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

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RATINGS: 3106   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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bgburdman9 (857) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2006
11.2 oz bottle. Poured a dark murky brown with a rather thick head and nice lacing. The head looked similar to whipped cream. The aroma was of caramel and choclate with some dark fruity aromas. It seems like the body is a little thin but it still feels great in the mouth. The flavor is extremely smooth and the alcohol seems to be very well hidden. The next step is trying the 10.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MoreHead (355) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 31, 2006
popped this open when i saw i needed a 200th beer to rate. let warm from fridge and noticed that when the head settled, settlement observed reminded me of nutmeg on eggnog. aroma is of deep fruit and spice, seems similar to the ’10’. taste was smooth, complex, warming alcohol finish. can someone in the states please replicate what these monks have been creating!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 31, 2006
Bottle, Lowlander, Covent Garden: With my London guide, Duff. Hazy brown with a persistent off-white head. Milky coffee nose with some toffee to sweeten. In the mouth cool caramels and minty toffee play over full bodied malts and serious wheaty phenolics. It’s funny, this isn’t particularly complex but it really has character and depth. Very nice.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gilvanblight (772) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 27, 2006
Deep brown pour with red edging. Thick tan foamy clingy head. Deep earthy scent with mixed herb and spice. Cery spicy taste. Some malts. Strong alcohol taste in the initial flavour but it fades quickly. The Alcohol taste rises again in the finish. High carbonation, actually a bit fizzy. Hints of caramel and maybe chocolat in the finish. Extremely good!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
decaturstevo (5002) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 26, 2006
A golden brown color with a nice tan head. Tan lacing that lasts forever. Aroma of yeast and fruit what kind I don’t know. Smooth creamy texture and carbonation. Alcohol on the initial taste but not as you drink it down. Smooth semi sweet taste with a tad of bitter on the finish. If the 10 is better I look forward to trying it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAR 25, 2006
Bright malty nose. Ample effers, keep your mouth open or you might pop. Brown in color. Light to medium nectar. Check this out. The flavor profile was quite unique. Slightly acidic with a candied earth sweetness. Like they threw in some of the desert sand from down in Gila Bend or something. A definate candied desert dirt tropshire. I know, I’m a sick puppy. Other flavors consist of wood, tobacco, perfume. Slightly bitter with bone dry finish. Overall; Very complex with big alcohol flavor.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - MAR 23, 2006
Earthy brown color with medium sized, lihgt tan head that laces well. Aroma is earthy and sweet like a flower garden in the fall. Flavor is sweet but the lively carbonation offsets it well and it ends in a clean dry finish. towards the end of the glass I got a difinitive chocolatey taste that was not presant at the start. Great beer and makes me wonder why I waited so long to try it.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 20, 2006
Cloudy brown color with a large frothy head. Aroma of fruits and malts. Sweet fruit flavor then it turns malty.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
patrick767 (3570) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 19, 2006
11.2 oz bottle - Pours a slightly cloudy reddish brown color with a huge head that has some legs. The aroma is of dark fruits and malt. The flavor is complex with sweet malt and a slight sourness in the dark fruit notes. It’s nicely balanced and full bodied. The 9.2% alcohol is detectable, but well masked. I seem to be a sucker for the Belgian Strong Ales. This is a very nice beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - MAR 19, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2006 The nose from a freshly opened bottle smells of rasberry, chocolate and warm vanilla. It pores a dark caramel color with a beautiful wipped cream topping that lasts almost thruout the whole drink. Strong ale being my favorite style, this is a great crisp taste, with many wondurful flavors that come to the palate with each gulp. Its a small bottle but very much worth the 5 bucks it cost. The only reason i would not rate this beer any higher is its strong alchohol content almost 10% and you can feel it interfering with the complex flavors in the body. If they would make this beer and lower the alchohol it would be heaven on earth.


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