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


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RATINGS: 2334   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markwise (5195) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2008
This is a very good beer. It pours a dark brown, with a small off-white head. Aroma is of sugary dark fruit with noticeable apple/ sweet sugar presence. Very drinkable, it goes down very easy and is light on the mouthfeel. Very good and relatively inexpensive for a Trappist Beer, let alone a Rochefort.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bullit (4460) - Burgos, SPAIN - JUN 8, 2008
Cloudy, dark brown colour, small tan head. Aroma is of dark fruits, chocolate and caramel. Flavour has chocolate and dark fruits, together with some fresh hops. Smooth mouthfeeling. Excellent!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (3297) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 7, 2008
Bottle best before February 21, 2012. Pours a cloudy dark amber with a small, though fluffy, white head. The aorma is very nice with hints of chocolate, figs, bubblegum, and light spices. Iím surprised at the smoothness and balance in the flavor. This is one of the most tasteful dubbels Iíve sampled. The sweeter chocolate and caramel character is very evident in this one, though not overdone. A bit of vanilla wafer flavor comes out and light hints at coriander and clove come out in the finish. Hints at fruits are throughout. This is really nice, surprisingly drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
IDunno19 (89) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2008 This is my first experience with truly coveted beer and I have to say I am absolutely starstruck. It pours a light, pillowy white head with a dark brown, almost caramel/chocolate color. The aroma is similar with a chocolate/caramel note and a slight hint of malt. The flavor is absolutely fantastic with a dark chocolatey body and a hint of caramel and hops. Barely a taste of alcohol. Again, a little starstruck but Iím fully confident Iíll try the 8 and 10 as soon as theyíre in stock.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 6, 2008
Great brew. Poured a dark golden with a light tan head. Aroma of citrus, flowers, caramel, and malt. Flavor is delicious and full with a lot of malt, some fruit, and a hint of bitterness towards the end. Caramel and roasted malt dominate the flavor as well. Very nice brew. Alcohol well hidden. Would buy again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arayaga2 (2131) - portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 5, 2008
Brackish opaque brown with quick- fading thin tan head. Aroma is somewhat worty and sweet with caramel candied figs and spices. Taste is much the same, but a bit subtle with not much alcohol (or anything else) apparent. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing with firm but fleeting carbonation. $5/11.2oz

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 4, 2008
Bottle, pours a very dark cloudy red brown, with a tan lasting head. Nice medium malts, some yeast a bit of chalk and chocolate. Alcohol is well hidden, quite a delicious beer. Nicely done, very delicious easily drinkable, nice once again Rochefort takes care of business.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
RedSox2004 (1686) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - JUN 4, 2008
Dark copper, almost cordovan, nearly opaque, with a thick pillowy head that had great retention and left very intricate lacing. Subtle aromas of figs and cherries with a touch of alcohol. Flavors were stronger, and included dark fruits, carob, and soft bread. The sensations on the palate stole the show - lively carbonation, silky smooth mouthfeel and a wonderful aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 3, 2008
A very good beer. Pours a cloudy brown with an off white head. Nice aroma, you can smell the yeast, fruit, and caramel. Sweet flavor from the caramel. Good balance with the spices and the fruit as well. Good stuff.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zappafan99 (463) - ASCENSION ISLAND - MAY 28, 2008
Ruddy brown, high carb head that quickly vanished. Yeasty and fruity. Zesty. Something almost creamy in it that I canít put my finger on. Better than the last time I tasted it.

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