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


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RATINGS: 3171   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - FEB 25, 2005
bottle as a birthday present from my brother. This completes the trifecta of 6, 8 & 10. Ruddy brown pour with a fizzy off white head that dissipates fast. I can smell the dark fruit waft my way out of my Ommegang Trappist glass. I could smell this all day. Definite barleywine essence on the nose. Fruity, boozy, prickly on the tongue. Very complex, just a hint of skunkiness in the end. I am gonna let this warm a little...whew! The skunkiness went away, and the complexity doubled. This is a great brew, very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2005
So I finally located the only store in Freakville that carries more than a couple of the esoteric top 50 beers, and at great expense purchased this example (as well as the Rochefort 10) of the Trappist’s art. Not being in possesion of a Rochefort glass, I chose a gold rimmed Koningshoven trappist glass in which to do the honors. Deep orange brown pour with a creamy head that fizzes up and then recedes, upon which I am treated to a delightful aroma of fruity booze. The flavor is striking and unlike any other beer I have encountered thus far. Extremely deep and complex with even the first sip. Light in the mouth with tingly sparkling carbonation, yet chewy with rich dark fruit flavors. Spices and herbal flavors go everywhere and defy description. The 9.2% alcohol does not detract at all, but adds to the complexity and fullness of the brew. You can always recognise a winner, and here we have one. Definitely not an everyday beer, but Awesome!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2005 Rich, dark cloudy pour with a big long lasting rocky head...Malty sweetness apparent in the first sniff...Licorice and plum and caramel flavor..prominent alcohol presence ( but not too prominent!)...Lighter than expected mouthfeel with a slight creaminess in the finish...excellent all around ...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GilBier (75) - Dendermonde, BELGIUM - FEB 15, 2005
Intens brown color with some red in the shine. Good beige head and rich nose of dark malts, coffee, cakes, caramel and some fruits. Very nice and complex taste with touches of caramel, dark malts dry fruits, spices and fine hopps. great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2005 A beautiful color of forest fire in Fall. Pleasing aroma of berries, fruitcake, brandy soaked malts (But not fully, just partially) along with a touch of banana. Chewy malt profile with notes of sweetened dark fruits (plums, grapes), along with a hint of chocolate and toffee. A lovely beer overall. This was my staple, my session beer while I was in Belgium and at 2 Euros a bottle can you blame me?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cathcacr (636) - Oregon, USA - FEB 5, 2005
8 1/2 out of 10, easy. The aesthetics are certainly there: frothy, fluffy foam head; goes down as smooth as custard. Nicely counters yeasty stomach-fuzz. Just like the Roche 10, a work of beauty. This or the 10, I’ll take ’em! (Bottle reads: 29 08 06) Drink ’em slow....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Odeed (1784) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 2, 2005
bottle read 19-08-08.the "8" was brown in appearance with an off-white head that left some webbing when it sat down.an aroma of bread,spice,and caramel greeted my nose.the flavor was much of the same.this is yet another great brew from rochefort.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - FEB 2, 2005
Aroma is raspberry, caramel, crystal malts. Ruby color, bubbly body. Not nearly as good as 10, but very good. Starts out tasting like a barleywine, but fades into a marajuana brown taste that blends suprisingly well. Another nice brew for Rochefort.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 28, 2005
Pours a somewhat cloudy reddish-brown with thick beige head. Caramel, vanilla, and alcohol in the aroma. Well carbonated and dry in flavor. Vanilla and oak in the flavor. More hoppy than other Belgians. I don’t get the sweetness that other raters have and am not crazy about the finish. The combination of dryness, carbonation, and alcohol gives a slight burning sensation on the way down.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2005
Pours ruby brown opaque, not quite cloudy until bottle is completely empty. Head is light foamy tan that lasts and laces. Great aroma. Sweet, deep musky fruits. Raisins, figs, plums, and oak. Complex with vanilla and brown sugar. Palate is smooth, moderately heavy body and light, vibrant carb. . Vanilla, oak, rum, raisins & plums. Finish is light sweet and a bit bitter, with slight bitter after.

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