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


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RATINGS: 3123   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (8133) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 11, 2003
Thanks to Darkover for the trade. This wasn't quite as good as the "10" but still a very good beer. Pours a pretty dark reddish-brown with a very thick and foamy beige head. Aroma of chocolate, cherry, malt and cloves. Smooth-drinking, with flavors of banana, malt, sherry and chocolate all vying for attention. Great finish, if a little carbonated toward the end for my tastes. All in all another fine effort from Rochefort.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
CapFlu (4518) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 6, 2003
(33cl Bottle) Creamy, foamed, almond head and a cloudy dark brown body. Orange peel, spice and barley nose. Flavourful citrus with cloves. Full, smooth alcoholic finish with excellent malt and cocoa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pabobcat (15) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2003
One of my favorite! Pours well not much nose, but as you bring it to your mouth the experiance begins! Starts off fruity and then ends with a beautiful chocolate taste that just gets better as it gets warmer. This is Dessert!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - APR 2, 2003
A world class beer! It had it all.....full of flavor, body, alcohol notes....it all came together perfectly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - APR 1, 2003
Perfect looking Belgian...dark ruby color with a thick beige head. The aroma was an intense fruitiness with subtle chocolate and alcohol. The flavor burst out with many fruits...berries, banana, plum...too many to name! The finish was where the alcohol came in. It left a nice warmth in the throat. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - APR 1, 2003
Bottle from trade with jbrus. Okay, so I'm rating this the same as I did Rochefort-10. Not sure if it's because I really think it's as good, or because I was less experienced when I drank the other Belgian heavyweights, but this stuff is great! Dark brown appearance with very small amounts of yeasties. Delicious chocolate and caramel in the flavor along with some pears and plum. The flavor could be perhaps amplified a little but that's my only complaint. Classy mouthfeel. Nice!! Thanks to jbrus.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 31, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2003 Very musky like the 10 but a bit more dingy. This tastes as though it were stored in a very damp/dark place for a while longer than the 10. Damn, I feel like there is some class I need to take before I can really analyze this malt...so much happening here: currant, peat, mushroom, spice, and lots more. I wish I had more time to sit here and figure this out. Malty magnificance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 29, 2003
Very drinkable and approchable. Lots of fruity and floral flavors going on. Couldn't taste the alcohol at all. Everything you would expect from this brewer. Excellent concoction.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Eirikur (370) - hafnarfjordur, ICELAND - MAR 29, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2003 Great beer. the taste is sharper than Westvleteren, very nice. Very malty flavour, a bit fruity, and full bodied sweet beer. it is quite fizzy and this is one of the best beer that i have ever tasted.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
The Etruscan (528) - Tuscany, ITALY - MAR 29, 2003
Creamy thin medium lasting beige head. Brown cloudy color. Aroma is sweet, malty, fruity with light spicy notes. Flavour is malty too with ricolice and fruity tones (banana, orange) ending in a not too long candy sugar finish. Full bodied.

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