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

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RATINGS: 3366   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
tobizag (34) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 9, 2006
pours a deep caramel color with a lasting off white bubbly head.. aroma is of yeast and sweet dark fruit. flavor is of slight molasses, moderately sweet. definitely carbonated, but i enjoy the amount of fizz. this was a great beer, now i need the 10!

3.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - AUG 9, 2006
This nothing next to the ten. Fizzy head that lasts. Aroma is yeasty with candy and dark fruits. Flavor is much the same and palate is a bit fizzy for me. Alcohol is there at the with sweetness. Just a decent beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bdjames29 (273) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2006
Yeah, its good - after trying the 6 and now the 8, I keep thinking that I am going to get a beer thats almost as good as the 10. I understand that they are different styles, but neither the 6 or the 8 are close. Still this is a delicious beer. The character and quality of these beers are outstanding. Quick, lively, pop-like head - sticks around for a while and laces nicely. Deep, murky, cider-looking appearance. After bringing the head back around, I picked up on a pear flavor, fruity tones throughtout. Sugary, malty goodness. Full body and an easy finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Palidor19 (3065) - Brandon, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2006
Yum Yum Yum!!!! This a fantastic beer, exactly what I was hoping for. Rich yeasty malts. Taste is dark fruit and candied sugar. Alcohol Content is appearant yet not too overpowering.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beergut111 (210) - Berlin, GERMANY - AUG 8, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2007 I really enjoyed this. Bold taste, like nothing ive ever tried. There were tastes of fruit, chocolate and spice and it was nicely carbonated.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
arjoseph (641) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2006
Bottle, Morte Subite, Brussels. I was going to say that this is overrated, but with so many Beer Gods liking it, I guess I’ll just have to make myself an anomally (me and sk8viking, that is). Rocky but lasting tan head over opaque brown beer. Smell is medicinal and sugary, with aluminum as a main component. Mouthfeel is a big letdown, watery and fizzy. I noticed this in the 10 as well, they were both thinner than I expected for the alcohol level and color. Sweetness in the flavor seems artificial. Finish is meally on the back of the tongue and flacidly sweet everywhere else. My overall impression, from beginning to end, is that the beer is hollow; there’s nothing in it. Very disappointing.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Finn (4710) - Tromsø, NORWAY - AUG 6, 2006
Bottle 0,33l. Clear colden colour - deep brown and unclear when stirred. Heavy sedimented. A white creamy head. The "champagne" feeling af a strong belgian beer. A rich complex aroma. Sweet sourish flavour leaving you with a lasting bitter aftertaste where you notice the strength. A bit too carbonated.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - AUG 5, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2006 Pours dark with a thick light head. Smells of crazy yeast (hints of runny french cheese), bready sweet malts, alcohol, and perhaps some spice. The flavor is very sweet, but not sickly so. It has some mild fruit flavors (dried cherry), a very spicey malt profile, and a touch of hop bitterness. The funky yeast flavors are there too. Add crazy belgian yeast flavors/aromas to a doppelbock, and you’ll be there. The mouthfeel is quite nice - it isn’t nearly as thick as other strong, sweet beers - no doubt due to a fair amount of belgian candi sugar used to thin the body.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (38686) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2006
Bottle. Really nice aroma, fruity berries and plums to start with more gentle chocolate, malt and dried fruits with a little bit of spicy yeastiness to round the whole thing off and bring it together. The alcohol is really well hidden. Fairly sweet but in the silky smooth way the luscious aromas would lead you to expect.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - AUG 2, 2006
From a 33 cl. slender brown bottle with a best before date on the front label, 28.04.09, sampled at cellar temperature in a Rochefort chalice. Poured a cloudy lightly orange hued brown with a foamy head that settled into a thin sudsy, fizzy lacing. Aromas of rum cake spices, fruity, pears and ripe figs and nice fruity esters, the alcohol whiffs are quite pleasant. Good fizzy carbonation and a crisp, dry, carbonated smooth light bodied mouthfeel. Delicious tasting, rum cake malty, a good rum spiciness, caramelized sugary, sweet baked apples and figs fruitiness, the alcohol is spicy and provides a nice warmth in the palate and a dry, sweet spicy, fig and bread malty finish, excellent Belgian drinkability, very quaffable for a strong ale. Rochefort brews some of the best ales available to the USA, a must try for anyone exploring the world of beer.


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