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

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RATINGS: 2311   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4593) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 23, 2007
Poured a dark brown that showed some ruby red up to the light. The head was thick, creamy, beige. The aroma was sweet, showed alcohol, candy, mellow fruit, vinous.The flavor was also sweet, showed some alcohol, candy, brandyish quality, dark fruit, mellowed Belgian feel. Nice palate too, well carbonated with very well defined bubbles. Finishes warm with some sharp alcohol.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daniele (7959) - ITALY - JUL 21, 2007
rossa meno alcolica del resto della produzione quasi beverina nonostante i suoi 7,5 gradi alcolici molto interessante

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChrisTurner (207) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 21, 2007
Bottle -- Deep brown honey colour with a large off-white head wihtout much retention. Aroma is very sweet, with dried fruit and caramel. Rich, woody sort of flavour with more rich fruit and caramel. Very much like my mum’s steamed fruit pudding, actually! Medium creamy palate. Some harshness in the aftertaste but otherwise a wonderful drop.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbeers21 (693) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2007
Pours ruby/brown with large, foamy off-white head, and nice lacing. Rasins toffee, yeasty/wheaty, and apple aromas, slight scent of alcohol. The taste reveals soft, rounded fruit, berries and yields a soft sour drying finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
charlotte (5173) - rødovre, DENMARK - JUL 20, 2007
Dark amber colour with small head.Aroma is fruity a bit like almond and sweet malt.Flavor is like wood and a sweet taste of caramel.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - JUL 17, 2007
Bottle (with the upside-down label). Deep, murky garnet pour with a billowy ivory head. Very light malt profile in the aroma and some fresh hop notes. Bready and thin with a slight licorice or anise note. Prunes. Very clean/ dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
theisti (3856) - Kansas, USA - JUL 10, 2007
11.2 fl oz bottle. There was quite a bit of gunk around the mouth of the bottle when I opened this one. Odd, since I had stored it standing up. Regardless, initial aroma and pour were pretty normal, so here we go. Pour is slightly hazy orange amber with a big fluffy off white head that settled down pretty quickly (some sediment present as well). Aroma is some wood and dark, over ripe fruit. Quite a bit of carbonation in the taste, with some nice caramel malt and hop bitterness in the finish. Not sure this one was 100% on, but it was nice nonetheless. There is a little bit of sharpness in the finish, not sure where this is coming from.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jerre (3170) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ekstedt (6488) - 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.

4
   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%.


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