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

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RATINGS: 3714   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The lower gravity cousin to Rochefort 10. Nicknamed "Spciale" (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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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kdm1984 (814) - Missouri, USA - NOV 16, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2013 Large, thick head with thick rings of lacing and sediment at the bottom. Aroma of dark purple and red fruits like grapes, raisins, cherries, cranberries, and apples. Flavor is all of the aforementioned along with bready malts. ABV incredibly well-hidden as with #10 - no burn despite being over 9%! Rochefort is incredible with this. Only complaint - a bit too much acid. Otherwise, smooth and well-balanced. Reminds me of a better version of Brother Thelonius by North Coast - a fine beer in its own right. Basically, this is almost as good as their legendary 10. SECOND TASTING NOTES: Not as much acid this time. Drinking it slightly warmer. Tasting more brown sugar and molasses. Butterscotch and caramel, too, including in the aroma. Carbonation is very high - like soda bubbles on the mouth at first. This is so tasty - 9% ABV is well-hidden.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thomas_W1 (708) - Rastatt, GERMANY - MAR 29, 2017
Flasche 0,33l: Kupfer, roter Bernstein, leichte Trbung, sehr krftiger stabiler mittelporiger Schaum; in der Nase dunkle Se, krftig wrzig, Malz, Malzzucker, Toffee, dunkle/getrocknete Frchte, Backpflaumen, Rosinen, leichte fruchtige Sure, Hopfen, krftige slich-wrzige Bitterkeit; im Krper schne Se, wrzig, Malz, Malzzucker, spritzig-fruchtige Sure, dunkle/eingelegte Frchte, Backpflaumen, cremig, krftige Kohlensure, leichte Rstaromen, angenehme dunkel-fruchtige BItterkeit, Tannine; angenehmer fruchtig-wrziger Nachgang mit leichten Rstaromen

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kriddie (10) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 25, 2017
This is my favourite beer. Other commentators have already elucidated upon the aroma and taste of this Trappist, so let me clarify why I hold this beer among the giants of Ale. Rochefort 8, although not as strong and full of taste as the 10, has a certain "aristocracy" about it. It is noble in the humble way, never pretending, never boasting. No flashy signals claiming to be the best, just an old-school, classy label which in itself tells one that the bottle contains nothing short of the cream of the crop. This beer, while clocking in at a disheartening 9.2% ABV, is thirst-quenching. It is also a beer that makes itself known. One of few beers with which I can easily spend an hour. It is almost as if the taste, alongside its medieval-esque label, invites one to just relax and contemplate for an hour or so. As if the beer itself makes one think and sit back. Rochefort 8 is, for me, the perfect balance between taste and ABV, between price and quality, silently being just as powerful as it is inconspicious. A fine Ale, and nothing less.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Graham77 (506) - SCOTLAND - MAR 24, 2017
330ml bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with a good head which retains and laces well. The aroma is sweet, malty, banana & cognac/alcohol. The taste is excellent. Medium to heavy sweet, malty and grassy. Less peppery than the Six but more yeast. The finish is dry with some alcohol. Really full flavoured and well balanced. Medium bodied. Top drawer.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tekstr1der (470) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 16, 2017
After having both 10 and 6 expectations were sky-high as they are the two finest of each style Ive yet had. The 8 did not disappoint. Pouring hazy brown with a lasting tan head, aroma are immediate candi sugars and cooked sugar. Very sweet nose yields to a pleasantly slightly less sweet flavor of molasses bread and some yeast spiciness. Delicious example of the style. Finish is clean and not cloying given the relative sweetness overall. Just fantastic.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ozzy70 (1007) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 14, 2017
11.2 oz. bottle. Pour was hazy brown, lasting foamy tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, fig, raisin. Taste was mild sweet, raisin, fig, light alcohol, fruit.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fullpintofbeer (283) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2017
Bottle at Strawberry Thief, Bristol. Served in a Trappists glass. Medium off-white head, dark brown colour, hazy, fair lacing. Aroma of fruits, berries, bit of banana. Taste: sweet with dry/alcohol aftertaste. Full body, lively, long finish. Wow, excellent, despite of a strong alcohol taste. Nicely balanced, smooth, great.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
arsol (1095) - NORWAY - MAR 11, 2017
Uklar brun farge med beige skum. Lukter av karamellmalt og stenfrukter. Smaker sdme. middels pluus fylde. bitter og salt avslutning.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Evilman (203) - Taverny, FRANCE - MAR 6, 2017
Almost on the same level as the 6 one, but just a bit under the 10. All Rochefort Trappistes are without a doubt the Rolls Royces of Trappist Beers, and this one is a great choice on its own, even better accompanied with the others. Same sweet oak / nuts aroma as the others, not especially much deeper than the 6 but definitely stronger and with a much more present aftertaste. Delightful and incredibly sweet for its alcohol level. Splendid. APPROVED BY TAVERNYS BLACK METAL CREW!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GvanGool (68) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 5, 2017
This Rochefort 8 is less complex compared to the Rochefort 10. It shares the fruityness, hips and malty taste. Its less sweet. But also for this one... It's strong! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mmmeinike (43) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 5, 2017
Mrkebrun ale med hj viskositet. Noter af karamel, chokolade og gr i duften, Smagsnoter: karamel, chokolade, krydderier og en anelse humle.


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