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

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RATINGS: 3628   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
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Poured into a John’s Grocery chalice. Pours a deep dark brown, with about an inch of fluffy head. Smell, from chocolate to dark fruits, figs and raisins are just two of the flavors you can expect to find. Taste is malty and sweet with hints of dark fruit, alcohol is wearing a camouflaged suit, very deceptive. Mouthfeel has room for improvement, it is a little light. Drinkability, I would definitely have a few of these in a night, if I had a fatter wallet.

4.2
hillfiiiiire (323) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2007
Poured a dark brown, caramel toned color with a large slightly tanned head that took quite a while to dissipate enough for drinking. Aroma is excellent with a caramel smell coming through most prominently. Flavor comes through with a toffee-ness and a nice sweet malt. The hops balance the brew exceptionally well. It’s a very smooth drink with an incredible finish that leaves behind that nice toffee taste. Very good beer.

4.3
weaselkenievil (1609) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2007
My nose is knackered but even I can smell this stuff. Beautiful smell. Smells like a toffee crisp, caramel for sure. Really really nice. Possibly the best beer I’ve had tonight that wasn’t a blond beer. That doesn’t do it justice but I’m drunk and I wasn’t that clever start with. Well nice, go and have some fellas.

4.2
Fantomasus (291) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 18, 2007
Just words, and words, and words until you realise that you aren’t drinking beer. Go away! Buy a #8 and enjoy life. I’m eating olives, gorganzola, and french bread listening to Beethoven’s 4th. Drinking an 8 and you should be too.

4.4
BEERGUY007 (206) - Scotia, New York, USA - DEC 17, 2007
What a beautiful beer. Brought a tear to my eye. God bless the monks and the work they do. I am happy to support the monestary. Pours a dark color, big head and a smooth taste of sweet malts. What are you waiting for, go get one! or two or three.....

4.6
DTM (798) - Vacaville, California, USA - DEC 16, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2007 This is a great beer. Poured a deep dark brown with a huge head that I had to wait a couple of minutes before it dissapated. Smooth and creamy taste. Caramel is the most prominent taste. Will buy again.

4.5
timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - DEC 16, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2008 At $5.49, this is still one of the best beers I’ve had. Poured with innumerable head and smelled of caramel malts. Excellent full and smooth taste and surprisingly light to the palate being so full of flavor. Definitely the best trappist ale I’ve had.

4.4
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2007
bottle. I’ve been wanting to try this for a long time and finally bought one today. It delivered on the 100 percentile rating. Simply outstanding. pours a deep brown with a thick tan head. aromas and flavors of caramel, molasses, malts and raisins. a bit spicy on the front and top of the tongue.... overall very well balanced and smooth. So far, the best trappist beer I’ve had. Highly recommended.

4
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - DEC 13, 2007
Pours a thick, syrupy brown with a chocolate brown head. Not foamy, but definitely darker than most heads. First smell is the floral hop aroma. First taste is a bittersweet caramelish malty flavor, with raisin notes and then a secondary woodsy aftertaste that takes you by surprise.

4.3
Erdinger2003 (127) - West Union, Iowa, USA - DEC 13, 2007
Pours nicely and then the head falls into a nice lacing with a good, creamy head. An extremely dark to amber color tones. A light scent of very sweet and hoppy Belgium ale that smells carbonated and warms you up right away. The hoppiness is very noticeable and balances well, it has a very light orange undertone with a super slight coffee smell after it leaves the tongue, and it becomes more prominant as it warms. The sweetness and hops aren’t only blended well, but the pepper really supports the flavor well.


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