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

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RATINGS: 2180   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAY 1, 2007
Bottle. Hazy dark brown colour with a nice big long lasting off-white head. Lovely aroma of roasted malt, dried fruits and nuts. Great flavour of spices, nuts, sweet roasted malt and yeast. Full pleasured mouthfeel indeed! Long sweet malty aftertaste. yaaa, more of that please!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FastEddie (230) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 30, 2007
This is a particularly good-smelling ale with varying elements of fresh pears and molasses. It has a nice creamy brownish head, and plenty of carbonation. The ale itself is a nice dark reddish ambe, and has a sweetish malty flavor, but unlike some of the other raters I did not notice an alcohol flavor.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2007
Bottle. Pours a deep chestnut color with a two + finger head that has good retention. Aroma is very malty, with some caramel notes, dark fruits (prunes?) and a bit of alcohol. Flavor is somewhat sweet with a lot of malts, some yeast and the dark fruits coming out a bit.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (5703) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 29, 2007
Redish-brown pour. Heavy fruit and malt aroma. Flavor has noticable alcohol presence, and a thick malt flavor. Aside from that it is very drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerlord (217) - tonawanda, New York, USA - APR 29, 2007
Hazy brown color with a huge rocky tan head. Spicy amlt aroma. Spicy flavor with malt and alcohol very present, but not a detractant. Medium mouth feel. Very good ale, well balanced, not my favorit Trappist, but good none the less.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkofron (155) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 28, 2007
Rich red-brown, some sediment with nice tan head. Sweet fruity aroma. Very smooth with fruit notes. Not as good as the Rochefort 8, but still an excellent Belgian Ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - APR 27, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2007 Bottle. Pours dark red/chestnut with a bubbly, off-white head. Mild sediment is noticed with even a gentle pour. Aroma is noticeably strong on alcohol, especially considering the abv. Sweet malts and lots of dark and ripe fruit, especially figs shine though, as well as a nice obviously Belgian yeast aroma. Flavor is moderately/highly carbonated. While I am usually averse to high levels of carbonation, it seems to complement the flavor of this beer, causing prickly fruit notes to pop up before the caramel malt sweetness and warm alcoholy finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (17310) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 22, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2015 Deep red / brown colour, with a light maly nose, and a rich bitter malt flavour, rich and complex.2.6 Bottle at home ... may 2015 ... bbf Feb 2012 ... copper .. thin tan lacing ... soft zezty lime ffruit .. zezty fruit nose ... juicy fruits .. soft zezty fruits .. ligth floral fruits ... digging this .. 4.0

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Diablo9845 (62) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - APR 22, 2007
Did not like this as much as the 8, but I guess that was expected. A little lighter and easier to drink but a sacrifice in taste. Darker amber colour. Sweet taste, very alcholic/malty nose. While this is still a very nice beer, it doesn’t hold a candle to the other trappists.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 16, 2007
Belgian beer festival Brussels 2006: the light and refreshing (?) cousin. Love it, more drinkable everyday...should you drink it everyday? no, not even if you can afford/ find it. I brought a couple bottles home. the best of it is the nice refreshing nose


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