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

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RATINGS: 2035   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iep (230) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 2, 2007
A wicked dubbel. Typical Rochefort yeast & malt profile, but lighter and softer than the 8 or 10. Very smooth & tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JAN 29, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2007 Pours a tawny honey color w/ a full, semi creamy forth that slowly reduces to a full puddle of cream. Nice lacework w/ peristant Champage streamers. Aromas are mild consisting of granite, tart dried fruits, and musty chocolate. Light to medium nectar w/ ample residual effers creates a soft, cottony texture. Flavors are brisk, delicate, and very complex but nothing really stands out but the acidity. Flavors of an earthy perfume nature w/ complexities of cocoa, tobacco, mild spices, dried dark fruits, leather, slight pine, and the signature Tequila trademark. The finish is bittered mildly in the peach pit fashion. The sweetness factor is mild with the acid component snuffing it out very quickly but it leaves a faint milk chocolately essence on the palate. Overall: this brew is very complex exhibting outstanding qualities. A bit lighter in nectar weight yet holding itís own. Highly recommended.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
paydirt (9) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2007 does not count
Lovely beer that is better with a meal than the 8 or 10. Has a bit of a watery feel compared to the 8 or 10 but not watered-down, just less creamy and thick than itís heavier bretheren. This beer also has chocolate and fig tastes with a lovely aftertaste that makes you crave 4 more of them - if only I could afford 4 more...

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BartC (726) - Lichtaart, BELGIUM - JAN 28, 2007
Large equal fine head. Very sticky to the glass. Aroma of hops and spices which I find back in the taste as well. Medium carbonation and long lasting aftertaste.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pickled (47) - NEW ZEALAND - JAN 28, 2007
I finally got to try the 6 at Galbraiths in Auckland during a recent visit. It is very much the little brother to the 8 and 10. It poured a wonderful rich red colour with a small head which lasted well. The aroma was fruity and sweet while the flavor was much maltier than the aroma. I thought it more barley wine like than most abbey dubbels. Hopefully this beer will hit the supermarkets soon. Iíve never seen it before in NZ but Iíd like to drink a few more bottles at take-home prices.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
steve/brandon (3) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2007 does not count
This is a tough review for me, there is a definite comradery between this and the 8 & 10 - I have to say that the 8 & 10 are my favorites among all beers. However I have to look at the six as it is, not as a companion to the 8 or 10. The taste is malt & smoke w/ a perfect balance of sweetness ( it is not a overly sweet beer ). Drinkability is great, taste is smooth with all the necessities ( ie. Hops, malt etc ) present but in a cohesive grouping that many brewers are unable to produce. Truly a talented brewer produced this. It is definitely worth the price of admission should you come upon it. I think it may suffer review wise because it is compared to itís greater brethren. A great beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2007
Bottle. Pours a complex brown, thin and wine-like. Aroma is vegetable and berry in the forefront, with a peachy tone in the background. Flavor is weak earth and vegetable. Nice mouthfeel, but I donít like the flavors this beer is spreading. Disappointing.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 21, 2007
330ml Bottle: Poured copper, cloudy, and with almost no head at all. I canít emphasize enough how much I loved the aroma here - like candy made from almond extract and wedding cake icing. So odd for a beer, but I absolutely loved it. I found that same almondy note in the first sip, quite sugary and alcoholic, brown sugar, plums, yeasty. The aftertaste was oddly like cardboard, but as I phrased it to my drinking partner, "cardboard in a good way". If this is the 6 bring the others fín on!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
southamptonsam (116) - New York, USA - JAN 19, 2007
Not as striking or complex as the 10 & 8, but a very nice beer thatís near the top of the dubbels I have tried. For those nights when you want something smooth and mellow.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JAN 17, 2007
11.2oz btl, from Knightly Spirits, Orlando FL. Hazy dark orange pour with a small, firm off white head, beautiful full lacing. Aroma is mellow but full, containing notes of sweet malt, hops, plums, pears, vanilla, brown sugar apples and slight toffee. Flavor is also mellow but well defined, characterized by soft, supple malt, more dark fruit and musty caramel and chocolate. Palate is medium to full and very rich, laden with complexity. Carbonation is near perfect. Very tasty, not a miraculous creation but highly drinkable, almost a Trappist session quaffer.


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