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

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RATINGS: 3364   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmschefke (571) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2009
Pours a dark brown with lots of sediment and thick tan head. Aroma of dried fruits and roasted malt. Flavor is strong with a warmth, almost too complex to describe, but I’ll try. I taste the raisins and dates, the chocolate, and a slight sweetness with a lot of alcohol warmth, but no alcohol taste. Definitely a beer worth having again.


3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
jacekto (1) - Katowice, POLAND - JUN 28, 2015 does not count
Ci??kie i goryczkowe , czu? mocno chmiel ale nic wi?cej si? nie przebija. Jak na piwa trapistow to slabo

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gregwilsonstl (1352) - Missouri, USA - JUN 26, 2015
Plums. Figs. Drank warm. Incredibly dry. Much more drinkable than a rochefort 10. Quite complex. Really enjoyable....makes me think I’m not sure why people drink crappy beer

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
holdleder (231) - Kongerslev, DENMARK - JUN 26, 2015
33 cl. flaske. 9,2 %. Mørk øl let sødlig smag. Passer meget bedre til min smag end 10’ren. Velkomponeret.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
guil0000 (295) - New Brunswick, CANADA - JUN 25, 2015
Pours a cloudy plum brown color with a huge bubbly white head. Lots of carbonation. Nose is so complex. At first you kind of get a sweet candy. After that you get Dark Fruits, Plum, Spices, Fruits that I can’t quite put my finger on. I also get hints of chocolate some toffee. Sweet taste at first that is pretty well balanced with some hops and some alcool to finish. Medium to full body with lively carbonation and a long finish. Probably the best beer I ever tasted.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
llucmaduell (28) - barcelona, SPAIN - JUN 24, 2015
How can a beer so good? Although there are those who believe that the number 10 as there is nothing, I think that, having his name a few, beer is a brutal, balanced, not so demanding as the number 10 or so blunt. A wonder of which I never tire.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SeniorZozo (164) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUN 22, 2015
Cloudy amber color with creamy off-white head. Aroma is caramel, fruit. Taste is Strong sweet, with tiny alcohol finish. A good one.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Achel (123) - GREECE - JUN 22, 2015
A dark brown beer with a good head. The aroma has fruity and chocolate notes. And the flavor is very complex with notes of fruit and chocolate

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dacrza (615) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2015
DATE TASTED: June 21, 2015... GLASSWARE: Affligem chalice... OCCASION: Father’ Day celebration, part three--third good beer! APPEARANCE: dense, dark plum-brown body that sports a white, half-finger head; sediment floats in the head;... AROMA: earthy plum early, with leafy, wet cigar hints as well; cherry, port, and berry--complex and promising... PALATE: dry, lively, yet monkish in its assertion; creamy and smooth; warming and tart, with a lengthy yet controlled finish that welcomes the next sip; surely, as drinkable a 9.1 ABV as could be... TASTE: prune, cherry, cranberry, subdued citrus fruit, dry malts--this beer is "special" indeed; pepper, anise and other spices... OVERALL: a fruity, masterful experience; flavorful, full and filling...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madquacker (1071) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - JUN 20, 2015
Fruity look and velvety colours. Raisen flavours with plum. High ABV is very well disguised with no real alcohol burn. Nice as it warmed.

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
lweiberg (121) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 20, 2015
Good all around brew. Tasty. Does the style well. would recomend to try some time.


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