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


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RATINGS: 3306   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
lAlpedHuez (11) - Brookville Hollow, New Jersey, USA - JUL 15, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2012 The "overall" pretty much gives you my take, eh? I’m in love with the Rochefort Trappistes 10 -- the 8, too, is the real deal. Brewed onsite, BTW, by the the order’s monks (not outsourced to local megabewers like some "Trappists"). Not cheap, but well worth every penny. PS -- DO NOT CHILL (!). Serve at cellar temperature, or you are cheating yourself.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUL 15, 2004
Deep cloudy head w/fine thick head. Fruity/ Hoppy nose, some chocolate, toffee and sour notes. Dry choclate palate with coffee, hops creamy, pronounced alcohol. Very robust finish. I want to re-rate this in the near future..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2008 Bottle. Hazy red-brown color, Fruity aroma, wine tast, full body, alcohol finish. Something about this beer I don´t like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2004
Another great beer from Rochefort. This beer has a spicy, malty aroma, thin lasting head, and a mahogany color. More carbonated than the 10. The taste is rich but not chewy, full and complex; like its big brother, the flavor really comes alive as it warms in the glass. Drink this slow to really enjoy the changes from cool to warm.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2008 Nice spices complemented the plum and chocolate tastes. Alcohol is ever progressivly potent, starting with small hints and becoming quite potent by the last gulp, but overall they do a good job hiding it with all the spices. i prefer the 10 over 8, but did enjoy this one thoroughly.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
millerclmb (44) - Boulder, Missouri, USA - JUN 28, 2004
A veyr fruity aroma...it reminds me of a warm Austrian deret tort that my aunt makes at Christmas time...spicy, sweet, choclaty...but no sugar. The color is an incredibly smooth deep amber. The taste s complex. I prefer it the 8 when compared to the 10. The taste seems to do for more for me because the palate is so full of spice and roasted goodness. I long for the taste when I’m not putting it in my mouth. If you want a really drinkable strong belgian this is it. I’m finding myself holding back from chugging the glass. WOW! This is a great beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - JUN 26, 2004
Nice and hazy red-brown trappist with a good ivory colored creamy head.The aroma off this great authentic beer is complex fruity (ripe banana, dried apricots ans cinnamon)with a good touch off roasted malts.It is a fullbodied beer with a nice complex body,a round taste and a fine hoppyness in the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUN 26, 2004
Muddy ruby/brown color, hazy, pretty full tan head. Aroma of dark fruits, cherry, raisin, currant, solid malt, light spice. Flavor is quite malty, good prescence of dark fruit, a touch of booze, and a little sugar. Very pleasant mouthfeel, smooth, big, and rich. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Quality stuff this is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DCopperfields (146) - New York, USA - JUN 25, 2004
Murky, mud colored liquid with steady carbonation and quickly receding prodigiously billowing tan head. Nose is of rum raisin, sweety enriched with alcohol. Smooth on the palate, medium bodied. This is a well crafted beer with subtle complexities resulting from the combo of candy sugars, spicing and age. A faint, yet enchanting fruityness. Alcohol warmth occurs, but the flavor keeps it well hidden. A gem.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
blatantdream (78) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 9, 2004
This is the beer I received for my birthday! I was so excited to try this and have been wanting to try it for so long. Complex flavors bursting into your mouth. Excitement ensues. Very smooth and big on the palate and extremely pleasant sweet, bitter, spiced aftertaste that engulfs the mouth.

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