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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
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
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
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
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
xmarcnolanx (939) - 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
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.

4.5
KimJohansen (10509) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - OCT 9, 2007
Pours brown with nice beige medium head. Complex aroma with spicy notes, overripe fruits, malt and chocolate. Very complex and spicy flavor with malt and chocolate.

4
TheQuaffer (14) - Epsom, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2007
Bottled in Ghent. Dark brown colour with a thick tan head. Aroma is caramel, fruit & spicy. Taste is of fruits, malts, and spices. A great Trappist beer.

4
adriancscott (16) - London, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2007
Bottle: Similar to the Rochefort 10 in colour and texture, a nice dark amber tone, creamy head that is off white, and doesn’t dissipate too quickly less lacing qualities to the Rochefort 10, but still good. It also has a great aroma to it, very fruit and nutty which is also noticable in the taste of it.. That compensates for the strong rochefort yeast that is present when you first taste it, the warmer it gets the more lively the alchohol taste gets along with a bit of pungeancy. Best a little chilled, A nice winter beer, a great allround Belgium Beer.

4.4
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - OCT 5, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2008 An exceptional ale here. Just like the 10, this beer is complex and impossible to describe unless you’ve had the pleasure of having it a dozen times. It’s sweet and alcoholic once it warms up to it’s 60F bite temp. A wonder beer.


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