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


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RATINGS: 3306   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - OCT 14, 2005
Very attractive beer. NIce billowy head that left great lacing. Wonderful aromas of sweet bread, tropical fruits, banana, and slighty of roasted malts. Has a pretty strong and good citrus taste while also tastes earthy with hints of caramel. The finish tingles the mouth and throat (you can really taste the alcohol in this one) and it leaves a lingering slightly bitter and sour aftertaste. I can’t decide if I like the way this beer feels in my mouth and going down. It’s creamy and smooth going down though, so I’ll give it that.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
TBONE999 (1) - ELKGROVE, California, USA - OCT 14, 2005 does not count
At first touch to the taste buds,this beer has a sweet fruity flavor. Evened out by the slightly sour/ bitter finish. I also enjoyed the chocholate / caramel permeation thru the sinus during the vibation of this wonderful beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 13, 2005
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a little red showing through in the light. Thick and fluffy off white head. Good lacing. Very spicy, fruity aroma....kind of sour aroma too...if that is possible. Interesting taste, kind of hard to describe, a little of everything, coffee, chocolate, toffee and caramel in the finish. Finishes smooth, not what I was expecting from the aroma, I was thinking it would be a little more sour. A little warm from the alcohol.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thebeertourist (5025) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 12, 2005
Light red-brown colour with a huge off-white head. Spicy caramel aroma, repeated in the flavour. Coffee and chocolate. Sweetness nicely balanced by bitterness, ending very dry. Warming alcohol

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 9, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2010 This beer pours a dark brown with a slight reddish tint. A lovely creamy off-white head sits atop the body. Head gradually settles down to a thin coating across the surface of the beer that lasted as long as the beer did. Nice lacing, even in a tulip. Aroma is caramel, chocolate, cookies, some berries and dark fruit. Mostly sweet nose, but some roasted notes. Slight aroma of alcohol as well. Initial flavor is moderately sweet, cookie dough, milk chocolate, caramel, toffee, candi sugar, figs, and raisins. The flavors compliment each other quite well and are very balanced. The beer ends with warming alcohol, and a medium length, dry finish. This has an incredible mouthfeel, round, filling, very smooth and creamy. Lively carbonation dances on the tongue. Wonderfully complex, but without the hot alcohol that ruins the 10.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 8, 2005
Bottle at Falling Rock. Pours a rich and lovely brown with a healthy head and clinging lace. Aroma is a bit of roasted malt. Flavor is a bit sour, with hints of roasted malt and bready yeast. Palate is flowing, but a bit watery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pfr (121) - København, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2005
Good strong Ale, with lots off color. I testet it in 2 different types off classes, Trappist glass and a ordinary glass. It make at different, så buy the right glass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HermanW (1044) - Coevorden, NETHERLANDS - OCT 2, 2005
Man Oh man. I had first a glass from the dishwasher. So I had no head. Then a clean glass, that is better. A smell. A taste. This is beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dorqui (2125) - Brescia, ITALY - OCT 1, 2005
Dark brown color, mahogany. Friable and compact head, optimal aspect and persistence. Much elegant one. Rich and complex scent. Notes of liqueur, bitter cacao and coffee. Noticeable light rumors of sugar and honey. Wrapping, strong, warm and spirited taste. Much pungent and solid, extremely lively. Strong alcohol notes with a determined but agreeable bitter mostly in the end. Very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 30, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2005 Appearance: Deep murky brown. Tight creamy massive head. Swirls into a creamy mass. LOVE Nose: Slight Phenols, caramel and coriander or paradise grains. Can’t tell which yet. Paradise grains and hairspray. Massively clean overall not sure if it is mostly the paradise seed or the yeast but this is a very clean tasting beer. Flavor: Chalk comes to chocolate. Slight oatmeal in the background. Flavors spread out evenly on the tongue and are very sweet. Paradise seeds are spicey and peppery. Palate: exceptionally tight carbonation. Solid and viscuous.

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