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


on tap

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RATINGS: 3732   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
turg (156) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 1, 2006
Bottle 330ml. Appearance: dark reddy brown with tan head. Aroma: malt, candy sugar,fruit, bubblegum. Flavor: malt, hop, yeasty. Thank Len.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KnutAlbert (6754) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 1, 2006
Sweet, dry, spicy at the same time. Smells of malt and candy sugar. An explosion of taste. Very close to the ultimate beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tennisjoel (1425) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - FEB 26, 2006
Bottle. Belgian candy and fruit aroma. Thick frothy head. Very good...in fact, its grrrrrrreat (says Tony the Tiger). So smooth for over 9% ABV. Spicy taste with liquid candy. More watered down than the RT 10, but this one comes close. I cant see how anyone with a developed palate would not like this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kreepindeth (404) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 25, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2007 Tastes of bubblegum and raisins and some vague fruit hints I cannot place. Unfortunately these are tainted by a slight medicinal taste and alcohol that is not hidden very well. Not bad, but not worth the price of admission. re-rate: I like this beer much more now. Alcohol is well-hidden. Notes of cinnamon, black pepper, coriander. Subtle vanilla, oak. Toffee, caramel goodness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 25, 2006
Vineous aroma, and flavor is the same. A thin white head that stays throughout. Medicanal taste, with fruity undertones. The high alcohol content is well hidden though. Overall, Im not that impressed, dispite the high rating. Its not horrible by any means, just not "great."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
simbasa (13) - watsonville, California, USA - FEB 25, 2006
i can tell you that the 10 is much better than this. medicinal aftertaste. i was not impressed. after i had the 10, i was amazed. miles apart.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Choos (753) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - FEB 24, 2006
Aroma: raisins and sweet malt with a hint of spiritousness. Appearance: dark reddy brown and hazy with a cappacino fluffy head that leaves great sheet solid lacing. Flavour: awesome vanilla, fruity malt, some almost pecan nut flavours (very light.) Palate: great medium mouthfeel with a light spiritous and malty aftertaste. Overall an incredibly full flavoured beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (7521) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2007 Obviously either all of the heavy duty Trappist beers coming into Pittsburgh are horribly mistreated or all of you folks are smoking crack cause this beer is not anything special. Maybe you all bought into the Trappist mystique or something. Sampled from an 11.2 oz brown bottle this beer poured a caramel color with a huge light tan head. The aroma is faintly sweet and vaguely spicy. The flavor is sweet, yeasty and lightly peppery with a brown sugar element followed by a moderate alcohol flavor and burn. The finish has elements of tea and is lightly smoky. Rather uninspired. I can not possibly see myself ever buying this one again.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
NewSkeptic (5) - New Hartford, Iowa, USA - FEB 22, 2006 does not count
Pours golden brown with a light tan active head of medium bubbles. Little if any lace pattern on the glass as the head diminishes. Abundant very pleasant well balanced aroma of yeast, sweet maltiness and a subtle dark fruits. Flavor is nearly as intense than the aroma primarily of sweet malts, yeast and a gentle hop bitterness. A peasant tongue tingle from the carbonation and alcohol. The flavor finishes dry with no coating sensation and a slight hop bitterness diminishing to a gentle brown sugar sweetness. Very drinkable smooth, complex, satisfying flavor profile. A wonderful aroma essence in the back of the throat of alcohol, carbonation and malt. Wow, its at least 9.2% alcohol and definitely a beer for special occasions !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2006
Bottle. I for some reason fail to be blown away by the Rochefort series. I appreciate the recent slight decline in price, and have now taken the opportunity to finally rate this one. Notes of raisins, vanilla plum, and brown sugar meet on the nose and palate. It hides its alcohol well, but it doesnt blow me away with its flavor profile, mouthfeel, or finish. Its good beer that is a bit on the expensive side.

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