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


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RATINGS: 3601   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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bagalagalaga (156) - Indiana, USA - JUN 15, 2013
The head was pretty foamy no matter how I tried to pour it, but died down fast. It’s pretty sweet, malty, and despite the high alcohol there is no harshness to this at all, you could drink the stuff all day. It didn’t have any crazy weird funky flavors like other Belgian ales. I think pretty much anyone would enjoy this beer. I picked it up because it’s near the top on every beer rating list I’ve ever seen, and it didn’t disappoint.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tjeerd (196) - 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 (245) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AaronTDubs (309) - - AUG 25, 2016
Brown color. High carbonation. Surpringly light malty and yeast aroma with some chocolate notes. Rich caramel flavor, milk chocolate, some spicy phenols, a bit fruity. Very smooth and sweet, but not overly so. Good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MihaKu (43) - Ljubljana, SLOVENIA - AUG 21, 2016
Superb. Beercraft at its finest. Bread, floral, grass, herbs, cheese, raisin. Brown, hazy body, frothy, tan head. Lightly sweet and sour, medium bitter. Amazing! Full body, thick feel. Average carbonation, abrupt finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mezr (96) - California, USA - AUG 21, 2016
Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Appearance is a hazy brown with a brief tan head that dissipates with no lacing at all. Nose is a wonderful blend of caramel, fruits and a little hint of chocolate. Medium body with lively carbonation. Very complex, medium sweetness, lightly bitter. Long finish starts sweet and ends with a little bitter. Very nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ignorant (84) - madrid, SPAIN - AUG 19, 2016
dark chocolate-brown beer and cloudy. Significant level of carbonation, as happens to many of the beers of the genre. Crown comprehensive and lasting foam, which helps to carbon despite the high alcohol content. Leaves traces defined as rings attached to glass. sweet and fruity aroma. Notes jujube, fig and prune, on background of roasted malt, freshly baked bread, nuts and caramel. sidebars fainter chocolate and coffee. Body medium-high pulling robust

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sondovia (40) - NORWAY - AUG 19, 2016
Chocolate and smoke taste. Impressive combination, most of the team very surprised because of dark colour ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
de_belg (35) - - AUG 16, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2016 Lesser version of Rochefort 10, but still an amazing beer! Aroma is fruity but slightly more sour. Taste is complex. Dark fruits, spices, caramel, chocolate... But less pronounced than the 10.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maracuja05 (113) - Mainz, GERMANY - AUG 16, 2016
[backlog] 11-12-15 / bottle bought in Rochefort, drank at home. I started rating my beers with Untappd and a few basic notes. Now I want to rate them on ratebeer. So my rating sometimes lack some information. Just ignore it, it is for my personal statistics. Untappd-Rating: 3.75/5

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mice (782) - FINLAND - AUG 11, 2016
BBE 25.1.2011, eli 6 vuotiasta tavaraa. En ole tuoreempaa koskaan maistanut, joten todella vaikea vertailla. Ihan pirteä tapaus tämäkin, valkoista vaahtoa omassa lasissa reilusti. Hajussa banaania, maku banaaninen, hiilihappoinen, hieman alkoholinen. Lievää maakellarin sivumakua havaittavissa. Ei tämä mikään mestariteos ole, ja näin pitkä ikäännyttäminen lienee kääntänyt tämän jopa jo laskuun, sen verran tässä sivumaku puskee päälle varsinkin loppulasista. Täytyy metsästää tuoreempi tuote maisteluun. 6.3.2015: Nyt BBE 16.9.2019, joten tuoretta tavaraa. Ja eipä ole enää virhemakuja tai kellaria havaittavissa, ei kyllä banaaniakaan. Syvän oranssin ruskea olut vaahtoaa mukavan reilusti. Hiivaapartikkeleita näyttää olevan todella runsaasti kaadettaessa. Väri on selvästi kutosta tummempi ja taas toisaalta kymppiä vaaleampi. Vaahtoa jää pieni kerros oluen pinnalle, mutta silmämääräisesti sanoen kutonen peittoaa kasin taas tässä suhteessa. Maltainen, kevyen belgihiivainen ja hedelmäinen tuoksu on pehmeämpi ja jopa miedompi kuin kuutosen. Maku maltaisen sokerinen, mausteinen ja hedelmäinen kuivahkolla melko täyteläisellä suutuntumalla. Hiilihappoja ei ehkä ihan kutosen veroisesti.

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