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


on tap

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RATINGS: 3737   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - JUN 27, 2007
Poured brown with a large tan head. Aroma of fruit, spice, and sweet malt. Flavor was much of the same. Not as strong of a taste as the 10 but very smoothe. Couldnt tell it was 9%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
uhre (384) - DENMARK - JUN 25, 2007
Its a bit more malty in the aroma than the Rochefort 6. The head is poor - it doesnt last that long. The flavor is sweet and very similar to the Rochefort 6, but you can sense the alcohol more here. Its also stronger so no suprise. All in all I think they were to similar, its like its only the alcohol that seperates them from each other.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (3439) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 25, 2007
Bottle. The pour is red and murky with a fluffy, long lasting white head. Good lacing here. The aroma is mouthwatering indeed. Loads of sweet, dried fruits, berries, licorice, raisins, cloves, pineapple, and hints of wool. Its a fairly dense beer, but not hugely over the top. As bold as the flavor profile is, it still has many soft nuances. I picked up hints of licorice, earth, strawberry, whole barley. This is vary tasteful, refined, and complex. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
smcd (366) - USA - JUN 24, 2007
I drank another one of my favorite beers the other night and was reminded just how good it can be. Rochefort 8 is excellent. It easily competes against its bigger brother and other trappist cousins. Everything you would expect: deep copper, fast-dissipating head that leaves nice lace and fine bubbles. Notes of dried fruits and nuts. A wonderful, aromatic hoppiness to boot. Mmmmm.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
blklab2007 (2120) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 22, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2009 bottle, pours a brown color with less carbonation then the 6 did with little head. taste is the 6 with more punch. this may be my favorite of the three the 6 is great for easy drinking but this is one to be savored.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jdhunt76 (56) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2007
Bottle. Deep brown pour with a delicately laced off-white head. Familiar Belgian nose with layers of roasted malts, raisins, and molasses. Full-bodied and very roasty for a Belgian with some roasted malt flavors that are usually associated with porters and stouts. Lots of complexity in the flavor, with hints of hazelnuts, raisins and dark chocolate, and an almost wine-like finish. Seems to be more carbonated than most of the Belgian strongs Ive tried.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - JUN 19, 2007
Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip. This ale poured a hazy brown color with visible carbonation and a big, foamy tan head. Excellent retention and lacing. The aroma of this beer was full of yeast notes, bread, grapes, dark fruits, and some sweet malts. The flavor was very, very rich. It included buttery bread notes along with a crisp fruitiness, and also a bit of caramel. Excellent velvety, creamy mouthfeel with fizzy, active carbonation stinging your tounge along with a nice alcohol warmth. All I can say is...awsome!! A must try. This is one top notch ale that is sure to be a favorite for years to come!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cmycoskie (23) - Georgia, USA - JUN 18, 2007
Buying beer in Brussels is straight up silly. I actually bought this beer at the grocery store for about a euro. Anyways, bad ass beer that goes down perfectly for one with such a high alcohol content. And it is not overly sweet, but just right. Still looking forward to having the 10, which is only a 1.50 in Brussels. Prost.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Acariya (13) - Rhode Island, USA - JUN 14, 2007
Wow. I see why this gets such great ratings.. theres a ton of both aroma and flavor to this beer.. even the appearance is of exceptional quality.. Pours a reddish brown. Foamy head that retains very well. Fruit, raisin, plum in both aroma and flavor. Soft on the palate, almost velvety. How do they make this stuff!?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - JUN 14, 2007
pours dirk hazey amber with huge head. Aroma of malt and rasins and a hint of citrus. Flavor is a spicey and some dried rasin with a crisp finish. very nice...

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