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

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RATINGS: 3683   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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3.9
Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - MAY 15, 2002
Incredible aroma: brandy, doughy, malty, fruity, wonderful. Nice flavour as well, but I had hoped for more. Definate banana tones. I look forward to trying the big brother.

4.2
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 6, 2002
Always in the shadow of....but on it's own it a wonderful experience, I wouldn't turn my nose to it.

3.6
cranesareflying (50) - Evanston, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2002
Expires 04-05, drank early enough on 05-02, a very frothy head fills the glass but then dissipates, not nearly as thick as the 10, but with the same dark brown color, plenty of sour malt mixed with a banana fruit sweetness, probably too sour, but smooth, producing a dry, bitter finish.

4.5
omhper (26039) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 23, 2002
Mahogany coloured. Big, wonderful aroma of red berries. Sweet and softly malty. Sparkling mouthfeel. A hint of toffee. Salty finish. A very complex ale, which I actually find even better then it's stronger cousin.

3.9
Nagash (207) - Paris, FRANCE - APR 21, 2002
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4.1
Stijn Cuylle99 (37) - Oostende, BELGIUM - APR 21, 2002
Not as good as his big brother 10, but very good. Almost same tast and flavor as the 10, but not that complex.

4.1
OlJuntan64 (1264) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 21, 2002
Murky dark brown red colour, quite a bit of yeast deposit in this bottle, possibly the most I've seen so far in any Rochefort. Fluffly, small bubbled light beige head. Sweet and somewhat less spicy aroma, fruits (grape?), flower nectar, some yeast. Palate: slightly spritzigy feel with excellent attack of the front of tongue and mouth but definitely less on the back and sides. Full malty body, alcohol well covered and dryish long finish. GERs are surprisingly sweet. Went down extremely well with a sharp cheese and smoked salmon pasta.

4.2
bierkoning (13893) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - APR 20, 2002
Very full bodied. Chocolate and coffee in the taste. Very hoppy and yeasty with a porto aroma and taste. Long hopbitter finish. Surprisingly dry and complex, inspite of its maltiness.

4
leaparsons (10906) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2002
Almost a dubbel but with an added roast malts dryness and hops palate. Like Rochefort 10 this fills the mouth with foam on impact which is an odd sensation. Not as good as the aforementioned #10, but still worthy of a good rating.

3.8
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 5, 2002
Feels a bit too fizzy in my mouth; I poured down the side of the glass, so not much head or lace; seems like a weaker cousin of the 10. Just a bit of alcohol presence; Westy 8 is better, as is Ommegang. Still very fine, just not world class.


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