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

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RATINGS: 3201   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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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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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kdm1984 (713) - Missouri, USA - NOV 16, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2013 Large, thick head with thick rings of lacing and sediment at the bottom. Aroma of dark purple and red fruits like grapes, raisins, cherries, cranberries, and apples. Flavor is all of the aforementioned along with bready malts. ABV incredibly well-hidden as with #10 - no burn despite being over 9%! Rochefort is incredible with this. Only complaint - a bit too much acid. Otherwise, smooth and well-balanced. Reminds me of a better version of Brother Thelonius by North Coast - a fine beer in its own right. Basically, this is almost as good as their legendary 10. SECOND TASTING NOTES: Not as much acid this time. Drinking it slightly warmer. Tasting more brown sugar and molasses. Butterscotch and caramel, too, including in the aroma. Carbonation is very high - like soda bubbles on the mouth at first. This is so tasty - 9% ABV is well-hidden.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Robv (36) - Westerlo, BELGIUM - DEC 27, 2014
Malty, very classic aroma with a same malty taste, complex. Good, when you’re out on your own and want to enjoy a classic trappist.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cluniac (15) - - DEC 27, 2014
Very good tripel. Not nearly as complete in taste and palate feeling as the rochefort 10 which is my favorite beer. Nevertheless the aroma is for me still a wonderfully sweet, fruity, and with a caramel like smell that I cant get enough of. Appearance is similar to the 10; a murky reddish brown with some yeast. Not the most beautiful in appearance, but still very good retention on the head, which i like.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BobyFischer (108) - FRANCE - DEC 27, 2014
Excellente belge forte des trappistes Rochefort.Très fruitée et moins forte que la 10.Corps de malt moins torréfié et liquoreux mais le restant tout de même beaucoup.Belle complexité de fruits mûrs et liqueur : cerises, fruits rouges.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MatthijsE (53) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2014
Bottle @ home. Beautiful spicy and fruity aroma with red berries and plum. Brown color, light brown creamy head, good lace. You can taste the alcohol a bit but it is not overpowering. Nice long caramel aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
barbillon (11) - Pesaro, ITALY - DEC 27, 2014
di sicuro non al livello della suo sorella maggiore (rochefort 10) ma comunque di notevole impatto...il tutto inizia con un aroma di spezie e fico che continua con un sapore deciso e leggermente secco e amarognolo nel complesso molto piacevole.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wvhoran (372) - Tasmania, - DEC 27, 2014
Clear dark brown with ruby-red tints, a fine off-white head. Lovey malt aroma with fruit (plums), lightly spicy, yeast. The flavour is sweet, malt and caramel, fruits, spices, very little bitterness. Beautiful and a fine younger brother to one of my all-time favourites.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mjansen1310 (48) - Soest, NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2014
0,33 cl bottle. Cola brown coloured beer with cream head. Taste notes are dark chocolate, light fruity, creamy and coffee. Quite intense with a good glow in taste. Its remarkably easy to drink.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alo83 (1) - - DEC 22, 2014 does not count
Nice beer... Strong but very pleasant to drink and paired with all types of foods! Cheers

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Docjmachado (3) - - DEC 21, 2014 does not count
Rusty brown color during the pour. Recommend to drink in a tulip glass which allows the beer to open up. Enjoyed but prefer #10!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ilikewinetoo (3) - SPAIN - DEC 21, 2014 does not count
Brown with tan head. Aroma is plums, cherry, licorice, spicy Belgian yeast, vanilla and caramel. Slick palate. Aftertaste is rich, fruity, dark chocolate, caramel, cherry, some licorice and lasting spicy finish.


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