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

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RATINGS: 3201   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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
minihame2 (215) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 6, 2014
Hazy brown pour, small tan head. Aroma not very strong, malts, brown sugar, yeast. Bitter taste, some fruity notes towards the end. Nice, soft and tingly mouthfeel. Rich carbonation but pleasantly small bubbles. Decent trappist on the lighter side of the spectrum.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaBeer1972 (1369) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 5, 2014
Single small bottle from Julio’s. Poured into a snifter. A dark purplish-brown color with a frothy tan head. I let this one warm a while in the glass. Very earthy with soft notes of dry plum and figs. Smooth silky texture. Low bitterness. Light earthy sweetness.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Vili (45) - FINLAND - DEC 5, 2014
Pours dark brown with white lacy head. Lots of foaming and small bubbles. Aromas of brown sugar, cacao and malt. Taste follows the same pattern of full malty body and chocolate sweetness. Great package, only a bit too sugary for my taste in the long run.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boxereddy (154) - BELGIUM - DEC 4, 2014
Donkerbruin bier met een flinke beige schuimkraag. Zoetig in de neus met een vijgentoets. In de mond zoet en schuimig. Afdronk heeft fruitige toets. Superbier!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Distance_Runner (70) - BELGIUM - DEC 3, 2014
Bottle from Smatch (Grocery) in Brussels. This is like the one level down of Rocherfort 10. Brown ale

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neepsntatties (1245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 2, 2014
Bottle from Belmont Station. Colour...deep, cloudy amber with a massively thick ecru head. Nose...redolent of brown sugar syrup, medjool date paste and crushed figs. Palate....quite frothy and rather sweet, with notes of dark fruits, turbinado and figgy pudding. There’s an ever present date and prune flavour, and plenty of Christmas cake. The finish is long and cloying.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
King_Alex_II (109) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 1, 2014
Chocolaty smell and taste. Rather strong carbonation with a sweet oily chocolate taste. A bit overrated, but a very nice beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PauloAG (32) - BELGIUM - NOV 30, 2014
330cc Bottle. Brown coloured with white non persistent head. Smels chocolate and fruit. Taste is "Trappist" but medium weight. One of my favourites because I am a fan of the stile and usually prefer the medium weights instead of the heavy weights. Outstanding beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brentv (403) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 28, 2014
From bottle in Xiamen, China. Pours a hazy brown with a beige head. Aroma of bananas and fruits. Taste is sweet, bananas, fruits, some figs. Very light hops. Well-carbonated, full mouthfeel. Gentle sweet finish. Lovely.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stoned99 (140) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 26, 2014
Aroma: Cherry, raisins, spices, alcohol. App: brown with white head. Taste and Palate: full body, medium to high sweetness combined with a fruity taste with light dry finish bitterness. Lively carbonation. Appearance is not so good, palate is a tad too sweet. A good beer to finish your evening with.


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