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

bottled
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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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Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - AUG 25, 2007
Nice amber color, frothy head, lots of sediment. Tastes of dark fruit, malt, and and alcohol warm finish.

3.9
mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2007
[554-20070823] 330mL (06/09/11). Mouldy fruit plum bread aroma with dank cellar wood notes and medium alcohol. Clear, dark red amber body with a medium-lasting foamy off-white head. Mostly dull fruity bread and woodsy dark raisin malt flavour with hints of chocolate. Dull medium-full body is a little dry. Very interesting combination of senses.

4.2
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - AUG 22, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2007 Pours a maple syrup color with thin, tan head. Nose is fruity, malt, and very compex. Lacing slowly forms as the head disipates. Dried fruit, malt and a little chocolate make up the flavor, and the finish is slightly dried fruit and sweet. Very, very nice. I think I like it more than the Rochefort 10, but I guess I will have to try it again!

4.2
DKTN (110) - Mc Donald, Tennessee, USA - AUG 21, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2007 11.2 oz / 330 mL bottle, poured in a Rochefort goblet. Nice, medium sized beige head. Color is a medium to dark brown. Very aromatic.

4.2
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2007
Bottle. 11.2 oz. Pours a reddish brown color with large beige and red tinted head. Aromas of black cherry, plum, and hints of chocolate, brandy. Light, with tons of lively carbonation. Flavor is moderately acidic, and has notes of fruit, grape, cherry, plum as well as malt, some spice, and alcohol. Lightly bitter, alcohol wam finish. Spectacular brew and not too expensive for how good it is.

4.4
RedCloud (129) - Rhode Island, USA - AUG 19, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2013 Pours with bubbly white head, and a nice sappy amber body with lots of sediment. Has a nice sweet pizza dough and fig aroma, with honey, grape, and banana. Has sea salt and grape taste with nutmeg, oats, and yeasty wheat malt finish.

4.2
drfabulous (8090) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 19, 2007
Classic Trappist. My wife and I shared two of these for our wedding night. I can’t add to what’s already been said other than that.

4.5
teebradford (51) - Senatobia, Mississippi, USA - AUG 18, 2007
Very, very good stuff. Flavor is peppery and spicy. Golden in color with a soft fluffy head. Highly recommended. Smells as good as it tastes.

4.1
TET (3085) - Kaarina, FINLAND - AUG 18, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2013 One year to expiry date in this bottle. A dark brown beer with a creamy, dense, beige and head. Aroma of raisins, some sweetness, dark fruits, spices, earthyness and some port wine. Aroma is slightly sweeter when the beer is warmer. Taste is slightly sweet, quite lots of hops, dark and dried fruits, spicyness. The aftertaste is long, smoothly spicy and almost dry. Full bodied, medium carbonation, surprisingly fresh to drink. Very tastefull Trappist, complex but still easy. Nicely balanced with dark fruits, sweetness and spices.

4.5
RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 18, 2007
Pours a beautiful, cloudy, dark amber almost mohagony brown color into the trappist glass. A small amount of sediment was left in the bottle, with some tiny particles making their way into the trappist glass. There was an inch of perfect, frothy head letting it be known that this is a mother of a beer. The scent was very complex with malt, raisins, caramel, figs, dried fruit and a doughy, biscuity note coming through. A perfect play on the palate, with tiny, crips bubbles exploding on the tongue. There is a nice creamy feel to the finish. The complex flavors included dried fruit, cherries, molasses, alcohol, chocolate and some bitterness. There is a spicey aftertaste and near perfect mouthfeel. This is a tremendous beer that lives up to the hype.


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