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

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RATINGS: 3618   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tillmac62 (685) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - MAR 25, 2014
BBD 9/27/17. Pours a very hazy dark amber with a slight reddish tint. Massive head and lacing that retains well. The nose is subdued, but of dates/figs, dark malt and Belgian yeast. The body is on the heavy side of medium with a nice slick mouthfeel. Normal carbonation level with a touch of effervescence on the finish. The wonderful flavor profile is quite complex, yet balanced. It begins with a multitude of dark fruit flavors - fig, date, raisin, plum - then flows to a mild malt sweetness over a well subdued alcohol phenolic note. The finish is smooth, yet also almost clean. A slight residual alcohol burn with associated phenolics linger a bit. This is the best Belgian I’ve ever had.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
erling1000 (569) - - SEP 22, 2016
A belgian (trappist), unfiltered, brown ale with light head. Aroma is caramel, malt, chocolate, spices, prune. Taste is bitter and light sweet. Pearly. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jyrsa (488) - - SEP 21, 2016
Bottle @ Belge. They poured it in an Orval glass, the bastards. BBE 3/2021. Light brown, semiclear and cloudy. Red fruit, herbs, dust. Sweet with a compm ex herbal flavour. Some licorice and of course the yeast. A smooth palate with some fizz. A perennial favourite.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
schavuitje (104) - APELDOORN, NETHERLANDS - SEP 18, 2016
Lekkere donkere mout smaak,volgraan,kandij,hoppige gist smaak zoals een echt trappist alleen kan

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
miggle (310) - Fürth, GERMANY - SEP 17, 2016
Poores dark brown but very weak head. Smell has aroma of dark berries lace ice and raisins. Taste is fruity wirh well balanced sweetness and bitterness. A little bit over carbonated but very nice and complex. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PLundsgaard (466) - Tranbjerg J, DENMARK - SEP 16, 2016
det er bare en god øl flot farve - gylden fint skum, som holder duften er meget fin af karamel og chokolade smagen er rigtig god - let sødlig og kraftig :):):):):)

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
puredelusion (269) - Lviv, UKRAINE - SEP 15, 2016
0.33 bottle. Pours dark brown color with large, lasting off-white creamy head. Aroma of fruits, wine, malts, yeast. Light to medium sweet, light bitter. Medium long chocolate, caramel bitter finish. Well hidden alcohol. Medium body, soft carbonation. Great beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tombelg (1) - - SEP 15, 2016 does not count
Elle est bonne pour une trappiste. Belle texture avec une robe du couleur solaire et non persistante.

---Rated via Beer Buddy for Android

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
piwnepodroze (200) - POLAND - SEP 15, 2016
W tym piwie robotę robią dwie rzeczy (główną, bo zalet jest więcej) - tęgie ciało i złożony smak. Już aromat zapowiada, że będzie ciekawie - leśne owoce mieszają się z czekoladą, suszonymi owocami (figi i daktyle) i opiekaną skórką chleba. Smak to potwierdza dodając do tego nutkę winną kojarzącą mi się z porto. A w tle wspomnianych nut pałętają się orzechy. Piwo jest niziutko wysycone, gęste jak olej i choć należy do ciężkich zawodników (9,2% alkoholu), to zupełnie nie męczy.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schlumpfhunter (143) - Bavaria, GERMANY - SEP 14, 2016
Farbe: dunkelbraun Schaum: dicht, reich, beständig. Nase: hm, karamell, alkoholisch, verbranntes, malzig und noch was. Geschmack: feinsprudlig, bitter, dann erst rauchiges Aroma, so angekokeltes Malziges Holz, alkoholisch, wie die Nase eigentlich. Im Nachgeschmack wieder das "und noch was". Mit dem präsenten Alkohol und dem sehr dunkel-würzigen und-noch-was (ich sehe "Trockenfrucht und Weinbrand" in einer Bewertung, hm) an der Grenze zu unangenehm. Nicht für jeden Tag aber ziemlich komplex und ausgewogen. Ich vermute mal eines der Besten unter den starken Mönchsbieren.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Blueshawk (349) - Bad Bellingen, GERMANY - SEP 11, 2016
- braun-trübe Farbe mit guter cremigerSchaumbildung - gut erkennbare Aromen nach Kirsche, Trockenobst und einem leichten Weinbrandtouch - die Carbonisierung ist mir etwas zu moussierend - der Antrunk bringt dann den erhöhten Alkoholgehalt stetig zum Vorschein - dieses stark alkoholische, verbunden mit dem m. E. zu hohen Kohlen- säuregehalt schränkt das Geschmackserlebnis dann leider etwas ein - der Abgang klingt dann versöhnlich mit einer würzigen Note aus Fazit: Nicht schlecht, aber der Alkohol verbunden mit der zu hohen Kohlensäure drängt sich zu sehr in den Vordergrund


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