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


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RATINGS: 1977   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   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 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (20493) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2005
Bottled. Brown colour with a beige head. Fruity aroma of spices, yeast, alcohol and liquorice. Flavour is dominated by anise with notes of fruits, yeast, chocolate and spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 3, 2005
Light brown color with a thick and lasting head. Caramel, nuts, and light fruit in the aroma. Rich caramel and banana flavor but the finish is a little watery. Very good beer but could be better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hunsell (400) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 2, 2005
Looks, smells and tastes a lot like the 8 and 10 but is just ’less’ in everything. Pretty sweet, caramel, dark fruits, some mushrooms, overcarbonated. Clearly not as good as the 8 and 10, but that is worldclass

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 28, 2005
330 mL capped bottle (best before 15.05.07, aged about a year): rosy brown with a slight haze and a thick, persistent patchwork (ivory) cream. Banana nut aromatics with dusty Baker’s chocolate, fresh Rye bread dough, plums, Grape-Nuts, and a chalky-bubble gum presence. Soft, yeasty palate that is light as well as creamy. Here is where the monk’s uncanny abilities shine through – how do they make the flavours so complex: the yeast is fruity (banana, red apple, pear, pineapple, light lemon and passion fruit) and at the same time filled with leather, stone, iron and other interesting barnyard components. As elegant as it is fabulous, and will easily last until 2007…

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - APR 26, 2005
Pours a light caramel brown settling into the glass as a softly hazed dark tawny brown coffee color; firm uncrusted light tan bumpy-lumpy head of medium height graces the top. Reduces to a fine skim and collar while the lace stays in minimally thin webs and tiny dots. Aroma is of chocolate waffer cookies dusted with a spicy nuttyness and a light tinge of cherry alcohol. Taste is mild with a light bready tone glazed with a even more milding sweet fruity touch of raisin, apple, cherry, pear, and apricot. Slightly sits at the middle with an empty-like sweep of yeast and drys off in a fine, gradual, and easy going slope of cocoa and baking cookie sugars. Finishes a bit bolder with a chocolate waffer cookie filling fading off gently. A very smooth taster and drinker with only slightly moderate amounts of anything. Everything is very slight and gradual in its approach. Nothing big, nothing small; light, delicate, but fairly rich and about as complex as you’d want it to be. Solid medium body with a bready-like chewy texture and smoothness with a very gradually placed crescendo into the finish. How do those Trappists do that? Gone in a flash! Slides right down without much effort at all. But I still prefer the 8 by Rochefort if I’m gonna get anything by them.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tmoney99 (10409) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2005
Bottle. This was the last in the process of tasting all three of these brews. Aroma, flavor and body was much the same as the 10 and 8. With a lowerer and smaller alcohol finish. This was a good thing. The complex flavor and finish generated more character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - APR 22, 2005
Pours a murky muddy brown color with medium light beige head. Aroma is lightly spicy and wine like with a subtle hint of bannana. Flavor starts peppery and fruity (berries and plum) becoming lightly bitter and acidic. The finish is quite dry. Lively palate. Nice dubbel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2005
Bottle 11.03.09. (have another from footbalm as an extra in trade) Pours hazy medium brown with decent head. Aroma is yeasty malt, molaases, nuts, very light banana and some smokiness. Flavor is the sma with some dark roasted grains and a smoky dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mds (2194) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 16, 2005
bottle at smokeless joe’s. last one off the shelf. hazy dark brown colour. medium frothy white head. rich maltiness, brown sugar, subtle cheese notes, and yeast. pretty complex. warm alcohol. medium carbonation. Good, but not as good as the 8 and 10.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
legion242 (2143) - Richardson, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2005
Really nice dark fruits. Nice fizziness that was a bit unexpected. Stays warming throughout the glass.

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