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


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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2007 Opaque medium/dark brown. Big beige head fades a little, but lasts the whole beer. Nice yeasty banana and chocolate aroma. Hints of spice. Initial flavor is chocolate malt. Flavor is everywhere though, bread, yeasty banana, spice, grape or other dark fruit. No sip taste the same. uummmm!! good beer!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAY 25, 2005
bottle, pours a dark brown with little head. this is a little too cold. has a dusty fruity aroma with some malt thrown in. the taste is awsome. raisin, malt,spice, dusty, fruity and lighty bitter. a very good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
emodx (10) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2005
This beer kept getting better and better as I drank it. A well balanced flavor and long finish. Fantabulous!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2005
Bottle: Murky brown, dark, large beige head settles quickly, lively carbonation, enjoyable lacing.   Chocolate malt aroma, lightly spiced, with notes of dark pitted fruit and very soft apple skin.   Bready start, spicey, slight phenols, warming, with a touch of chocolate malt.   Very smooth, not terribly thick, but a well hidden ABV.   Spices, traces of dark pitted fruit and apple skin on the finish.   Tasty!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2006 (Bottle 33 cl) Very dark brown but far from black. Nice, creamy head. Chocolatey with loads of malt and dried fruits in the delicious and very complex aroma. Huge sediment. A yummy, yummy Trappist. 050893

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jasonp (1573) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - MAY 11, 2005
Pours a cloudy apple cider brown with a thick off-white head. Vibrant aroma of ripe dark fruits, pear and earthiness. Flavor of plums, raisins, apple, yeast, caramel, roasted and toasted malt, brown sugar, yeast and a nice twinge of alcohol. Pleasantly sweet, moderate hop bitterness. Medium body, starts off with lively carbonation then it calms down a lot as it warms. Great head retention. Really nice stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - MAY 10, 2005
33cl bottle. BB 25.12.07. Poured about 9oz into a NB worthy glass. Temp of the beer was at 63°. Pours reddish brown with a wispy off white head. The beer creates large foam dots as it is swirled, it also coats the glass. The beer has a sweetish aroma of dark fruit (raisins. plums), some spiciness (almost peppery), vanilla, and some mysterious bright notes. The mouthfeel is huge and it is the first thing you notice when you take a sip of the beer. The taste is fruity and mildly chocolaty with a dry, slightly bitter finish that keeps it from being cloying. There is a touch of alcohol at the finish when it warms up quite a bit. I poured the remainder into the glass and neither the aroma, appearance, or flavor changed, but I did find some ground pepper sized particles at the bottom of the glass. This is tasty, but a bit underwhelming. This tastes more like what I would imagine the table beer for the monks to drink than the not-so-little brother of the wonderful Rochefort 10. Will re-rate for sure

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MoritzF (9224) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - MAY 10, 2005
(bottle) Dark copper brown colour with a medium off-white lasting head. Sweet malty aroma with fruity (plums) and toffee elements. Medium sweet flavour, lively carbonated, medium bodied. Very tasty malty brew with a cornucopia of tasty elements: raisins, plums, leather, caramel, chocolate. Very powerful alcohol management, but never ostensible. Great !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drywallman (357) - Lake in the Hills, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2005
This bottle has been aging at my house for 10 months, and has a date code of 25 04 06; so I assume it’s at least a year old. There was a good long lasting head, and the aroma of malt, slight alcohol, and licorice. The taste was very smooth, with just a yeast tickle (vs. little hops?) at the end, and malt, licorice, worchestershire sauce, and anise in the middle. This went down remarkably smooth for such a complex beer. A newer and older sample would be interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tswhitehead (6) - USA - MAY 3, 2005 does not count
Bottled was dated 25 04 06, so I estimated this was bottled in 2001. Absolutely no head to speak of, but there was still a lively carbonation left for the tongue and mouth. Beer was a murky tea brown, with a few yeast floaties present. Aroma was pleasantly malty and full of caramel, with just a wisp of alcohol to remind you of its strength. Taste was a composite of malty sweetness, mixed with warming alcohol; the end is surprisingly bitter - but I was not sure if this was due to yeast bite or hops. Overall I was impressed, although the alcoholic taste and strength detracted fom the experience. I would like to try a bottle that was a bit less long in the tooth.

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