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

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RATINGS: 3002   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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4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mleary (5) - USA - JAN 4, 2008
11.2 oz bottle, pours dark brown with thick foamy head. Incredibly smooth, no alcohol taste present.


4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lucbier (4) - - APR 15, 2014 does not count
Maravilhosa cerveja Belga. Em sabor e aroma, só perde da Rochefort 10. Complexa. Malte predominando. Excelente !!

3.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MustangMarkF (212) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2014
330ml Bottle. This pours a dark brown topped by a light tan head that is thick and creamy (for a bottle). Its aroma is fainter than I had hoped reading the other reviews. However there is traces of sweetness, dark fruits and malts. The taste echos the aroma with dark fruits coming to the fore with dark chocolate and a sweet bitter finish. Thankfully this beer is not as sweet as i thought it would be and is full of complex flavours. A good un.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thompson (297) - - APR 15, 2014
Bottle @ Cafe Buitenlust, Oirschot. Hazy brown colour with some red coming through, beige head. Smell and taste malts, caramel, some sweet-bitter, some fruits. Medium body.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
javiercrasher (138) - Granada, SPAIN - APR 14, 2014
De color marrón rojizo. Gran cantidad de espuma achampanada de burbuja fina que desaparece rápido dejando el encaje en la copa. Curiosamente más restos de levadura de los esperados (no se si porque la tengo hace ańos en la bodega) Aromas a fruta madura, azúcar moreno y algo de licor. Cuerpo medio y bastante gasificada. En boca entra sedosa , y de aparecen nuevo la fruta madura y ciruelas pasas, algo de especias. Alcohol bien integrado. Un poquito más de cuerpo no le haría mal.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MonsterMagnet (59) - NETHERLANDS - APR 14, 2014
Bottle. Pours murky brown with a tan head. Aroma: dark fruit, molasses. Taste: blueberries, cherries, raisins, plums, ripe dark and red fruit all over, spices, bit of honey. Full bodied, silky, sweet (but not overly sweet), well balanced with a long finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerhunter111 (5343) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 14, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein bernsteinfarbenes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch röstmalzig süß, fruchtig, würzig. Geschmack röstmalzig, hefig, fruchtig, dunkle reife Früchte, Karamell.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikske79 (13) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - APR 12, 2014
Niet zo goed als de rochefort 10 maar komt wel heel aardig in de buurt. Echt een aanrader voor wie van donkere bieren houdt

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bobroman (268) - Torun, POLAND - APR 12, 2014
Brilliant fruity aroma, mostly cherry. Large head disappearing to durable layer. Ruby body. Sweet taste with intensive hoppy-alcoholic bitterness, high carbonation. Rich and very delicious.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
vincentvega72 (34) - - APR 10, 2014
Superlekkere trappist. Iets minder uitgesproken van aroma en smaak dan zijn grote broer, de Rochefort 10. Aroma van chocolade, donker fruit, bruine suiker, caramel. Lekkere, volle smaak met licht moutige toets en fluwelen afdronk. Bier van wereldklasse.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bursprak (289) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 6, 2014
Shared 33 cl bottle. Pours amber with a small head that quickly fades away. Aroma is yeasty with some sweet honey. Taste is figs, raisins, some yeast and honey.


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