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


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RATINGS: 3585   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Syfher (312) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAY 1, 2016
Bottle of 33cl, in a Trappist glass; room temperature. Good Trappist beer, a little bit greedy in taste in comparison with his big sister. Nice aroma and taste dominate by the Trappist yeast. Try it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
markosalaplaya (1) - - MAY 1, 2016 does not count
Used to be one of my favourites. Still one of the better style examples, but I’ve travelled on from Belgium.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BucannonXC5 (1390) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 1, 2016
Type: 330-ml. bottle (11.2 oz.) Glass: Westvleteren 12 Trappist glass From: San Diego Wine Company in Miramar (San Diego), Calif. Price: $5.99 Purchased: N/A; Received on April 23, 2016 Consumed: April 27, 2016 Misc.: Best before July 23, 2019 Thanks, Tom! My wife’s uncle, Tom, brought this as a gift, along with Founder’s KBS and Acoustic Ales Instant Triple Karma. Unbelievably nice as I hadn’t had the chance so have either. Have always wanted to try these Trappistes Rochefort beers, but this will be my first. Poured an auburn, murky color with 1-to-2 fingers of frothy, khaki head. Light bubbles coming up from the bottom. Minimal wet lacing. Average retention. (Sight - 4.00) Smelled that 9.2 pct. ABV right away. Once that settled, got spoiled plum, toffee, some candied caramel, red apple, purple grape, raisins, prunes and more dark fruits. Funky overall. (Smell - 4.00) Taste was a bit better, but still on those funky notes. Got roasted toffee, candied caramel, spoiled plum, raisins, prune juice, dates, rye bread, purple grape, red apple, some blackberry, hints of rum, light notes of chocolate and some wintry spices. (Taste - 4.00) Medium body. Oily texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Long, warming finish. (Feel - 4.25) I really wanted to like this one but probably ended up overrating it as a result. It was good, but not something I would need to try again. It’s not like I’ve never tried a Belgian Strong Dark Ale (this was my 12th) but it was just good, not great. Maybe this is supposed to be the standard, but I reviewed it as is. (Overall - 4.00) 4.03 90 A-

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Teran (273) - Belgrade, SERBIA - APR 30, 2016
The same dark honey colour as number 6, but slightly darker with smaller beige top and stronger carbonation. Complex liquid with potent aroma and taste. Intense strong ale. Highest world class.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
phfyysik (598) - Tartu, ESTONIA - APR 30, 2016
Hazy brown with light beige head. Aroma is caramel, raisins, yeast, dried fruits. Taste is caramel, yeast, sweet brown sugar, some coffee. Very classical and good Belgian.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
I_LUV_BEER (143) - - APR 29, 2016
Served in a La Trappe Trappist glass from a bottle. Pours chestnut brown colour with a creamy fast diminishing head. Aroma is yet again a typical Trappist beer aroma - caramel, malt, bread, yeast. Taste is bready and slightly salty but nicely balanced. Medium body with lively carbonation (almost on a prickly side). Nice enough to have more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Speko (160) - DENMARK - APR 29, 2016
Bootle 0,33. Pours dark amber with medium diminishing off-white head. Aroma of yeast, caramel, sweet fruits, a hint of coffee and raisins. Sweet taste that follows the aroma, however more of dark fruits and a hint of vanilla. Creamy, somewhat sticky texture with full body. Excellent, looking forward to the 10.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ectuohy27 (996) - ESTONIA - APR 26, 2016
Certainly a fine fine beer, it’s drier (in the port sense, not the overhopped awful sense) but it has a perfect rich raisin-y palate and finishes in a balanced way. Slightly hoppy

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rask0lnikov (617) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 26, 2016
Hazy, brown colour. Thin white head. Hints of vanilla, toffee, hints of coffee, dark fruits in the aroma. Toffee at first. Vanilla. Caramel. Nice spiceness in the middle. Dark fruits. Hints of raisins. Toffee in the end. Hints of vanilla, caramel and hints of fruits in the aftertaste. Quite nice mouthfeel. Sweetnes is in balance. Makes bit warm inside, but covers alchohol very well. Rather medium bodied, medium carbonated, very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Continues (173) - GERMANY - APR 26, 2016
From bottle. Pours dark amber, with big, beige head. Grapes, walnut, woody, quality alcohol, honey, caramel. Medium to high carbonation, light, well covered alcohol.

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