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100
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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: 3631   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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4.6
gilvanblight (826) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 27, 2006
Deep brown pour with red edging. Thick tan foamy clingy head. Deep earthy scent with mixed herb and spice. Cery spicy taste. Some malts. Strong alcohol taste in the initial flavour but it fades quickly. The Alcohol taste rises again in the finish. High carbonation, actually a bit fizzy. Hints of caramel and maybe chocolat in the finish. Extremely good!

4
decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 26, 2006
A golden brown color with a nice tan head. Tan lacing that lasts forever. Aroma of yeast and fruit what kind I don’t know. Smooth creamy texture and carbonation. Alcohol on the initial taste but not as you drink it down. Smooth semi sweet taste with a tad of bitter on the finish. If the 10 is better I look forward to trying it.

3.8
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAR 25, 2006
Bright malty nose. Ample effers, keep your mouth open or you might pop. Brown in color. Light to medium nectar. Check this out. The flavor profile was quite unique. Slightly acidic with a candied earth sweetness. Like they threw in some of the desert sand from down in Gila Bend or something. A definate candied desert dirt tropshire. I know, I’m a sick puppy. Other flavors consist of wood, tobacco, perfume. Slightly bitter with bone dry finish. Overall; Very complex with big alcohol flavor.

3.9
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - MAR 23, 2006
Earthy brown color with medium sized, lihgt tan head that laces well. Aroma is earthy and sweet like a flower garden in the fall. Flavor is sweet but the lively carbonation offsets it well and it ends in a clean dry finish. towards the end of the glass I got a difinitive chocolatey taste that was not presant at the start. Great beer and makes me wonder why I waited so long to try it.

3.5
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 20, 2006
Cloudy brown color with a large frothy head. Aroma of fruits and malts. Sweet fruit flavor then it turns malty.

4.2
patrick767 (4115) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 19, 2006
11.2 oz bottle - Pours a slightly cloudy reddish brown color with a huge head that has some legs. The aroma is of dark fruits and malt. The flavor is complex with sweet malt and a slight sourness in the dark fruit notes. It’s nicely balanced and full bodied. The 9.2% alcohol is detectable, but well masked. I seem to be a sucker for the Belgian Strong Ales. This is a very nice beer.

4.3
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - MAR 19, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2006 The nose from a freshly opened bottle smells of rasberry, chocolate and warm vanilla. It pores a dark caramel color with a beautiful wipped cream topping that lasts almost thruout the whole drink. Strong ale being my favorite style, this is a great crisp taste, with many wondurful flavors that come to the palate with each gulp. Its a small bottle but very much worth the 5 bucks it cost. The only reason i would not rate this beer any higher is its strong alchohol content almost 10% and you can feel it interfering with the complex flavors in the body. If they would make this beer and lower the alchohol it would be heaven on earth.

4.4
IrishBoy (4228) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 18, 2006
Hazy brown with a huge tan head that hung around seemingly forever, thickly lacing the glass. Aroma seems to be tart fruit with a hint of sourness. The flavor is a sweet malt with just a hint of alcohol taste coming through, considering it is 9.2%. There is a little chocolate caramel hint in the aftertaste. Excellent!

4.2
OldRaspy (292) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 17, 2006
This is a milestone for me, my 100th rating. Poured a cloudy brown with a light brown head. Excellent lacing in this brew. Aroma was vinous red grapes, cherries, malts, a hint of alcohol and I even thought there was a touch of chocolate in the nose. Flavor was even more complex, some sweet malt a bit of hops and a nice warming alcohol finish.

4.4
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 17, 2006
I let this beer cool outside during the evening untill it approached about 55 degrees using my digital thermometer, and gently poured into my Chimay glass, the head was light brown and slowly reduced over the next several minutes, it had a pleasing floral arrangement with notes of barly and malt. The tightly carbonated bubbles danced across my tongue and mouth, it was almost prickly, it had a great start with light cream and chocolate notes and finished with a rich espresso like taste with out the acidity. What a bold and delicious beer well worth the 5 dollars a bottle.


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