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

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RATINGS: 2315   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aquilo (622) - 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.

3.5
   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.

3.7
   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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blutt59 (6504) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2008
bottle, fluffy head with malt sugar nose,iced tea color with no lacing, a bright malt taste

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wetherel (1863) - Cupertino, California, USA - MAY 2, 2008
Tried at PP bottle shop. Did a side-by-side of Rochefort 6 and Westy 6. They are different beers. One is a blonde, one is a dubbel, the comparison isnt correct. I like Rochefort 6 better this time, but my memory of Westy 6 is better. Light amber color. Fruitier than Westy 6. Malty. Some caramelization. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 1, 2008
350ml bottle. Pours a very fizzy oxblood color with a 2 finger head that dies really fast. Nose is grapes and malt almost smells like a watered down wine. Palate is grapes again, but Im also getting apricots. Very wine like. Finishes dry. Watery mouth feel and zero lacing. Interesting brew. I prefer the 8 and 10 though.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (12865) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 28, 2008
Unclear dark red amber, with a lasting and lively off-white head. Caramel, molasses, some dried fruits in the aroma. The caramel and dried fruit aroma, appears sweetish, but the actual dryness makes it very drinkable. Some licorice and pepper in the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brontebeach (179) - Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2008
Good balance to this beer; could be considered a little on the carbonated side. Not heavy and comes sweet and tastes sticky brown sugar. Long finish that leaves a fizz on the tongue; the balance and afterglow holds up the score.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldbrew (99) - USA - APR 19, 2008
Exceeded my expectations. I was bracing for a rather hot beer with heavy malty and fruit flavor. But this was much more playful and light to my taste. Interestingly, it is *not* a viscous beer at all, not nearly the density of other 8% abv dubbels. Moderate head, not particularly foamy or fluffy as expected. Its quite a thin mouthfeel drink, which was surprising, but the flavors are intense. Very inviting subtle brown candi sugar aroma and taste potpourri of plum, apricot, fig, very muted raisin and extremely soft spice. Carbonation bubbles hit like tiny delicate pop-rocks on the finish. Very enjoyable and unique.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tranquillity (1858) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 17, 2008
Red-brown body, thick fluffy beige head. A bit soapy aroma, malt and flowers. Strong chocolatey taste, long well-balanced bitter finish.


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