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


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RATINGS: 3640   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tennisjoel (1377) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - FEB 26, 2006
Bottle. Belgian candy and fruit aroma. Thick frothy head. Very good...in fact, it’s grrrrrrreat (says Tony the Tiger). So smooth for over 9% ABV. Spicy taste with liquid candy. More watered down than the RT 10, but this one comes close. I can’t see how anyone with a developed palate would not like this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kreepindeth (404) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 25, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2007 Tastes of bubblegum and raisins and some vague fruit hints I cannot place. Unfortunately these are tainted by a slight medicinal taste and alcohol that is not hidden very well. Not bad, but not worth the price of admission. re-rate: I like this beer much more now. Alcohol is well-hidden. Notes of cinnamon, black pepper, coriander. Subtle vanilla, oak. Toffee, caramel goodness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 25, 2006
Vineous aroma, and flavor is the same. A thin white head that stays throughout. Medicanal taste, with fruity undertones. The high alcohol content is well hidden though. Overall, I’m not that impressed, dispite the high rating. It’s not horrible by any means, just not "great."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
simbasa (13) - watsonville, California, USA - FEB 25, 2006
i can tell you that the 10 is much better than this. medicinal aftertaste. i was not impressed. after i had the 10, i was amazed. miles apart.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Choos (732) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - FEB 24, 2006
Aroma: raisins and sweet malt with a hint of spiritousness. Appearance: dark reddy brown and hazy with a cappacino fluffy head that leaves great sheet solid lacing. Flavour: awesome vanilla, fruity malt, some almost pecan nut flavours (very light.) Palate: great medium mouthfeel with a light spiritous and malty aftertaste. Overall an incredibly full flavoured beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6846) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2007 Obviously either all of the heavy duty Trappist beers coming into Pittsburgh are horribly mistreated or all of you folks are smoking crack cause this beer is not anything special. Maybe you all bought into the Trappist mystique or something. Sampled from an 11.2 oz brown bottle this beer poured a caramel color with a huge light tan head. The aroma is faintly sweet and vaguely spicy. The flavor is sweet, yeasty and lightly peppery with a brown sugar element followed by a moderate alcohol flavor and burn. The finish has elements of tea and is lightly smoky. Rather uninspired. I can not possibly see myself ever buying this one again.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
NewSkeptic (5) - New Hartford, Iowa, USA - FEB 22, 2006 does not count
Pours golden brown with a light tan active head of medium bubbles. Little if any lace pattern on the glass as the head diminishes. Abundant very pleasant well balanced aroma of yeast, sweet maltiness and a subtle dark fruits. Flavor is nearly as intense than the aroma primarily of sweet malts, yeast and a gentle hop bitterness. A peasant tongue tingle from the carbonation and alcohol. The flavor finishes dry with no coating sensation and a slight hop bitterness diminishing to a gentle brown sugar sweetness. Very drinkable smooth, complex, satisfying flavor profile. A wonderful aroma essence in the back of the throat of alcohol, carbonation and malt. Wow, its at least 9.2% alcohol and definitely a beer for special occasions !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2006
Bottle. I for some reason fail to be blown away by the Rochefort series. I appreciate the recent slight decline in price, and have now taken the opportunity to finally rate this one. Notes of raisins, vanilla plum, and brown sugar meet on the nose and palate. It hides its alcohol well, but it doesn’t blow me away with its flavor profile, mouthfeel, or finish. Its good beer that is a bit on the expensive side.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2006
Robe brune voilée surmontée d’une mousse beige en dentelle et persistente. Arômes de fruits et de houblon aromatique. Saveurs de fruits, de houblon aromatique, de levure, de bois et d’alcool.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
yngwie (16529) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 18, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2009 Bottled.(BB 2010) Wonderful dark brown color, and a large, lasting beige head, leaving nice lacings. Aroma is malty, with alcohol, raisins, candi sugar and cocoa. Sweet, malty flavor with warming alcohol, raisins and bitterness. Full to medium body and a finish with alcohol and lasting bitterness. It’s a shame this classic costs almost $8 in Norway. Rating: 8-5-8-4-17-4.2. 060218

Bottle, BB 130813. Wauw! I really love the smell when pouring this one, always putting my face right above the glass when pouring. Prunes, cellar, dried apricots, alcohol, some roasted malts and yeast and even more dried fruits, and a lovely tobacco-like spicyness escapes the glass. When finished, at least for a while, sniffing the beer, I see a wonderful creamy, two-finger thick, beige head on top of an unclear, brown body. The head stays, and leaves some pretty lacings as the beer goes down my throat. In the mouth it’s full-bodied and warming, silky smooth and quite carbonated, but not feeling fizzy at any level. The flavor is sweet and malty, filled with dried fruits and some spicyness. Dried apricots, rum raisin and prunes at least. There’s some bitterness as well, and that cellar and yeast found in the aroma are also chiming in. Some peppery notes also finds it’s way down the throat. The finish is of the lasting kind, warming, sweet yet dry, bitter, lightly roasted and spiced, and with a lovely peppery touch in the very end. I have to admit I was really in the mood for a good Belgian tonight, and I knew this one would live up to my wishes. In that light my rating might be too high, but right now it’s worth every point. Really good to know it’s back in Norway, after a short absence. And that aroma is priceless. 090904

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