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


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RATINGS: 2222   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
xenthem0nk (101) - Oregon, USA - JUL 6, 2007
Bottle @ Belmont Station. Pours dark red/brown with a frothy head. Subtle dark fruits in the nose, and alchohol. Taste was sharp and carbonated, carmel, plum. Good dubbel but a bit too much burn for 7.5%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jalichio999 (502) - BRAZIL - JUL 6, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2007 Bottle. Dark amber coloration, with a very nice beige head, consistent and persistent. Sweet, dry and bitter at the same time. High carbonation. Notes of chocolate, caramel and something lightly fruity.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JayNW (12) - Crewe, ENGLAND - JUL 4, 2007
For me this is the most drinkable of the Rochefort brews. Not because of it’s strength. It still has great flavour and character of other Rochefort brews but it is less thick and rich. Thus, for me easy to drink again and again. Again, a truly world class beer. If you get the opportunity to try Rochefort don’t drawn straight to the stronger brews... this one is as special as the other two

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - JUL 3, 2007
This is Rochefort 8 light and fizzy. Seriously, it tastes just like Rochefort 8, which I reviewed yesterday, except substantially lighter and fizzier. It’s very pleasant. However, for some reason I noticed an off medicinal note in this one, which I didn’t notice in the 8. A minor flaw, but one that may have kept this beer from 4.0. Closest relative = Westmalle dubbel. I think I prefer Westmalle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kirill (277) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 3, 2007
murky brown with lots of yeast on the bottom and a little bit even in the head... fruits and berries in the aroma.... flavor was as full and complex as it gets - the same fruits added with a bittersweetness...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 2, 2007
33 cl bottle. Poured a lovely technicolor dreamcoat purple-red-brown. Head was bubbly, active, and light brown in color. It fizzled relatively fast to a thin film. Smelled of light apple, a hint of blueberry, and a whiff of whiskey. No dominating aromas. Fruity and malty with apple, caramel, subdued molasses, and root beer flavors. Body was on the lighter side.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 30, 2007
Bottle at The White Horse in Parsons Green (London), a red tinted brown with a light beige head. A complex aroma, with stewed fruits, sweet malt and a good whiff of alcohol. Complex flavouring as well, with stewed fruits again, a pleasant maltiness and a touch of alcohol. Easy and delicious to drink, no junior to its bigger brothers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mhelgason (495) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JUN 26, 2007
Tap. Small, off-white head into cloudy brown body. Aromas of dark fruit, brown sugar, malts, and a bit of spicyness. Good but not even close to his big brothers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - JUN 26, 2007
Slightly underwhelming compared to its cousins. It has a malty aroma with some slight fruit notes. Flavor combines fruity and malty notes, but the beer itself is slightly watery, and it is not as complex as the 8 or the 10. Still a good brew, but the bottom of the line for Rochefort.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
uhre (384) - DENMARK - JUN 25, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2008 The aroma is malty and it has a burned character. The head doesn’t last that long. The flavor is sweet and very dominated by the malt, you can also taste raisens.

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