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100
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Brewed by Brasserie Rochefort
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Rochefort, Belgium

bottled
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3740   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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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - OCT 26, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2007 33cl bottle from Systembolaget. A dark red/brown beer with a clear body and a good sized lasting head that matches the label. Streams of bubbles trail up the glass toward the surface. This is at this point in time probably the best aroma of any beer Ive had. Its simply amazing: raisins, cherries, grapes and yeast come leaping out at you, and then an extremely potent cotton candy/toffee aroma last till the very end. The flavor is not as complex, but is very inviting, with porty/winey character. Its sweet, but not cloying, with very restrained bitterness. Maybe the best part is that its not to thick; a little syrupy, but overall finishes clean and easy. I would drink a few more of these if I could, which is dangerous considering the alcohol, which only makes itself known with a warming in the throat. This is an amazing beer.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scoobysnak (333) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 23, 2007
Pours with a huge head, I had to pour it in sections the head is so huge, and longlasting. Good lacing throughout. Smells somewhat like raisins, reminiscent of wine in a way. I must admit to not being the biggest fan of fruity tasting beers but this one is really good. Smooth with just a slight hint of the alcohol in the aftertaste, well done. I had a huge amount of floaties in my beer, not really sure what that is about, hell, maybe they are supposed to be there.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bobsy (194) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 19, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2007 Bottle conditioned. A large head of microbubbles resting on a radiant ruby brown body make for a pleasing appearance in the right glassware. As others have mentioned, there is a strong smell of raisins in the aroma, but I also picked up port. The flavour is full of dried fruit, spices, and well-concealed alcohol. Like a Christmas pudding soaked in rum. The body is smooth and almost creamy, leading into a surprisingly dry finish that almost hinted at oak. A wonderful contemplative drink to sip over the course of an evening.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hammster (187) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - OCT 17, 2007
Poured a very dark root beer brown with a medium sized head. Fabulous aroma of nuts, cocoa, coffee, and dark fruit. Taste was very good; roasted malts, perfume, dark fruit, nuts, and cocoa. Finish is ideal. The complexity of the flavor comes through well after drinking. A terrific beer but it doesnt hold a candle to the 10 which is as near flawless as beer gets.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ansset13 (127) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - OCT 17, 2007
One of the most delightful beers of this style. The aroma, and flavor are superbly balanced with dark fruits, belgian candy sugar, chocolate and a hint of hops. Everything about this beer is brewed to perfection. A true excellent trappistes beer delight. Only topped by Rochefort 10.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 15, 2007
Pours a dark amber with a beautiful tightly-knit foam head with great lacing. Aroma of fermenting dark fruit - red apples, fig, dark purple grape, orange, mace, and brown sugar. Taste is dark and full - sweet milk chocolate, plenty of dark fruit, crisp hopping, notes of alcohol, with a warm slightly dry finish. Body is thick and creamy but carbonation is a touch too aggressive for my liking. What a treat, though! Excellent beer, great for an autumn evening tasting.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chef201atc (261) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - OCT 14, 2007
Cloudy brown pour with a huge frothy off-white head. Nose is yeasty, spicy and slightly fruity. Light to medium bodied, refreshingly active carbonation. Nice dark fruit and caramel type flavor with a dry finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
petzdrgonizbk (24) - Tennessee, USA - OCT 13, 2007
This is a nice Ale. Dark brown with an extra thick creamy head. I caught a hint of raisins in the aroma, and it has a strong alcohol bite.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
xmarcnolanx (937) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - OCT 12, 2007
Aroma is alcoholic and raisins. Nice and foamy. It starts with a very simple profile of hot fizzy alcohol and yeast, but slowly opens up into a less yeasty, and more fruity, caramel taste. Decent.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DownsouthGav (601) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2007
Nose of alcohol and raisins. Pours dark brown beer. Thick malty beer with berries and grapes evident. Dried fruits on the palate. Really soft. lovely.


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