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


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RATINGS: 3333   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
IMtheOptimator (1162) - 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.

   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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (9588) - 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!

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PorterPounder (6019) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
NJBeerman013 (1052) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christian (11610) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 3, 2004
Muddy amber body and a short lived off white head with full lacing. Intense aroma of malt, apple, dirt and raisins. Rich flavour with chocolate and caramel going through fruits to an alcohol/hops ending. Too much alcohol to be perfect.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 3, 2004
Cloudy amber color, little beige head. Fruity and hoppy aroma with notes of alcohol, very dimensional aroma indeed. Strong fruity flavor with some alcohol and dry ending. Fine beer, mildly alcoholic and dry ending fits nicely to medium body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - AUG 31, 2004
Pours a reddish brown color, hazy and effervescent; plenty of co2 rolling up from the bottom. The head is light brown and creamy with a slippery lace and good retention. Aroma is of cookie dough, preserved fruits, spices, apples and raisins. Flavor is of rich fruits, caramel and a hint of alcohol with a sweet start with a peppery finish. Mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy and effervescent with a hop bite. A great well-rounded beer with world-class qualities.

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