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


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RATINGS: 3436   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   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 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
IrishBoy (3967) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 18, 2006
Hazy brown with a huge tan head that hung around seemingly forever, thickly lacing the glass. Aroma seems to be tart fruit with a hint of sourness. The flavor is a sweet malt with just a hint of alcohol taste coming through, considering it is 9.2%. There is a little chocolate caramel hint in the aftertaste. Excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
OldRaspy (292) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 17, 2006
This is a milestone for me, my 100th rating. Poured a cloudy brown with a light brown head. Excellent lacing in this brew. Aroma was vinous red grapes, cherries, malts, a hint of alcohol and I even thought there was a touch of chocolate in the nose. Flavor was even more complex, some sweet malt a bit of hops and a nice warming alcohol finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 17, 2006
I let this beer cool outside during the evening untill it approached about 55 degrees using my digital thermometer, and gently poured into my Chimay glass, the head was light brown and slowly reduced over the next several minutes, it had a pleasing floral arrangement with notes of barly and malt. The tightly carbonated bubbles danced across my tongue and mouth, it was almost prickly, it had a great start with light cream and chocolate notes and finished with a rich espresso like taste with out the acidity. What a bold and delicious beer well worth the 5 dollars a bottle.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2006
The color of raisins, it pours cloudy with a big sudsy off-white head. Aromas of malt, toast, dark fruit, blue cheese, chalk, earth and peat dominate a complex nose. Flavors are deep -- roasted malt, bread, ripe dark fruits, molasses, alcohol and herbs. Some sweetness from the malt and little hop bitterness, although the hop flavor is in there. Nice viscuous chewy mouthfeel. A wonderful warming and rewarding brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sofajoern (146) - DENMARK - MAR 15, 2006
Ummmm :) Murky reddish brown with a lovely lasting creamy head. Lots of sediment in the bottle. Plums, raisins, dates and cherries (I think) in the nose along with an almost floral perfume. Flavour is very complex with lots of different fruits, a bit of caramel, dark chocolate, coffee and quite nice warming alchohol. Slight hoppyness in the finish but the malt dominates. Very fullbodied and smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
roner77 (35) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 13, 2006
Tremendous beer. A dark brown color with a lasting white-to tan head. A VERY complex flavor with tastes that range from cherries to dates to chocalte to...... The alcohol is very well hidden. Still cannot get over how complex the flavor is.....hopefully I can score an entire case of this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - MAR 11, 2006
poured an opaque dark brown hue. Head was white and had good retention. Aroma was a mx of sevreal fruits and a tiny hint of bubblegum. Taste was malty sweet at first with some cocca notes but was balanced by an almost earthy presance. Some hops in the finsih all. Smooth drink but could have beenn fuller.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
chadzter (94) - huntsville, Alabama, USA - MAR 10, 2006
Bottle. Pours dark brown and the head is tan with some lacing of the glass. Aroma is strong with floral and fruit aromas of prune, raisin and plum. Has a hint of chocolate and caramel and maybe some cherry. Flavor is moderate acidity with a wood almost grassy with a fuirt backing to add a light sweetness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skinnyviking (7936) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 10, 2006
Botte. White lasting head. Clear amber body. Weak hops aroma (beer too cold). Mild hops flavor with surprisingly much carbon dioxide.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerandBlues2 (10891) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 9, 2006
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a tall frothy tan head and some lined lacing. Aroma is fragrant, floral, fruity hops, dark fruit (prune, raisin) and dark chocolate, caramel malt, tawny port, yeast (earth) and wood. Medium bitter port flavor, moderate acidity that dries, low sweetness, malty, earthy and wood notes. Dark bodied, warm and fizzy palate.

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