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


on tap

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RATINGS: 3738   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2007
Pours a pretty dense brown with thick light brown head. Aroma is very light with undertones of yeast. A very slight aroma of cocoa bean. Beer has a bit of carbonation with smooth chocolate/roasted malt flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 28, 2007
pours a slight cloudy brown with mild white head. sweet light smooth yeast aroma. spritzy palate with front tingle to it to a light finish. more mild than would think, hidden complexity. mild finish with a hot hop presence, maybe this was a little too fresh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Atlove (41) - USA - DEC 26, 2007
21st birthday present to myself. I let it sitfor a year, and I think it paid off. Pours an attractive chesnut brown with a respectable head. the aroma is powerful--lots of dried fruits and berries. The taste is wonderful, sweet and complex with appropriate alcohol. I wasnt a trappist fan and still dont feel well-versed enough to appreciate this beer to its fullest, but I like it. Im excited to try the rest of the Rochefort family.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
WESSIDEMC (10) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - DEC 25, 2007
This is the best beer I have tasted thus far. It pours a dark, murky brown with a thick brown head. Amazingly rich and layered flavor. Please, do yourself a favor and get yourself a bottle. Wow.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - DEC 25, 2007
33cl bottle. Aroma of overbaked bread crust, dry wood, a leaf pile in late October, roasted nuts and alcohol. Pours ruby brown with a thin white head. Flavor of nuts, quite a bit of wood, bread crust, yeast, dry leaves and alcohol. Medium to full bodied. Creamy with lively carbonation. Meh...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beaver (1773) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 24, 2007
11.2 oz bottle. Pours a dark murky tea brown with a small fizzy white head that quickly recedes to a thin collar.

The aroma is sweet molasses, dark fruits, spiced cake and cola with a little alcohol.

The flavor is sugary chocolate malts, fruit cake, cola, nuts and dark fruits with a dry finish. The alcohol is well hidden. The mouthfeel is medium with lots of sharp sparkling carbonation.

Overall, a fairly decadent and complex dessert beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dnas2 (705) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2007
Lively out the bottle, brown, with a roasted and sugary scent. Some lacing. Smooth, some carbonation, bitter. Lives a sticky mouthfeel. Berry fruit and malts in the mouth with a sour end. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
franksnbeans (265) - Columbus, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Pours a brown sugar color with a big head and spurratic lacing. Smells of brown sugar, fig, dried fruit. Tastes as it smells along with a slight lemon tea finish. Extremely smooth. Medium in the mouth with great carbonation. ABV is non existant. So drinkable its not funny. Those monks know what they are friggin doing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Poured into a Johns Grocery chalice. Pours a deep dark brown, with about an inch of fluffy head. Smell, from chocolate to dark fruits, figs and raisins are just two of the flavors you can expect to find. Taste is malty and sweet with hints of dark fruit, alcohol is wearing a camouflaged suit, very deceptive. Mouthfeel has room for improvement, it is a little light. Drinkability, I would definitely have a few of these in a night, if I had a fatter wallet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hillfiiiiire (323) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2007
Poured a dark brown, caramel toned color with a large slightly tanned head that took quite a while to dissipate enough for drinking. Aroma is excellent with a caramel smell coming through most prominently. Flavor comes through with a toffee-ness and a nice sweet malt. The hops balance the brew exceptionally well. Its a very smooth drink with an incredible finish that leaves behind that nice toffee taste. Very good beer.

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