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

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RATINGS: 3570   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
tigretoni (25) - SPAIN - APR 5, 2016
One of the best beers that I have drunk, it has great aroma like fruits, it has intense brown colour.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
koleminer20 (2108) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2016
330 mL bottle shared by ebone1988. The pour is a nice medium walnut color with a thicker off white head that lasts and lasts. There isn't any lace as it falls. The aroma is pretty interesting. There is a lot of bready malts and a great dark fruit presence. There is almost a juiciness that comes with the dark fruits. It's not as Belgian forward as I was expecting and I like it for that. The flavor is very very bready. There is a nice figginess to it. Lots of sweet malts and a fair bit of dark fruits. The mouth feel is a little lighter and quite effervescent. The aftertaste is lingeringly fruity and carries a lot of bready malts. It's a lot better than I thought it would be.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ebone1988 (1177) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2016
Bottle shared with koleminer20. Aroma is sweet malt, figgy, lots of dark and dried fruit, slight booze, bubblegum but in a good way. Appearance is walnut brown, light brown, hazy, the head hasn’t left and I doubt it will. Taste is bready, figgy, dried fruit, dark fruit, yeasty, lots of stuff happening here. Mouthfeel is medium body, crisp carbonation, bready yeasty aftertaste. Overall, this tastes like a lighter version of 10, which I guess is what they were going for, but I expected it to be better.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mithe (1427) - Opava & Brno, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 30, 2016
(bottle 0,33l)
Aroma: Sweet, toffee, caramel, alcohol, later light chocolate.
Appearance: Cloudy brown color. All time, creamy, light brown head.
Taste: Medium sweet, alcohol, spicy, light dark malts, caramel, toffee.
Palate: Medium-full body. Sticky texture. Astringent, warm finish.
Overall: Malty, alcoholic, dark belgian.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
PiwnaAwangarda (20) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - MAR 29, 2016
Great beer! Red, with a nice head. Very intense wine aroma and flavour. Hope I will have a chance to taste it again!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Schytte (47) - - MAR 28, 2016
Den dufter godt, fin skum/udseende & smagen er god - En glimrende belgisk øl.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlueGaljoen (87) - FRANCE - MAR 27, 2016
Belle bière. Mousse très épaisse qui disparaît assez vite. Opacité très importante et couleur fût de chêne-rubis magnifique. Un peu déçu en comparaison à la Rochefort 10. Un peu courte et sèche. Un peu d’épice et présence subtile de torréfaction, café mais léger. Amertume équilibrée. Cela reste tout de même un bonne bière.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beggard (57) - - MAR 25, 2016
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2016 Sweet, cake, caramel and very intensive aroma, alcohol very well hidden. Long lasting, full and complex taste. Sits on tongue wonderfully. Its always surprise to taste it again.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoTheO (84) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 25, 2016
Bottle 330 ml. Medium brown with a thin offwhite head. Little lacing. Aroma has sweet caramel and apple. Taste is complex with plenty of sweet fruit like apples and pears. Also some malty notes. Long aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Antonio369 (109) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 21, 2016
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2016 33cl bottle, served in Rochefort trappist chalice. Poured a dark brown with an ivory one finger head. Lots of yeast swimming in glass. Aromas of prunes, dates, wine, apples. Taste: Prunes, dates, whole wheat bread, hazelnuts, caramel, dark fruits, sweet spices, figs, raisins, plums, tart, wine. A full body with a creamy, frothy, vinous finish. Overall a deliciously dark brew, and it succeeds in keeping up there with its bigger brother, the 10.


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