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

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RATINGS: 3732   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The lower gravity cousin to Rochefort 10. Nicknamed "Spciale" (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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Drake (13304) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 5, 2008
Bottle from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville. Pours a mahogany color and very, very cloudy. Persistent head. Aroma of dark fruits and citrus. Tastes like a fine loaf of bread. Malty and sweet and light and effervescent. Excellent!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 3, 2008
Very similar to the 10...dark fruits and a wine sweetness on the nose with the dark fruits continuing all through the flavor. Alcohol is not as much as the 10. Overall, while the flavor is not as intense as the 10, this is still a great beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (43362) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2008
33 cL bottle and magnum bottle at Kerstbierfestival 2007. Pours deep brown, slight murky with a light brown head. Aroma is distinct chocolate malty, quite fresh fruity towards citrus fruits and mild yeast. Flavour holds the same distinct fresh citrus fruity hops note (does become a bit cloying towards the end) to a smooth delicate yeasty and malty chocolate malt base. Quite complex yet clearly lighter and more accessible compared to the 10. Ends with a nice lingering fruity and malt driven complex finish.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgoy (344) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 1, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2008 Fantastic ale. Smooth finish, great color and head formation. Malt and caramel aroma was very pleasant. One of my favorite drinks.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LadySusan (766) - Ste-Therese, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 30, 2008
330ml. bottle. The color is dark brown with a thick beige head and a lot of lace. The aroma is malt and sweet caramel. The taste is also of malt and fruits, like raisin and other dried fruits. The aftertaste is just the right amount of bitterness to make it an almost perfect beer.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
darkseduction (737) - Zweibrcken, GERMANY - JAN 30, 2008
Bottle 33cl. Pours dark with almost no head, soft carbonation, strong alcoholic aftertaste, is it because of the unmalted grains in there. Tastes like dark beer with a shot of whiskey. Maybe the bottle isnt good anymore. Have to re-rate this one another day.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
smith4498 (3588) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2009 33cl bottle in Rochefort glass. Pours dark brown with a slight tan head. Fruity aroma. Nice lacing. Complex flavor of malts raisins, figs, caramel...great brew. Seems to get better as it warms. My favorite beer so far, cant wait to try the 10.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
illini4ever (23) - Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2008
This beer pours a rich golden brown with a luscious creamy tan head. Wonderful fruity aroma with a spectacular complex flavor. My new favorite!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ober (2812) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - JAN 29, 2008
This beer is one of my favorite. A dark brown colored beer, with a strong creamy beige head. A fruity aroma and its significantly complex. Tastes of dark malts, yeast, spicy. It has chocolate and toffeeish notes. For this one you can wake me up in the night.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Felsenbrau (52) - Middletown, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2008
Pours a rich golden brown with hearty tan head. Nice aroma of fruit and almonds (or hazel nuts?). Very nice taste of berries, nuts, (caramel?). Not too sweet, finishes warm and slightly sweet with barely any bitterness. One of my favorites.


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