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

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RATINGS: 3171   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
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pumpkinhead2 (393) - Longueuil, Quebec, - MAR 26, 2014
Bière brune aux reflets orangés, totalement opaque, remplie de particules formant même comme un brouillard à l’intérieur du verre, effervescence un peu difficile à observer mais qui semble très bien, col qui monte haut au versement de la bière, mais qui se réduit rapidement pour ne laisser que quelques remous beige à la surface du liquide. Arômes principalement constitués de fruits foncés (raisin, cerise, datte, prune/pruneau...) et de beaucoup d’effluves sucrés, pâtisserie, caramel, cassonade, cola, érable… On décèle également au nez de l’anis, du clou de girofle, de la vanille, des traces de fumée, un peu d’alcool, un peu de levure belge… Ce breuvage sent merveilleusement bon, et c’est bien complexe et intense! En bouche, c’est bien pétillant sur la langue, et l’onctuosité au palais est intéressante. Au goût, c’est significativement moins sucré que le nez laissait présager. Saveurs bien fruité (raisin, cerise, prune…), et saveurs de pain grillé, caramel, cassonade, cola, la bière présente également des saveurs plus acides (levure?) et l’alcool est bien présent en bouche, un peu trop même. Une amertume légère mais bien sentie se pointe en fin de bouche, mais celle-ci ne semble pas totalement bien intégrée aux autres saveurs. Toujours bien intense en bouche, ça me semble cependant y être moins complexe qu’au nez. Il s’agit tout de même d’une excellente bière!


3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
abapimenta (1) - Vitoria, BRAZIL - NOV 25, 2014 does not count
Uma cerveja equilibrada com bom corpo e aromas e sabores bem marcantes. Retrogosto persistente.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SVD (633) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 25, 2014
bottle at home, red copper beer with a small head, aroma is malt, fruit. Taste is malt, fruit, caramel, spices. Nice

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GuideDogSaint (419) - Xiamen, CHINA - NOV 22, 2014
330ml bottle from Beer Station, Xiamen. Pours cloudy dark brown with a dissipating off white head. Caramel toffee aroma with raisins and yeast. Medium sweet finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainTilven (18) - FRANCE - NOV 22, 2014
Brown and cloudy; very fine foam. Fudge and sweet coffee; round but not heavy. Very well balanced.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
brhenrio (2) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 19, 2014 does not count
Heavy on the palate, nice carbonation. Looks great when poured correctly. Very good for my first trappiste beer.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
ttroha (328) - Americus, Georgia, USA - NOV 15, 2014
Bottle from Maltitude. Pours brown with white head. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, malt. Taste of vanilla, spices, and a slight hint of chocolate. A wonderful Trappist beer. Awesome beer and maybe my new favorite Trappist.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Renobob (788) - Besançon, FRANCE - NOV 15, 2014
Bue en bouteille de 33cl. Une valeur sûre, on frôle la perfection encore une fois chez Rochefort. Notes de caramel, d’épices, alcool bien présent. Equilibre parfait. Génial.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
OOKPIKABLE (105) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2014
Pours murky brown with abundant head. Minimal aroma, what there i is of honey and brown sugar. Tastes raisin and honey. Somewhat oily mouthfeelm really, the flavours are barely noticeable: weak and disappointingm

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Diabobale (225) - ITALY - NOV 11, 2014
Delle tre sorelle rochefort è quella che si distingue per eleganza e misura. Ambrata, con buona schiuma persistente, aromi fruttati e a tratti speziati, con un buon finale aromatico

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SinH4 (161) - SWITZERLAND - NOV 10, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2014 Brown color with nice white head. Chocolaty, yeasty aroma, vanilla maybe, woody? Complex taste of vanilla, spices, chocolate, super heavy finish, but not as boozy as it should be. Winey finish. Overwhelming, but super. A classic Trappist beer. Not as overwhelming as the 10 though ;)


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