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


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RATINGS: 3411   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   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.

paulvanpelt's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
paulvanpelt (403) - Reusel, - JAN 1, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2013 Rijke, zoete smaak en vooral rijk aroma van caramel en vijgen, licht gebrand. Kleine schuimkraag op een troebel amberbruin bier met bezinksel. Voldoende film en body, wel iets teveel co2.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
XeniaU (1) - BELGIUM - AUG 28, 2015 does not count
Deep, overwhelming taste of bread, amazing smell and a sweet, lovely aftertaste. This is an amazing example of trappist belgian beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zakoon (274) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 25, 2015
33cl bottle enjoyed @ home. Pours dark reddish brown with an off-white head. Aroma is raisins, prunes, caramel, nutty, yeast and belgian candi sugar. Flavour is medium sweet. Medium bodied, a little lively carbonation. Finish is dark dried fruits and a hint of alcohol. I like the big brother much better.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Kleurplaatje (100) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 23, 2015
Pours dark brown with a beautiful, thick, lasting off-white head. Fair amount of sediment in the glass. Aroma of chocolate, yeast, a tad of alcohol, loads of malts and dried fruits, raisins, plums, spices as well... Complex indeed, and almost amazing. Didn’t like the alcoholic smell though. Despite being not that strong, it kind of bugs me a bit. Tastewise, I’ve got nothing to complain. Beautiful soft, almost creamy-like taste of nuts, chocolate, dark fruits, great yeasty notes, spices, some sweet-breaded notes, cloves, liquorice. Nice smooth bitterness towards the end, soft sweet and spicy in the aftertaste. Truly beautiful. Beautiful creamy texture, full bodied... Smoother than its stronger brother and therefore, the 8 is just one up on the 10. True silk in the glass. Its smoothness accompanied with it’s great complexity and wonderful balance, makes this brew a masterpiece of craftsmanship. Perfection at its finest.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
efeesse (242) - Brno, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 23, 2015
Strong, strong beer, with dark color, strong body, average carbonized, (bought a 33cl bottle in Gent supermarket).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
altonbrownd (3910) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - AUG 22, 2015
10/16/2006 12:51:26 PM Bottle at home. Another fantastic Belgian ale. Tall, creamy head. Fruity flavor. Very similar to the 10, bit less alcohol. Tastes spicy and becomes increasingly strong.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeersweden (362) - SWEDEN - AUG 22, 2015
Dark brown, hazy, beer with a three finger high, beige head.

Nose: Brown sugar, caramel, dried fruit, Belgian yeast and banana. Not that strong smell.
Taste: Ohh... This is pure love! Caramel malt, brown sugar, bread, dried fruit, nuts, honey, malty and grainy notes, chocolate, plum and raisin.
Body: Medium to full body. High carbonation. Thick texture. A little bitternes that takes over by the sweetness.

This is so great! This is absolute a favorite! So easy drinking still ABV on 9.2% !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
suprchunk (2666) - Crestview, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2015
Tawny colored pour. Off white head. Some lacing. Nice malty aroma with hints of dark fruit and sugar. Taste is a nice malt front with a crisp bitterness in the back. Some spicy notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Paladares (102) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 21, 2015
Botella. Color café. Muchísima espuma color crema. Aroma complejo pero interesante. Frutal, quizá pera y un poco de cacao. Muy agradable, ningún efluvio alcohólico para su graduación. En boca, espectacular. Muy cremosa. Equilibradisima. No parece que lleve alcohol salvo un poco en el postgusto. Vienen sabores frutales, cereales, caramelo... un gustazo. Muy muy rica. Para tener una bodega llena de Rochefort...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TorbenH (963) - Frederikshavn, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2015
brown, cloudy, minimal head, tan foam, roasty, toast, nuts, full body, oily feel, average carbonation, heavy cloying sweetness, medium bitterness, medium bitterness,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rjen (24) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 18, 2015
Dark brown with an off-white head. Aroma of figs, roasted malt, nuts, caramel and chocolate. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter.

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