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


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RATINGS: 3388   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
temporrari (389) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 7, 2004
UPDATED: APR 15, 2006 Pours with a huge white head. Excellent looking beer. Aroma is, well, it’s just damn good. Flavor is intense... The flavor is complex and, just so good. Spicy, fruity, malty, rich, yeasty, delicous, long and lingering aftertaste. Smooth on the palate, wow. I want a case.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
veronika (410) - SWEDEN - JUN 7, 2004
Dark brown, nice lasting head. Aroma from cinnamon, coffee and cocoa. Fruity notes. Flavor spicy at first, creamy and from chocolate that follows you to the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nickchalk (229) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 3, 2004
8th beer of 2004 Montreal Mondiale. Hazy dark brown, large tan head. Aroma of nutty yeast. Flavour, plums, oak, caramel. Medium bodied. Not cloying, but rather nicely balanced. Yummy. 150th rating.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - JUN 1, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2006 What a fantastic beer. Monks do it best. Or did it best. BEAUTIFUL brown color with the most fine bubbles, finer than champagne. Drier than some Trappists. This is not my favorite Trappist. Very good though. ABSOLUTE REQUIREMENT: DRINK AT CELLAR TEMP!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (13393) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 1, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2012 New rating: Bottle. Amber beer with a nice beige head. Spicy malty aroma, grapes, pear, yeast, figs, plums, pepper, citrus, floral notes. Fruity yeasty flavor, malty, grassy, plums, spicy, grapes, apples, pine apple, some alcohol. Old rating from 2004: 4,2. Dark amber/mahogany, with a wonderful lasting brownish head. Aroma is spciy and fruity. Some cinnamon and malts.Flavor is spicy and brings plum. Peppery and hoppy and with a great creamy palate. Gives a strong feeling but the alcohol is well hidden. Very good...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2004
Man, this looks tasty!
Pours a rich mahogany body, and a chunky tan head. The aroma is full of chocolate malts! A black peppercorn presence, but mostly a luscious aroma of aged Brandy, toffee, and WOW, milk chocolates!
SHIT! I should not have brushed my teeth before I opened this! SHIT, now I have to cleanse my palate… hold on!
Man, what robust complexities this Ale has! It’s rather leathery, with long notes of a maduro wrapped cigar.. the tobacco suggestions are very full and flavorful! The chocolate malts are in complete harmony with the roasted toffee I fully note! A bit smoky, hints at Vermont molasses. A total indulgence this beer has been! The palate is buttery smooth… toasty biscuity finish… Delicious!
Man, this blows the St. Bernardus Prior 8 out of the sky! Man! Man! Man!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2004
Thick and bubbly head. Brown color with sediment. Aroma of caramel, malt, spices and maybe vanilla. Complex flavors of yeast, caramel and maybe vanilla. Slightly bitter with a sweet finish. Very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pailhead (5684) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2009 Bottle: Great chocolate berry aroma with slight hints of yeast. Pours a orangish-brown with no transparency, lots of sediment, and a moderate tan head that lasts a minute or so. Loaded with lots of dark fruits up front. Moderate chocolate in the middle with hints of caramel. Light yeastiness and light alcohol in the finish with some slight warmth. I prefer this over the 10.

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