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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2006
Bottle: Red brown color, small light tan head. It was a bit of a gusher. Aroma of prunes, dark fruits and a bit of alcohol. Flavor was a little musty, dark fruits and some sweetness.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bdjames29 (273) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2006
Bottle. Creamy, white head that doesn’t stick around long but a thin foam stays right on top with you through the entire glass. Very cloudy, apple cider appearance. Definate apple aroma - bring the head back around and a raisin aroma comes out - very pleasant. Fruity, malty, alcohol flavor. The body and feel in the mouth is not overly appealing. A good beer for sure but not up to par with 8 & 10.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (3852) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 23, 2006
330 ml Bottle from a trade with HogTownHarry( Consume by 11/17/09). Thanks Harry;Nose of caramel malt, apples, and raisins hazy brown with a small but lasting beige head; flavor shows the caramel, fruit, and a tiny hop finish. Not near the ale of the TR10 and not even close to the TR8, but decent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4500) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUL 22, 2006
06 State College Brew Expo. Poured with a Pates during Tom Peters Pairing Fine Food and Beer Seminar. Pours a hazy brown with some small floaties. Tan bubbly nicely lacing head. Aroma of dark fruits, caramel, some roast and molasses. Flavor of roasted malts, dark fruits, some berries and a malty sugar.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theis (13521) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 20, 2006
Bottle at home. Brown with nice white head. Aroma: Hop, fruit, alcohol. Taste: Fruit, berries, cherries, some spices, yeast. High carbonation. Aftertaste: not that interesting, a little hop, some licorice, sharp-pointy.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrBunn (2461) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2006
Great aromas over a dark brown body that sports a massive tan frothy head. Scents are sweet and fruity: grapes, sugars, a touch of lemon and some spice... maybe fennel or coriander? Flavor is much of the same with a touch of yeast added, but it just doesn’t come together nearly as well as the RT 8. Seems like there are a couple of loose ends or something. Really good, but nothing like its big brothers.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUL 14, 2006
Iced tea brown, however so thick you cannot see through it. Head is nice, full of tiny khaki colored bubbles, which retreat to a nice small layer. Aroma is too soft, grapes, ginger, hops and tangy. Palate is thinner than the appearance suggests. Taste is light coffee, chocolate, tangy orange zest, yeast, caramel. Very carbonated. Aftertaste is fine, strong and with burnt sugars, rich malt and a tad of alcohol. A nice beer with great flavor, lighter than I was expecting, but as it should be, this being the smallest numbered beer of the series.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 13, 2006
Aroma is complex malt and dark fruit, hints of sherry and barrel aging,copper brownish color, definitely not as big bodied as their big brothers, but still a nice complexity with malts fruits and some grapiness coming through,drying out in the finish. This is the monks daily beverage,no wonder they are so peaceful

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mtdshn (173) - Moline, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2006
Bottle (bottling date Oct. 8 2005) Poured a nice "oak leaf in fall" color with a small head that diminished quickly. Fig, toasted almonds in the flavor. I pick up a lot of black and Early Grey tea flavor. It’s pretty light, and it takes a while for the alcohol to set in (no complaints!) Good, but I would prefer the 10.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - JUL 1, 2006
Pours reddish-brown with a two-finger off-white head. Very fruity aroma--plum, fig, raisins, and dates--alongside a yeasty spiciness and a hint of toasted malts. The malt aroma sweetens as the beer sits, becoming toffee-like, and the yeast aroma turns leathery. Alcohol plays a very small role. The flavor is first reminiscent of toasted dates, then turns phenolic and yeasty. It ends in a wonderful melange of tastes, including all the fruit of the aroma, a dry yeastiness, some toast, and light tannins. Alcohol in the flavor is nowhere to be found. Very good.


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