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

bottled
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on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3675   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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4.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
johnnydollar (35) - greenville, South Carolina, USA - MAR 13, 2007
God bless! what a kick-ass beer! strong carbonation but not much head. the nose is faint banana and alcohol. the flavor is bready/butterscotch/heaven. im getting drunk..

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maverick34 (3088) - New York, USA - MAR 13, 2007
Bottle. Pours dark brown with good head. Aroma/taste was a little to lemony/alcoholy for me. I preferred the 10.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beffrey2 (36) - Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, USA - MAR 11, 2007
Dark murky brown color. Head is foamy and white, with hints of yeast?? in the head. The taste is dominated by caramel, butterscotch, candy, and alcohol. There might have been a hint of cinnamon, but not positive. What is weird is this beer had a stronger aftertaste of alcohol than did the 10. Yet the 10 has a higher alcohol content. Good beer, but the 10 is superior.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
nramsburg (259) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 11, 2007
I love the aroma of this beer. Reminds me of a zinfandel crossed with a sancere/chardonnay. Dark fruits with breadiness, but a good bit of hoppiness to balance out any sweetness. Let me emphasize how exceedingly well balanced this beer is. If the 10 is better than this, then Im in for a treat -- this is the best beer Ive had to date (though Im a fairly inexperienced beer drinker).

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2007
Clear chesnut color with a loose white head. Sweet, fresh fruity/bready yeast aromas, some spice, pear, a hint of nuttiness. Mouthfeel is extremely smooth. The taste is a balanced blend of dark spice and fruity Belgian yeast and malt. This beer is remarkable in that its mouthfeel is so smooth and low-key for a 9.2% beer, and there is little alcohol detectable tastewise. Excellent.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
joe19612 (2731) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2007
Botte. Good dark brown colour, with a good white head. Very good aroma, suoper taste with a good finish. a fine beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Manetsdad (12) - USA - MAR 9, 2007
Bottle. Nice brown color with nice head and lacing. Malty flavor with just enough hop backbone to give it balance. Slight alcohol finish. Great beer but I prefer its big brother.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dj (577) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2007
Bottle, 330ml. A dark brown colour pour with a good head. A nice sweet floral hop aroma with malt, peach, pear and a little spice. Taste is exceedingly malty, with chocolate, cinnamon, bread and pear. Alcohol is noticeable but not overwhelming. A fairly sweet, malty finish. Fairly high carbonation. Really tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pforei (338) - USA - MAR 7, 2007
Bottle. Trappist Glass. NIce dark brown color that turns a lighter shade when held to light. Good head. Syrupy aroma of overripe fruit (prune/raisin) with some chocolate. More spice in the taste then the aroma reveals. Nice smooth body with an alcohol kick at the finish.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kellin (1) - Larkspur, California, USA - MAR 7, 2007 does not count
A fine trappist. Distinct caramel, buttery chocolate, and slight fruit flavor emerged on my palate. Aroma is pleasant and enticing. Color is consistent and attractive.


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