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


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RATINGS: 2191   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
entropy1049 (40) - Oxford, Iowa, USA - FEB 11, 2007
Pours dark brown and muddled with a big creamy beige head that sticks around for just a wee bit.Aroma of bananas, carmel, and roasted malt. Well carbonated and not too heavy in the mouth. Spicy, almost peppery at the start with more banana (though not as much as the 8 or the 10...); fun alcohol warmth but not much of the other alcohol disttactions...Nice, but not as nice as the 8 or the 10...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (8610) - Tel Aviv, - FEB 10, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2010 Re-rate 11/1/10: Bottle at a tasting. Thanks zvikar. Hazy orange with a white head. Fruity aroma with a bit of yeast, a bit of candies and alcohol. Sweetish flavor with some malt, a bit of caramel, honey, some graininess, some fruits and a slightly drier finish. Medium-bodied. 6/3/6/3/13=3.1

Bottle. Dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, dark fruity, brown sugar, some licorice, and a bit of alcohol. Flavor is sweetish and fruity. A bit of a spicy finish, with very little bitterness. A medium body. Nice, not very strong, and easy to drink. 7/4/7/3/15=3.6

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 9, 2007
Bottle. Pours hazy caramel, off white head. Aroma is grass, bread, fruit, slight pine. Flavor is bread tangy wheat, fruit, earth, molasses. Lovely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2007
Pours a bright brownish red with persistant light tan head. Sweet aromas of dried fruits and malt. Flavors of slightly smokey malt, a touch of hops, and plenty of sweetness. This did not have the weight I would expect in a dubbel, and left me wanting more body. It was however very smooth with pleasant intense carbonation. A very interesting beer that makes me want to try the 8 and 10.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 7, 2007
UPDATED: APR 29, 2007 All three Rocheforts tasted back to back, 11.2 oz bottles in a Trappist glass, of course. This one is ruby red in color with a lot of sediment. Nice, fruity aroma with raisans. Very smooth, fruity flavor that is slightly winey. Very good stuff though not as good as the other two.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sunevdj (3500) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - FEB 7, 2007
Pours a clear dark red/brown. Very sweet. High carbonation. Flavors of marzipan and bog myrtle. Kind of thinnish and boring.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iep (230) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 2, 2007
A wicked dubbel. Typical Rochefort yeast & malt profile, but lighter and softer than the 8 or 10. Very smooth & tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JAN 29, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2007 Pours a tawny honey color w/ a full, semi creamy forth that slowly reduces to a full puddle of cream. Nice lacework w/ peristant Champage streamers. Aromas are mild consisting of granite, tart dried fruits, and musty chocolate. Light to medium nectar w/ ample residual effers creates a soft, cottony texture. Flavors are brisk, delicate, and very complex but nothing really stands out but the acidity. Flavors of an earthy perfume nature w/ complexities of cocoa, tobacco, mild spices, dried dark fruits, leather, slight pine, and the signature Tequila trademark. The finish is bittered mildly in the peach pit fashion. The sweetness factor is mild with the acid component snuffing it out very quickly but it leaves a faint milk chocolately essence on the palate. Overall: this brew is very complex exhibting outstanding qualities. A bit lighter in nectar weight yet holding it’s own. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
paydirt (9) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2007 does not count
Lovely beer that is better with a meal than the 8 or 10. Has a bit of a watery feel compared to the 8 or 10 but not watered-down, just less creamy and thick than it’s heavier bretheren. This beer also has chocolate and fig tastes with a lovely aftertaste that makes you crave 4 more of them - if only I could afford 4 more...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BartC (726) - Lichtaart, BELGIUM - JAN 28, 2007
Large equal fine head. Very sticky to the glass. Aroma of hops and spices which I find back in the taste as well. Medium carbonation and long lasting aftertaste.

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