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

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RATINGS: 3366   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2006 bottle. very dark brown. high carb. fruity and spicy. lots of taste. better than 6. 10 is the better than this.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown in colour with an off-white head. Very malty and sweet. Spicy and a bit complex. Very good.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - MAY 6, 2006
Dull brown appearance – little head - nose is honey suckle and maple syrup –medium body – initial taste is sweet bread, a little malt , toffee and end sweet in the mouth - aftertaste is bitter/sweet (with seaweed?)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dutch70 (48) - USA - MAY 6, 2006
Dark, fruity, sweet, not as good as the 10 in my opinion, but a good trappist.....

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2006
This one combined a taste of malty cherries which were neither sweet nor bitter coupled with a taste of black licoriche and a perfumey alcoholic kick in the aftertaste. My wife and I enjoyed this one very much. The palatte has a spritz of champage or fine wine. This would go very well with chardonnay or anything for that matter.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jshifletNC (3) - Gastonia, North Carolina, USA - MAY 16, 2006 does not count
smooth, slightly bitter, alcohol aroma after sip but lingers as sweet hoppy flavor.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2006
Head is quite large and long lasting. Deep garnet body. Nose is sasparillia, roasted notes, earth chocolate, ginger, and a bit of concord sweetness. Flavour is nutty, with a stong bublegum component. Wooden oak and pine nots appear. Alc is there, yet subtle, as is banana. Very lively and slightly foamy in the mouth. Because of its complexity, and subtlies, 8 is superior to 10.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MacDaddyOJake (274) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 16, 2006
There is a lot of hype surrounding this beer and its brewery. As this was the first offering I have tried from them, I must say that I was a little dissappointed. The head was HUGE and long lasting. Little yeasty bits floated around in the body. Aroma was sweet, but not very prevalent. Taste was good, but I find the brews from Brasserie des Rocs to be much better. I won’t give up on these guys as I have to try the 6 and 10, but I do say that it was not what its made up to be.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
aenimopiate (176) - The United States of Texas, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2006
This is another wonderful belgian beer. The presence of fruits is slightly detectable, and the flavor holds it’s own, and more flavors appear the longer you let the glass sit out and warm up a little. I recommend this beer to lovers of the belgian strong ale like me.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DruncanVeasey (7633) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2006
UPDATED: APR 7, 2008 Sourish chocolate yoghurt aroma. Beige head and deep brown body. Alludes at cherry liqueur chocolates and licorice. Rich, warming and creamy. Mildly hallucinogenic. A big hearted bruiser of a beer. (Re-rate, 07/04/08, previous rating 3.5). Unmistakeable monkish snout of strange yeast, mysterious aniseedy spice, liquorice, bread, nuts, BRIE, more (red berryish, not dark or dried) fruit than expected. Definitely a hint of the Westvleterens (8 and 12), but falling slightly short of that kind of depth. An undercurrent of almost citrussy, soapy hop beneath the layers of nutty chocolate malt. Evilly drinkable. Better than previously realised.


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