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


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RATINGS: 3286   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hamirubi (114) - Waarschoot, BELGIUM - FEB 21, 2015
The aroma is very subtle for a strong Belgian ale. Hints of fruityness, but of course caramel and roast. The appearance is neat: dark red, even brown, with a small yellow white foam. The taste is delicious: perfect mouth, with long, very long aftertaste. A strong palate, even with this 9.2 % alcohol version.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
baraciisch (2187) - California, USA - FEB 19, 2015
Rated from beer log from 2009 Belgian Trip.... 2000 vintage from Kulminator in Belgium... Aroma is phenomenal, dark brown caramel color, foamy tan head that dissipated immediately... Aroma is brown sugar, candi sugar, maple syrup... Flavor is breathtaking, more balanced than the 10, alcohol less prominent... Candi sugar gives it a fruity sweetness that is not cloying, dark fruits... Finish is more gentle, subtle than the 10, but maybe not as good... Very clean, outstanding beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Danyel (1242) - Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2015
Bottle. Pours hazy dark orange with off-white head. Aroma is very fruity, lots of grape, prunes, sweet-fruit forward malt. Taste is medium bodied, high carbonation, lightly sweet, malt forward. Overall, very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Serapac (194) - CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 17, 2015
Bottle. Copper with largish beige head. Aroma malts, dried apricots, banana. Quite full body, taste bananas, cinnamon. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dodskenta (32) - Rönninge, SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2015
Bottle at home. Such a great bouquet, notes of yeasts, sugars, bread, plum and figs. The flavour is very well balanced. It starts off with a yeasty breadyness that fades to a fruity character and ends very sweet with a marzipan flavour. Mouthfeel is full with plenty of carbonation. Very complex and extremely tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
swieca (111) - POLAND - FEB 12, 2015
Very sweet, fruity aroma. Plums, raisins, almonds, figs. Pours hazy deep brown/red with medium but strong head. Taste is sweet with delicate hoppy finish. Extremely good beer!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bp15092001 (47) - - FEB 10, 2015
Jeg elsker trappistøl, men denne er bare ikke lige mig. Dufter for meget af skimmelost ��

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Brandon1989 (395) - Euless, Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2015
Soon as you pop off the cap the foam starts to rise so I had to pour quickly. The beer pours a hazy dark drown color reminiscent of cola with a medium creamy off white head. The aroma is dark fruits, raisins, dates, figs, alcohol, caramel, and some chocolate. The taste is caramel up front and rather sweet like candy. There is some alcohol presence that can be noticed but it does not take away anything from the beer. I also pick up the fruitiness and some breadiness as well. This is a world class beer that every beer drinker needs to try at least once.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
guill66 (5) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - FEB 8, 2015 does not count
Gelijk verknocht aan dit bier, de volle zoete smaak is heerlijk. de fles heeft een ouderwetse uitstraling die me zeer aanstaat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
henk1982 (2) - - FEB 7, 2015 does not count
Heerlijk sterk bruin bier. Licht zoetig en kruidig van smaak. Mooi bier die ook goed binnenkomt. 9,2%

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