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

bottled
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RATINGS: 3754   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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3.2
oobawa (1419) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 6, 2017
Not sure why this beer’s not sitting right with me, but I’m finding this pint kinda hard to get through. Nose seems spot-on for an 8, sweet caramel mixed with dates and yeast, and the pour’s decent enough, a ruddy brown with a nice white head and moderate lacing. The flavor’s off, though; alcohol comes across surprisingly pronounced, offsetting the hearty raisin/dried apricot/caramel sweetness with an unpleasant medicinal bitterness. Maybe the bottle’s too young? Pepper and booze on the finish, with a modestly bitter Noble hop fade laced with bread and maybe a slight hit of cloves and sugar. I like the 6, love the 10, but the 8’s doing nothing much for me. Bummer.

4.3
MohaBeer (284) - Lima, PERU - MAY 6, 2017
Color ambar muy profundo (miel oscuro) con transparencia, buena espuma y adherencia. Malta maltoso moderado, ésteres a frutos secos, frutos negros, ciruela, licorosa, lúpulo especiado bajo. En boca lúpulo especiado moderado-moderado alto,, malta maltoso moderado, umami, lúpulo de amargor bajo-nulo, notas resinosas, toffee, melaza, melanoidina, fenoles a pimienta blanca, pimienta negra, canela, tibieza alcohólica. Final seco maltoso-especiado, con cuerpo medio-bajo y buena carbonatación.

3.9
flemmingjuul (14) - Silkeborg, DENMARK - APR 29, 2017
Bears the relatively high level of alcohol very well. Has an interesting aroma which is a bit unlike Westmalle and Chimay where you to my nose find a more yeasty aroma. Anyway, go ahead. This is one of the Trappiste classics - the mother of all beer.

3.7
klas (413) - SWEDEN - APR 28, 2017
Big creamy head (which is unusual for such a strong beer). Limited aroma. Powerful without tasting too much alcohol. Not so much of the typical Beligian yeast taste. Quite okay.

4
bdls17 (11) - Jemeppe-sur-Sambre, BELGIUM - APR 27, 2017
Probably not the best aroma but the taste is by far one of the best we have in the kingdom.

4.2
imdownthepub (14557) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2017
Bottled, 330ml from BeerMerchants of Kent. Brown with cream head. You just know this is going to be good when you open it, full of fruity, malty goodness. Rich dark fig notes, lightly spiced, smooth, hints of caramel. A beautiful beer.

4.2
jandd1983 (4330) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - APR 24, 2017
Bottle. It poured a brown color with an off-white head. The aroma was of dried fruits, grain and some alcohol. The taste was similar to the aroma with more dried fruits, grain, alcohol and some roastiness. Really good.

3.5
Luneylane (193) - Taipei City, TAIWAN - APR 23, 2017
A bottle from Jason’s, drunk at home. Aroma: raisins, sherry. Appearance: opaque, oxtail soup, minimal head. Palate: full-bodied yet seemingly thin, soft carbonation. The finish is long, dry, very boozy. Taste: predominantly bitter, well-balanced with sweet fruit notes, plus pepper from the alcohol. This is one to sip, the ’6’ tastes nicer to my mind.

4.2
gripweed57 (2463) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - APR 21, 2017
330 ml bottle. Pours a hazy reddish brown color that is crowned by a huge rocky tan head. Nice dryish fruit nose is reminiscent of figs and earthy malt. First sip yields a soft sweet malt palate that leans toward dark dried fruits and toasted raisin bread. Rich and flavorful, with slight boozy notes. Elegant, yet easy to sip and enjoy.

4.2
EvanFriend (595) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2017
Smell is woody, dry, boozy, almost like Scotch. Flavor is different, spicy, a bit of fruit, still some wood notes, and still dryish. Complex. Wonderful.


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