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

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RATINGS: 3601   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 6, 2007
Bottle. Seems you can always tell a good belgian brew by it’s relentless foamy/creamy head, which this one has on top of a dark caramel colored hazy body. Nice aroma of lemon/lemonzest, yeast, pale malt, a slight hint of booze, and some other light spices. Flavor of candied fruits, pale caramel malt, yeast, lemon zest...a bit of pepper perhaps...but quite controlled...a few other spices and some light booze. Medium body, and WOW that is some powerful carbonation...almost burns the tounge...almost like drinking ginger ale. A dry sweetness is present throughout, with floral, spicy and yeasty elements bouncing back and forth throughout. Bitter/light sweet finish. As someone who doesn’t really care for the style, this is pretty good stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmac (5470) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2007
11.2 oz bottle. Poured a medium brown with lots of suspended particles floating around and a huge light brown head, to many suspended particles to get a 5 for app. Aroma is complex with a good malt base, Belgian yeastiness, lots of sweetness, raisins, dark fruit and candied fruit as well. Palate is excellent with just the right amount of carbonation and ever so slight alcohol warming on the back of your throat. Flavor has a nice sweet finish compared to spiciness that I’m used to Belgians displaying. Great beer.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
theviolet (177) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2007 Pours a dark opaque brown with a foamy tan head. Beautiful sweet aroma. Crisp clean taste with notes of chocolate. Mouthfeel is the only downfall.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Bottle at Winking Lizard. My second time to try this and I have to admit I appreciate this more the second time. Too bad the bar was really loud and too dim to get a good look at this. But anyway, very dark ruddy brown body topped by a lush creamy beige head. Unfortunately served a little too cold and not in the proper glassware to fully release the aroma (but what was there was good). Very complex flavor, a ton of malts, candi sugar, dark dried fruits... a little too complex for words, not that I’m complaining. Excellent MF, creamy and rich, alcohol very well hidden and only comes across as a light, comforting spiciness. I could go on but pretty much everybody already agrees this is good stuff, and if you haven’t tried this yet, then what are you waiting for?

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (7141) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 4, 2007
11.2 oz bottle. Dark brown, with a really thick tan head. Aroma is that of darker fruits, with a little hint of chocolate and spices. Flavor is a great mixture of fruits, roasted chocolates and a subtle kick of warm alcohol.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madscotsman (147) - Fairview Heights, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2007
What can I say about this beer that has not already been said. Nice brown color with a khaki head. Chocolate and fruity aroma with a great finish

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2007
11.2oz bottle, marked 12/10/10. Deep brow, with a thick tan head. Complex aroma of dried fruit, chocolate, and spice. Flavor again exhibits spice and chocolate, along with fruitcake, raisins, and some alcohol. Long, dry finish with a bit of hops. Full bodied and delicious.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - APR 30, 2007
Pours dark brown with a strong cream color head. Rich aroma of fruits, cake, caramel, roasted nuts, figs, chocolate, and light spices. Malt flavor is amazingly complex, bursting with flavors, one minute fruit, the next sweet cake flavors, next roasty chocolate. The alcohol never shows, leaving with a sweet, but not cloying, after dinner beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2007
Bottle. Pours a deep & dark brown with a medium-sized tan head. Aroma is somewhat sweets, with lots of malts, some molasses, coffee and dark fruits. Flavor is wonderfully much the same as the scrumptious aroma - lots of malts, molasses, darker fruits. Alcohol is very well-hidden. Totally drinkable - more so than the 10. Highly, highly recommended.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - APR 29, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2007 Bottle. Pours dark cloudy brown/red with a medium sized beige head. Little bubbles of carbonation climb the sides of the glass. Aroma is sweet malts, dark fruits, alcohol, and wine. Flavor is full of dates, sweet maltiness, some chocolate notes, and a bit of oak and ash. With a lower carbonation level than the 6 the darker notes really shine through before the warm finish.


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