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

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RATINGS: 3692   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07/5   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The lower gravity cousin to Rochefort 10. Nicknamed "Spciale" (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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Daniehac (8) - - NOV 22, 2012
Faint raisin and plum aromas on the nose. Colour is a dark cloudy amber with suspended particles, with a thin head that fades quickly after a few minutes. Tastes yummy - raisin bread, dark bread, bananas, complex sugars and then the finish which has hints of tart green apples swirl on the tongue. A pleasant burnt toffee aftertaste that lingers is the final impression, before the inevitable longing for the next swig beckons. I cannot help but comply. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
commonshawn (1129) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 20, 2017
Bottle from brussels. Dark plum with thick white head. Dark fruit, raisin, light alcohol. Sweet, high sugar, some malt. Not as rich and chocolate as the 10, but really good.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
commonmac (1133) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 19, 2017
Bottle at Cafe Vlissinghe in Bruges. Beautiful almost amber or mahogany color. An off white eggshell head. Aroma of a faint chocolate with caramel and toffee. Plenty of dark fruit characteristics...raisins and plums. Taste is rich and full of traditional Belgian dark fruit elements. Caramel and maybe a little chocolate. Mouthfeel is nearly perfect...light bite in the middle with a soft, fill finish. Intoxicating beverage. One of the best.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
basjansen14 (135) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 19, 2017
Bruin kleurig bier met een witte crme achtige schuimkraag. Aroma: karamel, zoet, vijgen, toffee, gist. Smaak: zoet, donker fruit, gist en wat alcohol in de afdronk. Klein bittertje.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alrick (74) - FRANCE - FEB 19, 2017
Une excellente bire sil en est ! Une franche rfrence de la gamme trappiste

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
john44 (2646) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2017
Bottle. Dark reddish-brown in colour. Very fruity (dark fruits, raisins). Very malty (roasty malts, caramel, toffee, burnt sugar, dark chocolate). Yeasty and Spicy (lots of sediment). Smooth, rich. Sweet fruity, malty & spicy. Alcohol well disguised. Dry fruity spicy malty finish. Very good. Terrific beer! (2008)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nikokaoja (118) - Ljubljana, SLOVENIA - FEB 16, 2017
16. 2. 2017, Ljubljana. Bottled, post T2. Better than #6, more powerful with the same specific taste and characterists. Drinkable but in a peculiar love-hate way. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davidf93 (16) - Stellenbosch, SOUTH AFRICA - FEB 12, 2017
Brownish colour, taste and smell of dark fruits: raisins and prunes. Decipitating head with lively carbonation. Sticky lingering aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pleispleis (42) - Maccagno, ITALY - FEB 11, 2017
bottiglia 33 cl, schiuma media grana chiara persistente, colore marrone, al naso malto caramello e spezie, in bocca malto e caramello, carbonatazione media, leggero amaro, alcool per i miei gusti troppo insistente, dolce. Unottima birra ma .....

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ghostbeer (173) - Nebraska, USA - FEB 11, 2017
I had higher expectations for this due to the successful number 6. I was a bit let down. Very dry and bitter and missing the desired and expected complexity. I am glad I tried it and have a spare bottle on hand to give it another chance.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mishnok (189) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2017
This bottle had been knocking around in my garage for a while, so I finally took the plunge and didn't regret it. Rich fruit cake aroma wafts from a dark nut brown beer. Taste is rich with a super palate of raisins, digs and winter fruit cake. A one to sip and savour. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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