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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 "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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motelpogo (8031) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 10, 2001
always a treat to have a trappist beer. i wonder if the belgians get sick of them. nice and dark. chocolatey and a bit of stone-fruit

4.1
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 2, 2001
Mine looked a bit funny, with reddish-brown sediment settling on the head. Alcoholic, brandy-like nose. Wonderful, multifaceted taste of caramel, chocolate, brandy, with a slightly nut-like bitterness.

3.9
TAR (2793) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - OCT 2, 2001
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2007 Clear russet. Pillowy, rocky, off-tan head. Black cherries, wood, earthy yeast, bubblegum, and rummy alcohol comprise the aroma. Feisty carbonation is firm but steadily softens. Lush malts are quickly lifted by a dry sweep of alcohol and dusty dryness. Supple notes of raisins and fruitcake offset the dryness to a degree. Intensely rummy, but the attenuation is so high, the body suffers a bit. Finishes with lingering notes of dates, figs, and soft hints of wood and medicinal alcohol. A nice change of pace from its counterparts, but more Pilsner malt is what this really needs. Fun stuff, though.

3.6
Einned99 (61) - Rozenburg, NETHERLANDS - SEP 15, 2001
Nice winterfriend, has a somewhat fruity taste to it........................

4.2
trappist12 (199) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - SEP 9, 2001
Incredible trappiste. Very similar to a barley wine. This beer goes down smooth and warms the soul. Will be good for the cold winter stretch which we are about to take part in!

4.8
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 26, 2001
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2007 Better than the 10. Better than 99% of all beers, actually. Truly a masterpiece of craft brewing, with a bubblegummy, malty taste with few rivals.

4.6
RobertVerloop99 (130) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 16, 2001
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4.6
muzzlehatch (4969) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 2, 2001
I actually like this significantly more than the '10' which I had last night. Nearly identical in color, but then the differences begin. More chocolaty, fruity nose that might be less complex, but much more inviting. This extends to the flavor and aftertaste, which smack less of alcohol (though it is still present for sure) and more of wine. A great beer, this has me aching for more Belgians (not so easy to find here in VT).

4.3
Bloemart (257) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 31, 2001
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Bov (13284) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUL 14, 2001
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2004 dark reddish-brown colour with a big dense and creamy head, aroma of prune, chocolate, nougat and burnt almond, very malty, lot of carbonation, robust bitterness with a long malty and plumy finish - powerfull and balanced


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