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

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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2285   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   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.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkofron (155) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 28, 2007
Rich red-brown, some sediment with nice tan head. Sweet fruity aroma. Very smooth with fruit notes. Not as good as the Rochefort 8, but still an excellent Belgian Ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - APR 27, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2007 Bottle. Pours dark red/chestnut with a bubbly, off-white head. Mild sediment is noticed with even a gentle pour. Aroma is noticeably strong on alcohol, especially considering the abv. Sweet malts and lots of dark and ripe fruit, especially figs shine though, as well as a nice obviously Belgian yeast aroma. Flavor is moderately/highly carbonated. While I am usually averse to high levels of carbonation, it seems to complement the flavor of this beer, causing prickly fruit notes to pop up before the caramel malt sweetness and warm alcoholy finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (20240) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 22, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2015 Deep red / brown colour, with a light maly nose, and a rich bitter malt flavour, rich and complex.2.6 Bottle at home ... may 2015 ... bbf Feb 2012 ... copper .. thin tan lacing ... soft zezty lime ffruit .. zezty fruit nose ... juicy fruits .. soft zezty fruits .. ligth floral fruits ... digging this .. 4.0

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Diablo9845 (62) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - APR 22, 2007
Did not like this as much as the 8, but I guess that was expected. A little lighter and easier to drink but a sacrifice in taste. Darker amber colour. Sweet taste, very alcholic/malty nose. While this is still a very nice beer, it doesn’t hold a candle to the other trappists.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 16, 2007
Belgian beer festival Brussels 2006: the light and refreshing (?) cousin. Love it, more drinkable everyday...should you drink it everyday? no, not even if you can afford/ find it. I brought a couple bottles home. the best of it is the nice refreshing nose

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Moz (613) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - APR 10, 2007
Bottle. Hazy brown colour with a beige head. Malty aroma with caramel & raisin. Weak flavour, light yeasty & fruity.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pineypower (2980) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - APR 9, 2007
Pours light brown with a moderated sized white head. Spice and some sweetness on the aroma. Mostly yeast and some sweet fruits with some dried fruit and some caramel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 9, 2007
Aroma and flavors of dates, with a nice measure of sweetness. The flavor is good, but a bit thin.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerBellyOSU (47) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2007
Pale amber in color, carmel colored head. Winey smell, dried fruits, figs, raisins. Taste to match, dried fruits, tart apple, a little caramel. Smooth finish.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - APR 7, 2007
11 oz bottle. Apple cider borwn. Limited head. Sour apple, citrus, light carbonation. Hint of mustard. Watery and thin body like a diluted 8. Empty taste; a tart green tea.


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