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


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RATINGS: 2003   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrotherJoe1975 (11) - Iowa, USA - MAY 14, 2006
Wonderfully sharp, caramel, malt nose upon first scent. Slightly musty initial flavor with a lingering fig finish. Slightly tart/sour notes. Overall a good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SSSteve (3751) - - MAY 14, 2006
murky brown. malty, caramel, and toffee aroma. lasting small off-white head. not much lacing. burnt caramel, spicey bready malts, anise, dark and lighter fruits, hops, even a hint of chocolate. what a treat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - MAY 13, 2006
Hazy mahogany brown with a thick white head. Aroma is honey, fruits and yeast with some hints of tobacco. Sweet in flavour with notes of peach and apricots. Some yeast is present here too. Thick, caramelly mouthfeel. Finishes off with a warming alcohol feel and some raisin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RoyceH (1196) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - MAY 7, 2006
Dark ruby colour. Huge white head, soon disappears. Easy drinking, alcohol is well disguised. Maybe a little lacking in taste, although the aroma of yeast and some summer fruits makes up for it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 30, 2006
Brown color with ruby tints, floaties galore, massive foamy white head. It’s malty aroma breathes sour cherries, with wafts of bread baking. Smooth like other Trappists, but much thinner body than the 8 or 10. Sour at times, more cherries. Dry finish, relatively quick. Clearly well made, but overall a less interesting Trappist. Rating # 600.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Barrabass (31) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - APR 29, 2006
White thick, fast diminishing head. Redbrown colour. Smells honey, yeast and out of date pale lager. Taste honey, yeast, vanilla, fruits, fudge and out of date Christian Firtal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LadySusan (720) - Ste-Therese, Quebec, CANADA - APR 27, 2006
Thick hasy brown color, with an aroma of malt. The taste is mildly sweet and fruity. It is a beer that should be drank slowly to enjoy every thing about it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (4894) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2006
12 oz bottle. Pours a slightly murky chestnut colored body under a small off-white head. Quite alot of visible carbonation, and a light sediment in the bottle. Fruity and yeasty aroma with a touch of alcohol. Light notes of tobacco and grapes. Flavor is a little thin on the malt with alot of yeast, slightly sweet. Finish is short and lightly fruity. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Texture is soft. Overall, a decent enjoyable beer, but pretty stripped down when compared to it’s bigger brothers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oldrtybastrd (3223) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2009 Pours a hazy medium amber. Aroma is lightly malty, hoppy, yeasty. Flavor is moderately sweet, alcoholic, roasty dark.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - APR 18, 2006
11.2 oz bottle. Foggy orange brown with a big light tan head. Strong nose, spicy, dark fruits, a touch astringent. Lively mouthfeel, with flavors of raisin, caramel, yeasty bread. Gets fruitier as is warms a bit. Very nice!

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