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


on tap

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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Janneman (18) - - APR 25, 2016
Malty aroma of caramel, bread, toast, raisin, quite complex. A bit darker than the 6, but still some red. Taste is sweet, dark fruit, some dark chocolate even, with a rather thick texture. Great Trappist beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sircatis (77) - FRANCE - APR 24, 2016
Bière très foncé avec une belle mousse blanche qui disparaît très rapidement. Au nez elle est très agréable. Au goût elle est très surprenante. Seul défaut, un arrière goût un peu sec.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Karstenborg (740) - Hasselager, DENMARK - APR 23, 2016
Clear dark amber with medium off-white head. Aroma of pruins, malt and caramel. Taste is raisin, nuts and yeast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopverdju (551) - BELGIUM - APR 16, 2016
Bruin bier met rijkelijke beige schuimkraag. Geur: geroosterde mout, noten, gedrogde vruchten, abrikoos en wat citrus en pompelmoes. Smaak: Moutzoetig, zoethout, melkchocolade, vijg, wat moutbitterheid. Medium koolzuurprikkel. Afdronk: zoetig, fruitig.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
nickfacon (2) - - APR 10, 2016 does not count
One of my favorite beer. Looking good, and when you taste it, it reveal all aroma.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
tigretoni (25) - SPAIN - APR 5, 2016
One of the best beers that I have drunk, it has great aroma like fruits, it has intense brown colour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
koleminer20 (2218) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2016
330 mL bottle shared by ebone1988. The pour is a nice medium walnut color with a thicker off white head that lasts and lasts. There isn't any lace as it falls. The aroma is pretty interesting. There is a lot of bready malts and a great dark fruit presence. There is almost a juiciness that comes with the dark fruits. It's not as Belgian forward as I was expecting and I like it for that. The flavor is very very bready. There is a nice figginess to it. Lots of sweet malts and a fair bit of dark fruits. The mouth feel is a little lighter and quite effervescent. The aftertaste is lingeringly fruity and carries a lot of bready malts. It's a lot better than I thought it would be.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ebone1988 (1260) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2016
Bottle shared with koleminer20. Aroma is sweet malt, figgy, lots of dark and dried fruit, slight booze, bubblegum but in a good way. Appearance is walnut brown, light brown, hazy, the head hasn’t left and I doubt it will. Taste is bready, figgy, dried fruit, dark fruit, yeasty, lots of stuff happening here. Mouthfeel is medium body, crisp carbonation, bready yeasty aftertaste. Overall, this tastes like a lighter version of 10, which I guess is what they were going for, but I expected it to be better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mithe (1458) - Opava & Brno, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 30, 2016
(bottle 0,33l)
Aroma: Sweet, toffee, caramel, alcohol, later light chocolate.
Appearance: Cloudy brown color. All time, creamy, light brown head.
Taste: Medium sweet, alcohol, spicy, light dark malts, caramel, toffee.
Palate: Medium-full body. Sticky texture. Astringent, warm finish.
Overall: Malty, alcoholic, dark belgian.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
PiwnaAwangarda (20) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - MAR 29, 2016
Great beer! Red, with a nice head. Very intense wine aroma and flavour. Hope I will have a chance to taste it again!

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