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


on tap

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RATINGS: 3621   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thomat (3370) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 29, 2006
Dark amber with a firm tan foam. Lots of malt and fruit tones. Full bodied with a very complex bitter / sweet aftetaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
vyvvy (5857) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - OCT 28, 2006
While I loved 10 I like this one better - this is newly an all time favorite of mine. Poured very dark amber brown with a creamy light tan head. The aroma is incredible containing cream, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, cocoa and lactic qualities. It reminds me of a cross between a trappist ale and a very high quality sweet stout. Medium / full body with quite a bit of carbonation that is very non-intrusive to the flavors. Taste starts with milk chocolate, toffee, caramel, light bits of earthiness. For the combination on the taste I am reminded of a cross between a top quality scotch ale with chocolate given a Trappist twist. The finish adds some spiciness that seems to be from hops. Oddly enough with as rich and full flavored as this is the finish is crisp. It comes across incredible. There is a small lingering toffee taste left in the mouth. You could never tell this is 9.2% except for the effect it leaves, it is hidden exceptionally well. This is a top beer in my book.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
masteren (15) - Hvidovre, DENMARK - OCT 28, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2006 Aroma is sweet and strong. Smooth taste of fruit, raisins, prune and pepper. Good solid head. A very complex beer. One of my favorit trappists.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2006
330 ml bottle. Cloudy brown color with full light brown head. Complex and smooth, with no alcohol taste. Sweet malt aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (9569) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 26, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2014 First rating
Initial Rating Date: 10/26/2006 2:48:37 PM - UPDATED 8/30/2009
33 cl bottle
Clear brown color, tan fluffy head. Fruity spicy and a bit alcohol scent, marzipan. Sweet as well, rather complex smell, but not extreme. Very full mouthfeel. Sweet and taste flavor. Like drinking candy/sweets. Low bitterness. Sweetm but really nice, aftertaste.

Bottle at a blind tasting
On August 30, 2009
Cloudy dark brown color, off-white head. Sweet, spicy, alcohol scent. Sweet, alcohol taste. Medium to moussy mouthfeel, hoppy aftertaste, low bitterness.

Vertical tasting first half of 2012, never got around to enter my notes until now
Tried 2011 vs 2007 vs 2006 side by side
2011: Hazy dark brown color, fairly big tan ehad. Sweet, cabbage, sugary, licorice scent. Sweet, alcohol, spicy taste. Spritzy mouthfeel, low bitterness.
2007: Very dark brown color, smallish tan head. Sweet, malty, dirt cellar taste. Dirt cellar scent. Spritzy mouthfeel, low bitterness.
2006: Hazy dark red color, smallish off-white head. Malty, white pepper scent. Dirt cellar, malty, sweet taste. Medium to spritzy mouthfeel, low bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomthompson89 (1977) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2006
like this one, nice balance in the malt and the sugar sweetness, also the alcohol is held at bay by the sweetness. dark brown slightly red in the light, lotsa fruit , and spict great malts. Had at Smokeless Joes and at Beer bistro

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 21, 2006
Opaque dark brown body with a few fingers thick off-white head. Fruity smell, though I’m not sure which fruit. Some spice also. Malty taste with some fruit... Chocolate? Fairly full-bodied. Complex... Fairly enjoyable,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnnyJ (5400) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 20, 2006
Dark brown pour, with a beautiful off-white head. Fruit and spicey nose. Flavors of cherries, apples, dark fruit, spice, chocalate, sweet malt, banana, and caramel. Complex and smooth. Very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kopestes (164) - Braine l’Alleud, BELGIUM - OCT 20, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2006 Bottle at home. Hazy dark brown with tall creamy head that diminished quickly but didn’t fade away completely. Nice lacing. Fruity nose. Lot of CO2. You can’t feel the alcohol in taste, just nice worm effect afterwards. Taste is quite complex and I am not really able to explain it, when you swallow it you can still feel all those ingredients in your mouth for a while. Excellent Belgian trappist.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Moosewood (4) - Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2006 does not count
This is as close to personal compatibility/perfection as I’ve seen thus far. I love all the Rocheforts but this is my fave in terms of flavor and drinkability. Pours a dark, opaque black/brown color which reveals big, yummy chunks when held to the light (where it belongs!). Much like my ChrisTania, proof that there is indeed a heaven...Nice, diminishing head with sticky lacing. Can serve cold right out of the fridge with little or no bitterness or bite. Head diminishes but never completely. Each swish of the glass reveals a complex, heavenly bouquet of light bananas, sweetbread, spices, friuts, and caramel. Flavor follows suit and is quite incredible - if this doesnt make you smile then I can’t say what would...Mouthfeel is silky and drinkability is top notch. All the Rocheforts are outstanding but I think this mid-gravity is my fave. It’s tough to distinguish perfection from perfection though...

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