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

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RATINGS: 2317   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
charlotte (5188) - 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 (3882) - 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 (3223) - 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 (6516) - 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%.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jalichio999 (502) - BRAZIL - JUL 6, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2007 Bottle. Dark amber coloration, with a very nice beige head, consistent and persistent. Sweet, dry and bitter at the same time. High carbonation. Notes of chocolate, caramel and something lightly fruity.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JayNW (12) - Crewe, ENGLAND - JUL 4, 2007
For me this is the most drinkable of the Rochefort brews. Not because of it’s strength. It still has great flavour and character of other Rochefort brews but it is less thick and rich. Thus, for me easy to drink again and again. Again, a truly world class beer. If you get the opportunity to try Rochefort don’t drawn straight to the stronger brews... this one is as special as the other two

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - JUL 3, 2007
This is Rochefort 8 light and fizzy. Seriously, it tastes just like Rochefort 8, which I reviewed yesterday, except substantially lighter and fizzier. It’s very pleasant. However, for some reason I noticed an off medicinal note in this one, which I didn’t notice in the 8. A minor flaw, but one that may have kept this beer from 4.0. Closest relative = Westmalle dubbel. I think I prefer Westmalle.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kirill (277) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 3, 2007
murky brown with lots of yeast on the bottom and a little bit even in the head... fruits and berries in the aroma.... flavor was as full and complex as it gets - the same fruits added with a bittersweetness...


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