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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: 3648   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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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.

4.2
Atlove (41) - USA - DEC 26, 2007
21st birthday present to myself. I let it sitfor a year, and I think it paid off. Pours an attractive chesnut brown with a respectable head. the aroma is powerful--lots of dried fruits and berries. The taste is wonderful, sweet and complex with appropriate alcohol. I wasn’t a trappist fan and still don’t feel well-versed enough to appreciate this beer to its fullest, but I like it. I’m excited to try the rest of the Rochefort family.

4.7
WESSIDEMC (10) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - DEC 25, 2007
This is the best beer I have tasted thus far. It pours a dark, murky brown with a thick brown head. Amazingly rich and layered flavor. Please, do yourself a favor and get yourself a bottle. Wow.

3.4
tyler_mn (2464) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - DEC 25, 2007
33cl bottle. Aroma of overbaked bread crust, dry wood, a leaf pile in late October, roasted nuts and alcohol. Pours ruby brown with a thin white head. Flavor of nuts, quite a bit of wood, bread crust, yeast, dry leaves and alcohol. Medium to full bodied. Creamy with lively carbonation. Meh...

3.7
Beaver (1846) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 24, 2007
11.2 oz bottle. Pours a dark murky tea brown with a small fizzy white head that quickly recedes to a thin collar.

The aroma is sweet molasses, dark fruits, spiced cake and cola with a little alcohol.

The flavor is sugary chocolate malts, fruit cake, cola, nuts and dark fruits with a dry finish. The alcohol is well hidden. The mouthfeel is medium with lots of sharp sparkling carbonation.

Overall, a fairly decadent and complex dessert beer.

4.1
dnas2 (705) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2007
Lively out the bottle, brown, with a roasted and sugary scent. Some lacing. Smooth, some carbonation, bitter. Lives a sticky mouthfeel. Berry fruit and malts in the mouth with a sour end. Lovely.

4.2
franksnbeans (265) - Columbus, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Pours a brown sugar color with a big head and spurratic lacing. Smells of brown sugar, fig, dried fruit. Tastes as it smells along with a slight lemon tea finish. Extremely smooth. Medium in the mouth with great carbonation. ABV is non existant. So drinkable its not funny. Those monks know what they are friggin doing.

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.


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