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

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RATINGS: 3106   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DYCSoccer17 (3312) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 19, 2004
Rating #600. Bottle best by 04 02 08. Sweet aroma with cherries, raisins, chocolates, and brown sugar malts. Scrumptious aroma. Pours a very hazy, mrky dark brown color with a gorgeous long lasting vanilla colored large head. Start is tangy and slightly sweet, turning into maltiness with significant choco-coffee notes in the middle. Roastiness to finish with some slight bitter hops in there as well. These monks suck at praying cause theyre too good at brewing.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 19, 2004
Dark, reddish brown and very muddy looking, like bad wine. Big head and sweet aroma. Flavor of raisins, plums. Slightly sour. Very good.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JonMoore (1851) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2004
Bottle from Onlyfinebeer (12.08.08). poured a murky, dark brown with a large, foamy/creamy off-white head. Aroma is great; malts, caramel and slightly sweet, spices, raisins and other dark fruit. Surprisingly thirst quenching and drinkable. Full bodied and creamy. Taste is sweet malts, dry and gets sweeter in the mouth with a nice long faint aftertaste. Alcohol is well hid. Excellent.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - SEP 15, 2004
My first belgian ale. Poured copper brown color with a creamy, large head which dissipated fairly slowly but left a film on the top. The aroma is refreshing, though not very unusual, with a strong malt and spice presence. Initial taste is very balanced spice and malt. The body is full and very-well carbonated (i.e. a good carbonation presence without overdoing it). Amazingly, the taste soon turns to sweet in your mouth and then disappears, leaving behind an extremely clean finish. This is a beer that anyone with functioning tastebuds and working taste receptors in the brain could drink and love.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - SEP 13, 2004
Pours a lite brown with a whipped cream head. A nose of toffee and dark caramel. Nice lite refreshing body. Alcohol well hidden. Dangerously drinkable. Delicious!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (8867) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2004
Poured a dark reddish-brown with an average sized tan head. Some floaties. Aromas and tastes of raisins, spices, and apples (more in the taste). Alcohol well hidden. I haven’t met a beer brewed by monks that I haven’t liked!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - SEP 12, 2004
The bottle poured a murky brown colour with quite a few floaties. Very sweet malty taste balanced by a spiciness I can’t quite put my finger on. The alcohol is well hidden as the finish only hnits at it.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PorterPounder (5491) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 8, 2004
Dark chestnut brown appearance with a thin, but long lasting mocha colored head; lots of sediment floating about. Malty aroma with some wort-like essence laced with brandy, dates and raisins. Flavor has some fresh baked brown elements to it with some brandy, raisins and dates. Silky smooth mouthfeel. High ABV is hidden well. A damn good Ale.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidflores99 (225) - Long Beach, California, USA - SEP 7, 2004
Dark amber color with a creamy head, and a bitter sweet aroma. Flavor was slitghty sweet, and alcohol was hidden nicely. This beer balances out well and is a top one of my list.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
NJBeerman013 (1045) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - SEP 4, 2004
Dark ruby in color, almost like a port. Head rapidly diminishing. Aroma is that of sweet fruit. Flavor is of sweet sugar/caramel and fruit - raisin, plum, fig. This beer has a great mouthfeel silky smooth. Absolutely one of the best beers I have had.


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