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

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RATINGS: 3631   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
JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - JUL 29, 2007
Awesome! Dark deep mahogany hue. Lasting, lacing head, off white. The aroma is distinctly that of raisin. Sweet sugar, dried fruit and caramel flavor. Really nice subtle alcohol notes (hard to believe its 9.2% a.b.v.). Palate is A+. Velvety and gentle coats your mouth and throat. Overall, a great beer experience. Sure, costs more than most good beers, but this delivers a truly peak beer experience. Spend the $5-6 bucks and have the best. Available at BevMo.

4
garmonbozia (429) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - JUL 27, 2007
Poured a beautiful brown with a purple tint to it. taste was of dried plums and sweet molases. taste was had a dry finish to it, which was nice. Nice strong alcohol backbone too. Very complex

4.3
AcctError53893 (89) - holland, Michigan, USA - JUL 26, 2007
Pours dark brown with a good sized tan head, lots of sediment floating about. Aroma is very hard to pin down, some molasses and brown sugar with hints of vanilla and fruit. Taste starts with a big malt presence. Great alcohol presence with a nice hop finish. A step down from the Rochefort 10, but a great beer nonetheless.

4.3
Mike4686 (120) - Bayonne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2007
11.2oz bottle/drink by 30-08-11, pours a dark brownish color with lots of carbonation, nice big white fluffy head, sweet smells of candy & apples, there are so many flavors here its nuts, very hard to describe but its delicious, one of the best beers i’ve had to date for sure, don’t pass this one up if you come upon it!

4.1
joekfsu (138) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2007
11.2 oz bottle. Pours murky brown with a thick, tan head that is moderately lasting. Light aroma of plums or prunes. Sweet initial taste and finishes with a dry, cola-like flavor. Light and bubbly body with a thin texture. Very drinkable, better than the Orval and without a doubt worth the money.

3.4
downender (8774) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2007
Deep brown with a moderate, tan head. Aroma of plain chocolate with malt and preserved dark fruit. Flavour also suggested chocolate, but was marred by a suggestion of cornflour and a cloying, sweet finish. Good but not amazing.

4.1
daniele (9573) - ITALY - JUL 21, 2007
scura note di frutta secca ne dolce ne amaro l’elevato grado alcolico non si fa sentire

4.4
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 21, 2007
Rated 7/20/07. Pour is a brown cola color with a beautiful, frothy, creamy, off-white head. The head leaves behind a thick lacing that virtually covers the entire glass. I did notice some sediment at the bottom of the glass. The aroma is not strong, by any means. It is masked at first by the pillowy head, but it eventually opens up to reveal some dark fruit and cola-like smells. The flavor is like a mix of sodas (root beer, cream soda, and Coca-Cola all come to mind), but with some smooth cream and brown sugar mixed in. This beer is incredibly smooth and easy drinking. I could drink this beer all day, if I could afford it. Good show! Can’t wait to try the 10.

4.2
biggenius29 (155) - Hamilton, Michigan, USA - JUL 19, 2007
Bottle. Pours red with a huge frothy/fizzy white head that lasts for a long time with very good lacing. Looking through the glass there are very large particles and very muddy looking. The aroma is of straw with a belgian yeast aroma. The flavor was of straw, with the definitive belgian yeastyness, a banana/rasiny flavor. The body was light to medium with a dry and oily texture and fizzy carbonation.

5
Defreni (3286) - Husum, DENMARK - JUL 19, 2007
Flaske. Den perfekte øl. Drukket til mit bryllup, og hver eneste gang den smages viser den en ny side af sig selv. Sidste gang var det nødder og portvin, denne gang en let syrlig karamel. Fantastisk.


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