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


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RATINGS: 3366   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - NOV 24, 2004
11.24.04 33cl bottle before work, why not? Bottle dated 01.12.04 which I guess means ’drink by Dec 1, 04’? Whatever. Pours a beautiful mahoganey brown with medium, creamy head. I left the big chunks in the bottle this time, but I have four more bottles to experiment with later. Aroma is chewy and vinous, port wine, raisin and rum, infused dark fruits. Damn, this beer is all fruit and booze...I think I’m in love. Flavor is big and chocolatey and raisiny and deeply port-ish and luscious and more cocoa powder and hits of white pepper. At the instant of the sip, the body feels unfortunately wet, watery almost, with a graininess to the texture; but that all goes away as the beer settles and smooths out over the palate. Certainly not as soft as a quad, but still very nice, more refreshing. Alcohol is certianly present but never over steps its bounds. Monks rule.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElGaucho (2299) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2004
I didn’t realize this was so highly rated. I have had the 10 and loved it. Vegatal, hemp aroma; very nice and unique. Brown body. Beautiful lace. Hoppy for a Belgian. Unique, saffron notes, very high in alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2004
There was alcohol in the nose, Chocolate, rasin, plum, malt, and a hint of alcohol in the taste. Very tasty!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2004
UPDATED: APR 21, 2005 Bottle @ Pub Italia, Ottawa. Hazy, cloudy dark brown pour. Alcohol and sweet caramel aroma. Small long lasting head. Crispy mouthfeel, yet lots of malt "substance" - assertive. Complex sweet flavours with sharp hop bite at the end. This beer releases more flavours as it warms, one of the more remarkable I’ve ever tried in this sense, as hints of molasses, and chewy toffee emerge. And this is all with hardly any hint of the substantial alcohol. Fantastic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 17, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2005 Excellent beer. It has a raisin and chocolate taste to it which is quite good. It is probably the best Belgian I have had to date. There are many more to try. Even better the second time.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - NOV 15, 2004
Beerbistro Winterfest and Vintage Tasting. Brown in colour with a thick frothy tan coloured head. Fruity, yeasty, lightly spicy (cinnamon, coriander) raisin, and plum aroma. Dark sugar, molasses, toffee, and dark fruit flavours. Full bodied, smooth and silky mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - NOV 14, 2004
This is an excellent beer and a nice step upwards from the thin bodied six. Complex in aroma and tast with dried fruit evident, storng malty taste and a nice bitter finish. Alcohol makes it presense in the aroma (lightly) and the taste but for the most part well masked.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2004
cloudy,murky rusty brown brew.Nose is not far off from the 10.A plethera of exotic fruits: dates, bananas,figs and pure heaven.Put all that in a blender add some alcohol and wow.Great body and a lucsious aftertaste that lingers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2004
Medium brown color with a slight head. After having the 10- the 8 seems to have a lot less body and complexity. Seems almost as if they just took the 10 and watered it down a bit. Mostly a fruity and raisiny aroma and flavor with lots of yeastiness in the background.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2004
Murky brown colour with nice big beige head. Aroma has some sweetness with fruit, also some coffee, leather and alcohol. Flavor also has some fruit, but the bitter chocolat and alcohol is clear in the finish. All in all a very complex beer.

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