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

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RATINGS: 3598   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.


PlinyHarris' rating

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
PlinyHarris (28) - - DEC 14, 2012
Let this into my life last Saturday as a bit of extravagance at a ridiculous price, but what a beer, and how merry it made me. Fizzy at the top with every dark fruit ever grown from a tree packed inside. I shared it with my grandma. She really liked it but said it wasn’t as good as Gold Label.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MihaKu (31) - 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 (95) - 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 (33) - - 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

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mice (781) - FINLAND - AUG 11, 2016
BBE 25.1.2011, eli 6 vuotiasta tavaraa. En ole tuoreempaa koskaan maistanut, joten todella vaikea vertailla. Ihan pirteä tapaus tämäkin, valkoista vaahtoa omassa lasissa reilusti. Hajussa banaania, maku banaaninen, hiilihappoinen, hieman alkoholinen. Lievää maakellarin sivumakua havaittavissa. Ei tämä mikään mestariteos ole, ja näin pitkä ikäännyttäminen lienee kääntänyt tämän jopa jo laskuun, sen verran tässä sivumaku puskee päälle varsinkin loppulasista. Täytyy metsästää tuoreempi tuote maisteluun. 6.3.2015: Nyt BBE 16.9.2019, joten tuoretta tavaraa. Ja eipä ole enää virhemakuja tai kellaria havaittavissa, ei kyllä banaaniakaan. Syvän oranssin ruskea olut vaahtoaa mukavan reilusti. Hiivaapartikkeleita näyttää olevan todella runsaasti kaadettaessa. Väri on selvästi kutosta tummempi ja taas toisaalta kymppiä vaaleampi. Vaahtoa jää pieni kerros oluen pinnalle, mutta silmämääräisesti sanoen kutonen peittoaa kasin taas tässä suhteessa. Maltainen, kevyen belgihiivainen ja hedelmäinen tuoksu on pehmeämpi ja jopa miedompi kuin kuutosen. Maku maltaisen sokerinen, mausteinen ja hedelmäinen kuivahkolla melko täyteläisellä suutuntumalla. Hiilihappoja ei ehkä ihan kutosen veroisesti.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jado (766) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - AUG 11, 2016
330 ml bottle. Solid brown body with a tawny highlight at the edge and a creamy off-white head. Lots of carbonation. Aromas of dark plums, raisins, dark bread, lemon and spice. Taste kicks off with light dried fruit before a more substantial note of plums, prunes, dates, brown sugar and mixed spice ramps up. Substantial though not thick body. Long finish with a slightly sweet fruity aftertaste. Pretty great Trappist beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ulrikolsen (268) - DENMARK - AUG 9, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2016 Bottle. Pours hazy brown with beige head. Aroma has ripe fruits and caramel with fig and date and light chocolate, nutty notes too. Taste is more complex with malt, caramel, nuts, fig and dry liquorice and lightly roasted notes. Easy drinking beer that is surprisingly dry and light with very well hidden alcohol.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jjgmd (1979) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2016
Pours a very dark Amber pour with a nice beige head. Nose is floral mixed with spices with some alcohol , and toffee and caramel notes.Taste is sweet with buttery caramel and toffee notes and a bit of spice . Finish is sweet molasses, dry with a moderately long ending. Nice BSA if it is your brew of choice ! Quaff Score 8 / 10


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