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

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RATINGS: 3388   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
auderale (605) - Minot, North Dakota, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Bottle, 33cl. Amber pour with a slight fruity aroma. Malty caramel flavor. Definitely a well made beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjg74 (2825) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JAN 19, 2006
Bottled. Pours a medium amber color. Quite a bit of foam. Aroma is slightly sweet and yeasty. Dark fruits as well as spice. Some chocolate as well. Spicy right up front. Roasted malty chocolate flavor, but only a mild one. Slight alcohol.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2006
HERESY ALERT - Just a matter of taste, but other than the high alcohol content, I see little to recommend this ale. Sure it’s complex - with its spicy/banana aroma and all the herbal "essences" in its flavour... but it tastes pretty, well, bad. I got a lot of medicinal flavour mixed in with the spices, and it’s aftertaste was almost unpleasantly dry.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 22, 2006
Sampled from bottle. Pours muddy brown with some sediment and a tall, creamy tan head. Lacing is intricate. Aroma is rich, complex malts and ripe, dark fruits. Flavor is largely balanced - perhaps only slightly sweet - with a pretty clean, dry finish. Berries, candy, pepper and some earthiness also present. Full bodied and well-carbonated. Exceptionally easy to frink for the style. A well-made beer.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
thornecb (4826) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 14, 2006
Bottle says 28 07 04. Poured with all yeast into a Rochefort glass a beautiful Ruby Red with active swirling yeast. Medium sized bubbly head quickly dissipates to cling to the rim. Very rich, fruity aroma of dates, raisins, bread and plums. Very nice, medium sweet with light carbonation. Really top notch. One of my favorites.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pootzboy (1637) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2006
The bottle put a maple syrup colored murkey ale in my goblet with a frothy beige cap which appeared to be specked with cinnamon colored yeast particles. Cap did not last...soft carbonation. As this ale warms and begins to "breathe" in the glass, you get some marvelous aromas; banana muffin dough, spice, pear cider with a musty wet animal hair smell. Medium body, oily mouth feel. Fairly complex flavor profile with toffee, bread, spice , figs...very nice, HOWEVER..all this is eclipsed by a poorly hidden sharp alcohol burn and piney resinous hopping...finish is sharp, bittering and heated with alcohol. Put me down as one craft beer drinker who is unimpressed with Rochefort ales. I think they are well made and have some interesting distinctive features but they are overrated. If I want this type of stiff drink which I have to eat food with or else 3 or 4 on an empty stomach are trouble, I’ll do the job better with a rum drink or a sherry.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 14, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2006 Hazy coppery-brown color with a thick caramely head. Smells of cinnamon raisin toast, caramel, and some banana. Rich flavors of toffee, toasted hazelnuts, caramel, dark chocolate, and a hint of nutmeg. Finish is silky; flavors linger and help disguise some initial alcohol taste. Very nice overall, the flavors appear to be more subtle, but nearly as complex as the Rochefort 10.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beanmedic (347) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 21, 2006
tasty. very complex. fruity - im getting deep prunes and raisins. very nice and full of flavour. deep brown with nice big off-white head. large chunks of sediment.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Quinten (1051) - zaandam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 12, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2006 dark color, starting with fully head and lasting thin head briliant in any way!,.. no need to go in to ditails. my rochefort top 3 1= the 8, 2 = 10 3 = 6 Re rate...had it on tap thise time

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 18, 2006
Medium-dark brown in color with a nice big creamy off-white head. Sweet aroma with hints of vanilla. Wonderful flavor really grabs the tongue. Flavor has notes of fruit, chocolate, and a pleasant saltiness to it. Complex flavor. Very soft and smooth mouthfeel, sweet and salty finish. Overall an excellent Belgian, though not quite as impressive as the 10 in my opinion.


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