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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RichardWilding (201) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2007 Dark brown. Cherry and prune aroma, with some chocolate. Malty, with some roasted bitterness. Chocolate, dark fruits, toffee. Small amount of alcohol, but not a lot considering it is 9.2%. Superbly complex, an amazing beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
marcus (6578) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 20, 2004
This dark brown ale pours with a lovely tan head. The flavor is of bittersweet chocolate, with a spicy malt finish. Overall, a very tasty and hearty beverage.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2004
Best before 23 10 07; Tasted September 19, 2004: Brown Coloring. Good Head. Herbal. Plenty of Bite from the Alcohol. Bittersweet.. Some Malts. Spice. Overall, Not Bad At All!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4478) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2009 Best before 23 10 07; Tasted September 19, 2004: Pours a dark amber color with a big head. Very malty aroma. A dry malt taste followed up with a bit of stale bread. Interesting and tasty, but not one of my favorites. A bit of spice as well. 8/4/7/3/15

Best before 27 12 12; Tasted December 12, 2009: This one started odd. Never had a Trappist beer start do the slow-mo gusher routine. My surprise was compounded by the first pour, which had the consistancy of a milkshake. The bottle hadn’t been moved in a year, so how all the freaking yeast got stirred up like I played a soccer game with the bottle, I have no idea. Cloudy brown color with a meidum head that fades immediately. Massive sediment. Aroma of Munich malt, caramel, brown sugar and a bit of biscuit character. Taste is really odd... The rum, molasses and caramel would suggest that I’d love this beer to death. The carbonation like Champagne, cooked veggies and celery indicate this was actually brewed by the moronic brew pub in the backwoods that thinks adding brown food coloring to sewer water makes it beer. I’ve never been more turned off by a Trappist, including my hate-accept-loathe relationship with Orval. It gets one more try... 7/2/6/2/14

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DYCSoccer17 (3327) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 19, 2004
Rating #600. Bottle best by 04 02 08. Sweet aroma with cherries, raisins, chocolates, and brown sugar malts. Scrumptious aroma. Pours a very hazy, mrky dark brown color with a gorgeous long lasting vanilla colored large head. Start is tangy and slightly sweet, turning into maltiness with significant choco-coffee notes in the middle. Roastiness to finish with some slight bitter hops in there as well. These monks suck at praying cause theyre too good at brewing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 19, 2004
Dark, reddish brown and very muddy looking, like bad wine. Big head and sweet aroma. Flavor of raisins, plums. Slightly sour. Very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JonMoore (1875) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2004
Bottle from Onlyfinebeer (12.08.08). poured a murky, dark brown with a large, foamy/creamy off-white head. Aroma is great; malts, caramel and slightly sweet, spices, raisins and other dark fruit. Surprisingly thirst quenching and drinkable. Full bodied and creamy. Taste is sweet malts, dry and gets sweeter in the mouth with a nice long faint aftertaste. Alcohol is well hid. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - SEP 15, 2004
My first belgian ale. Poured copper brown color with a creamy, large head which dissipated fairly slowly but left a film on the top. The aroma is refreshing, though not very unusual, with a strong malt and spice presence. Initial taste is very balanced spice and malt. The body is full and very-well carbonated (i.e. a good carbonation presence without overdoing it). Amazingly, the taste soon turns to sweet in your mouth and then disappears, leaving behind an extremely clean finish. This is a beer that anyone with functioning tastebuds and working taste receptors in the brain could drink and love.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - SEP 13, 2004
Pours a lite brown with a whipped cream head. A nose of toffee and dark caramel. Nice lite refreshing body. Alcohol well hidden. Dangerously drinkable. Delicious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (9008) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2004
Poured a dark reddish-brown with an average sized tan head. Some floaties. Aromas and tastes of raisins, spices, and apples (more in the taste). Alcohol well hidden. I haven’t met a beer brewed by monks that I haven’t liked!

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