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

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RATINGS: 3283   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
theburden (10) - Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2006
bottle. outstanding fruity nose, from a lingering offwhite head. Dark and ruby when held upto the light. Spicy and complex fruit flavor all over the mouth. Definitly higher alcohols present but the booziness is balanced out by the malt in the body. It tastes much smoother than a 9.2% beer. Really an outstanding beer. Makes me wish I was back in Belgium.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Trev (1975) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2007 Pours a dark reddish brown with a substantial creamy tan head. Fruity-raisin alcohol dominates the aroma. Subtler caramel maltiness. Some woody herbal tones as well. Lively spritzy mouthfeel combined with a full mouth flavour. Hard for me to nail down the flavour though. A bit sour, a bit malty sweet alcohol. Some spice to it as well. Lingering tin tasting hoppy bitterness in finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 9, 2006
Pours a dark mocha brown with a thick, mostly receding tan head. Aroma of plums, raisins, vinous malt, toffee, and caramel. Taste of fruity esters, sweet caramel, pepper, light smoke, leather, oak. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lush, wispy carbonation. This was a pretty fresh sample, with a surprising amount of hoppiness. Most certainly a cellar selection.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cartoonkhaki (1221) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 9, 2006
Dark amber brown with light brown head, sharp aroma of stewed fruits and alcohol, light oily palate and a mix of flavour, malts , honyish and fruity at times, musty...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 8, 2006
A fermented fruit aroma along with a good dose of alcohol on the nose. Body had a caramel color with small head. Sediment found on bottom of glass. Flavor had a mild fruit brandy flavor at first. By the middle was more of an alcohol punch that warmed body. At the end a wheat, grain flavor. Flavor is definently complex. Alchol is somewhat to harsh at times but the different mix of flavor makes up for it on the palate. Good top 50 beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2006
Bottle. Reddish brown body with a big white head. Nice strong aroma of apples and vanilla. Flavor was subtle and complex. I tasted apples, molasses, and vanilla. Flavor improved as the beer warmed. Palate was moderately carbonated, somewhat tingly.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SHIG (3786) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - FEB 4, 2006
Dark brown with a light brown/off white head. Fruity smell but not as pronounced as the Rochefort 10. Ended with a bitter fruit taste.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
chouffe (8) - New York, USA - FEB 3, 2006 does not count
Rochefort 8 pours to a murky, dark-brown colour with vague orange highlights topped by a firm and fluffy, off-white head that just won’t go away and liberally coats the glass with sheets of intricate lacing. The aroma is predominantly of vine fruit and alcohol (rum n’ raisin?), and masses of fruit. I can sense ripe banana, pears and figs. There are also hints of cherries, plums and molasses - the aroma rich and dark. It’s full-bodied with a smooth-as-silk, yet bubbly mouthfeel that is very easy to drink. Big and malty, the taste has all sorts of complexity. There are bread flavours, some mild coffee, and a little bit of toffee. As with the aroma, fruit makes its presence felt in a big way with apples, pears and vine fruit being the most prominent, but there are some vague traces of more tropical fruit. It’s phenolic, even slightly medicinal, with a hint of cloves to add a spicy touch to the sweet-ish finish. At 9.2% ABV, this is heaven in a glass. Would I drink it again? - I offer up prayers that it may be so.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2006
Very large head with a nice deep caramel body. Excellent dark fruits and malts in the aroma. Good taste, though a little too much like brandy for my preferences. A very solid ending with minimal alcoholic burn.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 3, 2006
Thick frothy off white head on a rather dark brown body. Spicy aroma with hints of molassas. Flavor of spice with some hints of chocolate.


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