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

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RATINGS: 2064   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
William (202) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - FEB 14, 2006
Excellent beer, completely inline with the stronger Rocheforts 8 and 10. Head was missing, might have been the glass. Rich caramel/toffee taste.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
D (577) - Gdynia, POLAND - FEB 13, 2006
Dark tea colour, big head; however there was something floating in it, like dirt - maybe it’s just typical for the type. Smells nice however, like some fruits, tastes also very well - rich, thick, winey flavour with almost no traces of alcohol. Dry end. Good overall, gotta try other Rocheforts with the higher numbers.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zeswaft (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2006
Aroma is of dirt, yeast, and some bread. Pours out like dirty and rusty water, with some tan head. A little bit into this beer and I am already supremely disappointed. Poor balancing of ingredients. Lots of dirt taste, some alcohol, and a little malt sweetness. Texture is very watery. So far only hints of a good Belgian on the finish with some nice Belgian yeast flavor. I’m gonna let this warm up a bit....Well, nothing is really changing. I put it up to the fan of my laptop and it’s warming but not improving. That’s a shame. Stick to the 8 and 10. Way better and for <$2 more a bottle plus abv, those are light years ahead, IMO.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorwart (2394) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 5, 2006
Good sized head of rather large bubbles. Would probably reduce pretty quickly if it were not for the rediculous carbonation. Head lasts the duration. Slightly sweet and dry aroma of dates, candied almonds and some other dark fruit. Rich and caramely. Color is a murky dark brownish orange. Fizzy in the mouth. Lite sweetness again with more dark fruit, yeast and spices. Pretty dry palate. Did I mention the insane carbonation! Loads of malts in there for backbone. Alcohol is hidden pretty darn well. Finish is dry and slightly puckering. Probably from the dryness and not from any bitterness. A very good dubbel.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DerWeg (1525) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2006
BeerBistro 330cl. Enjoyed with the BB Burger w/ beer cheddar topping and frites. Much of the unique malty & dark fruit Rochefort flavor profile I experience in a good bottle of the 8, almost more refined and balanced in a way, and with less ’burn.’ One of the best Trappists for me.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 27, 2006
Fairly well-carbonated but the head quickly dissipates. Fruit, earth, caramel, vanilla, alcohol…all easily perceived. More bubbly on the palate than what was expected. Perhaps it is the same bubbles that round out the flavors and the complexity. A little too dry for my taste. I heard a rumor that this would not be available on the open market much longer and that the monks would be brewing this exclusively (more or less) for consumption at the abbey and environs. True or not, do yourself a favor and pick up a bottle. You won’t be disappointed.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tsp (113) - DENMARK - JAN 27, 2006
(Bottle) Pours cloudy red/brown with unusually stable off white head. The taste is complex with notes of citrus, sweet toffee and dried fruits. Very enjoyable, yet easy to drink.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Deep brown color with a nice off-white head. Sweet vanilla-like, fruity aroma. Fruity, chocolatey flavor, pretty much just a weaker version of the 8 and 10. Salty finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 15, 2006
[bottle from dorsvlegel] Aroma is rich and fruity, chocolate, raisins. good body, very drinkable.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 8, 2006
33Cl bottle. Deep red-orange, large pillowy light tan head. Biscuit, caramel, raisin aromatics, with acidic tinges of apple skin and "alefruit." Lusterous raisin and caramel flavors, which lead to vinous and dark fruit flavors. Hints of cocoa and a faint toastiness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium heavy, slightly hot and slightly chewy.


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