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100
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Brewed by Brasserie Rochefort
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Rochefort, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3753   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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3.3
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. I’m glad I tried it but I wouldn’t really look for it again.

3.9
LinusStick (3461) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2007
Putting this in perspective, this is a great Belgian. Maybe I am too American, but I do not bump my ratings just because I know a beer is a trappist. Is it good? Yes. Is it great? For the style. Is it mind blowing? No. The pour was a dark brown with a 2 finger head that stayed untill you said "Go home". The aroma and taste were "Robin Hood-ian". Fruity with a touch of spice. After one sip I wanted an IPA. Sweet and mellow, I now know, while trappist beers are good, they are not my cup of.....uh.....beer.

4
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JAN 31, 2007
33cL Bottle. Aroma of warming raisins and toasted walnut. A nip of sherry vinegars and light esters off of a shot of port. Caramel sauce blends with strawberries and sweet molasses. Faint edges of aged yeast character. Pour of muddled brown, with ruddy core and golden fringes. Nice creamy rise of pale oak. Flavor erupts on the palate in a seltzer foam of dried cranberries and effusive plums. Very carbonated on the palate. A nip of honey and some extremely volatile alcohols evaporate into the humours with some scotch-like elements. After a brief thin sweetness, this beer dissolves into a lightly oaky crispness, with pale sugary pipe tobaccos, woodsy tannins and plant leaves. Again, a rise of aged yeast breads pull in from the background. I think this bottle has some time on it, since the date is 30.10.07. Regardless, tasty.

4.3
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2007
Pours a dark amber with a medium white head. Lovely aromas, of dark fruit, sweet malts, and bananas. Got that sweet little sourness to it that bites at you at first. Full on the carbonation, and the dark berries really come out at the end. Full bodied, and fantastic! Trappist beers just never get old. Its been a while since I had the 8, but it was a very nice reunion.

4.7
tykjen (182) - Florø, NORWAY - JAN 30, 2007
Incredible beer! Full foam and carbonation. Fantastic spicy and fruity taste, but a bit more subdued aroma. Dry and well attenuated, but at the same sweetish. A masterpiece.

4.6
entropy1049 (40) - Oxford, Iowa, USA - JAN 29, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2007 RERATE: Take Two...Hadn’t planned on a re-rate until I had one just tonight and said to myself..."Man, I think this is the best thing on two wheels!" Tried some different glassware, got a vigorous head, a big whiff of swill, and said "as good as I think this is, it deserves a re-rate". Nectar of the Gods...Yes Officer, I’ll come along quietly... Original Rating: Pours from a 330 cloudy medium brown.Very thin medium beige head with minimal retention. Definately an aroma of bananas primarily, with port, and roasted malt for good measure. Nicely carbonated medium mouthfeel with very subtle sweetness...this is definately beer first, dessert after. Oh, man, this is quite a surprise; incredible balance between flavors (banana-malt-a little hop...) and between "beer personalities": mouthfeel, carbonation, detectable alcohol, acidity). I love the mouthfeel! Totally unprepared for it in a trappist ale...A beer buffett without being overbearing!

4.7
paydirt (9) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2007 does not count
This is a great, great beer. In some ways I prefer it over the 10 because it’s a bit more balanced regarding the alcohol, however, the 10 is more chocolately and silky. This beer has brown sugar overtones and is also very Earthy. You can almost taste the dirt that the barley and hops were grown in to make this beer. Definitely one of my top 10 favorite beers in the world to drink.

4.2
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 28, 2007
Pours a light brown with a quickly desolving head. Aroma of fruits. Full mouth, Smooth finish.

4.2
BartC (727) - Lichtaart, BELGIUM - JAN 28, 2007
Irregular head. Aroma of burned malts, caramels and a complex combination of various spices. Medium body and carbonation. The aftertaste reveals some alcohol.

4.2
jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2007
Bottle. Pours a cloudy orangeish red, with a thin beige head. Smells of vinegar and plums. Now thats nice, taste is very complex, i’m not even going to try and describe. Very smooth and alcohol is hidden very well for 9.2%. Another great beer out of belgium.


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