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

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RATINGS: 2137   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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This beer, the oldest of the three Rochefort Trappist beers, has the reddish colour of autumn leaves, a soft body and an earthy, herbal palate (a hint of Darjeeling tea), which develops into a deep fruitiness.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
rayg1 (584) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 29, 2007
Bottle from Ross, thanks! Poured out a murky brown kinda looked like mud water with a small white head. Nose is slighly sweet and fruity with a touch of spice noticed. The taste was dark sugars and plums. The spices kicked in after the flavor of the dark fruits subsides along with a noticable amount of alcohol. The mouthfeel on this was slightly dissapointing as it felt almost watered down. This is ok, but Iíve had better dubbels and really why get this when you could have 8 or 10.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 27, 2007
Bottle. Deep opaque brown with a steady frothy head. Color is reminiscent of a dark cider, which is somewhat unappealing. The lacing and head retention, though, are fantastic. Nose is mellow fruit, bananas and pears with a hint of spice. There is a resiny sweet aroma a bit deeper down. Not really much flavor at the onset, mostly masked by sharp carbonation and alohol. Some balanced sweetness, heavier on the spice than the nose suggests with almost no elements of the aformentioned fruits. Really a let-down in the flavor department with an okay palate. Nothing like its big brothers.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 26, 2007
The color was amber. The head was creamy, off-white, thick, and laced a little. The aroma was alcohol, raisin, sweet, and caramel. The flavor was sweet, raisin, fruit, and caramel. The palate was medium bodied. The finish was warm.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kopestes (164) - Braine líAlleud, BELGIUM - JUL 26, 2007
0.33l bottle bought in Rochefort, 09/05/2012. Deep brown with reddish hue. Thin lasting head. Aroma and taste are the same like 8 but weaker. Another nice beer from Rochefort.

3.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 25, 2007
I really hate to say this, but this beer was really boring. The aroma was the one thing that grabbed me with notes of cherries, pine, roasted malt, bananas, and a subtle woodsiness. That was where my excitement was stifled. The flavor was ridiculously bland and had a horribly dry funkiness to it. I canít imagine I got a bad bottle of this but I hope that is the case, because I really wanted to enjoy it. Will pick up another bottle sometime and rerate.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2011 Ah, now this is my kind of dubbel! I just love this stuff. On the one hand, itís got the richness and complexity one looks for, with a sharp nutty flavor and warming malts to go along with a bold body. A bit bready, some candy notes that arenít too strong (thankfully!), and a light citric overtone. But what I really like, on the other hand, is the lively, almost blonde-ish body that seems to mellow this out just right. A splendidly balanced brew!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4299) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 23, 2007
Poured a dark brown that showed some ruby red up to the light. The head was thick, creamy, beige. The aroma was sweet, showed alcohol, candy, mellow fruit, vinous.The flavor was also sweet, showed some alcohol, candy, brandyish quality, dark fruit, mellowed Belgian feel. Nice palate too, well carbonated with very well defined bubbles. Finishes warm with some sharp alcohol.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daniele (6264) - ITALY - JUL 21, 2007
rossa meno alcolica del resto della produzione quasi beverina nonostante i suoi 7,5 gradi alcolici molto interessante

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChrisTurner (207) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 21, 2007
Bottle -- Deep brown honey colour with a large off-white head wihtout much retention. Aroma is very sweet, with dried fruit and caramel. Rich, woody sort of flavour with more rich fruit and caramel. Very much like my mumís steamed fruit pudding, actually! Medium creamy palate. Some harshness in the aftertaste but otherwise a wonderful drop.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbeers21 (693) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2007
Pours ruby/brown with large, foamy off-white head, and nice lacing. Rasins toffee, yeasty/wheaty, and apple aromas, slight scent of alcohol. The taste reveals soft, rounded fruit, berries and yields a soft sour drying finish.


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