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


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RATINGS: 3365   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - JAN 27, 2004
Nose is really strong with some plums, raisins, malt. Appearance is nice plum-like in the color, with a nice head. Looks incredible nice in a trappist glass, unfortunately mine is not a Rochefort glass, but a Westmalle, but its damn fine. The flavor is very complex, im tasting some nuts, raisins, plums and malt in the end. You can also taste the alcohol very well, which i think gives this beer character. Its rather strong carbonated, and it warms in your mouth, down the drain and in your stomach. After a few sips, you can feel the warmth hitting your cheeks. This is such a nice beer! Not my last Rochefort i can tell for sure... I send my deepest regards to the monks at Abbaye St-Remy!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
obxdude10 (2111) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2004
Certainly not as impressive as a Westy, dark brownish in color, nice fluffy off-white head, nuts & raisins in the flavors, sweet malty finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12150) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2004
(Bottle) Pours a mahogany body with a medium-sized beige head. Aroma and flavors of raisins, figs, nuts, chocolate, and spices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
grefwen (7) - Jämjö, SWEDEN - JAN 14, 2004 does not count
Nice dark color. No overwhelming carbonation, so it's quite smooth. No strong taste of alcohol, which is nice. However one must be careful not to overendulge this tasty beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shag (2678) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JAN 13, 2004
Aroma is fantastic full of grapes, dates, spices, and nuts. Flavor is very smooth with a hint of bitterness. A nice woody and dark fruit flavor. It hides the alcohol amazingly well. This is certainly the short cousin of Rocherfort 10. Overall this a nice belgian but a little light bodied and not in the league of Rochefort 10.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2005 Murky, cherry-mahogany body and a big, tight, uniform, velvety, beige head. Aroma was bitch-slapping me in the face during the pour. Aroma qualities include anise, soy, cinnamon, clove, fried bananas, molasses, leather, heavy musk, earth, and paint fumes. The smell is funky, intimidating and intoxicating. I love it. Flavors include chocolate, big fat ripe black cherries, figs, raisins, wood and varnish. The body is big, chewy and loaded with flavor and texture. This beer is downright native. I’m picturing a dilapidated old barn that houses wooden barrels filled with barley, sugar, hops, water, and yeast, churning away for several months until this murky, funky offensive, and fantastic concoction emerges. My favorite Trappist beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - JAN 12, 2004
Cloudy dark brown. Bready aroma and taste. Kind of like unfiltered spiced apple cider.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2004
Poured a delicious dark caramel brown with a tan head that leaves nice lacing as it diminishes. Can't completely pin the aroma down because it was complex but there was definitely raisins and an earthiness to it. Alcohol is hidden nicely and has a really nice aftertaste. Makes you want to drink more.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JAN 2, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2004 Deep dark tawny with ruby and crimson colors. Tan head that creams up first, then retreats to just keep the top of the glass covered. Aroma is bready with fruits, plums, raisin, lilac. Delicious sweetness hints through the nose, this is an awesome beer and I haven't even tasted it yet. The flavor is very balanced, almost no alcohol bites through, but a light warmth is definately felt. Also a lightly salty finish. Mouthfeel is creamy and wet, finishes quick but lingers where it counts. This is a great Belgian Strong, definately deserving of its reputation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2004
Caramel Brown. REally pleasant to drink. Nice thick white head that lingers throughout the whole beer. Nice dry finish. Pleasant.

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