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


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RATINGS: 3512   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.

bagalagalaga's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bagalagalaga (153) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
alusdievs (13) - LATVIA - FEB 13, 2016
Aroma like bread, hops - resin.Cant feel 9,2%. Color - brown black. Cloudy, minimal head.heavy sweet and light sour. Long finish. From bottle 0,33 cl.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
midovark (100) - Balssagyarmat, HUNGARY - FEB 12, 2016
0.33 bottle. Hazy, brown-amber colored with thin head. Malts, sugar, and fruits in aroma. Pretty much the same taste that you expect after smelling it. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
glacier (107) - Warszawa, POLAND - FEB 11, 2016
Piwo trapistów. Piana Intensywna. ładna, szybko znika, ale zostawia kożuszek.. Barwa ciemny brąz, lekko mętna, Wysokie wysycenie szczypie w język. Ciało pełne, oleiste. Zapach bardzo intensywny, złożony, winny, śliwkowy, delikatnie drożdżowy. Trochę ziemisty i alkoholowy. Smak ziemisty, Korzenny. Potem czuć smaczki ciemne, palone, wyrazistą alkoholowość i rózne owocowo-winne, lekko cierpkie nutki. Czuć moc piwa. Końcówka trochę gorsza.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Keukeman (57) - BEST, NETHERLANDS - FEB 8, 2016
Bottle poured a hazy brown-amber colpur beer. Nut-like flavour. Slightly bitter. I liked the 10 better but still pretty good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
vinivini (913) - BELARUS - FEB 2, 2016
Hazy tan to brown, tall rocky head vanishing to a thick film on beer. Aroma of rich malts, yeasty spiciness, some strong alcohol like grappa. The rest is hard to describe and beautiful. Even a note of fresh cucumber. Medium to full body. Oily to creamy. The taste is similarly complex. Dark fruit, grappa, sherry, I don’t even know what. A great experience drinking this

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RhetoricalAns (731) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 1, 2016
Bottle pour. Darker brown amber pour, thin rocky tan head. Decent lacing. Dark malt aroma, toffee, brown sugar, bread, dark fruit, a little bit of yeasty ester. A little bit of warming alcohol in the body. Medium body overall, carbonation is on the creamier side.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
datrael (40) - Kraków, POLAND - JAN 30, 2016
Zaczyna się od drożdżowego, zbożowego aromatu z alkoholową nutą, który nie ulatnia się ani na moment, pozostaje do ostatniego łyku. Barwa ciemny brąz, całość pokryta z początku obfitą, szybko opadającą jednak pianą. Wysokie wysycenie szczypie w język. Ciało pełne, oleiste. W smaku mocna zbożowość z wyczuwalnym alkoholem, słodowa podbudowa. Zarówno w ustach jak i w nosie wyczuwalne kwaśne owoce, z czasem zaczynają dominować, narzucając nieco smaku kompotu z suszonych owoców.. Każdy łyk bardzo przyjemnie rozgrzewa. Piwo znakomicie ułożone, wszystko jest na swoim miejscu. Sączy się je cudownie, trudno się do czegoś przyczepić. Idealne na długie zimowe wieczory.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wombat23 (139) - Texas, USA - JAN 27, 2016
11.2 oz. bottle. Pours a dark amber-brown with an off-white head that is initially a little fizzy and then eventually settles into more of a thin creamy film. Moderate lacing that slides down the glass back into the beer. Aroma of dark fruits, malt, caramel, and some alcohol. Flavors of dark fruit, spice, caramel, wine, nuts, and light Belgian yeast. Warm, slightly bitter finish. Strong carbonation. Some creaminess in the mouthfeel. Had this for the first time in Brussels, Sept. 2015, and I was hooked! Absolutely fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stijnemans90 (37) - - JAN 22, 2016
Notig en zacht. Rijk van smaak, licht zoet op de tong, bitter in de afdronk. Veel smaakevolutie. Niet zo lekker als de 10, maar nog steeds uitstekend.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kk101 (4) - TAIWAN - JAN 22, 2016 does not count
bubble smooth taste good bread smell long lingering aftertaste alcohol bitter tones

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