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

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RATINGS: 3173   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.


2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2006
HERESY ALERT - Just a matter of taste, but other than the high alcohol content, I see little to recommend this ale. Sure it’s complex - with its spicy/banana aroma and all the herbal "essences" in its flavour... but it tastes pretty, well, bad. I got a lot of medicinal flavour mixed in with the spices, and it’s aftertaste was almost unpleasantly dry.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
thornecb (4512) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 14, 2006
Bottle says 28 07 04. Poured with all yeast into a Rochefort glass a beautiful Ruby Red with active swirling yeast. Medium sized bubbly head quickly dissipates to cling to the rim. Very rich, fruity aroma of dates, raisins, bread and plums. Very nice, medium sweet with light carbonation. Really top notch. One of my favorites.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 14, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2006 Hazy coppery-brown color with a thick caramely head. Smells of cinnamon raisin toast, caramel, and some banana. Rich flavors of toffee, toasted hazelnuts, caramel, dark chocolate, and a hint of nutmeg. Finish is silky; flavors linger and help disguise some initial alcohol taste. Very nice overall, the flavors appear to be more subtle, but nearly as complex as the Rochefort 10.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Quinten (1048) - zaandam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 12, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2006 dark color, starting with fully head and lasting thin head briliant in any way!,.. no need to go in to ditails. my rochefort top 3 1= the 8, 2 = 10 3 = 6 Re rate...had it on tap thise time

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pootzboy (1594) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2006
The bottle put a maple syrup colored murkey ale in my goblet with a frothy beige cap which appeared to be specked with cinnamon colored yeast particles. Cap did not last...soft carbonation. As this ale warms and begins to "breathe" in the glass, you get some marvelous aromas; banana muffin dough, spice, pear cider with a musty wet animal hair smell. Medium body, oily mouth feel. Fairly complex flavor profile with toffee, bread, spice , figs...very nice, HOWEVER..all this is eclipsed by a poorly hidden sharp alcohol burn and piney resinous hopping...finish is sharp, bittering and heated with alcohol. Put me down as one craft beer drinker who is unimpressed with Rochefort ales. I think they are well made and have some interesting distinctive features but they are overrated. If I want this type of stiff drink which I have to eat food with or else 3 or 4 on an empty stomach are trouble, I’ll do the job better with a rum drink or a sherry.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
FistFullOfCats (163) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 9, 2006
Bottle. Pours an opaque cloudy brown that only lets a little light through. Roughly the color of dark toffee with a good off white head, which looks very creamy. Lacing in the side of the glass is super consistent and hangs around for a good long while. Aroma of grapefruit, pear, strawberry. Dandelion? Perhaps. Flavor very malty, with heavy caramel and toffee notes, and slightly nutty. Like peanut brittle. Strawberry, pear, rosewater also in there somewhere. Finishes with creamy caramel, roasted coffee, carnation, hazelnut. Body is about what I expect out of a good porter, but the malty bubbliness actually makes it feel ice-creamy. Melted root beer float, perhaps. Warms the chest nicely without making the face ht. Holy crap this is good. May not be a complex as the 10, but a much more pleasant experience overall. This one just tastes better than the 10 in my opinion. Wonderful. Almost as good as Orval. Go monks.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - JAN 6, 2006
Bottled. Pours rich dark mahogany color with a tan head that overflowed the glass and hardly shrunk in the couple minutes it took to clean up my desk. Many floaties. Rich, roasted malt aroma with a very pronounced yeastiness. This is another beer I could simply smell for an hour or so; it seems to have many different subtleties and they even seem to change around a bit. The taste is somewhat spicy, somewhat roasty, somewhat floral, somewhat nutty, somewhat minty and somewhat sweet. Very dry finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2006
(12.26.05) 11.2 oz (330 mL) brown bottle received as gift. 9.2% ABV. Batch L270710, 14:06. Clear amber Belgium Trappist ale having a large long-lasting tan head with good lacing. Soft carbonation. Fruity, flowery, and medicinal aromas. Medium bodied that starts with light malt sweetness, peppery alcohol and slight medicinal (adhesive bandage) flavors. Finishes dry with light malt aftertaste. A good drinkable Belgium ale but in a side-by-side comparison tasting with the Rochefort 10, the latter tasted much better. Thanks Tom for the bottle.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
stouby (3794) - Holbćk, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2006
Bottle, at home. Brown with light brown head, unfiltered, almost lasting, good lacings. Aroma moderate to heavy malty (caramel, brown fruit), moderate hoppy, light yeasty. Flavor moderate to heavy sweet, moderate bitter, long duration. Medium to full body, creamy, soft carbonated. Moderate to heavy alcoholic.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RCWCPACFP (102) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2006
Deeply sliky sweet and smooth but not overly comlpex. All of the fruit notes mergerd so as not to be distingiushable. Perfect for cheese.


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