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100
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Brewed by Brasserie Rochefort
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Rochefort, Belgium

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3751   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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FastEddie (230) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 16, 2007
Wow... Trappist quality cannot be beat! Very complex, fine flavor. Pretty malty and sweet, and you can taste the alcohol but that’s okay.

4.2
theisti (4126) - Kansas, USA - MAY 15, 2007
11.2 oz Bottle. Pour is cloudy orange amber is a big thick off white tan head. Aroma is sweet malt, lots of fruit, I even got some strawberry. Taste is really smooth, starts with the big malt presence, some bright sweetness in the middle and a nice bitter hop finish. Towards the very end of the finish, I pick up on a touch of alcohol. This is a beautiful beer with tons going on throughout.

4
davidpl (435) - Santiago, CHILE - MAY 15, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2008 Appearance: dark brown with reddish tones. Great head, consistent, lasting, and beige color. Aroma: yeast, dark malts and candy. Aromatic reminiscences of sweet-chocolate, milk, vanilla, plums, dark-raisins and ripe-figs. Slight smoked touch. Flavor: yeast start with earthy notes. More complex and agreeable that the aroma. Toast malts, brown sugar, candy, toffee, truffle, wood and light smoke taste. Fruitiness like plums, figs and dark raisins. Sweet beginning that progresses to the hot tone of the alcoholic graduation and finishes in a slight bitterness of hop. Toast aftertaste, complex and lasting. Palate: Medium Body, oily and creamy texture. Medium carbonation. Complex, balanced and exquisite beer.

4
robertjm (892) - Albany, California, USA - MAY 13, 2007
Tours a very thick tan colored head which lasts and lasts and lasts and is easily roused up when you swirl your glass to take in the aroma! Aroma is slightly yeasty, but not overwhelming. Cloudy dark brown color, sort of like Dr. Pepper or Coke. Taste is very clean considering the alcohol content. Could be easy to pound several of these, but would hate to face the consequences the next day. Flavor is slightly warming with alcohol and yeast in the palate.Slight raisiny flavor too.

4.3
Periander (50) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAY 10, 2007
Pours reddish brown with a creamy head. Sweet/Spicy aroma. Flavor is subtle and complex, not nearly as big or as imposing as the 10, yet every bit it’s equal. An aristocratic beer.

4.2
mhelgason (495) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAY 8, 2007
Bottle. Fizzy, average, khaki colored head that was very active sounding leaving a small intact head. Dark brown body with red tints (when held up to the light). Aromas of cherries, other dark fruits, caramel, maybe some light chocolate (very complex stuff) - though not as much yeast as expected from Belgian Strong. Flavor is sweet with some bitterness balanced very well. Alcohol warming noticed after several sips. Medium to Full bodied. Fizzy carbonation. Extremely long finish. * I actually need to go back and have another "10" to remember why it was so good. So I will not be able to compare the two (sorry) but I will say this is one impressive beer.

4.3
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 #8’s. 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
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
Enjoyit (3809) - 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
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 6, 2007
Bottle. Seems you can always tell a good belgian brew by it’s 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 doesn’t really care for the style, this is pretty good stuff.


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