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


on tap

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RATINGS: 3509   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08/5   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2006
This one combined a taste of malty cherries which were neither sweet nor bitter coupled with a taste of black licoriche and a perfumey alcoholic kick in the aftertaste. My wife and I enjoyed this one very much. The palatte has a spritz of champage or fine wine. This would go very well with chardonnay or anything for that matter.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - MAY 6, 2006
Dull brown appearance – little head - nose is honey suckle and maple syrup –medium body – initial taste is sweet bread, a little malt , toffee and end sweet in the mouth - aftertaste is bitter/sweet (with seaweed?)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dutch70 (48) - USA - MAY 6, 2006
Dark, fruity, sweet, not as good as the 10 in my opinion, but a good trappist.....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 4, 2006
Tasted 30/04/2006. 330ml bottle from Regional Wines and Spirits, Wellington. Immense pillowy light tan head, which stands firm for ten minutes while I tend to fatherly chores, rises above the effervescent garnet-hued russet liquid. The nose is plums, plums, plums, with subtle notes of nectarines, green apples and spicy fruit toast. Sugary sweet, up front in the mouth, is followed by a slightly astringent and very spicy, warming phenolic and alcohol, backbone. Cinnamon, cloves and pepper. All of this is delivered in a creamy effervescence, champagne-like, with a surprisingly smooth and complex palate. You could write all day about what is going on but it’s better to just put the notepad down and enjoy...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hobgoblin (163) - St-Épiphane, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 3, 2006
Bottle. Deep dark brown color with nice big beige head fully lasting. Anis, alcohol and caramel aroma. Taste of alcohol, caramel, dark fruits and a very creamy taste. Bière de couleur brune très foncé et opaque avec un collet généreux qui perdure jusqu’à la fin. Odeur de réglisse noire (anis), alcool et caramel. Au goût, la première chose que j’ai remarqué c’est qu’elle est très onctueuse, mouelleuse, suive de l’alcool, le caramel, les fruits sauvages. Il y a un monde de différence entre la 6 et la 8 et j’ai bien hâte de goûter à la 10.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
TrappistMike (11) - GERMANY - MAY 2, 2006
I lust for this beer... Everynight I have dreams of Scarlett Johansson and Trappstes Rochefort 8. This warm and palatable beer deserves to be admired like the true work of art she is!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - MAY 1, 2006
Bottle. Very Dark beer, with a nice head. Very sweet, malty taste. Considerable alcohol burn. Almost overpowering. Not something I would get very often.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2006
(Bottle) Pours dark brown with an offwhite head. Taste is complex with hints of dried fruits and a rather alcoholic aftertaste. I hope to try this one again soon.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Belial (71) - BELGIUM - APR 29, 2006
a very dark ale, average brown/white head. Strong fruity aroma (cherry?) and caramel. Salty finish. Very tasty. Drink it along a melted cheese course.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
spclerk (47) - Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2006
Pours dark opaque brown. Gigantic head takes quite a while to leave. Head almost has a kind of pink-bubblegum color. Aroma of dark fruit, champagne, some chocolate and other things my schnoz is too uneducated to describe. Incredibly balanced flavour, nothing really stands out, but it is all good nonetheless. Nice warm alcohol burn about halfway through. I wanted another one right away, then I checked my wallet. A great beer.

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