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


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RATINGS: 2023   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maria (10164) - 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 24Ĺ 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. Itís lightly watery and could IMO have much more body.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
StueyD (1165) - 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)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
holdenn (2080) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2007 330 ml bottle thatís become the joke in the apartment b/c its been sitting all alone in the downstairs fridge for the past 4 months. Well iím in the mood to drink it now, so here goes. Brown red in color with a thin layer of a tiny bubbled beige head. Red fruit aromas, especially bruised red apples (why do i love that aroma and flavor so much). Flavors of sweet fruits, apples, pears, chocolate, a hint of acidity, with a subtle and very soft carbonation tingling on my tongue. Clean flavors with a dry finish. Rochefort knows how to brew em.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chicagobears (419) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2007
Pours a muddy red/brown with a two-finger creamy biege head. A toasted aroma with some light figs and passion fruit. The taste eludes me a bit, but its sweet with toffee and fruits. Has a dry end to it with a smokiness. It is complex and wonderful. I enjoy this as much as the stronger ones.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2006
11.2 oz bottle-Poured a light brown color w/a moderate tan head & decent lacing. Classic Belgian aroma w/a touch of roasted malt. Fresh, crisp Belgian flavor of roasted malt, caramel, & toffee, w/a fruity, floral, flavor. Some figs & dates, bread dough/yeast, bananna/pears. Very good beer. Long, full, rich finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pintbypint (2613) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 22, 2006
330ml brown bottle. Amber/brown colour. Strong head, at first pour it is rocky and uneven, two fingers in height. It setteled down to a small creamy layer of fine white bubbles. Patchy lacework. Malt accented fruity aroma with some caramel. Rich malt flavour, medium sweet, chocolate malt, fruity notes - light banana, pears in syrup. Finishes with yeasty dryness, medium body with a creamy fine carbonation. Alcohol keeps itself well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JK (4475) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2007 My first beer after the end of law school finals; fall 2006. This is very good. Aroma has just a hint of barnyard weirdness; nothing like a lambic, just a touch of it. Also sweet malt, fruit, and a touch of alcohol. Dark brown. The head is medium sized and rocky, and on the thin side as well. Which isnít bad in this case. Brown foam. Flavor is sweet malt, some fruit, a little chalk, banana, brown sugar, and yeast. This beer has an exceptional palate. It is a fairly thick beer but feels exceptionally light on the palate. Just a little sourness in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 19, 2006
In the bottle at the Beertopia Merchant du Vin Trappist Tasting 12/19/06. Pours a ruby brown color with a substantial dark tan head. Aroma of butterscotch. Deep tannins and raisin flavor. Sweetness is strong and has a full rich palate. Smooth and delicious.

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