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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2221   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (3208) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2007
Pours a cloudy brown color with amber hues. Tan head last for some time. Aroma of fruit and malts-very sweeT. Taste is a combination of citrus fruit, malts and a bit of tartness on the aftertaste. Excessive carbonation keeps this beer under a 4.0

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2007
11.2oz bottle. Pours a clear red/brown with a large long lasting light tan head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, caramel, aromatic malt, yeast phenolics, and a hint of corriander. Taste is very mild dark fruit, caramel, and a good clean bitterness. Mouth feel is dry with a fair amount of carbonic bite. A good beer but nothing compaired to the 8 and 10.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fukito (976) - Santiago, CHILE - MAR 31, 2007
Bottle at Cerveceria Oldemburg, march 07. Brown color with a medium white head. Aroma is raisiny, some bananas and a touch of anise. Flavor is some caramel, spicy, yeasty phenollics and green apples. MF is medium, OK, slight methallic feeling. Good, but not as it´s elder brothers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - MAR 29, 2007
best by 220311 on the label. Pours a hazy dark mahogany, with a very dense two finger head that takes forever to fade to a thick cap. The subsequent lacing completely covers the inside of my glass. Smell; this has a mildly chalky yeasty aroma, with some traces of alcohol. Once this warms up a little a some dark fruits come out, as well as a little bit of toffee, but they’re not as noticeable as I was expecting. Taste; as with the aroma the flavor comes off as a bit chalky, but it doesn’t fade from the flavor as it did in the smell. There are some dark fruits, with dates and raisins and caramel and toffee, but due to that chalkiness they just don’t seem to able to stand out all that much. I don’t think I don’t think I’ve ever had this problem with a Rochefort beer before, and maybe I just needed to let it sit for a little longer before drinking it. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit of a biting carbonation. The drinkability is decent but the chalkiness gives this a bit of a drying effect, and not really in a good way. Maybe I’ll have to give this another shot sometime in the future.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2007
Pours a dark brown with a light fizzy white head. Smells of mostly grapes and citrus fruit, some dark malts. Smells sweet. The taste is fairly mellow, kind of sweet. Dark fruit, mostly grapes, dominate the flavor. Really smooth. Goes down real easy. Nice mouthfeel, alcohol is somewhat present in the finish. Great brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TampaBeer (257) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2007
Wonderful head. Subtle aroma. The taste is pleasant although there is a bit of an aftertaste, chewy and kind of unpleasant. very nice palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pforei (338) - USA - MAR 22, 2007
Trappist glass. Light brown with a mahogeny tinge and sediment. Big creamy head that rises over the glass without spilling, but dissipates rather quickly. Raisin and prune aroma. Taste also has a little plum and other fruits. Sweet, mildly spicy, and light. Thin and soft body with a subtle alcohol and slighty tart finnish. Easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - MAR 20, 2007
Sampled from BevMo. Needed to complete the threesome. Poured light brown with a thick head. lots of excess yeast was present leaving a mudslick at the bottom of the glass. Certainly the flavor was less than 8 and 10 as it lacked a punch or genuine flavor. Still very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CheersMate (1318) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2007
Fruity smell, and taste. Cider brown. Little to no head, and very carbonated. The taste does not linger as the 8 did. I am not as impressed with this as I am the other. I cannot wait to try the 10. Too much carbonation is a bad characteristic of this beer. Also, the flavor does not linger as I was hoping it would. The color is nice, and it is very smooth. A sweet/bitter note hits your taste buds right at the end. Decent beer, but not what I was hoping for.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mazfln (116) - Florianópolis, BRAZIL - MAR 17, 2007
Dark with a white head. The aroma is very interesting, with berries, caramel and alcohol. The taste is complex, with caramel, dark fruits, malt and a litle sourness in the aftertaste. Very good beer! As my first Rochefort, I wonder how much I will love the others!

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