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


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RATINGS: 3105   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mjik83 (109) - - AUG 27, 2014
33cl via Jumbo Maastricht Alcoholpercentage van 9,2% Uitgeschonken in La Trappe glas Uiterlijk: Hazelnoot kleurig met mooie witte schuimkraag die gedurende het drinken constant blijft zitten Aroma en smaak: caramel, donker fruit, rozijnen, zoet, klein bittertje Conclusie: wereldberoemd bier, deze trappist. Is ook een klasse bier. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
HugoG (28) - PORTUGAL - AUG 27, 2014
Hazy dark brown colour, large head. Aroma is very complex and pleasant: malt, dark chocolate and light fruit. Lively carbonation. Taste is sweet, with notes of caramel, coffee and some spicy. Extremely well balanced. Long and delicious finish. A classic one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ROBC3366 (615) - north reading, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 26, 2014
Pours a cloudy light brown brew with a big white head with good retention, aroma is moderate sweet, low bitter and low acidic with plum, fig, caramel, chocolate, banana and spices, medium bodied, flavor is moderate to heavy sweet, low bitter and low acidic with a dry and sweet finish and a long aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mr_Pink_152 (651) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2014
330ml bottle received as present. Pours a dark brown colour with small tan head that diminish. Aroma of strong plum, banana, and black currant. Taste of brown sugar, alcohol, more banana and stewed fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bootlegger007 (17) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 26, 2014
Pours a cloudy hazy dark brown with a full head, good retention, aroma was fruitier than Rochefort 10 and taste was sweeter than 10, malty nutty toffee, had a lively carbonation defiantly full bodied, excellent drinking, smooth with a nice mild bitter aftertaste, warms the heart.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
R4N5H (59) - SINGAPORE - AUG 23, 2014
33cl bottle, poured into a trappist chalice. Dark red brown, almost chocolate in colour when poured. Good off-white head, dissipates quickly. Slightly sweet, fruity plum and dark chocolate taste. Light carbonation. Good light/medium aroma. Short aftertaste on the palate. Easier to drink than I expected for 9.2% ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
angel77 (901) - oviedo, SPAIN - AUG 19, 2014
Botella de 33 cl en la antigua internacional con fecha de cons pref para 15-07-2003. cuerpo medio a intenso con 9.2 vol que se notan en todo momento, un poco mas áspera que la rochefort 10 con sabores maltosos tostados, ligeramente especiados y con una buena sensación alcohólica. Así con todo bastante buena y para repetir.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Watje2010 (37) - - AUG 18, 2014
Redish - dark brown. Very interesting taste with quite a malty taste. White long lasting with some traces of yeast in the head. Medium sweet and quite some body. Lightly bitter. One of the best Trappists arround.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
leghorn99 (9) - Livorno, ITALY - AUG 16, 2014 does not count
Nel bicchiere arriva di uno splendido color marrone rossastro, con riflessi ambrati, leggermente velato; assolutamente perfetta la schiuma, di colore beige chiaro, molto fine e compatta, cremosa, con buona persistenza. Al naso ci sono sentori di uvetta, banana matura, prugna, frutta secca e leggere note liquorose che ricordano uno sherry. In bocca sorprende per il modo impressionante in cui l’alcool è nascosto; corpo medio-pieno e buone bollicine. Oleosa e molto morbida, con note di uvetta, prugna e datteri, caramello, zucchero candito, frutta secca (mandorle, noci). La dolcezza del gusto ė bilanciata da una bella secchezza finale che riesce quasi a ripulire il palato, creando quell’istante di attesa necessario per poter ancor meglio assaporare il retrogusto, abboccato, caldo e morbido (ricco di frutta sotto spirito) dove finalmente l’alcool fa sentire la sua discreta presenza.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
qulment (18) - SWITZERLAND - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle, a bit ligther than the Rochefort 10, light brown color, still strong though...

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