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


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RATINGS: 3127   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
vadavid (142) - Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 26, 2008
The bottling code on this one was L050912 08:21, indicating a bottling date of September 2007. The 9.20% ABV beer poured a dark (rootbeer) brown, and even with an easy pour developed a thick foamy beige head. Lots of sticky lacing is left as the head drops. The aroma has notes of banana, clove and yeast. The taste of the Rochefort 8 is malty and complex, with hints of vanilla, milk chocolate and brown sugar. There’s a slightly bitter aftertaste though the beer finishes cleanly leaving little behind. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
freretoc (690) - Besançon, FRANCE - SEP 20, 2014
Bue en bouteille de 33cl, couleur brune, effervescence et mousse marron moyenne. Bière avec une attaque très fort sur le caramel et le grillé, avec l’arrière goût caractéristique banane de la Rochefort assez bien levurée... Une tuerie

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kevinator (920) - The Colony, Texas, USA - SEP 19, 2014
Strong Belgian and bread aroma. Soft brown color with a good head. Weighted palate with a smooth feel. Strong bready malts like a dubbel with a caramel and yeasty finsh. Truly good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Ionlyrate5s (86) - New York, USA - SEP 19, 2014
This was my fav of the Rocheforts. Even at 9+ it was so so drinkable almost slmmable, but don’t get enough of it to waste on a chug. Dried fruit slight peach, earthy low hops, dry crisp finish. GREAT!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DomD (57) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - SEP 18, 2014
Poured from bottle. Aroma of fruit. Appearance is a very dark brown with significant tan head. Medium bitter taste with a dry finish. A really great Belgian Strong Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
samzim (205) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 16, 2014
Yeasty scent with chocolate and honey notes. Opaque dark brown colour. Flavour of molasses, figs, and milk chocolate. Medium body with high carbonation. A really tasty beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkmagus82 (1268) - - SEP 16, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 6-28-13- Poured from bottle into a chalice glass Appearance- Pours as a very hazy mahogany color with a big and billowy off white head. The head has a moderate level of retention, fading over time to leave a decent level of lace on the sides of the glass. Smell- Initially when poured the beer has a more brown bread aroma mixed with a more mild dark fruit aroma of cherry and raisin. Mixed with these smells is a lighter yeasty smell. As the brew warms the darker fruits become more potent in aroma at the expense of the more bready smell. The cherry in particular begins to shine more with the yeasty aromas intensifying as well. This mixes with a bit of spice and a lighter boozy aroma to produce a rather classic and delicious Belgian strong dark like smell. Taste – The taste begins with a bready flavor mixed with a good dark fruit mix of cherry, raisin and plum. As the flavors advance the cherry grows stronger in flavor with more yeasty and spice flavors of coriander and clove coming to the tongue. Along this time a light boozy flavor starts working its way to the taste buds, remaining at a low constant level throughout the remainder of the taste. In the end a little bit of an almost grassy like bitter flavor comes to the tongue to leave a satisfying mix of warming alcohol and dark fruit flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the averages side in terms of creaminess and thickness with a rather high level of carbonation. The higher carbonation mixed with the medium body create a rather crisper feel even for a brew of 9.2 % nicely complimenting the dark fruit flavors of the beer. Overall-A quite tasty brew overall. Not quite to the level of the 10 but extremely tasty none the less.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Tusseladd (2) - - SEP 16, 2014 does not count
Honestly one of the best beers I’ve tasted. Actually prefer this one over Rochefort 10. Rich aroma and taste that changes with the temperature. Out of the 1000+ beers I’ve tasted this is still in my top 3.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wixie (21) - BELGIUM - SEP 16, 2014
Dark brown, large head. Fruity aroma (a bit of cheese). Full body, average carbonation. Taste is bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
adamnowek (52) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 16, 2014
I’m with the guys below that said this was reminiscent of wood and/or fruitcake. Both are accurate and in no way demeaning to this brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Melkart (296) - Porto Alegre, BRAZIL - SEP 14, 2014
Complex. Well balanced. Taste is slightly sweet. Wood, grapes. Evolvent alcohol. Dry finish.

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