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


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RATINGS: 3466   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chicagobears (441) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2006
Murky amber brown. Aromas are vinous, green apples, and malty. Chocolate raisin, nuguet, figs, and salty. The complexity is hard to describe. Very malty. Perhaps some other time I’ll figure it out. This isn’t my favorite trappist, but its a damn fine one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - APR 21, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2006 Aroma: sweet, malt (wonderful), apple, banana, blue grapes, caramelized (don’t know if that’s what it’s called) sugar, seed, vaguely sourish, coriander, chocolate, liquorice Flavor: sweet, full/rich, very balanced (reminds me of Malheur Dark Brut), bitter aftertaste, yeasty Appearance: deep orange brown, opaque, completely foggy, light beige head Palate: wonderful consistency, creamy, rough, medium co2 I had soot chèvre and New Guinea chocolate with it, and it went extremely well along. I think some dark Belgian chocolate or honey chèvre would be good also.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gallaghermurph (35) - Washington DC, USA - APR 18, 2006
Pours a very dark, yet not opaque brown amber. A huge light khaki head slowly dissipates and sticks along the way down for a nice lacing. Aroma is yeaty and spicy. Much like the 10, this is incredibly complex. Initial bitterness leads quickly into an array of dark fruits, maybe most prevelently plums. Also banana. Black licorice flavor was suprising and pleasant. A great spicyness leads into a soft bitterness in the finish. Light mouthfeel is accompanied by soft yet lively carbonation. Once again, a fanatstic brew from the Trappists. Almost as good as the 10, but I’m still partial. Still one of the best I’ve ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 17, 2006
"Poured a dark brown color with a nice head and as with the 10 had plenty of sedimentation. Aroma was of spices and yeast and alochol. Flavor was spicey and of dark fruits. Alcohol was strong in this one. Good beer."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarkoR (811) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 16, 2006
Superb beer: beautiful colour, nice head, smooth right up to the end. What beer is all about. Superbe goût velouté.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zinnamon (40) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2006
This beer was outrageously good. It was so smooth and beautiful in its brown pour with a good amount of head. I could have this beer for dessert.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dedollewaitor (14915) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 12, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2008 Dark and filling with white head. Nuts caramel liquirice. A bit warm from the alcohol which is pleasant. Chocolate, tobacco & dark dried fruits. A bit of sweetness and a great long finish! Great! Almost as good as the 10!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrob21 (3046) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 11, 2006
Aw yeah, one of my favorite styles but not going very well with my burrito. Pours a deep, cloudy brown with red hues. Big fat white head. Smells must and malty. Tastes of red fruits. Has a slightly alcoholic aftertaste. Full bodied and medium finish. Reminds me of a light cherry cheesecake. Slightly sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kyzr (1188) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - APR 10, 2006
I’m not sure what else can be said about this fine ale. Great all around I guess.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ironryan22 (52) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 10, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2006 Pours very dark, thick fluffy head, extremely easy to drink. This beer is seriously smooth, very full of flavour and possesses a warm, lingering aftertaste.

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