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

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RATINGS: 3315   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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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KajII (799) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - JUL 10, 2010
Bottle. Poured a unfiltered muddy brown with bits yeast particles floating in it with a large light brown creamy head that had excellent lacing. The aroma was quite intense of sweet chocolate malts and an earthy yeast with notes of molasses, figs and plums. It tasted smooth and sweet with a slight acidic-alcohol flavor in the beginning and ended slightly sweet with hints of chocolate, dried friut and a mild alcohol aftertaste that lasted quite a while. Mouthfeel was medium to full in body and very creamy yet oily in texture with a surprisingly lively carbonation. Overall I can sum it up in one word, YUM!!!!


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jksipa (467) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2015
Bottle from the LCBO. Murky dark reddish brown body under a huge off white head that hangs around for a while. Leaves lots of spotty lace. Nose has lots of dark fruit, molasses, ginger, light cloves and pepper. Medium sweet fruit and toffee with a light bitterness and a slight red grape tartness with a pervasive balanced spiciness. Medium almost creamy mouth with a fine prickly carbonation and a long complex fruity finish. Great multi-faceted ale.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
willisread (492) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 25, 2015
Bottle from Masuyo’s. Poured into a snifter. Pours a clear ruby tinged orange brown with a nice soapy two finger head that dissipates fairly quickly. Big aromas of fig, prune, and peach on the nose. Sweet on the palate but not overly cloying by any means. Medium body with an oily mouthfeel. As it warms up the alcohol shows just a bit, but for 9.2% it hides it all fairly well. Soft carbonation with a really nice warming finish. World class strong ale!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fatehunter (1526) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - APR 23, 2015
Pour two and half fingers of head on a hazy dark brown body. The aroma candy, caramel and dark fruits. Nice. The taste is perfect. Balanced fruit sweetness, a touch of brown sugar, some other stuff, amazing. The texture is light and fizzy. Outstanding.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ponx (4) - NETHERLANDS - APR 23, 2015 does not count
Nose: Sweet, alcohol. Taste: Mainly raisins, nuts, caramel and roasted malts in the background. A bit port-ish. Full bodied, medium to full carbo. Nice!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CacheManyHose (331) - HONG KONG - APR 23, 2015
Cloudy brown-amber with creamy fizzy beige head. Smells is malt, spice, fruit (fig, peach, apple), mineral. Taste is even more sweet and spicy but not cloying. Some cloves and grassiness. Almost salty finish. Palate is frothy but fine. High booziness (9.2%) well balanced. Lots of things going on in this beer without getting too big - a refined and complex example of a strong Belgian ale.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adasko (787) - Poznan, POLAND - APR 22, 2015
Nice typical strong ale aroma with tiny sour notes from the glass. Clear, copper color. Super pleasant taste. Alcohol perfectly covered. It’s big and really good beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matbli (100) - Poznań, POLAND - APR 22, 2015
Bottle 330 ml, pours slightly cloudy hazel nut brown with ivory colored stable head. Aroma of nuts, raisins, dried fruits, barnyard, leather and earth. Low sweetness that switches fast earthy tartness with some bitter notes. In the finish there is again some light sweetness. Nice, but a little bit to tart for me. I prefer Rochefort 10.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blade86 (780) - Wrocław, POLAND - APR 20, 2015
dark fruits, chocolate, some caramel, spices; dark brown, rather hazy, brown/ruby reflexes, big and strong long-lasting beige foam; medium+ sweetness, medium bitterness; full body, thick feel, average carbonation, long sweetish finish; Overall: very complex in aroma and taste, great looking, well hidden alcohol

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rotaldinho (112) - Paris, FRANCE - APR 19, 2015
Dark brown, slightly hazy pour. Roasted malt, caramel, burnt sugar and more than a hint of alcohol. Faint hints of dark, stewed fruit. Dark fruits in the taste.

3.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
Justin666 (8) - - APR 17, 2015 does not count
Poured from 33cl bottle at Sarpsborg Vinmonopolet in Norway. Slightly red coloured beer with a head that disappears quickly when poured. Nice aroma and fruity taste. Very pleasant to drink.


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