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


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RATINGS: 3320   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 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 (1435) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rickgordon (3845) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2004 Bottled. Muddy brown in colour. Vineous aroma. Sugary, vineous flavour with notes of plum and raisin and maybe some juniper. Lingering smoothly around the tongue. Not as oily and vineous as Rochefort 10, but maybe more flavourful?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 24, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2004 Pours a nice, dark reddish-brown, with quite a fair amount of head. Sweet fruity aroma, some alcohol. Slightly sweet malt flavor, some wood. Very nice finish, with nice lace. A very good Belgian.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - AUG 16, 2003
Pours a hazy mahogany color, with a surprising head. The aroma has some fruit, some brady and some read wine. The taste is fairly malty, a bit of spice and an unexpected tobacco like taste in the background.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sigmund (5569) - Tau, NORWAY - AUG 13, 2003
(330 ml bottle). This superb Trappist ale pours with an enormous thick head, colour is cloudy dark brown. It has a lovely aroma of oak, leather, dried fruits and a hint of cigar tobacco. Flavour is malty and spicy with a warming mouthfeel, otherwise alcohol is well hidden. Dangerously drinkable! Moderate bitterness, rounded aftertaste. This ale truly belongs in the Premier League of Beers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BtownBrewer (91) - Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 10, 2003
Aroma is fruity. Head is creamy, flavors that i can identify are woody/earthy and some faint caramels. This is about as complex as anything I've had. I'll re-rate later as my palate evolves.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kujo9 (1094) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2003
Wispy off white head that just does not go away; Murky brown body. Great floral nose at first, chocolatey and malty followed by alcohol as it warms. Very fruity as well, grape and currant; also yeasty. Sweetly malty at first sip and stays that way into the finish where a hop flavor and a light bitterness takes over. very well balanced and has grapey fruity flavors and bready yeast and alcohol. Medium full body and moderately subdued carbonation for a Belgian strong and a warming alcohol presence. I'll bet those Trappist Monks make a lot of brewers jealous with this one!

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