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

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RATINGS: 3623   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.


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
puredelusion (269) - Lviv, UKRAINE - SEP 15, 2016
0.33 bottle. Pours dark brown color with large, lasting off-white creamy head. Aroma of fruits, wine, malts, yeast. Light to medium sweet, light bitter. Medium long chocolate, caramel bitter finish. Well hidden alcohol. Medium body, soft carbonation. Great beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tombelg (1) - - SEP 15, 2016 does not count
Elle est bonne pour une trappiste. Belle texture avec une robe du couleur solaire et non persistante.

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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
piwnepodroze (250) - POLAND - SEP 15, 2016
W tym piwie robotę robią dwie rzeczy (główną, bo zalet jest więcej) - tęgie ciało i złożony smak. Już aromat zapowiada, że będzie ciekawie - leśne owoce mieszają się z czekoladą, suszonymi owocami (figi i daktyle) i opiekaną skórką chleba. Smak to potwierdza dodając do tego nutkę winną kojarzącą mi się z porto. A w tle wspomnianych nut pałętają się orzechy. Piwo jest niziutko wysycone, gęste jak olej i choć należy do ciężkich zawodników (9,2% alkoholu), to zupełnie nie męczy.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schlumpfhunter (145) - Bavaria, GERMANY - SEP 14, 2016
Farbe: dunkelbraun Schaum: dicht, reich, beständig. Nase: hm, karamell, alkoholisch, verbranntes, malzig und noch was. Geschmack: feinsprudlig, bitter, dann erst rauchiges Aroma, so angekokeltes Malziges Holz, alkoholisch, wie die Nase eigentlich. Im Nachgeschmack wieder das "und noch was". Mit dem präsenten Alkohol und dem sehr dunkel-würzigen und-noch-was (ich sehe "Trockenfrucht und Weinbrand" in einer Bewertung, hm) an der Grenze zu unangenehm. Nicht für jeden Tag aber ziemlich komplex und ausgewogen. Ich vermute mal eines der Besten unter den starken Mönchsbieren.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Blueshawk (349) - Bad Bellingen, GERMANY - SEP 11, 2016
- braun-trübe Farbe mit guter cremigerSchaumbildung - gut erkennbare Aromen nach Kirsche, Trockenobst und einem leichten Weinbrandtouch - die Carbonisierung ist mir etwas zu moussierend - der Antrunk bringt dann den erhöhten Alkoholgehalt stetig zum Vorschein - dieses stark alkoholische, verbunden mit dem m. E. zu hohen Kohlen- säuregehalt schränkt das Geschmackserlebnis dann leider etwas ein - der Abgang klingt dann versöhnlich mit einer würzigen Note aus Fazit: Nicht schlecht, aber der Alkohol verbunden mit der zu hohen Kohlensäure drängt sich zu sehr in den Vordergrund

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anstei (1178) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - SEP 8, 2016
Bottle. Somewhere between herbal, spices and fruity. Good balance between this, less candy than others. Medium to heavy, pillowed by a crisp carbonation. Very sweet, also the palate which is lasting. Get very typical on the palate, but in good way.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
juvedp (24) - CHINA - SEP 6, 2016
Almost the same with Rochefort 10, with less alcohol and malt. Very good, though I like 10 more.

4.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bierdimpfe (349) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 5, 2016
Almost opaque dark copper color with a strong amount of activity. Extra creamy beige 3 finger island head, lasting more than 20 minutes, with some good leggings. Flavors of dark fruits, roasted grains, ester fruits, floral and herbal spices. Highly resinous, vinous, and acidic. Cellar like taste of oak. Slick medium to full body with prickly carbonation. Strong finish of medium length, ending with a thick smoky wood feel, dry vinous fruits, and a nice lingering peppercorn spiciness. Overall extremely well crafted having incredible flavors and a perfect finish. Super complex and fresh. Nice balance with a highly sugary feel that is still pleasant with a good amount of sharpness. Warming although highly boozy, and the smell is not very inviting and too faint.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DisPor (9) - - SEP 2, 2016 does not count
Pours a cloudy brown with a moderate amount of head, a little retention. Aroma is heavy on dark fruits, bread, and some alcohol. Taste also contains alcohol, but with a world of complexity underneath. Raisins, bread, figs, caramel, spices, all burst through. Quite a bit of carbonation, but not overwhelming. Dark fruits permeate the finish. This is an addicting one.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
monti24 (27) - Graz, AUSTRIA - AUG 29, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2016 Pours deep brown with a off white head. Aroma of caramel, dried fruits, plum, light liquorice, belgian yeast, raisins, light sugary feel.


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