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

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RATINGS: 3237   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Orgeogre (10) - Lyon, - NOV 1, 2011
Beautiful deep redish brown colour. Nose: Plums with a bit of yeast. Taste: Nice and malty. Palate: A shade short for this type of beer. Nowhere near as good as the 10 from the same monks but nonetheless a very good ale.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlmostHome (26) - 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

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ippopotamo36 (416) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
alteregoo (107) - POLAND - JAN 27, 2015
Po przelaniu do szkła trunek ma mahoniową mętną barwę, piana beżowa, drobno i średnio pęcherzykowa, nietrwała. Aromaty delikatne i bardzo zrównoważone, przede wszystkim suszone owoce (figi, daktyle, rodzynki) jak i świeże brzoskwinie, czereśnie, winogrona. Wyczuwalna także nuta domowej nalewki wiśniowej i miodu pitnego, lekka przyprawowość, landrynki a nawet czekolada. W smaku poezja - jest bardzo owocowo, kwiatowo, troszkę karmelu i ciemnego pieczywa, lekka słodycz kontrowana likierowo-korzennym muśnięciem goryczki i ledwo zaznaczonej jeżynowej kwaskowatości na finiszu. Fajnie podkreśla to wszystko dość wysokie, ale przyjemnie orzeźwiające nagazowanie, co nadaje lekkości temu ciężkiemu i pełnemu przecież trunkowi. Niesamowite piwo, bardzo dobrze ułożone, zbalansowane, mimo wysokiego woltażu alkohol niewyczuwalny (poza ciepłem w gardle).

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
rami_pl (121) - Warszawa, POLAND - JAN 26, 2015
Butelka, warka do 23.09.2019. Brazowe, z plywajacymi po pokalu (osiadajacymi na dnie) drozdzami - trudno to piwo nazwac pieknym. Bardzo bujna piana (nie bylem w stanie wlac butelki 0.33l do tulipa Duvala, do ktorego bez piany miesci sie 0.5l, a nie wlewalem wcale jakos agresywnie). Piana jest stosunkowo ladna, ale tylko przez chwile, opada dosc szybko i to w niespecjalnie uroczy sposob, w sensie pecherzyki staja sie coraz wieksze. Na szkle zostaje tylko symbolicznie, na piwie cienka warstewka. Zapach niezwykle intensywny i zlozony. Przede wszytkim owoce. Duzo, roznorodnych owocow. Figi, winogrona (tez rodzynki), wisnie, banany, jablka, sliwki... sporo przypraw delikatnych, troche karmelu czy krowek, slad gumy balonowej, niemalo drozdzy, conieco slodow, zboza, chleba. W ustach, smak pasujacy do aromatu, bardzo mila pelnia, gladkie, dosc mocno wysycone - ale nieprzeszkadzajaco. Czuc te wszystkie owoce. Alkohol ladnie ukryty, ale tylko w smaku, bo zarazem pozytywnie rozgrzewajacy. Goryczka niewielka ale obecna w tle. Sumarycznie: najwyzsza pólka. TO bylo bardzo swieze piwo. Jesli ktos w wawie ma w piwniczce takie pod koniec okresu waznosci albo i po, to ja bardzo chetnie jakis deal bym zrobil :)

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VamboladeTolly (334) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JAN 25, 2015
Bottle@De Tolly Joogipood. Pours brown with beige big head.Aroma is sweet, raisins, almonds,malty, caramel, wood, dark sweet fruits. Taste is medium (or more) sweet, malty, alcohol,yeast, raisins, watery-something really annoying me . Full body. Too sweet for me. But if you like sweet beers, then its for you.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
chinchill (2277) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 23, 2015
A revelation. Best bottled Belgian beer I’ve had, including the Rochefort 10 A - beautiful, slightly cloudy dark amber. Long-lasting tan head. S - unique but pleasant, with clear note of caramel from malt M - effervescent; neither light nor heavy D - superb T - balanced, complex, somewhat sweet. Clean hoppy/malty finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
leebotton (260) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2015
Pours with a red hue and a frothy off-white head. Aroma is syrupy sweet with fruity resin and a noticeable hint of booze with a single note of what I can currently only think to describe as ’brown’. The carbonation gives a dry sense which is an interesting juxtaposition with the impression of sweetness provided by the fruity, fairly complex hop profile. It’s big and mouthfilling and it truly is a great beer but it’s reasonably intense and varied nature makes it necessarily a one-off enjoyment.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
felip989 (29) - Săo Paulo, BRAZIL - JAN 22, 2015
Served in a trappist glass. Brown with a medium beige head. Aroma is chocolate, yeast, raisins, cherries, nuts, caramel, molasses and some wood and alcohol. Taste is yeast, vanilla, caramel, molasses, grapes, raspberry, prunes, chocolate, some light bitterness and alcohol. Finish is spicy and sweet. Full bodied. Tasty beer, good trappist!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kapusil (659) - HUNGARY - JAN 22, 2015
0.33l bottle. Hazy and very dark orange/brown body, huge off-white head. The aroma is quite sweet and it’s pretty complex. It reminds me of caramel, figs, orange peel, nuts and it also has a slight boozy character. Taste of caramel, toast, figs, toast, peach and some cocoa. The alcohol is warming but not harsh at all. It’s not as good as the 10 for me, but still an awesome beer.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
lbjor (1) - NORWAY - JAN 21, 2015 does not count
Dark colour. Good carbonation. Very "fresh" feel in the mouth. A very good(and strong) beer indeed!


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