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


on tap

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RATINGS: 3618   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (43888) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2006
Bottle. Really nice aroma, fruity berries and plums to start with more gentle chocolate, malt and dried fruits with a little bit of spicy yeastiness to round the whole thing off and bring it together. The alcohol is really well hidden. Fairly sweet but in the silky smooth way the luscious aromas would lead you to expect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - AUG 2, 2006
From a 33 cl. slender brown bottle with a best before date on the front label, 28.04.09, sampled at cellar temperature in a Rochefort chalice. Poured a cloudy lightly orange hued brown with a foamy head that settled into a thin sudsy, fizzy lacing. Aromas of rum cake spices, fruity, pears and ripe figs and nice fruity esters, the alcohol whiffs are quite pleasant. Good fizzy carbonation and a crisp, dry, carbonated smooth light bodied mouthfeel. Delicious tasting, rum cake malty, a good rum spiciness, caramelized sugary, sweet baked apples and figs fruitiness, the alcohol is spicy and provides a nice warmth in the palate and a dry, sweet spicy, fig and bread malty finish, excellent Belgian drinkability, very quaffable for a strong ale. Rochefort brews some of the best ales available to the USA, a must try for anyone exploring the world of beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (8155) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 1, 2006
Murky brown color with thin vanishing off white head. Aroma is sugary, toffee, molasses and a hint of spice. Thick chewy mouth feel. It has explosive carbonation. Flavor is very smooth and sweet sugar (maybe beets), molasses and a bit of toffee. Along the edge of my tongue are spicy flavor notes. Good beer. Too sweet for my taste. If given a choice between the 8 and the 6 the 6 wins easily.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thecollector (32) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 31, 2006
bottle. color looks like dark-cherry wood with a medium beige head. aroma is of chocolate, malt, yeast, and mild fermented fruits. the taste starts with a nice medium mouthfeel and complex flavors of figs, chocolate, and yeast. very tasty. finishes with smooth chocolate. delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgentgesdo (692) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 30, 2006
Pours a beautiful brown-red, clear, with a wonderful creamy light brown head. Nose is faintly soapy, spicy, with cinnamon and clove, faint coffee. Flavor is fig, coffee, yeasty spicy notes that remind me of cinnamon and cardamom, bitter oregano. Feels dry. Long, lingering, slightly harsh, slightly smoky finish. Pretty good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rune (11120) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUL 30, 2006
330ml bottle. Frothy off-white and long lived head over a cloudy, copper brown body. Aroma of malt, dark fruit and yeast. Assorted flavours of coffee, figs, cheese and sweet malts. There is also some yeasty notes towards the end. Smooth and crispated mouthfeel. Medium to full bodied. Roasty finish with warming alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JUL 30, 2006
Brown coloured with an average off-white head. Rather sweet yeasty alcoholic aroma with some distinctive dark ripe fruity hints and some roasted caramel touches. Full body, creamy. Finish is more bitter, with a slight touch of sweet fruity and alcohol. This is a top beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
estarrio (19) - Rhode Island, USA - JUL 29, 2006
Poured a dark opaque crimson color with a medium tan head. There is some sediment and yeast in the bottom, as Rocheforts are not pasteurized. Decent retention and elaborate, full lacings. Smell is of malt, assorted fruits and that familiar Belgium yeast ester. Palate is pleasingly frothy. Tastes of sweet plum, raisin, vanilla balanced by sudden but slight bitter hop finish in the end. A warm alcohol presence can be sensed throughout but it’s not overpowering. Overall, this is a very drinkable brew and excellent Belgian strong dark ale. Personally, I prefer the complexities of the quad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mike191 (9) - Grapevine, Texas, USA - JUL 29, 2006 does not count
Extremely small tan head. Typical aroma with typical appearance. Alcohol taste with more bitter than sweet. Average beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (5635) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 28, 2006
Well, the head is pretty blah. The beer however, is nice. A strong beer, the alcohol is evident but tasty. has some dubbel characteristics as well as some whiskey notes.

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