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


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RATINGS: 3200   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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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.

Kosmokrator's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kosmokrator (517) - - JUL 24, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2012 Color bruno carico con un sottile strato di schiuma beige. Aroma intenso e maltoso con sentori di caffè, caramello e lievito; più lievi venature tostate e fruttate con note che ricordano mirtilli e pasta frolla. Gusto robusto e rotondo, mediamente dolce con forti note di malto e toffee, lievi accenni tostati e nocciolati nel finale. Corposa e robusta, piacevolmente effervescente e con un abv non preponderante. Perfetta come ale invernale!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cluniac (15) - - DEC 27, 2014
Very good tripel. Not nearly as complete in taste and palate feeling as the rochefort 10 which is my favorite beer. Nevertheless the aroma is for me still a wonderfully sweet, fruity, and with a caramel like smell that I cant get enough of. Appearance is similar to the 10; a murky reddish brown with some yeast. Not the most beautiful in appearance, but still very good retention on the head, which i like.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BobyFischer (108) - FRANCE - DEC 27, 2014
Excellente belge forte des trappistes Rochefort.Très fruitée et moins forte que la 10.Corps de malt moins torréfié et liquoreux mais le restant tout de même beaucoup.Belle complexité de fruits mûrs et liqueur : cerises, fruits rouges.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MatthijsE (53) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2014
Bottle @ home. Beautiful spicy and fruity aroma with red berries and plum. Brown color, light brown creamy head, good lace. You can taste the alcohol a bit but it is not overpowering. Nice long caramel aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
barbillon (11) - Pesaro, ITALY - DEC 27, 2014
di sicuro non al livello della suo sorella maggiore (rochefort 10) ma comunque di notevole impatto...il tutto inizia con un aroma di spezie e fico che continua con un sapore deciso e leggermente secco e amarognolo nel complesso molto piacevole.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wvhoran (372) - Tasmania, - DEC 27, 2014
Clear dark brown with ruby-red tints, a fine off-white head. Lovey malt aroma with fruit (plums), lightly spicy, yeast. The flavour is sweet, malt and caramel, fruits, spices, very little bitterness. Beautiful and a fine younger brother to one of my all-time favourites.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mjansen1310 (48) - Soest, NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2014
0,33 cl bottle. Cola brown coloured beer with cream head. Taste notes are dark chocolate, light fruity, creamy and coffee. Quite intense with a good glow in taste. Its remarkably easy to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alo83 (1) - - DEC 22, 2014 does not count
Nice beer... Strong but very pleasant to drink and paired with all types of foods! Cheers

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Docjmachado (3) - - DEC 21, 2014 does not count
Rusty brown color during the pour. Recommend to drink in a tulip glass which allows the beer to open up. Enjoyed but prefer #10!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ilikewinetoo (3) - SPAIN - DEC 21, 2014 does not count
Brown with tan head. Aroma is plums, cherry, licorice, spicy Belgian yeast, vanilla and caramel. Slick palate. Aftertaste is rich, fruity, dark chocolate, caramel, cherry, some licorice and lasting spicy finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pedo (5) - - DEC 21, 2014 does not count
Nice taste, chocolate and a bit of fruits, lasts long. Aroma not noticable yet due to low temperature. Nice brownish colour with a small whitebrown head. Overall a nice trappist.

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