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


on tap

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RATINGS: 3738   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mleary (5) - USA - JAN 4, 2008
11.2 oz bottle, pours dark brown with thick foamy head. Incredibly smooth, no alcohol taste present.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TomHendriksen (434) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 23, 2017
Fles geprobeerd met LiekevdV. Het is een bruin bier, wat zacht vol van smaak.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fst0912 (70) - GERMANY - MAY 19, 2017
Farbe dunkel, wie Altbier, Schaum wenig stabil, Aroma säuerlich, etwas Rauch, Geschmack malzbetont, fermentiert, alkoholreich, schwer, Hopfen im Hintergrund

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Derbeth (889) - Krakw, POLAND - MAY 18, 2017
Bottle with expiry date 30.11.2021. Brown colour, rocky head that does not stay long. Aroma is intensive dates, also raisin, bread, alcohol that has a bit harsh character. Leaves intensive bready aftertaste. Medium sweetness, no bitterness. Full body, lively carbonation. It definitely has its own character. Maybe not a masterpiece, but absolutely worth trying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KraftowyJakup (240) - POLAND - MAY 8, 2017
W nosie guma balonowa i przyprawy, podparte ciężką słodowością, głwnie suszone czerwone owoce i jasne przypieczone pieczywo, może ciasto drożdżowe, stosunkowo mało intensywnie, ale przyjemnie. Wysycenie zdecydowanie wysokie. W smaku bez niespodzianek, znowu nuty drożdżowe i słd. Lekki alkohol, nie gryzie w przełyk, czuć jak odparowuje i rozgrzewa. Słodko-suszony posmak o profilu suszonej moreli / wędzonej śliwki, z estrową gumą balonową, goryczka na średnim poziomie, lekko ściągająca suszonka, płwytrawne.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oobawa (1195) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 6, 2017
Not sure why this beers not sitting right with me, but Im finding this pint kinda hard to get through. Nose seems spot-on for an 8, sweet caramel mixed with dates and yeast, and the pours decent enough, a ruddy brown with a nice white head and moderate lacing. The flavors off, though; alcohol comes across surprisingly pronounced, offsetting the hearty raisin/dried apricot/caramel sweetness with an unpleasant medicinal bitterness. Maybe the bottles too young? Pepper and booze on the finish, with a modestly bitter Noble hop fade laced with bread and maybe a slight hit of cloves and sugar. I like the 6, love the 10, but the 8s doing nothing much for me. Bummer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MohaBeer (274) - Lima, PERU - MAY 6, 2017
Color ambar muy profundo (miel oscuro) con transparencia, buena espuma y adherencia. Malta maltoso moderado, steres a frutos secos, frutos negros, ciruela, licorosa, lpulo especiado bajo. En boca lpulo especiado moderado-moderado alto,, malta maltoso moderado, umami, lpulo de amargor bajo-nulo, notas resinosas, toffee, melaza, melanoidina, fenoles a pimienta blanca, pimienta negra, canela, tibieza alcohlica. Final seco maltoso-especiado, con cuerpo medio-bajo y buena carbonatacin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flemmingjuul (12) - Silkeborg, DENMARK - APR 29, 2017
Bears the relatively high level of alcohol very well. Has an interesting aroma which is a bit unlike Westmalle and Chimay where you to my nose find a more yeasty aroma. Anyway, go ahead. This is one of the Trappiste classics - the mother of all beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
klas (412) - SWEDEN - APR 28, 2017
Big creamy head (which is unusual for such a strong beer). Limited aroma. Powerful without tasting too much alcohol. Not so much of the typical Beligian yeast taste. Quite okay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bdls17 (11) - Jemeppe-sur-Sambre, BELGIUM - APR 27, 2017
Probably not the best aroma but the taste is by far one of the best we have in the kingdom.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
imdownthepub (14335) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2017
Bottled, 330ml from BeerMerchants of Kent. Brown with cream head. You just know this is going to be good when you open it, full of fruity, malty goodness. Rich dark fig notes, lightly spiced, smooth, hints of caramel. A beautiful beer.

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