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


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RATINGS: 3623   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jwasciuk (198) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - AUG 22, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2006 Aroma is of toasted malts and lightly plumby with earthy overtones, Pours murky dark brown with a frothy light brown mostly lasting head. It has a good balance of sweet and bitter, earthy and plumb flavors initally and finishes a bit bitter, medium to full bodied creamy and livley.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cab (866) - DENMARK - AUG 21, 2006
This is not number 10 but still very very good. Strong and balanced, like dryed out fruits with alc.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
molassesfan (202) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 17, 2006
From my archives, January ’06. Pours a dark red with a thick head. Aroma of plum, apple and caramel. Taste is of darker fruit with chocolate malt. Palate a bit sharp with carbonation. Alcoholic finish. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - AUG 17, 2006
Like the Doobie Brothers song goes (minus the Jesus reference), "This one is just alright with me". While I didn’t find it mind-blowingly fantastic, it is a nice beer to drink but IMO, there are better Belgian Strong Ales out there. I know that might seem a bit sinful to say, but the cat’s already out of the bag. Aroma was dark fruit but very withdrawn for my liking. It didn’t reach out and grab my nosehairs like I thought it might and twist them into a knot. Instead it sort of wafted about like a stroll thru the park, minding it’s own business. Appearance was a dark read in color, nice head with good lacing. Mouthfeel was a bit carbonated for my liking, full bodied and strong with a nice alcohol bite. Flavors are dark fruits, a bit woody and slightly chocolately but just not enough to make me stand-up and take notice. It’s a good beer, but just not great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rcmatthews (10) - USA - AUG 14, 2006
I enjoy this beer more than the Rochefort 10. I think it the alcohol of the 10 can get to be too much. At first, the aroma was of apples, and then as it warmed up more a a carmally scent. I wish it had a bit of a stronger mouthfeel. No complaints on the taste though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
kidcadaver (3) - CANADA - AUG 14, 2006 does not count
Super Strong Beer, Strong tasting, dark and malty. Alcohol burn kicks in seconds after swallowing. Over-rated, but still a good quality beer from Belgium.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2006
thick, but terrific. tons of flavor, and actually was pretty great at a cold temperature. really heavily malty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
tobizag (34) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 9, 2006
pours a deep caramel color with a lasting off white bubbly head.. aroma is of yeast and sweet dark fruit. flavor is of slight molasses, moderately sweet. definitely carbonated, but i enjoy the amount of fizz. this was a great beer, now i need the 10!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - AUG 9, 2006
This nothing next to the ten. Fizzy head that lasts. Aroma is yeasty with candy and dark fruits. Flavor is much the same and palate is a bit fizzy for me. Alcohol is there at the with sweetness. Just a decent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bdjames29 (273) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2006
Yeah, its good - after trying the 6 and now the 8, I keep thinking that I am going to get a beer thats almost as good as the 10. I understand that they are different styles, but neither the 6 or the 8 are close. Still this is a delicious beer. The character and quality of these beers are outstanding. Quick, lively, pop-like head - sticks around for a while and laces nicely. Deep, murky, cider-looking appearance. After bringing the head back around, I picked up on a pear flavor, fruity tones throughtout. Sugary, malty goodness. Full body and an easy finish.

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