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


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RATINGS: 3467   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rayy (44) - Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Aroma is chocolaty brown sugar, a little alcohol, a little green apple. Dark brown color nice beige head. Taste--a little more sour than i remember, creamy on the finish. Sweet, but not cloying brown sugar, fruity, winey, plums, maybe a little vanilla, just a touch earthy. Light in body for a strong ale. Gets better with additional sips. Almost tastes more like wine than beer. Would probably be great with fruitcake.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sjogro (132) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 1, 2015
Nice syrupy, cough medicine, spicy gumball, toffee, dark fruity and balanced masterpiece. Backlog from originally 2014/08/10, recent taste 2015/10/01.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomekboniek (322) - Warsaw, POLAND - NOV 23, 2015
Butelka. Barwa herbaciana, mętna. Piana wysoka, biała, wolno opadająca. Utrzymuje się do Aromat przyjemny, można wyczuć suszone owoce (figi, morele, rodzynki), czekolada, miód. Smak typowo belgijski, estrowy. Goryczka średnia do niskiej, alkohol doskonale ukryty. Bardzo dobre chodź Rochefort 12 bardziej mi smakował.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
charule (1822) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Bottle while In brussels Belgium. Poured murky brown lil head. Aroma sweet malty syrup. Light carb med bod. Taste sweet brown sugar balanced malty cereal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Franckg (654) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 19, 2015
Embouteillée 17/12/2014, bue après 11 mois. Robe ambrée très foncée et particulièrement trouble surmonté d’un épais et crémeux col de mousse. Dentelle timide. Arômes de fruits séchés, levures, dattes, miel, mélasse. Surtout orienté vers le sucre, complexité moyenne, alcool bien caché. En bouche, assez sucré mais un sucre de fruits confit. Mûres, pruneaux, raisins rouges. Notes de dattes, levures, caramel et pain. Un léger côté de malt grillé, chocolat, miel et mélasse. Texture légère-moyenne, corps assez rond. Haut taux d’alcool imperceptible et coule toute seule. Une autre dangereuse!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Milter (522) - Nyborg, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2015
Wow. En virkelig god og lækker øl. Ud over det sædvanlige. Tilpas med sødme og bitterhed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Towey1989 (969) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2015
Bottle. Pours a clear ruby brown colour with a fizzy tan head. Aroma of red berries, raisin, some fig, spice, slight bready malt, like fruitcake, subtle nuts and a little alcohol. Taste of bready malts, fruitcake, raisin, fig, red currants, spice, subtle nuts, a little chocolate, maybe pepper and brown sugar. Medium bodied and moderate carbonation. A warming, bittersweet, fruitcake, peppery bitterness in the finish. Quite a rich, fruity beer with a spicy, fruitcake character. A really nice Belgian beer, it’s up there.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lagavulin62 (11) - - NOV 18, 2015
Aromen von Rumrosinen und Aprikosen, feine Malz und Schokotöne. Weich im Abgang.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DW78715816 (115) - Kansas, USA - NOV 15, 2015
What can I say that others haven't? It's wonderful from the start and better at the finish. Just a fantastic enjoyable beer. Drinking this is an experience to be savored! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hamilton_w (21) - - NOV 13, 2015
Long tan head. Aroma is very strong, malty, a hint of alcohol. Taste is complex with medium sweetness. medium to ful body. A classic and wxcerlent trappist beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chucklemation (927) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - NOV 11, 2015
Pours a dark brown with a thin off-white head. Aroma is dark fruits, some Belgian yeast, and slight booze notes. Flavor is semi-sweet dark fruits. Deceptively strong - I don’t taste the alcohol at all, and the body is much lighter than I’d expect. Lacks the complexity and heft of Rochefort 10, but definitely a great beer.

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