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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2298   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
AmEricanbrew (6656) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - APR 8, 2008
18-08-2009 best by date. Nearly clear copper color with a fleeting head. Mostly astringent smell with some earthy dark malts. Light to medium body. Has a slightly smoky flavor with earthy, sweet caramel malts. A watered down Roche 8 or 10 here. 9137

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chapel (468) - Levittown, New York, USA - APR 6, 2008
Pours a transparent golden brown with a creamy head. Aroma of grapes and plums. Flavor is plum, raisin and mild spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (13312) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 4, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2012 330ml bottle. (In a blind horizontal dubbel tasting)
Rich brown, some red, thick tight creamy head. Sweet fruity ginger, a little hoppy aroma - potent but mellow. Soft but lively carbonation, some light hint of alcohol. Grainy body with a tangy but gently hoppy component. Fairly full bodied, very pleasant, but not a patch on their outstanding higher-octane numbers.
Rerate 330ml bottle (7:4:7:4:14=3.6)
So beautifuly mellow. No alcohol at all. Dam, this is a beer worthy of great respect. I am astonished that it is 7.5%. The mellowness is wonderful.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biznizness (1128) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 30, 2008
Not even close to the 8 and 10. Weird. Too fizzy and not flavorful enough. Stick with the higher powered siblings.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
espenra (987) - Kurland, NORWAY - MAR 28, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2009 33cl bottle from Belgianshop. Pours a redish brown colour with a medium head that settles down quickly. Aroma is fruity and spicy. Notes of malts and caramel. Flavour is also fruity. Notes of apples, pears, dough, sugar and toffee. It has a medium long aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Blom (837) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2008
Dark amber with a dense low head. Sweet and yeasty aroma with notes of chocolate, fruits and some liquorice. The flavours are tart and dark dried fruits with some complex spices. It is less sweet than itís bigger brothers, and not quite as complex.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - MAR 27, 2008
Bottle from BevMo in Vacaville. Surprisingly, I didnít like this compared to other from Rochefort. There was way too much carbination, and it tasted more like sparkling water than beer. I canít understand how this brew lacks where itís siblings blow the competition away.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ciuspan (94) - HillerÝd, DENMARK - MAR 26, 2008
UPDATED: APR 24, 2008 Dette er klart en af mine favoritter, den er godt afbalanceret og let drikkelig

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bragesnak (5394) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 23, 2008
Chas E, Aarhus, Denmark Bottled Mouth filling but easy drinkable Balanced

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaxiDriver (1694) - Stadland, GERMANY - MAR 22, 2008
Bottle. Sweet smell of malt, a little bit like wine, fruity with some yeast in it. A little bit of fresh bread shines through. The head is rather small, foamy-fizzy and fast disappearing. The body is a deep red-brown. It starts light bitter, quite big amount of carbonation in it. The body is rather medium, dry and with lively carbonation, the finish is rather light. Very nice one!

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