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

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RATINGS: 3313   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.


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3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HerrMunich (15) - California, USA - AUG 5, 2013
Pour from 11.2 oz bottle (dated 6/17/2013). Thick off-white head, which quickly and audibly subsides into a thin layer of bubbles. Relatively subtle aroma - light breadiness, indistinct sweet malt, and a slight skunkyness. A nice medium brownish-copper color. Taste is predominantly sweet golden raisin, with a firm but balanced hop bitterness. Finish has a bit of numbing cherry lozenge character.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fatehunter (1521) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - APR 23, 2015
Pour two and half fingers of head on a hazy dark brown body. The aroma candy, caramel and dark fruits. Nice. The taste is perfect. Balanced fruit sweetness, a touch of brown sugar, some other stuff, amazing. The texture is light and fizzy. Outstanding.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ponx (2) - NETHERLANDS - APR 23, 2015 does not count
Nose: Sweet, alcohol. Taste: Mainly raisins, nuts, caramel and roasted malts in the background. A bit port-ish. Full bodied, medium to full carbo. Nice!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CacheManyHose (330) - HONG KONG - APR 23, 2015
Cloudy brown-amber with creamy fizzy beige head. Smells is malt, spice, fruit (fig, peach, apple), mineral. Taste is even more sweet and spicy but not cloying. Some cloves and grassiness. Almost salty finish. Palate is frothy but fine. High booziness (9.2%) well balanced. Lots of things going on in this beer without getting too big - a refined and complex example of a strong Belgian ale.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adasko (787) - Poznan, POLAND - APR 22, 2015
Nice typical strong ale aroma with tiny sour notes from the glass. Clear, copper color. Super pleasant taste. Alcohol perfectly covered. It’s big and really good beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matbli (100) - Poznań, POLAND - APR 22, 2015
Bottle 330 ml, pours slightly cloudy hazel nut brown with ivory colored stable head. Aroma of nuts, raisins, dried fruits, barnyard, leather and earth. Low sweetness that switches fast earthy tartness with some bitter notes. In the finish there is again some light sweetness. Nice, but a little bit to tart for me. I prefer Rochefort 10.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blade86 (780) - Wrocław, POLAND - APR 20, 2015
dark fruits, chocolate, some caramel, spices; dark brown, rather hazy, brown/ruby reflexes, big and strong long-lasting beige foam; medium+ sweetness, medium bitterness; full body, thick feel, average carbonation, long sweetish finish; Overall: very complex in aroma and taste, great looking, well hidden alcohol

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rotaldinho (112) - Paris, FRANCE - APR 19, 2015
Dark brown, slightly hazy pour. Roasted malt, caramel, burnt sugar and more than a hint of alcohol. Faint hints of dark, stewed fruit. Dark fruits in the taste.

3.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
Justin666 (8) - - APR 17, 2015 does not count
Poured from 33cl bottle at Sarpsborg Vinmonopolet in Norway. Slightly red coloured beer with a head that disappears quickly when poured. Nice aroma and fruity taste. Very pleasant to drink.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AlfredoGarcia (89) - Santiago, CHILE - APR 17, 2015
330 ml bottle. Fantastic trappist beer, personally prefered it’s brother the 10, but this one is really good has well.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
edsspoon (704) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2015
Bottle - hazy chestnut with a large foamy brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, very nutty with peanuts, a little lavender, chocolate and hints of port. Taste of chocolate, roasted malts, bubblegum, hints of alcohol and some port. Medium body, low carbonation.


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