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


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RATINGS: 2080   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2006
Thanks to egajdzis for this ’04 bottle... Appears a hazy, medium brown with a small light tan head that slowly fades out. Spotty lacing is left around the glass. Smell is of caramel, brown sugar, doughy bread, and light fruit. Taste is of the same aromas with a nice balance of sugar and fruit kicking around. Mouthfeel is mildly thin but still medium bodied, semi-sweet, with the yeast clinging to the palate. Warming in the swallow. This one reminds me a bit of the Rochefort 8, and a shadow of the 10 but not as lively, or as complex as either.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 14, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2008 So far this has the best looking pour of any beer. Pours medium brown with about a 3 inch tan head. The last few drops was dark sediment that mixed in with the lighter head. Almost looked like a chocolate dessert. The flavor doesn’t even come close the the "10" but I pretty much expected that. But still very good overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - JUN 12, 2006
Bottle - very sweet aroma of malt and yeast. Deep dirty brown with a TON of suspended floaties. The beige head was gone with surprising speed. Very sweet with notes of brown sugar and molasses. Softly carbonated. Good, but a tad disappointing considering its big brother.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (8120) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Bottle. Caramel, brown sugar and raisin aroma. Cloudy cola brown color with little head. Slight sour raisin bread flavor - sourness comes on stronger throughout with a moderate bitter finish. More harsh than other dubbels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrEcted1 (144) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Not bad.... not bad at all, but pales in comparison with it’s bigger brother Rochefort 10. Much lighter then the 10, but definitely has the same characteristics. Floral with brow sugar, raisins come out well, maybe some nutmeg or something. Nice, but if you’re new to Rochefort then go straight for the 10, try this one later.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2006
The color of this beer misleads you into thinking this will be much sweeter and heavier than it is, the dark brown body with a massive tan head and sweet nose build this up like a chimay blue or something, but the taste is so much lighter, nice sweetness up front, but quickly resolves into a nicely carbonated estery body, little subtle hints of toffee and brown sugar blend nicely with the spiciness from the yeast strain.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KUEric (886) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 3, 2006
Shared with csbosox: Aromas of brown sugar, figs, and maple syrup. Little to no head atop a brownish golden golor with sediments throughout. Tastes of grapefruit, raisins, citrus, caramel/toffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tjthresh (1866) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUN 3, 2006
The baby of the family. Poured a darker amber color with a fizzy off white head that left some lace behind. Lots of cooked sugars, caramels and toffees in the nose. Toffee and peppery flavors. Rather thin and watery on the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - JUN 3, 2006
Bottle, stamped 29.04.08. Beautiful pour. Perfect 2 finger head that left a lace which never disappeared. When I opened this, the aroma was immediate. I’ve noticed that about the Trappists (and most good Belgians for that matter) ... the aroma outdoes the flavor. Molasses, fig and candi sugar were first to greet the nose, but some banana and bourbon weren’t too far behind. Somewhat dry and astringent in the mouth, but also sweet and malty at the same time. A bit of chocolate also enters the mix at this time. Finishes dry, almost dusty, and astringent. Not as silky as the Chimay Red but a very good dubbel, nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
eaglefan538 (2911) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 1, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2010 Re-rate, 1.5yr old bottle in Jan 2010: Too much caramel and figs, just didn’t do it for me, although it was nice. Dropping the numbers slightly. Original rating: A very nice beer. Having it right after the Westmalle dubbel magnified its superiority over that dubbel. Nice head that became subtle but persistant. The dark brown-orange appearance was pretty, along with some fine sediment at the bottom. Aroma was malty and sweet. Flavor was somewhat sweet and malty with a nice touch of alcohol and a non bitter finish. Carbonation was right on and the mouthfeel was pleasant. A nice dubbel for sure.

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