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

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RATINGS: 3653   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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4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kopestes (164) - Braine lAlleud, BELGIUM - OCT 20, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2006 Bottle at home. Hazy dark brown with tall creamy head that diminished quickly but didnt fade away completely. Nice lacing. Fruity nose. Lot of CO2. You cant feel the alcohol in taste, just nice worm effect afterwards. Taste is quite complex and I am not really able to explain it, when you swallow it you can still feel all those ingredients in your mouth for a while. Excellent Belgian trappist.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Moosewood (4) - Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2006 does not count
This is as close to personal compatibility/perfection as Ive seen thus far. I love all the Rocheforts but this is my fave in terms of flavor and drinkability. Pours a dark, opaque black/brown color which reveals big, yummy chunks when held to the light (where it belongs!). Much like my ChrisTania, proof that there is indeed a heaven...Nice, diminishing head with sticky lacing. Can serve cold right out of the fridge with little or no bitterness or bite. Head diminishes but never completely. Each swish of the glass reveals a complex, heavenly bouquet of light bananas, sweetbread, spices, friuts, and caramel. Flavor follows suit and is quite incredible - if this doesnt make you smile then I cant say what would...Mouthfeel is silky and drinkability is top notch. All the Rocheforts are outstanding but I think this mid-gravity is my fave. Its tough to distinguish perfection from perfection though...

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7654) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 14, 2006
330. Pours deep ebony, closer to black than any real brown. Thick, moussy, highly bubbly tannish head that sticks around a good long while, but after a couple of minutes it stops trying to be the 800 pound gorilla it is during the pour. Leaves a thick waffle batter lederhosen of lace down the glass as it falls. Any jingoistic pride ye Belgians feel for the term "Belgian lace" is well served by this beer. Enormous green apples on the nose, mixed with cherries and the tiniest bits of funky hay and grass. Great combo. Thick, foamy mouthfeel with a decent spritz of honest CO2. Attack has more of the sour tree fruit along with some highly roasted notes--the roast snowballs across the tongue and leaves an amost acridly bitter char to the finish. Crazy combinations of flavors everywhere with this one. Hard to imagine it being any more perfectly what it is.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kopher (593) - New York, USA - OCT 10, 2006
UPDATED: APR 20, 2010 330 marked 12 10 10. Pours murky brown with thick foamy long-lasting offwhite head. Strong fruity alcohol aromas. Dried fruit, apples and apricots, some citrus, honey. A bit of metal in the taste, but otherwise incredible. Obviously strong with sweet dried fruit and also some bitterness. Very dry and a bit too fizzy, but it goes down smooth with relatively little alcohol bite and a very long old fruit finish. Very complex interesting flavor but not perfect.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewgirlca (57) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 8, 2006
330 ml bottle. Poured a deep brown colour, head dissipated very quickly. Nose of rich sweet malts. Huge dark fruit, plummy and berries. Awesome nose - totally inviting. Flavour, WOW, soft fruitiness, deep plum, coupled with light cherry notes and berries - all from dark malts and yeast esters. Dark toasted bread notes rather than chocolate. Complex as hell. Soft and silky smooth throughout the whole presentation, with nary a hint of higher alcohols despite the respectable 9.2% alcohol. An awesome Strong Dark Belgian - has to be the benchmark of the style!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexanderj (3555) - Branson, Missouri, USA - OCT 8, 2006
Bottle. Poured a dark rusty brown color. White colored head. Aroma of caramel, alcohol, yeast and fruit; possibly fig. Initial taste, so much going on. Very complex. Tastes of malt, fruit, caramel, nuts, etc. I picked up a peppery feel. Alcohol not overpowering. Was impressed with complexity; overall it was very good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rooney31 (42) - USA - OCT 7, 2006
11.2 oz bottle: It has a dark burgundy color, minimal head, and many yeasty bits. Scents and tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, and fruit. Alcohol is well balanced with the beers richness.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2010 Pours hazy and deep, dark brown with rust notes; head is full, cream colored, creamy, and foamy; mostly lasting leaving thin froth and excellent, frothy lacing. Nose is nice, Belgian chocolate, roasted nuts, raisin, and plum, maybe even a maple note. Flavor is dominated by the Belgian chocolate richness but never becoming cloying with smaller notes of dark caramel, raisin, pine nuts, and fig. Palate is medium to full and soft, with a round, almost chewy texture. Finally finishes fairly long and still sweet, but drying out just a hair with notes of maple, fig, and faint pine nuts. This one is less complex than the 10, but is more approachable and hides the alcohol incredibly well. More emphasis on the Belgian chocolate than the additional fruit flavors. Certainly deserving of its place near the top.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jerre (3248) - Waregem, BELGIUM - OCT 5, 2006
Bottle, 33 cl. Dark brown color, with a werry nice creamy foam. Aroma of dark chocolate, and alcohol. Tasty, sweet dark chocolate. Complex and full body. Nice round finish with maltyness.

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tranquillity (1937) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 3, 2006
Hah! I love "themadmumis" review below. I actually have nothing to add, so many flavours in one. I was happy to find the bottle in a lokal "Alko"-store (Finnish monopoly). Wonderfully little twist of alcohol, malt and berries in the end. This is a bottle that seems to last forever...


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