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


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RATINGS: 1924   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - MAR 1, 2005
Bottled. Malty, sweet aroma, plums and raisins. Same features occur also in the taste, with notes of caramel. Itīs quite carbonated. I see it on par with Chimay Rouge. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (7502) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2005
Thans to JCapriotti for this one. Pours turbid brown with a solid, creamy off-white head. Aroma of malt, some brown sugar, barnyard, fruit, toffee. Tastes fruity, malty, with hints of caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit, iced tea, and some hops. Very complex, with a medium, highly carbonated palate, and a fruity, caramelly finish. Outstanding!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChazyRPh (582) - Chazy, New York, USA - FEB 15, 2005
bottle as a birthday gift from by brother...muddy pour, both in clarity and color. Nice frothy tan head that lingers a while. Fruity aroma, rock candy aroma also. Dark fruits (raisins, plums, fig) aroma. Smells great. Nice sweetness, good fruitiness, yeastly. Alcohol is not evident, this is smooth and very satisfying. Iíd say this is one of if not the top dubbel that I have tasted. Doughy, sweet (but not cloying), fruity goodness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pjk33 (389) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2005
Bottle. At the Sharp Edge in East Liberty, Pittsburgh, PA. Poured an nice dark, raisin color with a decent head and a beautiful nose. All kinds of stuff here, including that great Belgian yeasty, bread, cookie aroma. It also has that great little sour taste that all great Belgians have. Sweet malt and the cookie flavors pour throught this nicely bodied brew. Not too overwhelming... I need to try the 8 and the 10 soon as they sat right beside this one in the cooler. Nice and spicy, but all balanced very well. I liked it a lot. Homebrewerguy and I made this one of our final quaffs before his wife Sue drove us home... Thank God she was there for that, or we would still be there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 13, 2005
Beautiful dark plummy brown color, with lush foam above, active carbonation, attractive appearance. Aroma: sweet, full ,complex, loaded with drak fruits, grapes, cherries, dates, plum, ...eggplant,...a bit of sour and must, an intriguing flavor in this nose, somewhere between sweetness and utter oddity. But I like it. Taste: huge impact on the palate, big, fat, and delcious, ...more dark fruits swim the mouth, aided and abetted by a mix of spice, very rich, powerful, and juicy. Not as huge in alcohol, while still stronger than most beers, as itís brethren, this is a uniquely tasty, very drinkable effort from the makers of two of the most stunning beers on the planet. (The 8 and 10, of course.) Very mellow, but far from mild. I admire the unique flavor more as it finds a home in my mouth. Medium bodied, long, fruity finish, very much deliciousness. Iím very happy with this one, and am amazed that this is the first time Iíve tried it...where have you been all my life? Yum, yum...try this one, please...your happiness is ensured!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - FEB 12, 2005
Just arrived in Toronto. Dark murky borwn colour with very little head. Aroma of brown sugar and spices. The flavour is a great blend of sweetness and various spices I couldnít quite pick out in the noisy environment. Wonderfully complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Sammy (8094) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2005
Dark amber brown colour. Cinammon smell. Warming cinammon mouthfeel. Licorice, fruity spice, raspberry,vanilla. Excellent malt toffee but not to make it on sweet side.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
macguy (146) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2005
Tasted this in Leiden, the Netherlands. itís a nice tasty dubbel. The flavor is yeasty, bready and has a hint of chocoloate and fruit. The head was thin. Iím looking forward to trying the other beers from this brewery.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2005
Low head on a dark amber body. The taste is OK but, having tested both the "10" and the "8", one finds this version a little light. Iíd say itís good as a lunch beer, if you donít want to be under the influence in the afternoon.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pilsnerrogge (2412) - FinspŚng, SWEDEN - FEB 4, 2005
Dark amber. Head dissipates fast. Light chocolate/toffee aroma. Malty, somewhat alcoholic flavor with salty liquorice in the finish. Suprisingly thin.

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