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


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RATINGS: 3412   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2005
Complicated flavor that was absolutely delightful. A mixture of fig, caramel, chocolate, and alcohol. Ahhh ... gotta love monks. They know beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
steview (1036) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 24, 2005
very active dark body and thick body with ruby highlight, dark bone white head that doesn’t want to diminish. chocolate, raisin, fruits like fig and grape. fizzy, active, smooth palate. like a caramel chocolate fig newton, but obviously, it’s much better than my description. complex and hard to discern, and enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NoiZe (2323) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - MAR 22, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2008 Very nice beer, you should get a lot of these. The series actually. Very, very nice complex aroma. The flavor is very good too. Excellent beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2005
Poured a rich dark brown into Rochefort chalice. Aroma of fruits and alcohol. Taste is complex, yet easy drinking. Taste is of figs, raisins, malts, alcohol and a bit like wine..really improves as it warms. Due to the fine carbonation, it doesn’t have a thick feel to it. I love this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 7, 2005
yeast in the nose. malty, lots of evidence of the alcohol. not the best, but i mean, it’s still a trappist.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mephisto (1275) - TAIWAN - MAR 3, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2005 sweet aroma w/ hint of alcohol, and is barely carbonated. it probably has the most impressive aroma that i’ve have ever experience. (am i worthy?) dry w/ complex yet wonderful flavor, and beautiful finish. i am drinking it very slowly, b/c of its cost, but it is pretty drinkable.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
desurfer (1253) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2005
Pours an opaque mahogany with a chunky mocha-colored head. Complex aroma of raspberries, oak and dark fruits. Flavor is absolutely marvelous! It is simultaneously spicy, malty, fruity, bitter, and dry. Very vinous, some hints of citrus and blackberries, a bit of pepperiness and some yeast undertones. Finish is smooth and dry, completely enveloping my every tastebud. My 500th rating and my only perfect 5!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ToolHead (266) - København, DENMARK - MAR 3, 2005
33 cl bottle. Served in Westmalle goblet. Pours an opaque reddish brown. Impressive, lasting, tan head. The aroma is fabulous: heavily malty, very spicy, deliciously fruity, slightly alcoholic. The flavor is amazing: tons of malt, fruit, spices (some pepper). Very rounded and very, very complex. Warming finish. Full, soft mouthfeel. Good drinkability.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - MAR 1, 2005
Bottled. Malty, sweet, vineous aroma with notes of raisins and dark fruits in general, and some hints of citrus fruits. Malty, sweet taste with notes of plums, raisins and citrus fruits. Ends vineous and slightly alcoholic. Medium- to fullbodied. Used to be my favourite beer pre-Ratebeer. I still got love for it, but it´s not the perfect beer it once was for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 27, 2005
Cellar Temp. Deep burgundy with a silky tan head. Aroma is an artful vinous malt. Explosive flavors of dark fruits, figs, and raisins. Effervesces on the tounge. Just Great.

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