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

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RATINGS: 3187   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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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sitzds (318) - - JAN 19, 2014
330ml bottle poured into tulip. Appearance is hazy iced tea brown with red highlights. One finger head quickly fades to a ring. Bit of a bubble show with sediment resting on the bottom. Aroma is raisin, vanilla, fig, alcohol, light molasses, and grains. Taste is sweet malt and yeast with mild clove phenol, pumpernickel bread, brown sugar, and fig. Alcohol is prominent with fruit and spice notes. Medium-plus body, creamy texture, fizzy carbonation, spicy and sweet finish.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jh773 (169) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Tulip. Very dark hazy brown with orange around the edge of the glass. Thick marshmallowy head that dissipates reasonably quickly. Smell is fresh hops, yeast, dried spice. Rich fruit, raisin, plums, figs, caramel, cracker/bread, honey, berry, hops. Crisp flavor that keeps developing in your mouth. Good body but overwhelmingly fizzy.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Moravius (595) - Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 14, 2014
Flasche (33 cl) von Getränkefeinkost Berlin. - Tiefes Kastanienbraun, sehr trüb, reichlich Schaum. - Nase unerwartet fruchtig (Birne, weißer Traubensaft), leicht weinige Note, elegant dunkelmalzig. - Antrunk angenehm leicht, vornehm dunkelmalzig aber nicht besonders süß. Marzipan und Nuß sind nur angedeutet. Mild rezent, fein perlend, samtiges Mundgefühl. Nachtrunk leicht erdig bitter mit einem Hauch von Fleischbrühe. Im Abgang macht sich der Alkohol mit einer leichten Weinbrandnote bemerkbar. - Hier ist alles mild, grazil und elegant, mehr Marzipan als Schokolade und mit einer federleichten fruchtig-spritzigen Note abgerundet. Großartig!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
niquillis (1176) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2014
Bottle at Den Engel, Leek. Pours brown with a fast diminishing head. Well carbonated for that Rochefort zing, fragrant plums, a little spice. Very nice but not a spot on Rochefort 10.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GarageBrewer80 (10) - SWEDEN - DEC 13, 2014
Flaska från Bishop Örebro. Nötbrun färg med vitt skum. Lagom balans i sötman. Angenäm smak av skum- banan.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
AtronSeige (695) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - DEC 10, 2014
Aroma: Malt: Rich, caramel, biscuit, light tobacco. Peach. Appearance: Hazy brown body. Medium, light-brown head. Good retention. Lacing. Flavour: Peach Medium-high malt richness, sweetness. Medium bitterness Dry finish with lingering peach and bitterness. Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. High carbonation. Light warming. Overall: Well balanced. Great aroma and flavours. 330 ml bottle, poured. Thanks Andre! 18E. Belgian Dark Strong Ale

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beeromancer (3) - HUNGARY - DEC 7, 2014 does not count
33cl bottle from local beer store. Hazy brown colour with small beige head. Brown sugar, chocolate and dark fruits. Rich carbonation (maybe a bit too much). A nice trappist beer overall.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
minihame2 (215) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 6, 2014
Hazy brown pour, small tan head. Aroma not very strong, malts, brown sugar, yeast. Bitter taste, some fruity notes towards the end. Nice, soft and tingly mouthfeel. Rich carbonation but pleasantly small bubbles. Decent trappist on the lighter side of the spectrum.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaBeer1972 (1368) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 5, 2014
Single small bottle from Julio’s. Poured into a snifter. A dark purplish-brown color with a frothy tan head. I let this one warm a while in the glass. Very earthy with soft notes of dry plum and figs. Smooth silky texture. Low bitterness. Light earthy sweetness.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Vili (34) - FINLAND - DEC 5, 2014
Pours dark brown with white lacy head. Lots of foaming and small bubbles. Aromas of brown sugar, cacao and malt. Taste follows the same pattern of full malty body and chocolate sweetness. Great package, only a bit too sugary for my taste in the long run.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boxereddy (144) - BELGIUM - DEC 4, 2014
Donkerbruin bier met een flinke beige schuimkraag. Zoetig in de neus met een vijgentoets. In de mond zoet en schuimig. Afdronk heeft fruitige toets. Superbier!


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