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


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RATINGS: 2315   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Prcaus (159) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 4, 2007
Bottle Discount Liquors Voorhees NJ- Pours a dark brown with small floaters. Aroma’s are sweet with chocolates and sugars. Very nice finishing with hops. Not as enjoyable as the 8.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MoritzF (9423) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - NOV 1, 2007
(33cl bottle) Hazy, dark and reddish amber coloured hue with floating sediments and a big but not very persistent frothy off-white head. Sweet and yeasty aroma with roasted malt, vinous fruity (dark berries, plums), chocolate and spicy notes. Moderately sweet flavour, not more than medium bodied with a minimal fizzy mouthfeel. Toast-malty, yeasty taste with a more or less subtle fruit-character; sweet finish with little balancing yeasty and hoppy bitternes and a well-hidden alcohol. Good but not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 31, 2007
Pours a reddish-brown cider color with quickly dissipating head. Fairly little aroma, but what is there is quite nice- apple, dark fruit, sweet molasses. Flavor is also pretty light, with dark fruits balanced with sweet, well-rounded malts. Fizzy carbonation. If this beer had the same properties but in larger quantity, it would be an amazing beer. As it stands, its still pretty damn good. I’m really not quite sure how to rate this one, as the only thing that is really lacking is strength- in both flavor and aroma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WabashMan (1024) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - OCT 30, 2007
A nice murky, reddish brown, with a quickly diminishing light tan head. Head is among the loudest (yes, I said loudest) I’ve ever seen. As it fades, the bursting of the bubbles make quite a racket. Were there an auditory category, I’d give this one top marks! Alas, there is not, and I was generally surprised with how thin the flavor was in this beer. Dark fruits in the middle, but very thin at first taste and in the finish. Not a bad flavor, but it just doesn’t last. A bit of a disappointment, really.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
heavy (2773) - Split, CROATIA - OCT 29, 2007
25/10 0.33 l bottle at Hopdevil. It poured red body, never seen such a red beer, with small ebony head. Aroma of some fruits, but generally quite sour. Flavor...very empty, quite watery, ok well balanced but nothing much in there. Alcohol is not felt at all. Medium carbonation. Finish, maybe a bit sweet but still very watery. So ordinary and empty... A big disappointment, I have expected much much more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - OCT 27, 2007
Rated blind from "Better Know a Style: Abbey Dubbel" tasting. Ruby with dark brown color, nice medium, creamy off-white head. Apple aroma with raisin, fresh grapes, brown sugar. Plum is the strongest flavor, very sweet, mild alc, apple-grape also. Medium body, creamy. Too sweet, but nice appearance and mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
cazort (559) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2007
Bottle. A little weak foam. Aroma and flavor very un-beer like. Brings a strong tingly sensation to the tongue...aroma not particularly strong or complex, but interesting. A little sweet, perhaps a little on the heavy side. Rich tasting. A strong metallic taste present from the beginning, but not in an unpleasant way. Doesn’t have many objectionable qualities. An interesting experience; worth trying, and I am eager to try the other brews from this brewery, but not the sort of thing that I would want to drink every day.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - OCT 20, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2011 Bottled. A cloudy dark amber beer, with a large, frothy, fizzy, mostly diminishing beige head. The aroma is moderately malty (biscuits, caramel, toasted nuts), lightly hoppy (herbs), lightly yeasty (basement aromas), with notes of peach, plum, with a touch of sugar and alcohol. The flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly sour, lighty bitter. Medium body, watery/slick texture, lively/fizzy carbonation, quite long finish with almost medium bitterness, lightly alcoholic. A really solid beer, only partly disappointing in the mouthfeel department, a bit thin and watery. Very nice fruity aroma and on the sweet side, perhaps overactive carbonation, but that’s not a major issue as far as I’m concerned. My least favorite Rochefort.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
scoobysnak (333) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 18, 2007
Smells sweet yet sour, almost wine reminiscent. A thick full head that definately has some staying power. Awesome lacing,. Slight alcohol taste, dry finish. Mostly sweet, again almost reminds me of some sort of dry wine. Good, happy I made the purchase.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maverick34 (2984) - New York, USA - OCT 17, 2007
Bottled, of course. Dark, medium head. Lots of frutiness in this guy with brown sugar.

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