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


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RATINGS: 3284   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
hammered_ales (5) - USA - FEB 5, 2015 does not count
Very balance Trappist. Strong sweet nose with hint of plum. Tastes about the same. Alcohol is very balance for a 9%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rammer (303) - Moscow, RUSSIA - FEB 4, 2015
Best of Rochefort. Not so much alcohol in 10, the taste is softer and balanced to me. Sweet, rich, well

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mario_giri (122) - SWITZERLAND - FEB 3, 2015
Goldenes rotbraun. Fester, langer Schaum. Pflaumen-Honigsromen, malzig. Malzigsüsslich zu Beginn, weiter Pflaumen und Gewürze. Viel Co2, lebendig. Recht vollmundig-cremig. Kaum Bitter, Slk gut wahrnehmbar. Im Abgang trocken und doch süsslich.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tdubs92 (29) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 1, 2015
Large ivory head that cozies into a comforting top. Malty smell of the 10 with the dried fruit smell of the 8. An abstract fruit, candy flavor with breadiness. Best of both worlds from the rochefort brand!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
simardsam (167) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 1, 2015
Brune, trouble, avec une mousse crème. Nez sucré, caramélisé, d’alcool et épicé. Goût caramélisé, de sucre cuit, d’alcool, d’anis, un petit quelque chose de fruits confits... Superbe!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sjohnh (331) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2015
I can’t believe I’ve not had this before, but I’ve now completed the Rochefort set. Deep dark brown, with a small beige head and decorative lacing. Has a similar malt loaf aroma to the 10, just not as pronounced. Medium bodied with a nice bit of tongue tingling carbonation. Taste is malty and a bit boozy, and it’s the finish that turns it from a good to great beer. That’s when you get the dough, plum, dried fruit and spices like a delicious dessert. Very tasty, but I’d still recommend the 10 which takes it to a higher level again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Randy4Beer (305) - - JAN 31, 2015
A dark muddy brown body, crowned by a thick slightly off-white head (oh those Belgian yeasts), that settles down nicely into little more than a film riding on top of the beer. Aromas are molasses, raisins, fig newtons, and a bit of brown sugar tickling the background. I let this one warm for a bit from the fridge before opening, to maximize the tastes, which echo the aromas. There is a fairly thick mouthfeel,with a slight viscosity as it glides over the tongue. It’s highly complex, and keeps adding to its repertoire with each sip. Definitely some alcohol presence entering the mix. Now getting some sweet nuttiness, and prune juice. I would compare this to the best bread puddings I have had, contained in a glass. A simply wonderful World Class beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rex_Remes (47) - Bonyhad, HUNGARY - JAN 31, 2015
Very nice pour with creamy, tan foam. Nose of malt and roasted fruit. At first, the taste was a bit underwhelming, more alcohol, but as the beer breathed, a very well-rounded bunch of flavors (malt, herb, fruit). Quite delicious overall. A top-notch beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlmostHome (35) - Gulfport, Mississippi, USA - JAN 28, 2015
Very good beer. Only rated this low due to aroma, of which I detected little, hence the lower score. Taste, to me, is quite malty but not a heavy bread taste. Nice thick head. Really, really solid beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ippopotamo36 (530) - Rome, ITALY - JAN 28, 2015
0,33 bottle purchased at the Beer Store of Skopje (RIP) and consumed in Kosovo. The bottle is about 2 years aged. Pours a dark amber-brown color, medium beige foamy head which slowly fades away. Nose: perfect toffee candy, caramel, dry figs and chestnut honey. Just amazing and balanced combination of these notes. Mouth: highly carbonated, light and grassy final. The body is not that heavy, the alcohol stays quite hidden although the beer provides the right warmness for which it was meant. The dry fruit is gently softened buy that bitter end in a body which stays warm enough.

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