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

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RATINGS: 2141   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.


3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thesober (9) - Tølløse, DENMARK - OCT 29, 2006 does not count
mpeture and Fantastic beer. Drank it at the rigth tempeture and made a carefull serving the first half of the beer which gave a sweet malty taste. After stirring the bottle and the yeast came together with the rest of the beer it was more tasteful and much more full in its taste. My favorite beer together with Rochefort 8. Number 10 is outside waiting for my tatebuds.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (4573) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - OCT 28, 2006
After having the 8 this was a bit of a letdown, still a fine beer though. Poured dark amber with a light tan head. Aroma has toffee, caramel, richness, chocolate, breadiness adn earthy qualities. Medium body with fairly sharp carbonation. The taste starts with caramel and a bit of cracker taste. Tastes like a watered down version of 8 with the flavors and complexity knocked down a couple notches. The finish is farily dry and spice is added. A good beer, but falls far below 8 and 10. Considering the price difference is not that much between the three I see the others always winning out.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2006
Bottle (from Bitter Virtue, BB May 07). Mid brown with lasting head. Lots of baking aromas, bread, fruits and spices leading into malty chocolate and fruity bananaish yeast. More of the same in the mouth not too sweet and pretty drinkable but just a touch thin. Drinks quite like a toned down version of its bigger brothers but unfortunately lacks the luscious body of the 8.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HDane (82) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - OCT 23, 2006
Bottle. Pour is a hazy brown with some red highlights. Moderate, fizzy white head. Nose of berries, alcohol, berries, and perhaps bits of plum. Flavor is a bit sour, with spices coming through, plums, raisins, and malt. Mouthfeel is fizzy, but flows nice and smooth.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
LyndaNova (532) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 23, 2006
Cold 11.2oz bottle: Pours a clear dark red amber color with a small fizzy white head. Aroma and taste are of rich malt, wood, subtle hops, spice, plum and sour notes. Dry, fizzy mouthfeel. Ending is malty and sour.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
tomthompson89 (1926) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2006
like this..... lighter weaker version of the other two as has been said before, not the fav of the 3 but still would never... never turn it away

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsga (6621) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 21, 2006
Small offwhite head over dark brown hazy body. Light, wooden, spicy aroma, somewhat watery. Light, spicy, wooden taste. Dry, bitterish aftertaste. Good, low-key version of its bigger brothers. (0.33l bottle.)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - OCT 20, 2006
330 ml bottle from Pub Italia. Slightly cloudy red brown colour with a fully lasting creamy and frothy tan head. Chocolate and dark fruit dominate the aroma and flavour along with plum and slight yeastiness. Simply a lighter version of the other Rocheforts - all the flavours and aromas are similar, just lighter. And that’s not a bad thing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - OCT 16, 2006
The 11.2 ounce bottle conditioned beer poured a hazy rich reddish brown with a small off-white creamy head that was almost entirely diminishing but left some good lacing on the glass. The aroma was primarily fruity - dried spiced plums and raisins, but there were also subtle notes of sherry, oak and leather complimented by pepper, coriander and orange peel. It had a medium body with lively carbonation and a slightly dry texture. The flavor started out lightly sweet and fruity which lasted through the medium-long finish. Somewhere in the middle a cozy alcohol warmth began to make itself known. This one would be a nice beer to warm up with on a cold damp night.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skidds (252) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 15, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2007 Again, same as Rochefort 10, I was pleasantly suprised to find this brew here in Canada. Tastes about the same as 10 too. However, the alcohol presense is less dominating which is a plus.


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