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

bottled
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RATINGS: 3750   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The lower gravity cousin to Rochefort 10. Nicknamed "Spťciale" (íThe Specialí), 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
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - FEB 6, 2007
This beer is a cloudy red-orange-black with particles in the bottom. It has a fluffy off-white head with good endurance. It has a moderately sweet roasted aroma. Itís the sweetless of apple, date, and the warmth of black pepper and alcohol. It has a well-balanced sweet-sour-bitter flavor and a rather thick, soft, dry body that leaves a trail of alcohol and a yearning for another bottle of this.

3.9
DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 6, 2007
its not to the level of the 10 but still a damn good beer. i think the 10 is more fruit forward and sweeter whereas the 8 has a sweetness to it, but much milder and subdued. i got a flavor of raisins, maybe fig, a touch of leather, and some alcohol. i havent had one of these for a while, i always get the 10 and i will likely continue doing so. good beer, but not quite up to par with the 10.

4
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2007
33cl bottle for #300. Poured very cloudy reddish brown with some floaties. Almond colored head was very sturdy and long lasting, becoming bumpy after a while and leaving sheets of lacing. Aromas of raisin, yeast, fortified wine, candied peel, spice and a sweet fruit, kind of like pineapple. Flavor was a nice meld of sweet dark malt and spices--great balance between the two. A bit of pepper on the finish. Full bodied and effervescent. Not cheap of course, but Iím glad Iíve tried it this once.

4.7
andyhite (308) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - FEB 4, 2007
300ml bottle yields an earthy brown haze appearance with a khaki layer of head. there are almost too many scents herer to pick them all out. plum, raisin, caramel, creamy butterscotch, and even some malt extract on the tail end, or perhaps itís just a maple syrup aroma. Its aroma isnít as hoppy as it could be. The taste is mirrored, yet is more of caramel-vanilla-butterscotch. the hops appear too, not subtle, but also non-offensive. carbonated mouthfeel with a pleasant medium finish. The best iíve had thus far. it just needs to not cost an arm and a leg, but i understand why it does.

4.3
DanBerg (59) - Alkmaar, NETHERLANDS - FEB 4, 2007
Such a nice beer. Sometimes a bit too much alcoholic scent but I donít care, itís 9,2% Wow, very good. Very dark appearance. Creamy palate and a great taste. Best beer so far.

4.5
TheKegergator (241) - California, USA - FEB 3, 2007
The little brother of the Trap. 10 did not disappoint. A really great brew. Not quite the look or smell of the 10 but this is in no way a slouch. Nice dark color and a sizable head. Very easy to drink and the taste is just as good, only slightly lighter, then the 10.

4.1
llafoe (40) - Greenwood, Indiana, USA - FEB 3, 2007
11.2 oz bottle. Pours a caramel brown with a 1/2" creamy off-white head. The aroma has malt, cherries, chocolate and caramel... and many others I couldnít nail down. Very complex taste with fruit, spice, malt and carbonation apparent.

3
Mrthirstyneck (341) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2007
a good beer first trappist style ive had and i like it not sure wht others are like but kinda cherry notes and sweet a bit but balanced and maybe a hint a achohol warmth but nice beer i like this one!

3.9
missing (72) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - FEB 2, 2007
A good representative of the style. Unlike the 10, this one holds a hint of cherry on the palate; especially as it warms up. Almost a sherry like note. A good beer with the characteristics you would expect in a trappist.

3.3
stison42 (318) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2007
Cloudy brown color. Aroma is fruity initialy but with a tinge of caramel. Slight nutty taste along with a finish of creamy vanilla. Medium body, decently spiced. A well balanced pretty good beer. Iím glad I tried it but I wouldnít really look for it again.


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