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


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RATINGS: 3466   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
shotgun1431 (134) - franklin furnace, Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2015
A cloudy brown brew with a lite tan head. Aroma and flavor is a slight mixture of malt, nut and fruit. Lots of carbonation. Nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
rustbucket0873 (325) - Krikville, New York, USA - SEP 15, 2015
Pours dark ruby to brown with white fluffy head lasting long time. Aroma figs, fruity, candy. The aroma is figs, candy, caramel, vanilla, coriander, milk chocolate. Compex had to pinpoint flavors Extremely smooth for the alcohol. Very enjoyable, beer lovers great, and should try

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gonzin (87) - ARGENTINA - SEP 14, 2015
Adquirida en New Beer Distributors, New York. Casi marrón, espuma blanca y con volumen. Sabor dulce, a malta y caramelo. Cuerpo medio. Excelente Belgian Dark Ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
a_sully (346) - - SEP 13, 2015
Hazy Amber body, quite cloudy, with a light white head. Aroma is sweet with hints of caramel. Taste is clean and sweet with caramel and sugar notes. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerRenter76 (426) - Texas, USA - SEP 11, 2015
Originally rated on 12/21/07. This is a very good beer, Dark brown complexion with a slight tinge of tan in the head, fantastic aroma hints of banana, figs a little choclate.Goes down pretty smooth considering the alcohol content. A nice full bodied brew. I prefer the 10 hands down, but the 8 is very soild definetley worth trying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gaelic (62) - Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 10, 2015
Dark brown trappist with a cream head. A superb beer.Light sweetness with herbs, coriander, raisins and dry fruit. Small dry taste. Every beer lover should try this one

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ZodiacM (450) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 6, 2015
Een mooi donkerbruin bier met mooie cremekleurige schuimkraag die lekker lang blijft liggen. Geuren van mout, gist, gedroogd fruit. De smaak is een stuk complexer: mout, gist, gedroogd fruit, kruiden, noten, chocola, caramel en drop. Ik ken de Rochefort 10 goed, en had verwacht dat de 8 minder smaakvol zou zijn. Niets is minder waar. Minder alcohol, maar net zoveel smaak. Mooi bier.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
rgf001 (266) - München, GERMANY - SEP 6, 2015
Complex aroma with coriander supporting the malt. Wonderful taste of coriander Malty richness toffee licorice. Neutral finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bierridder_S (409) - BELGIUM - SEP 5, 2015
04/09/2015 @home 33cl bottle from a gift (3 years old) Dark brown with creamy beige head. Aroma : dark malts, chocolate, light spices. Taste dark malts (light roasted), hidden some caramel, chocolate, earthy.Top beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopsandBolts (224) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 2, 2015
330 ml bottle from the LCBO.

Appearance: Pours a hazy light brown with over a finger of tan head. Shorter retention and very little lacing.

Aroma: Biscuit and bready malts.

Flavours: Belgian yeast, dark malts, prunes, walnuts, brown sugar and hints of milk chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Average viscosity and higher carbonation.

Overall: This is a nice Belgian ale but no where near as enjoyable as the Rochfort 10 in my opinion. Lots going on in the aromas and flavours but I don’t get the subtle nuances that I got with Rochfort 10.

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