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


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RATINGS: 3002   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BtownBrewer (91) - Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 10, 2003
Aroma is fruity. Head is creamy, flavors that i can identify are woody/earthy and some faint caramels. This is about as complex as anything I've had. I'll re-rate later as my palate evolves.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kujo9 (1092) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2003
Wispy off white head that just does not go away; Murky brown body. Great floral nose at first, chocolatey and malty followed by alcohol as it warms. Very fruity as well, grape and currant; also yeasty. Sweetly malty at first sip and stays that way into the finish where a hop flavor and a light bitterness takes over. very well balanced and has grapey fruity flavors and bready yeast and alcohol. Medium full body and moderately subdued carbonation for a Belgian strong and a warming alcohol presence. I'll bet those Trappist Monks make a lot of brewers jealous with this one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 6, 2003
bottled from bistro des bières belges: Dark and brown body with almost no carbonation. The small head doesn't last long. Complex yet light aroma of malt sweetness from chocolate and blackberries. Well-hidden alcohol in mouth, very malty. Complex in the sense I've got a hard time identifying the flavors.. what fruit was that? was that chocolate hiding in that black corner? was that toffee for a second? A fun game for a few sips which I rapidly replaced by the desire to drink it slowly while balancing and dreaming of a better world.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3188) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 3, 2003
Burnished amber, beautiful head that persists well, tiny bubbles. The aroma was malty, but not overly sweet. Perfect palate. The flavor was of gentle malt, milk chocolate, and distant dark fruits. Far less complex than its big brother. Enjoyable, but not special.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - AUG 3, 2003
Initial brandy aroma on opening. Head was medium and very thick and long lasting. Chocolate, spice and yeasty aromas. Dark ruby in color. Started fairly sweet and malty, with some lemon and yeast in the background. Chocolate, caramel and dried fruit flavors. Dryish finish, and the alcohol was in there but subdued. Ex:25-12-07

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
igneous1 (1489) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JUL 29, 2003
mahogany or cherry wood color, big and thick and foamy almond-colored head. very cheesy sour aroma. flavor has notes of raisins and chocolate and alcohol and cherry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - JUL 29, 2003
this smelled nice and looked beautiful, but i didnt see where the score is coming from, it was very smooth and easily drinkable, but it looked as if it had a cork mulched up into the bottom of the glass

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nate (3549) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2003
Great aroma. Sweet and deep musky fruits. Raisins, figs, plums, and oak. Complex and vapory, with vanilla and brown sugar. Ruby brown opaque, not quite cloudy until final pour. Head is light foamy tan that lasts and laces. Palate is smooth, moderately heavy body and light, vibrant carb. Taste is vapory alcohol, sweet and musky. Vanilla, oak, rum, raisins & plums. Slightly watery taste - compared to RT10, but well-balanced. Finish is light sweet and a bit bitter, with slight bitter after. Not cloying on the tongue at all, though nutty after remains.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slinkymello (137) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 24, 2003
Had this one at a hostel in Bruges, Belgium... the man serving it to me said, "we call this beer (something flemish... i don't really remember what it was seeing as to how im a horrible person) which means that it makes you very happy." It was pretty good... typical belgian strong with the wonderful malt and spicy yeast flavor I've grown to know and love in the belgian strongs... brings tears to my eyes just thinking of it! Not bad... but not as good as the 10

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ericnixon (737) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 20, 2003
Cloudy brown stuff with a small creamy head. A fruity sweet aroma that hints at the huge sweet concoction that this is. not over the top by any means, it's just an amazingly fruit-ay beer. yummy!

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