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

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RATINGS: 3154   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 (374) - 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!


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nicke80 (200) - Södertälje, SWEDEN - OCT 25, 2014
33cl bottle from systembolaget. Pours brown with nice white head. Sweet aroma with caramell and fudge flavours. Sweet after taste with caramell notes. Great beer!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vjohans (65) - SWEDEN - OCT 25, 2014
bread, herbs, alcohol, brown, cloudy, minimal head, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, full body, slick feel, soft carbonation, long finish,

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aleksander9 (476) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 24, 2014
Dark brown with tan head. Aroma is plums, cherry, licorice, spicy Belgian yeast, vanilla and caramel. Slick palate. Aftertaste is rich, fruity, dark chocolate, caramel, cherry, some licorice and lasting spicy finish. Overall: Awesome! Like its big brother more.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
loco_gallego (99) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 22, 2014
Ambré brune ocre assez foncée, voilée. Belle mousse beige clair persistante avec dépôts sur les parois.javascript: RadioSel(flavor,8); Arômatique floral, un peu fruitée aussi. Légèrement acide aussi avec les levures belges. Malt caramel. Très très complexe et équilibrée. Sensation de fraicheur, malgré le côté légèrement liquoreux/alcool. En bouche similaire, incroyable balance et longueur en bouche. Fin de bouche ass. Bonne carbonation. Hâte de goûter la 10 du coup...

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beergaard (90) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 21, 2014
Transparent dark brownish color, sticky off-white head. Aroma of raisins, prunes, dried figs and alcohol. Taste of dried, and some fresh, fruit and berries, alcohol, yeast, sugar. Not as boozy as it’s big brother the Rochefort 10, which i actually tend to like even though it is not as intense in it’s flavor palate.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pacool (39) - - OCT 20, 2014
Piękne ciemna barwa. Piana znika dość szybko. Wydał mi się mniej treściwy i pełny w smaku niż 6-stka ale i tak kawał porządnego piwa.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (3309) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 19, 2014
330 ml bottle purchased at Julio’s Liquors. Hazy ruby color with lasting head, thick fluffy head that was still in the snifter at the end. Aroma has subtle yeast character, dried fruits and slight alcohol.

The flavor is real complex mix of dried fruits, Belgian yeast, light red grapes, mild figs. Almost a different nuance after each sip. The alcohol is also here with light warming after the sip. Creamy carbonation in a fuller then medium in body. Can’t believe it took me this long to try these! I will be buying a few more to cellar for a cold winter night.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
didierlewallon (106) - ponferrada, SPAIN - OCT 18, 2014
La Trappistes Rochefort 8 es de color oscuro, salvaje y con un paladar pronunciado tirando a afrutado con un final seco. Elaborada a base de dos maltas, azúcar candeal y dos tipos de lúpulo, que se añaden dos veces durante su elaboración, le confiere un cuerpo, con su segunda fermentación, que da una sensación que no tiene descripción.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
seymour (1456) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - OCT 17, 2014
11.2 oz sloped brown bottle from Wine and Cheese Place, November 2013 vintage, into a tulip glass. It poured a hazy deep reddish amber colour with deep head of spritzy little bubbles, everlasting with lots of fine Belgian lace. Beautiful. Aromas of fruitcake, raisins, sweet bread, cola, freshly cut flowers, rose hips, black pepper, bubble gum, perfumey noble hops and faint alcohol. Grainy and bready flavours, with layers of caramel, toffee, red berries, plums, green grapes, some root beer/kvass traits, somewhat reminiscent of a toasty and chocolatey Scottish ale. Smooth alcohol, no boozy burn whatsoever, difficult to believe it’s nearly 10% abv. Light body but complex well-rounded mouthfeel, strong carbonation splashes all the flavours around. Faintly fruity and spicy aftertaste. Absolutely classic Trappist ale, more approachable and "beer-flavoured", less profoundly spicy than some others examples, but just as complex. Delicious.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HIGHB4LL (604) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2014
12 oz. bottle from Cash Wise in Williston. Appearance: 2 fingers tan-kahaki head that does not last, head lasts as a film, amber color, light cloudy, no lacing to note. Aroma: light plum/fig, rich malt, biscuits, light floral hops. Palate: medium body, alcohol warming sensation and thinness, average carbonation, finish is dry and alcohol. Taste: sweet plum/fig, into a maltiness that lasts, but is partially masked by the booziness that takes over and rides it through towards the end. Overall, slightly thin texture for me, and the booze is not overly well hidden, but I know it is not meant to be. For the style, a little light, but very good tastes and aromas. My only complaint is that this beer is not as rich in the malt as I like my Belgian strongs personally. Very good beer besides.


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