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

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RATINGS: 3003   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 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ericnixon (737) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 20, 2003
Cloudy brown stuff with a small creamy head. A fruity sweet aroma that hints at the huge sweet concoction that this is. not over the top by any means, it's just an amazingly fruit-ay beer. yummy!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 19, 2003
Deep red carmelly brown with an absolute monster of a head. I didn't try but am pretty sure you could float coins on it. Big, cloud like formation of a beige off white cream color. Aroma of toffee, dark berries, and a bit of candy sweetness. Sweet and fruity toastyness with alcohol flicking my tounge. Light on my tounge but completely full and awsome. Juicy comming through at the end. THANK YOU ZACH, PURE BLISS!!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 18, 2003
soft dates and berry aroma, choclate brown with a perfect tightly packed frothy head, soft yet strong finish, lots of ripe fruits fill your mouth, slightly flowery, all in all liquid heaven,

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 16, 2003
Lively pour, plenty of foam, dense mahogany appearance. Winey aroma with mint and coriander tones, chocolate and sweet light berries. Malty flavor with initial hints of licorice, creamy banana and toffee in the middle. Fairly bitter in the finish with cognac alcohol like warmth.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JUL 15, 2003
Alcohol and dark fruits dominate the aroma of this wonderful ale and pair up nicely with its dark, strong looking appearance. Chocolate, cherry, toffee, vanilla and alcohol all intermingle beautifully on the tounge. While this beer finishes dry enough to warrant another, its strength makes it unnecessary.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2003
Bottled at Monks Cafe in Philly. Not quite as good as the #10 but damn close. Nice smooth beer with a hint of spice.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LINKBREW (101) - Santee, California, USA - JUL 12, 2003
Fruity sweet aroma, with some spice and good amount of yeast. Malty sweet caramel flavors, light bitterness. Not as good as Westy's 8.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (7348) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2003
UPDATED: APR 15, 2009 2009-04-15. Dark lightly hazy brown body with some ruby highlights in the light, modest foamy beige head. Aroma of sweet dark fruits with a mild alcoholic undercurrent. Flavour is similar, sweet malty base with dark fruits and mild touches of chocolate on occasion. Finish is more dry than the rest, showing just a bit of rough alcohol presence. Smooth medium to full bodied palate. Age has muted the alcohol a touch but also the flavour. Still rather nice, but I think I prefer it a bit more fresh. 7+/4/7/4/16 Bottle from Premier Wine and Spirits, Halifax. Best Before240608

2003-07. Smooth and sweet, malty. Big head on it... creamy mouth feel. A touch of fruit.. others describe it as chocolaty. Pretty warming Very nice.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maupie (927) - Roosendaal, NETHERLANDS - JUL 8, 2003
This beer has a dark brown body - hue with a sweet initial flavor and a heavy body.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JUL 8, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2003 Brown color with a brownish head. Very fruity aroma and taste. Has a slight alcohol taste and light bitterness to complement the complex taste pattern.


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