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


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RATINGS: 3611   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
The lower gravity cousin to Rochefort 10. Nicknamed "Spéciale" (’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 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zyster99 (21) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 17, 2001
Could not get past the sediment/floaters in the beer. Also very expensive compared to other great tasting Belgians.

DavidSvinth (55) - DENMARK - AUG 16, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2017 Smuk at se på, interessant at snuse til, fantastisk at smage på. Kompleksitet og nydelse går hånd i hånd hele vejen.

BrewWhatIWant (238) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 15, 2017
Pours a dark tawny brown with a modest tan head that recedes to small pockets of foam. There is some yeast sediment visible. Aroma is dried figs. Taste is medium sweet with a slightly drier finish. There are notes of raisin, vanilla bourbon, a little roasted malt, and a little candy. Medium bodied with a lively carbonation. This is a delicious beer offering some complexity while remaining approachable to a less experienced palate. It’s a great introduction to Belgian beers.

dorain (396) - Berlin, GERMANY - AUG 15, 2017
Aus der Flasche (Version 2014) im 2017-08 getrunken. Dieser durchgereifte, dunklebraune Malztrunk weiß voll zu überzeugen. Auch mit seinen hohen Alkoholgehalt wirkt es dennoch gefährlich süffig. "Hmmm Lecker!"

caribou43 (1061) - Lausanne/Sevilla/Lima, SWITZERLAND - AUG 15, 2017
I picked up this bottle at Amstein. I drank it at home few days with Massimo, in Lausanne. It was not the first beer of the night, after a good meal, we drank this trappist with a lot of pleasure, from a country so nice for the malt and hop. Firstly, the body is a beauty for your eyes: brown/orange/transparent, white and brown foam, carbonation a bit lower than usual. The taste is subtle and complex, if I must describe one impression is that the taste is really sweet for the palate, if I compare one Orval that it is more robust. It is malty, plum, sugar grape, nutes, porto, some hop but it is dscreet. The impression is perfect. I will rerate this beer these next months, next one please.

AleRider78 (1333) - Winchester, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2017
Pours a foamy beige head and has a copper/light brown appearance with sediments clearly visible. Fairly weak lacing. Nutty and toasty aromas with some mild earthy and spiced hops. Flavours of Belgian yeast, mild roasted malts, some notes of coffee and earthy/resin hops. Also some hints of raisins and a bit of toasty malts and toffee in the finish. Slick and warming sensation. Smooth and slightly creamy mouthfeel. Pretty lively carbonation. Full bodied and medium retention. Really good Trappist but preferred the 10.

BlackBeerPG (700) - Darien, Illinois, USA - AUG 7, 2017
Taste: Intense bready, rich malt, spiced yeast, raisins, alcohol kick to the finish. Complex spice bread and boozy nose. Dark copper brown, mostly unfiltered, with large foam head and some broken ring lace on glass. Medium/Full to Full body. Warming and hearty as too style.

mikeyo1 (837) - Linköping, SWEDEN - AUG 5, 2017
Bottle @ home, Cellared for 6 years. Dark brown pour with a large fizzy head. Aroma is sweet with syrup, figs, sweet raisins, nuts, dark caramel, milk chocolate, biscuits,, vanilla, sweet candy. Taste is balanced dry and sweet. Medium to high carbonation and average to long duration. Medium to full bodied with complex flavors. Figs, vanilla, caramel, milk chocolate, vinous sweet raisins, earth, licorice root, nuts and sweet candy. Well worth the storage.

BeerNinjaUK (516) - Wiltshire, ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2017
Bottle purchased from Carrefour, Brussels. Pours slightly cloudy cola coloured brown with foamy head. Aroma thick with dried fruit - fig and date - with sweet treacle notes.

TDWarming (1) - - JUL 29, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2017 Smagte denne øl idag og den er hermed den bedste øl jeg har smagt, virkelig en verdensklasse øl👍

Soupoftoday (80) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 29, 2017
Dark dried fruits, especially raisins, sugar, treacle, spice. High carbonation accentuating flavors of sarsaparilla. Nice and dry but an almost dull and abrupt finish. A decent Belgian Ale but perhaps rated a bit high

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