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


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RATINGS: 3557   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
darbeer75 (265) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - MAR 12, 2016
Aroma: fruity and spicy; Appearance: extremely dark, ruby red with off white, thin head that dissipates slowly; Taste: sweet and fruity, but with solid malt backbone; Palate; medium body with long, sweet finish; Overall: delicious and smooth; a little too sweet, but still a favorite.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
weordie (649) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2016
Pours a dark ruby brown with a creamy head. The aroma is quite subdued, a little ripe banana, a little cloves but nothing strong. A strong clove taste, some banana notes, some spicyness. A great version of a Belgian strong ale. Not as good as the 10 though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AnG_BrgNor (332) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 6, 2016
Aroma of dark fruits and wine. Nica taste of the same, but ends up with spices and alcohol. A complex taste. Very nice and worth its above 4 rating. Quality!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vinx (96) - ITALY - MAR 5, 2016
Short lasting rocky white foam. Aroma of stone fruit and caramel. No chocolate, no nut and no coffee at all despite its color which is about 16 SRM, so that I guess it’s all due by brown candy sugar additions. Very very attenuated (I measured its FG: it’s 1006! Ridiculous! It means the OG is equal to 1072 and the attenuation is about 92%!), its ethylic feel is more than just subtle: it’s actually invasive and a bit unpleasant. Really high carbonation. Body’s just absent. I’m a fan of Rochefort 10, a huge one, but this beer lacks the big sister’s complexity. They used more sugar than malt. Why? Do the monks have any money issues?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pitch992 (73) - SLOVENIA - MAR 5, 2016
Aroma: raisins, smooth-gentle alcohol, some kandi sweetness, toasty. very pleasant and gentle. appearance: amber, slightly hazy, white foam, minimal head, good retention. taste: ligh sweetness, light bitterness, gentle and smooth alcohol, some raisins, fruitcake. semi medium body, slick, average carbonation, sweetish finish. overall a very drinkable, pleasant, complex brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chap95 (50) - - MAR 3, 2016
Bottle at home. Deep amber with a white head, leaves no lacing, doesn’t last long. Spice, yeast, bread, malt on the nose, intensive and pleasant. Medium to high carbonation, a bit alcoholic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jow (3195) - New York, USA - MAR 3, 2016
Found myself randomly drinking at a French place on UES. No fucking way have I never had this but apparently I haven’t and always assumed I did. Poured sloppily by bartender resulting in spillage from bottle. Chestnut coloration lovely two finger head. Nose is dark fruits and bready. Tastes of figs, plums, caramel, dates, some yeast, bread. Touch sweet and fruity on palate. High carbonation and hides alcohol well.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Beernandez (2) - SPAIN - MAR 2, 2016 does not count
Compleja, afrutada, vainilla, alcohol bien integrado. Una delicia asequible y facil de encontrar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kubmal (127) - POLAND - MAR 1, 2016
Aroma of yeast, vanilla, wine, nuts and brown sugar. Taste is lighty sweet, complex, with some warming alcohol. Very smooth and well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
epyweb (5) - - MAR 1, 2016 does not count
La birra si presenta con schiuma beige con una breve persistenza. All'esame visivo risulta di colore ambrato, velato. All'esame olfattivo il suo aroma è abbastanza intenso e si percepisce l'aroma del fruttato - maltato Nel complesso questa birra risulta armonica e molto piacevole. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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