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100
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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: 3630   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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4.6
Beershine (5224) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 4, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2010 Dark and opaque, like a coffee. Thick and rich. Malty and sweet. No alcoholic flavors but strength is noticable anyway: like a powerful athlete who has no unsightly bulk. In spite of its obvious sweetness the Rochefort 8 never gets syrupy. Malt is well-integrated into the beer. Creamy carbonation and smooth mouthfeel.

3.8
bhensonb (15617) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 2, 2007
Bottle. Rich aroma of dark malts, dark fruits, and underlying cacao. Rich ripe apricot color, but the white head evaporated. Medium bodied with coarsely creamy carbonation. Flavor is medium dark malt, backed with chocolate, odd fruit, and some grassy hop. It sort of seizes the tongue. The finish is dry, and astringent towards the back of the tongue. Ends with a bit of cacao. It’s another great sipper from Belgium.

2.9
themightyomega (92) - New York, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Bottle: Pours rich golden brown with a heavy and persistent tan head. Aroma of hops, malt, and alcohol. Flavor is bitter fading rapidly into malt, with a strong note of some kind of grassy flavor, not entirely nice. A little too much alcohol for my tastes. Not my favorite Trappist.

3.6
kp (10881) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 02/17/2001
Mode: Bottle
Source: www.belgianshop.com

dark brown, big fine tan head, rich malt aroma, rich malt flavor, lots of chocolate character, hint of bitterness
-------- /> Date: 11/12/2004

a touch of peppar in the aroma and even more in the flavor

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Score: **4
-------- /> The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.

4.4
Hudspart (538) - Byron Center, Michigan, USA - AUG 28, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2007 Wow. Out of a bottle. Aroma of heavy malt. Pours a very large head. Great taste and texture. Will gladly drink a lot once I win the lottery.

4.3
StefanSD (2451) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2007 How: 330 ml bottle from Bevmo Aroma: Light, sweet, and malty with pine nuts and raisins. Appearance: Unfiltered cloudy dark brown. Head: Off-white/light khaki. Good lacing, dissipates slowly and unevenly. Flavor: Complex, taste malted barley, dried fruit(apricots&raisins), maple syrup, roasted almonds, spices–cloves and anise. Hops: Well integrated, not noticeably bitter. Palate: Silky smooth mouth-feel, a prickly fizz for carbonation. Finish: Long with slight sticky film, and a lingering sweetness. Overall: A very good beer, enjoyed while nibbling on Comte cheese. Will drink again.

4
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 (9245) - 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.


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