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


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RATINGS: 3315   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - AUG 12, 2005
Aroma of black cherry, vanilla, raisins, toffee, some pineapple and cotton candy. Appears deep unfiltered mahogany with a soft cream-coloured head. Flavor is chocolate, raisin, fig, red wine, alcohol. Palate is far too bubbly for my taste and I think it is so bubbly that it interferes with the flavor. Overall I was somewhat dissappointed with this brew, and I believe it is the first time that palate has played such a central role in my rating. I will, of course, try it again at a later date.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
adrian910ss (2410) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2005
Pours an unfiltered beautiful reddish brown color with a beige creamy head. Smells of tart,chocolate,figs,raisins and vanilla. Taste is a complex combination of sweet tart,bitter chocolate,figs,banana,vanilla,and raisins. Another excellent brew made by the monks !!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
harrisoni (14619) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2005 Bottle. This is my highest rated beer and for good reason. Hazey reddish brown colour with beige head. Aroma is stunning. Bitter choc with sweet black cherry and dark fruit nose some raisin/sherry/whiskey. more choc in mouth with sweetish dark fruit and again the same cherry/raisin/sherry flabours but on the end a burst of spicey hops. Never gets too sweet. Some orange as well. Unbelievably good with a slight alcoholic warming kick at the end

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tatterdash (10) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2005
Had this after the 10, in many ways I actually like the 8 better. As all three Rocheforts use the same recipe, the appearance is about the same, beautiful, burgandy-brown with a tan head that laces and never completely goes away. The smell has a little more plum and less of the hint of alcohol the 10 has. The taste is almost the same, with that same incredible finish and smoothness that I will love forever like a long lost lover. I find the 8 a little less decadent and more drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GonZoBeeR (2984) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 2, 2005
Aroma:dark fruit and brown sugar.... Appearance:Dark redish brown,light head... Flavor:caramel,dark fruit,light alcohol....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2005
UPDATED: APR 4, 2007 i prefer the 10 much more, pours dark with a reddish hue, with an everlasting tan head, aroma of citrus, and spices, taste, is malty, typical belgian spices and citrusy fruit present, also a nutty flavor good body, good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2005
This beer has so much soo soo much, but i just feel its a failed attempt at the 10, its annoying cause i love the 10 its my favourate beer ever, but theres something about this that just makes it hard to drink, slightly disapointiong.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL (6290) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 25, 2005
Bouteille de 330 ml obtenue par importation privée via Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de caramel, de fruits et d’épices. Apparence: Couleur ambrée foncée avec dépôt. Moyen col mousseux. Aucune bulle. Large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel, d’alcool et de figues. Long arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est plein avec une texture huileuse. Arrière goût d’alcool. Forte effervescence en bouche. (Rating #242)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUL 25, 2005
Murky mahogany red-brown color with a thin veil on top. Malty aromas with hints of fruit and nuts. Rich and foamy mouthfeel. Very malty with classic fruit and slightly nutty flavors, along with some toffee. Great yeasty flavors, too. Long finish with the ghost of all the flavors just echoing on and on.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kepano (247) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 25, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2006 Pours an opaque and extremely dark brown with a small but persistant creamy tan head. The nose is very complex, blending many rustic aromas. I noticed dark chocolate, roasted caramel, yeast along with some fruity notes that remind of plums, prunes and red wine. The experience is very reminescent of the ’10’ but more airy and open. The balance touches perfection. A velvety creaminess first soothes the tongue with a slight tingle from the mild carbonation. As you begin to "chew" the liquid, the body reveals itself: smooth roasted malts and the distinctive "Rochefort" flavor. The aftertaste has more bitterness than the 10, the kind you find in a very rich, dry, dark chocolate. An exceptional brew. Much easier to drink than its big brother, but just as complex.

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