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


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RATINGS: 3384   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   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.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rwgould (331) - Vancouver, British Columbia, - AUG 26, 2012
33cl bottle from SAQ. Pours a dark cloudy brown, frothy beige head that dissipates slowly. Aroma: Malt, bubblegum, vanilla, banana, raisin, caramel, toffee, hints of chocolate. Amazing smell. Palate: Full bodied, fizzy, smooth finish. Very nice. Taste: Sweet, but not too sweet. Very nice flavour. Alcohol is present, but not too strong. Damn good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dhatton (187) - Mendham, New Jersey, USA - JUL 30, 2015
Pours an effervescent cherry wood color with full finger of loose beige head that diminishes to a thin milky substance that clings to the surface. Musty yeast aroma with notes of cloves, sourdough, and dark fruits. Excellent taste of spiced rum, caramel maltiness, cherries, and marzipan. Creamy texture with dry finish. Nicely balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DraftDodger (465) - - JUL 30, 2015
Copenhagen 30/7 2015. 33 cl bottle from Gunnar Madsens Vingandel. Aggressively foaming upon opening. Pours hazy brown with small white head. Disappears fairly fast. Sweet fruity aroma with some yeast and fermentation in the background. Some tart notes for balance. Fizzy carbonation. Taste is well balanced between sweet fruity fermentation and a little sourness. A fine Belgian Dark Ale. Maybe a bit aggressively carbonated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ivardo (102) - NORWAY - JUL 29, 2015

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sandow (2) - FRANCE - JUL 26, 2015 does not count
Really good beer, with nice color and dense froth (as every trappist beer). However, I’d rather drink an Orval or Westmalle because this one is too ’strong’

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beers0mniac (14) - FINLAND - JUL 24, 2015
Murky brown colour with frothy head that disappears quickly. Rich, dark fruits in flavour, intensive aroma. Slight alcohol warm in the end. Awesome beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EvgeniyKurilov (7) - - JUL 23, 2015 does not count
Очень приятно& насыщен& пиво каштано& цвета с густой, липкой пеной. В аромате четко выделяю& черносл& ноты. Вкус пряный со множест& сухофру& долгое послевк& Но и во вкусе и в аромате мне чего-то не хватило, особенн& если сравнив& с 10-кой.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
szeli (62) - GERMANY - JUL 22, 2015
Meiner Meinung nach sogar etwas besser als das Rochefort 10. Runder, weniger Alkoholgeschmack, dadurch mehr Aroma welches durchkommt. Super lecker.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
emincems (14) - izmir, TURKEY - JUL 22, 2015
one of the best beers in the world. 9,2 alcohol is not less, but you can easily drink this flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
David_87 (110) - - JUL 21, 2015
Pours similar in color and sediment to it´s big brother. Aroma is alot more subdued on this one compared to the 10, less of everything is what hits me! Still rich dark fruits, plums, figs. Taste follows the same road of shadowing it´s big brother in awe i can imagine as it lacks something in all the categories compared to the 10, the difference in price and abv is just not justifiable to me to choose this over the 10 at any time if you can have any of them! If the 10 is not available the 8 suddenly becomes a top class belgian dark strong beer! Perfect example of living in the shadow of something better! Bottle from SB.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CurbDog (17) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2015
Pours big head, fades very quickly and eventually disappears. Murky dark brown. Plum, raisin, fig, musk, cola aroma. All matching flavours. High carbonation.

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