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

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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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4.3
ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - NOV 17, 2007
33cl bottle. Pours dark clear ruby with massive dense and creamy offwhite head. Could sit and watch the lacing for hours. Mildly spicy and cocoa-like, somewhat floral, with a pleasant fruity tone and some earth notes. Perhaps the best thing about this beer is how well-rounded it is; nothing jumps out above anything else. Mouthfeel is one of the best around: deluxe, velvety, oh so smooth and finishes very clean for an ale, a slight herbal bitterness clinging to very little yeasty bite. Alcohol starts to warm towards the finish, but in a very welcoming way. If anyone’s figured out the new marking method (mine has L130612 08:08 imprinted on it) please message me. Anyway, a wonderful brew, but you don’t need another rater to tell you this.

4.2
truebluehes (207) - Tipton, Iowa, USA - NOV 14, 2007
Bottle. Dark beer with a nice head. Aroma is fruity with nice hints of chocolate. Flavor is complex with nice balance of fruit and chocolate. Sublte dry finish. Great beer.

4.1
Guerde (1297) - Leuven, BELGIUM - NOV 5, 2007
(bottle, raiting # 2 hundo) Pours a dark cloudy brown with a voluminous off-white head that lingered. Aroma of mainly dark chocolate, cocoa, dried strawberry, and some slight unidentifiable spice along with hints of bread. Chocolate was quite pronounced in the taste, along with some fruit, and a dry finish. The taste didn’t quite live up to what the aroma would indicate. Nice mouthfeel, a good brew.

4.2
sthlm (790) - Blank, Alabama, USA - NOV 5, 2007
[Bottle] Pours dark amber with a large off-white head that lasts nicely. Aroma is chocolate, yeast, a little fruitiness, some alcohol and a toastiness towards the end. Chocolate and roasted malt evident in the taste along with the alcohol in the later stages. Very smooth. Good mouthfeel. Slightly dry finish. A very nice beer that although is not a flavor explosion, is quite complex and easy-drinking.

4.1
Wim (4160) - Weelde, BELGIUM - NOV 5, 2007
dark brown coloured body with a off white head a a nice fruity aroma a nice fruity caramel taste and and a nice average bitter fruity alcoholic finich

4.6
mystiksc (62) - los angeles, California, USA - NOV 3, 2007
Amazing. Fruity caramel flavor. Slight bitterness. Very smooth. One of my favorite belgium beers.

3.3
Blom (848) - Sorø, DENMARK - OCT 29, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2008 Black like the monks vow of silence the beer pours into the glass bowing its dense head. A solemn but weak aroma of overripe fruits and raisins covers a port like beer with liqourice, caramel, fruits, syrup, candy sugar, alchol and spice in the flavour. The carbonation is electric with lots of tiny air bubbles that prevents you from tasting much until you swallow. Somehow this results in a little throat fire towards the end of the beer, leaving me aching for a Westvleteren or a Chimay instead.

4.7
heavy (2904) - Split, CROATIA - OCT 29, 2007
25/10 0.33 l bottle at Hopdevil. Poured clear brown body with small brownish head. Weak fruity aroma, although similar to Roc. 6, much improved version of it. Some caramel, too. Flavor...fantastic. Fruity, pretty complex, very full bodied. A bit sweet, but bitter on the other side, everything in the sign of dark fruits. Can’t say it is well balanced, it’s simply a masterpiece! Finish is sweetish and long, reflected by the flavor, very nice and as such leaving a big smile on my face. Excellent beer, simply fantastic.

4.1
bitbucket (2166) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - OCT 26, 2007
Bottle. Pours hazy dark amber with a massive, fluffy off-white head. Aroma of fruit, toffee, a dash of chocolate, figs. Medium body and moderate carbonation. The taste mirrors all the that I find in the nose. It’s really weird to think of this beer and Duvel in the same category. Duvel is a Belgian Imperial Bo-Pils, and this beer is more like a spiced barleywine.

4.5
SamGamgee (2585) - 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 I’ve had. It’s 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. It’s 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.


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