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

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RATINGS: 3306   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07   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 (778) - 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.


3.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
Justin666 (3) - - APR 17, 2015 does not count
Poured from 33cl bottle at Sarpsborg Vinmonopolet in Norway. Slightly red coloured beer with a head that disappears quickly when poured. Nice aroma and fruity taste. Very pleasant to drink.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AlfredoGarcia (84) - Santiago, CHILE - APR 17, 2015
330 ml bottle. Fantastic trappist beer, personally prefered it’s brother the 10, but this one is really good has well.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
edsspoon (700) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2015
Bottle - hazy chestnut with a large foamy brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, very nutty with peanuts, a little lavender, chocolate and hints of port. Taste of chocolate, roasted malts, bubblegum, hints of alcohol and some port. Medium body, low carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kajser27 (140) - Zagreb, CROATIA - APR 15, 2015
Dark amber to brown with a ruby hue, cloudy and floater friendly, beige strong and lasting creamy head. Aroma is sweet malt, toffee, brown sugar, some yeast, lots of dried fruits. Taste is moderate sweet malt, caramel, brown sugar, loads of dried fruits, bit of spices, some toast, bit of yeast and only a pinch of alcohol. Medium to full bodied and slightly creamy with a heavier moderate carbonation.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChtiBreizh (49) - Rennes, FRANCE - APR 13, 2015
The little sister is as good as the elder. More affordable and easier to drink on a daily basis.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Franksv6 (411) - Tiel, NETHERLANDS - APR 13, 2015
Unclear brown beer with a good white head. The taste of this beer is slightly sweet with notes of spice, caramel and sweet chocolate. Afthertaste is slightly sweet, a little dry and slightly bitter.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Salwal (31) - - APR 12, 2015
Dark Brown color, taste of belgian yeast and malts. Some nites of caramel and alcohol creamy consisten

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
clockk (72) - Lada / Langreo, SPAIN - APR 12, 2015
Color caramelo. Aroma chocolate. Sabor chocolate y caramelo. Alta de alcohol y se nota en la boca.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dzhigga (198) - Kirov, RUSSIA - APR 11, 2015
Bottle. Red-brown color with beautiful steady fluffy beige head. Aroma is very complex and pleasant: belgian yeast, dry fruits, vanilla, apple, spice. Taste is also complex and balanced, light sweet, light tart, light bitter. Nice. 9,2% ABV can’t be detected. Finish is mild, long. Brilliant one.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lello4ever (194) - ITALY - APR 10, 2015
Superlativa trappista, appena meno alcolica della mamma 10 ma non per questo meno goduriosa. Scura, alcolica, dolcezza inebriante, malti e caramello ti avvolgono, chiusura con una punticina di amaro a completare una perfetta compagna per la tarda serata.


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