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


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RATINGS: 3118   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GreenWall (54) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, - APR 29, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2009 This thing is a religious experience. I prefer it to the ten, I find it more balanced and 3-dimensional. On the one hand: This thing was all soft edges, slick in the mouth, soft rich maltiness, pruneau or something, a little bit of smooth (debittered) chocolate. On the other hand: very spicy and dry, with a firm bitterness. Unmasked hot alcohol, at one moment even too much; very warming, with phenols reminiscent of spicy cinnamon (pungent cinnamon, not powdered) and even cardamom. Oh my god. I expect the people I was staying with thought I was crazy. I was doing stuff like sniffing my sleeve to clear my nose, swirling it and covering the top to collect volatiles, rolling it around my mouth. Neither of them wanted any (!!). The 33cl at 9.3% is the perfect amount of this beer, it’s exactly enough to experience it. So if you’re holding onto one of these - don’t share.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Melkart (296) - Porto Alegre, BRAZIL - SEP 14, 2014
Complex. Well balanced. Taste is slightly sweet. Wood, grapes. Evolvent alcohol. Dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pelzky (8) - Szczecin, POLAND - SEP 14, 2014 does not count
Deep & dark ruby / reddish brown color with beige, tall and unsustainable head. Aroma of dried fruits, burnt sugar and some malty and woody notes. Taste of toasted bread, spices and candied fruits. Alcoholic aftertaste. Earthy and herbal notes. Really nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lawger (109) - SWEDEN - SEP 13, 2014
Cloudy dark mahogany with off-white, big head. Buttery, nutty aromas with lots of dried fruits, sultana raisins and panna cotta. Medium+ bodied palate with emphasis on sweetness. Malty backbone. Medium+, sweet finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TtV (70) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle 33cl. Brown colour with small creme head. Deep sweet aromas which remind me of sugar and caramel. Taste has sweetness too, but it’s also a little dry. A lovely bitterness is in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dummi (10) - - SEP 12, 2014
Con un extraño aroma a madera y humo se presenta esta cerveza de color rojizo muy oscuro, y una maravillosa y casi perfecta espuma cremosa que persiste lo suficiente, dejando a la cerveza con un aspecto bellamente turbio y oscuro. La primera impresión en boca es nuevamente humo y mucho cuerpo, con sabores a especias picantes, caramelo y un dulzor agradable. El alcohol deja su presencia discretamente para mezclarse en equilibrio con la madurez del sabor. Un final casi imposible de olvidar que se mantiene largo tiempo y deja una sensación de cerveza con mucho carácter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ljthiessen (387) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 10, 2014
Bottle. Pours a deep, dark amber with a light beige head, a bit of retention. Definitely closer to the Rochefort 10 than to the 6. Lots of dried and candied fruit notes in the aroma, like a holiday fruitcake. Flavour is less sweet than the aroma, with a touch of bitterness and citrus added to the mix. Fairly full mouthfeel with a dry finish. A beautiful Belgian.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bartlebier (1713) - Belchum im Breisgau, GERMANY - SEP 8, 2014
Fresh batch bb07/2019, Colruyt 6-pack + aged versions 2012-2013. Refined, but not overly complex dry suada of candied raisins, dried berry sweetness and earthier dates briefly punctuated by metallic aniseed and fruit pit. Taste when fresh is manageably dry-sweet as well, between older tawny port and on occasion more like roasted bread-dunked hot milk chocolate. More earthy, herbal and nutty flavours (roasted chestnut) take center stage with a few months of age, the yeast breaking through the thick layers of potentially manifold desserts, laying bare a unique and supremely drinkable beer at the top of a recipe for a sipper and Flemish carbonade classic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
OsuStu (45) - - SEP 7, 2014
11.2 oz bottle. Pours a dirty brown. Head is white and dissipating. Aroma is overripe fruit, cola, toasted grain and molasses. A woody and fruity profile. Really interesting, great depth. Finishes on the roof of the mouth with fig and raisin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
albeuda (10) - - SEP 5, 2014
Belle apparence, belle mousse, le gout d’épice arrive en tête puis vient la profondeur de l’amertume, un palais moins poussé que sur ses grandes soeurs néanmoins...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
murran (177) - - SEP 4, 2014
Pours a deep brown body with a thick and lasting beige head. Faint aroma of malt and some hops. Very well balanced malty taste of toffee and sugar candies.

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