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

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RATINGS: 3169   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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4.4
   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GuideDogSaint (409) - Xiamen, CHINA - NOV 22, 2014
330ml bottle from Beer Station, Xiamen. Pours cloudy dark brown with a dissipating off white head. Caramel toffee aroma with raisins and yeast. Medium sweet finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainTilven (18) - FRANCE - NOV 22, 2014
Brown and cloudy; very fine foam. Fudge and sweet coffee; round but not heavy. Very well balanced.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
brhenrio (2) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 19, 2014 does not count
Heavy on the palate, nice carbonation. Looks great when poured correctly. Very good for my first trappiste beer.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
ttroha (328) - Americus, Georgia, USA - NOV 15, 2014
Bottle from Maltitude. Pours brown with white head. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, malt. Taste of vanilla, spices, and a slight hint of chocolate. A wonderful Trappist beer. Awesome beer and maybe my new favorite Trappist.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Renobob (784) - Besançon, FRANCE - NOV 15, 2014
Bue en bouteille de 33cl. Une valeur sûre, on frôle la perfection encore une fois chez Rochefort. Notes de caramel, d’épices, alcool bien présent. Equilibre parfait. Génial.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
OOKPIKABLE (104) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2014
Pours murky brown with abundant head. Minimal aroma, what there i is of honey and brown sugar. Tastes raisin and honey. Somewhat oily mouthfeelm really, the flavours are barely noticeable: weak and disappointingm

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Diabobale (225) - ITALY - NOV 11, 2014
Delle tre sorelle rochefort è quella che si distingue per eleganza e misura. Ambrata, con buona schiuma persistente, aromi fruttati e a tratti speziati, con un buon finale aromatico

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SinH4 (148) - SWITZERLAND - NOV 10, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2014 Brown color with nice white head. Chocolaty, yeasty aroma, vanilla maybe, woody? Complex taste of vanilla, spices, chocolate, super heavy finish, but not as boozy as it should be. Winey finish. Overwhelming, but super. A classic Trappist beer. Not as overwhelming as the 10 though ;)

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
artyom (503) - Osijek, CROATIA - NOV 8, 2014
0.33l bottle. Hazy brown color with tanned head. Aroma is fruits, raisins, caramel, yeast, alcohol notes and chocolate. Taste is sweet with some alcohol notes and spices. Full body and average to lively carbonation. Overall its nice and tasty beer with great aroma.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 8/20
Walbandon (1) - Valbandon, CROATIA - NOV 8, 2014 does not count
Very strong beer with fine aroma and excellent taste. Maybe a little bit to strong for my taste.


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