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

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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2294   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.


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.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drfabulous (6192) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 19, 2007
Like its cousin, number 8, itís one of those classic beers we can get in the U.S. Deep color. Deep taste.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - AUG 19, 2007
Dark brown pour with a huge fluffy off white head. A little much carbonation. Not much to say here. Mostly fruit and malt in taste.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 16, 2007
UPDATED: APR 9, 2008 Pours deep, dark brown with reddish hues and a small fluffy tan head. Aroma of figs, candied plums, brown sugar, apples. Taste is lightly sweet, yeasty with notes of plum, dark chocolate, no bitterness, only delicious fruity esters. Some smoky phenolics. Light and fluffy on the tongue initially, with the gravity becoming more prominent near the end. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, slightly silky with lively carbonation.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - AUG 14, 2007
11.2 oz. bottle- color of extremely dark honey, with a thick tan head - nose of raisins, apricots, and slight orange Ė taste of raisins, apricots, and slight orange - body is light, and with low to medium carbonation Ė aftertaste of raisins, apricots, orange, and malt

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 13, 2007
Canít really stand up to its cousins, 8 and 10, but was still a tasty beer. Pours murky mahogany with a thick, short tan head. Cherries, molasses, sugar, and raisins in the nose. Smooth mouthfeel without the expected syrupyness. Malt, caramel, prunes, maple syrup, and cream soda (nice call Beerlando) in the taste. I donít really like a lot of dubbles, as they are typically over-indulgent in spice and sticky malt, but this was really good.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 12, 2007
I sampled this one up against Rochefort 10 and 8. Pours medium brown with beige head. Very slight caramel nose. Low malty flavour, with subtle sweet and spicy notes, and with mild hoppiness. A much water-down version of Rochefort 10, but still decent.


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