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

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RATINGS: 1986   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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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.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
canary dog (655) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - JUN 7, 2005
Wow, I really like this stuff. It’s difficult to describe the color and body of the beer: like a slurry dark brown liquid. It has some strange stuff going on with those weird bubbles popping off the surface. This alone is ever so slightly entertaining. The taste reminds me of melted tootsie rolls-- like a caramel/chocolate dessert but not overly sweet, either. Not too sweet at all. Mouthfeel is mushy and satisfying, and the finish is clean.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eructoblaster (2956) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2005
Cloudy dark amber body topped with a thick off-white foamy head. Well balanced, malty aroma with oaky, spicy, and yeasty hints. Taste releases various fruity notes but is not as strong and complex as I was expecting. Hides the alcohol pretty well and leaves a long and warm aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Crockett (1005) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 6, 2005
Pours dark mahogony with ruby hues. Short white suds sticking to the sides of the glass. Aroma of toasted grain, chocolate, brown sugar, and rye whiskey. Still pretty heady but lacks the power and complexity of 8 and 10. Yeast and earth. Peppery booze. Some mushroom. Sweet with cream in the body and flavours. Caramel and chocolate. Finish drops off a lot faster than 8 and 10, but is long and full of fruit and toast.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2005 A Mes rate: Looks, smells and tastes just as the Rochefort 8 & 10. Darkish but not as much as the 8 & 10, more like an amber than a dubbel. Fruity and chocolatey both in the nose and in the mouth. Hints of banana and vanilla in the flavour too. Silky smooth and and drinkable with a roasted nut pinch at the finish. A good everyday beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7098) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 3, 2005
Beautiful cloudy rich brown pour with a tall rocky off-white head. Head receded after a few minutes to about 1/4", and stayed there. Light sediment. Aroma was spicy and almost bready, with some darker fruit. Aroma carried through to the taste and spicy malts, fruit, and a wonderful nutty caramel flavor danced on the taste buds. Finish carried through the spicy malt, and thankfully lasted for a while. ### This tasting confirms that the first bottle of Roch 6 that I tried was infected ###

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (5957) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 30, 2005
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry at BeerBistro. Pours a nice amber brown with just the right amount of head. Great spicy aroma of malts, fruit and caramel. Tastes similar to the Rochefort 8 and the 10 only milder. Like all the Rochefort beers it hides the alcohol very well. I’m not as big a Belgian fan as many here but the Rochefort beers continue to impress -- not as good as the 8 or 10 but still a great beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sigmund (4949) - Tau, NORWAY - MAY 29, 2005
330 ml bottle, at the 32nd Cambridge Beer Festival. Served directly from the fridge. Had to wait half an hour before I could drink it. Strange thing with British pubs and beer festivals - they’re very conscious that their native cask ales should be served at cellar temperatures, but foreign bottled beers are served ice cold, no matter what! Barnyard aroma with notes of dried fruits and oak, improves as the beer warms up. Flavour has much of the same elements as Rochefort 8 and 10, just on a more moderate scale. Dried fruits, brown sugar, tobacco, oak.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
roder60 (1283) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2010 Pours a dark mahogany with a small bit of light tan head. Aroma is delicious - malts, caramels, fruits and spice. Flavor was even better as its nutty caramel malt flavor balances perfectly with the plum/raisin fruit undertone and subtle spicy bite. Overall, I felt this was an extremely complex, but superbly balanced beer. Re-rate: Rarely do I ever go back and re-rate a beer, but I had this for a second time the other night in a side by side tasting with the 8 and the 10. After that experience, I felt the beer lacked some of the depth I remembered and that it was surprisingly light and uninspiring, hence why I have changed my score.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GregClow (2853) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 27, 2005
Bottle shared with tupalev at beerbistro. Dark mahogany colour with not much head. Nice aroma with hints of whiskey, caramel & spice. Flavour is sweet but subtle. Some good spiciness, a hint of dark dried fruit, and some alcohol warmth. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorbalev (2908) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 27, 2005
Bottle, Beer Bistro. Subtle spiciness and earthy qualities in aroma. Nice soft malt touch as well. Very dark brown pour. Light to medium mouthfeel, Taste is initially much more harsh than either the 8 or the 10, despite it being less alcohol. In fact, I got all alcohol at the start. Certainly mellows as it warms, but still retains a sharpness, while letting some spiciness come out. Interesting drink and certainly much different form the 8 and the 10. Shared with GregClow.


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