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


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RATINGS: 2298   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - JUN 17, 2007
Hazy brown color, small with head. Aromais light fruits, pears, apples, and berries. Flavor is very rich malty sweetness, lots of caramel, nuts, and toffee, slight roasted malts and some smokiness with some banana and light fruits in the finish with a cloying honey caramel on your tongue. Full mouthfeel, very chewy leaving a thick coat in your mouth. Let this beer warm up for a while before drinking it makes it so much better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Capa (2597) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JUN 12, 2007
Caramel with orange highlites and a medium light tan head. Bready, spicy, yeast, wine-like grapes, and sweet malt. Flavor is spices, dark fruits, malty sweetness, and alcohol. Finishes with noticeable alcohol. Medium, rather carbonated body. Great brew, I prefer the 10 but this is in no way a sub-par beer. Keep up the good work, Rochefort.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (4042) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 10, 2007
Bottle. Smells like dark fruits, candied sugar, and raisins. Flavor is very similar to aroma. A very nice and full flavored dubbel. Rochefort sure makes some fine beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 3, 2007
330 mL bottle. Brown with a quickly dissipating foamy tan head. Aroma of yeast, grape, and sugar. Slightly bright palate. Tastes of dark fruits, grape, sugar, and "big soft cookie dough flavor" really captures the dominant taste quite well. Finishes slightly bitter and slightly alcoholic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bonbright7 (181) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2007
This was a great example of dubbels with a big soft cookie dough flavor that held a great body all the way to the last taste. As others noted, there was a slight bitterness of hops as this was very easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 2, 2007
botle....appearance: poured a bubbly burnt sienna brown with a very nice fluffy off-white head....aroma: sweet, dark fruit, plums, maple brown sugar, and sour green apple....taste: consistent continuation with the aroma. sweet malt, slight sourness coming from the apple but mostly embodied the essence of dark fruit. also a well-welcomed creamy mouth feel.....pretty friggin tasty. 8 and 10 coming up next

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
blklab2007 (2118) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 1, 2007
bottle dated 22/03/11. pours golden nut brown in color with lots of carbonation and foam. smells sweet apples, plums, figs, brown sugar. first sip tastes plums and raisins dry and highly carbonated but as it warms becomes very smooth and drinkable. first one tried, good thing i bought the 8 and 10 as well!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcr (2527) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 27, 2007
Cloudy dark copper body with large, foamy and long-lasting off-white head. Moderate aroma is malty and fruity — plum, pear, raisin and a note of citrusy lemon — along with doughy yeast. Flavor is sweet to start, but turns tart like sour apple and slightly bitter. There is a light mustiness in the finish along with a raw dough flavor. Texture is slightly watery alongside a medium body. Fizzy carbonation. Nice palate. The alcohol shows up at the end.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
mlist55 (210) - media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2007
Pours a very hazy deep brownish red color. Head is a thick white that fades quickly. Aroma is of dark fruit, light chcolate and some floral hop make an appearance. Taste is of dark fruit, some tart grapes, belgian spice, and light stale hops

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dogfisherman (9) - mount laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2007 does not count
365 beers in 365 days! 4th beer in an attempt to rate 365 beers over the next year! Wed May 23st 2007 33ml bottle from Red White & Brew poured into La Trappe glass Bit of a muddy Brown pour, big head of small bubbles that dissipated to a smaller head that still left a nice quality lacing throughout the whole tasting. Nutty taste that lingered with a nice light-med body taste, but also a slight bit of a chalky taste…perhaps not the best bottle of this, have certainly had better of the dubbel style, and was not up to par with the other two Rochefort Classics Look for the next 361 beers and for the entire diary on my BeerMagnets website! Will be trying to go by season and style when possible with special cellared ales on special occasions.

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