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

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RATINGS: 2125   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.


3.8
   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.

3.9
   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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4709) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 14, 2006
18/9/09. Pours a chunky deep mahogany into a trappist glass. Consistent off-white micro head. Dried fruit notes. Upfront fizzy pepper with a long-lasting dry caramel finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 12, 2006
Drank this at room temp, hazy brown with big lasting head, aroma of spice and apple, flavor is like muted scotch with some raisin and very understated toffee. Smooth and light but gently warming.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnfryd (11960) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 9, 2006
Bottle. Brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is alcohol, apple, yeast. Flavour is yeast, apple and alcohol.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3469) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2006
11.2 oz bottle. Murky light brown with a smooth off-white head. Faint plums and prunes with some yeast. Fizzy carb; suprisingly light. Burnt caramel becomes a woody sour apple. Simple, well-balanced with a clean finish. An easy drinking dubbel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - AUG 4, 2006
I lean towards the lighter of the abbey brews, or at least the more attenuated. This one when cold is no big whoop, but at a warmer cellar temp is wonderful. I suspect that New Belgium uses a tamed version of this yeast because I recognise a musky flavor that existis at both breweries. I could be full of crap, too. This beer is awsome, great as a dinner beer. Lighly spicy, sweet, a slight tartness there somewhere. Good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pinkzambia (1577) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 3, 2006
Bottle: This little gem has a milk chocolate brown murky appearance with no head or lacing that has an abiding presence. The aromatic combination was interesting -- raisins, yeast, rotten toffee and a sweaty locker room. The tastes were equally surprising - pitted fruit, cola along with cigarettes and rubber. The aftertaste is warm and cuddly and not very beer-like. The feel is thing mainly leaving this wonderful film in your mouth inviting you back for more. Thanks Secret Santa with hooking me up this one!

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brigadier (3190) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2006
Bottle best before 11 03 2009


This has been sitting in the cellar for a few months now, waiting for the right reason to open. Now was as good a time as any, so after knocking out the Bam Biere I opened this. Having had the 10, my expectations were for a well made beer. As it turns out I was only mildly disappointed.

Aroma / Appearance - I could sniff this one all day. Much like its bigger cousin, the 10, the nose was very rich. I picked up caramel, charcoal, the scent of musty bookshelves, cherries and chocolate. Aromawise, it is the best smelling Dubbel I have had the fortune to try. The body was a hazy honey brown that reminded me of the color of maple syrup.

Flavor / Palate - Caramel, honey, cherries, apple butter, wheat bread and cloves were in the first few sips. A peppery sensation floated around my mouth making me feel like I was drinking alcoholic Dr Pepper. However, the alcohol well balanced. Despite being obvious, it never assaults the senses. There is a subtle nuttiness and finally a fruity banana taste. Unfortunately the flavor did not quite meet my expectations, thus I have to lower my score a little bit. On the whole a very enjoyable beer though at $3.99 a bottle just a little pricey. Still, for semi-special occasions, it could be worthwhile.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Phatz (225) - Paradise, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2006
Appearance: Served a purple brown color and leave plenty of lacing on the sides of the glass. Smell: The aroma is caramel, brown sugar toasted malts and dark fruit. Taste: It has a wonderful sweet plumb dark fruit and sugary taste. Caramel malts come through long with brown sugar and dates. It is a nice balance of sweet and bitter. The aftertaste is a work of art. Mouthfeel: Solid almost chewy medium body. Drinkability: Hoo Haa! WOW! I like this style and I like this beer. mmm! Easy drinking? Certainly! Hope this is helpful. Cheers!


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