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


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RATINGS: 3152   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sofajoern (146) - DENMARK - MAR 15, 2006
Ummmm :) Murky reddish brown with a lovely lasting creamy head. Lots of sediment in the bottle. Plums, raisins, dates and cherries (I think) in the nose along with an almost floral perfume. Flavour is very complex with lots of different fruits, a bit of caramel, dark chocolate, coffee and quite nice warming alchohol. Slight hoppyness in the finish but the malt dominates. Very fullbodied and smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
roner77 (35) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 13, 2006
Tremendous beer. A dark brown color with a lasting white-to tan head. A VERY complex flavor with tastes that range from cherries to dates to chocalte to...... The alcohol is very well hidden. Still cannot get over how complex the flavor is.....hopefully I can score an entire case of this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crazyvin (1963) - New York, USA - MAR 11, 2006
poured an opaque dark brown hue. Head was white and had good retention. Aroma was a mx of sevreal fruits and a tiny hint of bubblegum. Taste was malty sweet at first with some cocca notes but was balanced by an almost earthy presance. Some hops in the finsih all. Smooth drink but could have beenn fuller.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
chadzter (94) - huntsville, Alabama, USA - MAR 10, 2006
Bottle. Pours dark brown and the head is tan with some lacing of the glass. Aroma is strong with floral and fruit aromas of prune, raisin and plum. Has a hint of chocolate and caramel and maybe some cherry. Flavor is moderate acidity with a wood almost grassy with a fuirt backing to add a light sweetness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skinnyviking (7133) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 10, 2006
Botte. White lasting head. Clear amber body. Weak hops aroma (beer too cold). Mild hops flavor with surprisingly much carbon dioxide.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerandBlues2 (9766) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 9, 2006
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a tall frothy tan head and some lined lacing. Aroma is fragrant, floral, fruity hops, dark fruit (prune, raisin) and dark chocolate, caramel malt, tawny port, yeast (earth) and wood. Medium bitter port flavor, moderate acidity that dries, low sweetness, malty, earthy and wood notes. Dark bodied, warm and fizzy palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KUEric (886) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 9, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2006 Bottle: Pours a deep brown color with a thick fluffy head with some deeper brown sediment from the bottom few drops. Very thick, no light could be seen through the beer, and the head was fluffy yet dense (I like Rooftops description) and will say its a very nice hazelnut color. The aroma is maily of prunes/dates with some hints of coffee, wood, and malts. The flavor is heavy on dates with some malts, chocolate, tobacco, wood, coffee, yeast, spices and a very port like sweetness. The flavor and mouthfeel are stiff, strong and bold. Some mention of hidding the alcohol and I don’t really agree, I can feel and taste it. Not great, but pretty darn good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2006
) This beer has an aroma consisting of malt, yeast, dates, and hints of wood lingering in the background. It is a sediment speckled chocolate brown colored solution with a good sized hazelnut cream colored head. This beer produces a taste that has yeast and malt at the forefront and the taste of prunes that enters right at the point of swallowing. This thick beer fades smoothly leaving a nice roasted nut taste lingering on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2006
Bottle at the Metropolitan Centre, Bury 24/11/2001 Mid brown coloured and strong in alcohol with some wheat aroma. Warming finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - MAR 6, 2006
Dark brown with an everlasting tan head. Aroma is of chocolate and red berries. Flavors are very complex; chocolate, strawberries, toffee, and plum stand out the most. Light to medium bodied with a soft alcohol presence. Wonderful.

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