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Brewed by Brasserie Rochefort
Style: Belgian Ale - Strong Dark
Rochefort, Belgium
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RATINGS: 3858   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06/5   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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3.9
climberbob (607) - Virginia, USA - DEC 8, 2019
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2019 Bottle into brewery chalice. Dark mahogany with thick foamy head. Aroma is candy, molasses. Taste has notes of caramel, toffee. Not too sweet. Tasty

4.6
gyejinlee (1) - - DEC 4, 2019 does not count
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2019 Very rich aroma and taste. You can really feel the depth of the taste. There are many layers. The last tinge of sourness is really my favorite part of it.

3.6
groovy123 (5) - - NOV 24, 2019 does not count
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2019 Appearance: dark brown with strong but faded head. Aroma: dry fruits, raisins. Taste: malty and yeasts with strong aging flavor of toffee, light raisin notes ending by dry light a bit medicinal dryness Palate: nice medium carbonation, no strong alcohol flavor, a lot of malt and yeast Overall: worth to try, very noble and good represented of the style, but too dry/aging for me,

3.9
krasnalek (669) - Września, POLAND - NOV 17, 2019
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2019 Aromat: kolendra, wanilia, karmel, karmelizowane owoce, przyprawy, winogrona, rodzynki; Wygląd: mahoniowy, zamglony, gruba szybko redukująca się piana; Smak: kolendra, przyprawy, biały pieprz, chleb przypieczony, melanoidy, rodzynki, wanilia, figi; Podniebienie: pełne, nisko nasycone, gładkie;

3.6
7stern (795) - Bromma, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2019
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2019 Clear mahogany colour towards ruby. Full head. Raisin aroma. Taste of dried fruit and malt.

3.8
ozzatoadisback (332) - ITALY - NOV 13, 2019
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2019 Pours dark red to light brown, looking almost black as it fills the glass. A couple of finger of the slightest off-white head; quite dense with good enough retention and excellent lacing. Rich aroma shows a caramel malts base with the slightest roasted malts hint, slight sugar, dark and dried fruit notes and a delicate, warming alcohol presence. Taste notes the aroma closely: obviously sweet but nicely balanced by a relatively dry finish that leaves a dried fruit reminiscence. Dense bodied with average carbonation, in a quite full mouthfeel. An excellent example of what a belgian strong dark ale should be.

4.6
robinshute123 (211) - Torquay, Devon, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2019
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2019 Wow this is an amazing beer :) dark brown with white head. Smells sweet, complex and of dried fruits. The main notes I taste are dried fruits, especially dried pums and dried dates. This is slightly sweet, has a oak aged taste, it's bold in flavours and tastes fairly strong (well it is 9.2% so expected). This is a very mature and well made beer, it's got to be up there with the best beers in the world. A must try for darker beer drinkers and anyone that can just appreciate a master beer :)

4.2
andrea.guinness (42) - Castello di Fiemme, ITALY - NOV 10, 2019
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2019 Aspetto molto invitante, color ambrato scuro con stupendi riflessi ramati. Schiuma ampia tendente la marroncino. Aroma piacevole. Note pepate e speziate che costituiscono in gran parte il sapore della birra; coprono malto e luppolo che sono bilanciati. Percepibili caramello e prugna. Anche il contributo del lievito si fa sentire con note fenoliche. La bevuta è difficile con corpo e alcol in risalto. Decisamente una birra da meditazione. Ottimo prodotto trappista.

5
amageste (6) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 2, 2019 does not count
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2019 There's nothing else you can expect from Trappist Beer. It pours a deep brown beer with a foamy head that laces your glass. It brings a complex aroma, with notes of dark fruits, dates, raisins and sweet notes of caramel, toffee, brown sugar and molasses, with a spicy phenolic of brown mustard. It's a very complex combination of flavours and aromas. It's not the darkest beer of the family, but has a nice complex Belgian character.

3.9
Rei00 (154) - CHILE - OCT 31, 2019
Servicio entre 12-14°. Color ámbar con tintes anaranjados de espuma baja, suave, cremosa y de capa fina. Aromas a cáscara de naranja, plátano, kiwi, melón tuna, caramelo y efervescente de naranja. Sabor elegante, sedoso, balsámico, persistente y amargor equilibrado de syrup, efervescente, melón tuna, hierbas silvestres, manzanilla, pino, eucaliptos. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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