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

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RATINGS: 3234   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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CinnamonGirl (40) - Tromsø, - JUN 10, 2007
Bottle bb Sep 7 2010. Home from Alfheim stadium, celebrating my AaFKs 2-0 over TIL! Caramel aroma. Lots of dried fruit and roasted malt in the flavour. A little alcohol in the taste. Not too sweet. Very nice indeed!


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
rami_pl (119) - Warszawa, POLAND - JAN 26, 2015
Butelka, warka do 23.09.2019. Brazowe, z plywajacymi po pokalu (osiadajacymi na dnie) drozdzami - trudno to piwo nazwac pieknym. Bardzo bujna piana (nie bylem w stanie wlac butelki 0.33l do tulipa Duvala, do ktorego bez piany miesci sie 0.5l, a nie wlewalem wcale jakos agresywnie). Piana jest stosunkowo ladna, ale tylko przez chwile, opada dosc szybko i to w niespecjalnie uroczy sposob, w sensie pecherzyki staja sie coraz wieksze. Na szkle zostaje tylko symbolicznie, na piwie cienka warstewka. Zapach niezwykle intensywny i zlozony. Przede wszytkim owoce. Duzo, roznorodnych owocow. Figi, winogrona (tez rodzynki), wisnie, banany, jablka, sliwki... sporo przypraw delikatnych, troche karmelu czy krowek, slad gumy balonowej, niemalo drozdzy, conieco slodow, zboza, chleba. W ustach, smak pasujacy do aromatu, bardzo mila pelnia, gladkie, dosc mocno wysycone - ale nieprzeszkadzajaco. Czuc te wszystkie owoce. Alkohol ladnie ukryty, ale tylko w smaku, bo zarazem pozytywnie rozgrzewajacy. Goryczka niewielka ale obecna w tle. Sumarycznie: najwyzsza pólka. TO bylo bardzo swieze piwo. Jesli ktos w wawie ma w piwniczce takie pod koniec okresu waznosci albo i po, to ja bardzo chetnie jakis deal bym zrobil :)

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VamboladeTolly (332) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JAN 25, 2015
Bottle@De Tolly Joogipood. Pours brown with beige big head.Aroma is sweet, raisins, almonds,malty, caramel, wood, dark sweet fruits. Taste is medium (or more) sweet, malty, alcohol,yeast, raisins, watery-something really annoying me . Full body. Too sweet for me. But if you like sweet beers, then its for you.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
chinchill (2270) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 23, 2015
A revelation. Best bottled Belgian beer I’ve had, including the Rochefort 10 A - beautiful, slightly cloudy dark amber. Long-lasting tan head. S - unique but pleasant, with clear note of caramel from malt M - effervescent; neither light nor heavy D - superb T - balanced, complex, somewhat sweet. Clean hoppy/malty finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
leebotton (257) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2015
Pours with a red hue and a frothy off-white head. Aroma is syrupy sweet with fruity resin and a noticeable hint of booze with a single note of what I can currently only think to describe as ’brown’. The carbonation gives a dry sense which is an interesting juxtaposition with the impression of sweetness provided by the fruity, fairly complex hop profile. It’s big and mouthfilling and it truly is a great beer but it’s reasonably intense and varied nature makes it necessarily a one-off enjoyment.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
felip989 (27) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - JAN 22, 2015
Served in a trappist glass. Brown with a medium beige head. Aroma is chocolate, yeast, raisins, cherries, nuts, caramel, molasses and some wood and alcohol. Taste is yeast, vanilla, caramel, molasses, grapes, raspberry, prunes, chocolate, some light bitterness and alcohol. Finish is spicy and sweet. Full bodied. Tasty beer, good trappist!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kapusil (659) - HUNGARY - JAN 22, 2015
0.33l bottle. Hazy and very dark orange/brown body, huge off-white head. The aroma is quite sweet and it’s pretty complex. It reminds me of caramel, figs, orange peel, nuts and it also has a slight boozy character. Taste of caramel, toast, figs, toast, peach and some cocoa. The alcohol is warming but not harsh at all. It’s not as good as the 10 for me, but still an awesome beer.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
lbjor (1) - NORWAY - JAN 21, 2015 does not count
Dark colour. Good carbonation. Very "fresh" feel in the mouth. A very good(and strong) beer indeed!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cokolwiek11 (23) - - JAN 18, 2015
1st: gushing on opening :( Aroma: chocolate, red fruits (cherry etc), slightly alcohol. In fact it smells like pralines with cherry. Apearrance: wine ruby, clear, 2 fingers head disappears immediatly. Taste: sweet, red fruits, reminds me of red dry wine, notes (just minimal) of chocolate/caramel from malts. Palate: light body, thin, pretty fizzy.Slightly alcoholic on finish. Overall: 1st of all, got gushing on opening, so maybe there’s something wrong with this bottle. Beer reminds me light, dry red wine. It’s good but expected way more in taste and aroma from such a famous beer. And it’s just good beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HippyHop (300) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 15, 2015
Somehow I’ve never tried this sacred nectar, and lord have I been missing out. Pour is burnt orange with a massive tan cap that roars like a waterfall as it forms. Fifteen minutes later it still sounds like a glass of Coke. Nose is heavy on ripe fruit: figs, prunes, raisins, cherries, with toffee/caramel, hazelnut, yeast, spice and booze. Taste-wise it’s less sweet than I expected, with bitter/sour notes balancing it out. Finish is dry with lingering alcohol warmth. This stuff is stupid drinkable for a 9.2% abbey beer. Time to buy a bunch more and (try to) cellar them.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ruuurd (53) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 15, 2015
Dark pour, caramel and sweet but very yeasty! This beer is delicious! Heavy yet not too heavy


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