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

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RATINGS: 3548   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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3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MorganBaughman (147) - Long Beach, Mississippi, USA - OCT 20, 2012
After taking his first sip, Rob said, "This is my beer now. This is my favorite beer ever - by a lot." I still think it’s a little fizzy, but good flavor.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ectuohy27 (938) - ESTONIA - APR 26, 2016
Certainly a fine fine beer, it’s drier (in the port sense, not the overhopped awful sense) but it has a perfect rich raisin-y palate and finishes in a balanced way. Slightly hoppy

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rask0lnikov (431) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 26, 2016
Hazy, brown colour. Thin white head. Hints of vanilla, toffee, hints of coffee, dark fruits in the aroma. Toffee at first. Vanilla. Caramel. Nice spiceness in the middle. Dark fruits. Hints of raisins. Toffee in the end. Hints of vanilla, caramel and hints of fruits in the aftertaste. Quite nice mouthfeel. Sweetnes is in balance. Makes bit warm inside, but covers alchohol very well. Rather medium bodied, medium carbonated, very good beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Continues (156) - GERMANY - APR 26, 2016
From bottle. Pours dark amber, with big, beige head. Grapes, walnut, woody, quality alcohol, honey, caramel. Medium to high carbonation, light, well covered alcohol.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Janneman (14) - - APR 25, 2016
Malty aroma of caramel, bread, toast, raisin, quite complex. A bit darker than the 6, but still some red. Taste is sweet, dark fruit, some dark chocolate even, with a rather thick texture. Great Trappist beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sircatis (19) - FRANCE - APR 24, 2016
Bière très foncé avec une belle mousse blanche qui disparaît très rapidement. Au nez elle est très agréable. Au goût elle est très surprenante. Seul défaut, un arrière goût un peu sec.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Karstenborg (687) - Hasselager, DENMARK - APR 23, 2016
Clear dark amber with medium off-white head. Aroma of pruins, malt and caramel. Taste is raisin, nuts and yeast.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopverdju (338) - BELGIUM - APR 16, 2016
Bruin bier met rijkelijke beige schuimkraag. Geur: geroosterde mout, noten, gedrogde vruchten, abrikoos en wat citrus en pompelmoes. Smaak: Moutzoetig, zoethout, melkchocolade, vijg, wat moutbitterheid. Medium koolzuurprikkel. Afdronk: zoetig, fruitig.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
nickfacon (2) - - APR 10, 2016 does not count
One of my favorite beer. Looking good, and when you taste it, it reveal all aroma.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
tigretoni (14) - SPAIN - APR 5, 2016
One of the best beers that I have drunk, it has great aroma like fruits, it has intense brown colour.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
koleminer20 (1808) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2016
330 mL bottle shared by ebone1988. The pour is a nice medium walnut color with a thicker off white head that lasts and lasts. There isn't any lace as it falls. The aroma is pretty interesting. There is a lot of bready malts and a great dark fruit presence. There is almost a juiciness that comes with the dark fruits. It's not as Belgian forward as I was expecting and I like it for that. The flavor is very very bready. There is a nice figginess to it. Lots of sweet malts and a fair bit of dark fruits. The mouth feel is a little lighter and quite effervescent. The aftertaste is lingeringly fruity and carries a lot of bready malts. It's a lot better than I thought it would be.


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