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

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RATINGS: 3118   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kyzr (1152) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - APR 10, 2006
I’m not sure what else can be said about this fine ale. Great all around I guess.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ironryan22 (52) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 10, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2006 Pours very dark, thick fluffy head, extremely easy to drink. This beer is seriously smooth, very full of flavour and possesses a warm, lingering aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fin (7408) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2006
Bottled Brugs de’ Beertje 03-11-05. Poured a very dark brown with a thickish white head, some toffee sugary malt and fruity aroma’s. Nice and malty, with just the right level of sweetness in the taste department, full bodoied and very moreish. Very good beer.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Glouglouburp (6023) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 8, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2007 33cl bottle. Brown and opaque body, large white head, excellent lacing. A lot of light brown sediments at the bottom of my glass. Molasses, spices and alcohol aroma. Taste is cacao, burn caramel, brown sugar, woody. Alcohol is present and pleasant. Finish is dry and chalky with a light astringency. A very earthy and complex beer. Lives up to its reputation and it’s now part of my diet. A balanced diet is a Rochefort 8 in one hand and a Rochefort 10 in the other.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElPresidente1984 (173) - Maine, USA - APR 6, 2006
got this at BierKoning in Amsterdam over spring break. I remember this being very good, but not quite as powerfull as the 10. god i wish i would have broght some back so i could give a proper evaluation. but, from what i recall, this was a very very solid beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (16691) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 5, 2006
#500. Dark brown colour with a two finger thick tan head. Malty flavor with nice hints of dark fruits. Malty fruity flavor with some spiciness and hints of licourice and dark fruits. Sweet fruity and spicy aftertaste with some bitterness.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - APR 5, 2006
Poured into a Delirium Tremens tulip. Huge beige head formed atop of a beautiful dark rubyish body. Tons of lace. Aromas of rum raisin, black cherry, and plenty of candi syrup. Very malty and rich, yet light on the tongue. Syrup, molasess, exotic sugars, peppery. Slight alcohol burn. World classic in every sence of the word.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
spaceman (2) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2006 does not count
Pours large, lasting head, slowly giving way to layers of lace. Hazy dark ruby/brown. Forward, sweet aroma, predominantly anise & molasses. Also shows sassafrass/earth, candied orange, raisin, and some alcohol as it warms. Flavor is complex malt. Rich, robust licorice/maple/molasses. Malt balanced with dark candi sugar, smooth, even, and lasting. Flavors and aromas mature as it warms in the glass. Fantastic. Can’t (afford to) drink enough.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - APR 3, 2006
Bottle. Pours brown with a frothy off-white head that leaves great lacing. The nose found brown sugar, dark fruits, caramel, and a light hint of alcohol in the aroma. The flavor had dark fruits, mainly plums, and spices. Full bodied, with lively carbonation. Light bitterness throughout. I look forward to the "10" that’s chilling.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
AskForJenny (1020) - Ontario, New York, USA - APR 3, 2006
Poured out OK, with a lot larger particulate than I’m used to. The head lasted, but it wasn’t appealing to me in the same way Duvel or La Fin Du Monde is. The flavor was classic, good but unremarkable. It was good, but I don’t beleive I got my money’s worth. I may try it again. Maybe I was having a bad day.


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