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


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RATINGS: 3386   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 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 13, 2005
Cloudy almost muggy in color. Pours with a small head into a trappist goblet. Hints of plum, licorice?, spices. One of the best of the Trappist abbey ales available outside of Belgium/Netherlands.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 12, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2005 Allright. 50th beer!! Bought this at Kardstat in Bremen, Germany just for this;)....2.79 euros though whoa! but well worth it. Talk about racking ones brain. Was drinking this while listening to a Guided by Voices. phew! Nice big murky brown body. Nice creamy head. Flavours that hit you are roasted coffee, chocolate, some nasal opening aromatic taste....(did they pour Amol into this too? It would explain the peppermint taste/aroma) Aftertaste carries a plum and a bit of a citrus hint? Nice alchohol hit in the head. Had me buzzin. Cant wait to try the 10...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (23578) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 6, 2005
Hazy red brown colour with beige head. Sweet aroma with lots of plums and alcohol. Sweet complex flavour with notes of plums, spices and liquorice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
YK23 (465) - Haifa, ISRAEL - JAN 5, 2005
Wow this is one complex beer, full bodied, not as thick as the 10 but still full, incerdibly flavorfull, coffee, chocolate, floral, bubblegum, slighly medicinical, amazing, this was my beer for the new year.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 4, 2005
Deep brown with cream bubbly head. Strong scents. Alcohol first, dark dried fruits, chocolate, coffee, banana, smells quite dry. Surprisingly subtle flavor at first and then builds. Bites the taste buds in the end. Tastes of fruit peel (mostly apple), slightly floral, has a different tanginess, like no other beer I have had. Smooth beer. Some spices that I cant really place. Excellent beer. I enjoy the fact that it is so subtle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
eleusis (70) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 2, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2005 Complex, beautiful malt and coffee/chocolate, almost dark fruit sweet tones in the flavor. A pretty, slowly dissipating amber head. Worth its reputation, my first try from brasserie rochefort.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lij (1) - ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2005 does not count
dark, strong, delicious; truly an appropriate beer for this cold, wet evening. the clearest and most immediate taste is alcohol, but this is balanced by the smooth bitter warmth which follows. lovely :D

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GoldenSpunky (120) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 30, 2004
Althought I am drinking this alittle below the recommended temperature, the taste and palate of this beligian strong ale are not lost. This pours with a light brown color. The particles in this beer are large and can be seen collecting at the bottom of the pint glass. Very crisp taste with hints of anise and prune juice. I cant wait to try the higher gravity cousin -- Rochefort 10

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2004
Pours thick and brown with a fluffy head. Spicy aroma with star anise, prune, chocolate, alcohol. Distinct flavors of apple, spice, plum, some barnyard flavor and a bit of soap. Interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
IndianaRed (2869) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 21, 2004
Bottle Pours a slightly orange brown with a small off white head. Even silky lacing. Aromas are a medly of vanilla, banana belgian spices, pitted fruit. Flavors are much the same. caramel, brown sugar, dark sweet malts and raisons. Smooth but not very heavy feel that just slips down. Slightly bitter, spice aftertaste.

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