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


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RATINGS: 3388   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 19, 2003
Pours with a beautiful full-inch-up tan foam that fades into a crater filled surface of bumby weird whipped cream with eiry leftover laces coating the sides. The glowing amber red lake sits murky, yet crystal clear around the edges. The aroma hits with a grainy goodness like fresh cooked homemade bread straight out of the oven with a fresh steaming cup of coffee on the side, but in way that makes you want to stick your face straight into it. The dance that executes across the tounge is amazing. This is no mere beer; this is a masterpiece. A finely crafted delicate dance of malt, yeast, and hops that emphasizes none before the other, but combines them in a refined balance of spice and caramel mellowness. Aye, Mother's milk, nectar of the Gods, may ye find this nearby and often.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
knasputte78 (30) - SWEDEN - AUG 2, 2015
Rödbrun färg med litet skum. Fyllig smak med russin och liknande. Trevlig men inte topp ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StevieT (996) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 2, 2015
From a bottle. Slight aroma of Vegemite toast, lasting head, super smooth, no hint of the strength, very tasty drop.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sonotono (117) - torino, ITALY - AUG 1, 2015
Colore rosso scuro, schiuma cremosa non eccessiva. Odore fruttato, frutta matura, fichi. Frizzantezza medio-alta. Sapore molto frutttato, dolce, leggero caramello, finale piuttosto secco che smorza bene le note dolci. L’acool si fa sentire. Da meditazione.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Peter_Golgo (20) - NORWAY - AUG 1, 2015
*********************************** Good stuff ***********************************

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dhatton (188) - Mendham, New Jersey, USA - JUL 30, 2015
Pours an effervescent cherry wood color with full finger of loose beige head that diminishes to a thin milky substance that clings to the surface. Musty yeast aroma with notes of cloves, sourdough, and dark fruits. Excellent taste of spiced rum, caramel maltiness, cherries, and marzipan. Creamy texture with dry finish. Nicely balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DraftDodger (467) - - JUL 30, 2015
Copenhagen 30/7 2015. 33 cl bottle from Gunnar Madsens Vingandel. Aggressively foaming upon opening. Pours hazy brown with small white head. Disappears fairly fast. Sweet fruity aroma with some yeast and fermentation in the background. Some tart notes for balance. Fizzy carbonation. Taste is well balanced between sweet fruity fermentation and a little sourness. A fine Belgian Dark Ale. Maybe a bit aggressively carbonated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ivardo (111) - NORWAY - JUL 29, 2015

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sandow (2) - FRANCE - JUL 26, 2015 does not count
Really good beer, with nice color and dense froth (as every trappist beer). However, I’d rather drink an Orval or Westmalle because this one is too ’strong’

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beers0mniac (15) - FINLAND - JUL 24, 2015
Murky brown colour with frothy head that disappears quickly. Rich, dark fruits in flavour, intensive aroma. Slight alcohol warm in the end. Awesome beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EvgeniyKurilov (10) - - JUL 23, 2015
Очень приятно& насыщен& пиво каштано& цвета с густой, липкой пеной. В аромате четко выделяю& черносл& ноты. Вкус пряный со множест& сухофру& долгое послевк& Но и во вкусе и в аромате мне чего-то не хватило, особенн& если сравнив& с 10-кой.

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