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


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RATINGS: 3150   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - DEC 4, 2004
Murky and deep ruby. Good lasting head and leaves a great lacing. Aroma of raisins, port and mustiness. Very smooth taste and feel. Big flavor ... dark fruit, molasses, port, chocolate. The alcohol is present at finish, and becomes more pronounced as it warms, but still, nothing close to the 9+ it is. Excellent

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5497) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2004
This pours a solid lighter brown color with a respectable tan head. The aroma is like one of those rarities, a good holiday fruit cake, dark fruits and candied fruits with a hint of malt to hold it together. This is very soft in the mouth. It’s got a solid malt backbone with all kinds of fruit flavors and spices running through it. The alcohol presence really only comes through in the finish, and it’s not overbearing. Good drink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2004
Another amazing beer from the Monks. 3 year old bottle pours a murky brown color with a medium beige head. Lots of carbonation still present. The aroma is heavy in raisins, dark fruit, and grape. Flavor profile is very malty with flavors of raisin, roasted grain, plum, leather, and a slight Belgian character. The alcohol is present in the aftertaste but it complements the flavor by not overpowering it. This was so easy to drink, very smooth, and not sticky thick.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - NOV 25, 2004
Poured medium dark brown/burgundy with large fading to medium tan head. Strong malt and chocolate aroma. Followed up with dark fruits and port as warmed. Silky medium mouthfeel. Sweet caramel and chocolate taste combined with raisins, prunes and light spice on finish. Alcohol well hidden. Really tasty stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
willblake (2653) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - NOV 24, 2004
11.24.04 33cl bottle before work, why not? Bottle dated 01.12.04 which I guess means ’drink by Dec 1, 04’? Whatever. Pours a beautiful mahoganey brown with medium, creamy head. I left the big chunks in the bottle this time, but I have four more bottles to experiment with later. Aroma is chewy and vinous, port wine, raisin and rum, infused dark fruits. Damn, this beer is all fruit and booze...I think I’m in love. Flavor is big and chocolatey and raisiny and deeply port-ish and luscious and more cocoa powder and hits of white pepper. At the instant of the sip, the body feels unfortunately wet, watery almost, with a graininess to the texture; but that all goes away as the beer settles and smooths out over the palate. Certainly not as soft as a quad, but still very nice, more refreshing. Alcohol is certianly present but never over steps its bounds. Monks rule.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElGaucho (2217) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2004
I didn’t realize this was so highly rated. I have had the 10 and loved it. Vegatal, hemp aroma; very nice and unique. Brown body. Beautiful lace. Hoppy for a Belgian. Unique, saffron notes, very high in alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2004
There was alcohol in the nose, Chocolate, rasin, plum, malt, and a hint of alcohol in the taste. Very tasty!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gorbalev (2927) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2004
UPDATED: APR 21, 2005 Bottle @ Pub Italia, Ottawa. Hazy, cloudy dark brown pour. Alcohol and sweet caramel aroma. Small long lasting head. Crispy mouthfeel, yet lots of malt "substance" - assertive. Complex sweet flavours with sharp hop bite at the end. This beer releases more flavours as it warms, one of the more remarkable I’ve ever tried in this sense, as hints of molasses, and chewy toffee emerge. And this is all with hardly any hint of the substantial alcohol. Fantastic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 17, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2005 Excellent beer. It has a raisin and chocolate taste to it which is quite good. It is probably the best Belgian I have had to date. There are many more to try. Even better the second time.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - NOV 15, 2004
Beerbistro Winterfest and Vintage Tasting. Brown in colour with a thick frothy tan coloured head. Fruity, yeasty, lightly spicy (cinnamon, coriander) raisin, and plum aroma. Dark sugar, molasses, toffee, and dark fruit flavours. Full bodied, smooth and silky mouthfeel.

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