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


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RATINGS: 3069   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Digzis (63) - Nancy, FRANCE - MAY 31, 2014
Robe brune assez foncée et trouble. Un nez de céréales, pain et caramel. Des goûts de miel, de fruits (raisin et banane principalement). Juste ce qu’il faut d’amertume… Des houblons typiques des bières belges mais un ensemble très bien équilibré qui donne un rendu excellent comme d’habitude pour les trappistes de Rochefort...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nathanvc (41) - Brugge, BELGIUM - MAY 30, 2014
Aroma of caramel, bread and coffee. It appears dark brown with a short lasting white head. The taste is only medium sweet with hints of caramel and fruits. The finish is long and bitter with a remarkable bready aftertaste. A full, nice mouthfeel, but the carbonation was a bit too lively to keep in your mouth for too long. An excellent beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hohops (211) - Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2014
Appearance- murky, dark brown, half a finger beige head which persists throughout. Aroma- sugary fruits, molasses, raisin and banana, dark malts, hint of chocolate, sweet bread. Smells great. Taste- sweet and sugary, lots of fruit- raisin and banana mostly, with cherry, prune and sultana, and a bit of grape juice. A definite maltiness, with hints of cocoa and milk chocolate. The alcohol is barely detectable. Pretty full mouthfeel, and the flavours linger at the end- it finishes with some port and vinous notes. Really good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brianza_ale (59) - ITALY - MAY 29, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2014 Pours medium/large quite frothy head which dissolves to a 1 cm layer, the colour it’s a beautiful opaque dark leathery brown. Aroma it’s something very complex: cake, sweet, huge malts toffee, dark fruits, butterscotch, caramel and a bit of alcohol... You can pretty much smell anything in there, spice and chocolate included. And if you think about cognac, it just smells almost that way, barriqued: incredibly complex. In the mouth it’s pretty much on that way: tastes caramel, honey, cake, toffee, pure belgian ale malt falvours. Then starting from the sweet it finishes with an incredible sour/bitter full rounded but very delicate palate, very long lasting. It just tastes and smells awesome ,in an elegant and royal way. Dark, sweet, strong, full body, creamy, but in the end very well balanced. Very satisfying, awesome beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Celest (122) - - MAY 28, 2014
Brown, loads of fruits, chocolate and toffee. Full body. Soft. Fruits, chocolate, toffee, alchool

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Japalo (1086) - DENMARK - MAY 27, 2014
Bottle@large Bottle @ home. Small head hazy brown. Dark fruity raisins fig. Dry with a malty caramel sweetness. A little sharp feeling with a medium mouthfeel. Alcoholic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frothmeister (544) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2014
330ml bottle. Pours a hazy copper with a two finger off-white head. Crazy as it sounds, the opening notes on the nose really make me think Campari meets red licorice, and I mean that as a compliment. There are also some light dark bread aromas, mineral notes, and light molasses. Smells great, and really, unlike any other beer I’ve tried. The taste has light maple syrup. light brown sugar, raisin, again a little red licorice, and definite booze that leads into nuttiness, dried fruit, bready notes, with caramel, cocoa, and light molasses candy notes in the finish. Very enjoyable stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
miquelcrush (1073) - Granollers, SPAIN - MAY 23, 2014
Molt bona cervesa, al nivell de la 10, però més del dia a dia. Muy buena cerveza, al nivel de la 10, pero mas del día a día.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonusWagner (1315) - Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2014
Spicebread nose, a bit vineous, touch heavy on alcohol. Flavor follows, kinda in between a dubbel and a quad, fruity and spicy and a bit nutty, very good beer for being something I’m not a huge fan of.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
benpickens (397) - Camarillo, California, USA - MAY 20, 2014
Pours much lighter than 10 and with much more foam that needs no agitation to form... reddish clear tan with creamy head that holds well - familiar vinous notes on the nose; creamy and effervescent on the tongue with a carbonated almost tasteless upfront finish that hits the familiar vinous notes that 10 hits at the end.

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