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


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RATINGS: 3196   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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RichTheVillan (3532) - West Midlands, - NOV 13, 2012
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; pours dark brown beige frothy head spicy and fruity aroma, complex taste with dried fruits, spice level of bitterness is spot on. Struggling to articulate how good this beer is, I’m not big on superlatives but this beer is stupendous.

   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.

   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.

   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

   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!

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pedo (5) - - DEC 21, 2014 does not count
Nice taste, chocolate and a bit of fruits, lasts long. Aroma not noticable yet due to low temperature. Nice brownish colour with a small whitebrown head. Overall a nice trappist.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
sirikbe (1) - - DEC 20, 2014 does not count
Beer is decent, fresh or frisky compared to The others! I am happy With it but have had better

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cobellig (31) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 20, 2014
Super beer, intense, deep creamy...many many good points and enjoyable, my favourite among the 3 sorts

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jarastlad (26) - Arlon, BELGIUM - DEC 19, 2014
Bought in le forum, Arlon Nice deep brown colo with a crisp carbonation. Fruity notes are the dominant aromas with a slight alcohol and yeasty tang. The taste is characterised by malty yeasty fruity altogether wonderful combination. Rochefort, What else ?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jh773 (171) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Tulip. Very dark hazy brown with orange around the edge of the glass. Thick marshmallowy head that dissipates reasonably quickly. Smell is fresh hops, yeast, dried spice. Rich fruit, raisin, plums, figs, caramel, cracker/bread, honey, berry, hops. Crisp flavor that keeps developing in your mouth. Good body but overwhelmingly fizzy.

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