overall
100
100
style
Brewed by Brasserie Rochefort
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Rochefort, Belgium

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 3747   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5


rayy's rating

4.1
rayy (47) - Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Aroma is chocolaty brown sugar, a little alcohol, a little green apple. Dark brown color nice beige head. Taste--a little more sour than i remember, creamy on the finish. Sweet, but not cloying brown sugar, fruity, winey, plums, maybe a little vanilla, just a touch earthy. Light in body for a strong ale. Gets better with additional sips. Almost tastes more like wine than beer. Would probably be great with fruitcake.


3.7
azzurro (209) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 20, 2017
Had this beer with my volleyball colleagues to close our 2017 season in style. Not bad, but not my best BSA.

3.6
Bitek (687) - Warszawa, POLAND - JUN 20, 2017
Suszone owoce, powidła, karmel, alkohol. Średnie ciało, niska goryczka. Dość wytrawne. Wysokie wysycenie. Aromat świetny, w smaku po prostu ok.

4.3
geolgau (200) - Cluj-Napoca, ROMANIA - JUN 19, 2017
Pours dark amber, frothy tan head. Aroma is pretty complex, with notes of roastiness(chocolate and coffee), dark fruits(figs, dates) nicely combined with spiced, candy sweetness. Rich, complex body with lively carbonation. Taste is dried plums, caramel, more dark fruit and licorice. Even some chocolate. Elegant liquid, a real treat.

4.5
jherb (37) - - JUN 19, 2017
A bit less attenuated in this bottle compared to what I recall, but a classic. The hint of sweetness brings out the date and fruity qualities.

4.1
KevinReddirt (151) - Midland, Texas, USA - JUN 17, 2017
A surprise and happy acquisition on an out-of-town journey. If I had a Rochefort Trappistes glass I would have used it. I do not so a Chimay glass fills in. The 11.2 oz. bottle pours a very dark amber and delivers a frothy, finely bubbled, light tan head. The scent is red licorice, yeast and hard candy. With a drink I find malt, dark plum, raisin and a touch of spiciness. A small amount of bitterness comes at the end. I recall the 10 I drank as being sweeter than this and more complex. 8 is quite fine but I prefer other Belgians.

4.2
Rumbero (84) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUN 14, 2017
2012 bottle (expiration date 9/2017) Appearance: pours a murky amber/brown color with a nice half inch tan colored head that dissipates rather quickly. very light lacing is observed. Aroma: all about dark fruits, figs, plums and a hint of raisins. earthy phenolilc spices. a bit of toasted bread. dark candy sugar sweetness. Taste: Lots of complex dark fruity flavors combine with deep candy and caramel sweetness. bitterness is bold without being harsh. Palate: medium bodied with a rich texture, pronounced astringency and almost effervescent carbonation. Finishes malty sweet and smooth. Sensations, specially the astringency, diminish over time. Overall: aging an almost perfect beer... is difficult. remains an outstanding beer but I would have to have a fresh one to side-by-side judge. its appearance is probably degrades somewhat, but despite its still bold flavors, its a smooth drinker.

4
Primekick (57) - POLAND - JUN 3, 2017
Barwa brązowa, średnia piana. W aromacie ciemne owoce, nuty ziemiste, trochę karmelu. Smak zbliżony do aromatu, bardziej intensywny, wytrawny, niemało słodów i drożdży. Piwo pełne, gładkie, choć wysokie wysycenie może przeszkadzać.

4.2
oxelman (7) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 31, 2017 does not count
Mörkt grumligt chokladbrun. Chokladnallebjörn med skum i, hallon, jardgubbskräm. Komplex ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
Bacchus66 (182) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 31, 2017
330ml bottle. Pours hazy brown, thick tan head, nice lacing. Smells great - raisin bread, dried fruits, funky yeasty. Lots of dried fruit flavors, deceptive alcohol. Long dry finish. Awesome.

4.5
DavyK (132) - East Kilbride, SCOTLAND - MAY 28, 2017
Bottle from Red Squirrel. Lovely fruit aroma, especially ripe cherry, black cherry. Warm, roasted notes in the palate and a sour-sweet ending. Very complex, very good.


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page    1  2 3 4 » 375
Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5