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

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RATINGS: 3316   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
Harsebrau (227) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - SEP 20, 2006
Large, light tan head that took its time to dissipate. The sludge from the bottom of the bottle rested in a swirl atop the fluffy pillow head. A cloudy beer that appears as though it might not let you in the gate. Mysterious. Dark and brooding. Yet the sniff was of fruit/citrus and caramel and malt. A well carbonated beer that is lively in the mouth. Malt, fruit, some faint chocolate?, a winter berry, and alcohol flavor. My first 8. Not my last.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 17, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2006 Bottle. Pours cloudy caramel with thick off white head-very carbonated. Aroma is fruit, caramel, malt, and slight sourness. Flavor is caramel, rye, fruit, and malt.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kiapepito (110) - Port Angeles, Washington, USA - SEP 16, 2006
first of all, over paid waaay too much for this bottle at "the ginger man" located in austin, tx. $11.25 a bottle... didn’t know that before i purchased it... oops... thanks to the hubby for buying it for me. poured into a glass, very dark color with a thick tan head on it. Smooth flavor of chocolate.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BuckeyeBoy (3167) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 11, 2006
12oz Bottle Pours out a hazy brown topped with a nice tan head. The aroma is GREAT. This was a very nice Belgain strong.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
emacgee (4278) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 9, 2006
Poured a dark mahogany color. The head was tan, creamy, and large. Lacing was minimal if even existant. I immediately smelled fruity esters, mainly raisins, upon pouring. Upon drinking I tasted some complex alcohol esters and mainly raisin with complex yeast. Not very hoppy, mainly malts. The finish tasted of fermented grape. Overall a very respectable beer, not mind blowing, but easily appreciated.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
unixweb (237) - Sherman, Texas, USA - SEP 8, 2006
I love Trappistes 10, so I figured I would love this one too...and I was right! The head is big, tan, foamy, with some lingering lace. The color is very dark, mostly opaque, even under strong light. The aroma is sweet, like candied fruit and yeast. The taste is similar but with notes of currant and overripe apple thrown in. It’s amazing! Not too sweet, not harsh in any way! It finishes a bit sticky on the lips, and the alcohol warms on the way down but not as much as the 10. Overall, this is a fantastic brew! I will buy the 10 AND the 8 from now on!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beermouth (435) - Langeskov, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2007 Intens, dark amber with thick brown head. Rye, raisin, black currant, caramel. Amazing again!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - SEP 2, 2006
The 11.2 ounce bottle poured a hazy (bottle conditioned) garnet colored beverage with a thick creamy beige head that lasted beautifully and left good lacing on the glass. The aroma was quite sweet and fruity dominated by banana with notes of cotton candy, raspberry, plum and assorted dried fruits. The body was quite full with lively carbonation and a texture of smooth velvet. The flavor starts off fairly fruity and sweet with hints of port wine on the back of the palate. The finish lasts nicely and has a decided alcohol warmth in the chest. This beer kicks ass!!!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - SEP 2, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2007 Bottle. Pours cloudy dark amber with a pillowy head. There is a strong sweet and complex aroma. The taste is quite rich and complex as well with hints of fruit and malt, as well as lingering malty aftertaste. This is a very good trappist ale, yum.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2006
Another great trappist ale. Dark reddish brown pour, with a very tight and yeasty carbonation. Fruits and spiceness come through in the aroma as well in taste. Lots of yeasty typical belgian taste come through in this beer with some nice malt and sugar taste making their presence known as well. It is done very nicely and it is hard to believe this beer is 9 % alcohol, because it goes down so smoothly.


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