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


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RATINGS: 1988   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GregClow (2857) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 27, 2005
Bottle shared with tupalev at beerbistro. Dark mahogany colour with not much head. Nice aroma with hints of whiskey, caramel & spice. Flavour is sweet but subtle. Some good spiciness, a hint of dark dried fruit, and some alcohol warmth. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorbalev (2911) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 27, 2005
Bottle, Beer Bistro. Subtle spiciness and earthy qualities in aroma. Nice soft malt touch as well. Very dark brown pour. Light to medium mouthfeel, Taste is initially much more harsh than either the 8 or the 10, despite it being less alcohol. In fact, I got all alcohol at the start. Certainly mellows as it warms, but still retains a sharpness, while letting some spiciness come out. Interesting drink and certainly much different form the 8 and the 10. Shared with GregClow.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluevegie (3051) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 26, 2005
Reddy, brown, amber and hazy body with a rocky light tan head. Lovely aroma of toasted malt, caramel and also dried fruit. Smooth taste that is medium body, a little sweet at first, soft caramel, a little spice, raisins and a warming finish. I like this, it is not big or anything but very easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11076) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2005
11oz bottle-Pours a tan/coffee color thick head, reduces to an airy foam. Color is a very cloudy dark amber, talk about nonfiltered/natural-there’s decent size particles settling down through the beer. Taste is a nice sweet sensation with a bit of bite. This beer has a creamy feel to it. A nice beer, others at a more moderate price are as enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 23, 2005
Brown with an off-white head. Aroma is spicey with dark fruits. Has a classic belgian aroma. Rich malt body, chocolate, dark fruit, and nuttiness. Creamy mouthfeel with a little bit too watery of a finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
turbothy (1078) - Bonn, GERMANY - MAY 22, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2007 [from bottle @ Copenhagen Beer Festival 2005]
Nutty brown, nice fresh aroma, but the taste is too flat to lift this.

Re-rate, now from an entire bottle: Excellent floral aroma and a full, yeasty sweet, highly aromatic body. A winner.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 19, 2005
Pours a rich brown with a huge rocky tan head. Lots of fine lacing. Smell is spicy and peppery. Yeasty to with underlying bread a grain smells. The flavor is where the breadiness takes over. Bread and grainy flavors. Big malty flavors. Hints of caramel. Spicy with just a tinge of underlying alcohol burn. Thick and rich in the mouth. Luxurious palate. Whoa boy is this tasty. Bravo to this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rederic (2898) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 13, 2005
Hazy mahogany-red opaque hue, with a thick rocky head, very floral and herbal with effluviums of jasmine and african violet, fruity notes of prunes, raisins,dates and malted caramel aroma, follows through on a medium-bodied palate with some sweet and fruity flavors of raisins, prunes with a touch of chocolate and coffee, leading to a caramelized malt and molasses character in a dry, acidic hops bittering finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hobgoblin (163) - St-Épiphane, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 12, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2006 Bottle at L’estaminet in Rivière-du-Loup. Muddy brown color with sediment and a nice head that comes to a ring. Mostly malt caramel in the aroma and as the same for the taste. Well balanced, not too fizzy, good texture, medium bodied, nice crafted beer. C’est nouveau, il y a maintenant de l’importation privé à L’estaminet. Bière de couleur brune opaque, avec des sédiments et un colllet qui ne forme qu’un anneau. Odeur de malt caramel, c’est pas mal la meme chose pour le gout. Bien équilibré, pas trop forte en co2, corps moyen (si je me souviens bien), très bien réussis.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - MAY 10, 2005
this is what an ecstatic blushing pumpkin looks like: murky orange, brown shadows, carmine across the cheek. the head blooms upward like vernal meadows in full sun, while wet lace makes crazy stick figures akin to children’s chalk on a sidewalk. meanwhile, the pour has enough vascular chunk to cause embolism in an elephant. this precocious junior member of the rochefort team is an elegant confection; the rosy sweet cavendish smell dwells in that instant between moist ensconcement in the tobacco bag and the snap of roasting fire on the leaf. apple, plum and maple cream: all these and more combine on the tongue, plus a late addition of coffee, and such fussingly prepared caramel coffee crema it is. mild body, lively carbonation, indeed sweet, but with every nuance of yoga-perfect balance thanks to a dry woody bitterness.

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