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


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RATINGS: 3466   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08/5   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DuffMan (8318) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 8, 2005
I am drinking this right now, as I type. Deep cloudy brown with an orange glow, massive fizzy head that quickly flattened to a lacy ring. Big aromas here-- sweet roast malt, caramel, stewed prunes. Complex palate-- sweet and fizzy up front, lots of toasty malt, green grapes, woody tobacco, then a very warm astringent alcohol finish that leaves the back of the tongue and throat a little dry (and therefore wanting more!). A terrific after-dinner sipper, but hand over your car keys if you reach for a second one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - JUL 7, 2005
A well carbonated brownish red with a fizzy head. Has a fruity aroma with some yeastiness. Fruit like taste with a malty sweetness and an alcohol finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2419) - California, USA - JUL 6, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2005 Suffers from middle child/beer syndrome. Errr... no sorry. Anyway.. Pours a thick brown body with a balanced head. Fruity aroma - mainly plums and some berry. Finishes malty and sweet. As this warms it becomes fantastic. My Ommegang glass isn’t worthy of this.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11670) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 5, 2005
11 oz bottle pours a tall tan head with a red-brown color that I can’t see through. Aroma is fruity and licorice. Taste is dry, fruity, alcohol, grain, licorice-fairly complex. It has a nice finish. A good beer, not as much as I expected though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JUL 5, 2005
Poured redish brown with good tah head. The nose, was yeast, with alcohol and sweet malt. Flavor was the same, but much more intense. Lots of alcohol to kick this of. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 5, 2005
poured a redish brown color with a medium head.. Aroma was very yeasty and bready with a bit of caramel, sweet malt and alcohol.. Flavor followed suit with a yeasty front and a bit of sweet malt in the middle with a heavy alcohol kick to finish it off..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
asheft (2776) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2005
Cloudy, dark brown (I like yeast) with a thin, tan, fuzzy cover with lillypads of larger bubbles that formed from the effervescence streams. Malty, oaky grapes with tobacco, clove, strawberry, and ethanol aroma. The aroma is not dominated by woody age like in other beers of this type. The flavour is equally pleasant with an excellent balance of sweetness and bitterness: quite malty with detectible hops flavour comlimented by a woody bubblegum ester and fruit: grape, kiwi, banana. Estery and ethanolic but gentle and pleasant. Light to medium body with high carbonation and a nice finish. Awesome.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TomT (18) - BELGIUM - JUL 3, 2005
The best dark Trappist ale in my view, together with Westvleteren 8 and Rochefort 10. A very balanced beer with an extremely rich taste. Hints of chocolate, coffee, burning wood and ripe dark fruits in the taste and aroma. This beer does not disappoint and is great after a good meal. A classic!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 2, 2005
Similar to a Rochefort 10 but not as rich and smooth due to the lower alcohol content. Similar in dark brown color and caramel taste. Available at Downtown Wine & Spirits in Somerville, MA

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HogTownHarry (6371) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2005 Bottle (330ml). The 10’s little brother, very like him in character. Pours cloudy, not bubbly at all, minimal whisp of a head with a touch of lacing, some fine black sediment at bottom of bottle (not a problem). Spice, clove, touch of tobacco and fruit (ripe apple/pear), maybe a bit of yeast - malty-sweet on taste in addition. Lovely linger, with a bit of a surprising alcohol kick after several seconds. A perfect Belgian bruin when you’re not quite up to the challenge of the "10".

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