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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - SEP 6, 2006
Bottle. Apple is the theme here. Aromas of apple and flavors of even more apple. Solid body, pours amber with a nice head. As I said the flavor is dominated by fruit, mainly tart apple, but the finsih then turns a bit sweeter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
themadmumis (347) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - SEP 6, 2006
18 08 09, pours hazy rich amber with medium head that dissipates to a wisp as a pleasant malty aroma comes forth. Light bodied, clear malt and bland fruit flavors that go down smooth. A little too watery for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - SEP 6, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2007 Bottle "19 08 08" at O’brien’s in San Diego served in a proper Rocherfort Trappist glass. Porus a cloudy amber with a small thin head. The aroma is sweet and malty, which matches the sweet malty dry fruit taste. There is also a nice lingering malty aftertaste. I was glad to find it in bottle as its harder to find then its older siblings.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 5, 2006
Like all the Roch beers, this pours a beautiful brown, filled with floaties, and a perfect foam cap. Aroma is dissappointing, very vegetal, sucrose, candi sugar, radish. Flavor is not much different, an unbalanced wash between cheap sugar, munich malts, and, frankly, water. It is rather unappealing, and metallic in the mouth. There is a touch of yeast and breadiness but both could be brought out significantly. I’ll have to try another bottle of this to see if this one was off. Oh, and, thanks, Santa!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DarkMagus (472) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 29, 2006
Dark orange-amber color with some yeast sediment. Thick, coarse, bubbly tan head that left lacing on the glass. Aromas of fresh pears and apples, caramel, molasses, dried fruits (dates, plums, grapes). Intense, rich flavors of malt, yeast, caramel, brown sugar, and a candy-like fruitiness...complex and well-balanced. A smooth and sweet finish, slightly alcoholic, but reasonably easy to drink for such a dense and rich brew. This is a great, great brew...perhaps the archetypal dubbel...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 26, 2006
Bottle"18,08,09". Pours out a muddy light brown, quite effervescent in nature to start with, then the head quickly diminishes. It rests with absolutely no head. A noticeable amount of dark sentiment floats in suspension at the lower inch of the beer. Quite opaque in appearance. Very little notice of aroma qualities initially strikes me, so I let the beer warm. Soon a pleasant earthy (little musty) sweetness begins to waft from the beer. Notes of the underlying alcohol and hints of saw dust and cellar start to come to the forefront. Also honey sweetness and cigar/pipe smoke with oak like qualities make there presence felt. Fine bubble dance over the tongue, creating a small stinging sensation on the palate. This creates the sensation that this medium bodied beer has airy lightness to it. Middle, has dark bread notes, subtle candied fruits, along with a sweetness (caramelized sugar in the best sense of it), that lingers into the smooth refreshing finish. Quite impressed. "Day 5 fall out, first week of class"

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
sersdf (1018) - chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2006
love the opacity. super toffee red appearance. everlasting head. lot of caramel in the aroma, pretty dubbelish. malty. pretty creamy taste. great palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Jwasciuk (198) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - AUG 22, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2006 Aroma is lightly malty, and moderatly flowery with a bit of plumb and smoke. It pours murky dark brown with a frothy off white heat that is mostly diminishing. Flavor is moderatly sweet and lightly bitter, earthy with a bit of plumb finishes lightly bitter and moderatly sweet, medium bodied and creamy with soft carbonation. I like the 8 and 10 better tho.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
molassesfan (202) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 17, 2006
Pours brown with a huge off-white head, lots of lacing. Aroma of banana, kiwi, blueberry, strawberry and malts. Some floral and yeast as well. Vinous taste much weaker than the aroma suggests. Alcohol a bit visible. Thin palate. Finish like banana nut bread. Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - AUG 16, 2006
From a slender 33 cl. brown bottle with a stamped best before date, 18.08.09, sampled at a cellar temperate in a Rochefort chalice. Poured a apple cider brown with a nice fizzy topped, foamy off-white/beige head that settled into a thin, lightly sudsy lacing. Aroma of a mixed plum and apple fruitiness, clove spiciness, bread and caramelized sugar maltiness. Good carbonation and a crisp, carbonated texture on the tongue, smooth light bodied mouthfeel. Good dubbel/strong ale taste, nut bread, dry spices and brown sugar, a subtle raisin fruitiness, the alcohol is spicy and provides a warming presence in the palate and a dryish spicy, nutty and bready finish, very good dubbel/dark strong ale drinkability. An excellent dubbel/dark strong ale from one of my favorite brewers, tasty and balanced, a must try for anyone exploring Belgian ales.

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