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


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RATINGS: 3081   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
millerclmb (44) - Boulder, Missouri, USA - JUN 28, 2004
A veyr fruity aroma...it reminds me of a warm Austrian deret tort that my aunt makes at Christmas time...spicy, sweet, choclaty...but no sugar. The color is an incredibly smooth deep amber. The taste s complex. I prefer it the 8 when compared to the 10. The taste seems to do for more for me because the palate is so full of spice and roasted goodness. I long for the taste when I’m not putting it in my mouth. If you want a really drinkable strong belgian this is it. I’m finding myself holding back from chugging the glass. WOW! This is a great beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lachesis (756) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - JUN 26, 2004
Nice and hazy red-brown trappist with a good ivory colored creamy head.The aroma off this great authentic beer is complex fruity (ripe banana, dried apricots ans cinnamon)with a good touch off roasted malts.It is a fullbodied beer with a nice complex body,a round taste and a fine hoppyness in the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUN 26, 2004
Muddy ruby/brown color, hazy, pretty full tan head. Aroma of dark fruits, cherry, raisin, currant, solid malt, light spice. Flavor is quite malty, good prescence of dark fruit, a touch of booze, and a little sugar. Very pleasant mouthfeel, smooth, big, and rich. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Quality stuff this is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DCopperfields (145) - Alabama, USA - JUN 25, 2004
Murky, mud colored liquid with steady carbonation and quickly receding prodigiously billowing tan head. Nose is of rum raisin, sweety enriched with alcohol. Smooth on the palate, medium bodied. This is a well crafted beer with subtle complexities resulting from the combo of candy sugars, spicing and age. A faint, yet enchanting fruityness. Alcohol warmth occurs, but the flavor keeps it well hidden. A gem.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
blatantdream (78) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 9, 2004
This is the beer I received for my birthday! I was so excited to try this and have been wanting to try it for so long. Complex flavors bursting into your mouth. Excitement ensues. Very smooth and big on the palate and extremely pleasant sweet, bitter, spiced aftertaste that engulfs the mouth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
temporrari (381) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 7, 2004
UPDATED: APR 15, 2006 Pours with a huge white head. Excellent looking beer. Aroma is, well, it’s just damn good. Flavor is intense... The flavor is complex and, just so good. Spicy, fruity, malty, rich, yeasty, delicous, long and lingering aftertaste. Smooth on the palate, wow. I want a case.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
veronika (410) - SWEDEN - JUN 7, 2004
Dark brown, nice lasting head. Aroma from cinnamon, coffee and cocoa. Fruity notes. Flavor spicy at first, creamy and from chocolate that follows you to the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nickchalk (229) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 3, 2004
8th beer of 2004 Montreal Mondiale. Hazy dark brown, large tan head. Aroma of nutty yeast. Flavour, plums, oak, caramel. Medium bodied. Not cloying, but rather nicely balanced. Yummy. 150th rating.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - JUN 1, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2006 What a fantastic beer. Monks do it best. Or did it best. BEAUTIFUL brown color with the most fine bubbles, finer than champagne. Drier than some Trappists. This is not my favorite Trappist. Very good though. ABSOLUTE REQUIREMENT: DRINK AT CELLAR TEMP!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (10117) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - JUN 1, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2012 New rating: Bottle. Amber beer with a nice beige head. Spicy malty aroma, grapes, pear, yeast, figs, plums, pepper, citrus, floral notes. Fruity yeasty flavor, malty, grassy, plums, spicy, grapes, apples, pine apple, some alcohol. Old rating from 2004: 4,2. Dark amber/mahogany, with a wonderful lasting brownish head. Aroma is spciy and fruity. Some cinnamon and malts.Flavor is spicy and brings plum. Peppery and hoppy and with a great creamy palate. Gives a strong feeling but the alcohol is well hidden. Very good...

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