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

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RATINGS: 3601   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ekstedt (6489) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 19, 2007
Bottle. Dark brown, cloudy, with a thick white head. Fruity aroma with some sweetness. Pleasant, somewhat creamy mouthfeel with a moderate carbonation. Flavor is fruity, with some yeast character and well integrated sweetness and alcohol.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Moz (613) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - JAN 19, 2007
Hazy dark brown colour, medium off-white head. Sweet smell with vanilla, plums & blackcurrants. Fruity strong flavour, some alcohol.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
StueyD (1566) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2007
A dark, cloudy, brown coloured beer, with orange-red flashes in the light, topped with a strong, thick, off-white head. A strong perfumed nose, slightly soapy, but with plenty of dark fruit aromas. The taste is sour, again slightly perfumed, definately floral, rose petal and violet, then sweet fruit flavours, with is accompanied by a strong alcoholic kick that gives a spiciness to the sour finish. (Bottle - purchased from The Beers of Europe, Setchey, Norfolk £1.89 a bottle).

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
eyesandsmiles (179) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 18, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2007 Great little sting in each sip. Still lacking greatly in comparison to the 10.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BiochemProf (179) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Dark brown pour topped by a 2-finger creamy off-white head. No really strong aroma... slight malty sweetness. Wonderful small bubble mouthfeel. Sweet caramel taste followed by a pleasing acidic tang. Wonderful beer!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Best by 110209. Pours a hazy muddy brown with a dense two finger head, that fades slowly to a thick cap that never entirely fades, leaving behind a thick sheeting of lace. Smell; lots of dark fruits present with figs and prunes, with some apples and pears. Molasses and chocolate are present, as well as a bunch of spices. Taste; good malty sweetness with hints of chocolate and molasses, with a little bit of candied sugar. The fruits become more pronounced once this warms, with prunes, figs, apples and some apricots. This finishes with a bit of a peppery spiciness, and a touch of alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, and very easy to drink.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maria (10214) - Thisted, DENMARK - JAN 14, 2007
Dark brown with a huge, creamy head. The first I tasted was only 4 months old baby, the aroma was crisp with notes of roses, roasted malt and alcohol. The mouthfeel was rather carbonated. The flavour had roses, roasted malt, plum, raisin, pear, nuts, a bit of cinnamon, resin and alcohol. The finish had light bitterness and alcohol. Overall impression was a bit perfumed, but nice. The next was 24½ months old and the alcohol was still present - but not nearly as much and the prickly mouth feel was gone together with the perfumed notes. Aroma: fruit (apple among others), caramel, candy sugar and roasted malt. The flavour has notes of dark fruit, plum and others, roasted malt, caramel, nuts, sweetness and a nice citrus as counterweight and towards the end a bit of licorice or dark chocolate. Rounder, more mature, and still nice, but the baby also had it charms...

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fukito (1018) - Santiago, CHILE - JAN 13, 2007
Bottle - January 2007 - Thanks Omhper! Pours and opaque brownish color with a huge rock-solid head. Aroma is spicy, bananas, tropical fruits, deep and penetrating. Taste is very complex, yeasty, some molasses, a slight vinous touch, catching and deep. Earthy hops at the end. Mouthfeel is medium to full, intriguing, recomforting. Nice, complex.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2007
Pours a cloudy brown with maybe a half inch of cream colored head. Only sparse lacing. Sweet malty aroma is inviting. The initial sweetness has flavors of molasses, dates, and brown sugar. This blended very nicely into a fruity yeasty and mildly spicy finish. The aftertaste lasted a good long time. I was surprised to not taste any alcohol. Medium body and lightly carbonated. Very smooth beer, deceptively drinkable.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scanovajr (674) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - JAN 13, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2012 Bottle 33cl at Asterix (São Paulo). Dark brown color with a nice creamy head. Brandy and fruit aroma.Malt amd sweet caramel flavor. Fantastic beer.


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