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

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RATINGS: 2284   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stew41 (1891) - Phuket, THAILAND - AUG 10, 2007
It’s taken me a while to get this beer into ratebeer. Big coffee colour head on the pour but settles quickly to leave a thickly textured medium sized head. Murky, muddy caramel in colour. Powerful nose with rich, pongy, dirty, spirity malts. Fizz made an impact early but soon settled. More sugary, cakey malts, not much in the way of hops and bitterness, but a fair lick of alcohol heat provides a bittering and firming impact. Perhaps lacks the creamy, thicker structure of the 8 and 10 but still a very good beer. (BB March 2011).

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2007
Murky, cola brown color that is dark in the middle and more translucent at the edges. There is a significant amount of sediment visible at the bottom of the glass, and it gets churned up with each sip. The head is off white, and it starts out fluffy but recedes to a thin film after about a minute. Candy sugar, root beer, cream soda, and faint bourbon comprise the nose. The flavor is the same, but its not nearly as deep or creamy as the 8 or the 10. Likewise, the body seemed a bit anemic compared to its big brothers, though its still adequate. This beer is very good, but it does not live up to the supreme standard that its brethren has set.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - AUG 7, 2007
Not much need to speak out about this brew. You can read the previous 654 ratings before me. I liked this brew. It was drank in a blind tasting. really suprised at how nice this one was.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dankman (255) - Somewhere in, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2007 Very similar to it’s big brother beers (Rochefort 8 and 10) but with about 1/2 their density and not quite as complex. I could actually drink this to quench my thirst.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeinDahlem (1438) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - AUG 2, 2007
The 8 is a big beer, and the 10 is a huge beer. That doesn’t mean the 6 is "light." It’s all a matter of perspective, isn’t it? Pours a reddish-brown with a light brown head. Nice aroma of roasty malts and prunes or raisins with notes of coffee, dark chocolate and alcohol. Flavor is quite malty, mildly bitter, with dark fruit notes and alcohol still detectable. Lively carbonation and full, dry mouthfeel, malty-bitter finish and aftertaste. The 8 and 10 are stand-alone, contemplative beers in my book... but I’d be more likely to wash down a nice steak with this. Outstanding. Would be nearly perfect to me if the alcohol was better hidden, but that’s a personal preference.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeZasada (305) - Beaumont, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 1, 2007
A really light trappister ale... even lighter than the Rochefort 8. Kind of fruity with some aroma, lots of flavour in the beer, probably a good way to introduce someone to a trappister ale. Malty, but with a very complex flavour. A nice ’hot afternoon’ beer...

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
charcot25 (181) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - AUG 1, 2007
Bottle. Pours a light brown, slightly hazy, with ruby highlights. Has a brief white head that laces the glass nonetheless. Aroma is of malty sweetness, caramel and dark fruit. Think ripe figs. Fruity in the taste with a slight roasted note. Big caramel taste but so attenuated that the mouthfeel is thinner than usual in a dubbel.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
rayg1 (586) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 29, 2007
Bottle from Ross, thanks! Poured out a murky brown kinda looked like mud water with a small white head. Nose is slighly sweet and fruity with a touch of spice noticed. The taste was dark sugars and plums. The spices kicked in after the flavor of the dark fruits subsides along with a noticable amount of alcohol. The mouthfeel on this was slightly dissapointing as it felt almost watered down. This is ok, but I’ve had better dubbels and really why get this when you could have 8 or 10.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 27, 2007
Bottle. Deep opaque brown with a steady frothy head. Color is reminiscent of a dark cider, which is somewhat unappealing. The lacing and head retention, though, are fantastic. Nose is mellow fruit, bananas and pears with a hint of spice. There is a resiny sweet aroma a bit deeper down. Not really much flavor at the onset, mostly masked by sharp carbonation and alohol. Some balanced sweetness, heavier on the spice than the nose suggests with almost no elements of the aformentioned fruits. Really a let-down in the flavor department with an okay palate. Nothing like its big brothers.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 26, 2007
The color was amber. The head was creamy, off-white, thick, and laced a little. The aroma was alcohol, raisin, sweet, and caramel. The flavor was sweet, raisin, fruit, and caramel. The palate was medium bodied. The finish was warm.


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