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


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RATINGS: 3341   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 8, 2005
Bottle at Falling Rock. Pours a rich and lovely brown with a healthy head and clinging lace. Aroma is a bit of roasted malt. Flavor is a bit sour, with hints of roasted malt and bready yeast. Palate is flowing, but a bit watery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pfr (121) - København, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2005
Good strong Ale, with lots off color. I testet it in 2 different types off classes, Trappist glass and a ordinary glass. It make at different, så buy the right glass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HermanW (1045) - Coevorden, NETHERLANDS - OCT 2, 2005
Man Oh man. I had first a glass from the dishwasher. So I had no head. Then a clean glass, that is better. A smell. A taste. This is beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dorqui (2127) - Brescia, ITALY - OCT 1, 2005
Dark brown color, mahogany. Friable and compact head, optimal aspect and persistence. Much elegant one. Rich and complex scent. Notes of liqueur, bitter cacao and coffee. Noticeable light rumors of sugar and honey. Wrapping, strong, warm and spirited taste. Much pungent and solid, extremely lively. Strong alcohol notes with a determined but agreeable bitter mostly in the end. Very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 30, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2005 Appearance: Deep murky brown. Tight creamy massive head. Swirls into a creamy mass. LOVE Nose: Slight Phenols, caramel and coriander or paradise grains. Can’t tell which yet. Paradise grains and hairspray. Massively clean overall not sure if it is mostly the paradise seed or the yeast but this is a very clean tasting beer. Flavor: Chalk comes to chocolate. Slight oatmeal in the background. Flavors spread out evenly on the tongue and are very sweet. Paradise seeds are spicey and peppery. Palate: exceptionally tight carbonation. Solid and viscuous.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Otje (678) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 30, 2005
lovely trappist. looks great, dark red/brown with a thin head leaving beautiful lace on the glass. aromas of tropical fruit(maracuja, mango, pineapple), orange, raisins. taste: resin, raisins, plums, bit strawberry, barnyard(straw, grassy), hoppy(citrussy, resin), bitter, sweet and sourrish in a good balance. finishes fruity(mainly banana) and bittersweet. medium bodied. great, i loved it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nel (180) - Virginia, USA - SEP 26, 2005
What a delightful little beer. reddish brown in color. Tastes of chocolate and sweet fruity malt. I enjoyed this one quite a bit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 22, 2005
Poured from the bottle at The White Horse in Parsons Green, a cloudy ruby brown with a frothy head. A fruity/winey aroma and the flavour is a burnt sweet maltiness with fruity undertones.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rederic (3203) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 21, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2005 Hazy dark brown hue, with a thick foamy beige head, with fig, raisin, prune fruity notes, with a good chocolatey accent, spicy, brown sugar, dark malt aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with dark roasted malts, chocolatey notes, burnt caramel, brown sugar, fruity of dry raisins, figs, dates, spicy notes with a hint of acidity, leading towards a malty side finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
larsga (6621) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 17, 2005
Big, tan, creamy head, red-black opaque body, with some yeast sediment at the bottom. Subtle aroma of nameless spices, perhaps some anis, perhaps coriander. Very harmonic aroma, and surprisingly subdued. Powerful, dark, spicy taste of malts, coffee, and again spices; very complex, almost burns in the mouth, but still with some harmony. Very dry. Well, what I can say? Beer does not get much better than this. This has to be in the top ten.

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