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


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RATINGS: 2123   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmradus (227) - Ithaca, New York, USA - SEP 29, 2006
A brown between milk and dark chocolate. Off-white to tan head that lasts, with some brown sediments floating around there because of a vigorous pour. Aroma is alcohol, dark fruits, chocolate, some spiciness that I’m not sure I can place. Taste is seemingly more warming/alcoholic than I would expect a 7.5, with prunes, plums, and caramelized sugars developing more intensely as it warms. The flavors don’t seem to jump at me, they’re a bit washed away by an overarching ordinary maltiness and a high amount of carbonation. This was a bit disappointing, and - to my taste - Westmalle’s Dubbel blows this out of the water.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thebeertourist (5029) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 28, 2006
Bottle at The Rake, London. Dark chestnut brown with a beautiful creamy khaki head. Pear sirup aroma with chocolat in the background. Fruity, pear flavours, good bitter chocolate towards the finish. Good carbonation, full-bodied. Lacking the punch of its stronger sisters it is still a suberb beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beermouth (435) - Langeskov, DENMARK - SEP 28, 2006
Dark amber with thin head. Fruits, hint’s of spiced rum and cinnamon and cane sugar. Complex and very well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (11192) - Randers, DENMARK - SEP 28, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2009 Bottle. Creamy off-white good mostly lasting head. Brown colour. Nice but week hoppy and malty aroma. OK but not fantastic flavvor. Oily palate. I was quite disapointed about this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 26, 2006
Dark brown brew, cloudy with foamy off white head that leaves some heavy lacing. Aroma is alcohol, grassy alcohol but very light and malty. Earthy malty flavor, you feel much warmth quickly. I have enjoyed all the Rocheforts, and this is no exception. A bit smoother and easier to consume then the others. More of an every day brew then the others but fabulous none the less. A bit fizzy at the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stefano (1891) - Thisted, DENMARK - SEP 25, 2006
Cloudy, brown colour. Lasting thick head. Definately a rochefort appearance. Malt, sweet nose. Taste is definately less interesting than the brothers 8 & 10. But I will not compare them further. Easy drinkin beer, a little woodlike taste, perhaps a little water-like sweet taste. This one must be good during a dinner. Soft, bitter palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Grovlam (4157) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2006 I am a fan of the Rochefort 10, so of cause this is also one of my high ranking beer’s. More smooth and round in tast compared to the big brother. But still a fantastic beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - SEP 24, 2006
500 ml bottle via Liquid Solutions. Pours a dark copper/brown with a small white head, nice toffee, vanilla, fig aroma. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Starts with some molsasses, toffee and vanilla and ends with a fizzy fig/plum finish. Very good beer but not nearly worth the high price.....cut back on the fizziness and it would be much better. Guess this is a Rochefort 6 out of 10 for a reason ;)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
nimbleprop (5477) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 20, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2006 Poured a brown with orange hues with a thick white head from the undersized bottle. The aroma is unique, fruity, but not like other beers. Smells like Granny Smith Apples and nuts. Flavor is very nutty, almost like peanut butter. Very smooth taste, no heat until the very end. Finish is spicy as well, like black pepper. Very interesting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 19, 2006
From 330mL Bottle. Pours a rich, thick, chocolatey brown color with a tinge of crimson and a huge head of cream colored froth. Musty, lightly spicy aroma of coconut husks, freshly baked gingerbread cookies, a bit of soapy yeast, and a hint of banana. Medium bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel. Flavors of coconut milk and pumpernickel bread instantly wash over my tongue. A hint of chocolate also makes an appearance. Nice, pleasantly caramelized maltiness. Light and delicate, but satisfyingly complete for a dark Belgian ale all at the same time. A bit of lightly toasted Brazil nut comes through at the end in the final smack.

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