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

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RATINGS: 3306   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PattyBoy (302) - North Liberty, Iowa, USA - JUL 24, 2006
Pours a murky brown, thick billowy head. Aroma is sweet dark fruits. Flavor is more dark fruit, caramel, nutty, finishes with some spiciness. Slight hint of alcohol, but this is incredibly smooth. Not overpoweringly sweet like I usually find most Belgian brews. Very Good.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (14083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2006 Bottle at home. Brown - white head. Aroma: sweet banana (brown banana), redberries, juice af redberries, plums. Taste: Fermented plums, plumwine, and some of it reminds me of wheatbeer. Strange -- not my kind of beer. (4/4/5/2/12) Re-rate: I found it a lot better this time. Not that powerful in the banana - "wheatbeer" - very fruity, berris, yeas, hoppy, nice and complex !!! Bottle

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
HazelRah (276) - Summerland, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 23, 2006
Pours a deep brown with a hint of red. Aroma reminiscent of fine cheese and stuffed mushrooms. Billowy white head. This beer fills the mouth and caresses it lovingly with a touch of alcohol and a ton of dark fruit notes. Inverted sugar that was carefully heated without scorching comes through too. This stuff is so smooth I could fall off my chair if only I had another. Cinnamon, apple, cherry, and a lot more...

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kkarlo (13) - SERBIA - JUL 23, 2006
Dark blue- brown colour, great pink head . Malty Coffe dark fruits, Black currant. Flavor starts off smooth strong hints of dark fruits (dates Black currant Black Cherry) with coffe and a medium light carmel moves into the alchohol flavor. Ends with a sour pottent earthy dry coffee flavor that lasts and lasts and lasts.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SRAorion (19) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 22, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2006 Pours golden brown. Great frothy head with heavy lacing. WOW! The aroma is huge. Malty Coffe dark fruits, Black currant. Flavor starts off smooth strong hints of dark fruits (dates Black currant Black Cherry) with coffe and a medium light carmel moves into the alchohol flavor. Ends with a sour pottent earthy dry coffee flavor that lasts and lasts and lasts.mmmmmmmmm!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 22, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2006 Musty, funky yeast aroma- dried prunes and subtle banana. Pours a thick brown color, with a dense, cloud-like head. Flavors are deeply complex. Smooth roasted malts, dark fruits, some clove spice and a bit of alcohol warmth finish things off. Probably my favorite of all, due to the rich complexity and balance of flavors.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DarkMagus (472) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 22, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2007 Just barely chilled, then poured into a trappist...very dark, hazy brown color. Thick, creamy cappuccino-like head. Aroma was of sweet roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, coffee, very slight hint of dates...as well as over-ripened cherries...amazingly complex. The flavor completely dominated my senses. Nice smooth creamy mouthfeel. This was an amazing experience, a gift from the gods...

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndrewM (126) - Waco (Buckle of the Bible Belt), Texas, USA - JUL 21, 2006
I let this one warm up a bit before pouring. Pours a cloudy brown with a nice fluffy lingering tan head. Nice dark fruity sweet aroma. Flavor is caramel, dark fruit, but surprisingly malty-bitter. Feels good on the tongue, but expected a lot more in the flavor department. That expectation probably impacted the score as well.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Svesse (6734) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JUL 21, 2006
(Bottled) Dark reddish brown colour with a huge, foamy off-white head, leaving lots of thick lacing. Nose is malty, sweet and spicy (dried bay leaf?), a bit floral, with dried fruit (prunes), herbs and vanilla (or rather vanillin sugar). Taste is complex: spicy, malty, with an initial fiery sweetness and notes of dried fruit (raisins, prunes, figs, dates), citrus (Seville orange or tangerine), caramel and some chocolate. Nice spicy hoppiness (a bit overshadowed by the fruit and malt initially) in the long warming (slightly drier) finish. Medium to full body with an initial warming alcohol bite. Complex and very nice stuff.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
ilikestuff (224) - Irving, Texas, USA - JUL 18, 2006
Very highly carbonated brew. Thick frothy head with unfiltered hazy orange body. Strong bite at first, with a high alcohol flavor. Not quite as smooth as I had hopes for.


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