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 "Spťciale" (íThe Specialí), 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KUEric (888) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 9, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2006 Bottle: Pours a deep brown color with a thick fluffy head with some deeper brown sediment from the bottom few drops. Very thick, no light could be seen through the beer, and the head was fluffy yet dense (I like Rooftops description) and will say its a very nice hazelnut color. The aroma is maily of prunes/dates with some hints of coffee, wood, and malts. The flavor is heavy on dates with some malts, chocolate, tobacco, wood, coffee, yeast, spices and a very port like sweetness. The flavor and mouthfeel are stiff, strong and bold. Some mention of hidding the alcohol and I donít really agree, I can feel and taste it. Not great, but pretty darn good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2006
) This beer has an aroma consisting of malt, yeast, dates, and hints of wood lingering in the background. It is a sediment speckled chocolate brown colored solution with a good sized hazelnut cream colored head. This beer produces a taste that has yeast and malt at the forefront and the taste of prunes that enters right at the point of swallowing. This thick beer fades smoothly leaving a nice roasted nut taste lingering on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJMonarch (9163) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2006
Bottle at the Metropolitan Centre, Bury 24/11/2001 Mid brown coloured and strong in alcohol with some wheat aroma. Warming finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - MAR 6, 2006
Dark brown with an everlasting tan head. Aroma is of chocolate and red berries. Flavors are very complex; chocolate, strawberries, toffee, and plum stand out the most. Light to medium bodied with a soft alcohol presence. Wonderful.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
turg (156) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 1, 2006
Bottle 330ml. Appearance: dark reddy brown with tan head. Aroma: malt, candy sugar,fruit, bubblegum. Flavor: malt, hop, yeasty. Thank Len.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KnutAlbert (6377) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 1, 2006
Sweet, dry, spicy at the same time. Smells of malt and candy sugar. An explosion of taste. Very close to the ultimate beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tennisjoel (1211) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - FEB 26, 2006
Bottle. Belgian candy and fruit aroma. Thick frothy head. Very good...in fact, itís grrrrrrreat (says Tony the Tiger). So smooth for over 9% ABV. Spicy taste with liquid candy. More watered down than the RT 10, but this one comes close. I canít see how anyone with a developed palate would not like this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kreepindeth (404) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 25, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2007 Tastes of bubblegum and raisins and some vague fruit hints I cannot place. Unfortunately these are tainted by a slight medicinal taste and alcohol that is not hidden very well. Not bad, but not worth the price of admission. re-rate: I like this beer much more now. Alcohol is well-hidden. Notes of cinnamon, black pepper, coriander. Subtle vanilla, oak. Toffee, caramel goodness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 25, 2006
Vineous aroma, and flavor is the same. A thin white head that stays throughout. Medicanal taste, with fruity undertones. The high alcohol content is well hidden though. Overall, Iím not that impressed, dispite the high rating. Itís not horrible by any means, just not "great."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
simbasa (13) - watsonville, California, USA - FEB 25, 2006
i can tell you that the 10 is much better than this. medicinal aftertaste. i was not impressed. after i had the 10, i was amazed. miles apart.

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