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

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RATINGS: 3083   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 30, 2002
a morbid mass of dark plum and elemental living froth of almost pinkish hue..tart grape skies and musty old buildings have hints of acidic tart green olives..i sit impatient waiting for the high foam to shrink and so I bite a chunk out of the head, like a peice of cake..and i chew its chocolatey grape existence..the wetness turns to musty grapes and fermenting apples..my mind turns tart..a stream of chocolate flows rapidly..the musty surroundings shake..the alcohol relieves my stress..the warmth loosens my senses..things begin to fall in place..

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2002
Ruddy brown color, smell of malt, brandy and dark cherry. Little head. Great carbonation / fuzzyness on the tounge. Flavors are pretty well balanced between malt, dark fruit and alcohol. Excellent.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
albert007 (415) - Penobsquis, New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 22, 2002
Great aroma and wonderful head retention. Smell of fruits and well hidden alcohol. One of the best I’ve had in a long time.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bugbbq99 (19) - Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2002
Wonderful Trappist. Delightfully complex and full of flavor. You can tell that a lot of time and precision went into the creation of this brew. A gift from the gods!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Radek Kliber (6379) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 19, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2014 Where and how: LCBO, bottle 330 ml
Aroma quiet Belgian, softer than most. Floral, hint of vanilla, red apple and chamomile. Molasses with herbal hops. Rounded with Belgian phenolic yeast vibe.
Appearance :
Top: large lasting tanned cap, rings with lace.
Base: hazy amber.
Palate : medium bodied with lighter but not this walls. Nice bite to it (top end).
Taste: wow. One of those "wow" beers. Seemingly just solid and after second you will realize that this is no ordinary Belgian. Soft with bubbly dryness. Silky texture with prickly heat of alcohol. All in perfect balance.
Other notes who says you need bold beer to be top notch?
2002 review
Another great classic that I had chance of trying tonight. The aroma was friendly to me, slightly warm. Outside was getting dark, Christmas lights were on. The cloudy amber type look, the white head on the top, the snow outside on the street. Flavour was full of intensivity, full of complexity. There was some bitterness, some marzipan sweetness. You could notice some dry fruits as well. Very complex yet specific. Overall nicely balanced.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
skortila (4436) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - DEC 15, 2002
When pouring this beer in my glass the aroma is strong and heavy, fruits, sweet and chocolate, a beautifull head develops which remains till the beer has vanished into my body. I noticed that while drinking, the beautifull head actually cleans the glass. Remarkable...The taste is definately good, but certainly not as complex as its big brother, the number 10. Though it’s well balanced just like the 10. Sweet taste, alchol well masked, just in the finished it’s better noticed. palate could be better. Overall great!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 12, 2002
This is the first Trappist product that I have not been disapointed by. Generally, I find that the Trappist Ales, for whatever reason, just can’t live up to the hype. Although I had some carbonation problems, this one was quite good. Incredible peppery, cinnamony aroma. It was overcarbonated on the pour, but once it settled down it seemed to be OK. Deep brown colour that turns to a magnificient glowing orange when held up to the light. Immense, rocky, beige head. Beatiful balance: failry sweet and fruity (I taste banana)at the begining, with a bitterness and warmth developing late.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
karl (158) - Glendale, New York, USA - DEC 11, 2002
What to say...a great beer!!!

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Indra (2595) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 11, 2002
Overly indulgent aroma, reminds me of a whole bunch of different desserts at once -- chocolate cream pie, carrot cake, chocolate torte, caramel, freshly baked eclair, vanilla pudding, and starts to show a little alcohol as it warms...truly incredible. Deep, dark opaque red-brown in color, very solid-looking, with a fluffy, tan head, large bubbles. Flavor is appropriately complex, with a large amount of milk chocolate sweetness, spice cake and fresh, doughy bread. Finish is tangy, nutty, faintly fruity (tangerine??) yeasty, lightly alcoholic and longer than long. Wondrous development, subtle nuances reveal themselves continously. This is just a valuable work of art in liquid form.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Catadobe (112) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 8, 2002
Has a standard to live up to and does so very nicely. Looks great in the glass and the head is perfect.


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