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


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RATINGS: 2294   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jerre (3032) - Waregem, BELGIUM - JUL 8, 2007
Bottle, 33 cl. Red brown color, with big off-white head. Aroma sweet malts, yeast, fruits. Medium body. Taste good malts, fruity touch. Yes this is for me the most drinkable of the Rochefort brews. He have a great flavour and character of other Rochefort brews but it is less thick and rich.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ekstedt (6395) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2007
Bottle at Bishops Arms, Järntorget, Göteborg, Sweden. Cloudy reddish brown, medium off-white head. Roasted malt with woody notes, and earthy hops. Medium bodied, good carbonation. Nicely balanced, but a bit flat finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
xenthem0nk (101) - Oregon, USA - JUL 6, 2007
Bottle @ Belmont Station. Pours dark red/brown with a frothy head. Subtle dark fruits in the nose, and alchohol. Taste was sharp and carbonated, carmel, plum. Good dubbel but a bit too much burn for 7.5%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jalichio999 (502) - BRAZIL - JUL 6, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2007 Bottle. Dark amber coloration, with a very nice beige head, consistent and persistent. Sweet, dry and bitter at the same time. High carbonation. Notes of chocolate, caramel and something lightly fruity.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JayNW (12) - Crewe, ENGLAND - JUL 4, 2007
For me this is the most drinkable of the Rochefort brews. Not because of it’s strength. It still has great flavour and character of other Rochefort brews but it is less thick and rich. Thus, for me easy to drink again and again. Again, a truly world class beer. If you get the opportunity to try Rochefort don’t drawn straight to the stronger brews... this one is as special as the other two

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - JUL 3, 2007
This is Rochefort 8 light and fizzy. Seriously, it tastes just like Rochefort 8, which I reviewed yesterday, except substantially lighter and fizzier. It’s very pleasant. However, for some reason I noticed an off medicinal note in this one, which I didn’t notice in the 8. A minor flaw, but one that may have kept this beer from 4.0. Closest relative = Westmalle dubbel. I think I prefer Westmalle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kirill (277) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 3, 2007
murky brown with lots of yeast on the bottom and a little bit even in the head... fruits and berries in the aroma.... flavor was as full and complex as it gets - the same fruits added with a bittersweetness...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 2, 2007
33 cl bottle. Poured a lovely technicolor dreamcoat purple-red-brown. Head was bubbly, active, and light brown in color. It fizzled relatively fast to a thin film. Smelled of light apple, a hint of blueberry, and a whiff of whiskey. No dominating aromas. Fruity and malty with apple, caramel, subdued molasses, and root beer flavors. Body was on the lighter side.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 30, 2007
Bottle at The White Horse in Parsons Green (London), a red tinted brown with a light beige head. A complex aroma, with stewed fruits, sweet malt and a good whiff of alcohol. Complex flavouring as well, with stewed fruits again, a pleasant maltiness and a touch of alcohol. Easy and delicious to drink, no junior to its bigger brothers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mhelgason (495) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JUN 26, 2007
Tap. Small, off-white head into cloudy brown body. Aromas of dark fruit, brown sugar, malts, and a bit of spicyness. Good but not even close to his big brothers.

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