS: 3557   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
The lower gravity cousin to Rochefort 10. Nicknamed "Spťciale" (íThe Specialí), 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (9417) - MŲlndal, SWEDEN - OCT 26, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2014 First rating
Initial Rating Date: 10/26/2006 2:48:37 PM - UPDATED 8/30/2009
33 cl bottle
Clear brown color, tan fluffy head. Fruity spicy and a bit alcohol scent, marzipan. Sweet as well, rather complex smell, but not extreme. Very full mouthfeel. Sweet and taste flavor. Like drinking candy/sweets. Low bitterness. Sweetm but really nice, aftertaste.

Bottle at a blind tasting
On August 30, 2009
Cloudy dark brown color, off-white head. Sweet, spicy, alcohol scent. Sweet, alcohol taste. Medium to moussy mouthfeel, hoppy aftertaste, low bitterness.

Vertical tasting first half of 2012, never got around to enter my notes until now
Tried 2011 vs 2007 vs 2006 side by side
2011: Hazy dark brown color, fairly big tan ehad. Sweet, cabbage, sugary, licorice scent. Sweet, alcohol, spicy taste. Spritzy mouthfeel, low bitterness.
2007: Very dark brown color, smallish tan head. Sweet, malty, dirt cellar taste. Dirt cellar scent. Spritzy mouthfeel, low bitterness.
2006: Hazy dark red color, smallish off-white head. Malty, white pepper scent. Dirt cellar, malty, sweet taste. Medium to spritzy mouthfeel, low bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomthompson89 (1973) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2006
like this one, nice balance in the malt and the sugar sweetness, also the alcohol is held at bay by the sweetness. dark brown slightly red in the light, lotsa fruit , and spict great malts. Had at Smokeless Joes and at Beer bistro

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 21, 2006
Opaque dark brown body with a few fingers thick off-white head. Fruity smell, though Iím not sure which fruit. Some spice also. Malty taste with some fruit... Chocolate? Fairly full-bodied. Complex... Fairly enjoyable,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnnyJ (5264) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 20, 2006
Dark brown pour, with a beautiful off-white head. Fruit and spicey nose. Flavors of cherries, apples, dark fruit, spice, chocalate, sweet malt, banana, and caramel. Complex and smooth. Very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kopestes (164) - Braine líAlleud, BELGIUM - OCT 20, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2006 Bottle at home. Hazy dark brown with tall creamy head that diminished quickly but didnít fade away completely. Nice lacing. Fruity nose. Lot of CO2. You canít feel the alcohol in taste, just nice worm effect afterwards. Taste is quite complex and I am not really able to explain it, when you swallow it you can still feel all those ingredients in your mouth for a while. Excellent Belgian trappist.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Moosewood (4) - Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2006 does not count
This is as close to personal compatibility/perfection as Iíve seen thus far. I love all the Rocheforts but this is my fave in terms of flavor and drinkability. Pours a dark, opaque black/brown color which reveals big, yummy chunks when held to the light (where it belongs!). Much like my ChrisTania, proof that there is indeed a heaven...Nice, diminishing head with sticky lacing. Can serve cold right out of the fridge with little or no bitterness or bite. Head diminishes but never completely. Each swish of the glass reveals a complex, heavenly bouquet of light bananas, sweetbread, spices, friuts, and caramel. Flavor follows suit and is quite incredible - if this doesnt make you smile then I canít say what would...Mouthfeel is silky and drinkability is top notch. All the Rocheforts are outstanding but I think this mid-gravity is my fave. Itís tough to distinguish perfection from perfection though...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7273) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 14, 2006
330. Pours deep ebony, closer to black than any real brown. Thick, moussy, highly bubbly tannish head that sticks around a good long while, but after a couple of minutes it stops trying to be the 800 pound gorilla it is during the pour. Leaves a thick waffle batter lederhosen of lace down the glass as it falls. Any jingoistic pride ye Belgians feel for the term "Belgian lace" is well served by this beer. Enormous green apples on the nose, mixed with cherries and the tiniest bits of funky hay and grass. Great combo. Thick, foamy mouthfeel with a decent spritz of honest CO2. Attack has more of the sour tree fruit along with some highly roasted notes--the roast snowballs across the tongue and leaves an amost acridly bitter char to the finish. Crazy combinations of flavors everywhere with this one. Hard to imagine it being any more perfectly what it is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kopher (593) - New York, USA - OCT 10, 2006
UPDATED: APR 20, 2010 330 marked 12 10 10. Pours murky brown with thick foamy long-lasting offwhite head. Strong fruity alcohol aromas. Dried fruit, apples and apricots, some citrus, honey. A bit of metal in the taste, but otherwise incredible. Obviously strong with sweet dried fruit and also some bitterness. Very dry and a bit too fizzy, but it goes down smooth with relatively little alcohol bite and a very long old fruit finish. Very complex interesting flavor but not perfect.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewgirlca (57) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 8, 2006
330 ml bottle. Poured a deep brown colour, head dissipated very quickly. Nose of rich sweet malts. Huge dark fruit, plummy and berries. Awesome nose - totally inviting. Flavour, WOW, soft fruitiness, deep plum, coupled with light cherry notes and berries - all from dark malts and yeast esters. Dark toasted bread notes rather than chocolate. Complex as hell. Soft and silky smooth throughout the whole presentation, with nary a hint of higher alcohols despite the respectable 9.2% alcohol. An awesome Strong Dark Belgian - has to be the benchmark of the style!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexanderj (3486) - Branson, Missouri, USA - OCT 8, 2006
Bottle. Poured a dark rusty brown color. White colored head. Aroma of caramel, alcohol, yeast and fruit; possibly fig. Initial taste, so much going on. Very complex. Tastes of malt, fruit, caramel, nuts, etc. I picked up a peppery feel. Alcohol not overpowering. Was impressed with complexity; overall it was very good.

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