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


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RATINGS: 3619   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
michcam8 (571) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2012
Drank from a tulip glass. Cola cola with little head. Not much lacing left on the glass. Lot’s of floaties in the glass, tasty yeasty bread bugers. Aroma is not too overwhelming which is nice. You pick up the rasins, bread, malt, clove and belgium spices. Taste and palate are bar none. Very smooth, no detection of alcohol, light carbination and a creamy mouthful. Taste of dry fruits, bread, dough, malts and yeast. Excellent beer and would love to drink again.

Jingis (129) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 16, 2017
Kvalitne klastorne pivko s prijemnou vonou. Peknou polotmavou farbou. A vynikajucou chutou.

Porcellini (45) - Barcelona, SPAIN - SEP 6, 2017
Negra, con espuma duradera y densa. Notas de chocolate y puede que plátano. Final complejo, muy amargo. Textura brutal y olor complejo.

martpez (263) - Norwich, Norfolk, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2017
Sweet fruitcake with some spice. Not massively into it. Lovely warmth and less intense then it's stronger brother but i prefer the younger fresher 6. Slight taste of beans early in the mix takes make the drink less pleasent for me then it should. Don't get me wrong though this is still an excellent complex strong warming beer.

LouisP (544) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 31, 2017
Une biere brune rubis, avec peu de carbonatation et une bonne effervescence. Au nez, un caramel assez evident avec une drole de présence florale et une levure belge qui me rappelle celle des bières triples. En bouche, ce n'est pas une bombe de saveurs, avec un corps qui n'est pas le plus imposant pour le style. Caramel present, jus de raisin, baies des champs et sucre suivent en bouche. Petite effervescence en bouche. Bonne mais manque peut-être trop de corps pour que je puisse ne pas le rementionner.

monksmisery (20) - - AUG 30, 2017
incredible beer! pours easier than other trappist ales hahaha. hazelnut, vanilla, amber malt rush over the palette on a smooth trajectory through to a pleasant malty aftertaste. very balanced, soothing, very unique brown strong ale that i'd recommend to just about anyone.

Estebanik (1220) - Lublin, POLAND - AUG 28, 2017
Piwo leżakowało w piwnicy z rok czy półtora. Piana szybko znika do zera. W aromacie głównie rodzynki, twardy karmel, suszone owoce. W smaku niemal kompletnie wytrawne, cała moc smaku zawarta jest w silnym finiszu, który mocno daje suszonymi owocami. Alkohol jest nieźle ukryty, choć czuć ciężar gatunkowy piwa. Klasykę znać trzeba.

sebsky (218) - ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2017
330 ml bottle,bb 14/12/2021. Dark brown,beige head,no lacing. Aroma - brown sugar,dates,berries,figs. Taste - sweet,plum,date,touch of raisins and alcohol warmth. Very subtle bitter finish.

daniel0017 (451) - Yukon, CANADA - AUG 18, 2017
brown with a beige head. smells of wet grass. flavors include dates, fruit cake, cocoa, carrot and savory spice. majestic in mouth. it’s liquid bliss.

drino1108 (14) - - AUG 17, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2017 Leve aroma adocicado, leve indicador de alta dosagem alcoólica. Cor escurecida, de malte semitorrado. Sabor forte,explosivo na boca, deixando ao fundo toques de figo e banana. baixa carbonatação e lúpulo imperceptível. Deliciosa, nota 9,5 ao menos.

JaKeAFC (1247) - ITALY - AUG 17, 2017
33 cl bottle from Tosano. Deep red/mahogany color, yellowish-white head, bubbly, sadly disappearing, a bit sparkling. Flaky sediments on the bottle, almost clear which become cloudy when those gets in. Some berries on the nose. Aroma is prominently sugary upfront, syrup, burned caramel, berries/cranberries, black grapes, ripe fruit. Fuel notes explodes already, quite burning. Then a solid cakey malts backing follows, with mild leafy hops. Pronounced hearthy yeast notes, with old furniture, wine and wood. Taste is initially sugary, cleaned by smooth bitternes and ends up mild sour. Body isn’t thick as i would have expected, fairly thin texture, sustained carbonation, dry alcoholi finish. A slow sipper, complex, strong, as it warms up becomes really enjoyable, perfumed, aromatic.

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