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

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RATINGS: 3585   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 (814) - 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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Adamsville (146) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 26, 2016
Apparence : Entre brune et rouge, reflets rouges vifs, belle mousse beige avec une bonne rétention, limpide, effervescence rapide et soutenue. Nez : Pain grillé, rapidement caramel, levure belge, fruits séchés moyens, caractčre boisé, léger alcool. Intensité élevée. G : Malt : pain grillé, caramel, légčrement sucrée, levure en arričre-plan, finale présentant une légčre amertume, des fruits séchés et des fruits rouges ainsi que la levure. Intensité moyenne. S : Corps moyen ŕ plein, effervescence moyenne, finale de longueur moyenne et légčre chaleur en fond de gorge. O : Il y a tout ce qu’on recherche dans une bonne bičre brune belge : caramel, levure, fruits séchés, corps. Par contre, l’intensité en bouche en fait une 9% ’’sessionable’’! En effet, le nez annonce plus que ce que la bouche peut offrir. On a parfois l’impression qu’elle est plus mince que ce qu’elle est réellement tellement on a le goűt d’y replonger les lčvres. Pour plusieurs ce n’est peut-ętre pas un défaut en soi, mais ça diminue quelque peu son intéręt come bičre de dégustation sur laquelle on s’attarde longuement.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
jonasdm (16) - - JUL 17, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2016 Bottle. Shared with JD and Olesen. Creamy and round, but mild aroma. Soft and sweet taste, with classic belgian characteristics. I can see why it is popular, but it is just not my kind of beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jacobarts (31) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 17, 2016
330ml. Bottle shared with junes and Chris in odder. Big creamy head with nice lacing. Sweet aroma. Taste is sweet, dried fruit, dades long lasting aftertaste. Medium texture. Good beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
milo91hd (194) - Lecce, ITALY - JUL 16, 2016
Bottiglia. Colore tonaca di frate con una schiuma fine e persistente. Aroma maltato, zucchero candito, caramello e frutta sotto spirito. Al palato č rotonda con un bel gusto dolce che riesce a coprire benissimo i 9 gradi alcolici. Favolosa

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FunkyF (811) - Örebro, SWEDEN - JUL 15, 2016
Flaska frĺn ölbutikken. Brun med fluffigt beige skum. Lite vinös doft med karamell. Värmande alkohol och smak av karamell, kola och lite körsbär.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ninecats (471) - Uddevalla, SWEDEN - JUL 10, 2016
Bottle. Hazy brown with a big white head, dissipates slowly leaving lots of lacings. Aroma is sweet cookies, malt, dark fruit, also a sour vinous tone in between. Taste is medium sweet with dates, plums, malt, again a complex vinous/berry tone with a creamy bitterness towards the end as well some warming alcohol. Medium to big body, medium carbo, sticky texture. Beautiful.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OminouSC2 (402) - SWEDEN - JUL 10, 2016
Brown color. Very fruity aromas, oranges, citrus, tropical fruit. Taste is if possible even more fruity - oranges, tropical fruits, yeast. Sweet fruits throughout the finish. A bit too one-dimensional.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Luis666 (2) - SPAIN - JUL 8, 2016 does not count
Very good belgium trappe beer close to number 10 of this brand. The taste is going changing with less temperature.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
americocoppola (6) - - JUL 7, 2016 does not count
Sicuramente un ottima birra , abbastanza complessa e piacevole da bere , il colore č ambrato con riflessi marroni,velato , la schiuma di color beige tiene bene ed č compatta e persistente, alla prima versata č molto abbondante pur essendo una trappista, al naso non mi ha colpito molto mi aspettavo profumi ancora piů forti ma sono percepibili banane mature , uvetta , prugne e un sentore liquoroso, tuttavia appena la birra si scalda anche a temperature superiori a quella di servizio emergono note di frutta secca , in bocca discretamente densa, anche qui mi aspettavo di piů, ma si fa perdonare per la carbonatura all’inizio marcata ma poi molto piů adatta ad una bevuta rilassata quasi sorseggiata perché l’alcool all’inizio non si avverte con la sensazione di caldo ,anche se l’odore č estremamente impregnato di frutta sotto spirito difatti la bevuta č liscia pur essendo impegnativa , nel finale infatti i suoi 9.2 gradi vengono fuori in maniera molto progressiva insieme ad un retrogusto di noci e datteri , i sapori sono gli stessi sentiti al naso con in piů caramello e un sapore tendente al dolce . In generale una birra da bere quando si č davvero in vena di assaporare , sotto le mie aspettative ad esempio rispetto alla sorella La Trappe

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4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Fules (664) - Gyöngyös, HUNGARY - JUL 5, 2016
Barna, homályos. Óriási, bézs habja sokáig kitart. Illata gyümölcsös, enyhén karamelles jeggyel. Ez IGEN! Gazdag, komlós, enyhén édeskés karamelles ízvilág, rendkívüli harmóniában. A korty enyhe pörkölt jellegben cseng le. Egyetlen összetevő sem tolakodó, az ízek összesimulnak. Szénsavas, de még ez sem zavaró. Enyhe keserűsség, utóíze rövid, és a komló dominál benne. Testes, hihetetlenül eltalált sör.


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