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

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RATINGS: 2166   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - APR 7, 2007
11 oz bottle. Apple cider borwn. Limited head. Sour apple, citrus, light carbonation. Hint of mustard. Watery and thin body like a diluted 8. Empty taste; a tart green tea.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (7463) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 7, 2007
This copper ale poured with a thin tan head that dissipated right away. The aroma is sweet and fruity. There is a highly carbonated mouthfeel and a very interesting chocolate raisin flavor that is nothing like the other versions of Rochefort. This is a very well-crafted brew.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
StLsportsfan (56) - Hazelwood, Missouri, USA - APR 3, 2007
Beutiful color. Light head. I was shocked at the carbonation... Good, dry, mild citrus flavor. Somewhat yeasty. I am surprised at how light it is... Clean, raspberry finish. You can taste the tradition of excellence.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nearbeer (4124) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 2, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2007 330 ml (stamped L 22 03 11) in quart jar. Humongous, noisy (its alive!), frothy tan head that disappears quickly on an almost opaque, apple butter body. Aroma is delicious raisin-chocolate, smooth alcohol. Taste is same with some tingly dry hops at the end. Tastes like a watered down 8, but that isnít a bad thing! One helluva lot better than the Chimay Red or Corsendonk brown!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2007 Pours a deep dark amber, almost maroon color with a small crisp head with tiny bubbles cascading to the top of the glass. I smelled malt and chocolate on the nose. Very interesting smell, this is like nothing I have ever smelled before on beer I have rated. I tasted a light hint of chocolate, malt, raisins, yeast. There is a dried fruit taste on the end of the sip and nice mouthfeel. The taste lingers a bit in this solid beer. I have tried the ten and that is first class, but this really didnít disappoint. I didnít know what to expect, but this is very different from the ten. I really enjoyed this beer and I will pick up another one or two. I canít wait to try the Roch. 8.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (3059) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2007
Pours a cloudy brown color with amber hues. Tan head last for some time. Aroma of fruit and malts-very sweeT. Taste is a combination of citrus fruit, malts and a bit of tartness on the aftertaste. Excessive carbonation keeps this beer under a 4.0

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2007
11.2oz bottle. Pours a clear red/brown with a large long lasting light tan head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, caramel, aromatic malt, yeast phenolics, and a hint of corriander. Taste is very mild dark fruit, caramel, and a good clean bitterness. Mouth feel is dry with a fair amount of carbonic bite. A good beer but nothing compaired to the 8 and 10.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fukito (897) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - MAR 31, 2007
Bottle at Cerveceria Oldemburg, march 07. Brown color with a medium white head. Aroma is raisiny, some bananas and a touch of anise. Flavor is some caramel, spicy, yeasty phenollics and green apples. MF is medium, OK, slight methallic feeling. Good, but not as itīs elder brothers.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - MAR 29, 2007
best by 220311 on the label. Pours a hazy dark mahogany, with a very dense two finger head that takes forever to fade to a thick cap. The subsequent lacing completely covers the inside of my glass. Smell; this has a mildly chalky yeasty aroma, with some traces of alcohol. Once this warms up a little a some dark fruits come out, as well as a little bit of toffee, but theyíre not as noticeable as I was expecting. Taste; as with the aroma the flavor comes off as a bit chalky, but it doesnít fade from the flavor as it did in the smell. There are some dark fruits, with dates and raisins and caramel and toffee, but due to that chalkiness they just donít seem to able to stand out all that much. I donít think I donít think Iíve ever had this problem with a Rochefort beer before, and maybe I just needed to let it sit for a little longer before drinking it. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit of a biting carbonation. The drinkability is decent but the chalkiness gives this a bit of a drying effect, and not really in a good way. Maybe Iíll have to give this another shot sometime in the future.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2007
Pours a dark brown with a light fizzy white head. Smells of mostly grapes and citrus fruit, some dark malts. Smells sweet. The taste is fairly mellow, kind of sweet. Dark fruit, mostly grapes, dominate the flavor. Really smooth. Goes down real easy. Nice mouthfeel, alcohol is somewhat present in the finish. Great brew.


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