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

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RATINGS: 3614   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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
armando629 (2456) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JAN 3, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2008 330 ml bottle. Beautiful cloudy brown appearance with a huge foamy head. The nose is beautiful creamy nuts and liqueric herbal perfume, some roasted grains. The flavour is very characteristic and complex, behind the roasted malts and coffe are some yeast and fruits, may be a little honey. Light carbonation. Nice aftertaste.

4.2
ba2008 (25) - USA - JAN 2, 2008
Pours a nearly-opaque cola brown with a huge, bubbly tan head. The aroma springs forth as soon as the bottle is opened: lots of fruit, toffee and yeast, with some spicy alcohol and grassy hops. The taste has more fruit, brown sugar and yeast, with a surprising amount of herbal hops and spicy alcohol on the finish. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and creamy, with light carbonation

4.4
Goblincat (399) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Poured a cloudy brown with a huge billowing and long lasting head. The aroma is full of old fruit, yeast, and milk chocolate. The taste is nice, smooth as silk, and blending sour fruit, apple, honey, and malt. It is warming throughout, but masked and not in a way that really stands out. Very nice.

4.6
wildebeest (13) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2007
A beautiful complex beer of with a balanced sweetness, warming alcohol and heady aroma of dried fruits with a slight bready taste of the yeast coming through.

3.7
Cobra (1100) - - DEC 30, 2007
11.2 oz. brown, longneck bottle. fresh before 08.16.12. Very fresh sample. Poured out a deep reddish brown color, with a voluminous tan colored head. Very carbonated and lively. Aromas are of dry straw, dried figs, fruity esters abound. Flavors are of dried fruits, biscuit malt, slight hops. Medium mouthfeel, not too thick or thin. Finished somewhat dry & straw like. Decent Trappist overall. Tasted with the #6, this is a little more pungent.

4
FatPhil (16401) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 29, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2008 330ml bottle (Bon Vivant, Riga)
Little brother to 10, very similar. The maltiness was more burnt, the mouthfeel was fizzier, and the taste had more dominant apple. At the same price - always buy the 10!
(6-5-8-4-16=3.9)
Rerate: (8-5-8-4-16=4.1)
Blind tasting (against Westvleteren 12, St. Bernardus Abt 12, Rochefort 10, and Chimay Blue)
Big flowery perfumey aroma. Soft carbonation, silky smooth palate, no alcohol at all. Very gentle mix of rich malts and a touch of perfume. Low bitterness. Incredibly drinkable.
Came 2nd out of the 5, second only to its big brother.

4
Quack-Duck (9486) - Down South, GERMANY - DEC 29, 2007
bottle, about 1 year old. Reddish dark brwon colour, large head. Full-bodied, hints of wild berries, caramel and coffee. Very intensive and lingering finish. A superb brew.

4
TyRip (40) - Canton, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2007
Maybe it was the hype of the name, but I just wasn’t as knocked out by this beer as I expected. It is no doubt a solid brew, with a gorgeous fluffy head that stays to just cover the beer and add some lacing. I didn’t really get a lot of different flavors in this. It was simply a good, straightforward beer for the most part. My wife sampled it and likened it to beef stew with a heavy dose of cooked carrots. I didn’t exactly agree, but think it would pair really well with that meal. This beer does have an exceptional mouthfeel. The amount of malt sweetness, carbonation, and hops are perfect. It is so smooth for this high of an ABV. You don’t notice the alcohol in the taste, but you sure feel it in your head. This is an extremely drinkable beer for this high of an alcohol content. It is no doubt a world class brew, but it wasn’t my particular favorite. I did drink it by itself at around lunch time. Maybe like Chimay Blue with barbecue, it really shines with a meal? Again, not my favorite, but certainly worth a try, and definitely brewed with love.

4
Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2007
Pours a pretty dense brown with thick light brown head. Aroma is very light with undertones of yeast. A very slight aroma of cocoa bean. Beer has a bit of carbonation with smooth chocolate/roasted malt flavors.

3.8
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 28, 2007
pours a slight cloudy brown with mild white head. sweet light smooth yeast aroma. spritzy palate with front tingle to it to a light finish. more mild than would think, hidden complexity. mild finish with a hot hop presence, maybe this was a little too fresh.


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