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

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RATINGS: 3754   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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3.4
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - APR 9, 2007
Pours a muddy dark brown with a large fluffy long-lasting off-white head. Aroma is surprisingly subdued in my opinion. It’s dominated by the earthy spiciness from the yeast, with some cloves, grapes and maybe vanilla. The rest of the beer experience is thoroughly dry. Taste of more clove-like spice, some toast, caramel, raisin and perhaps a few other bitter/yeasty flavors that I can’t quite pick apart. Finishes dry and bitter at first, but the bitterness doesn’t linger in a hoppy way. I guess it’s just from the yeast. Mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation is super-high, so some glass swirling helps. I appreciate the complexity, but the dryness overwhelms me and counters the sweetness too much. Worth trying, but it’s more of a stepping stone up towards the 10, which I remember being pretty awe-inspiring.

3.7
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2007
clear copper with a nice off white head. aroma apples roasted malt caramel toasted bread and clove. tart apple flavor with bittersweet caramel notes toasted bread and clove. finish sweet/tart green apple with a hint of clove and a light bitterness. light warm alcohol notes on the finish. medium to full body. interesting. I need to try this one again.

4.2
nasman (4) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2007 does not count
Heavy fruit scent, with a bit of raisins. A nutty, caramel flavor that fades nicely as the warm of the alcohol radiates through you. It definitely has a kick. Thick, textured sweetness tempered by a dry, moderately bitter taste. A dark, brown color with more of a head than one might expect.

3.9
GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - APR 7, 2007
11 oz bottle. Bown sugar color. ample head. Rock-lick sediment like seashells in the bottom. Sweet, sugary, raisin. Very smooth - nobite - fruity carbonation exhaule. My wife likes these eers and she’s not a big beer drinker. If this is one she’ll share with me, double plus for this beer.

4
jake65 (3696) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - APR 7, 2007
Bottle: Pours a murky, reddish brown color with a lasting finger of beige head. Lively carbonation, but not that noticable when taking a sip. Nose is a bit fruity, as well as an earthy, breadiness. Kind of muddled. Taste is sweet, fruity, just a bit bready, hint of sherry, and warming. Subtle, yet in depth flavors are not competing with each other. Delicious.

4.8
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 6, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2008 Fantastic in all respects. Complex, balanced, earthy, diverse fruits without excess acidity. Beautiful nose, head, finish. Can’t think of anything wrong except perhaps a touch too sweet.

4
TheCEO (100) - USA - APR 6, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2007 11.2 oz. bottle (’05 Vintage) served ice cold in a glass, coffee tulip - Ok. After drinking Delirium Tremens, I was wanting this to be a great one as advertised...and for how fantastic this may be for its style...it’s not MY style. Maybe I will learn to love it someday...but not now. Imperial/Double IPAs are where it’s at...

3
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2007
cloudy brown with a minimal white head. Alcohol and carop in the nose. Flat with some carbonation and a little rough around the edges. Maybe a bad bottle? Will have to rerate.

3.8
Diablo9845 (62) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2007
Bottle @ Chauccers Pub. Trappist Glass. Very nice appearance, dark with a lasting head. Alcohol would have been masked more as it didn’t suit the flavour as much. Somewhat dry with good carbonation. Not as great as I expected, but a smooth drinking beer. Overall, not as good as I expected. I’d drink this again, but overpriced and I would prefer a ABT12 or even the Chimay Blue.

3.4
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - APR 4, 2007
The pour was a cool deep brown with a nice good white head. The aroma was faint fruit. Not really complex in fruit and spice. Smooth with ever so slight hoppiness. Good but certainly not stellar and not worth the price. Maybe a mediocre bottle here in california. Wanna try the 10.


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