- A cousin of Rochefort 10 with lower alcohol content. Also known as "Spéciale". Rochefort 8 has a lighter colour and a stronger aroma. It is also characterized by quite strong fruity (delicate fig aroma) and slightly more spicy dryness.
To this day, Rochefort Trappists still use the calcium-rich Tridaine spring 42 meters above the abbey in their brewing process. This spring water is said to have a unique composition that makes it easily transformed into Rochefort dark beers. While the basic recipe for the three beers remains the same, what makes each one special is the amount of malt and candied sugar added.
The youngest member of the family was immediately warmly welcomed. A year later, it was officially added to the current Rochefort trio and marketed as "spéciale". Some people still use this name. Rochefort 8 is the perfect beer to enjoy leisurely in your spare time. Not very thick, drunk with quite high saturation. It's sweet and chocolatey, fun and never boring. The same can be said for the alcohol content - it is noticeable but never overpowering, leaving plenty of room for all the rich subtlety contained in the 8 glass.