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

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RATINGS: 3123   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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The lower gravity cousin to Rochefort 10. Nicknamed "Spťciale" (íThe Specialí), 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Heatwaves (54) - Santa Ana, California, USA - JUL 18, 2005
This is a solid beer. Too bad it is so pricey -- I believe I paid about $5 for a single bottle of this stuff. I got what I came for, however. This has a great taste that isnít too overpowering or have a sting that would represent its true alcohol content. Very complex, with true Belgian ale flavor and a wonderful "Coca Cola-like" color. You know it is the real thing when you can see little bits of unfiltered ingredients circling your glass upon first pour. A truly wonderful experience.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rudolf (2341) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 17, 2005
Caramel & dark fruit nose w. a bit of lime (?!?) Quite sweet and alcoholic. Dark malt, burnt, slightly sour notes.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sregnar35 (972) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JUL 15, 2005
Wow, another great belgian ale, I almost feel unworthy drinking beers this good. Itís alot like St. Bernardus 12, only milder.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - JUL 15, 2005
33 cl Bottle. A dark brown coloured abbey beer, with a lovely long standing white head. When you smell it.... A wonderful aroma of dried fruit, roasted barley, tobacco and some sweetness. And when you taste it... Amazing taste, big mouthful with notes of caramel, choclate and a great complexity. One of my favourites.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Juelze (1138) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 13, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2005 Pours a dark brownish-read with thick head that fades quickly. Smells of fruit, malt, and a bit of spice. A very light aroma compared to itís big bro #10. Taste is also a bit lighter and dare I say more enjoyable then the #10. This is a beer that is high in alcohol but doesnít let you know that it is. Tastes of dark fruit, raisins, green grape, malt, and a bit of wood. The green grape is more apparent in the finish as it warms over the tongue. Very complex but enjoyable. You could easily chug this if you wanted to but why? Itís so tasty that you want to savor it. Awesome brew!

0.5
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
JF1969 (1) - BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2005 does not count
Being from Belgium, Iíve tried and tried and tried many Belgian beers. When I travel, I also try to sample as many local beers as possible. Even though there are many excellent beers in Balgium and many other countries, Rochefort 8 is definitely the best. Iíve had the chance to visit the brewery, in the Rochefort Abbey, and meet the master brewer, and this only reinfocred my palate conviction ! Santť !

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ughsmash (7135) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 11, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2005 Bottle best by 7/29/08. Looks like I finally got one of these that hadnít gone bad. Deep hazy ruby pour with a sizable, well-retained creamy beige head. Wonderful aroma of bready malts, spices, currants, plums, other lightly roasted malts... Very complex on the palate (but no as much as its bigger brother), with much of the aroma flowing through. Flavor also picked up some caramel. Coated the mouth very well and was almost sticky. Long finish with dark fruit, bread, and spices. The brew went from good to great when it warmed to about 55-60 degrees.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DuffMan (6741) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 8, 2005
I am drinking this right now, as I type. Deep cloudy brown with an orange glow, massive fizzy head that quickly flattened to a lacy ring. Big aromas here-- sweet roast malt, caramel, stewed prunes. Complex palate-- sweet and fizzy up front, lots of toasty malt, green grapes, woody tobacco, then a very warm astringent alcohol finish that leaves the back of the tongue and throat a little dry (and therefore wanting more!). A terrific after-dinner sipper, but hand over your car keys if you reach for a second one!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - JUL 7, 2005
A well carbonated brownish red with a fizzy head. Has a fruity aroma with some yeastiness. Fruit like taste with a malty sweetness and an alcohol finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2389) - California, USA - JUL 6, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2005 Suffers from middle child/beer syndrome. Errr... no sorry. Anyway.. Pours a thick brown body with a balanced head. Fruity aroma - mainly plums and some berry. Finishes malty and sweet. As this warms it becomes fantastic. My Ommegang glass isnít worthy of this.


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