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


on tap

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RATINGS: 3639   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 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Blueshawk (393) - Bad Bellingen, GERMANY - SEP 11, 2016
- braun-trübe Farbe mit guter cremigerSchaumbildung - gut erkennbare Aromen nach Kirsche, Trockenobst und einem leichten Weinbrandtouch - die Carbonisierung ist mir etwas zu moussierend - der Antrunk bringt dann den erhöhten Alkoholgehalt stetig zum Vorschein - dieses stark alkoholische, verbunden mit dem m. E. zu hohen Kohlen- säuregehalt schränkt das Geschmackserlebnis dann leider etwas ein - der Abgang klingt dann versöhnlich mit einer würzigen Note aus Fazit: Nicht schlecht, aber der Alkohol verbunden mit der zu hohen Kohlensäure drängt sich zu sehr in den Vordergrund

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anstei (1230) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - SEP 8, 2016
Bottle. Somewhere between herbal, spices and fruity. Good balance between this, less candy than others. Medium to heavy, pillowed by a crisp carbonation. Very sweet, also the palate which is lasting. Get very typical on the palate, but in good way.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
juvedp (29) - CHINA - SEP 6, 2016
Almost the same with Rochefort 10, with less alcohol and malt. Very good, though I like 10 more.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bierdimpfe (501) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 5, 2016
Almost opaque dark copper color with a strong amount of activity. Extra creamy beige 3 finger island head, lasting more than 20 minutes, with some good leggings. Flavors of dark fruits, roasted grains, ester fruits, floral and herbal spices. Highly resinous, vinous, and acidic. Cellar like taste of oak. Slick medium to full body with prickly carbonation. Strong finish of medium length, ending with a thick smoky wood feel, dry vinous fruits, and a nice lingering peppercorn spiciness. Overall extremely well crafted having incredible flavors and a perfect finish. Super complex and fresh. Nice balance with a highly sugary feel that is still pleasant with a good amount of sharpness. Warming although highly boozy, and the smell is not very inviting and too faint.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DisPor (9) - - SEP 2, 2016 does not count
Pours a cloudy brown with a moderate amount of head, a little retention. Aroma is heavy on dark fruits, bread, and some alcohol. Taste also contains alcohol, but with a world of complexity underneath. Raisins, bread, figs, caramel, spices, all burst through. Quite a bit of carbonation, but not overwhelming. Dark fruits permeate the finish. This is an addicting one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
monti24 (31) - Graz, AUSTRIA - AUG 29, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2016 Pours deep brown with a off white head. Aroma of caramel, dried fruits, plum, light liquorice, belgian yeast, raisins, light sugary feel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Moebbels (728) - FINLAND - AUG 28, 2016
A clear copper-colored body with a large, well-lasting light brown head. Nose has sweet aromas of raisins, prunes, caramel, honey, vanilla and spicy yeast phenols. Taste is quite sweet with a somewhat harsh bitterness that lingers on the tongue. Very high carbonation and thanks to that, a fairly light mouthfeel. Well hidden alcohol with a pleasant slowly unfolding warmth. Extremely well balanced beer with lots of aromas and depth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
googleimage83 (68) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 27, 2016
Completely opaque, dark ruby red, sort of muddy-looking; fizzy head that disappears relatively quickly, but the carbonation is really pretty. Scent is wonderfully complex - lots of dark fruit, fig, currant, cherry, nutmeg. Taste is also rich in dark fruit, caramel, a bit of gingerbread spice. Overall, the Rochefort 10 strikes me as slightly more fruity and tannic, whereas the Rochefort 8’s spicy characteristics are a bit more pronounced. What a treat these beers are.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tjeerd (314) - GERMANY - AUG 26, 2016
Good beer, almost on the edge of tasting too artificial. But good mouthfeel and great aftertaste, almost like a dessertwine. Yet it misses the wow of a great ipa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBoom (262) - POLAND - AUG 25, 2016
Bottle. In the beginning nice, head with small bubbles but very unstable. Brown colour of the beer. THe aroma is very fruity, ester, very sweet with notes of plums, cherries and raisins. The flavour is malty-fruity, with dry finish. The alcohol a little warms the throath.

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