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

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RATINGS: 3736   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   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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brigg (763) - New York, USA - JUN 24, 2018
(Bottle) Hazy, medium brown body with a medium to large frothy tan head. Sweet caramel aroma, dark fruit, and alcohol. Light bodied, medium carbonation. Sweet and syrupy flavor of caramel, spices and fruit-raisins, berries, plum; some yeast; a hint of chocolate; alcohol is noticeable but complements the sweetness.

5
doubledutchy (2) - - JUN 23, 2018 does not count
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2018 Beter dan Westvleteren. Geweldige smaaksensatie. Voor mij al meer dan 27 jaar mijn topper.

4.2
jasonbenali (276) - Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2018
Pours a cloudy brown with lively carbonation and a beige head. Aroma is plum, leather, wood, dark caramel, apricot, raisin and orange peel, with a touch of coriander. Taste os sweet woth a bitter complex and slightly boozy finish along woth great body. A real grower in the glass, can see why this is so highly rated.

4.3
p0urmeac0ld0ne (636) - Merthyr Tydfil, WALES - JUN 20, 2018
Nose: plums, raisin, dark and warming musty forest fruits kinda stench going on here. Taste: out of this world, absolutely gorgeous, velvet, smooth and fruity. Hints of toffee and spice in the hop/alcoholic kick. I’ve tried a lot of Trappist Beers now, and this is easily one of the best. Warming, glorious beer. 330ml from some random Antwerp Carrefour. Drank at home and paired with white Stilton and apricots, and brown bread.

4.2
rodsquad (518) - Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - JUN 19, 2018
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2018 Bottle from Fountainhall Wines. Stunning pour. Deep ruby brown with a creamy light tan head. Gorgeous stuff. Nose is full of sherbet, caramel cola and citrus zest. There's a touch of light spice dryness. Flavours have a warming glow but not overly boozy. Just a happy warmth. It's fresh and sweet but a dry herbal, earthiness on the finish reminds you this beer's big. You can't help but keep sipping though. Full bodied but a high carbonation keeps refreshment high. What a superb dubbel.

4.5
matbigrey (125) - Mascouche, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 18, 2018
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2018 330ml bottle. Brown ruby color with thin head that remains on top. Aromas of biscuit malts, dark candi sugar, bread and bananas. Taste of dark chocolate, bananas, spices. little thickness in mouth. Alcohol is kept well hidden even if it is more present in the smell.

4.5
franclh (1954) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 17, 2018
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2018 Fles 33cl thuis. Lekker. Zwaar maar drinkt frissig weg. Licht bitter. Donker fruittonen, wat geel fruit, zachte zoettonen, alcoholwarmte, licht kruidig, wat droog. Zeer goede balans. (3-2009).

4.4
shadey (2206) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 16, 2018
I should have rated this one a long time ago. The pour is lively. A dark mahogany with a soapy head of off-white tiny bubbles that reduce to a thin, but solid layer. The aromas are yeasty, and fully of alcoholic fruit. There is a syrupy sweetness beneath the more obvious dark fruit. Back in the early days of my beer hobby, this would have been very attractive to me. However, the Belgian styles aren't as attractive as they once were. The flavors are exceptionally smooth and well integrated. Rich an superior complex malts. The lively carbonation masks only initial flavor, but it gives way to a pleasing and all consuming complexity that would be hard for even the best wine to match. Caramel, figs, smoke, maple... I'm not good at identifying flavors, but there are so many here. I don't know that I've ever had an American beer of this subtly and complexity. It is awe-inspiring.

3.8
flying_pig (1771) - SCOTLAND - JUN 13, 2018
330ml bottle in Au Bon Vieux Temps, Brussels (€5):
Very pleasant stuff from Rochfort like both of their previous offerings that I've tried, although this don't quite hit the height of their Rocherfort 6 & 10 offerings sadly. The beer was a smooth one that came through lighter than expected for such a beer but still had some darker fruits coming through with dates & prunes both making an appearance. There was some nice caramel malts adding to the sweetness & the balance of the beer was a good one but I felt it was missing that something extra to make me want to rush back & have another whilst still being a good beer.

4.3
dutchdarthvader (537) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 12, 2018
Je proeft meteen dit is een top bier, niks obscure brouwer of recept uit overlevering. Gewoon goed vanaf de eerste tot de laatste slok en hopelijk neem je de tijd er voor om er van te genieten. Die jongens kunnen gewoon brouwen en komen zo te zien graag op de verjaardag van Appie gezien hun prominente spot in het schap. Maar is het daardoor minder? Volmondig nee! Gewoon lekker een super zacht en droog biertje gemaakt van herfst fruit. Wat bedoel je? Nou herfstfruit je weet wel krenten, perziken, pruimen en banen. Kortom met je stoelgang komt het dan wel goed ;-) Zit smaakdimensie in wat heet. Dit is mijn inziens de perfecte dubbel. :-) Euhhhh Belgian Strong Ale dus... Weet wat ik lekker vindt maar die stijlen klopt volgens mij voor geen kloot van. Of noem alles gewoon Saison dan zijn we van het probleem af. Mooie donker bruine ale met een volle cremekleurige schuimkraag. Proefglas 7-5-9-4-17


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