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


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RATINGS: 3286   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 11, 2003
Murky brown orange. Nice long lasting off-white head. Lacing is outstanding. Aroma is alcohol, currant, and bread. Flavor is sweet with a good dose of alcohol. Not quite as complex as the 10 but still very nice. Sweet syrupy body and aftertaste. Alcohol really develops in the aftertaste then the true complexity of the flavors really come out.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 30, 2003
Dark red amber, with a creamy tan head. Lots of dark fruit and bready malt aromas. This is very smooth and soft, with lots of chocolate accompanying the fruit flavors. The alcohol is much less pronounced than the 10, which makes this just a bit more appealing to me. Finish is warming alcohol balanced with some hops and chocolate, leaving a malty, sweet aftertaste. A strong, complex superior ale that is amazingly good. My favorite of all the Trappist ales.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 19, 2003
(sampled at Akkurat, Stockholm, Sweden) Dark brown and hazy with a small white head. Aroma of pears, toffee and alcohol. Very malty, clean, smooth flavour with sweet notes of toffee and coffee. Notes of spices and tropical fruit. Long spicy and sweet finish. World-class.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WabashMan (1016) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 16, 2003
A good Belgian strong, but not quite what I expected or hoped for. The flavor and aroma are very unique, but lack in strength, in my opinion. Greater emphasis in both these areas might take this beer from very good to great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jutuahol (189) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - SEP 16, 2003
Darkbrown in color, really thick beige head with nice lace. Strong, a bit alhocol-like, sweet and caramelly-like malty nose. Full body, smooth, well-balanced, sweet malty, strong and a bit alcohol-like. Moderate bittered, sweet, a bit sour and dry, a bit fruity. Aftertaste is strong and warming, bitter, a bit sour and dry. Also long.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pilsnerrogge (2577) - Finspång, SWEDEN - SEP 16, 2003
Nice brown-reddish colour. Thick head. Sweet toffee-aroma. Lots of chocolate in the flavour. Warm, woody alcohol-finish. Will probably improve with age.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
chronictonic (473) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2003
Very very good. A little less up front than the Rochefort 10. We tried it side by side with Westlveteran 8 and we all agreed that the Rochefort 8 was a better beer. Lots of deep, dark fruit flavors - dark cherries, candy, sweet malt. Good hop finish to get you ready for the next sip.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dlclark (73) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2003
This was the first exotic beer I've had. Expensive, but it was worth it. It was almost like having dessert and beer at the same time. Very thick and a complex flavor that changes with temperature. Will get this again for special occasions.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TChrome (1432) - Bedford, Texas, USA - SEP 8, 2003
Aromas include bread/yeast, alcohol, and plums. Appearance is mahogeny with HUGE off white head that is massively retained and gigantic lacing. Flavor is delicious. Multiple layers of flavor, including esters. Palate is like chewy fruit. Has a very strong lingering finish. Very expensive, but worthwile.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bob32256 (171) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2003
Initial smell of malt; dark, reddish-brown color with a long-lasting head; definite taste of alcohol, but with a fairly complex blend of other flavors, particularly malt; much better than their 6

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