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

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RATINGS: 1989   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mungo (2472) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2006
Bottle (from Bitter Virtue, BB May 07). Mid brown with lasting head. Lots of baking aromas, bread, fruits and spices leading into malty chocolate and fruity bananaish yeast. More of the same in the mouth not too sweet and pretty drinkable but just a touch thin. Drinks quite like a toned down version of its bigger brothers but unfortunately lacks the luscious body of the 8.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HDane (82) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - OCT 23, 2006
Bottle. Pour is a hazy brown with some red highlights. Moderate, fizzy white head. Nose of berries, alcohol, berries, and perhaps bits of plum. Flavor is a bit sour, with spices coming through, plums, raisins, and malt. Mouthfeel is fizzy, but flows nice and smooth.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
LyndaNova (532) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 23, 2006
Cold 11.2oz bottle: Pours a clear dark red amber color with a small fizzy white head. Aroma and taste are of rich malt, wood, subtle hops, spice, plum and sour notes. Dry, fizzy mouthfeel. Ending is malty and sour.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
tomthompson89 (1897) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2006
like this..... lighter weaker version of the other two as has been said before, not the fav of the 3 but still would never... never turn it away

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsga (6146) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 21, 2006
Small offwhite head over dark brown hazy body. Light, wooden, spicy aroma, somewhat watery. Light, spicy, wooden taste. Dry, bitterish aftertaste. Good, low-key version of its bigger brothers. (0.33l bottle.)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OKBeer (1170) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - OCT 20, 2006
330 ml bottle from Pub Italia. Slightly cloudy red brown colour with a fully lasting creamy and frothy tan head. Chocolate and dark fruit dominate the aroma and flavour along with plum and slight yeastiness. Simply a lighter version of the other Rocheforts - all the flavours and aromas are similar, just lighter. And thatís not a bad thing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - OCT 16, 2006
The 11.2 ounce bottle conditioned beer poured a hazy rich reddish brown with a small off-white creamy head that was almost entirely diminishing but left some good lacing on the glass. The aroma was primarily fruity - dried spiced plums and raisins, but there were also subtle notes of sherry, oak and leather complimented by pepper, coriander and orange peel. It had a medium body with lively carbonation and a slightly dry texture. The flavor started out lightly sweet and fruity which lasted through the medium-long finish. Somewhere in the middle a cozy alcohol warmth began to make itself known. This one would be a nice beer to warm up with on a cold damp night.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skidds (252) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 15, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2007 Again, same as Rochefort 10, I was pleasantly suprised to find this brew here in Canada. Tastes about the same as 10 too. However, the alcohol presense is less dominating which is a plus.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - OCT 15, 2006
bottle. brown color. fruity malty aroma. medium carpy head. sweet caramel. lots of carp. not much pallete.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Moosewood (4) - Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2006 does not count
One of my faves...Nose of caramels, breads and fruits. Creamy head (common, Iíve found of the Rocheforts). Awesome, creamy mouthfeel, awesome taste start to finish. Incredible beer and very easy to drink. My first one was at the Cock & Bull in Sarasota, FL. Only thing to add is that it seems highly susceptible to skunkage so either dont serve too cold or dont let temps fluctuate during transit.


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