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

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RATINGS: 3308   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
patrick767 (3714) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 19, 2006
11.2 oz bottle - Pours a slightly cloudy reddish brown color with a huge head that has some legs. The aroma is of dark fruits and malt. The flavor is complex with sweet malt and a slight sourness in the dark fruit notes. It’s nicely balanced and full bodied. The 9.2% alcohol is detectable, but well masked. I seem to be a sucker for the Belgian Strong Ales. This is a very nice beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - MAR 19, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2006 The nose from a freshly opened bottle smells of rasberry, chocolate and warm vanilla. It pores a dark caramel color with a beautiful wipped cream topping that lasts almost thruout the whole drink. Strong ale being my favorite style, this is a great crisp taste, with many wondurful flavors that come to the palate with each gulp. Its a small bottle but very much worth the 5 bucks it cost. The only reason i would not rate this beer any higher is its strong alchohol content almost 10% and you can feel it interfering with the complex flavors in the body. If they would make this beer and lower the alchohol it would be heaven on earth.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
IrishBoy (3920) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 18, 2006
Hazy brown with a huge tan head that hung around seemingly forever, thickly lacing the glass. Aroma seems to be tart fruit with a hint of sourness. The flavor is a sweet malt with just a hint of alcohol taste coming through, considering it is 9.2%. There is a little chocolate caramel hint in the aftertaste. Excellent!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
OldRaspy (292) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 17, 2006
This is a milestone for me, my 100th rating. Poured a cloudy brown with a light brown head. Excellent lacing in this brew. Aroma was vinous red grapes, cherries, malts, a hint of alcohol and I even thought there was a touch of chocolate in the nose. Flavor was even more complex, some sweet malt a bit of hops and a nice warming alcohol finish.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 17, 2006
I let this beer cool outside during the evening untill it approached about 55 degrees using my digital thermometer, and gently poured into my Chimay glass, the head was light brown and slowly reduced over the next several minutes, it had a pleasing floral arrangement with notes of barly and malt. The tightly carbonated bubbles danced across my tongue and mouth, it was almost prickly, it had a great start with light cream and chocolate notes and finished with a rich espresso like taste with out the acidity. What a bold and delicious beer well worth the 5 dollars a bottle.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2006
The color of raisins, it pours cloudy with a big sudsy off-white head. Aromas of malt, toast, dark fruit, blue cheese, chalk, earth and peat dominate a complex nose. Flavors are deep -- roasted malt, bread, ripe dark fruits, molasses, alcohol and herbs. Some sweetness from the malt and little hop bitterness, although the hop flavor is in there. Nice viscuous chewy mouthfeel. A wonderful warming and rewarding brew.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sofajoern (146) - DENMARK - MAR 15, 2006
Ummmm :) Murky reddish brown with a lovely lasting creamy head. Lots of sediment in the bottle. Plums, raisins, dates and cherries (I think) in the nose along with an almost floral perfume. Flavour is very complex with lots of different fruits, a bit of caramel, dark chocolate, coffee and quite nice warming alchohol. Slight hoppyness in the finish but the malt dominates. Very fullbodied and smooth.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
roner77 (35) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 13, 2006
Tremendous beer. A dark brown color with a lasting white-to tan head. A VERY complex flavor with tastes that range from cherries to dates to chocalte to...... The alcohol is very well hidden. Still cannot get over how complex the flavor is.....hopefully I can score an entire case of this one.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - MAR 11, 2006
poured an opaque dark brown hue. Head was white and had good retention. Aroma was a mx of sevreal fruits and a tiny hint of bubblegum. Taste was malty sweet at first with some cocca notes but was balanced by an almost earthy presance. Some hops in the finsih all. Smooth drink but could have beenn fuller.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
chadzter (94) - huntsville, Alabama, USA - MAR 10, 2006
Bottle. Pours dark brown and the head is tan with some lacing of the glass. Aroma is strong with floral and fruit aromas of prune, raisin and plum. Has a hint of chocolate and caramel and maybe some cherry. Flavor is moderate acidity with a wood almost grassy with a fuirt backing to add a light sweetness.


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