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


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RATINGS: 3334   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2005
aromas of grass, yeast, peat, and fruit all very strong and mixed with plenty of caramel malts. color is a deep caramel brown, close to a chocolate color, with very little bits of white lacing on top. flavor was a excellent blend of sweet fruits and caramel malts, with the elements from the aroma added in small bits. a very smooth mouthfeel and even tastes, with just a bit of the abv present.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - SEP 8, 2005
fresh 33cl bottle. pours dark brown with a huge foamy head that subsided very slowly. Aromas of malty sweet fruit. Well balenced sweet flavor with plum and carmel dominating. Alchol taste is present but not overwelming. Feels great on the mouth. Not quite as complex is the 10, but maybe more drinkable. A superb beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jahughey (65) - Franklin, Indiana, USA - SEP 5, 2005
Tight, typically-Belgian head, vinous, estery, plum/caramel maltiness, appropriate alcohol nose. Very nice monks ale. Astonishingly, their 10 might even be as drinkable and is definitely more complex. As a Belgian fanatic, I prefer the more phenolic (banana/clove) yeast aromas of Chimay, but this is a terrific cloister ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nick76 (4303) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2005
The aroma is sweet,malty, and fruity with plenty of alcohol. The appearance is cloudy reddish brown with lots of particulates in it. The flavor is complex with plums, spices, malt, yeast, caramel, and alcohol. And for a beer with a 9.2% alcohol it feels like 13%. It hits you up front and goes all the way to the finish. The aftertaste is not unlike wine. Overall a very high quality beer. I just don’t like the strong alcohol content.

   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 (6444) - 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.

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