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


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RATINGS: 3418   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jcr (2365) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 2, 2006
Dark brown with slightly off-white, creamy head. Sweet, delightful, strong aroma of brown sugar and plum — an aroma that hits the nose with every sip. Flavor is filled with toffee and overripe sweet plum and toffee. Nicely carbonated, medium body, moderately long finish. Like drinking dessert. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 2, 2006
Muddied brown pour with textbook Belgian lacing. Butterscotch, brown sugar, caramelized sugars all encase the strongly plum-like aroma. A slight alcohol heat is present as well. Prickly mouthfeel is full bodied. Lots more fig/plum/raisin notes carry the body, with a nice touch of baker’s chocolate as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bgburdman9 (861) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2006
11.2 oz bottle. Poured a dark murky brown with a rather thick head and nice lacing. The head looked similar to whipped cream. The aroma was of caramel and choclate with some dark fruity aromas. It seems like the body is a little thin but it still feels great in the mouth. The flavor is extremely smooth and the alcohol seems to be very well hidden. The next step is trying the 10.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MoreHead (355) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 31, 2006
popped this open when i saw i needed a 200th beer to rate. let warm from fridge and noticed that when the head settled, settlement observed reminded me of nutmeg on eggnog. aroma is of deep fruit and spice, seems similar to the ’10’. taste was smooth, complex, warming alcohol finish. can someone in the states please replicate what these monks have been creating!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 31, 2006
Bottle, Lowlander, Covent Garden: With my London guide, Duff. Hazy brown with a persistent off-white head. Milky coffee nose with some toffee to sweeten. In the mouth cool caramels and minty toffee play over full bodied malts and serious wheaty phenolics. It’s funny, this isn’t particularly complex but it really has character and depth. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gilvanblight (819) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 27, 2006
Deep brown pour with red edging. Thick tan foamy clingy head. Deep earthy scent with mixed herb and spice. Cery spicy taste. Some malts. Strong alcohol taste in the initial flavour but it fades quickly. The Alcohol taste rises again in the finish. High carbonation, actually a bit fizzy. Hints of caramel and maybe chocolat in the finish. Extremely good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
decaturstevo (5490) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 26, 2006
A golden brown color with a nice tan head. Tan lacing that lasts forever. Aroma of yeast and fruit what kind I don’t know. Smooth creamy texture and carbonation. Alcohol on the initial taste but not as you drink it down. Smooth semi sweet taste with a tad of bitter on the finish. If the 10 is better I look forward to trying it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAR 25, 2006
Bright malty nose. Ample effers, keep your mouth open or you might pop. Brown in color. Light to medium nectar. Check this out. The flavor profile was quite unique. Slightly acidic with a candied earth sweetness. Like they threw in some of the desert sand from down in Gila Bend or something. A definate candied desert dirt tropshire. I know, I’m a sick puppy. Other flavors consist of wood, tobacco, perfume. Slightly bitter with bone dry finish. Overall; Very complex with big alcohol flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - MAR 23, 2006
Earthy brown color with medium sized, lihgt tan head that laces well. Aroma is earthy and sweet like a flower garden in the fall. Flavor is sweet but the lively carbonation offsets it well and it ends in a clean dry finish. towards the end of the glass I got a difinitive chocolatey taste that was not presant at the start. Great beer and makes me wonder why I waited so long to try it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 20, 2006
Cloudy brown color with a large frothy head. Aroma of fruits and malts. Sweet fruit flavor then it turns malty.

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