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


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RATINGS: 3069   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pailhead (4572) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2009 Bottle: Great chocolate berry aroma with slight hints of yeast. Pours a orangish-brown with no transparency, lots of sediment, and a moderate tan head that lasts a minute or so. Loaded with lots of dark fruits up front. Moderate chocolate in the middle with hints of caramel. Light yeastiness and light alcohol in the finish with some slight warmth. I prefer this over the 10.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
piscator34 (1946) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 20, 2004
The colour falls somewhere between tan and cloudy copper. Powerful aromas of red licorice, alcohol, and spice. Caramal features prominently in the flavor profile, along with more licorice, wood, raisins, and other fruits. It has quite the heavy palate as well. A huge beer! Thanks Boutip.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2004
Very good. Pours cloudy copper with frothy beige head. Plum brandy aroma with some dark chocolate and almond. Good flavor and feel in the mouth. Not my style but this was a great one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shadrach (176) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 16, 2004
I prefer the 8 over the 6 and the 10, it has more of a body but not as much as an alcohol burn to it. Poured the darkbrown orange color, aroma was spice and nuts. Taste had smoke, licorce, caramel, nuts, cinammon, with a moderate alcohol burn in the aftertaste. And I only paid 3.50 for mine!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ross (2073) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAY 15, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2006 my first belgian strong ale. pours dark brown with a huge off white head. smells like plums, alcohol, and malty. taste is sweet with a chocolate like/ plum flavor. this reminds me somewhat of hair of the dog adam in the aspect of the plums.. but it certianly is nothing close. this is a great beer. sampled around 60 degrees. a nice sweet flavor to this as well. i like this beer. perhaps the belgian beer just doesnt do it for me as much as the american super hoppy beers do.

update: having drank this many times since my original rating, i feel that I rated it a bit low the first time around. This stuff is great, probably one of the best belgian strong ales on the planet. Amazing nose and body, great great beer, and a staple at my house for sure.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 15, 2004
Dark bitter chocolate, plums, raisins, mild horse blanket, and sweet malt in the aroma. Dark brown, opaque with tan head that recedes to a lasting cover and some yeast sediment. Chocolate, plums, raisins, light roasty bitterness. Alcohol is fairly apparent. Nice effervescence. Medium-full body. Definitely a world class beer but not in the same league as the Rochefort 10 for me. Bottle (at Le Bistro des Bieres Belges).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rajendra82 (946) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAY 14, 2004
Poured out of the 11.2 oz bottle into the goblet with a very murky brownish red appearance. A lot of little Belgian yeast floating was observed around in the glass. The head was about an inch in height and died down pretty quickly. There was a generous amount of lace on the sides of the glass. The aroma was sweet-sour with cherries, licorice, molasses, and Belgian horse blanket smells wafting through. The taste was a balance between dark skinned dried fruits and dry peppery spiciness. The malt exhibited a roasty burnt quality, but not to a degree found in a stout or a porter. A more pronounced hop bitterness than that typically found in Belgian strong ales was also detectable. The beer was medium thick on the palette, and never felt watered down compared to its bigger and bolder brethren. This is one masterful brew thanks to those Trappist monks. If they did not require celibacy, I’d have joined the order a long time ago.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 10, 2004
A great trappist beer! Pours with a thick longlasting tan couloured head and a dark brown body with plenty of yeast chunks floatin’ about. The aromas are so many that I can’t identify them all. Some were chocolate, burnt caramel,burnt toast,mild coffee notes, raisins and some alcohol. The taste was awesome, not unlike the ten but more subdued in the alcohol and some of the other flavours, quite a smooth rich mouthfeel just the same.An awesome belgian strong ale. Sheer artistry in a bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
haf (529) - Gijon, SPAIN - MAY 9, 2004
Cerveza de muy alta graduacion (9.2%). Con color marron oscuro y fuerte sabor. Muy buena cerveza de abadia

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
st23jt26 (17) - Charlesbourg, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 9, 2004
Servie froide. Brunâtre avec quelques reflets rouquins. Pétillement et mousse peu abondants mais soutenus. Nez de prûnes. En bouche,goût sucré et de malt qui me fait penser à celui du brandy. Excellente pour égayer une fin de soirée entre amis.

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