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


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RATINGS: 3364   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Yard (45) - Senoia, Georgia, USA - NOV 16, 2005
Dark and cloudy. Off white head with an aroma of hops and fruits. Heavy flavor but still not too stout. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ivan9856 (189) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2005
The 330 ml bottle presents a cloudy, dark brown body with large, frothy tan head that leaves ample lacing. There is a rich, sweet, caramel malt and raisin-like, aroma with some hops and a hint of alcohol, maybe even a touch of cinammon. Initial palate is quite sweet, but balanced by the long-lasting, dry hop and warming alcohol finish. Mid-palate brings plum, raisin, ripe banana, sour cherry, clove and anise. Quite bold, but light in body and mouthfeel, this ale truly excels at the appropriate serving temperature. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2005
Dark coffee, pours beautifully, wonderfully complex flavor. Worth every penny.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - NOV 13, 2005
Bottle. Deep amber color with slight sediment and a big creamy head that lasts. Nose is very balanced and inviting-- light caramel malt, sweet raisin and tart fruit, and a flowery yeast aroma that is out of this world! Flavor delivers on all of these, with a smooth mouthfeel and completely masked alcohol throughout. I enjoyed this a little more than the 10. I think the lower abv in the 8 really allows the terrific yeast profile to shine through. Good stuff indeed!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Nekronos (3742) - Xalapa, MEXICO - NOV 11, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2006 IT is a great beer, endeed, but the smoked taste is sometimes annoying for me, but the quality is there, it worthed it what I payed for it. Finally I got it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
can8ianben (1394) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2005
Nice big swooping aroma. Sweet and winelike, fruity and bold. The appearance has a big frothy head on top of a dark brown/amber colour. Some lacing and yeast sediment. Flavour is also bold, big, malty, very sweet, alcohol, big fruit, tasty. Its smooth, nice for sipping, watch the alcohol buzz.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MrRain (472) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 8, 2005
Pours an opaque bronze with a dense creamy looking head. It has the familiar Belgian smell, hinting at sweetness and raisins. A bold feeling of carbonation runs down the center of the tongue while a dry, almost white wine feeling slides down the edges of your tongue. As it warms up the oils come out and bring the flavor with it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
saxo (14705) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2005
Cloudy coppery brown with a large rocky tan head that settled in a few minutes. Bread and fruit aromas with some subtle spice notes. Flavor of fruit esters on top of a caramel malt base. A bit of a wine like flavor with the alcohol just barely coming through. A sense of licorice can be found too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2007 A Mes rate: A damn fine beer. Stunned to find this was not on my rates list. Raisins and chocolate aroma. Glorious appearance. Almost black and opaque with a thick pillowy head that settles slowly to a decent covering that lasts until you drain the glass. Lots of lace as you would expect. Wonderfully full bodied and complex. Creamy and smooth with lots of dark fruits and more raisins and chocolate. Amazingly satisfying creamy finish which eventually turns bitter. Alcohol is hidden extremely well. MMM toffee and christmas pudding.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2005
This beer has a dark sienna brown color and a thin head. Aromas contain: mushrooms, cellar, burned brown sugar, dates, raisins, orange and very strong—nearly overpowering—scents of alcohol and malt. The taste starts off being moderately sweet, but with a slight bitter kick on the back of the tongue in the finish. The body is moderate and the palate is smooth and well-carbonated. The strong alcohol aroma and taste became a bit too heady for me and made this beer hard for me to finish.

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