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


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RATINGS: 3344   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pimgref (86) - Gorinchem, NETHERLANDS - MAR 21, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2004 Dark brown with beige foamy head. Very complex taste with chocolate, spices and fruite. Looks great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
heemer77 (5159) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 20, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2005 I think that this gets unfairly rated because the number is lower. The flavors are all slightly more muted than the 10. However, I found it slightly more drinkable. Subtle pear, ginger and Jonathon apple aroma. The flavor has apple, slight banana and some malt. There is also cocoa and some coffee in the finish. This is great. Alcohol is not detected at all. Overall an amazing and very drinkable beer. If drank alone, it gets slightly cloying at the end of a bottle. I love this with cheese or fruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GregClow (2961) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2004
Hazy red-brown colour. Aroma of dark fruit, malt, berries and port. Sweet, malty flavour with hints of blackberry, apple and plum. Warm, boozy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - MAR 17, 2004
Overall this is a good brew. The attack is similar to the 10 but I picked up way too much metallic taste in this one. Go for the 10

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vector (163) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2004
A lot like the 6, but stronger with a recognizable increase in ABV. Fruit, spices, and sweetness dominate the flavor and aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PetetheMeat (621) - Hove, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2004
Dark cobber coloured ale, small beige head. Malty sweet flavour with distinct tones of dryed fruit (prunes?). Overall a magnificent trappist!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oli (108) - DENMARK - MAR 12, 2004
Definitely a lighter version than Rochefort 10,but it is still a very good beer indeed.Nice head and lovely reddish brown colour.The alcohol is very well hidden behind a nice malty,fruity,candy,spicy flavour.The taste is rather complex,especially as the beer warms up.I enjoyed this beer very much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BIGC (29) - USA - MAR 11, 2004
11.2 fl oz. bottle with 17 10 06 stamp on it. At 6.19 a bottle it's a super treat. wonderful aromas of raisin, plum and a little hop? Huge creamy head with great carbonation. Beautiful brown with a little yeast that slipped out. I let this one cool naturally outside in 50 f temp. enjoyed it in a grimbergen chalice glass. the head on this one just would not go away and left a belgian dip mustache every time i enjoyed a sip. the taste was great. Sweet caramel malts with a nice crisp zesty finish. body was a little watery, however the alcohol compesated and left an awesome after taste. you will feel the alcohol in this one which is why i personally left a 16 for overall impression. keep drinking it and see what happens as it warms up, yummy. don't pass it up

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (10873) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2004
Golden hazy colour with nice vinous, spicy, malt and (surprise)floral hops. The hops come out well in mouth, with resinous qualities, est the sweetness is well baqlnaced. the alcool si felt in a rather dry way, which is not compensated by the body...still a great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClarkVV (4084) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 8, 2004
BB 2008. Very drab dark chestnut brown with plenty of greys and lighter yellows. Big foamy off-white head. Served quite warm, 53-55 degrees. Bottle conditioned. Aroma of sweet dates, rum raisins and some faint hops? or perhaps that's just the yeast. Aroma fairly faint overall. Begins extremely delicate, walnuts, green raisins and a touch of chocolate. Body has some lively effervesence and finish ends on a nice yeasty bite. Texture of English soda bread. Body very restrained and a good medium. Light candied sugars throughout, some plant/root flavors and alcohol is quite apparent on the finish while warm. This seems more of a dubbel, though perhaps a bit more hops and yeast apparency. Anyways, much better than Westmalle dubbel in my book, and a step up in complexity from New Belgium's Abbey. Fine stuff.

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