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


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RATINGS: 3105   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JUN 17, 2002
Darn fascinating. Nice cloudy auburn, head was sticky but thin and didn’t hang around too long. Nose is musty and sour, but can also detect hints of sweetness and cola. Flavor is sort of three-pronged, starting with a brandy-burn alcohol kick, a bit metallic and overnoticeable. The kick increases as it warms. At the swallow, this one seemed plenty malty and rich, with nutty cream that had lots of plum, cherries, and peppermint candies. As it’s swallowed and the flavor lengthens, the finish becomes long and toasty with a lingering sweetness of apples and pears, with a final smack of smokiness and faint chocolate. Very complex, worthy of the Trappist label, but I do with the alcohol was a mite more muted--has a bit too much burn to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
boto (1844) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JUN 15, 2002
An excellent beer. Nice dark color and nose. Maybe not their best, but it is better than 99% of the others out there!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
neilrichards (191) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2002
When opened it didnt go everywhere. Looks and pours a lot like coca-cola. The beer smells like the Firkin brew house in Loughborough. The gas doesnt last long, and the head is quite small. It tastes quite bitter, and its quite drinkable for a belgian of this type. Not as good as the 12, but not too far off.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - JUN 10, 2002
Dark brown with a big head. There is liquorize in aroma and taste. I also smell and taste lime (CaO). If it wasn’t for the lime I’d rate it higher.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
radiomgb (2236) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 8, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2003 A dark reddish-brown in colour. You can taste the alcohol a bit but it is not overpowering. Can taste chocolate and black cherries. Nice long caramel aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 2, 2002
Strangely medicinal. Didn’t really feel I could enjoy these odd flavors if I had more than one. Complex, but not as good as the 10.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
karsten (240) - odense, DENMARK - MAY 31, 2002
Good full and fruity aroma. Slightly sweet and full-bodied. A complex Belgian Trappist.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
malbert (105) - odense, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2002
It is a good beer but it will allways be the little one to Rochefort 10

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2002
Rerate:Great beer, deep brown colour, nose is spicy, milky, clovey, chocolatey. Slight bit of sweet at the start, but remains dry, long spicy finish and nice rich chocolate in there aswell, and not that heavy considering the ABV, very tasty beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichardGretton (4240) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2002
Complex beer, with a big head, liquorice flavours with a citric aroma. Even a slight rosemary scent comes through.

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