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

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RATINGS: 3202   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DruncanVeasey (7316) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2006
UPDATED: APR 7, 2008 Sourish chocolate yoghurt aroma. Beige head and deep brown body. Alludes at cherry liqueur chocolates and licorice. Rich, warming and creamy. Mildly hallucinogenic. A big hearted bruiser of a beer. (Re-rate, 07/04/08, previous rating 3.5). Unmistakeable monkish snout of strange yeast, mysterious aniseedy spice, liquorice, bread, nuts, BRIE, more (red berryish, not dark or dried) fruit than expected. Definitely a hint of the Westvleterens (8 and 12), but falling slightly short of that kind of depth. An undercurrent of almost citrussy, soapy hop beneath the layers of nutty chocolate malt. Evilly drinkable. Better than previously realised.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2006 bottle. very dark brown. high carb. fruity and spicy. lots of taste. better than 6. 10 is the better than this.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown in colour with an off-white head. Very malty and sweet. Spicy and a bit complex. Very good.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2006
This one combined a taste of malty cherries which were neither sweet nor bitter coupled with a taste of black licoriche and a perfumey alcoholic kick in the aftertaste. My wife and I enjoyed this one very much. The palatte has a spritz of champage or fine wine. This would go very well with chardonnay or anything for that matter.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - MAY 6, 2006
Dull brown appearance – little head - nose is honey suckle and maple syrup –medium body – initial taste is sweet bread, a little malt , toffee and end sweet in the mouth - aftertaste is bitter/sweet (with seaweed?)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dutch70 (48) - USA - MAY 6, 2006
Dark, fruity, sweet, not as good as the 10 in my opinion, but a good trappist.....

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 4, 2006
Tasted 30/04/2006. 330ml bottle from Regional Wines and Spirits, Wellington. Immense pillowy light tan head, which stands firm for ten minutes while I tend to fatherly chores, rises above the effervescent garnet-hued russet liquid. The nose is plums, plums, plums, with subtle notes of nectarines, green apples and spicy fruit toast. Sugary sweet, up front in the mouth, is followed by a slightly astringent and very spicy, warming phenolic and alcohol, backbone. Cinnamon, cloves and pepper. All of this is delivered in a creamy effervescence, champagne-like, with a surprisingly smooth and complex palate. You could write all day about what is going on but it’s better to just put the notepad down and enjoy...

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hobgoblin (163) - St-Épiphane, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 3, 2006
Bottle. Deep dark brown color with nice big beige head fully lasting. Anis, alcohol and caramel aroma. Taste of alcohol, caramel, dark fruits and a very creamy taste. Bière de couleur brune très foncé et opaque avec un collet généreux qui perdure jusqu’à la fin. Odeur de réglisse noire (anis), alcool et caramel. Au goût, la première chose que j’ai remarqué c’est qu’elle est très onctueuse, mouelleuse, suive de l’alcool, le caramel, les fruits sauvages. Il y a un monde de différence entre la 6 et la 8 et j’ai bien hâte de goûter à la 10.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
TrappistMike (11) - GERMANY - MAY 2, 2006
I lust for this beer... Everynight I have dreams of Scarlett Johansson and Trappstes Rochefort 8. This warm and palatable beer deserves to be admired like the true work of art she is!

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - MAY 1, 2006
Bottle. Very Dark beer, with a nice head. Very sweet, malty taste. Considerable alcohol burn. Almost overpowering. Not something I would get very often.


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