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

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RATINGS: 3623   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.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jalichio999 (502) - BRAZIL - FEB 26, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2008 Coloração marrom, excelente creme bege, denso e persistente. Notas de torrefação, nozes, café, caramelo e algo cítrico. Final seco e levemente amargo. Aroma complexo. Carbonatação média/alta. Álcool muito bem equilibrado. Ótimo aftertaste. É das melhores cervejas do mundo.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Willin8 (55) - Massapequa, New York, USA - FEB 26, 2007
Deep yellow pour. Fruity aroma. Flavor is fruity yet not as robust and complex as I was hoping. Finish is a bit watery. I would like to re-visit this one under different circumstances because I was not that impressed.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2007
sampled at blind "Better Know a Style: Belgian Strong Ale" tasting 07. poured a creamy off white head and slightly hazy reddish brown. looks very nice. nose has nice molasses, raisin, plums, and pretty yeasty. flavor is pretty sweet with raisins. a strangley bland flavor that rewards you with tons of alcohol in the finish. plate is full and rich but way too much alcohol in the finish. a surprise let down at this blind tasting.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BillVanE (19) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - FEB 25, 2007
A solid trappist brew all sort of complex aromas pouring off of it. A molasses cookie taste to it. A good brew for a fair price

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
horsemen16 (6) - Conway, Arkansas, USA - FEB 25, 2007 does not count
Beautiful beer. Its definately a step up from the the Rochefort 6. As soon as the bottle is opened, aromas of apples and caramel fill the air. The beer is complimented by a nice foamy head and some hints of yeast sediment on the top. Beer has a sweet and spicy flavor and tingles the palate. Tastes like it smells. Apples, nuts, and dates. Enjoy this one at about 50-53 F. Definately one of the best ales I have ever had. Looking very forward to trying the Rochefort 10.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - FEB 25, 2007
Dark mahogany pour with a dense and creamy head, everlasting and enticing. Aroma is sweet caramel, striking flawless malts, strawberries and cream, candi sugar, raisins and plums, light chocolate and stunning notes of exotic flowers. This is a subdued nose, but it’s very complex and captivating. Flavor is even more impressive, balanced and authoritarian. Notes of more berries(mostly strawberry and huckleberry), dark fruits, yeast, hefty malts and copious candi sugar are seemlessly blended. It really is an effortless quaff, pulling me back quickly; dangerously drinkable. Palate is silken, medium bodied, then full feeling and weighty as it glides across my tongue. Finishes very warm and creamy, light to moderate sugar and light bitterness most noticeable, mildly dry. An excellent strong ale.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gwpom (297) - Akron, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2007
11.2 oz bottle. This is the highest rated beer I’ve tasted since starting on this site, and it lives up to expectations. Cloudy brown coloring, tight head that hangs on a long long time, and a not-too-sweet fruity flavor that completely hides the 9.2 ABV. Wonderful beer, which only leaves me to wonder what the TR 10 must be like. Well, maybe next years tax return.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
CheersMate (1340) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - FEB 24, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2007 This beer smelled like a pack of gummi-bears when I poured it. I loved the color, which completely surprised me when compared to the taste. The head is nice. It doesn’t look like soap bubbles, but looks like a tight head. The little black particles give that spicy after taste, with the fruity before taste. I would say that this is one of the best beers I have tried. I will say though the body wasn’t a thick as I would like it to be. The St. Bernardus had more of a body than this beer.It also had a higher alcohol percentage, and a fruitier taste. Still an excellent beer though that will leave the taste of fruit on your tongue after drinking it.

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 (480) - 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.


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