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


on tap

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RATINGS: 3711   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 20/20
robinvboyer (4403) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2007 huge thick head........nice aroma, typical trappist aroma. very nice, but falls short of a 10 or a st bernardus 12. nice, but not great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
b33r (870) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2007 Medium brown in color with faint fruity aroma. Large light brown head with nice lacing. Thick with huge flavor. Fruity and malty but not too heavy. Crazy

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
feelssogood (1) - CANADA - JAN 9, 2007 does not count
im sorry but i can really not degrade this beer in anyway... now tell me im wrong, and i will stand behind this beer any day

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopslovin (194) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 6, 2007
Dark cider pour with nice head and lace. Pleasant evenly balanced taste with nothing jumping out of balance.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier (3620) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2007
11.2 oz bottle best by 2009-03-30

I have been waiting for a special occasion to open this and rating #400 seemed as good a reason as any. Ive been sitting on it for about two years now so it should be near its peak. Perhaps I will drink another bottle fresh to compare if I can find it for less then $6.99.

Aroma / Appearance - The half finger eggshell colored head sat beautifully on top of a body the color and consistancy of maple syrup. A creamy ring of lacing stuck to the sides like rings of age on a redwood. The aroma was very complex. It started with pecans and vanilla. Soon it morphed to honey, white chocolate and hazel. By the time I was ready to take sip it took on the scent of fresh smores. It was very sweet, balanced and inviting.

Flavor / Palate - The vinous mouthfeel permeates every corner of the mouth. A peppery combination of graham crackers and marshmellows washes over the senses first. It then transforms into cocoa, caramel, honey, pears and cinnamon. Once it finally begins to fade the taste of toasted rye sits on the tongue. The alcohol is well hidden, only coming out only at the very end. This is almost on par with the Rochefort 10 and just as good as Westy 8 in my opinion. If it were cheaper than $6.99 a bottle I would pick it up every once in a while.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
milewide (2167) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 6, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2007 Dark brown. Fruit and yeast aroma and taste. Alcohol well hidden. No hops. Almost the equal of the 10, but $1/bottle less.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
afiskness (6) - Columbia Heights, Minnesota, USA - JAN 5, 2007 does not count
Great beer that I wish I could drink more often. Dark brown color with light tan head, nose is full and fruity and caramel flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jde123 (775) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 5, 2007
Oh man, I have waited much too long to pour another fine Rochefort Belgian ale. Dark brown with a large tan head. Smells perfect, like perfection, and perfect things, and things that are perfect, like my use of adjectives. Flavor is a little smoky, not expected, although rich and full of fruits and caramel, though still light enough to enjoy. This is a great beer. One of my favorites.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
faroeviking (10477) - FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 4, 2007
Hazy red-brown colour with a nice light brownish head. Sweet aroma of plum, alcohol, chocolate. Flavour is very complex with dark malts, caramel, chocolate, some spices. Strong tasty munk brew!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBiker (1414) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2007
[Sampled at eastertime in 2004.] Very close to its stronger brother. Maybe more valuable caused by the percentage, but all in all also a worldclassbeer worth going to Belgium, on a monkcruise, with the purpose to fill the celler!

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