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

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RATINGS: 3585   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
Rotorhead87 (119) - Temple, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2007
Excellent beer, exactly what a Trappist should be. Great initial taste; complex taste with a some fruityness and a nice spice to it. Finish is wonderful and lingering with a slight burn to it. I could drink this all day long. Definately in my top few beers. I can’t wait to find a 10 to try, as these Monks really know how to make a beer. Amazing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
LearninBeer (462) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2007
The aroma is of sweet dough, maybe a little cherry tart. The head is very light brown, creamy, mostly diminishing and not much lacing. The body is cloudy kinda murky amber/golden brown. The initial flavor was kinda sweet, makes the tongue salivate on the sides, a touch bitter with an average to long finish, just noticing a slight burn at the end. The body is light, texture a little watery and carbonation lively.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2007
bottle: pours a brown kinda murky colour with large fluffy white head. a joyous aroma of dark fruits cherries i believe and vey strong. flavour is of dark fruits and malts with roasted grains also. a hint of raisin in the taste. a very short bitter after taste. leaves my palate dry and wanting more.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (3204) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2007
Pours a dark brown with a thin foamy head. Aroma is of roasted malts dark fruits,cherry and alcohol. Flavor is complex with raisins,malts,figs and spices with a sharp hop bite at the end. Quality stuff this is

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aquilo (616) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 18, 2007
This is a lovely caramel brown with a thick foamy head. Smell is of raisins and currants and roses. The carbonation is a bit high for me, it reminds me of sprite (which I hate.) The flavor, however, was pleasant, with vanilla, figs, and dates. Overall, rather enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
benclarkiii (73) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 17, 2007
This was my 2nd of 3 Belgians at a local bar. I really enjoyed the balance in this beer. Very little ’alcohol’ taste and quite complex. Compared to the Tremens I had first, the carbonation stood out.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zamco17 (134) - Corpus Christi, Texas, USA - FEB 15, 2007
complex aroma, baking bread, bananas, stout. pours a murky brown. the alcohol is untraceable, a very very long finish. high carbonation. what belgian ale should be.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2007
Hazy golden dark brown color, tiny bubbles in the head around the edge of the glass. Spicy maple vanilla creme notes in the taste with different dark fruits making appearences with each sip. Good complex stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 13, 2007
Bottle. (BB 23.01.11) Unclear dark brown with a red tinge. Huge frothy beige/brown head. Excellent lacework. Wonderful and inviting aromas of malt and various fruits (red berries, lemon, plums and cherries). Sweet malt and caramel flavours, along with a refreshing fruitiness. Alcohol well hidden. Mild and mellow hops in the finish. Medium to full body. Oily mouthfeel. Impressive.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
YuckFouBrew (12) - Frisco, Texas, USA - FEB 11, 2007
Sweet malt, beet candy aroma. This beer hides its high alcohol % well, at 9.2% its deceptively smooth. My favorite trappist beer up to this point.


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