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

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RATINGS: 2318   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 16, 2007
UPDATED: APR 9, 2008 Pours deep, dark brown with reddish hues and a small fluffy tan head. Aroma of figs, candied plums, brown sugar, apples. Taste is lightly sweet, yeasty with notes of plum, dark chocolate, no bitterness, only delicious fruity esters. Some smoky phenolics. Light and fluffy on the tongue initially, with the gravity becoming more prominent near the end. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, slightly silky with lively carbonation.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - AUG 14, 2007
11.2 oz. bottle- color of extremely dark honey, with a thick tan head - nose of raisins, apricots, and slight orange Ė taste of raisins, apricots, and slight orange - body is light, and with low to medium carbonation Ė aftertaste of raisins, apricots, orange, and malt

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 13, 2007
Canít really stand up to its cousins, 8 and 10, but was still a tasty beer. Pours murky mahogany with a thick, short tan head. Cherries, molasses, sugar, and raisins in the nose. Smooth mouthfeel without the expected syrupyness. Malt, caramel, prunes, maple syrup, and cream soda (nice call Beerlando) in the taste. I donít really like a lot of dubbles, as they are typically over-indulgent in spice and sticky malt, but this was really good.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 12, 2007
I sampled this one up against Rochefort 10 and 8. Pours medium brown with beige head. Very slight caramel nose. Low malty flavour, with subtle sweet and spicy notes, and with mild hoppiness. A much water-down version of Rochefort 10, but still decent.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stew41 (1933) - Phuket, THAILAND - AUG 10, 2007
Itís taken me a while to get this beer into ratebeer. Big coffee colour head on the pour but settles quickly to leave a thickly textured medium sized head. Murky, muddy caramel in colour. Powerful nose with rich, pongy, dirty, spirity malts. Fizz made an impact early but soon settled. More sugary, cakey malts, not much in the way of hops and bitterness, but a fair lick of alcohol heat provides a bittering and firming impact. Perhaps lacks the creamy, thicker structure of the 8 and 10 but still a very good beer. (BB March 2011).

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2007
Murky, cola brown color that is dark in the middle and more translucent at the edges. There is a significant amount of sediment visible at the bottom of the glass, and it gets churned up with each sip. The head is off white, and it starts out fluffy but recedes to a thin film after about a minute. Candy sugar, root beer, cream soda, and faint bourbon comprise the nose. The flavor is the same, but its not nearly as deep or creamy as the 8 or the 10. Likewise, the body seemed a bit anemic compared to its big brothers, though its still adequate. This beer is very good, but it does not live up to the supreme standard that its brethren has set.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - AUG 7, 2007
Not much need to speak out about this brew. You can read the previous 654 ratings before me. I liked this brew. It was drank in a blind tasting. really suprised at how nice this one was.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dankman (257) - Somewhere in, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2007 Very similar to itís big brother beers (Rochefort 8 and 10) but with about 1/2 their density and not quite as complex. I could actually drink this to quench my thirst.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeinDahlem (1455) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - AUG 2, 2007
The 8 is a big beer, and the 10 is a huge beer. That doesnít mean the 6 is "light." Itís all a matter of perspective, isnít it? Pours a reddish-brown with a light brown head. Nice aroma of roasty malts and prunes or raisins with notes of coffee, dark chocolate and alcohol. Flavor is quite malty, mildly bitter, with dark fruit notes and alcohol still detectable. Lively carbonation and full, dry mouthfeel, malty-bitter finish and aftertaste. The 8 and 10 are stand-alone, contemplative beers in my book... but Iíd be more likely to wash down a nice steak with this. Outstanding. Would be nearly perfect to me if the alcohol was better hidden, but thatís a personal preference.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeZasada (314) - Beaumont, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 1, 2007
A really light trappister ale... even lighter than the Rochefort 8. Kind of fruity with some aroma, lots of flavour in the beer, probably a good way to introduce someone to a trappister ale. Malty, but with a very complex flavour. A nice íhot afternooní beer...


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