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


on tap

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RATINGS: 3599   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (7345) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 22, 2006
Poured a maple brown with a very thick, foamy white head. Dirty looking sediment at the bottom. Sweet, malty, sugary aroma. No hop smell. Initial flavor is syrupy sweet, apple, plum and brown sugar. Finish is pretty clean with no hint of the heavy alcohol. Much more drinkable than the #6.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerloverEJ21 (131) - Georgia, USA - SEP 22, 2006
This beer is very complex. On the pour, a nice thick head with a light brown hue. Pleasant aroma, fruity, a hint of alcohol. Beer is thick, dark bown, hazy, and about as clear as mud, which is great. Taste is refreshing at first, then the oak flavor starts to ensue, and lasts on the finish. Slight bitterness, malty. I wish this beer was a little bit more refreshing, with a little cleaner finish, otherwise it might go as one of my favorites. This is definitely a ’4’ beer. Alochol hitting me immediately. Yup, that 9% is hitting my brain like a 1-2 punch from Ali! Awesome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hangover (1115) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - SEP 20, 2006
Murky, cloudy dark brown pour with a lasting white, foamy head. Banana aroma with lots of dried fruit, raisin, plum and clove. Amazing first impression. LIghtly carbonated, incredibly creamy. Dried fruit with a bit of alcohol in the middle. Nice finish, some chocolate, slightly bitter. A little bit of yeast towards the end, and while the alcohol is noticeable, it is mainly from the warming sensation, not the taste. Very smooth. Very good! Appearance and palate are 5’s.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Harsebrau (227) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - SEP 20, 2006
Large, light tan head that took its time to dissipate. The sludge from the bottom of the bottle rested in a swirl atop the fluffy pillow head. A cloudy beer that appears as though it might not let you in the gate. Mysterious. Dark and brooding. Yet the sniff was of fruit/citrus and caramel and malt. A well carbonated beer that is lively in the mouth. Malt, fruit, some faint chocolate?, a winter berry, and alcohol flavor. My first 8. Not my last.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 17, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2006 Bottle. Pours cloudy caramel with thick off white head-very carbonated. Aroma is fruit, caramel, malt, and slight sourness. Flavor is caramel, rye, fruit, and malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kiapepito (110) - Port Angeles, Washington, USA - SEP 16, 2006
first of all, over paid waaay too much for this bottle at "the ginger man" located in austin, tx. $11.25 a bottle... didn’t know that before i purchased it... oops... thanks to the hubby for buying it for me. poured into a glass, very dark color with a thick tan head on it. Smooth flavor of chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BuckeyeBoy (5782) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 11, 2006
12oz Bottle Pours out a hazy brown topped with a nice tan head. The aroma is GREAT. This was a very nice Belgain strong.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
emacgee (4593) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 9, 2006
Poured a dark mahogany color. The head was tan, creamy, and large. Lacing was minimal if even existant. I immediately smelled fruity esters, mainly raisins, upon pouring. Upon drinking I tasted some complex alcohol esters and mainly raisin with complex yeast. Not very hoppy, mainly malts. The finish tasted of fermented grape. Overall a very respectable beer, not mind blowing, but easily appreciated.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
unixweb (237) - Sherman, Texas, USA - SEP 8, 2006
I love Trappistes 10, so I figured I would love this one too...and I was right! The head is big, tan, foamy, with some lingering lace. The color is very dark, mostly opaque, even under strong light. The aroma is sweet, like candied fruit and yeast. The taste is similar but with notes of currant and overripe apple thrown in. It’s amazing! Not too sweet, not harsh in any way! It finishes a bit sticky on the lips, and the alcohol warms on the way down but not as much as the 10. Overall, this is a fantastic brew! I will buy the 10 AND the 8 from now on!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beermouth (435) - Langeskov, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2007 Intens, dark amber with thick brown head. Rye, raisin, black currant, caramel. Amazing again!

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