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


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RATINGS: 3387   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
colui72 (261) - HONG KONG - JUN 8, 2015
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2015 Perfect as her bigger sister! Dark, smooth, tasty: spices, caramel, toffee. Medium bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wojciechianna (157) - Poznań, POLAND - JUN 5, 2015
Dark brown, small head and no lacing. Aroma of dried fruits, spices and alcohol. Tastes dry, caramel and spicy, with a note of dark fruits. Medium bitterness, high carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bleble (30) - - JUN 3, 2015
Bottiglia. Non così complessa ed equilibrata come la sorella maggiore, ma rimane in ogni caso un prodotto eccellente

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
drmet (278) - Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, GERMANY - MAY 31, 2015
S: -dark fruits,spices,caramel,toffee T: -Follows the nose F: -slight alcohol warming -full body,high carbonation O: My fave Rochefort

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hednom (95) - Messelbroek, BELGIUM - MAY 31, 2015
Bottle 33 cl, pours a Brown colour with a beige head, aroma of dark fruits, Sweet taste followed by medium bitterness

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kanaclane (68) - - MAY 30, 2015
Nez: Vineux, datte, sucré Bouche: Caramel, raisin, chocolat, épicée Un côté vineux très prononcé avec une touche de sucre Une des meilleures trappistes sans hésitation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McNeillR (1758) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 28, 2015
Light hazy brown, thin ring and no lacing. Initial taste bright brassy sweet, caramelised lemon and throws back crisp brassy malt. Sweeping squeaky mouthfeel. Keen citrus, gummy lime on the backend. A nice stop gap and juicier than I remember. 2010 Vintage.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UrbanCaveman (167) - Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2015
11.2 oz bottle, poured into an oversized wine glass at ~40 degrees F. Appearance: Pours an almost opaquely murky red-brown, like a dingy bronze metal. Forms a relatively thin head of almost-white bubbles, which dies fairly quickly into a ring and a patchy cap. Lacing is adequate, somewhat patchy islands which slowly sink back down into the body of the beer. Smell: Sweet candi sugar entwined with caramel and toffee wells out of the glass, bringing along some very faint hints of what might possibly be fruit - banana, raisin. Taste: Caramel and toffee swirl to form the core of this beer, with slightly sour cherries filling in the lines where they twist together. Raisin and fig can be found as well, playing along the edges, with occasional cameo appearances by some faint banana notes. There is a sharp edge to the flavors, courtesy of the carbonation levels, but no real alcohol heat involved. The finish leaves behind a lingering ghost of caramel and bread. Mouthfeel: This beer is loaded with incredibly prickly carbonation, and is quite lively indeed. Beneath the carbonation, there’s a creamy, medium-bodied beer. Overall: A tasty, tasty beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
yourilevesque (404) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 25, 2015
Bière brune au-dessus de laquelle flotte une atoll blanc cassé entouré d’un mince anneau blanc de la même teinte. Nez très sucré de figues, de dattes marocaines fraîches, de sucre d’orge, de fruits confits. Des épices également mais rien d’agressif; ces épices sont douces et légères. En bouche j’ai l’impression de manger de la pâte à biscuit aux brisures de chocolat avant la cuisson: c’est moelleux, sucré, décadent... Des fruits noirs viennent ponctuer ce mélange sensuel au bonheur de mon palais admiratif. Longue, ronde, fruitée, sucrée et légèrement épicée, cette bière est une parfaite représentante du style! Même si ce style n’est pas mon préféré, rendons à César ce qui appartient à César - cette bière est une Grande parmi les Grandes de ce style!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KW92 (534) - Warszawa, POLAND - MAY 24, 2015

WYGLĄD: Barwa ciemno bursztynowa, klarowne. Piana mydlana, z wysokiej do bardzo niskiej - krótka.
AROMAT: Intensywny. Bardzo kompleksowy. Są charakterystyczne zapachy suszonych owoców (morele), podbudowa słodowo-alkoholowa, nuty korzenne, przyprawowe, kwiatowe oraz ziołowe.
SMAK: Wytrawne. Słodowo-alkoholowe. Posmak korzenno-ziołowy. Goryczka średnia - krótka. Dobrze "ukryty" alkohol.
OGÓLNIE: Świetnie zbalansowane i dostarczające sporych wrażeń smakowych i sensorycznych.

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