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

bottled
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on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3694   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The lower gravity cousin to Rochefort 10. Nicknamed "Spciale" (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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2007
3.31.07, bottle, Steelgaarden, Bethlehem, PA. Our fires were nearly doused upon learning the immortal #10 had run out. Dejection set in, then we learned of the store of #8s. With BACs nearly as high as the ABV of this brew, we relented. No disappointment here. Rochefort 10 will always be the superior, but the 8 makes no small account of itself. God Bless

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cryotek (206) - Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 7, 2007
Slightly cloudier and darker than #6. Up to a bright light it still has a dark amber color. In indor lighting it looks deep dark brown with a slight rust. I would say less of an aroma than 6. The smell is a litte spicey and the tast is noticeablely spicey. Fuller body feel than 6, maybe to hide the stronger alcohol%. Besides spicey, maybe a hint of some kind of sweetener like choclate. Sweet start, smootth throughout the tasting. Even as I finish the bottle poured to a glass, it maintains the spiceyness. I love these beers, will try #10 next. They are now amoung my favoites.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Enjoyit (3790) - Vadum, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2007
Brown of color with a off white head. A nice aroma of spice and sweets, some hints of alcohol. The flavor is with spice, dark fruits and fruits.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 6, 2007
Bottle. Seems you can always tell a good belgian brew by its relentless foamy/creamy head, which this one has on top of a dark caramel colored hazy body. Nice aroma of lemon/lemonzest, yeast, pale malt, a slight hint of booze, and some other light spices. Flavor of candied fruits, pale caramel malt, yeast, lemon zest...a bit of pepper perhaps...but quite controlled...a few other spices and some light booze. Medium body, and WOW that is some powerful carbonation...almost burns the tounge...almost like drinking ginger ale. A dry sweetness is present throughout, with floral, spicy and yeasty elements bouncing back and forth throughout. Bitter/light sweet finish. As someone who doesnt really care for the style, this is pretty good stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmac (5905) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2007
11.2 oz bottle. Poured a medium brown with lots of suspended particles floating around and a huge light brown head, to many suspended particles to get a 5 for app. Aroma is complex with a good malt base, Belgian yeastiness, lots of sweetness, raisins, dark fruit and candied fruit as well. Palate is excellent with just the right amount of carbonation and ever so slight alcohol warming on the back of your throat. Flavor has a nice sweet finish compared to spiciness that Im used to Belgians displaying. Great beer.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
theviolet (186) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2007 Pours a dark opaque brown with a foamy tan head. Beautiful sweet aroma. Crisp clean taste with notes of chocolate. Mouthfeel is the only downfall.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Bottle at Winking Lizard. My second time to try this and I have to admit I appreciate this more the second time. Too bad the bar was really loud and too dim to get a good look at this. But anyway, very dark ruddy brown body topped by a lush creamy beige head. Unfortunately served a little too cold and not in the proper glassware to fully release the aroma (but what was there was good). Very complex flavor, a ton of malts, candi sugar, dark dried fruits... a little too complex for words, not that Im complaining. Excellent MF, creamy and rich, alcohol very well hidden and only comes across as a light, comforting spiciness. I could go on but pretty much everybody already agrees this is good stuff, and if you havent tried this yet, then what are you waiting for?

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (7637) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAY 4, 2007
11.2 oz bottle. Dark brown, with a really thick tan head. Aroma is that of darker fruits, with a little hint of chocolate and spices. Flavor is a great mixture of fruits, roasted chocolates and a subtle kick of warm alcohol.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madscotsman (147) - Fairview Heights, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2007
What can I say about this beer that has not already been said. Nice brown color with a khaki head. Chocolate and fruity aroma with a great finish

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2007
11.2oz bottle, marked 12/10/10. Deep brow, with a thick tan head. Complex aroma of dried fruit, chocolate, and spice. Flavor again exhibits spice and chocolate, along with fruitcake, raisins, and some alcohol. Long, dry finish with a bit of hops. Full bodied and delicious.


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