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


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RATINGS: 3190   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lij (1) - ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2005 does not count
dark, strong, delicious; truly an appropriate beer for this cold, wet evening. the clearest and most immediate taste is alcohol, but this is balanced by the smooth bitter warmth which follows. lovely :D

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GoldenSpunky (120) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 30, 2004
Althought I am drinking this alittle below the recommended temperature, the taste and palate of this beligian strong ale are not lost. This pours with a light brown color. The particles in this beer are large and can be seen collecting at the bottom of the pint glass. Very crisp taste with hints of anise and prune juice. I cant wait to try the higher gravity cousin -- Rochefort 10

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2004
Pours thick and brown with a fluffy head. Spicy aroma with star anise, prune, chocolate, alcohol. Distinct flavors of apple, spice, plum, some barnyard flavor and a bit of soap. Interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
IndianaRed (2591) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 21, 2004
Bottle Pours a slightly orange brown with a small off white head. Even silky lacing. Aromas are a medly of vanilla, banana belgian spices, pitted fruit. Flavors are much the same. caramel, brown sugar, dark sweet malts and raisons. Smooth but not very heavy feel that just slips down. Slightly bitter, spice aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MiP (13788) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2013 Bottle. Aroma is peppery and a little acidic. Brown colour with a little orange. Flavour is very clearly alcoholic with a sort of dry bitterness. Quite dry aftertaste, also with a lot of alcohol in it. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy. I would have preferred a little less alcohol and more maltiness. 7 3 7 4 16

Bottle, 9.2%. 3 years past BB date, nicely kept in my own cellar. Bready and yeasty aroma, some malt and alcohol. Almost clear brown colour, sparkling. Small stable tan head. The flavour is rather alcoholic, but there is also a hint of raisin and chocolate. Holds up well. 7 3 7 3 17

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluevegie (3059) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 17, 2004
Lovely full taste of malt and rich dark fruit, warming alcohol noticeable especially in the nose. Appearance is very good, a dark cola body with tawny edges and a large light tan frothy head which decorates the glass with great layers of lacing. Initial taste is a little harsh but upon the second sip it smooths out lovely, caramel comes and goes throughout the experience along with a lot of other flavours, finish is long and lasting so overall a serious beer to be savoured.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2005 Pours turbid orangish-ruby with huge white head. 5 for appearance. Aroma is as hoppy as many IIPAs I’ve had, with fruit, citrus, toffee, cognac, and big ground black pepper. Tastes malty, very hoppy, and fruity, with a dry finish. This one is hoppier than the 10, but with slightly less palate density and fruit. A very good beer, but in my opinion, not one of the top 100 I’ve ever had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - DEC 10, 2004
So one good eight should be followed by another. First the Westy and now this. The presentation is beautiful. Really. Great copper brown body with a great billowy head. The nose has a real vanilla hit with a pleasant mellow chocolate coated plum. Once again, a bit harsh in the first instance but this settles well. While doing this rating I looked back at the one for the 10 and found that it rated highly but there was a concern about the monstrous 11.3% of that one. At the ABV of this one it certainly is a monster too, but a little bit more manageable. Truly delightful beer that once again demonstrates that there must be a God. Just a technical point BTW ratebeer, this is 9.2% not 9.3%, even the picture shows this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - DEC 9, 2004
World Class (obviously). Bottle from Oddbins. Dark, cloudy brown, medium lasting head. Aroma of nuts, raisins, smoke, vanilla, chocolate. Bold mouthfeel. Subtle aftertaste of dried fruit and malt. Exceptionally lovely.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 6, 2004
High tan head, leaves a nice lacing. Deep ruby body. Fruity aroma, fruity and choco taste, but there is a hint of alcohol, increasing as it warms, which is not present in the 10 version and spoils this masterpiece. Very nice brew, but I’ll still go for the 10!

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