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


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RATINGS: 3564   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
2late2brew (14) - the woodlands, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2006
Aroma more muted than anticipated, but pleasent with fig & caramel. Very inviting appearance with steady head stand, bottle conditioned, reddish dark amber brown. Flavor tastes sweetened like raisons with yeasty alcohol warming finishing smooth to dry. Very attenuated, well crafted a treat to be sure but lacks the complexity of sugars with the 10.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Carolus (3) - BELGIUM - JUN 15, 2006 does not count
Very dark and with a lot of comlex tastes! This is beer!!! (duh ;p) Magnificent beer, as good as the rochefort 10! It gets better and better with the time! A lot of fermentation

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
segfault (103) - Centennial, Colorado, USA - JUN 12, 2006
A beautiful deep ruby-brown pour with lovely lace in a large cream-colored head. Amazing head for the ABV. A decidedly Belgian aroma, hop spice, malt, not as much sweetness as expected, yet intriguingly complex. As I taste, a soft velvety light dry balance in the palate. Flavor is nutty and hop spices with a slight malt character. Complex, very nice. Drier that I’ve had in this style before. Lingering floral bouquet and malts in the aftertaste. Do NOT drink too cold, this one gets better and better as it warms.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HDane (82) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Pours a dark brown with a fairly thin, creamy looking white head. The fantastic aroma is of bananas, honey, figs, and an overall sugary sweetness. Very fizzy, carbonated mouthfeel. Yeasty flavors, alcohol, spice. Not quite as good as the 10 (which seems to me to be much more drinkable), but still delectable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 11, 2006
I hadn’t had a beer in a few days when I cracked this one open for dinner this evening (I had some other stuff for dinner too-- less important stuff). I was blown away. Every now and again you’ll have a beer, the first sip of which will just make you stop and think, ’hey, this is why I drink beer.’ This was certainly one of those beers. The complexity of flavor meshed perfectly with the beer’s mouthfeel, and appearance. I tasted everything from plum and cherry to some chocolate and nuttiness, even to some candy sweetness (I think this was probably induced by the higher alcohol content). The beer is a fantastic nut brown color, with a head that lasts to the very end. The beer has a pleasant, tart finish which mellows as the beer warms. The carbonation is understated, and the alcohol is what really dominates the palate (not in a bad way though). Belgian beer is not beer to be pounded day in and day out like folks drink Pabst or even some of the stronger american ales. In fact, I’d say, these stronger Belgians are MUCH better if you only have one every month or so. It makes you appreciate the flavor (which is strong and ultra-complex) a lot more than you would otherwise. In other words, it’s great beer, but I’ll probably only drink one bottle of belgian strong ale for every ten or fifteen bottles of other beers. That’s all it takes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ps71 (19) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 11, 2006
330 ml brown bottle. Large light beige head that quickly fades away. Brown color. Cloudy. Aromas of caramel, sugars and alcohol. Spicy taste: sugar, mouthwarming due to the alcohol, somewhat mouthcoating, taste of alcohol. Complex taste. Long finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
alobar (3378) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2006
Sopay head that lingers and hugs the side of the glass. Bready aroma with hints of chocolate, and fruit. Amber brown color. Taste is fruity (banana), with yeast/bread, and a hint of chocolate. Worth the wait!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mookieguy (17) - USA - JUN 10, 2006
Bottle. wonderful beer. not as good as the 10 (obviously) but still better than most. must try more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alkione (6) - De Panne, BELGIUM - JUN 8, 2006 does not count
Dark reddish-brown colour; aromas of brandy, chocolate and black cherry. Stiff alcohol flavours in the body, with a dark fruitiness and a lot of malt.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2006
Appears a red toned mahogany color with a fluffy light tan head that slowly fades out. Chunks of streaky lacing are left around the glass. Smell is of figs, cocoa, brown sugar, molasses, bananas, plum, and raisins that are mixed into a sugary batch of yeasty cake and spices. Taste is of the same aromas that come together nicely. Mouthfeel is slightly carbonated up front but finishes with a warming molasses and cocoa touched alcohol bite.

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