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

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RATINGS: 3083   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MIBRomeo (2541) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 26, 2005
best drank by 7-21-09 a light copper color w/ a big light colored head (dissapates too quick) not much lacing cloudy appearance. Smells of the belgian yeast again a light carmel malt and some darker fruits but not overly fruity. Palate is smooth and well coated lighty carbonation. Flavor has a nice sweet woody taste some nice carmel malts bannanna gum and something a touch spicy. A definate belgian yeast in it and alcohol in the finish. Good stuff. Part of the 6,8,10 run tonight and much better than the 6.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ashbeero (51) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 25, 2005
***Dated 29-09-09, drank 22-06-05 - Aged 9 months Cloudy dark brown beer with a great beige head, Very dense with good lacing. Aroma similar to the ’10’ but not quite as intense. Dark fruits, malt and caramel. Flavour full of beglian yeast, slight hops and a complex fruit profile including banana and citrus. Relatively dry finish and medium bitterness.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bobaidan (505) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - JUN 17, 2005
Strong alcohol flavors, yet surprisingly smooth to drink. The strain of yeast used imparts a fruity flavor that is only found in the best Belbian ales. An excellent ale.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 16, 2005
Much like the 10 this beer dances spun sugar and raisin across the tounge mixed in with brandy soaked plum flavors. Every bit as intense as the 10, but less full bodied.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 10, 2005
Wow, considering this beer is a top 50 in the rankings, this beer is average at best. For the price I paid for it, it’s actually kinda crappy.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
highlandlad (1413) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JUN 8, 2005
Sampled the spectacular Westvleteren 8 last night and it edges this fine 8 from Rochefort. However, I’m going to commit heresy by saying that neither quite matched Achel 8 Bruin IMHO. This poured a teak colour with a tight, prodigious tan head that left great reefs of lacework as it receded. The aroma is fairly restrained for the 9.2% abv. It’s malt-driven and yeasty with a dash of nose-prickling alcohol, a hint of espresso and grape bubblegum. The mouthfeel is briefly fizzy, fading to a smooth, almost oily texture that slides down beautifully. The last bottle of the 10 that I tasted seemed over-carbonated but this is perfect. There are delicious intense Christmas flavours in there - raisins, nuts, port and cinammon - before that big warming dry finish. As with many ales above 8%, I find the finish a touch phenolic, but that’s a minor criticism. Another outstanding ale from Rochefort. (33cl bottle, International Beer Shop, Perth, best before 29/9/09)

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jefcon (1363) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 7, 2005
Deep brown with an inch-tall light tan head, which slowly diminishes into a lacy collar on the glass. The smell of this beer is distinct and simple: warm sourdough bread. The amazing thing is from how far away you can pick up the scent. Tasting begins a lengthy trek on the palate. Only after you drink down the sharp, carbonated, somewhat malty beer do you begin to really TASTE it. Yeast, smooth hops of dark fruit, nutty and caramel malts, and a coffee-like finish. I would time the finish, but after several minutes, I want another sip so badly I never seem to reach the end. A stand-alone strong ale that surpassed my expectations.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eructoblaster (2958) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2005
Murky brown cloudy body topped with a thick and lasting beige foamy head. Lively carbonation remains until you finish your glass. Robust malty nose with dark cherries, yeasty hints that hides the alcohol almost perfectly. Taste is superbly balanced, surprisingly smooth, and pretty complex (malt, hops, cherries, apples, yeast, spices). Ends with a long and warming finish. Lovely beer!

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stew41 (1728) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - JUN 4, 2005
Big creamy with very good retention. Attractive toffee coloured brown. Fairly standard nose for the style, fruity and sweet, dark malts. Complex palate as expected: cold tea early then big sweet liquered malts, spice and aniseed. Whilst a very good beer note quite top of the class.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
weepingsuds (222) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - JUN 3, 2005
After suffering through some week brews, this beer came up strong. The aroma is of ripe fruits almost an apple cider scent. It does give the presence of alcohol but for 9.2%, it is fairly hidden. New to belguin beer this really has a nice varied flavor and goes down smooth.


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