Rochefort 8 is another official Trappist beer brewed by the monks at the Notre-Dame de Saint Rémy Abbey. It sits between its older brother, the Rochefort 10 and its little sister then Rochefort 6. Rochefort 8 is recognised by the green cap and the green "8" logo no the label.
Like all Rochefort beers this one is brewed by the Trappist monks to support their life. All other proceeds must go to charity. Like New York pizza, the secret to Rochefort's flavor is said to come from the water used to make it. This comes from the Tridaine stream that runs close to the Abbey, which also provides much of the water for the town of Rochefort.
Rochefort 8 is a very highly rated beer, not being seen as a "lesser" version of the 10 at all. Like its big brother it also has a perfect 100 score on Ratebeer.com. The main difference between Rochefort 8 and its bigger brother is the amount of hops, and the amount of fermentable sugars that were added during the brewing process. This make all Rochefort beers very similar to each other, while each of course still having its own character.
Rochefort 8 is a strong Belgian dark ale with hints of dark fruit, caramel, apricot and banana. It pours a nice dark brown caramel colour and has a foamy head. Flavors of the Rochefort 8 tend to remind of spices, caramel and chocolate. It has an alcohol content of 9.2%ABV which is very well hidden considering the velvety soft feeling you experience when drinking this beer.
Originally called "Spécial," Rochefort 8 dates to the mid-1950s. The name comes from the original gravity in "Belgian degrees." Deep brown color; the flavor is vigorous and complex, with firm body to support the strength. The aroma has elusive notes of fresh fruit, spice, leather, and figs. ABV 9.2 IBU 22