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


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RATINGS: 3621   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (43888) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2006
Bottle. Really nice aroma, fruity berries and plums to start with more gentle chocolate, malt and dried fruits with a little bit of spicy yeastiness to round the whole thing off and bring it together. The alcohol is really well hidden. Fairly sweet but in the silky smooth way the luscious aromas would lead you to expect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (40447) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2008
33 cL bottle and magnum bottle at Kerstbierfestival 2007. Pours deep brown, slight murky with a light brown head. Aroma is distinct chocolate malty, quite fresh fruity towards citrus fruits and mild yeast. Flavour holds the same distinct fresh citrus fruity hops note (does become a bit cloying towards the end) to a smooth delicate yeasty and malty chocolate malt base. Quite complex yet clearly lighter and more accessible compared to the 10. Ends with a nice lingering fruity and malt driven complex finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (34325) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 27, 2002
A dark brown beer with a good head. The aroma has fruity and chocolate notes. And the flavor is very complex with notes of fruit and chocolate. A fantastic beer that I enjoy drinking again and again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (25926) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 6, 2005
Hazy red brown colour with beige head. Sweet aroma with lots of plums and alcohol. Sweet complex flavour with notes of plums, spices and liquorice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oh6gdx (25327) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 15, 2005
Bottled. Hazy brownish orange colour, huge skimmy/foamy head, which lasts long. Lacing. Very complex aroma of fruit, licorace and weak notes of alcohol. Also spices and yeast can be found in the aroma. Beatiful flavour of fruit, bread, caramel, hops, some breadish notes as well as a bit smokishness. Longlasting sweetish bready aftertaste. Lovely palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2006 (Bottle 33 cl) Very dark brown but far from black. Nice, creamy head. Chocolatey with loads of malt and dried fruits in the delicious and very complex aroma. Huge sediment. A yummy, yummy Trappist. 050893

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
omhper (23430) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 23, 2002
Mahogany coloured. Big, wonderful aroma of red berries. Sweet and softly malty. Sparkling mouthfeel. A hint of toffee. Salty finish. A very complex ale, which I actually find even better then it’s stronger cousin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (23012) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 5, 2006
#500. Dark brown colour with a two finger thick tan head. Malty flavor with nice hints of dark fruits. Malty fruity flavor with some spiciness and hints of licourice and dark fruits. Sweet fruity and spicy aftertaste with some bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (22063) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 21, 2010
6th March 2010. Cloudy dark brown beer. Short lived off white creamy head. Dry palate. Rich dry chocolatey malt. Yeasty spicy undertone. Hint of licorice. Finishes dry and leaves a warming afterglow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cgarvieuk (21585) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 22, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2015 A deep brown colour, with a strong sweet fruit malt nose, and a deep rich lively complex malt flavour. bottler at home drunk may 2015 ... bbf may 2012 ... dark brown ... soft sweet fruits .. soft malts ... soft fruits .. soft malts ... soft toffee fruits .. ligth yeast .. ligth blackcurrant fruit 3.9

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