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

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RATINGS: 3623   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DonkeyHoetay (21) - Bellerose, New York, USA - APR 4, 2007
Easily available in New York City, last time in a bottle from NBD - Im a Big fan of belgian beer, That said let others tell you about palate and nose and finish... you’ve had a few chimays a duvel and some pale american attempts at belgian strong ale and are ready to step up. Your wondering just what you should try, whats next? whats the better Belgian? ...... This is it, enjoy.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
targhee (30) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - APR 2, 2007
330 ml, bought at Table and Vine, West Springfield, MA. This once again proves its all about freshness, and proximity to the brewery. Clearly an excellent beer, and will enjoy trying several later this summer in Belgium. Poured nicely, a small amount of sediment. Nice coffee head, concentrated malty finish. Alcohol is camouflaged.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
nearbeer (4879) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 2, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2007 330 ml, maybe 2005 vintage (not sure what to make of the date code: L 10 05 11), dispensed in quart jar. Hazy burnt caramel, dark brown color with medium-sized tan head that tries to linger and gives nice lace. Wow, aroma is chocolate bread pudding with raisins and a splash of rum. Taste is similar, but slightly less rich (thank goodness, means I can drink more!), with just a touch of dryness and dangerously drinkable. Palate is light-medium and would be fine any season of the year. Alcohol is masked well, but gives a slight warm feeling afterwards. Thank you Jesus, for leaving some of your quiet, beer-makin’ holy men around to save a heathen!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - APR 1, 2007
Cloudy mahogany colored pour with a classic Trappist huge pillowy white head. Dark fruit aroma, not as chocolaty as the 10. Tannic notes, brandy, and spice popping out also. Earthy sweet malt flavor with lots of dark fruit, a little tannic, a touch of cherry and brandy, well hidden alcohol. Medium body with a tingly carbonation and a slight alcohol warming on the finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - APR 1, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2012 Bottle. A cloudy dark brown beer, with an avrage sized. frothy/fizzy, mostly diminishing off-white head. The aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain, caramel), lightly to moderately yeasty (basement), with notes of toffee, raisins, plums, brown sugar, with a touch of chocolate.The flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, velvety texture. lively carbonation, long finish with medium bitterness, lightly alcoholic. Appearence is the weakest part, the rest is world class. Complex aroma, good balance and not boozy at all. An old favorite.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2007
11.2oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy brown with ruby highlights and a large long lasting light tan head that leaves good lacing. Wonderfull aroma of fresh malt, raisins, plums, and caramel. Taste is fresh malt with notes of raisins and plums complemented by a slight caramel sweetness and a hint of corriander. Finishes dry and bitter with a small amount of carbonic bite. Alcohol is very well hidden and the overall balance of this beer is great.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kingtubby (18) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2007
Had the 10 though I’d try the 8. Pours a very interesting brownish color, Almost like a dark cider. Smells of dark fruits. Taste not as strong as I expected. Fizzy taste on the palate. Good beer but not worth the 6$ I paid for the bottle, unlike the 10. I would definitely Recommend the 10 over the 8.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Carl99Fan (187) - Suwanee, Georgia, USA - MAR 28, 2007
I can’t find the 10 anywhere, so I settled for a bottle of the 8. Nice color, great taste! I could easily polish off another 3 bottles of this before the night is over. One of the best beers I have had...very smooth.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
keith0718 (434) - Kansas, USA - MAR 26, 2007
Has a different, fizzy kind of palate, but unlike the overcarbonated palate of macro-beer. Unique taste; not quite as good as the 10, but very good nonetheless.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hapjydeuce (998) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAR 25, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2008 Always one of my go-to’s while roaming around BevMo. Pours murky brown with some red tint and always a guaranteed thick and bubbly head. Aroma is a nice combination of caramel malt, toasty Belgian yeast, raisin, plum and candy sugar. Sweet and dry flavor is a mix of cherry chocolate, light toffee, dark fruits (with prominent raisin), and banana. Nice numbing mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation. Hand me the bigger 10 anyday!


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