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


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RATINGS: 3078   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brewmaster (168) - USA - NOV 13, 2002
Whats to say - just a great beer. Just a notch below the 10

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KolmeKuninga (11) - - JUL 25, 2014
Aroma: caramel, nuts, grass, earthy, butterscotch. alcohol, vanilla. Color: brown, cloudy, brown foam, frothy. medium sweetness, lightly bitter, medium sourness, medium body, oily feel, creamy, average carbonation, bitter,

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mmmbeer (1235) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 24, 2014
11.2 oz. bottle served in a shaker- poured a semi transparent very darkened amber with shades of black and darkened brown when held to a light source, creamy head formed and lasted while I put laundry up, had a smoke, and grabbed something to eat- quite awhile! Aroma of molasses, plum, sun beaten dark grapes, and yeast. Hits the mouth with a wide body, malt is light but is immediately brushed aside by the same aromas described transcribing into the mouth, middle holds up well with the fruit continuing, finish is slightly sweet and some pepper. This could be very dangerous for me- F’ IT, my middle name is Danger...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JimmyBoy74 (162) - Örebro, SWEDEN - JUL 21, 2014
33 cl på torget i Bryssel. Kul att dricka denna på plats på riktigt. Lite för mycket alkoholsmak för att ge toppbetyg.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Beachmaster (95) - Oklahoma, USA - JUL 20, 2014
12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a dark mahogany color, with a massive beige head that persists, leaving excellent lacing. Nose is dark fruit, caramel, and brown sugar. Taste is dark fruit, figs, plums, etc. and a hint of caramel. Finish is long, with a creamy mouth feel and increasing complexity, finally yielding to a pleasant spice note. One of the greatest beers in the world.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbaaron (1149) - Arizona, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Mahogany pour with a large, thick tan head which lasted throughout. Bigger medium body. Hidden abv, but a very pleasant warmth. Yeasty. Modest spice. Caramel. Dried fruit. Dark fruit. Dry chocolate. Complex. Elegant. Superb. Something that can be enjoyed again and again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MarinEvelyn (533) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Beautiful sweet, strong, fruity beer. Definitely fig, some biscuit or cookie (simply reminds me of a fig newton) dark fruit sweetness, but with just a little bit of lighter fruit mixed in in the aroma. Malt, slight bitterness, just enough to give it a bite and not so fruity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrewFace (727) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2014
Bottle thanks to mcbackus...vintage 2006. Mostly clear, dark amber, reddish brown pour with large tan head. Sweet caramel malt aroma, toffee, dark fruits, complex malty goodness. Flavor is vinous, sherry like, some oxidation due to age, dark fruits, more caramel and toffee, finishes with strong alcohol presence.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jorn69 (842) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - JUL 12, 2014
Bottle @ Bryggeriet, Ystad. Fruity with yeasty and spicy notes, quite sweet with some alcoholic notes, licorice and plums, really complex, medium body with an oily texture. The finish is dry and bitter with sweet and fruity notes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alengrin (137) - BELGIUM - JUL 12, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2014 The green cap, ’middle’ Rochefort, and to many the most balanced of the three. Stable, mousse-like, nicely lacing head, colour a deep bronze, misty; powerful, fruity and earthy aroma of caramel, banana, coriander, cinnamon, liquorice, pear, cookie dough, brown rum, figues, chocolate, bramble berries; taste kicks off with a ’dry’ fruitiness (dried plums, candied figues), relatively sharp carbonisation with a mineral-like effect, dry spicy hints (coriander) on a deep and ’beefy’, caramel- and lightly chocolate-like maltiness, tingling yeasty spiciness, fairly thick mouthfeel, aftertaste a dry grasy hoppy bitteriness with a warming effect of alcohol (rum, liqueur) but not acerb in any way, some yeastiness and sweetness also lingers, but no cloying so very well-balanced. Also tasted a few times as "Rochefort 8 Cuvée", the Christmas version in magnum bottles, but found no noticeable difference - although a couple of years of aging will probably lead to a different beer in such a big volume than in the normal 33 cl bottling.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VinegarStroke (267) - Napa, California, USA - JUL 7, 2014
Bottle: Clear, light caramel brown, thick head and good lace. Dried fruit, fig or dates, malt, caramel, ripe not roasted. Dry, not sour but almost acid and low bitterness. Almost phenolic. Super attenuated. Loads of weight and length. Chocolate. Almost like red wine pressings.

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