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


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RATINGS: 3232   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
EnSiFeRuM (501) - Quebec, - APR 26, 2009
Bouteille de 330 ml. Nos yeux contemplent cette bière de couleur brune avce des reflets acajoux ainsi qu’un col de mousse brunâtre parfait. Au nez on découvre des arômes très complexes de chocolat, de raisins rouges, de lilas, d’alcool, de fruits rouges confîts et d’épices. En bouche le corps est rond et soyeux avec une effervescence faible-moyenne. Nos papilles gustatives sont submergées par des saveurs de chocolat, de raisins rouges, de fruits confîts, de sucre, de grain grillé, de prunes et pour finir on percoit une touche d’alcool. Vraiment Excellent !!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
chinchill (2267) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 23, 2015
A revelation. Best bottled Belgian beer I’ve had, including the Rochefort 10 A - beautiful, slightly cloudy dark amber. Long-lasting tan head. S - unique but pleasant, with clear note of caramel from malt M - effervescent; neither light nor heavy D - superb T - balanced, complex, somewhat sweet. Clean hoppy/malty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
leebotton (257) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2015
Pours with a red hue and a frothy off-white head. Aroma is syrupy sweet with fruity resin and a noticeable hint of booze with a single note of what I can currently only think to describe as ’brown’. The carbonation gives a dry sense which is an interesting juxtaposition with the impression of sweetness provided by the fruity, fairly complex hop profile. It’s big and mouthfilling and it truly is a great beer but it’s reasonably intense and varied nature makes it necessarily a one-off enjoyment.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
felip989 (25) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - JAN 22, 2015
Served in a trappist glass. Brown with a medium beige head. Aroma is chocolate, yeast, raisins, cherries, nuts, caramel, molasses and some wood and alcohol. Taste is yeast, vanilla, caramel, molasses, grapes, raspberry, prunes, chocolate, some light bitterness and alcohol. Finish is spicy and sweet. Full bodied. Tasty beer, good trappist!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kapusil (659) - HUNGARY - JAN 22, 2015
0.33l bottle. Hazy and very dark orange/brown body, huge off-white head. The aroma is quite sweet and it’s pretty complex. It reminds me of caramel, figs, orange peel, nuts and it also has a slight boozy character. Taste of caramel, toast, figs, toast, peach and some cocoa. The alcohol is warming but not harsh at all. It’s not as good as the 10 for me, but still an awesome beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
lbjor (1) - NORWAY - JAN 21, 2015 does not count
Dark colour. Good carbonation. Very "fresh" feel in the mouth. A very good(and strong) beer indeed!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cokolwiek11 (22) - - JAN 18, 2015
1st: gushing on opening :( Aroma: chocolate, red fruits (cherry etc), slightly alcohol. In fact it smells like pralines with cherry. Apearrance: wine ruby, clear, 2 fingers head disappears immediatly. Taste: sweet, red fruits, reminds me of red dry wine, notes (just minimal) of chocolate/caramel from malts. Palate: light body, thin, pretty fizzy.Slightly alcoholic on finish. Overall: 1st of all, got gushing on opening, so maybe there’s something wrong with this bottle. Beer reminds me light, dry red wine. It’s good but expected way more in taste and aroma from such a famous beer. And it’s just good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HippyHop (298) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 15, 2015
Somehow I’ve never tried this sacred nectar, and lord have I been missing out. Pour is burnt orange with a massive tan cap that roars like a waterfall as it forms. Fifteen minutes later it still sounds like a glass of Coke. Nose is heavy on ripe fruit: figs, prunes, raisins, cherries, with toffee/caramel, hazelnut, yeast, spice and booze. Taste-wise it’s less sweet than I expected, with bitter/sour notes balancing it out. Finish is dry with lingering alcohol warmth. This stuff is stupid drinkable for a 9.2% abbey beer. Time to buy a bunch more and (try to) cellar them.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ruuurd (53) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 15, 2015
Dark pour, caramel and sweet but very yeasty! This beer is delicious! Heavy yet not too heavy

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Florya (379) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 15, 2015
How: Bottle Appearance: hazty brown, white head Aroma: vanilla, chocolate, raisins, plums, Palate: medium to full body, smooth carbonation, long finish

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
andyhwcinc (1535) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2015
Purchased at Binny’s in Chicago, IL; enjoyed at home on a frigid evening after work. Appearance is a very murky caramel brown with a huge bubbly and frothy off white head that laces to the glass. Aroma is huge, very yeasty, notes of cherry, caramel, spice, dark fruit, smells great. Taste is huge and boozy, fig notes, whiskey, spice, raisin, definitely complex with a thick body and carbonation. Great stuff, happy to have had this.

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