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


on tap

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RATINGS: 3366   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sobchak (131) - Skagen, DENMARK - DEC 24, 2005
Brown, reddish colour. Malty, burnt sugar and dried fruit on the nose. The dried fruits continue in the taste, with chocolate, and a dry hoppy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - DEC 23, 2005
Good...Real Good. Easier to find than it’s older brother (#10), you can buy me one of these any day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2005
330ml bottle Pours abrown almost like coke. A good tan head which is fizzy and deminishing leaving no lacing. Has a malty chocolate aroma. Taste is sweet and sour, very differnt but excellent. Fizzy carbonation with the texture of a fine wine.Sort of sour aftertaste. This is very good with a taste explosion. I feel like I could drink 100"s of them and never get bored with it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - DEC 19, 2005
330ml - Happy birthday to me! - Aroma is sweet chocolate and carmel malt, Belgian yeast, cherry, and a touch of spice. Pours a deep muddy brown with a thick lasting head and great lacing. Flavor is much stronger than aroma. Chocolate mousse and dark fruit. Palate is smooth and creamy. Tasty, but not as great as I was expecting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
pintbypint (2884) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 17, 2005
330ml brown bottle. Brown in colour, red-orange highlights. Tan head is slightly rocky and fair sized, creamy appearance, tight bubbles. Malt aroma with a quality dark chocolate note. Flavour also contains a good measure of chocolate, fairly yeasty with some unexpected hop bitterness. Fruity, estery notes in the background (sweetish apple? banana?) Some yeasty dryness in the finish with a late touch of alcohol. Carbonation was perhaps a bit strong but overall a lovely balanced beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ebarnes (260) - Beech Grove, Indiana, USA - DEC 16, 2005
Dark brown with a huge head. Great flavor. Strong, but not so you would notice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2005
Dark brown with this white head. Lots of yeast in the bottle. Not much aroma some malt and yeast. Very carbonated in the mouth. Light tasting, yet interesting. Some alcohol warming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 14, 2005
Dark brown with a thick frothy beige head. Bready and dried fruit aroma. Doesn’t come across nearly as strong as it really is. Very smooth. Fair amount of yeast in the flavor. Well done brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2005
Pours plain old brown, but I know there is a lot more complexity from here. Aromas of bread, figs, and pear. Candied fruit up front with a caramel chocolate in the finish. Alcohol well hidden for 9.2%. Superb beer, as good as expected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2005
33cl bottle pours cloudy mahogony with a nice fluffy tan belgian head that stays pretty well and laces the sides of the trappist glass on the way down. Aroma is of apples, raisins, a touch of caramel, and chocolate. Flavor is nice roasty, touches of chocolate make their way through raisins, apples, figs, plums, and some yeasty bread. Palate is dreamy as expected from an abby brew. Light and airy yet so pleasant to hold in the mouth. A real treat to all of the senses..

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