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


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RATINGS: 3008   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 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (11926) - Pori, FINLAND - FEB 14, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2004 Bottle (exp. June 2008, says Alc. 9.2% vol)
Looks like "home beer", hazy brown, rapidly vanishing creamy light brown sizzling head. Aroma is alcohol, prune and yeast. Carbonated palate, starts smooth, finishing with alcoholic kick. After taste crisp and alcoholic, very warming. (6/3/5/4/10 2.8)
Re-rate: (Bottled BB 11.02.09)
Dark nut brown hazy color. Nut brown huge rocky head, lace. Delicios prunes and raisin aroma. Carbonated and smooth palate with alcohol, apples and malts. High ABV makes nices warming aftertaste and -feeling. (8/4/7/4/15 3.8)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 11, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2004 Best before date 29.04.08, Sampled October 2004.
Light tan head, brown, deep garnet color when held up to light. Aroma of raisins, figs, hint of cherry, and a light spiciness that includes notes of allspice, mace, and that spice that is cherry like. First taste so well integrated, and so intensely tasty, that I am glad that this is not like the last one that I had. The taste is redolent of bright fig notes, subtle spiciness, raisins, and a hint of cherry like acidity. It sort of reminds me of a rich hearty German black bread that is rich with notes of molasses. Also there are some very smooth, subtle notes of the finest rums. This is just so well integrated, so smooth, and so tasty.

Expiration Date April 2008, Sampled January 2004
Pours a beautiful ruby color. It is vry highly carbonated, which creates a thick creamy light brown-tan head. Aromas of dark fruit, rum, a certain spiciness, faintly musty, and alcolohol are all to be found in the nose. The taste is lightly sweet up front and finishes with a kick of alcohol. This beer has a light body considering the strength (as is characteristic of many Belgian beers), though it is perhaps is on the thin side.

This beer does not even come close to the character & depth of either the 6 or the 10 from Rochefort. A bit dissapointing really. There is some dark fruitiness in the taste, but it is somewhat muted, and there is a musty, perhaps wet cardboard, flavor, which makes me think that perhaps this beer has been mistreated. I can't quite place it as oxidation damage though. This beer should be strong enough to shrug off any rough treatment it recieves during importation though. I will definitely have to try another sample later for a rerate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
papajohn (1248) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - FEB 7, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2004 Date code 02 10 07: Color is cloudy peach brown with a huge frothy rootbeer head. I detect light chocolate, brandy and black cherry with the nose. Flavor starts moderately sweet caramel with some fruitiness and a hint of spice and brandy. Finish is dry and has a light sour touch. Full and smooth on the palate. Another outstanding Trappist Biere!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - JAN 27, 2004
Nose is really strong with some plums, raisins, malt. Appearance is nice plum-like in the color, with a nice head. Looks incredible nice in a trappist glass, unfortunately mine is not a Rochefort glass, but a Westmalle, but its damn fine. The flavor is very complex, im tasting some nuts, raisins, plums and malt in the end. You can also taste the alcohol very well, which i think gives this beer character. Its rather strong carbonated, and it warms in your mouth, down the drain and in your stomach. After a few sips, you can feel the warmth hitting your cheeks. This is such a nice beer! Not my last Rochefort i can tell for sure... I send my deepest regards to the monks at Abbaye St-Remy!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
obxdude10 (1971) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2004
Certainly not as impressive as a Westy, dark brownish in color, nice fluffy off-white head, nuts & raisins in the flavors, sweet malty finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2004
(Bottle) Pours a mahogany body with a medium-sized beige head. Aroma and flavors of raisins, figs, nuts, chocolate, and spices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
grefwen (7) - Jämjö, SWEDEN - JAN 14, 2004 does not count
Nice dark color. No overwhelming carbonation, so it's quite smooth. No strong taste of alcohol, which is nice. However one must be careful not to overendulge this tasty beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shag (2559) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JAN 13, 2004
Aroma is fantastic full of grapes, dates, spices, and nuts. Flavor is very smooth with a hint of bitterness. A nice woody and dark fruit flavor. It hides the alcohol amazingly well. This is certainly the short cousin of Rocherfort 10. Overall this a nice belgian but a little light bodied and not in the league of Rochefort 10.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2005 Murky, cherry-mahogany body and a big, tight, uniform, velvety, beige head. Aroma was bitch-slapping me in the face during the pour. Aroma qualities include anise, soy, cinnamon, clove, fried bananas, molasses, leather, heavy musk, earth, and paint fumes. The smell is funky, intimidating and intoxicating. I love it. Flavors include chocolate, big fat ripe black cherries, figs, raisins, wood and varnish. The body is big, chewy and loaded with flavor and texture. This beer is downright native. I’m picturing a dilapidated old barn that houses wooden barrels filled with barley, sugar, hops, water, and yeast, churning away for several months until this murky, funky offensive, and fantastic concoction emerges. My favorite Trappist beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - JAN 12, 2004
Cloudy dark brown. Bready aroma and taste. Kind of like unfiltered spiced apple cider.

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