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


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RATINGS: 3195   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pumpkinhead2 (410) - Longueuil, Quebec, - MAR 26, 2014
Bière brune aux reflets orangés, totalement opaque, remplie de particules formant même comme un brouillard à l’intérieur du verre, effervescence un peu difficile à observer mais qui semble très bien, col qui monte haut au versement de la bière, mais qui se réduit rapidement pour ne laisser que quelques remous beige à la surface du liquide. Arômes principalement constitués de fruits foncés (raisin, cerise, datte, prune/pruneau...) et de beaucoup d’effluves sucrés, pâtisserie, caramel, cassonade, cola, érable… On décèle également au nez de l’anis, du clou de girofle, de la vanille, des traces de fumée, un peu d’alcool, un peu de levure belge… Ce breuvage sent merveilleusement bon, et c’est bien complexe et intense! En bouche, c’est bien pétillant sur la langue, et l’onctuosité au palais est intéressante. Au goût, c’est significativement moins sucré que le nez laissait présager. Saveurs bien fruité (raisin, cerise, prune…), et saveurs de pain grillé, caramel, cassonade, cola, la bière présente également des saveurs plus acides (levure?) et l’alcool est bien présent en bouche, un peu trop même. Une amertume légère mais bien sentie se pointe en fin de bouche, mais celle-ci ne semble pas totalement bien intégrée aux autres saveurs. Toujours bien intense en bouche, ça me semble cependant y être moins complexe qu’au nez. Il s’agit tout de même d’une excellente bière!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mjansen1310 (46) - 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.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
sirikbe (1) - - DEC 20, 2014 does not count
Beer is decent, fresh or frisky compared to The others! I am happy With it but have had better

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cobellig (31) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 20, 2014
Super beer, intense, deep creamy...many many good points and enjoyable, my favourite among the 3 sorts

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jarastlad (26) - Arlon, BELGIUM - DEC 19, 2014
Bought in le forum, Arlon Nice deep brown colo with a crisp carbonation. Fruity notes are the dominant aromas with a slight alcohol and yeasty tang. The taste is characterised by malty yeasty fruity altogether wonderful combination. Rochefort, What else ?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jh773 (171) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Tulip. Very dark hazy brown with orange around the edge of the glass. Thick marshmallowy head that dissipates reasonably quickly. Smell is fresh hops, yeast, dried spice. Rich fruit, raisin, plums, figs, caramel, cracker/bread, honey, berry, hops. Crisp flavor that keeps developing in your mouth. Good body but overwhelmingly fizzy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Moravius (603) - Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 14, 2014
Flasche (33 cl) von Getränkefeinkost Berlin. - Tiefes Kastanienbraun, sehr trüb, reichlich Schaum. - Nase unerwartet fruchtig (Birne, weißer Traubensaft), leicht weinige Note, elegant dunkelmalzig. - Antrunk angenehm leicht, vornehm dunkelmalzig aber nicht besonders süß. Marzipan und Nuß sind nur angedeutet. Mild rezent, fein perlend, samtiges Mundgefühl. Nachtrunk leicht erdig bitter mit einem Hauch von Fleischbrühe. Im Abgang macht sich der Alkohol mit einer leichten Weinbrandnote bemerkbar. - Hier ist alles mild, grazil und elegant, mehr Marzipan als Schokolade und mit einer federleichten fruchtig-spritzigen Note abgerundet. Großartig!

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