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


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RATINGS: 3366   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
paydirt (9) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2007 does not count
This is a great, great beer. In some ways I prefer it over the 10 because it’s a bit more balanced regarding the alcohol, however, the 10 is more chocolately and silky. This beer has brown sugar overtones and is also very Earthy. You can almost taste the dirt that the barley and hops were grown in to make this beer. Definitely one of my top 10 favorite beers in the world to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 28, 2007
Pours a light brown with a quickly desolving head. Aroma of fruits. Full mouth, Smooth finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BartC (726) - Lichtaart, BELGIUM - JAN 28, 2007
Irregular head. Aroma of burned malts, caramels and a complex combination of various spices. Medium body and carbonation. The aftertaste reveals some alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2007
Bottle. Pours a cloudy orangeish red, with a thin beige head. Smells of vinegar and plums. Now thats nice, taste is very complex, i’m not even going to try and describe. Very smooth and alcohol is hidden very well for 9.2%. Another great beer out of belgium.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ford9719 (371) - Vilseck, GERMANY - JAN 27, 2007
Bottle. Poured an orange murky color. Aroma of citrus is there. Taste is very carbonated and citrus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 26, 2007
330 ml bottle. Dark brown colour seemingly cloudy. Tall beige head that clings to the glass. Crisp floral and citrusy hop aroma. Could it be cascades? Hmm. High carbonation level. Sharp hop bitterness at first. Clearly lots of fusel alcohols here, but they blend in with the sweet complex sugars and the hops. Raisiny, candy sugars and plums. Finishes much like a strong gin & tonic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ScoWRee (399) - Perkiomen, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2007
Pours brown with a small head that disapates. wonderful aroma of banana. Flavors of banana, a litlle carmel. Carbinations noticable. Slight bitter finish. Very Nice...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - JAN 24, 2007
after 976 reviews a lot of notes are not required, but the nose is very sweet banana. Nice carbonation with great caramel flavors. I love this beer, and it is nice to see it get the recognition it deserves.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - JAN 24, 2007
Citrus and banana aroma with malty accents. Raisin brown color with frothy tan head. Flavor is dried fruit, carmel malt with a lightly bitter finish. Well carbonated and complex. Full mouthfeel. Similiar to the 10 but not as strong. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrandonB (86) - Denton, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2007
Bottle. A nice brown semi hazy pour with a lighter tan head that leaves excellent lacing. Aroma and flavorings of sweets, florals, and sweet caramel. A full finish that feels great on the tongue.

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