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


on tap

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RATINGS: 3572   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tatterdash (10) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2005
Had this after the 10, in many ways I actually like the 8 better. As all three Rocheforts use the same recipe, the appearance is about the same, beautiful, burgandy-brown with a tan head that laces and never completely goes away. The smell has a little more plum and less of the hint of alcohol the 10 has. The taste is almost the same, with that same incredible finish and smoothness that I will love forever like a long lost lover. I find the 8 a little less decadent and more drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GonZoBeeR (3048) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 2, 2005
Aroma:dark fruit and brown sugar.... Appearance:Dark redish brown,light head... Flavor:caramel,dark fruit,light alcohol....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2005
UPDATED: APR 4, 2007 i prefer the 10 much more, pours dark with a reddish hue, with an everlasting tan head, aroma of citrus, and spices, taste, is malty, typical belgian spices and citrusy fruit present, also a nutty flavor good body, good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
DonMagi (5594) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2005
This beer has so much soo soo much, but i just feel its a failed attempt at the 10, its annoying cause i love the 10 its my favourate beer ever, but theres something about this that just makes it hard to drink, slightly disapointiong.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL (6943) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 25, 2005
Bouteille de 330 ml obtenue par importation privée via Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de caramel, de fruits et d’épices. Apparence: Couleur ambrée foncée avec dépôt. Moyen col mousseux. Aucune bulle. Large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel, d’alcool et de figues. Long arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est plein avec une texture huileuse. Arrière goût d’alcool. Forte effervescence en bouche. (Rating #242)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUL 25, 2005
Murky mahogany red-brown color with a thin veil on top. Malty aromas with hints of fruit and nuts. Rich and foamy mouthfeel. Very malty with classic fruit and slightly nutty flavors, along with some toffee. Great yeasty flavors, too. Long finish with the ghost of all the flavors just echoing on and on.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kepano (253) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 25, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2006 Pours an opaque and extremely dark brown with a small but persistant creamy tan head. The nose is very complex, blending many rustic aromas. I noticed dark chocolate, roasted caramel, yeast along with some fruity notes that remind of plums, prunes and red wine. The experience is very reminescent of the ’10’ but more airy and open. The balance touches perfection. A velvety creaminess first soothes the tongue with a slight tingle from the mild carbonation. As you begin to "chew" the liquid, the body reveals itself: smooth roasted malts and the distinctive "Rochefort" flavor. The aftertaste has more bitterness than the 10, the kind you find in a very rich, dry, dark chocolate. An exceptional brew. Much easier to drink than its big brother, but just as complex.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bkurtz (1023) - PERU - JUL 23, 2005
Wonderful woody brown colour with a slightly creamy head and lacing. Many fruit tones. Complex and beautifully balanced. Great, great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
vanvenlo (1682) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUL 21, 2005
31 Mar 2005 - Full luscious sweet fruit and complex earthiness. Medium brown cloudy and reasonable lacing and head. Lovely light fruit that is well rounded and big hopped. The flavour doesn’t hit you on the head. Light fruit finish and well balanced spirits. Lighter than I expected, subtle and easy drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Heatwaves (54) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 18, 2005
This is a solid beer. Too bad it is so pricey -- I believe I paid about $5 for a single bottle of this stuff. I got what I came for, however. This has a great taste that isn’t too overpowering or have a sting that would represent its true alcohol content. Very complex, with true Belgian ale flavor and a wonderful "Coca Cola-like" color. You know it is the real thing when you can see little bits of unfiltered ingredients circling your glass upon first pour. A truly wonderful experience.

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