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


on tap

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RATINGS: 3640   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 4, 2006
Pours cloudy brown with a massive rocky off-white head, wonderful lace and retention. Interesting aroma, very sweet, bubble gum, boiled candy, ripe pears and raisons. Medium body, very smooth... Flavours of bubble gum, nuts, toffee and some light spicy hops. Bitterness comes through a little stronger than the 12. The finish is warming, sweet and very enjoyable. Excellent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - DEC 3, 2006
Pours a cloudy brown with a three finger head, which quickly dissipates. Smells of musty/sweet malts. Tastes better, with a very smooth, creamy, malty feel. Also taste some sweet fruits and hops. Long ending, medium sweet and lightly astringent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cowboy7096 (64) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 1, 2006
smells strong.. I wanna say grapes. tall head when a medium bown tint that lasts a long ass time. 3 phases to this drink: starts out smooth a dark (not bitter) then has a strong fruit like taste with lots of alcohol, and then finishes with a bland kinda planty taste. I know i’ve read before that some people say that you can’t taste the alcohol much but in mine it was very present, maybe I need to let it sit for a while longer. Real nice beer. Still not my type of beer, I need to try this style more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavidYoung (15) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - DEC 1, 2006
[bottle from peckhams] dark mahogany with medium head. Aroma is of liqurice and peaches with a hint of orange. The liqurice is stronger on tha palate. Medium bodied with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChazMania (668) - Oceanside, California, USA - NOV 29, 2006
Sweet aroma. Initial taste seemed of plum and sherry. Slightly fizzy on the tongue. It is easy to taste the alcohol. Finish is of brown sugar.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
taunusmies (351) - FINLAND - NOV 28, 2006
I love this beer. Taste is a very slightly sweet with some fruit aromas. Strong alcohol-% doesn’t matter. Quite long aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lagomswedish (213) - Umeĺ, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2006
Stewed tea appearance with a quickly thinning tan head. Powerful aromas of earth, fruit and mazipan. As with all the Rocheforts, the mouthfeel was excellent, with tight carbonation and a pleasing level of residual bitterness. However I couldn’t esacpe from the fact I got a lot of soap flavour from this bottle. I swear if I’d burped bubbles would have come out of my mouth........ And the alcohol is a little raw, especially when it warms up. Not as well balanced as the 10 in my opinion, but still a classy beer that paired well with a very over-ripe brie.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nijuro (63) - USA - NOV 27, 2006
wonderfully balanced, brown sugar, clove, nutmeg and plums. Really complex with a very nice mouthfeel. I actually prefer this to the 10, but I have another bottle of each, so we’ll see how it goes on the second go-around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2006
From bottle. Dark brown with a reddish hue. Foamy tan head. Nose of raisins, brown sugar and some alcohol. A yeasty and hop spiciness come out as well as it warms. All those flavors are present in the flavor. Smooth palate with enough carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TampaBeer (257) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2006
Aroma of fresh fruit and raisins. Raisin colored body with well balanced palate. Nice.

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