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


on tap

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2315   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 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StefanSD (2371) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
theviolet (182) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 25, 2007
Bottle into a trappist glass. Not too strong of an aroma. Some sweetness and apples in the aroma. Perfect appearance. Deep reddish opaque brown. Huge fluffly tan head. Great lacing. Some chocolate immediately recognizable, very clean. No detectable alcohol. Wow. I love it. Lots of malt as well. Mouthfeel is full and complete. Great dubbel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drink4Satan (676) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 24, 2007
Poured into a McChouffe trappist glass. The colour is a slightly hazy ciderish orange-brown with a frothy off-white head that fades completely. The aroma is a estery , with loads of pitted fruit, subtle milk chocolate, brown sugar, bready malts, light roast and some floral hops. The flavour avoids that metalic finish and baking soda-like bitterness that is present in lesser beers in this style. Mild roasted malts, peppery spcie (corriander?) and plum/raisin with a warming alcohol finish are some of the flavours I’m picking up in this well-balanced, complex, insanely drinkable trappist. The mouthfeel is spritzy, clean and crisp with a short enough body to support the flavours. The only disapointing thing about this dubbel is the short palate duration. This is probably the most enjoyable dubble I’ve had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (40447) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2007
33 cL bottle. Pours hazy brown with an orange hue, small sediments floating around. Thick creamy and light brown head. LOVELY floral yeast and slight sweet caramel aroma. Slight acidic and citric flavour, soon to go into a slight floral composition, with a solid sweet malt base. Ends in a slight spiced and distinct herbal finish. Great by all measures.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cab (866) - DENMARK - SEP 21, 2007
Bottel.33cl. Dusty aroma coming from a nice strong head, under it was a fuide of strong tasting dryed fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mike4686 (120) - Bayonne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 19, 2007
Pours a dark brownish caramel color with a frothy offwhite head, sweet taste, fruit, bread, malt, alchohol, similar to other beers of the same style i’ve had, good beer overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beltramelli (470) - Campinas, BRAZIL - SEP 14, 2007
Esta trapista não honra muito a tradição dos monges de Rochefort. Trata-se de uma Rochefort 8, só que com menos aroma e sabor.

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