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


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RATINGS: 2311   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brouwser (119) - gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 10, 2008
Couleur ambrée brune. Laisse une bonne mousse très aérienne qui se dissipe assez rapidement. Présente un très léger voile. Le parfum est intense et agréable; tarte au pomme, caramel, sucre brun, malte sucré. Le goût est intense en premier lieu. On dirait un whisky réduit quelque peu. Il y a beaucoup de sucres aromatiques tapissés d’une légère amertume. Par contre l’arrière-goût cendré est plutôt unidimensionnel, il m’a semblé. La bouche est carrément fantastique. L’alcool est chaleureux, la bière est pétillante. C’est un plaisir tactile! C’est une bière fantastique, mais je suis convaincu que la 8 ou la 10 seront encore meilleures.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAY 8, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2010 Hazy amber body with a large beige head. Herbal hops, light caramels and dark fruit aromas. Fairly dry with doughy bready malts, light toffee, spicy hops and plummy undertones. Medium/light body is soft. Carbonation is moderate to high and just a bit prickly. Extremely quaffable nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10847) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 8, 2008
Anything Rochefort brews is fabulous. Brown color with a small tan haed. As expected dried fruits, yeasy, bread, brown sugar can be found on the tongue. Delicious.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Funknmilla (734) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2008
330 ml bottle...cloudy golden copper..a tan head that grows on the swirl...burnt caramel nose, and a little sweet malt...nice fresh effervescence...a little thin with loads of carbonation...caramel on the palate as well its pretty simple, and easy to drink

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - MAY 8, 2008
Brown pour with a tiny beige head. Fruity, lightly yeasty, sugary aroma. Flavor is dark fruit, toffee, maybe a hint of caramel and oak. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2008
330ml bottle. pours a tea brown with a thin tan head. smells of brown sugar, prune, and cider. sweet roasted espresso flavor with a nice dollop of toffee. feels a bit too prickly in the mouth, but overall it is quite delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aquilo (621) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 5, 2008
Dark and cloudy red-brown with a thick creamy head. Smells wonderful; apples and toffee. Flavor is not as exciting, possibly because the carbonation gets in the way. Flavors are toffee, fig and roasted pecans. The apple comes back in the aftertaste, but only very faintly. The CO2 stings the tounge a bit. Not as good as the 8 and 10, but still decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 5, 2008
Bottle pours a quite hazy brown red with a quick to diminish white head leaving some lace, but not Belgian lace. The aroma is maple syrup, coffee, chocolate, just malty. The flavor is sort of like coffee, fig, slightly vinous, a lingering slight sour, and some coriander - pepper. Slightly smoky as it warms(?). The palate is very cleansing and middle of the spectrum rich. Overall, I like it well enough as it is nice to have a Trappistes without the sledge hammer ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2008
hazy dark brown with only a mild tan head. very nice flavor of caramal malt with hints of raisons, molasses, toffee. after-taste is a little peculiar, similar to the 8, it kind of leaves you slightly dissatisfied. neither the 6 or 8 compare to the 10 in my opinion.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blutt59 (6501) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2008
bottle, fluffy head with malt sugar nose,iced tea color with no lacing, a bright malt taste

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