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

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RATINGS: 3366   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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4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pumpkinhead2 (539) - Longueuil, Quebec, - MAR 26, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2015 Bière brune aux reflets rouge-orangés, totalement opaque avec particules bien visibles, très effervescente, et surmontée d’un bon col brunâtre, bien large, très dense, très mousseux, et qui semble éternel. Arômes principalement de fruits foncés bien mûrs voire confits (raisin, cerise, datte, prune/pruneau...) avec beaucoup d’effluves sucrés (pâtisserie, caramel, cassonade, cola, érable…), d’abondantes épices (anis, clou de girofle, poivre, muscade…), de la vanille, du malt fumé, du boisé, de la tourbe, du pain grillé, un peu d’alcool, notes de levure belge… Ce breuvage sent merveilleusement bon, incroyablement complexe et parfaitement intense! En bouche, c’est bien pétillant sur la langue avec une onctuosité intéressante au palais. Au goût, abondantes saveurs fruité (raisin, cerise, prune, datte…), du pain grillé et des sucres (on est dans le caramel, cassonade, cola… avec des notes bien évidente d’érable!). Mais c’est loin d’être trop sucré, le malt étant admirablement bien équilibré par les épices, la levure (légère acidité) et les notes de vanille, de malt fumé, de boisé et de tourbe. Il y a également pas mal d’alcool en bouche, peut-être un peu trop. Aussi, une amertume plutôt légère mais tout de même bien sentie se pointe en finale, mais cette dernière se veut surtout alcoolisée. Toujours bien intense en bouche, mais peut-être un peu moins complexe qu’au nez, il s’agit d’un gros coup de cœur pour moi. Je ne me tanne jamais de ce divin nectar brassé par d’authentique moine trappiste!


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
artiredbirds (80) - St.Petersburg, RUSSIA - JUL 4, 2015
Рошфоры лучшие из бельгий& но восьмер& конечно, уступае& десятке в полноте вкуса. Все то же плотное тело, меньше цветочн& раскрыв& ну и после 0.33 не хочется ничего.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GreatDane1632 (947) - USA - JUL 3, 2015
Rated based on notes taken 25 June 2012 -- This is a solid trappist brew. I really need to buy some to age and see how well they do.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
jacekto (1) - Katowice, POLAND - JUN 28, 2015 does not count
Ci??kie i goryczkowe , czu? mocno chmiel ale nic wi?cej si? nie przebija. Jak na piwa trapistow to slabo

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gregwilsonstl (1364) - Missouri, USA - JUN 26, 2015
Plums. Figs. Drank warm. Incredibly dry. Much more drinkable than a rochefort 10. Quite complex. Really enjoyable....makes me think I’m not sure why people drink crappy beer

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
holdleder (231) - Kongerslev, DENMARK - JUN 26, 2015
33 cl. flaske. 9,2 %. Mørk øl let sødlig smag. Passer meget bedre til min smag end 10’ren. Velkomponeret.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
guil0000 (296) - New Brunswick, CANADA - JUN 25, 2015
Pours a cloudy plum brown color with a huge bubbly white head. Lots of carbonation. Nose is so complex. At first you kind of get a sweet candy. After that you get Dark Fruits, Plum, Spices, Fruits that I can’t quite put my finger on. I also get hints of chocolate some toffee. Sweet taste at first that is pretty well balanced with some hops and some alcool to finish. Medium to full body with lively carbonation and a long finish. Probably the best beer I ever tasted.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
llucmaduell (31) - barcelona, SPAIN - JUN 24, 2015
How can a beer so good? Although there are those who believe that the number 10 as there is nothing, I think that, having his name a few, beer is a brutal, balanced, not so demanding as the number 10 or so blunt. A wonder of which I never tire.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SeniorZozo (215) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUN 22, 2015
Cloudy amber color with creamy off-white head. Aroma is caramel, fruit. Taste is Strong sweet, with tiny alcohol finish. A good one.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Achel (141) - GREECE - JUN 22, 2015
A dark brown beer with a good head. The aroma has fruity and chocolate notes. And the flavor is very complex with notes of fruit and chocolate

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dacrza (619) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2015
DATE TASTED: June 21, 2015... GLASSWARE: Affligem chalice... OCCASION: Father’ Day celebration, part three--third good beer! APPEARANCE: dense, dark plum-brown body that sports a white, half-finger head; sediment floats in the head;... AROMA: earthy plum early, with leafy, wet cigar hints as well; cherry, port, and berry--complex and promising... PALATE: dry, lively, yet monkish in its assertion; creamy and smooth; warming and tart, with a lengthy yet controlled finish that welcomes the next sip; surely, as drinkable a 9.1 ABV as could be... TASTE: prune, cherry, cranberry, subdued citrus fruit, dry malts--this beer is "special" indeed; pepper, anise and other spices... OVERALL: a fruity, masterful experience; flavorful, full and filling...


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