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


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RATINGS: 3118   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 16/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - OCT 18, 2004
Brown muddy color, decent head. Aroma of prune, sweet candy and alcohol. Flavor has hints of chocolate, dark fruit and malt. Surprisingly subtle with an elegant smooth mouthfeel, finishes with alcohol prominent. Though this was quite good, I think I was expecting a more distinct flavor to stand out, but it seems all the character just hangs out in the background. I’m fairly certain that this was the most expensive brew per ounce that I have purchased to date - I expected bliss but this was not achieved.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 15, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2004 This is smoother and exactly like the 10 but without the punch of the alcohol that comes with the 10. It’s a darker version of it’s older brother. Deep dank Ruby with all the plum, raisin, citrus, grass, and brown sugar flavour... only a slight hint of any alcohol! Breathtaking!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrockLanders (772) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2004
Dark ruby color. Very deep indeed. Nice frothy, yet creamy head. Fruit, dates, raisins, some rum, spices, and a little bit of alcohol spring from the aroma. I love the nose of this ale. Very nice aroma. You can taste a hint of the alcohol. Some plums, malt, walnuts, green raisins and a touch of chocolate with just a hint of spice in the taste. The alcohol warms you in the finish. I love this one as much as the Rochefort 10. Very fine ale. Wish I had more.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 6, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2005 Perfect looking beer, just like its bigger brother. This beer has an aroma unlike any beer I’ve ever encountered. Incredibly fresh cookie or gingerbread dough, with loads of spices (definitely allspice and cinnamon but a few others I couldn’t quite pick out), orange peel and whatever they use to spice Hahn Witbier and Emerson’s Taieri George. There’s jasmine and other floral, perfumey stuff in the background. More fresh doughy flavours, though it is very light and lean in the mouth. Loads of spice flavours coming from all directions, fresh but light maltiness, light bitterness and alcohol with a touch of chocolate in the finish but it sure doesn’t seem like it’s 9%. I found it a touch too fizzy early on and whilst it was really good, it was perhaps a touch too light on malt flavours to be my ultimate Belgian. Onya beer_ledgend!
Re-rate: Wow - when you have this stuff fresh it’s just like as described above only way fresher and better. I like it better than the 10 for its (relative) drinkability. Moving up!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2004
Pours a dark brown with small head. Smells of chocolate and alcohol. Velvet mouthfeel, tastes strong with chocolate, malt, strong alcohol, and finishes bitter. Pretty darn good... too drinkable lol

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - OCT 2, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2009 Sweet friuty smelling beer with a wonderful dark appearance,no head to speak of,but that doesnt alter how great it is.The taste...WOW! Its malty & cakey and it has a spiced chocolatey aftertase.I feel almost honered to be drinking this,its special and delicious and although it does have an alcoholic kick to it I love it!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Metalhead (628) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2005 BB date just 3 mos away. Slightly cloudy deep reddish brown,soso head. Aroma is slightly sweet,dark fruit,malt, spices bits of Belgian chocolate,but theres something else in here,over ripe white grapes maybe. Will my taste buds never learn? This is the type of beer that makes the bit of beersnob in me want to take my time smelling and taking little sips swirled around the mouth trying to find something else. The other side of me wants to quaff it down because it is so fuckin delish.This one goes in my book as near godly status. Every bit worth the $. Re rate based on several sub avg bottles and the one I wish I could be enjoying now. The looks and aroma have not really changed. The aroma on this one is actually sweeter than past bottles. It started out with a nice mix of chocolate and dark dried fruits but the finish(again) killed it. Like someone had used my glass as a spitoon or for old cigar butts. I’ll pass from now on,too inconsistant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mathis (48) - KBH K, DENMARK - SEP 27, 2004
I am a big fan of Roc No 10 and was actually disappointed with this beer. It has a strange and strong aroma with hints of medicin, herbs, jougurt and malt - all though strange, impressive! It has a muddy body without no clear collor! The taste is a bit sour, bitter and vinous with hints of malt, nuts and plums. Burns a bit, and the taste of alc is a bit dominant. A good beer, but nothing compared to No. 10!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RichardWilding (201) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2007 Dark brown. Cherry and prune aroma, with some chocolate. Malty, with some roasted bitterness. Chocolate, dark fruits, toffee. Small amount of alcohol, but not a lot considering it is 9.2%. Superbly complex, an amazing beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
marcus (6486) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 20, 2004
This dark brown ale pours with a lovely tan head. The flavor is of bittersweet chocolate, with a spicy malt finish. Overall, a very tasty and hearty beverage.

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