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

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RATINGS: 2019   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.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2007
Bottle. Pours a complex brown, thin and wine-like. Aroma is vegetable and berry in the forefront, with a peachy tone in the background. Flavor is weak earth and vegetable. Nice mouthfeel, but I don’t like the flavors this beer is spreading. Disappointing.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 21, 2007
330ml Bottle: Poured copper, cloudy, and with almost no head at all. I can’t emphasize enough how much I loved the aroma here - like candy made from almond extract and wedding cake icing. So odd for a beer, but I absolutely loved it. I found that same almondy note in the first sip, quite sugary and alcoholic, brown sugar, plums, yeasty. The aftertaste was oddly like cardboard, but as I phrased it to my drinking partner, "cardboard in a good way". If this is the 6 bring the others f’n on!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
southamptonsam (116) - New York, USA - JAN 19, 2007
Not as striking or complex as the 10 & 8, but a very nice beer that’s near the top of the dubbels I have tried. For those nights when you want something smooth and mellow.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JAN 17, 2007
11.2oz btl, from Knightly Spirits, Orlando FL. Hazy dark orange pour with a small, firm off white head, beautiful full lacing. Aroma is mellow but full, containing notes of sweet malt, hops, plums, pears, vanilla, brown sugar apples and slight toffee. Flavor is also mellow but well defined, characterized by soft, supple malt, more dark fruit and musty caramel and chocolate. Palate is medium to full and very rich, laden with complexity. Carbonation is near perfect. Very tasty, not a miraculous creation but highly drinkable, almost a Trappist session quaffer.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JAN 14, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2007 Aroma of Apples, some malt. Pours dark brown with a moderate head. No lacing. Tastes oddly of apples and spice to me.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBiker (1412) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 14, 2007
A maltsweet trappist, much more less challenging that its more heavy brothers. Some medium body, but lots of notes such as some spice, licorice, fruits and more.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maria (10158) - Thisted, DENMARK - JAN 14, 2007
This rating is the result of two different bottles. Dark amber, nice creamy and lasting head. First bottle is 11 months old. Full aroma, notes of raisin, malt and alcohol, that burns lightly in the mouth. The flavour has notes of malt, dark fruits and a hint of citrus. Light bitterness balances the sweetness. The second bottle is 24½ months old. The aroma has notes of yeast, fruit and is slightly perfumed. the flavour is sweet with notes of malt, candy sugar, caramel, fruit and a hint of chocolate. There is hardly any bitterness. It’s lightly watery and could IMO have much more body.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2007
Poured into a Chimay chalice with the dregs stirred up, it is a murky brown topped by just under an inch of soft tan foam. Decent head retention, nice thick lacing. Delightful aroma of sweet milk chocolate, vanilla, plum, and brown sugar. Soft and smooth beer with a light toffee malt presence, accompanied by dark bittersweet chocolate and mild plum. Drier and earthy in the finish with a touch of hops. Gentle carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
detroitsteel (235) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2007 Pours with a big brownish head that never quite vanishes. A cloudy brown in the glass. Malt, citrus fruit and mown grass in the nose. Take a sip and I got vintage port, citrus fruit, malt, toffee and a nice mince-pie flavour that lingers for a long time in the mouth. Long, pleasent after-taste. Good carbonation that lets the beer fizz on your tongue. Usually dark belgian beers are too malty for me, but maybe because of the lower alcohol content this was easier to drink. I seem to like the Rocheforts in reverse order to most drinkers, this first then the 8 and 10, though I would say the 8 is their best.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
StueyD (1159) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2007
A hazy, reddish brown coloured beer with a thick and frothy off-white coloured head. A surprisingly light, fruity aroma, plummy with a tiny hint of spice. A dry, slightly sour taste, again fruity and spicy, jam like, with a hint of toffee. The finish is dry. (Bottle - purchased from The Beers of Europe, Setchey, Norfolk £1.79 a bottle)


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