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

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RATINGS: 3602   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mwbrady12 (469) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Aroma if banana and dirty amber pour leads to a complex taste and lingering mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
googleimage83 (29) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 27, 2016
Completely opaque, dark ruby red, sort of muddy-looking; fizzy head that disappears relatively quickly, but the carbonation is really pretty. Scent is wonderfully complex - lots of dark fruit, fig, currant, cherry, nutmeg. Taste is also rich in dark fruit, caramel, a bit of gingerbread spice. Overall, the Rochefort 10 strikes me as slightly more fruity and tannic, whereas the Rochefort 8’s spicy characteristics are a bit more pronounced. What a treat these beers are.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tjeerd (196) - GERMANY - AUG 26, 2016
Good beer, almost on the edge of tasting too artificial. But good mouthfeel and great aftertaste, almost like a dessertwine. Yet it misses the wow of a great ipa.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBoom (245) - POLAND - AUG 25, 2016
Bottle. In the beginning nice, head with small bubbles but very unstable. Brown colour of the beer. THe aroma is very fruity, ester, very sweet with notes of plums, cherries and raisins. The flavour is malty-fruity, with dry finish. The alcohol a little warms the throath.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AaronTDubs (309) - - AUG 25, 2016
Brown color. High carbonation. Surpringly light malty and yeast aroma with some chocolate notes. Rich caramel flavor, milk chocolate, some spicy phenols, a bit fruity. Very smooth and sweet, but not overly so. Good beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MihaKu (43) - Ljubljana, SLOVENIA - AUG 21, 2016
Superb. Beercraft at its finest. Bread, floral, grass, herbs, cheese, raisin. Brown, hazy body, frothy, tan head. Lightly sweet and sour, medium bitter. Amazing! Full body, thick feel. Average carbonation, abrupt finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mezr (96) - California, USA - AUG 21, 2016
Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Appearance is a hazy brown with a brief tan head that dissipates with no lacing at all. Nose is a wonderful blend of caramel, fruits and a little hint of chocolate. Medium body with lively carbonation. Very complex, medium sweetness, lightly bitter. Long finish starts sweet and ends with a little bitter. Very nice!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ignorant (84) - madrid, SPAIN - AUG 19, 2016
dark chocolate-brown beer and cloudy. Significant level of carbonation, as happens to many of the beers of the genre. Crown comprehensive and lasting foam, which helps to carbon despite the high alcohol content. Leaves traces defined as rings attached to glass. sweet and fruity aroma. Notes jujube, fig and prune, on background of roasted malt, freshly baked bread, nuts and caramel. sidebars fainter chocolate and coffee. Body medium-high pulling robust

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sondovia (40) - NORWAY - AUG 19, 2016
Chocolate and smoke taste. Impressive combination, most of the team very surprised because of dark colour ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
de_belg (35) - - AUG 16, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2016 Lesser version of Rochefort 10, but still an amazing beer! Aroma is fruity but slightly more sour. Taste is complex. Dark fruits, spices, caramel, chocolate... But less pronounced than the 10.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maracuja05 (113) - Mainz, GERMANY - AUG 16, 2016
[backlog] 11-12-15 / bottle bought in Rochefort, drank at home. I started rating my beers with Untappd and a few basic notes. Now I want to rate them on ratebeer. So my rating sometimes lack some information. Just ignore it, it is for my personal statistics. Untappd-Rating: 3.75/5


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