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


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RATINGS: 3195   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 15, 2005
Notes of caramel, bread, and chocolate in the nose. Clear brownis h red with a good head and silky lacing. It has a nice malt character with a light sweetness. Not as heavy as the 10. It hides the 9.2%abv. well. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
growler (74) - West Virginia, USA - APR 15, 2005
bottle. Cloudy brown with a very heavy off white head. Sweet, fruity aroma. Very rich and complex flavor with hints of raisons, dates, and plums. Very smooth finish. Great brew!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - APR 15, 2005
Pours a medium head with no indication of the fizzy first taste Malty with a hint of fig. Smooth for a bear with this strong alcohol taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oh6gdx (20930) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 15, 2005
Bottled. Hazy brownish orange colour, huge skimmy/foamy head, which lasts long. Lacing. Very complex aroma of fruit, licorace and weak notes of alcohol. Also spices and yeast can be found in the aroma. Beatiful flavour of fruit, bread, caramel, hops, some breadish notes as well as a bit smokishness. Longlasting sweetish bready aftertaste. Lovely palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bb (6860) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 10, 2005
Bottle. Mahogony color with a big beige head. Sweet date/fig/malt aroma with some berry tones. Malt and fig flavors with a yeasty, spicey finish. Nice richness and complexity. Slight alcohol presence. Did a side-by-side tasting with the Westvleteren 8 and the Rochefort was by far the better beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 4, 2005
Dirty brown, with lots of sediment. Plums, some caramel. Fizzy, lots of alcohol in the aftertaste. Some hints of chocolate and raisins.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2005
Cloudy ruby.amber, near white head which holds firm, some sediment floating around in glass. Aroma of plums, raisons, caramel and definite alcohol. Flavors of bread, caramel, chocolate, alcohol similar to spiced rum and scotch. Long dry finish, and lasting aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - APR 2, 2005
Pours a very dark brown with a dark tan head which diminishes to a thin layer and remains throughout. Aromas of Chocolate, raisins, brown sugar, liquorice and plums can be found. very well bodied, with a long dry finish. I was expecting a lesser version of the Rochefort 10, but the chocolate comes through stronger here and i was able to appreciate the 8 in a different way, a superbly crafted beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hawkshadow (107) - Rural Retreat, Virginia, USA - APR 1, 2005
Wow. Poured reddish brown with a billowing head, lasting and lacing all the way down. Aroma is light and pleasant, grain and hoppy with nothing overpowering, but balance in all. Taste is sweet and salty, finishes more salty with very slight bitter. The alcohol warms my throat and back of my tongue with the aftertaste. Absolutely good. I definitely would recommend this to anyone.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lunkie (1470) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - APR 1, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2005 Sweet malt aroma. Cloudy brown colour with fair head. Deep sweet malt flavour. Smooth palate.

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