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

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RATINGS: 2164   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 19, 2006
In the bottle at the Beertopia Merchant du Vin Trappist Tasting 12/19/06. Pours a ruby brown color with a substantial dark tan head. Aroma of butterscotch. Deep tannins and raisin flavor. Sweetness is strong and has a full rich palate. Smooth and delicious.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - DEC 19, 2006
Pours a dark brown, head settles down rather fast, leaving some fine lacing on the edge of the glass. Lots of candy and apples in the aroma. Flavor is sweet with the familiar Rochefort yeast taste...I still think I get a slight tobacco flavor (that is not unpleasant) out of their beers.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 17, 2006
Bottle poured into a Tulip. Wonderful beer to enjoy. It poured a cloudy nut brown color with a thick frothy head. Had a sweet Aroma, almost fruity. This was a smooth beer to drink with lots of complex flavor.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
robinvboyer (3493) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2007 Excellent beer, I pair this often with desert. Typical trappist look to it, nice frothy thick head, coats the inside of the chalice nicely. Aroma is very sweet, loads of dried fruit, and caramel. Flavour is once again very sweet, very well rounded, flavours are all there, plum, raisin, caramel, with a tinge of vanilla. Nice finish. a little too easy to drink.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 11, 2006
Opaque light brown with a head that hangs around on the edge of the glass but not in the middle. Somewhat funky, almost cheesy aroma with some malt. Light chocolate aroma which intensifies as you go down the glass, (or maybe as it warms a bit). Good finish with some spicy bitterness and a little alcohol.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marsiblursi (3052) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 11, 2006
(Bottle) Pours a bit hazy red/brown. Soily and fruity sweet aroma with some yeast and chocolate. A bit alcoholy nose. Fresh and fruity flavour with rich carbonation.Soily and marzipan-ish notes with some wet stone. Spicy hints. Ok bitterness. Medium body.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 10, 2006
light brown with red highlights.creamy light brown head.roma is brown sugar,caramel,molasses,and dark fruits.flavor is the aroma.much like the 10 only thinner and less complex.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2006
330ml bottle. Cloudy dark Copper color with full off white head. Malty aroma and taste with bitter after taste. The 8 and the 10 are alot better!!!! There is not much to this one.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ogivlado (6288) - Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 6, 2006
Bottled(330ml). -How come that this beer is (so) bad and the rest of two are great? Nice murky reddish/brown coloured, medium sized pale brown head, slightly fruity nose. Aroma is malty and fruity with notes of toffee and cocoa, few metallic hints. Quite weak and big disappointment in comparison with other two.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LennyH (60) - Delaware, USA - DEC 5, 2006
Tasted on tap in a private room at Rochefort in Belgium.....OK, fine! 12oz bottle. The darkest dubbel I’ve seen. Aroma and flavor are fruity with noticable malt, caramel, raisin, fig, etc. A nice bitter finish as well. Just terrific.


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