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


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RATINGS: 3320   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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The lower gravity cousin to Rochefort 10. Nicknamed "Spciale" (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 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2005 Murky, cherry-mahogany body and a big, tight, uniform, velvety, beige head. Aroma was bitch-slapping me in the face during the pour. Aroma qualities include anise, soy, cinnamon, clove, fried bananas, molasses, leather, heavy musk, earth, and paint fumes. The smell is funky, intimidating and intoxicating. I love it. Flavors include chocolate, big fat ripe black cherries, figs, raisins, wood and varnish. The body is big, chewy and loaded with flavor and texture. This beer is downright native. Im picturing a dilapidated old barn that houses wooden barrels filled with barley, sugar, hops, water, and yeast, churning away for several months until this murky, funky offensive, and fantastic concoction emerges. My favorite Trappist beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - JAN 12, 2004
Cloudy dark brown. Bready aroma and taste. Kind of like unfiltered spiced apple cider.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2004
Poured a delicious dark caramel brown with a tan head that leaves nice lacing as it diminishes. Can't completely pin the aroma down because it was complex but there was definitely raisins and an earthiness to it. Alcohol is hidden nicely and has a really nice aftertaste. Makes you want to drink more.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JAN 2, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2004 Deep dark tawny with ruby and crimson colors. Tan head that creams up first, then retreats to just keep the top of the glass covered. Aroma is bready with fruits, plums, raisin, lilac. Delicious sweetness hints through the nose, this is an awesome beer and I haven't even tasted it yet. The flavor is very balanced, almost no alcohol bites through, but a light warmth is definately felt. Also a lightly salty finish. Mouthfeel is creamy and wet, finishes quick but lingers where it counts. This is a great Belgian Strong, definately deserving of its reputation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2004
Caramel Brown. REally pleasant to drink. Nice thick white head that lingers throughout the whole beer. Nice dry finish. Pleasant.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2004 Second update, 3rd tasting, with a 13/10/04 date on it (a 1999 bottle). Very murky brown. Cherries! 9.2% abv on the lable. Smooth. The alcohol is noticeable, yet is very smooth, not sharp. And it tastes and smells like a refined 3 Philosophers! Wanted to update on a second tasting of this brew. This is a 2000 vintage, so well aged. Same pour as below. Raisiny aroma, with yeasty undertones. Notes of carmel as well. Bold malty carmel-raisin flavor. I like this much more a second time around, and didn't notice any alcohol properties, which is impressive @ 9.3%. Totally awesome! Pours carmel brown with floaties and a perfect head. Wonderful aroma, dried friut, raisin, but gentle with an earthy note. Flavor is fruity, but a little too alcoholic to be perfiect. Notes of raisin and carmel Nicely finishes dry, yet fruity and pleasant. Overall, very good, but the alcohol detracts slightly. I may actually think the 6 is a bit more enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - DEC 27, 2003
Bottle: fruity and yeasty aroma. Beautiful beer. Brown with many, many floaties and a rocky head. Unreal retention! Complex flavors. Much yeast and malt. A very nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TC2642 (265) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2003
Massive meringue head (as expected), deep brown colour. Has a multi layered complexity about it. I get dark malt, raisins and a yeasty taste. Can't really go wrong wit Trappistes Rochefort.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2004 Nice dark tan color with great white bubbly head. Yeatsy taste and nose. A tad on the sweet side.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2003
Bottle pours a deep garnet color with several inches of head and very sticky lace. The aroma is yeasty, fruity, and sort of cheesy. The flavor is very bread like, sweet, malty, caramel, and some bitterness. I do not taste the alcohol. The palate is quite rich. Overall, this is a very fine beer.

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