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

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RATINGS: 3130   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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4.8
   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Yorker (1211) - Herning, DENMARK - SEP 28, 2014
33 cl bottle @ home. Pours hazy light brown with a lot of sediment and a huge off-white head that leaves some lacing. Aroma and flavour are dried fruit, malt, and yeast - with a dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zwiebel88 (144) - GERMANY - SEP 27, 2014
Dunkelbraun, schaumig. In der Nase dunkle Früchte, belgische Hefe, brauner Zucker, Alkohol, Karamell. Am Gaumen dunkle Früchte, hefig, süß, alkoholisch. Ausfüllend, gute Kohlensäure.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fashawn (94) - Montesarchio, ITALY - SEP 22, 2014
Una birra dal castano scuro, quasi nera, e quasi impenetrabile con una bella schiuma, spugnosa ed abbastanza persistente. Al naso porta il cioccolato, con della frutta nera, tipo prugne ed uva, tenute sotto spirito. Il sapore è abbastanza complesso, ma non mi fa impazzire. Ritrovo un po’ di cioccolato, ed un po’ della stessa frutta. Una buona birra, non direi il contrario. Ma, non una birra che mi faccia impazzire.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
freretoc (716) - Besançon, FRANCE - SEP 20, 2014
Bue en bouteille de 33cl, couleur brune, effervescence et mousse marron moyenne. Bière avec une attaque très fort sur le caramel et le grillé, avec l’arrière goût caractéristique banane de la Rochefort assez bien levurée... Une tuerie

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kevinator (947) - The Colony, Texas, USA - SEP 19, 2014
Strong Belgian and bread aroma. Soft brown color with a good head. Weighted palate with a smooth feel. Strong bready malts like a dubbel with a caramel and yeasty finsh. Truly good.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Ionlyrate5s (100) - New York, USA - SEP 19, 2014
This was my fav of the Rocheforts. Even at 9+ it was so so drinkable almost slmmable, but don’t get enough of it to waste on a chug. Dried fruit slight peach, earthy low hops, dry crisp finish. GREAT!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DomD (63) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - SEP 18, 2014
Poured from bottle. Aroma of fruit. Appearance is a very dark brown with significant tan head. Medium bitter taste with a dry finish. A really great Belgian Strong Ale.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
samzim (209) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 16, 2014
Yeasty scent with chocolate and honey notes. Opaque dark brown colour. Flavour of molasses, figs, and milk chocolate. Medium body with high carbonation. A really tasty beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkmagus82 (1424) - - SEP 16, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 6-28-13- Poured from bottle into a chalice glass Appearance- Pours as a very hazy mahogany color with a big and billowy off white head. The head has a moderate level of retention, fading over time to leave a decent level of lace on the sides of the glass. Smell- Initially when poured the beer has a more brown bread aroma mixed with a more mild dark fruit aroma of cherry and raisin. Mixed with these smells is a lighter yeasty smell. As the brew warms the darker fruits become more potent in aroma at the expense of the more bready smell. The cherry in particular begins to shine more with the yeasty aromas intensifying as well. This mixes with a bit of spice and a lighter boozy aroma to produce a rather classic and delicious Belgian strong dark like smell. Taste – The taste begins with a bready flavor mixed with a good dark fruit mix of cherry, raisin and plum. As the flavors advance the cherry grows stronger in flavor with more yeasty and spice flavors of coriander and clove coming to the tongue. Along this time a light boozy flavor starts working its way to the taste buds, remaining at a low constant level throughout the remainder of the taste. In the end a little bit of an almost grassy like bitter flavor comes to the tongue to leave a satisfying mix of warming alcohol and dark fruit flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the averages side in terms of creaminess and thickness with a rather high level of carbonation. The higher carbonation mixed with the medium body create a rather crisper feel even for a brew of 9.2 % nicely complimenting the dark fruit flavors of the beer. Overall-A quite tasty brew overall. Not quite to the level of the 10 but extremely tasty none the less.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Tusseladd (2) - - SEP 16, 2014 does not count
Honestly one of the best beers I’ve tasted. Actually prefer this one over Rochefort 10. Rich aroma and taste that changes with the temperature. Out of the 1000+ beers I’ve tasted this is still in my top 3.


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