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


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RATINGS: 3099   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tejas (870) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2005
Perfect appearance and lacing. Great bready aroma. Little brandy aroma in the nose too. Very malty with dark fruit flavors A little cherry and alcohol flavor too. Maybe just a tad too sweet for my tastes. Alcohol is hidden fairly well. Outstanding beer. I’d love to sip on many of these.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dyetube (1181) - McKinney, Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2005
This beer pours a dark amber/brown color with a small tan head. It has a floraly sweet smell with malts and a very deep mahogany flavor that ends a little sweet. This is a very good trappist only succeded by an achel in my opinion. Cheers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2005
Cloudy coppery brown with a large rocky tan head that settled in a few minutes. Bread and fruit aromas with some subtle spice notes. Flavor of fruit esters on top of a caramel malt base. A bit of a wine like flavor with the alcohol just barely coming through. Complex flavors well into the finish, although the sweetness gives way to a slightly dry hop finish. Beautifully balanced and complex.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badnewsbeers (2313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 22, 2005
i would be honorable alcoholic if this was the only beer I drank....fantastic appearance (murky brown pour with yeast and massive white frothy head)...aroma is exquisite and is of spices, sugary malts, caramels, hops, lemon, raisons, and some dark fruits...flavor is heavy in spice, complemented by dark fruits, caramels, raisons, sugars, nuts, and some late hops. Aftertaste of lemon tea and even a slight cherry kick...wonderful palate....a must for all

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kevin62 (267) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 22, 2005
Poured a cloudy dark brown with a huge tannish head.flavor of fruits and caramel with a great finish.A really good Belgian Strong Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SSSteve (3751) - - OCT 21, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2005 cloudy reddish brown. malty aroma. huge fizzy tan head. malty with dark fruit, raisons, plum, caramel. alcohol warmth in finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SB (333) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2005
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Poured Dark brown with small floaties. Nice tan head that laced the glass. Aroma of fruits. Flavor of Fruits with brown sugar hints in the beginning. Roasted maltiness. Couldn’t taste the alcohol intil it warmed up a bit. Very smooth very nice to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomDecapolis (4470) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 20, 2005
Pours a dark brown reddish with lots of floaties. Large lacing tan head that stuck around the whole time. Aroma is caramel, dark fruits, roasted malts and raisons. Could sense the alchol in the aroma as it warmed up. Flavor is dark fruits with the roasted malts coming out in the tail. Carbonation on the tongue. Less alcohol in the taste compared to the 10. Very smooth and nice. I really enjoyed this. Similar to the 10, but stepped down a bit.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - OCT 19, 2005
From bottle at The Bier Garden, Portsmouth, VA. Deep, cloudy brown with a light brown head. Sweet caramel-fruit nose. Complex, dark fruits - fig, date, raisin all sprinkled in brown sugar. Gets even more complex as it warms in the glass, the malts and caramel come through. Silky mouthfeel leaves your mouth aching for more, as the flavors hang in your mouth, you don’t want it to end. Better, I think, just slightly, than the 10 - same beautiful flavors, no alcohol burn to interfere. Just pure beauty...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
toccata (70) - grembergen, BELGIUM - OCT 19, 2005
Dark brown beer, creamy beige foam and soft sweet aroma. Aroma is Sweet malty, there are touches of caramel and chacolate. Also hints of fruit in the nose and some refreshing hops. Taste is medium body and very malty. Slight sweet, caramel, sweet bread, roaste nuts flowers and some hops. finish is drying out a bit.

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