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


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RATINGS: 2335   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2007
My least favorite of the Rocheforts but still a great beer. The same recipe is used for all three but the lower abv lessens the taste a bit by losing the warmth and roasted maltiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ilovedarkbeer (2716) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2008 Pours dark cloudy amber brown with a soapy off white head that lasts. Smells like dates and vinegar. Mouth feel is very velvety and has a bite of a bite on the swallow. Tastes like sour vinegar fruit and dark spicy fruit. A very respectable dubble.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
onlyrocknroll (379) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - NOV 21, 2007
UPDATED: APR 1, 2009 Quite a decent beer but I can’t help but compare it unfavourably to its bigger brothers. Perhaps unfair but I find it unavoidable. Dark red/brown, hazy but still slightly transparent. Sweet fruity aroma. The flavour is dominated by the raisiny-berry quality of the other two Rocheforts, but sadly lacks their toasted flavours, spiciness and alcoholic warmth. The body is also surprisingly thin for a Trappist. A nice beer, but I can’t see the point, if I want complexity and subtlety I’ll choose Rochefort 8 or 10, if I want an everyday beer I won’t choose one at 7.5% abv

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rodneykm (111) - Westminster, South Carolina, USA - NOV 20, 2007
Pretty solid taste - crisp and clean tasting - lots of good flavors - would buy again...maybe. Was 5.45 per bottle around my area.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
robforbes (2189) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2010 old rating: 7/4/8/4/17 - 4.0 pours hazy dark brown with a red tint, very carbonated with a very large beige head, lots of sediment, and good lacing. smell is of caramel, spice, roasted malt, touch of nuts, dark fruit, and fizzy on the noise. taste is creamy, prunes and other dark fruits, caramel, a bit of spice, some sour malt, and nuts in the background, leaves the mouth somewhat tangy and dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
piscator34 (2364) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 18, 2007
Ruby brown in colour with medium (yet somewhat spritzy) carbonation. Aromas of brown sugar and raspberries, along with a bit of herbal and earthy hops, and cola. Mellow caramel flavors dominate, along with more raspberry. The darker notes of chocolate, brown bread, and spice lurk in the finish, but never really assert themselves all that much. Light bodied for a dubbel, but its "sessionablility" more than makes up for it. Not what I expected on the palate, but still VERY good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chadcs (76) - Westminster, South Carolina, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Amber red color when poured. Head was crazy huge on this one, never seen a beer with a bigger head on it (Even on a slow pour) very smooth and excellent finish. Mildly put off on this beer though due to the price, which is about 5.50/bottle around my area.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - NOV 16, 2007
Beautiful dark brown with a little lacing disappearing beige head. Full nose of dried fruits, figs, little earthy (licorice?), cocoa, hints of wood, toffee, ripe fruits and a bit yeasty. Smooth, right thin carbonation, flavourful. Complex but nice and drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - NOV 13, 2007
La sorella minore dei due colossi Rochefort non è certo una signorina sprovveduta; bottiglia da 33cl comprata da Squillari (2.20€, penso proprio che me ne farò una piccola scorta la prossima volta che vado), versa color marrone chiaro/rossiccio intenso con buona schiuma bianco/beige abbastanza persistente. Aroma leggermente affumicato e ’scuro’, fumo di legna s’intende e note di frutta secca (noci?) e uva nera. Sapore meno complesso ma con molti sentori di frutta soprattutto uva (anche bianca) nel finale secco ma incredibilmente dolce. Grande birra.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - NOV 11, 2007
33 cl bottle purchased @ Pivni Galerie, Prague. Pours a somewhat cloudy garnet hue with smaller head than other rocheforts, same creamy look and texture though, and it’s lasted at least half an hour. Rather similar thematically to chimay blue just way less powerful; nice dark fruits on the nose, very creamy thorough all stages, slight marzipan and lavender; super smooth on the palate, initially quite foamy but still delectable, minimally tart but quaffable, understated alcohol warmth towards the finish, mildly minty hops linger on the palate. Another fine trappist from Rochefort; just because it’s less powerful than its older brothers doesn’t make it any less perfectly balanced and complex.

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