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


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RATINGS: 3726   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sammy3D (141) - Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA - APR 12, 2007
Poured from the bottle this beer is a dense brown with a generous frothy cream head. Aroma is almost like root beer with sarsaparilla and some hints of banana. Excellent flavor with all sorts of complexities. Smoked fruit, caramel and well balanced with none of the flavors really overwhelming the other. The sweetness is never excessive. Warming and smooth at the same time in the mouth. A well crafted brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Skyview (5866) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 10, 2007
From 11 oz bottle, pours a cloudy dark brown brew with a off white head. Aroma of dark plums, tart green olives and citrus. Tastes of fruit, grapes and chocolate cake. Sweet finish and a small fruit aftertaste. Another excellent Trappist Ale

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jackson220 (136) - new lenox, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2007
Very attractive beer. NIce billowy head that left great lacing. Wonderful aromas of sweet bread, tropical fruits, banana, and slighty of roasted malts. Has a pretty strong and good citrus taste while also tastes earthy with hints of caramel. The finish tingles the mouth and throat (you can really taste the alcohol in this one) and it leaves a lingering slightly bitter and sour aftertaste. very complex.... very very good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - APR 9, 2007
Pours a muddy dark brown with a large fluffy long-lasting off-white head. Aroma is surprisingly subdued in my opinion. Its dominated by the earthy spiciness from the yeast, with some cloves, grapes and maybe vanilla. The rest of the beer experience is thoroughly dry. Taste of more clove-like spice, some toast, caramel, raisin and perhaps a few other bitter/yeasty flavors that I cant quite pick apart. Finishes dry and bitter at first, but the bitterness doesnt linger in a hoppy way. I guess its just from the yeast. Mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation is super-high, so some glass swirling helps. I appreciate the complexity, but the dryness overwhelms me and counters the sweetness too much. Worth trying, but its more of a stepping stone up towards the 10, which I remember being pretty awe-inspiring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2007
clear copper with a nice off white head. aroma apples roasted malt caramel toasted bread and clove. tart apple flavor with bittersweet caramel notes toasted bread and clove. finish sweet/tart green apple with a hint of clove and a light bitterness. light warm alcohol notes on the finish. medium to full body. interesting. I need to try this one again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nasman (4) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2007 does not count
Heavy fruit scent, with a bit of raisins. A nutty, caramel flavor that fades nicely as the warm of the alcohol radiates through you. It definitely has a kick. Thick, textured sweetness tempered by a dry, moderately bitter taste. A dark, brown color with more of a head than one might expect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - APR 7, 2007
11 oz bottle. Bown sugar color. ample head. Rock-lick sediment like seashells in the bottom. Sweet, sugary, raisin. Very smooth - nobite - fruity carbonation exhaule. My wife likes these eers and shes not a big beer drinker. If this is one shell share with me, double plus for this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jake65 (3501) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - APR 7, 2007
Bottle: Pours a murky, reddish brown color with a lasting finger of beige head. Lively carbonation, but not that noticable when taking a sip. Nose is a bit fruity, as well as an earthy, breadiness. Kind of muddled. Taste is sweet, fruity, just a bit bready, hint of sherry, and warming. Subtle, yet in depth flavors are not competing with each other. Delicious.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 6, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2008 Fantastic in all respects. Complex, balanced, earthy, diverse fruits without excess acidity. Beautiful nose, head, finish. Cant think of anything wrong except perhaps a touch too sweet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheCEO (100) - USA - APR 6, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2007 11.2 oz. bottle (05 Vintage) served ice cold in a glass, coffee tulip - Ok. After drinking Delirium Tremens, I was wanting this to be a great one as advertised...and for how fantastic this may be for its style...its not MY style. Maybe I will learn to love it someday...but not now. Imperial/Double IPAs are where its at...

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