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


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RATINGS: 3099   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Daniehac (5) - - NOV 22, 2012
Faint raisin and plum aromas on the nose. Colour is a dark cloudy amber with suspended particles, with a thin head that fades quickly after a few minutes. Tastes yummy - raisin bread, dark bread, bananas, complex sugars and then the finish which has hints of tart green apples swirl on the tongue. A pleasant burnt toffee aftertaste that lingers is the final impression, before the inevitable longing for the next swig beckons. I cannot help but comply. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
angel77 (850) - oviedo, SPAIN - AUG 19, 2014
Botella de 33 cl en la antigua internacional con fecha de cons pref para 15-07-2003. cuerpo medio a intenso con 9.2 vol que se notan en todo momento, un poco mas áspera que la rochefort 10 con sabores maltosos tostados, ligeramente especiados y con una buena sensación alcohólica. Así con todo bastante buena y para repetir.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Watje2010 (35) - - AUG 18, 2014
Redish - dark brown. Very interesting taste with quite a malty taste. White long lasting with some traces of yeast in the head. Medium sweet and quite some body. Lightly bitter. One of the best Trappists arround.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
leghorn99 (5) - Livorno, ITALY - AUG 16, 2014 does not count
Nel bicchiere arriva di uno splendido color marrone rossastro, con riflessi ambrati, leggermente velato; assolutamente perfetta la schiuma, di colore beige chiaro, molto fine e compatta, cremosa, con buona persistenza. Al naso ci sono sentori di uvetta, banana matura, prugna, frutta secca e leggere note liquorose che ricordano uno sherry. In bocca sorprende per il modo impressionante in cui l’alcool è nascosto; corpo medio-pieno e buone bollicine. Oleosa e molto morbida, con note di uvetta, prugna e datteri, caramello, zucchero candito, frutta secca (mandorle, noci). La dolcezza del gusto ė bilanciata da una bella secchezza finale che riesce quasi a ripulire il palato, creando quell’istante di attesa necessario per poter ancor meglio assaporare il retrogusto, abboccato, caldo e morbido (ricco di frutta sotto spirito) dove finalmente l’alcool fa sentire la sua discreta presenza.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
qulment (10) - SWITZERLAND - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle, a bit ligther than the Rochefort 10, light brown color, still strong though...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beertholomeus (754) - California, USA - AUG 15, 2014
Pours a deep amber color with an off white head. Fruit, caramel, yeast, molasses and malt aroma. Plum, sugar, fig, molasses, toast, yeast, apple, banana, spice, caramel and malt flavors. Medium full body with high carbonation. Sweet taste and a fruit and spice finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dalfaro86 (253) - Mexico City, MEXICO - AUG 14, 2014
Pours a cloudy light brown brew with a big white head with good retention, aroma is moderate sweet, low bitter and low acidic with plum, fig, caramel, chocolate, banana and spices, medium bodied, flavor is moderate to heavy sweet, low bitter and low acidic with a dry and sweet finish and a long aftertaste.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lhns03 (71) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 14, 2014
Been excited to try this one for a while. Beautiful nose, I mean I can only smell through one nostril and this beer is very nice. Definitely fig, baking spices, lil bit o banana, some nuttiness. Dried fruit some alcohol. Appearance is cloudy, amber, copper. Taste is rich but more active carbonation than expected. Mouthfeel is good but not as viscous as the 10, perhaps when it warms up. Very tasty overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
theDude0815 (10) - Hesse, GERMANY - AUG 11, 2014
Unfiltered brown-reddish color. Tastes sweet &malty. With a dry bitterness and a little bit alcohol. Full body with a carbonation below average. Couldnt discover any frutiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
anfractuosity (126) - - AUG 9, 2014
Dry, with a touch of spiciness. Very nice........................................

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rommelreno (10) - - AUG 8, 2014
Espuma presente e consistente. Aroma frutado com algo apimentado/madeirado. Gosto frutado porém com excelente equilíbrio com álcool. Muito boa!

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