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


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RATINGS: 3339   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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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jimthechap (1984) - Christchurch, - JUN 22, 2011
I’ve just had a bottle of the Rochefort 6, so I’m expecting great things. Poured hazy russet brown with a fluffy off-white head. But the expectation of a trappist ale makes my appreciation of the appearance of this beer different to how I’d usually rate other styles. The aroma is rich and complex. Dried fruits, chocolate, spices, Christmas cake, I have never given a ten for aroma before. Full, rich and complex. Raisins, cinnamon, allspice and loveliness. Toasty and nutty, sweet and unctuous. Wow. Just wow. I won’t be forgetting this one for a while.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KW92 (266) - Warszawa, POLAND - MAY 24, 2015

WYGLĄD: Barwa ciemno bursztynowa, klarowne. Piana mydlana, z wysokiej do bardzo niskiej - krótka.
AROMAT: Intensywny. Bardzo kompleksowy. Są charakterystyczne zapachy suszonych owoców (morele), podbudowa słodowo-alkoholowa, nuty korzenne, przyprawowe, kwiatowe oraz ziołowe.
SMAK: Wytrawne. Słodowo-alkoholowe. Posmak korzenno-ziołowy. Goryczka średnia - krótka. Dobrze "ukryty" alkohol.
OGÓLNIE: Świetnie zbalansowane i dostarczające sporych wrażeń smakowych i sensorycznych.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pumpkin87 (100) - - MAY 24, 2015
Pours a hazy, orangey dark amber with large, dense tan head that reduces very slowly but eventually leaves skim rather than lacing. Despite the large head, the aroma is enormous: nuts, figs, rum, malt. You don’t have to drink this beer to enjoy it, just drink it in. The taste builds on the nose, with chocolate, chestnuts, dates, pepper, bread, raisins, oak, vanilla. The carbonation adds a creaminess that serves to clear these various notes, letting them stand out in turn and leads to almost neutral yet warm finish, less dense and sweet than its monumental sibling, number 10. The 9.2 ABV suggests care should be taken, though it is not debilitating. But this is built to top off a meal, a liquid dessert, and makes a great finish to an evening.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drunkbeer (10) - Texas and, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2015
I’m drinking this as I type this ..In a Rochefort goblet ; A personal fave on yours truly . Truly a sublime divinity resides here ..juicy full raisin , bready , milk chocolate nose ..A brown murky colour ,with a subtle khaki head is so cool .. Drinkin’ this I float away to a place where its always Friday night and the wild party is just getin’ started . Jesus Juice .

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
lokitje (10) - - MAY 24, 2015
Aroma some caramel eyes dark Brown Nice foam which sticks tot the glass it slowly fades away taste caramel, Spice, bitter not to much alcohol flavor for this % some dark malts a very good beer indeed

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
overtheline (30) - Inverness, SCOTLAND - MAY 23, 2015
330ml bottle, pours a cloudy chestnut brown. Interesting nose; rum, chocolate, figs, dates, chestnut puree. Taste is incredible and difficult to describe without including finish. Briefly sweet and deeply malty but the carbonation lifts this away almost instantly, then a gentle wave of warmth slowly comes in bringing back the flavours of chocolate, mild oak, some nuttiness, sweet sticky fruit- dates, raisins, figs. Superb.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MarkoNm (1192) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - MAY 23, 2015
Pours a dark brown color, topped with a nice looking beige colored head. Aroma of yeast and cellar at first, some more pleasant notes of dark fruits and some grapes. Taste is better than the aroma. Sweet start, a bit chocolatey with medium bitterness following it. A bit more creamy. Not my favourite style in general.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MelvinKalksma (60) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - MAY 17, 2015
Aroma: Caramel, raisin, drop, chocolate, fruity. Appearance: Darkish brown, starts with a huge off-white head and ends with a nice steady one. Taste/Palate: Caramel, raisin, drop, chocolate, fruity in the end. Sweet from beginning till end, but still has a bitter taste woven in it. Overall: The taste is slightly more sweet and softer than that of the darker 10, but still very good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
k92488 (339) - NORWAY - MAY 16, 2015
0.33 flaske. Klar mørk med hvit skum som varer. Aroma av gjær malt sitrus. Smak av karamell. Søt og mild. Veldig god

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nevalainen (231) - FINLAND - MAY 16, 2015
Cloudy amber color with creamy off-white head. Aroma is caramel, fruit. Taste is Strong sweet, with tiny alcohol finish. A good one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
njager246 (504) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2015
Still not my jam, but much better than 10, dark fruits and a strong malt presence, not bad!

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