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

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RATINGS: 3190   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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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
pintbypint (2696) - Edmonton, Alberta, - DEC 17, 2005
330ml brown bottle. Brown in colour, red-orange highlights. Tan head is slightly rocky and fair sized, creamy appearance, tight bubbles. Malt aroma with a quality dark chocolate note. Flavour also contains a good measure of chocolate, fairly yeasty with some unexpected hop bitterness. Fruity, estery notes in the background (sweetish apple? banana?) Some yeasty dryness in the finish with a late touch of alcohol. Carbonation was perhaps a bit strong but overall a lovely balanced beer.


2.3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
sirikbe (1) - - DEC 20, 2014 does not count
Beer is decent, fresh or frisky compared to The others! I am happy With it but have had better

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cobellig (31) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 20, 2014
Super beer, intense, deep creamy...many many good points and enjoyable, my favourite among the 3 sorts

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jarastlad (26) - Arlon, BELGIUM - DEC 19, 2014
Bought in le forum, Arlon Nice deep brown colo with a crisp carbonation. Fruity notes are the dominant aromas with a slight alcohol and yeasty tang. The taste is characterised by malty yeasty fruity altogether wonderful combination. Rochefort, What else ?

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jh773 (170) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Tulip. Very dark hazy brown with orange around the edge of the glass. Thick marshmallowy head that dissipates reasonably quickly. Smell is fresh hops, yeast, dried spice. Rich fruit, raisin, plums, figs, caramel, cracker/bread, honey, berry, hops. Crisp flavor that keeps developing in your mouth. Good body but overwhelmingly fizzy.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Moravius (597) - Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 14, 2014
Flasche (33 cl) von Getränkefeinkost Berlin. - Tiefes Kastanienbraun, sehr trüb, reichlich Schaum. - Nase unerwartet fruchtig (Birne, weißer Traubensaft), leicht weinige Note, elegant dunkelmalzig. - Antrunk angenehm leicht, vornehm dunkelmalzig aber nicht besonders süß. Marzipan und Nuß sind nur angedeutet. Mild rezent, fein perlend, samtiges Mundgefühl. Nachtrunk leicht erdig bitter mit einem Hauch von Fleischbrühe. Im Abgang macht sich der Alkohol mit einer leichten Weinbrandnote bemerkbar. - Hier ist alles mild, grazil und elegant, mehr Marzipan als Schokolade und mit einer federleichten fruchtig-spritzigen Note abgerundet. Großartig!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
niquillis (1180) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2014
Bottle at Den Engel, Leek. Pours brown with a fast diminishing head. Well carbonated for that Rochefort zing, fragrant plums, a little spice. Very nice but not a spot on Rochefort 10.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GarageBrewer80 (11) - SWEDEN - DEC 13, 2014
Flaska från Bishop Örebro. Nötbrun färg med vitt skum. Lagom balans i sötman. Angenäm smak av skum- banan.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
AtronSeige (699) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - DEC 10, 2014
Aroma: Malt: Rich, caramel, biscuit, light tobacco. Peach. Appearance: Hazy brown body. Medium, light-brown head. Good retention. Lacing. Flavour: Peach Medium-high malt richness, sweetness. Medium bitterness Dry finish with lingering peach and bitterness. Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. High carbonation. Light warming. Overall: Well balanced. Great aroma and flavours. 330 ml bottle, poured. Thanks Andre! 18E. Belgian Dark Strong Ale

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beeromancer (3) - HUNGARY - DEC 7, 2014 does not count
33cl bottle from local beer store. Hazy brown colour with small beige head. Brown sugar, chocolate and dark fruits. Rich carbonation (maybe a bit too much). A nice trappist beer overall.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
minihame2 (215) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 6, 2014
Hazy brown pour, small tan head. Aroma not very strong, malts, brown sugar, yeast. Bitter taste, some fruity notes towards the end. Nice, soft and tingly mouthfeel. Rich carbonation but pleasantly small bubbles. Decent trappist on the lighter side of the spectrum.


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