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


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RATINGS: 3320   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hendrix (14) - Berkeley, Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2005
This is what you get when you spend most of your time on your craft! Brewing excellence... This stuff was undescribably good and it hit me like a Megaton Nuclear Warhead!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
etaggie09 (21) - College Station, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2005
light brown with an apple tint. light brown head quickly diminishes to a small, long-lasting head. moderate-high carbonation with a lot of yeasty sediment floating around. leaves a good lacing on the glass. Sweet fruit, plums, some vinous aromas as well. very nice. A yeasty, fruity, vinous flavour that is well balanced. Apple and plum are prominent flavors. There are a bunch of subtle flavors in this. As a typical Trappist ale, the aftertaste is dry and somewhat bitter. Alcohol is used in a more prominent, but good way. There were just a number of flavors in here. nice moderate body with prickly carbonation. Pronounced alcohol strength is good but makes me more aware of how much I am having. I enjoyed this very much. From what I’ve heard about the 10, which I was unable to get a hold of, I will probably like that one a lot better, but this was good. Really very complex, but I thought the flavors were all too subtle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - AUG 29, 2005
Dark brown. Bubbly off white head. Malty, roasty, candi sugar, dark fruit, and other unnameables.Same flavor- complex. Dry finish. Roasty aftertaste. Full body. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 29, 2005
Bottle, First poured a little lots of head, very carbonated. A nut brown color. A spicy aroma with hints of dried fruit. Lots of lace left on glass. Flavor similar to aroma with a little burn of alcohol. A nice mouth feel. A nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 28, 2005
I actually enjoyed this more than the Rochefort 10, mainly because of the sweetness that I thought was lacking in this fellow’s older brother. Very very similar aroma and flavor -- bready biscuit malt behind a very floral array of spices and yeast esters. Same brown, sedimented pour under a foamy white head. Plenty of dried fruits.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
blankboy (6426) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2005
Bottle. Pours a hazy dark reddish-brown with a small fizzy diminishing tan head. Aroma of caramel, apples, raisins, chocolate, alcohol and more -- as usual with the Rocheforts it smells wonderful. Flavour follows the scent and is so complex that many sips would have a different description. I found the palate a tad harsh compared to the 10 which is odd because the 10 is stronger in alcohol -- it might have just been the mood I was in (I just noticed that ’fordest’ below me said the same thing in his review so maybe there’s some validity to what I wrote). A truly excellent beer and one of the best in the world.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fordest (2016) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - AUG 25, 2005
UPDATED: APR 28, 2008 The head on this pour was monstrous. I poured as gently as I could, and still filled more than two glasses. Aromas of dark fruits and molasses. Flavors of the same with some alcohol touches. Seemed that I tasted the alcohol more in the 8 than I did in the 10, may just be a faulty memory chip. Excellent Trappist ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CaptKirk (175) - Hephzibah, Georgia, USA - AUG 25, 2005
After pouring this wonderfully hand crafted beer into a tumbler a sweet smell of plums tickles the nose. This is a dark cloudy mystery that beckons to be tried. The first sip wakes the palate and puts your tongue at attention for a beer experience it has not had before. The plum and black cherries dance around you mouth. Even with the 9.2% alchohol, there is very little alcohol taste. This beer is worthy for anyone who wants to truly enjoy one of the best crafted beers available.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Quiver (140) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - AUG 24, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2006 The best head I have ever had... on a beer. The head was about 1 1/2 in thick after the pour. Shrinks down to about 1/2in through out the entire glass. The head was so frothy and thick that it looked like the rocky mountians and lasted throughout the beer. Unbelievable lacing that covers the glass.... on to taste.... extreamly complex. starts with a slight hoppy yet smooth with a little sweet fruity black cherry taste. Medium malt.... slight nutty roasted flavor, moves onto a warm slight hop taste.... Every taste brought a little something different to the table. Never had an alcohol taste, finished the same as it started... but you might have 4 or 5 different taste in the middle.... the palate coats your mouth and makes you shiver with excitement. The beer finishes leaving you craving another ride... All in all an awesome beer....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 24, 2005
Deep murky chocolate brown in color with a dense, 1/3" tan, foamy head. Fabulous lacing as we proceed. Enticing aroma characterized by dry chocolate, cloves, pepper, some detectable alcohol, dried banana chips and earthen, dusty leaves. Rich and invigorating flavor. Anticipated carbonation tingles like seltzer on a mustache. Dry chocolate quality evolves into specialty chocolate covered prunes. One of the more impressive spicing displays, with phenols stemming from pepper, poppy seeds, cloves and a small scattering of nutmeg. A little loose in body but nothing too distracting, while it favors dryness to creaminess, making the flavor seem depleted at times. Encompassing finish, as a filmy presence protrudes with a muted chocolate, banana and plum aftertaste.

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