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


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RATINGS: 3320   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NeuroPliny (214) - Calgary, Alberta, - AUG 23, 2013
Poured from a 375 mL bottle. Pours copper brown. Off-white head that lingers with nice lacing. Nose is subtle hickory and spice with notes of sweet dark malts. Flavour is sweet malt with a nice long finish well-balanced with hops with notes of caramel, vanilla, and molasses. Awesome Belgian strong ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
epidemaiis (2) - FRANCE - MAY 2, 2015 does not count
La trappiste quasi parfaite, un équilibre hors du commun. Un peu forte mais vaut vraiment le coups.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kr1zz (227) - BELGIUM - MAY 1, 2015
Bottle bought at Delhaize. Pours dark brown with a medium beige head. Tastes cloves, dried fruit, sweet, alcoholic, bit hoppy bitterness,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fredfa (42) - belo horizonte, BRAZIL - MAY 1, 2015
Havia provado essa cerveja há 1 ano e meio e tinha gostado muito. Era uma das melhores. Provei novamente e achei aguada e com alcool perceptível. Apesar do exemplar vencer apenas em 2017, pode estar comprometido. Provarei novamente para tirar a dúvida.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Haterd (37) - NETHERLANDS - APR 27, 2015
Donkerder bier dan ik normaal drink maar wel lekker. Toch niet een waar ik er meer van achter elkaar hoef. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
lbianchi66 (63) - FRANCE - APR 27, 2015
Robe ambrée sombre, opaque. Mousse bien. Saveurs de malt, biscuit, fruits noirs, pruneau. Texture crémeuse, carbonatation fine. Très longue en bouche. Excellente.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jksipa (477) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2015
Bottle from the LCBO. Murky dark reddish brown body under a huge off white head that hangs around for a while. Leaves lots of spotty lace. Nose has lots of dark fruit, molasses, ginger, light cloves and pepper. Medium sweet fruit and toffee with a light bitterness and a slight red grape tartness with a pervasive balanced spiciness. Medium almost creamy mouth with a fine prickly carbonation and a long complex fruity finish. Great multi-faceted ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
willisread (529) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 25, 2015
Bottle from Masuyo’s. Poured into a snifter. Pours a clear ruby tinged orange brown with a nice soapy two finger head that dissipates fairly quickly. Big aromas of fig, prune, and peach on the nose. Sweet on the palate but not overly cloying by any means. Medium body with an oily mouthfeel. As it warms up the alcohol shows just a bit, but for 9.2% it hides it all fairly well. Soft carbonation with a really nice warming finish. World class strong ale!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fatehunter (1537) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - APR 23, 2015
Pour two and half fingers of head on a hazy dark brown body. The aroma candy, caramel and dark fruits. Nice. The taste is perfect. Balanced fruit sweetness, a touch of brown sugar, some other stuff, amazing. The texture is light and fizzy. Outstanding.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ponx (8) - NETHERLANDS - APR 23, 2015 does not count
Nose: Sweet, alcohol. Taste: Mainly raisins, nuts, caramel and roasted malts in the background. A bit port-ish. Full bodied, medium to full carbo. Nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CacheManyHose (336) - HONG KONG - APR 23, 2015
Cloudy brown-amber with creamy fizzy beige head. Smells is malt, spice, fruit (fig, peach, apple), mineral. Taste is even more sweet and spicy but not cloying. Some cloves and grassiness. Almost salty finish. Palate is frothy but fine. High booziness (9.2%) well balanced. Lots of things going on in this beer without getting too big - a refined and complex example of a strong Belgian ale.

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