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


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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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
radio_nowhere (701) - Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2013
12oz bottle into Trappist glass. Dark brown color with half-finger of off-white head. Aroma of sweet caramel, roasted malt, light chocolate, dark fruit (prunes, figs), nuts and fruity tart Belgian yeast. Taste is much the same as aroma, adding some biscuit and wood notes. Heavy body, complex flavors balancing nicely, dry finish. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
keeszorge (18) - - APR 20, 2014
Het 'kleine broertje' van de 10. Fruitig aroma, zoete smaak met licht bittere afdronk. Elegante schuimkraag. De Rochefort is en blijft een absolute topper!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BastogneBrewery (2) - BELGIUM - APR 20, 2014 does not count
Beautiful color but no grain taste. No coocked grain taste ! This beer is made with too much Brown sugar. The taste is the same, this is caramel. Very llow bitterness. The foam is decreasing very fast. The general taste is good but i expect more than Brown sugar taste when i buy a beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MustangMarkF (214) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2014
330ml Bottle. This pours a dark brown topped by a light tan head that is thick and creamy (for a bottle). Its aroma is fainter than I had hoped reading the other reviews. However there is traces of sweetness, dark fruits and malts. The taste echos the aroma with dark fruits coming to the fore with dark chocolate and a sweet bitter finish. Thankfully this beer is not as sweet as i thought it would be and is full of complex flavours. A good un.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thompson (299) - - APR 15, 2014
Bottle @ Cafe Buitenlust, Oirschot. Hazy brown colour with some red coming through, beige head. Smell and taste malts, caramel, some sweet-bitter, some fruits. Medium body.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HerrBierkoenig (105) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 19, 2014
From 0,33l bottle. BBD: 03.08.16. Pours hazy amber brown liquid with dark apricot reflex, medium tan head. Aroma: beautiful deep rich aroma, cognac, red fruits, plum, resin, citrus, summer biscuit fruit cakes, caramel, well hidden alcohol. Taste: medium sweet, light to medium bitter, light to medium sour, biscuit cakes, citrus, fruits, Palate: medium body, oily texture, average to soft carbonation, long bitter sweet and warm (bit alcoholic) aftertaste. Quiet good drinkability because of medium body with watery/oily mouthfeel and good carbonation. Overall: Excellent aroma, taste bit less excellent, than expected (perhaps due to not best storing conditions), would recommend with summer fruits cakes or winter gingerbread.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JonnyConga (52) - Cornwall, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2014
High carb. V little aroma. Burnt fruit. Okay but nothing special. Not sure if I get this Belgian beer thing yet... ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
EdwinLitzau (239) - NETHERLANDS - APR 19, 2014
Donkerbruine kleur, weinig schuim. Fruitig aroma. Smaakt fantastisch, fruitig, zoet met een kleine bittere nasmaak. Goddelijk.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lucbier (5) - - APR 15, 2014 does not count
Maravilhosa cerveja Belga. Em sabor e aroma, só perde da Rochefort 10. Complexa. Malte predominando. Excelente !!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jayzz (203) - Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2014
Lovely beer with a buttered toffee aroma and smooth sweet nutty flavor. Has a dark amber rich color.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
seynie (86) - Tienen, BELGIUM - APR 22, 2014
Lovely brown colour, more lively than expected with a good foam top. Smells of fruit, Granny Smith even. Taste is not as pronounced as hoped, but the finish is superb. Cognac, apples, red fruits, citrus. Very complex.

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