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

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RATINGS: 3192   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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnnyFlake (53) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - OCT 30, 2005
11.2oz Bottle - Pours a murky dark reddish-brown, with a large fizzy tan head, which disapated quickly into a small but long lasting head with a fair amount of lacing. Aroma is mostly sour apple with nuances of caramel, raisins, chocolate and alcohol. Flavour is very complex but it’s hard to pick up the various nuances as the alcohol and sour notes seem to hide everything else. Mouthfeel seems too carbonated, fizzy and full. Aftertaste is light, some sour & caramel and of course the alcohol is there. Maybe I had and off night or something but I didn’t find this to be as great as many others have rated. It’s good but, IMO, not as good as St. Benardus 8

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - OCT 29, 2005
Pours a dark brown with a small head. Flavor is very malty and wonderful. Aroma is sweet and malty as well. a very good brew indeed.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - OCT 26, 2005
Dark ruby brown body, only about 15-20% of light shows through when held close to a bulb, surprising for the style. Head is long lasting, finely bubbled, yellowed-brown colored, and leaves nice lacing as I gently rock the snifter. There’s something about the Belgian yeast they use that produces amazing carbonation from the fermentation process. It is really unparalled among beers. Aroma is so enjoyable and enthralling; I really can’t get my nose out of the top of the glass. Sharp aroma, primarily bright hops, lemony and tart present themselves, with baseline aromas of raisins, extremely ripe figs, burnt sugars and also lightly of melon. Taste is very strong, nipping the back of the throat with the potency of cutting-sharp hops and alcohol. After the initial crack comes sweet pit fruits, brown sugar, which fades to a more subtle roasted malt, dried orange peel, drying hops, and a bit of anise. Alcohol really dries things out, lingers for quite awhile. As I said, a very strong beer, however the body is actually rather thin. It does contain a healthy bit of carbonation that turns into tiny bubbles on the tongue, helping the flavors permeate even more. But it is thin, not thick or oily as I might have expected, to translate this much flavor. All flavors mesh well, nothing out of place. Well crafted beer here, could drink on it all night.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tejas (882) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2005
Perfect appearance and lacing. Great bready aroma. Little brandy aroma in the nose too. Very malty with dark fruit flavors A little cherry and alcohol flavor too. Maybe just a tad too sweet for my tastes. Alcohol is hidden fairly well. Outstanding beer. I’d love to sip on many of these.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dyetube (1187) - McKinney, Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2005
This beer pours a dark amber/brown color with a small tan head. It has a floraly sweet smell with malts and a very deep mahogany flavor that ends a little sweet. This is a very good trappist only succeded by an achel in my opinion. Cheers!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2005
Cloudy coppery brown with a large rocky tan head that settled in a few minutes. Bread and fruit aromas with some subtle spice notes. Flavor of fruit esters on top of a caramel malt base. A bit of a wine like flavor with the alcohol just barely coming through. Complex flavors well into the finish, although the sweetness gives way to a slightly dry hop finish. Beautifully balanced and complex.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 22, 2005
i would be honorable alcoholic if this was the only beer I drank....fantastic appearance (murky brown pour with yeast and massive white frothy head)...aroma is exquisite and is of spices, sugary malts, caramels, hops, lemon, raisons, and some dark fruits...flavor is heavy in spice, complemented by dark fruits, caramels, raisons, sugars, nuts, and some late hops. Aftertaste of lemon tea and even a slight cherry kick...wonderful palate....a must for all

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kevin62 (267) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 22, 2005
Poured a cloudy dark brown with a huge tannish head.flavor of fruits and caramel with a great finish.A really good Belgian Strong Ale.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SSSteve (3830) - - OCT 21, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2005 cloudy reddish brown. malty aroma. huge fizzy tan head. malty with dark fruit, raisons, plum, caramel. alcohol warmth in finish.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SB (333) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2005
From Bottle

Poured Dark brown with small floaties. Nice tan head that laced the glass. Aroma of fruits. Flavor of Fruits with brown sugar hints in the beginning. Roasted maltiness. Couldn’t taste the alcohol intil it warmed up a bit. Very smooth very nice to drink.


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