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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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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
epassa (105) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - NOV 26, 2007
Brown color, good head. Aroma: Malt, cherries, chocolate, spice, complex. Palate: Malt, caramel, warm alcohol, prunes, sugar, liquorice, chocolate. Fantastic and complex beer.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
robforbes (2228) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2008 old rating: 8/4/8/4/18-4.2
pour is a cloudy brown with a small off-white head, good lacing.
smell of malt, spice, dark fruits, touch of vanilla, slight chocolate.
taste is prunes, alcohol, caramel, malty, touch of milk chocolate.
overall this is smoother than the 10.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
raymondwave (931) - FINLAND - NOV 25, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2007 Bottle 0.33 l. Cloudy opaquish brown with thick off white long lasting head. Nose is malty with some spiciness. Flavor has sweetish malts with faint liqourice, plums and sweet spices, but most of all very pronounced alcohol. It may have been a mistake to taste this side by side with R10, but this feels very watery compared to its bigger brother. I will have to re-rate this one alone.

4.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2007
Very similar to the 10 but the lower abv mactually makes it a bit smoother. The maltiness is more pronounced because of this. After the 10 his is my favorite beer ever.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
naplesbeerfan (17) - Naples, Florida, USA - NOV 25, 2007
Considerably more mild than #10, but similar characteristics. Dark, cloudy head with complex flavors (still working on palate). A very nice brew, but I prefer the #10 any day.

2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Tilley4 (218) - Huron, Tennessee, USA - NOV 24, 2007
Man, Im disappointed. I grabbed this from the shelves of the local liquor store and I was saving it for a rainy day. I feel let down. Poured a dark murky brown with a little sediment and a huge head that too forever to settle down. I was loving life about this point, this beer looked dark and foreboding and complex. I didnt get a lot of the smells that others here got. Mostly alcohol and a little yeast. Extremely disappointed by the taste here. No malt flavor, no yeast flavor, just an alcoholic flavored water is what I got. Im hoping that I got a bad bottle here. This beer was so hyped that I was expecting a wonderful experience and Im sad to say that I just didnt have it. Im probably going to rerate this in the future just to make sure, but as of now, Im totally bummed out.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerheart (237) - Erie, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2007
Pours a deep mahogany and caramel color. Thick tan head with a lace that lasts. Aromas of raisins and cherries with hints of chocolate literally caught my nose from several feet away. Thick and bready on the palate. Tastes of raisins, figs, roasted malts, caramel, all subtly blended. Very complex. Nothing overpowering. Slightly dry, alcohol finish. A great beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mbgrayson (758) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - NOV 24, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2008 High amount of head. Very smooth. Goes down very easily for a 9.2% ASV. brew. Cost $5.25 for a bottle in Bozeman Montana. This one is very good. In the Outer Banks, was $2.99 per bottle.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Frauditor (160) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - NOV 24, 2007
this is a damn good beer. had at hotel erasmus in Brugge. Wanted to try the Westlveteren 12 but they arent distributing anymore. Glad I settled on this gem. perfect malt flavor, nice head and deep aroma. i hear the 10 is even better. gotta find one,

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FatguyRacer (159) - Crownsville, Maryland, USA - NOV 23, 2007
Bottle poured in a large snifter. I enjoyed this as much as the bottle of 10 i had a week ago. It was lighter but had subtle differences. Its was a dollar a bottle cheaper, but its not a dollar a bottle less in quality than 10. But of the two, I prefer 10.


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