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

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RATINGS: 2167   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2006
bottle bought in Netherlands: the whole beer is very interesting not like any other dubbal that Ive had. very spicy aroma that is layed with toffee, probably some carmalized malt (?). there is some rasperries in there as well as sweet malt. Pretty yeasty. a little watery, but nice active palate. pretty good, and interesting, worth a try. wouldnít say its great though and it could probably turn a lot of people off with the peculiar spicyness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (12322) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 12, 2006
Strong aroma of medium dark fruit. Brown malty yeasty aroma. It smells brown. Vigorous, persistent tan head. Lacing. Starts with mysterious fruit, passes to something like bread dough. Then caramel and chocolate notes rise. It is a bit thin, say medium mouthfeel. It is certainly unique and complex. It is good.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tramp55555 (61) - Lisbon, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2006
Best damn beer I íve ever had, except for their 10.. Iíve had alot of types from all over the world. Iíve not yet had Westvleteren, but I find it hard to believe anything can be better than this beer. This is a shining jewel in the beer world. It is the Holy Grail (or is that íHoly Ale?). Best damn beer Iíve ever had!!! Except for their 10. I believe it to be the same beer with a lower alcohol content.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Marko (4268) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 6, 2006
Bottled at the Hopdevil in Zagreb
The other two Rocheforts were in my opinion the best beers Iíve ever had, and I ordered this with great expectations... that proved to be misplaced. This poured a truly lovely murky deep red body on top of which perched a small beige head, but went away fast. The nose was really weak and subtle compared to its brothers. Just some fruitiness and a hint of acidity. The taste... well, letís just say that my first impression was "What the...?". Nothing. Weak, watery, just some faint lemon, cardboard and slightly unpleasant yeastiness and some ok, but way too subtle fruitiness. How underwhelming. I probably had a bad bottle, and I will be trying this again. Until then, I stand firmly by my ratings.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnnyJ (4886) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 5, 2006
A very enjoyable brew. Spicey, sweet malt, and a little chocolate and fruit in the aroma. Brown with off-white head. Flavors of spice, dark fruit, and yeast. A very nice light flavor, that is easy to drink.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (4070) - Nueva York, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2006
I do not really like this beer as much as I liked the other Trappistes. It might be because there is less alcohol and it is is only a Dubbel as opposed to a Trippel or a Quad. Is this beer better than 95 percent of the other beers out there? Yes, of course it is. Nice sweet, thick, huge head, complex palate.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thesober (9) - TÝllÝse, DENMARK - OCT 29, 2006 does not count
mpeture and Fantastic beer. Drank it at the rigth tempeture and made a carefull serving the first half of the beer which gave a sweet malty taste. After stirring the bottle and the yeast came together with the rest of the beer it was more tasteful and much more full in its taste. My favorite beer together with Rochefort 8. Number 10 is outside waiting for my tatebuds.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (4625) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - OCT 28, 2006
After having the 8 this was a bit of a letdown, still a fine beer though. Poured dark amber with a light tan head. Aroma has toffee, caramel, richness, chocolate, breadiness adn earthy qualities. Medium body with fairly sharp carbonation. The taste starts with caramel and a bit of cracker taste. Tastes like a watered down version of 8 with the flavors and complexity knocked down a couple notches. The finish is farily dry and spice is added. A good beer, but falls far below 8 and 10. Considering the price difference is not that much between the three I see the others always winning out.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2006
Bottle (from Bitter Virtue, BB May 07). Mid brown with lasting head. Lots of baking aromas, bread, fruits and spices leading into malty chocolate and fruity bananaish yeast. More of the same in the mouth not too sweet and pretty drinkable but just a touch thin. Drinks quite like a toned down version of its bigger brothers but unfortunately lacks the luscious body of the 8.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HDane (82) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - OCT 23, 2006
Bottle. Pour is a hazy brown with some red highlights. Moderate, fizzy white head. Nose of berries, alcohol, berries, and perhaps bits of plum. Flavor is a bit sour, with spices coming through, plums, raisins, and malt. Mouthfeel is fizzy, but flows nice and smooth.


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