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

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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Amaj80HC (13) - 9, BELGIUM - FEB 28, 2007
Aged for 6 months now, this beer (besides the st bernardus abt 12) is really really close to the Westvleteren 12. It has the same subtle salty taste that you will find in the Westy too. I dont know another beer that comes so close in taste. In fact, i dont think i would be able to tell the difference in a blind taste. (Just let it age for at least a year....this is the minimum time required for the yeast to do his job). This rule should be applied for all beers with a refermentation in the bottle. Conclusion: i am a bit surprised its not higher in the ranking. Give it another try and let it age before consuming. (serving temperature: 12C)

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
skibumphishead (259) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 27, 2007
12oz bottle poured into a snifter... creamy mouthfeel and aroma of alcohol and plum. The flavs are all subtle... fruit and light chocolate hints... very pleasant, but not as flavorful as the other trapists that i have had.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jalichio999 (502) - BRAZIL - FEB 26, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2008 Colorao marrom, excelente creme bege, denso e persistente. Notas de torrefao, nozes, caf, caramelo e algo ctrico. Final seco e levemente amargo. Aroma complexo. Carbonatao mdia/alta. lcool muito bem equilibrado. timo aftertaste. das melhores cervejas do mundo.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Willin8 (55) - Massapequa, New York, USA - FEB 26, 2007
Deep yellow pour. Fruity aroma. Flavor is fruity yet not as robust and complex as I was hoping. Finish is a bit watery. I would like to re-visit this one under different circumstances because I was not that impressed.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
drewbeerme (3919) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2007
sampled at blind "Better Know a Style: Belgian Strong Ale" tasting 07. poured a creamy off white head and slightly hazy reddish brown. looks very nice. nose has nice molasses, raisin, plums, and pretty yeasty. flavor is pretty sweet with raisins. a strangley bland flavor that rewards you with tons of alcohol in the finish. plate is full and rich but way too much alcohol in the finish. a surprise let down at this blind tasting.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BillVanE (19) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - FEB 25, 2007
A solid trappist brew all sort of complex aromas pouring off of it. A molasses cookie taste to it. A good brew for a fair price

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
horsemen16 (6) - Conway, Arkansas, USA - FEB 25, 2007 does not count
Beautiful beer. Its definately a step up from the the Rochefort 6. As soon as the bottle is opened, aromas of apples and caramel fill the air. The beer is complimented by a nice foamy head and some hints of yeast sediment on the top. Beer has a sweet and spicy flavor and tingles the palate. Tastes like it smells. Apples, nuts, and dates. Enjoy this one at about 50-53 F. Definately one of the best ales I have ever had. Looking very forward to trying the Rochefort 10.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - FEB 25, 2007
Dark mahogany pour with a dense and creamy head, everlasting and enticing. Aroma is sweet caramel, striking flawless malts, strawberries and cream, candi sugar, raisins and plums, light chocolate and stunning notes of exotic flowers. This is a subdued nose, but its very complex and captivating. Flavor is even more impressive, balanced and authoritarian. Notes of more berries(mostly strawberry and huckleberry), dark fruits, yeast, hefty malts and copious candi sugar are seemlessly blended. It really is an effortless quaff, pulling me back quickly; dangerously drinkable. Palate is silken, medium bodied, then full feeling and weighty as it glides across my tongue. Finishes very warm and creamy, light to moderate sugar and light bitterness most noticeable, mildly dry. An excellent strong ale.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gwpom (297) - Akron, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2007
11.2 oz bottle. This is the highest rated beer Ive tasted since starting on this site, and it lives up to expectations. Cloudy brown coloring, tight head that hangs on a long long time, and a not-too-sweet fruity flavor that completely hides the 9.2 ABV. Wonderful beer, which only leaves me to wonder what the TR 10 must be like. Well, maybe next years tax return.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
CheersMate (1341) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - FEB 24, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2007 This beer smelled like a pack of gummi-bears when I poured it. I loved the color, which completely surprised me when compared to the taste. The head is nice. It doesnt look like soap bubbles, but looks like a tight head. The little black particles give that spicy after taste, with the fruity before taste. I would say that this is one of the best beers I have tried. I will say though the body wasnt a thick as I would like it to be. The St. Bernardus had more of a body than this beer.It also had a higher alcohol percentage, and a fruitier taste. Still an excellent beer though that will leave the taste of fruit on your tongue after drinking it.


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