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


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RATINGS: 2056   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (5089) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2006
12 oz bottle. Pours a slightly murky chestnut colored body under a small off-white head. Quite alot of visible carbonation, and a light sediment in the bottle. Fruity and yeasty aroma with a touch of alcohol. Light notes of tobacco and grapes. Flavor is a little thin on the malt with alot of yeast, slightly sweet. Finish is short and lightly fruity. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Texture is soft. Overall, a decent enjoyable beer, but pretty stripped down when compared to it’s bigger brothers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oldrtybastrd (3222) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2009 Pours a hazy medium amber. Aroma is lightly malty, hoppy, yeasty. Flavor is moderately sweet, alcoholic, roasty dark.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - APR 18, 2006
11.2 oz bottle. Foggy orange brown with a big light tan head. Strong nose, spicy, dark fruits, a touch astringent. Lively mouthfeel, with flavors of raisin, caramel, yeasty bread. Gets fruitier as is warms a bit. Very nice!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrob21 (2666) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 18, 2006
Pours deep mahogany color. Very Opaque. Bubbly tan head. Smells of plums and currants. Very smooth. A little more malty and less sweet than most doubles I have had. Tastes of bread with a long lasting mouth feel and coating.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2006
(04.01.06) 330 mL brown bottle purchased at The Tree pub, Beijing, China. ABV 7.5%. Bottle labeled as best before 16.02.10. Poured cloudy brown with medium white head. Good lacing. No discernable carbonation. Caramel and sweet malt in the nose. Full bodied Trappist ale that starts with light malt sweetness and caramel/raisin/ fruity flavors. Finishes with lingering fruit aftertaste and hop bitterness. Well balanced and full of rich complex flavors. A very enjoyable Belgium ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (7025) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 15, 2006
Hazy orange brown with a massive head that leaves long lace in the glass. Aromas of bananas, apricots, sweet spice. Fruity palate, sweet caramel, warming alcohol, medium bodied and slightly yeasty. More approachable than the its bigger brothers, but not as complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - APR 15, 2006
aroma of ripe fruit, malt. Pours a cloudy orange-brown, floaties, head that sticks around. Silky smooth. Complex palate. All comes together in one nice package. High marks from the Tipster.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Skinnyviking (7231) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 12, 2006
Bottle. Light brown head. Dark amber unclear body. Spicy sour aroma. Powerfull flavor of roasted malt and hops resulting in quite an unexpected bitterness. Traces of liqorice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dedollewaitor (14103) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 12, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2012 hazy brown with white head. A bit of fruits and caramel. A lighter version than the 8 or 10. This doesnt make it boring though. Plum, raisin & caramel. It still has the long lasting taste and finish. Great! Rerating June - 09. Vintage 2005 bottle. Wauw - aroma is off the chain - (again). Smooth, dried fruits, delicious liquorice. 4 Again - But closer to 4,1 than expected. Re-rate. 31 Dec - 2012. Vinous, Rich and warming. Still has the yeast complexity that the 8 & 10 has. Great stuff..:-) 4 again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (14008) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 11, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2009 Bottled. Amber colored beer with a large beige head. Nice aromas with malt, candi-sweetness and citrus. The flavor has dried fruit, hops and some alcohol. Full, sweet body. A nice beer. Rating: 7-4-8-4-15-3.8. 060328

Bottle, BB 191113. The pour results in a massive creamy off-white to beige head with good retention. The dark, orangey brown body is unclear, and has some sediments. The first aroma to escape the glass is a cellary, slightly yeasty one, soon followed by dried fruits, some roasted malts and hints of alcohol. Prunes and rum raisin also comes to mind. It’s a bit thin on the palate for a beer of this strenght, feeling sort of hollow in the mouth. Lightly roasted, chocolatey malts, alcohol notes, raisins, hoppy bitterness and a cellary touch in the flavor. The warming finish has a good blend of bitterness and chocolatey, roasted malts. A lovely beer, both lacking something and with something too much considering its strenght. Still, won’t shy away from it in the future. 090904

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