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

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RATINGS: 3286   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07   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 (474) - 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!


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cmacklin (327) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 30, 2015
330 ml bottle. Pours a hazy, reddish brown with a small beige head. Sweet fruity aroma of berries, plums, dried fruit, spice and yeast. Sweet flavour of dried fruit, plums, liquorice, spice, caramel and yeast with a dry, warming alcohol finish. Quite complex. Full body with an oily texture and soft carbonation. Excellent.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TedE (302) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 29, 2015
Bottle at Brussels Hilton. Slight sour nose. Cloudy dark brown beer with solid off-white head which stays. Really tingly mouthfeel, quite fun. Taste is sour followed by deep dark malts. Alcohol notes all over the palate. Caramel becomes apparent as it warms. Complex sipping material, but not my favourite style.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Akiro (12) - ITALY - MAR 28, 2015
Degustata da una bottiglia di 33 cl. Schiuma poco persistente colore ambrato scuro, caramelloso. Birra da meditazione più che da pasto, ma non si dice mai di no ad una Rochefort anche se la migliore è la 10.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wiedrzensky (109) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 24, 2015
Bottle. Dark amber, almost brown with medium persistent white head. Aroma of malts, caramel, plum, chocholate, very fruity. Taste is light bitter, with characteristic chocholate notes and moderate fruity sweetnes. Dry, alcohol well hidden. Very well balanced beer, perfect trapist!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
doubelknv3 (1022) - Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2015
Cloudy brown, Amber tint, off white head. Caramel, lite spice, berry, floral, and mild lemon aroma. Full bodied, mild alcohol, mild roast, mild salt, fruity, and lemon notes. Medium bitterness, nice dry notes, and balancing sweetness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MrBlueSky93 (278) - Sutton Coldfield, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 23, 2015
Bottle at Post Office Vaults, Birmingham. A Belter! Pours chestnut brown in colour, creamy off white single finger head. Aroma of roasted malts, caramel, toffee, light coffee, chocolate, dates, figs, raisins...exactly the same on the taste with added spices, ginger and some vineous notes. A Brute!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alomtnez (102) - SPAIN - MAR 21, 2015
Bottle. Big tan off-white head very persistent. Hazy dark brown with reddish hues colour. Aroma is very ripe fruit, prune, with cocoa an caramel tinge and sligth sour milk hint. Taste is fruity (peach, plum and prune), caramel, cocoa, somehow spicy with sweet acid finish. Full body, high carbonation, medium oily. Second similar rate tasting two different bottles bougth in two different shops. For me, not as good as most people rate it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
puren (149) - POLAND - MAR 19, 2015
Prezentacja: czerwień wpadająca w brąz, klarowne, piana średnio obfita, drobna, szybko opada do krążka ;
Aromat: miód, toffi, owoce bardzo dojrzałe, śliwki, rodzynki, nuta spirytusu ;
Smak: słodki, za aromatem, w finiszu karmel, po głębokim łyku czuć uderzenie czystego alkoholu ;
Odczucie: średnio treściwe, bardzo oleiste, mocno nasycone, ;
Ogólnie: niezłe, byłoby bardzo dobre, gdyby nie ten przebijający się w aromacie i smaku alkohol .

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bodega95 (71) - - MAR 19, 2015
Great beer. Malty flavour, a bit fruity, and full bodied sweet beer. it is quite fizzy.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zoret (129) - Badalona, SPAIN - MAR 16, 2015
D’ampolla comprada al Alcampo. Rica en aromes i sabors maltosos (pa, galeta, briox, caramel...) i també en esters fruitats (plàtan, pera,cirera..) També te un punt d’alcohol que la fa una mica escalfadora, per beure mica en mica...


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