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

bottled
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3732   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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4.4
   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 (2825) - 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 (603) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
teddybeer (3698) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAR 6, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2007 (Bottle 33cl): no doubt, one of the best beers I ever drank. Dark brown, Big head and sweet aroma, full of fruits and caramel tastes with a hint of chocolate in the end.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
onlyrocknroll (379) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAR 6, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2011 If God drank beer, Im sure that this would be His choice. Murky brown. Brilliant malty complexity, chocolate, raisins, a little spice and fruit which all overlap in very pleasurable way. Better than Rochefort 10 even.

Re-rate. new score, same notes.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
glennmastrange (2807) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2011 Bottle. What an awesome aroma this beer has. Pouring it is like opening a box of chocolate caramel cookies. Not letting this beer warm in the glass is a waste. Notes of herbs, wood, dates, butter and light alcohol were also prevalent and a fairly strong element of dough. Head is off-white and frothy with good lacing. Color was a hazy brown. Flavor is initially sweet and acidic with an average length finish which is both bitter and acidic. Medium bodied and oily/creamy in texture, the one thing that interfered with the taste was the fizzy, almost artificial carbonation that is common in beers that are meant to be served ice cold.


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