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


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RATINGS: 3079   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VinegarStroke (267) - Napa, California, USA - JUL 7, 2014
Bottle: Clear, light caramel brown, thick head and good lace. Dried fruit, fig or dates, malt, caramel, ripe not roasted. Dry, not sour but almost acid and low bitterness. Almost phenolic. Super attenuated. Loads of weight and length. Chocolate. Almost like red wine pressings.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mauricedb (2) - - JUL 6, 2014 does not count
Really nice tasting beer. Not quite as strong as the 10 but really refined.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
takeo (6) - Sevilla, SPAIN - JUL 4, 2014 does not count
Una verdadera Belgian Stron Ale. Aromas a caramelo, pan, chocolate, nueces tostadas. En boca sabores a pan, caramelo, toffe, café, chocolate. Deja un buen retrogusto. El alcohol no se nota en boca ni en garganta.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ant_in_wales (8) - Aberystwyth, WALES - JUL 4, 2014 does not count
I love this sophisticated Belgian. Lightly fruited aroma, sweet initial taste, and then goes fruity before a dry finish with a touch of alcohol Smoother and less yeasty than many Belgians, it goes down alarmingly easy for a 9.2% beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alliance100 (612) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 3, 2014
11.2 oz bottle - pours a dark amber, lots of dark fruit aromas . Taste is sweet but not over done . Very good . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Madsen1635 (214) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 3, 2014
Bottle. Hazy dark brown pour with white head. Aroma is very fresh and complex. Taste is very balanced with malty notes, a hint of yeast and underlying warmth from the alcohol. It is still fresh though. Impressive

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
antnego (4) - Moreno Valley, California, USA - JUL 2, 2014 does not count
Poured into a chilled mug. A: Pours cloudy brown with a monstrous head that took forever to dissipate. Lacing is thick and clings to the side of the mug. S: Smells... Earthy, musty... Everything else is quite muted. I get hints on banana. T: WOW. the nose was misleading. This a sweet, complex brew - fruity, earthy, bready, sugary sweet, with blueberries and the right amount of booziness and funk at the back end. One of my new favorites, definitely. M: Buttery, fizzy, light, moderate carbonation. O: Despite the somewhat lackluster smell, this one came through in the taste department. Incredible flavor that begs you to have more!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
veceo (318) - CROATIA - JUN 29, 2014
Cloudy brown color, big off white head that quickly disappeared. Full body, soft carbonation. Aroma of malt, yeast, spices, herbal hops, citrus, lots of fruits, caramel. Medium sweet, light bitter taste. Alcohol is very well hidden. Finish is sweet at first, and than bitter. Robust and complex. Well, this is just wonderful stuff.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sissio (543) - Orsenigo, ITALY - JUN 28, 2014
Hazy brown with cappuccino head. Malts, caramel light toffee, mature fruit with a hint of alcohol, hazelnuts. Lightly sweet with light Roasted malts, hint i flicorni c’è and coffee, dark chocolate,e ai si s and a quickly fading bitter ending.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dutchbeerpages (1558) - Wilnis, NETHERLANDS - JUN 28, 2014
True trappist, deep, figgy muddy flavors. Kind of fizzy this one. Finish is dry and nice. Bottle from De Zwart in Wilnis

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