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

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RATINGS: 3384   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HenrikSoegaard (11477) - Randers, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2006
Bottle. Frothy off-white excellent mostly lasting head. Very powerfull hoppy/orange aroma. Very powerfull flavor, a bit sweet, and slghtly bitter. Long complex finish that saves this beer a very high score.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 17, 2006
Like Roch 10, pousr with a beautiful lacing head a shit-ton of sediment that dirties the bottom of my chalice (so princly am I). Aroma is kinda lacking, though has a nice fresh breadiness and sweetness that is similar among trappists I’ve had. Taste really shines, though, with a powerful fresh bread taste that carries beets, orange, plum, coriander perhaps, freshly fermented yeast, mint, and rye bread. It is creamy and the alcohol is hardly noticable. A very swell beer... I look forward to drinking more of this in the future.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUL 16, 2006
via trade with Beer_Hawk - Pours a hazy brown color with a large light tan head with very fine bubbles. Light lacing. Aroma smells very alcoholic. Like opening a can of Pabst. Flavor is sweet and fruity. At least it doesn’t have much of a yeast flavor to it. A creamy, medium bodied beer. I will continue to try Belgium beer (via trades), but will not buy them. Sorry, just not my cup of tea (beer). Thanks Steve.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tommy8768 (120) - Litlle Compton, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 15, 2006
pours out a murky brownish yellow with some sediment. NIce head with very fine bubbles, stays right to the end. Surprisingly light for a 9.3% alcohol. Tastes of toffee and caramel and smells much the same. Finally spotted this one at Cardozas Liquors in Fall River MA and had to try it. I was not dissapointed!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2006
This is one great Belgian! I would say it ranks right behind St. Bernardus 12 in my book. It is better than Rochefort 10! The pour was dark brown with some red mixed in, and a nice tan head that stuck around for eternity and left tons of lacing. The aroma was light and sweet. The taste was superior--lots of creaminess in this one, but very light at the same time. This belgian is very drinkable, especially for a 9.3% ABV. The finish was light and full of taste. Great hops and some fruits mixed in there as well. Can’t wait to have another."

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 13, 2006
Pours dark brown with lots of caramel foam. Soft fruity, sweet, caramel aroama taste. Feels gently creamy around the toungue. Goes down smooth. Not a very carbonated feel, which I enjoyed. Very slight alcohol aftertaste but not as much as I expected for the 9.2 % apv rate.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2006
bottle. Aroma: dark fruits, berries (strawberry?), light floral, faint chocolate, vanilla, toasted nuts, and sweet maltiness. Appearance: Pours an opaque dark brown. Small dark copper highlights when held to the light. Head is light beige and abundant. Head lingered well into the tasting. Good lacing throughout. Flavor: Dark fruit comes out first. Then a toasted nut flavor with hints of anise. Then a slight banana esther that lingers for a while. Lots of vinousness in the middle of the tongue. Espresso and chocolate tasted in the back of the mouth. Alcohol very noticeable in this one. Some floral notes in the aftertaste. Palate: Medium-full bodied. Carbonation was a little prickly and detracted a bit. Alcohol warming was high and extended down my throat. Overall: This is a great beer, and worth seeking out. But if i had to choose between this and the 10, the 10 wins every time.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rayg1 (584) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 9, 2006
Pours a murky looking brown with a light brown head. Smell is fruit and spice. Had a sip or two while it was still cold and left it alone for 15 minutes for the flavor to come out. Some fruity sweetness at first and then a nutty flavor, walnuts maybe. A pleasing bitterness follows ending cleanly with the warmth of the wonderfully hidden alcohol. My best belgian to date.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2006
Bottle (from Bitter Virtue, BB Apr 11). 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 here and makes for a much more balanced beer than the 10. Fairly sweet but in the silky smooth way the luscious aromas would lead you to expect.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (11490) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 8, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2009 Pours muddy brown with slight beige head. Very fruity aroma and some chocolate. The taste is quite vinious, but sweet and full-bodied.
7/2/6/4/12 = 3.1

[new rating, 24.9.2009]
Very lovely deep red colour, small film head. Aroma is lightly buttery, fruity and caramel. High carbonation, nice frothy mouthfeel. Flavour is sweet, rather vinious, quite a lot of caramel, raisins and a good, earthy bitter hoppiness. Fine, but the 6 and the 10 are still far better.


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