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

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RATINGS: 2311   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RSRIZZO (1940) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2007
Aroma is a sweet malt scent with back tones of charcoal. Color is a deep hazy brown with good carbonation and thin tight head. Taste is malty and roasted. Starting with a medium body it goes down crisp. finish comes in with an almost sour malt flavor that turns smoky with a charcoal taste that lingers on into a dry after taste. Its an odd flavoring and a very odd brew for Rochefort. There is none of the Belgian flavor that is present in there other brews and this charcoal thing just seems out of place. Still a good brew just very different.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brstp (201) - - OCT 11, 2007
Not exactly sure what to think of this one. Medium brown opaque color, aroma of apple and belgian yeast. Thin, wannabe complex taste of chocolate, yeast, raisins. Disappointing compared to its brother and sister.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KimJohansen (10416) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - OCT 9, 2007
Pours brown with tiny head. Sweet aroma with fruits and yeast. Flavor is yeasty and has malt and some plums. A bit flat and watery. Not your typical Rochefort.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2007
rated blind from "Better Know a Style: Abbey Dubbel" tasting. pours amber-brown w/ creamy off white head. nose of raisins, brown sugar, grape. flavor sweet candy sugar, light dark fruits, cotton candy, slightly toasted biscuit notes. good mouth feel, smooth carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
adriancscott (16) - London, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2007
Bottle: Trappist Glass. Not my favourite of the Rochefort range, but still is a classic one. Not as strong and as dark as the other Rochefort Classic. A ligher less amber beer, more towards a cognac colour. Great thick off white head that has lingering laceing qualities. More of an aroma of cherries, roasted nuts and a hint of dark chocolate, you can also smell the yeast in it. The taste is less alchoholic, hidden well by the taste of yeast mixed with slight cherries and chocolate. At 7.5, it’s not the strongest of the Rochefort, and you can taste that. A good ol’ Belgium Dubbel..

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
uoffgator (49) - Miami, Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2007
Not a big fan of Dubbles personally but i figured i would give it one more chance considering this world class brewery. I was not impressed. perhaps because of my bias but i really was hopping for more.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
maltdog (621) - Colorado, USA - OCT 7, 2007
Jeweltone cognac colored, sparkling and capped by fizzy froth. Dubious scents of anise, marshmallow, grass, old newspaper, wax crayons. Primary flavors of golden raisins and white rum are backed by vanilla, hay, dried manure, and metal shavings. Watery yet fluffy, airy palate. Finish is tannic, bark-like, and near-chocolate. Perhaps this beer suffered in transit... almost surely oxidized and/or heat damaged. A real letdown.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Carlus12 (361) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2007
Bottle. Pours deep brown with off white head. Aroma is chocolatey / caramel / malt. Taste is much the same with the alcohol hidden well.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fro2218 (471) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 1, 2007
Dark brown in color. A lot of healthy looking light tan head. Tasted of malt and sweet caramel. The acohol is evident but in balance.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StefanSD (2352) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2007
11oz bottle. Poured a dark brown color with fizzy off white head that had plenty of lacing. Aroma was rich with sweet malts and cherries. Flavor was a bit of a let down compared to the aroma, mine had a bit of weak chocolate, some understated cherries, plums and raisins. Hops were nowhere to be found, this was not as rich and complex in flavor as I anticipated. Mouthfeel was medium-full and satisfying. Finish was long and dry and left a sweetened coffee aftertaste. Overall this is a fine beer experience. I may try again in a blind tasting. Recommended.


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