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

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RATINGS: 3155   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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4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
timtaylr (16) - Grand Blanc, Michigan, USA - OCT 13, 2012
Not much head, dark brown and red appearance. Deep raisin aroma. Rich fruit and licorice flavors, sharp on the tongue and lingering. Wonderful beer.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
vickey9 (494) - Brussels, BELGIUM - OCT 26, 2014
Hazy dark brown, with a light tan and creamy head. The nose has aromas of roasted malts, sweet fruits and Belgian yeas. Body is full, texture thick, carbon high.Taste is sweet, bready and nutty. Palate of ripe plums, raisin and figs. Well balanced. B@H

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nicke80 (200) - Södertälje, SWEDEN - OCT 25, 2014
33cl bottle from systembolaget. Pours brown with nice white head. Sweet aroma with caramell and fudge flavours. Sweet after taste with caramell notes. Great beer!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vjohans (65) - SWEDEN - OCT 25, 2014
bread, herbs, alcohol, brown, cloudy, minimal head, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, full body, slick feel, soft carbonation, long finish,

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aleksander9 (479) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 24, 2014
Dark brown with tan head. Aroma is plums, cherry, licorice, spicy Belgian yeast, vanilla and caramel. Slick palate. Aftertaste is rich, fruity, dark chocolate, caramel, cherry, some licorice and lasting spicy finish. Overall: Awesome! Like its big brother more.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
loco_gallego (103) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 22, 2014
Ambré brune ocre assez foncée, voilée. Belle mousse beige clair persistante avec dépôts sur les parois.javascript: RadioSel(flavor,8); Arômatique floral, un peu fruitée aussi. Légèrement acide aussi avec les levures belges. Malt caramel. Très très complexe et équilibrée. Sensation de fraicheur, malgré le côté légèrement liquoreux/alcool. En bouche similaire, incroyable balance et longueur en bouche. Fin de bouche ass. Bonne carbonation. Hâte de goûter la 10 du coup...

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergaard (92) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 21, 2014
Transparent dark brownish color, sticky off-white head. Aroma of raisins, prunes, dried figs and alcohol. Taste of dried, and some fresh, fruit and berries, alcohol, yeast, sugar. Not as boozy as it’s big brother the Rochefort 10, which i actually tend to like even though it is not as intense in it’s flavor palate.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pacool (39) - - OCT 20, 2014
Piękne ciemna barwa. Piana znika dość szybko. Wydał mi się mniej treściwy i pełny w smaku niż 6-stka ale i tak kawał porządnego piwa.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (3315) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 19, 2014
330 ml bottle purchased at Julio’s Liquors. Hazy ruby color with lasting head, thick fluffy head that was still in the snifter at the end. Aroma has subtle yeast character, dried fruits and slight alcohol.

The flavor is real complex mix of dried fruits, Belgian yeast, light red grapes, mild figs. Almost a different nuance after each sip. The alcohol is also here with light warming after the sip. Creamy carbonation in a fuller then medium in body. Can’t believe it took me this long to try these! I will be buying a few more to cellar for a cold winter night.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
didierlewallon (109) - ponferrada, SPAIN - OCT 18, 2014
La Trappistes Rochefort 8 es de color oscuro, salvaje y con un paladar pronunciado tirando a afrutado con un final seco. Elaborada a base de dos maltas, azúcar candeal y dos tipos de lúpulo, que se añaden dos veces durante su elaboración, le confiere un cuerpo, con su segunda fermentación, que da una sensación que no tiene descripción.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
seymour (1459) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - OCT 17, 2014
11.2 oz sloped brown bottle from Wine and Cheese Place, November 2013 vintage, into a tulip glass. It poured a hazy deep reddish amber colour with deep head of spritzy little bubbles, everlasting with lots of fine Belgian lace. Beautiful. Aromas of fruitcake, raisins, sweet bread, cola, freshly cut flowers, rose hips, black pepper, bubble gum, perfumey noble hops and faint alcohol. Grainy and bready flavours, with layers of caramel, toffee, red berries, plums, green grapes, some root beer/kvass traits, somewhat reminiscent of a toasty and chocolatey Scottish ale. Smooth alcohol, no boozy burn whatsoever, difficult to believe it’s nearly 10% abv. Light body but complex well-rounded mouthfeel, strong carbonation splashes all the flavours around. Faintly fruity and spicy aftertaste. Absolutely classic Trappist ale, more approachable and "beer-flavoured", less profoundly spicy than some others examples, but just as complex. Delicious.


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