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

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RATINGS: 2192   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
KLandon (6) - St. Catharines, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 3, 2006 does not count
Reddish in colour with a fruity aroma. It tastes of malt vinegar but in a good way. A great way, in fact. A creamy white head and a fruity finish. I totally dig.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zootfinster (215) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2007 What a delightful beer. I was looking for Rochefort Trappistes 10 and grabbed 6 in error. Believe me it was no error. The head looked like an off white bowl of whipping cream and lasted for quite some time. Great fruity spicy flavor. Bright and sweet A really great flavor. Next time I must be sure to get 10. If it is a much better as many say I may just think I died and went to heaven

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cliff (355) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2006
Pours a nice browns with a thick white head. Sublte sweetness and strong spice in the aroma. Nice bready, yeastiness in the flavor. Dried fruits, figs, brown sugar. Bubbly on the palate. Very good dubbel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 26, 2006
From bottle. Pours a murky brown with hints of orange. Thin ring of tan foam around the edge. Brown sugar malts abound in the nose with hints of dark fruits. Flavor follows with a noticeable bitterness throughout. Palate is on the thin side.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pbjclimber (150) - Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2006
Bottle: Pours a deep mahogany color with a tan head with lots of carbonation. The taste is of malts, fruit, and a little bitterness at the end. There are a lot of fruity esters present giving it a very distinct taste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2006
bottle bought in Netherlands: the whole beer is very interesting not like any other dubbal that Ive had. very spicy aroma that is layed with toffee, probably some carmalized malt (?). there is some rasperries in there as well as sweet malt. Pretty yeasty. a little watery, but nice active palate. pretty good, and interesting, worth a try. wouldnít say its great though and it could probably turn a lot of people off with the peculiar spicyness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (12600) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 12, 2006
Strong aroma of medium dark fruit. Brown malty yeasty aroma. It smells brown. Vigorous, persistent tan head. Lacing. Starts with mysterious fruit, passes to something like bread dough. Then caramel and chocolate notes rise. It is a bit thin, say medium mouthfeel. It is certainly unique and complex. It is good.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tramp55555 (61) - Lisbon, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2006
Best damn beer I íve ever had, except for their 10.. Iíve had alot of types from all over the world. Iíve not yet had Westvleteren, but I find it hard to believe anything can be better than this beer. This is a shining jewel in the beer world. It is the Holy Grail (or is that íHoly Ale?). Best damn beer Iíve ever had!!! Except for their 10. I believe it to be the same beer with a lower alcohol content.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Marko (4330) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 6, 2006
Bottled at the Hopdevil in Zagreb
The other two Rocheforts were in my opinion the best beers Iíve ever had, and I ordered this with great expectations... that proved to be misplaced. This poured a truly lovely murky deep red body on top of which perched a small beige head, but went away fast. The nose was really weak and subtle compared to its brothers. Just some fruitiness and a hint of acidity. The taste... well, letís just say that my first impression was "What the...?". Nothing. Weak, watery, just some faint lemon, cardboard and slightly unpleasant yeastiness and some ok, but way too subtle fruitiness. How underwhelming. I probably had a bad bottle, and I will be trying this again. Until then, I stand firmly by my ratings.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnnyJ (4954) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 5, 2006
A very enjoyable brew. Spicey, sweet malt, and a little chocolate and fruit in the aroma. Brown with off-white head. Flavors of spice, dark fruit, and yeast. A very nice light flavor, that is easy to drink.


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