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

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RATINGS: 2300   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2007
Bottle: Deep rusty orange/brown in color with a dense tan head. The aroma has a ton of sweet Belgian malt; along with dates, raisins and brown sugar. Has a highly carbonated mouth feel. Nice toffee flavor with dried fruits like dates and raisins. Maple-like background makes it rich with a light alcohol touch. Straight forward and simple, but well crafted.

3.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bobaidan (530) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - SEP 6, 2007
Pours murky semi-transparent brown with a small head. Aroma is dried fruit, molasses, and a hint of spice. Rochfort makes the best smelling beers int he world. Flavor is not as impressive as the nose. Sweet malt dominates and is paired with some dried fruit, and hint of alcohol and nice roasted flavors in the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
downender (7795) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2007
Bottle from the Hopduvel, Ghent. Dark cloudy brown colour with a decent off-white head that left plenty of lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, spice and chocolate. Flavour was sweet and fruity with more spices and a very smooth finish. Very easy drinking and highly enjoyable.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - SEP 5, 2007
Pours a dark amber brown, with a thin offwhite swirling head. Best aroma iíve ever had the pleasure experiencing, original black licorice bang on, surprised nobody else agrees. Light complex flavours, starts out with some light fruit sweetness, a touch of spice in the middle and a perfect black licorice finish. Velvety smooth mouthfeel. A very, very tasty beer. Top notch, one of the best Iíve had so far. Hope I can find some of these in Canada.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 04/16/2003
Mode: Bottle
Source: Whole Foods Market, DC

opaque brown, big beige head, rich chocolate malt aroma, light body, lots of rich dry complex malt flavor, nice chocolate, touch of tartness, well balanced, no essence of alcohol
-------- /> Date: 10/30/2003

ditto

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.8/5.0
Score: *4
-------- /> The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckeyeSammy (604) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - AUG 27, 2007
Love the burnt anber brown color with a whitish head. Light fruity aroma. I was disapointed by this beer b/c i was so impressed with the Rochefort 8. But i still really liked this dubbel

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pjweaver (136) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 24, 2007
Pours a deep dark brown from the bottle, with a very nice off-white head with decent lacing. Treats the nose with deep chocolate aroma with mixes of coffee undertones. Tastes of chocolate, with hints of plum and espresso. Clingy palate with a great lingering flavor of dark chocolate. A great overall beer with color and flavor lacking from many of the American abbey styles.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - AUG 24, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2008 From the bottle. Poured a lot like the 10 & 8. Actually, tasted a lot like the 8. Lot of malt, and a nice fruity middle. If I have to choose, I would go with the 10 or 8.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
emotv (353) - Izmir, TURKEY - AUG 21, 2007
Black colour another amazing brew by Rochefort. Get it from Brugge and drinked at my home İzmir. Nothing really really difference between 10 and 8 actually. They were are only more bodied. Something magic.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 19, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2007 I must admit that I was a little disappointed here. Maybe my appreciation for this type of beer has been shot by the big American Dubbels, like 06.06.06, but I found this one not exciting. It was fine, but it didnít grab me. Whatís to say that 700+ people havenít already said? Pours a cloudy medium brown with a white head. Light aroma of mostly yeast. In the mouth, I get a hint of something slightly soapy, along with yeast and mild bitterness. As I wrote above. It just didnít grab me.


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