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


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RATINGS: 2182   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skidds (252) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 15, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2007 Again, same as Rochefort 10, I was pleasantly suprised to find this brew here in Canada. Tastes about the same as 10 too. However, the alcohol presense is less dominating which is a plus.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - OCT 15, 2006
bottle. brown color. fruity malty aroma. medium carpy head. sweet caramel. lots of carp. not much pallete.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Moosewood (4) - Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2006 does not count
One of my faves...Nose of caramels, breads and fruits. Creamy head (common, I’ve found of the Rocheforts). Awesome, creamy mouthfeel, awesome taste start to finish. Incredible beer and very easy to drink. My first one was at the Cock & Bull in Sarasota, FL. Only thing to add is that it seems highly susceptible to skunkage so either dont serve too cold or dont let temps fluctuate during transit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 14, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2007 Pours like a rochefort alright, brown and murky with some copper hints; head is cream-colored, average-sized, a fizzy, but a small amount sticks around throughout leaving minimal lacing. Nose is nice with the flavors not standing out like one might expect, notes of chocolate, darker fruits, yeast, and some surprising alcohol. Taste is chocolate, banana bread, yeast, and prunes with a moderately-low hop bitterness and some definate alcohol presence. Palate is medium bodied and lively. Finishes with the sweetness drying out mostly with a little bready character remaining. Nice offering from Rochefort, but more like a scaled down version of the 8 than a dubbel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 12, 2006
I think that I am actually enjoying this beer more than its higher alcohol brethren. The 8 and 10 come across as a little bit strong, where this is more subtle. Like any well made Trappist beer, this has dark fruit, banana bread, mild alcohol, candy sugar, and yeast. Ends mildly dry and woody. What more can be said about this beer other than very solid and enjoyable.......

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2006
11.2 oz bottle split with Dan. Aroma is dark fruits, alcohol, light vanilla. Taste is brown sugar, dark malts, dark fruits(plums), with a lightly tart and dry, earthy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2006
Reddish brown color; beautiful fluffy, tan head. Sweet fruity aroma, some light alcohol. Flavors are sweet- candi sugar, yeast, toffee and some fruit (pear). Some chocolate comes through in the finish. Such a fine brew, so complex yet drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Radek Kliber (6681) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - OCT 2, 2006
Botlle.Pours brown with light creamy amber. Fine dense head . Light alcoholic nose slightly overexposed in aroma, touch of yeast and malt behind. Medium bodied with clean alcoholic character. Medium dry, light fruity touch. Clean but shallow for Belgian ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crit (3561) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 1, 2006
Cloudy brown,lasting beige head.Nice carmel malt plum nose. Malt, brown sugar,plums. Gassy with medium alcohol heat. As befitting a dubbel, yeast presence is barely noticeable

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmradus (227) - Ithaca, New York, USA - SEP 29, 2006
A brown between milk and dark chocolate. Off-white to tan head that lasts, with some brown sediments floating around there because of a vigorous pour. Aroma is alcohol, dark fruits, chocolate, some spiciness that I’m not sure I can place. Taste is seemingly more warming/alcoholic than I would expect a 7.5, with prunes, plums, and caramelized sugars developing more intensely as it warms. The flavors don’t seem to jump at me, they’re a bit washed away by an overarching ordinary maltiness and a high amount of carbonation. This was a bit disappointing, and - to my taste - Westmalle’s Dubbel blows this out of the water.

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