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


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RATINGS: 2123   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ibrew2or3 (7312) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 30, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2006 Started to pour out copper then the sludge made it to the glass. Now itís a cloudy amber color with no head. Aroma is the classic Belgium yeasty fruitiness and some solid malts. Iím probably drinking it a little above 60F. Mmmm. Really nice flavor. The cherries are competing with the complex malty back bone for flavor supremacy. The malts seem to consist of the dryer grainy variety (maybe Vienna) and the more roasted caramel. Creates an excellent balance. I canít detect any hops. Smooth fruity and malty after taste. First class brew. Not a flavor out of place. I look forward to the 8 and the 10.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EithCubes (5185) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 25, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2015 Bottle. Brown-red, perhaps a dark amber, with a volatile and short-lived head. Lots of poured sediment. Aroma is strong, sweet, and extremely yeasty. Malty with mild dried fruit alcohol notes. Extremely crisp, progresses toward harsh. Taste is sharp, yeasty and malt, touch of spice, a little alcohol burn at the end, acidic, dry. Iíve tried to like this, but I canít - itís not flavorful enough, itís thin, and the aggressive mouthfeel is off-putting. [2006.06.25: 2.8]

Re-rate, 11.2 oz bottle best before end 24.04.2019, so fresh enough. Nose of caramel but more strongly of candy, and I mean candy, sweets that are eaten by children, powdered sugar. Very highly carbonated, pours dark amber with a soapy beige head, and there are some meaty notes, touch of fruit and yeast/mineral. Taste is not as sharp as predicted, lightly sweet and fruity, very ripe stone fruit, really pushing apricots this time. Some orange/citrus and powdery notes, tea and lavender/herbal, not at all what I was expecting, sort of a smooth gruit character without any toffee or roast or caramel. Thereís very slight warming but alcohol well-hidden on the whole. Very faintly tart with even less bitterness, very strong meadow honey and faint vanilla. Medium body ultra-smooth despite the carbonation, and the kršuter/floral character is out of the world this time, seems I had a bad example last time through. Glad to have been wrong, hereís to second chances! [2015.03.13: 3.9]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 21, 2006
Ruby-brown body with a small, quickly diminishing off-white head. Aroma is very nice, dark fruits with some light muskiness. Some caramel, and hops are also evident, yeast can be noticed. The taste is similar to the aroma, fruity with some hop ending, not as complex as the aroma however. Warm when swallowing. Overall, not bad but a bit dissapointing when compared to the Rochefort 10.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2006
Thanks to egajdzis for this í04 bottle... Appears a hazy, medium brown with a small light tan head that slowly fades out. Spotty lacing is left around the glass. Smell is of caramel, brown sugar, doughy bread, and light fruit. Taste is of the same aromas with a nice balance of sugar and fruit kicking around. Mouthfeel is mildly thin but still medium bodied, semi-sweet, with the yeast clinging to the palate. Warming in the swallow. This one reminds me a bit of the Rochefort 8, and a shadow of the 10 but not as lively, or as complex as either.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 14, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2008 So far this has the best looking pour of any beer. Pours medium brown with about a 3 inch tan head. The last few drops was dark sediment that mixed in with the lighter head. Almost looked like a chocolate dessert. The flavor doesnít even come close the the "10" but I pretty much expected that. But still very good overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - JUN 12, 2006
Bottle - very sweet aroma of malt and yeast. Deep dirty brown with a TON of suspended floaties. The beige head was gone with surprising speed. Very sweet with notes of brown sugar and molasses. Softly carbonated. Good, but a tad disappointing considering its big brother.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (8492) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Bottle. Caramel, brown sugar and raisin aroma. Cloudy cola brown color with little head. Slight sour raisin bread flavor - sourness comes on stronger throughout with a moderate bitter finish. More harsh than other dubbels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrEcted1 (144) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Not bad.... not bad at all, but pales in comparison with itís bigger brother Rochefort 10. Much lighter then the 10, but definitely has the same characteristics. Floral with brow sugar, raisins come out well, maybe some nutmeg or something. Nice, but if youíre new to Rochefort then go straight for the 10, try this one later.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2006
The color of this beer misleads you into thinking this will be much sweeter and heavier than it is, the dark brown body with a massive tan head and sweet nose build this up like a chimay blue or something, but the taste is so much lighter, nice sweetness up front, but quickly resolves into a nicely carbonated estery body, little subtle hints of toffee and brown sugar blend nicely with the spiciness from the yeast strain.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KUEric (888) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 3, 2006
Shared with csbosox: Aromas of brown sugar, figs, and maple syrup. Little to no head atop a brownish golden golor with sediments throughout. Tastes of grapefruit, raisins, citrus, caramel/toffee.

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