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

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RATINGS: 3412   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - AUG 30, 2004
great tasting beer with a hint of fruit, good brown color with a slight bit of red, very smooth taste, looking forward to trying the Trappistes 10

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 22, 2004
Pours brown/amber head. Thick offwhite head, long lasting. MIld carbonation. Aroma is sugar and alcohol. Flavor is much the same, starts off sweet toffee and ends with potent alcohol and licorice. A bit on the medicinal side. Very interesting and complex but not something I could drink a lot of.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2004
Deep reddish brown with an aroma of chocolate, candied fruit, and brandy. Flavour is alcohol and malt with prunes and chocolate. Equally complex but better balanced than the 10.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Geiserich (3731) - Linz, AUSTRIA - AUG 18, 2004

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpringsLicker (3253) - Tennessee, USA - AUG 15, 2004
Dated: 20 02 07 Muddy brown with yeast colonies floating about in the murk. Fair off white colored head which left quickly. Outstandingly beautiful sheets of Belgian lace! Aroma of dried fruits and sweet malt. No hint of alcohol here at all, light body from candi sugar. Flavor is malt and light spice. Becomes slightly vinous as it warms.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
johndoughty (4402) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2004
A heavy beer with an obvious alcohol presence which is not surprising when you consider its strength. Dark and inviting with a long lasting flavour. Cant wait to try the Rochefort 10!

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 10, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2006 Bottle. Color is a deep mahogany with good sized head. Streams of carbonation from the bottom of the glass. Looks amazing. The aroma is rich with fig, raison, malt, berries and a hint of toffee. Finishes nice and dry. As is warmed and the carbonation seemed less harsh I liked it even more..

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2004
Muddy, dark purple; big, fuzzy, funky head. Wondrous nose: cherries, berries, bananas, sugar and spice, some citrus. On the tonque, something of a challenge. Pounds and pounds of flavor! Is it supposed to be a Tripel? The strength and the rather firm, full texture are a drawback to drinkability. Other drawback is that the only place I’ve been able to buy this was in a wine shop that overprices and undersells it’s quality beer. It was in a clearance bin, marked down. Maybe a better cared for bottle would have tasted differently?

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtw (1144) - farmington, Michigan, USA - AUG 1, 2004
aroma of sangria--spiced red wine. surprisingly bitter but balanced flavors of merlot, oak, and some vinous notes also. a touch of unsweetened/bitter chocolate. very good, tastes a little like dirt on the finish though.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 1, 2004
Tasted in Ottawa at pub Italia. Tasted in Rochefort Trappist chalice. Almost the same as 10 but with a less bold and more subtle impression. Aroma is sour and pungent with a hint of spice and sweetness. Appearance is cloudy brown with a light brown head and nice lace. Flavour is magnifigant. Subtle, sweet with big malt taste and sweet finish, Little or no hint of alcohol. A wonderful trappist. Gets better with each sip! Great.


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