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

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RATINGS: 3557   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2006
Another great trappist ale. Dark reddish brown pour, with a very tight and yeasty carbonation. Fruits and spiceness come through in the aroma as well in taste. Lots of yeasty typical belgian taste come through in this beer with some nice malt and sugar taste making their presence known as well. It is done very nicely and it is hard to believe this beer is 9 % alcohol, because it goes down so smoothly.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
optemoz (171) - Apex, North Carolina, USA - AUG 28, 2006
Bottled - Pours a dark reddish brown with a small tan head.. Nose is lots of malt.. and sweet fruits.. Taste is very fruity.. plums mostly.. nice sweet aftertaste.. awsome beer.. i like the 10 better but this is well worth the money.. go for it!!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pinkzambia (1802) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 26, 2006
Bottle: Murky brown water with not much of a head probably due to how softly I poured it. I was trying to avoid the yeast in the bottom! The aroma is leather, yeast, sweet, pitted fruit with very little hop presence. It has a sweet flavor of apples, dried cherries, alcohol, and a small amount of tanginess. You can feel the carbonation. The body is thin but it leaves a great taste in your mouth. Delightful! Thanks Secret Santa!

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Miksu (5038) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - AUG 26, 2006
Bottled. Reddish brown color with very thick creamy head. Plums, figs, tart fruity esters, vanilla, peppery spiciness and chocolatey higher alcohols in the aroma. Woody licorice, caramel and munchener malt in the background. Sweet flavor balanced by warming alcohols. Chocolatey with some fruity tartness and caramel. Despite the high alcohol content, soft, mellow and very creamy palate with suprisingly light body. Warming, woody and caramelly finish. This beer is heavy in warming alcohols, but suprisingly, they deliver great complexity without any unpleasant tones.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jwasciuk (198) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - AUG 22, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2006 Aroma is of toasted malts and lightly plumby with earthy overtones, Pours murky dark brown with a frothy light brown mostly lasting head. It has a good balance of sweet and bitter, earthy and plumb flavors initally and finishes a bit bitter, medium to full bodied creamy and livley.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cab (866) - DENMARK - AUG 21, 2006
This is not number 10 but still very very good. Strong and balanced, like dryed out fruits with alc.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
molassesfan (202) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 17, 2006
From my archives, January ’06. Pours a dark red with a thick head. Aroma of plum, apple and caramel. Taste is of darker fruit with chocolate malt. Palate a bit sharp with carbonation. Alcoholic finish. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - AUG 17, 2006
Like the Doobie Brothers song goes (minus the Jesus reference), "This one is just alright with me". While I didn’t find it mind-blowingly fantastic, it is a nice beer to drink but IMO, there are better Belgian Strong Ales out there. I know that might seem a bit sinful to say, but the cat’s already out of the bag. Aroma was dark fruit but very withdrawn for my liking. It didn’t reach out and grab my nosehairs like I thought it might and twist them into a knot. Instead it sort of wafted about like a stroll thru the park, minding it’s own business. Appearance was a dark read in color, nice head with good lacing. Mouthfeel was a bit carbonated for my liking, full bodied and strong with a nice alcohol bite. Flavors are dark fruits, a bit woody and slightly chocolately but just not enough to make me stand-up and take notice. It’s a good beer, but just not great.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rcmatthews (10) - USA - AUG 14, 2006
I enjoy this beer more than the Rochefort 10. I think it the alcohol of the 10 can get to be too much. At first, the aroma was of apples, and then as it warmed up more a a carmally scent. I wish it had a bit of a stronger mouthfeel. No complaints on the taste though.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
kidcadaver (3) - CANADA - AUG 14, 2006 does not count
Super Strong Beer, Strong tasting, dark and malty. Alcohol burn kicks in seconds after swallowing. Over-rated, but still a good quality beer from Belgium.


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