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

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RATINGS: 2138   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 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"

3.9
   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.

3.2
   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.

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 (4734) - 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 (12060) - 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 (3488) - 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.


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