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

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RATINGS: 2057   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.


3.4
   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. Itís 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.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
starfireming (309) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 30, 2006
Tan head with some lacing, hazy, sedimenty chestnut body. Raisin and banana aroma, really quite entrancing. Flavour is super, with a complexity of fruit, caramel and yeast that leaves your tongue with a hint of burnt toast. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2006
Cloudy copper color with a medium light brown head and some floating sediment. Sweet fruit and yeast aroma. Malty flavor with some fruit, spice, and a little yeast in the end.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ibrew2or3 (7077) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 30, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2006 Started to pour out copper then the sludge made it to the glass. Now itís a cloudy amber color with no head. Aroma is the classic Belgium yeasty fruitiness and some solid malts. Iím probably drinking it a little above 60F. Mmmm. Really nice flavor. The cherries are competing with the complex malty back bone for flavor supremacy. The malts seem to consist of the dryer grainy variety (maybe Vienna) and the more roasted caramel. Creates an excellent balance. I canít detect any hops. Smooth fruity and malty after taste. First class brew. Not a flavor out of place. I look forward to the 8 and the 10.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
EithCubes (5088) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 25, 2006
Bottle. Brown-red, perhaps a dark amber, with a volatile and short-lived head. Lots of poured sediment. Aroma is strong, sweet, and extremely yeasty. Malty with mild dried fruit alcohol notes. Extremely crisp, progresses toward harsh. Taste is sharp, yeasty and malt, touch of spice, a little alcohol burn at the end, acidic, dry. Iíve tried to like this, but I canít - itís not flavorful enough, itís thin, and the aggressive mouthfeel is off-putting.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 21, 2006
Ruby-brown body with a small, quickly diminishing off-white head. Aroma is very nice, dark fruits with some light muskiness. Some caramel, and hops are also evident, yeast can be noticed. The taste is similar to the aroma, fruity with some hop ending, not as complex as the aroma however. Warm when swallowing. Overall, not bad but a bit dissapointing when compared to the Rochefort 10.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2006
Thanks to egajdzis for this í04 bottle... Appears a hazy, medium brown with a small light tan head that slowly fades out. Spotty lacing is left around the glass. Smell is of caramel, brown sugar, doughy bread, and light fruit. Taste is of the same aromas with a nice balance of sugar and fruit kicking around. Mouthfeel is mildly thin but still medium bodied, semi-sweet, with the yeast clinging to the palate. Warming in the swallow. This one reminds me a bit of the Rochefort 8, and a shadow of the 10 but not as lively, or as complex as either.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 14, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2008 So far this has the best looking pour of any beer. Pours medium brown with about a 3 inch tan head. The last few drops was dark sediment that mixed in with the lighter head. Almost looked like a chocolate dessert. The flavor doesnít even come close the the "10" but I pretty much expected that. But still very good overall.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - JUN 12, 2006
Bottle - very sweet aroma of malt and yeast. Deep dirty brown with a TON of suspended floaties. The beige head was gone with surprising speed. Very sweet with notes of brown sugar and molasses. Softly carbonated. Good, but a tad disappointing considering its big brother.


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