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


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RATINGS: 3509   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ps71 (19) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 11, 2006
330 ml brown bottle. Large light beige head that quickly fades away. Brown color. Cloudy. Aromas of caramel, sugars and alcohol. Spicy taste: sugar, mouthwarming due to the alcohol, somewhat mouthcoating, taste of alcohol. Complex taste. Long finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
alobar (3286) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2006
Sopay head that lingers and hugs the side of the glass. Bready aroma with hints of chocolate, and fruit. Amber brown color. Taste is fruity (banana), with yeast/bread, and a hint of chocolate. Worth the wait!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mookieguy (17) - USA - JUN 10, 2006
Bottle. wonderful beer. not as good as the 10 (obviously) but still better than most. must try more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alkione (6) - De Panne, BELGIUM - JUN 8, 2006 does not count
Dark reddish-brown colour; aromas of brandy, chocolate and black cherry. Stiff alcohol flavours in the body, with a dark fruitiness and a lot of malt.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2006
Appears a red toned mahogany color with a fluffy light tan head that slowly fades out. Chunks of streaky lacing are left around the glass. Smell is of figs, cocoa, brown sugar, molasses, bananas, plum, and raisins that are mixed into a sugary batch of yeasty cake and spices. Taste is of the same aromas that come together nicely. Mouthfeel is slightly carbonated up front but finishes with a warming molasses and cocoa touched alcohol bite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
schwaiger (90) - Laramie, Wyoming, USA - JUN 5, 2006
Bottle courtesy of Degarth. Poured the color of old oxidized brass, cloudy with tiny particles. Huge, mostly lasting, meringue like off-white head, good lacing. Moderately malty aroma... light roastiness, straw. Light floral notes, some honey, alcohol, some yeastiness. Big notes of apple cider, some butterscotch, vanilla. Initially somewhat acetic, lightly sour in the end with the clean aftertaste of apples. Some cinnamon. Medium bodied, slightly dry. Very smooth and pleasantly cleansing. This was good, but I truly liked the six better. The aromas were less pronounced here, and I felt the flavor lacked some of the complexity I enjoyed in the six. Still, truly great.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hazmatt (363) - Virginia, USA - JUN 4, 2006
Bottle. Pours a ruddy dark, amber opaque brew with a copious tan head. Nice lacing. Aroma is of chocolate, caramel, raisin. Full bodied and very velvety. Excellent complex flavor. Smoked wood, rum, malty flavors emerge as it temp increases. Alcohol hidden well, but very warming. A nice lingering finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eaglefan538 (2982) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 2, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2010 Re-rate, 1.5yr old bottle in Jan 2010: Wonderful, rich floral plum flavors and aromas, this thing even beat out a Roche 10 of similar age, richer flavors, better overall mouthfeel, not as heavy. Great stuff. Original rating: Another impressive one from Roche. Poured with a genrous head, this one was a dark and cloudy amber with lots of sedimentation (just like the 10). Aroma was spicey and yeasty. Flavor was spicey (coriander) and lightly plum like. Was weaker and the mouthfeel was thinner than the Roche 10, but still pretty enjoyable. Alcohol came out much stronger than in the Roche 10.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tommyke (2) - Tongeren, BELGIUM - MAY 31, 2006 does not count
For me is this the best Rochefort there is. It’s a beer whit a full noase and a dellicious easy drinking taste, not to heavy, not to soft. it’s a beer whit a normal sparkling body and a taste af light hoppy perfumed whit grass and citrus

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 30, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2006 The only beer better than this is the Rochefort 10. This is a near perfect beer. The monks can sure brew a little bit of heaven. Re-rate on 10-28-06 I guess when you try so many outstanding beers a person needs to go back and alter other beers that no longer seem as great as you thought. I had this as a 4.8 but I realized it is a mighty fine beer but not even close to the Rochefort 10.

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