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


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RATINGS: 3387   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SHIG (3934) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - FEB 4, 2006
Dark brown with a light brown/off white head. Fruity smell but not as pronounced as the Rochefort 10. Ended with a bitter fruit taste.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
chouffe (8) - New York, USA - FEB 3, 2006 does not count
Rochefort 8 pours to a murky, dark-brown colour with vague orange highlights topped by a firm and fluffy, off-white head that just won’t go away and liberally coats the glass with sheets of intricate lacing. The aroma is predominantly of vine fruit and alcohol (rum n’ raisin?), and masses of fruit. I can sense ripe banana, pears and figs. There are also hints of cherries, plums and molasses - the aroma rich and dark. It’s full-bodied with a smooth-as-silk, yet bubbly mouthfeel that is very easy to drink. Big and malty, the taste has all sorts of complexity. There are bread flavours, some mild coffee, and a little bit of toffee. As with the aroma, fruit makes its presence felt in a big way with apples, pears and vine fruit being the most prominent, but there are some vague traces of more tropical fruit. It’s phenolic, even slightly medicinal, with a hint of cloves to add a spicy touch to the sweet-ish finish. At 9.2% ABV, this is heaven in a glass. Would I drink it again? - I offer up prayers that it may be so.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2006
Very large head with a nice deep caramel body. Excellent dark fruits and malts in the aroma. Good taste, though a little too much like brandy for my preferences. A very solid ending with minimal alcoholic burn.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 3, 2006
Thick frothy off white head on a rather dark brown body. Spicy aroma with hints of molassas. Flavor of spice with some hints of chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aerosol999 (113) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 2, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2006 beautiful chocolate/chestnut colour with light red hues when tilted in the glass. Pours with a nice moussy head that disapates leaving a broken ring of lace around the glass.Aroma of chocolate fruit and alcohol-like sweet christmas candy.Fluffy mouthfeel that balances the sweet almost syrupy flavour. Very rich, very complex. Sweet at first, but secondary flavours give way to a dry lingering finish leaving you wanting more. No fusel alcohol or belgian headachy character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - FEB 1, 2006
I was hoping mine would be rating 666, but to no avail I come in at 662. At any rate the brew pours a dark hazy walnut with honey highlights. The tall creamy tan head is mostly lasting and forms a modest ring of lace. The nose is spices, berries, wheat, brown sugar, and some floral notes. The flavor is balanced and deep with no hint of the brew’s high gravity. The moderate acidity lends itself to a "fresh" feel to the taste experience. The finish is pleasant with espresso characteristics. The medium dry body is fizzy, and feels astringent at the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hatchy (32) - USA - JAN 31, 2006
chocolate brown in color, a bit cloud, thick brownish white head. very strong sweet, malty, carmel, creamy taste with a strong sweet afertaste with a bit of dryness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chriso (7482) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2006
Bottled at Bierodrome, Holborn. Amazed it turns out I hadn’t rated this before. Mid brown/chocolate colour. Rather muddy appearance. Plummy/pruney fruit (also raisins), rich malt, milky chocolate, light spiciness. Smooth, rich mouthfeel. Some light acidity on the finiah with apple/pear notes. There’s also a residual sweetness in that Belgian candy sugar style. Truth be told, I’m not a great fan of sweet beers and I’d prefer a bigger hop whack to cut through. Sure its a fine beer, with lots of complex fruity elements but, for my palate, the sweetness knocks it back a touch. Dries out a bit in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Nightfall (1306) - Hamburg, GERMANY - JAN 28, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2008 Medium amber colour. Well balanced tastes and aromas of dark fruit (like plums, red raisins). Nice dry finish. Almost as good as the 10.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
auderale (605) - Minot, North Dakota, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Bottle, 33cl. Amber pour with a slight fruity aroma. Malty caramel flavor. Definitely a well made beer.

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