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

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RATINGS: 1974   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OKBeer (1170) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - OCT 20, 2006
330 ml bottle from Pub Italia. Slightly cloudy red brown colour with a fully lasting creamy and frothy tan head. Chocolate and dark fruit dominate the aroma and flavour along with plum and slight yeastiness. Simply a lighter version of the other Rocheforts - all the flavours and aromas are similar, just lighter. And thatís not a bad thing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - OCT 16, 2006
The 11.2 ounce bottle conditioned beer poured a hazy rich reddish brown with a small off-white creamy head that was almost entirely diminishing but left some good lacing on the glass. The aroma was primarily fruity - dried spiced plums and raisins, but there were also subtle notes of sherry, oak and leather complimented by pepper, coriander and orange peel. It had a medium body with lively carbonation and a slightly dry texture. The flavor started out lightly sweet and fruity which lasted through the medium-long finish. Somewhere in the middle a cozy alcohol warmth began to make itself known. This one would be a nice beer to warm up with on a cold damp night.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skidds (252) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 15, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2007 Again, same as Rochefort 10, I was pleasantly suprised to find this brew here in Canada. Tastes about the same as 10 too. However, the alcohol presense is less dominating which is a plus.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - OCT 15, 2006
bottle. brown color. fruity malty aroma. medium carpy head. sweet caramel. lots of carp. not much pallete.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Moosewood (4) - Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2006 does not count
One of my faves...Nose of caramels, breads and fruits. Creamy head (common, Iíve found of the Rocheforts). Awesome, creamy mouthfeel, awesome taste start to finish. Incredible beer and very easy to drink. My first one was at the Cock & Bull in Sarasota, FL. Only thing to add is that it seems highly susceptible to skunkage so either dont serve too cold or dont let temps fluctuate during transit.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 14, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2007 Pours like a rochefort alright, brown and murky with some copper hints; head is cream-colored, average-sized, a fizzy, but a small amount sticks around throughout leaving minimal lacing. Nose is nice with the flavors not standing out like one might expect, notes of chocolate, darker fruits, yeast, and some surprising alcohol. Taste is chocolate, banana bread, yeast, and prunes with a moderately-low hop bitterness and some definate alcohol presence. Palate is medium bodied and lively. Finishes with the sweetness drying out mostly with a little bready character remaining. Nice offering from Rochefort, but more like a scaled down version of the 8 than a dubbel.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WisconsinBeer (703) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 12, 2006
I think that I am actually enjoying this beer more than its higher alcohol brethren. The 8 and 10 come across as a little bit strong, where this is more subtle. Like any well made Trappist beer, this has dark fruit, banana bread, mild alcohol, candy sugar, and yeast. Ends mildly dry and woody. What more can be said about this beer other than very solid and enjoyable.......

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2006
11.2 oz bottle split with Dan. Aroma is dark fruits, alcohol, light vanilla. Taste is brown sugar, dark malts, dark fruits(plums), with a lightly tart and dry, earthy finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BitchesBrew (714) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2006
Reddish brown color; beautiful fluffy, tan head. Sweet fruity aroma, some light alcohol. Flavors are sweet- candi sugar, yeast, toffee and some fruit (pear). Some chocolate comes through in the finish. Such a fine brew, so complex yet drinkable.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Radek Kliber (6368) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - OCT 2, 2006
Botlle.Pours brown with light creamy amber. Fine dense head . Light alcoholic nose slightly overexposed in aroma, touch of yeast and malt behind. Medium bodied with clean alcoholic character. Medium dry, light fruity touch. Clean but shallow for Belgian ale.


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