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


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RATINGS: 3105   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alliance100 (641) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 3, 2014
11.2 oz bottle - pours a dark amber, lots of dark fruit aromas . Taste is sweet but not over done . Very good . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Madsen1635 (241) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 3, 2014
Bottle. Hazy dark brown pour with white head. Aroma is very fresh and complex. Taste is very balanced with malty notes, a hint of yeast and underlying warmth from the alcohol. It is still fresh though. Impressive

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
antnego (5) - Moreno Valley, California, USA - JUL 2, 2014 does not count
Poured into a chilled mug. A: Pours cloudy brown with a monstrous head that took forever to dissipate. Lacing is thick and clings to the side of the mug. S: Smells... Earthy, musty... Everything else is quite muted. I get hints on banana. T: WOW. the nose was misleading. This a sweet, complex brew - fruity, earthy, bready, sugary sweet, with blueberries and the right amount of booziness and funk at the back end. One of my new favorites, definitely. M: Buttery, fizzy, light, moderate carbonation. O: Despite the somewhat lackluster smell, this one came through in the taste department. Incredible flavor that begs you to have more!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
veceo (468) - CROATIA - JUN 29, 2014
Cloudy brown color, big off white head that quickly disappeared. Full body, soft carbonation. Aroma of malt, yeast, spices, herbal hops, citrus, lots of fruits, caramel. Medium sweet, light bitter taste. Alcohol is very well hidden. Finish is sweet at first, and than bitter. Robust and complex. Well, this is just wonderful stuff.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sissio (576) - Orsenigo, ITALY - JUN 28, 2014
Hazy brown with cappuccino head. Malts, caramel light toffee, mature fruit with a hint of alcohol, hazelnuts. Lightly sweet with light Roasted malts, hint i flicorni c’č and coffee, dark chocolate,e ai si s and a quickly fading bitter ending.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dutchbeerpages (1576) - Wilnis, NETHERLANDS - JUN 28, 2014
True trappist, deep, figgy muddy flavors. Kind of fizzy this one. Finish is dry and nice. Bottle from De Zwart in Wilnis

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
yy0pp (494) - - JUN 27, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2014 Bottle 33cl. Francis. Spicy and fruity aroma with red berries. Brown color, light brown creamy head. Very nice belgian strong ale.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Lele (106) - Padova, ITALY - JUN 23, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2014 Birra spettacolare, dal sapore intenso e deciso, anche se non ai livelli della 10. L’aspetto č meraviglioso: il colore č rosso amaranto, torbido se si versa i lieviti presenti nel fondo della bottiglia. La schiuma č spessa e abbastanza persistente. Una volta tolta dal frigo bisogna aspettare prima di berla, altrimenti si sentirŕ troppo poco l’aroma e la carbonizzazione sarŕ eccessiva. Dopo un po’, invece, rivelerŕ tutte le sue meraviglie. Al naso si percepisce il liquoroso di un buon marsala dolce. In bocca non tradisce le aspettative: caramello, prugna, ma soprattutto sentori vinosi, da marsala appunto, che si sposa bene con un buon maltato. Decisamente una birra di gran classe!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mike67 (779) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 23, 2014
330 ml bottle. Pours hazy amber with tall, long-lasting, foamy off-white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of bready malt, caramel, barnyard yeast and fruity esters. Body is full and crisp. Spicy yeast, caramel malt, plums, raisins, brown sugar fill the mouth. Finish is long and spicy. Great brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adster (203) - HUNGARY - JUN 22, 2014
Színe egészen mély, sötétbarna, szinte már fekete, habja pedig sűrű, krémes és az egyik legtartósabb, amivel valaha találkoztam. Masszív testesség és krémes állag, fűszeres, korianderes, karakteres és gömbölyded ízjegyek jellemzik. Nem hétköznapi darab.

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