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


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RATINGS: 2334   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kopestes (164) - Braine líAlleud, BELGIUM - JUL 26, 2007
0.33l bottle bought in Rochefort, 09/05/2012. Deep brown with reddish hue. Thin lasting head. Aroma and taste are the same like 8 but weaker. Another nice beer from Rochefort.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 25, 2007
I really hate to say this, but this beer was really boring. The aroma was the one thing that grabbed me with notes of cherries, pine, roasted malt, bananas, and a subtle woodsiness. That was where my excitement was stifled. The flavor was ridiculously bland and had a horribly dry funkiness to it. I canít imagine I got a bad bottle of this but I hope that is the case, because I really wanted to enjoy it. Will pick up another bottle sometime and rerate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2011 Ah, now this is my kind of dubbel! I just love this stuff. On the one hand, itís got the richness and complexity one looks for, with a sharp nutty flavor and warming malts to go along with a bold body. A bit bready, some candy notes that arenít too strong (thankfully!), and a light citric overtone. But what I really like, on the other hand, is the lively, almost blonde-ish body that seems to mellow this out just right. A splendidly balanced brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4613) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 23, 2007
Poured a dark brown that showed some ruby red up to the light. The head was thick, creamy, beige. The aroma was sweet, showed alcohol, candy, mellow fruit, vinous.The flavor was also sweet, showed some alcohol, candy, brandyish quality, dark fruit, mellowed Belgian feel. Nice palate too, well carbonated with very well defined bubbles. Finishes warm with some sharp alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daniele (8100) - ITALY - JUL 21, 2007
rossa meno alcolica del resto della produzione quasi beverina nonostante i suoi 7,5 gradi alcolici molto interessante

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChrisTurner (207) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 21, 2007
Bottle -- Deep brown honey colour with a large off-white head wihtout much retention. Aroma is very sweet, with dried fruit and caramel. Rich, woody sort of flavour with more rich fruit and caramel. Very much like my mumís steamed fruit pudding, actually! Medium creamy palate. Some harshness in the aftertaste but otherwise a wonderful drop.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbeers21 (693) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2007
Pours ruby/brown with large, foamy off-white head, and nice lacing. Rasins toffee, yeasty/wheaty, and apple aromas, slight scent of alcohol. The taste reveals soft, rounded fruit, berries and yields a soft sour drying finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
charlotte (5193) - rÝdovre, 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
theisti (3905) - 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.

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