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

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RATINGS: 3628   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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4.2
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 16, 2007
Belgian beer festival Brussels 2006: Had to bring a few bottles home for my friends and my Dad. My favorite of the Rochefort range.

4.1
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 15, 2007
Obviously a good beer...nice appearance, aroma, and flavor. Quite a bit of sediment from the pour. Much rather prefer the 10 anyday, though.

4.2
reakt (950) - Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2007 freebie bottle @ beirodrome, kingsway. It looks so regal in its glass! Deep mahogany w/ dense creamy tan head. Wonderful malt nose of raisins, chocolate, caramel and nuts. Taste to match with notes of raspberries. Finish of dark fruits, malt and cinnamon. Very full on taste and palate. Creamy and spicy. Very much like the 10 with that cola character. Yum.

3.6
clasley (153) - Arkansas, USA - APR 14, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2007 330 ml bottle. Pours a cloudy pecan brown with a dense frothy head. Rich nose with tones of plum and spice. Medium body with a dry finish. Well balanced but lacking in the flavor I was expecting. I can only assume the bottle I acquired wasn’t treated with love.

4.3
sammy3D (141) - Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA - APR 12, 2007
Poured from the bottle this beer is a dense brown with a generous frothy cream head. Aroma is almost like root beer with sarsaparilla and some hints of banana. Excellent flavor with all sorts of complexities. Smoked fruit, caramel and well balanced with none of the flavors really overwhelming the other. The sweetness is never excessive. Warming and smooth at the same time in the mouth. A well crafted brew.

4
Skyview (6093) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 10, 2007
From 11 oz bottle, pours a cloudy dark brown brew with a off white head. Aroma of dark plums, tart green olives and citrus. Tastes of fruit, grapes and chocolate cake. Sweet finish and a small fruit aftertaste. Another excellent Trappist Ale

3.8
jackson220 (136) - new lenox, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2007
Very attractive beer. NIce billowy head that left great lacing. Wonderful aromas of sweet bread, tropical fruits, banana, and slighty of roasted malts. Has a pretty strong and good citrus taste while also tastes earthy with hints of caramel. The finish tingles the mouth and throat (you can really taste the alcohol in this one) and it leaves a lingering slightly bitter and sour aftertaste. very complex.... very very good

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.


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