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

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RATINGS: 2019   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevin62 (267) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 14, 2005
the appearance was cloudy and light brown.The taste was fruity and very complex.Apretty good beer but very expensive.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HermanW (1030) - Coevorden, NETHERLANDS - AUG 13, 2005
A very good abbey dubbel trappist beer. Mine had a best before date of 11 march 2009.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
ALLOVATE (2410) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 13, 2005
I have a soft spot for all the Rochefort ales. The Blue cap is one I have amassed as its possibly the most pleasant and balanced beer in the world, and the Green cap, another intense gem I love that I am yet to rate. This one, the shorter and drier brother is by far not a second to its ísinnerí elders. Tasted from the bottle and poured into a chalice glass around cellar temperature. Opaque garnet-amber with a 1Ĺ" dense and creamy off-white head. Head would not budge and left an abundance of lace down the glass. Supple ripe fruit, fairy floss and dry dark chocolate nose. More subtle than the bigger brothers but a decent waft that preceded each sip. Quite dry and peaty, earthy and full bodied in the mouth. No noticeable alcohol and quite pasty and yeasty, it levelled out quickly with an aged plum and dried red grape flavour that made things interesting. A lot more malt in the flavour than the biggers. Dry, gritty and lightly roasted grain, with a light and almost resinous, bitter hop note before a long dried fruit and dark malt swallow. Theres a level between one-off contemplation beers, quaffable íno brainersí and the extraordinarily balanced. The latter suits this beer. Lovely!!!

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2005
Yeasty and fruity aroma. Little spice in the bouquet. Cloudy light brown color. Head was small for a Belgian ale. Ripe fruits and some spice. A hint of spiced rum and cinnamon/honey syrup. More muted than the 8 and 10, but still full of flavor and well balanced.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pernille (518) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 9, 2005
Iíve been looking forward to this. And although itís not quite as explosive and powerful in the 8 & 10, it has the same flavor of dried fruit and herbs. A small glass full of sediments left on the bottom.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Terminus (3241) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JUL 16, 2005
Bottle. Dark color, thin head, and a kick in the mouth. Very complex and needs to be sipped. Hard to explain so all I will say is that if you want a complex beer that is a party in the mouth... buy this one.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 15, 2005
(Bottle 33 cl) The smaller sibling to the two great Rochefort-brothers is still quite a mature boy. Dark amber, hazy with a small tan head. Very fruity nose - fresh fruit rather. Lots of yeasty flavours here, dry with notes of cocoa and perhaps licorice. Spicy and solid alright but an easier beer to drink than the the two big Roches. Fine introduction to the style. 240599

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 11, 2005
Aged c.8.5 months (BBD 110309): Pours with lively carbonation in a dark maroon body; plums, port, and a hint of raspberries in the aroma; play dough sweet front end and dry finish; subdued complexity compared to the 8/10; grapes, raisins, plums and toffee flavors, maybe a touch of nutmeg spicyness; moderate body and somewhat apparent alcohol; quite unique and yummy.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2005
Fizzy bronze body with a silky beige head. Alluring aroma of green raisins, plums, cherries, and dark, caramelized candy sugar. Medium-high sweetness with some nice, fruity, leathery depth. Sticky, malty, foamy mouthfeel. Nice dubbel that lacks the tired out cocoa notes found in so many American versions of the style. Nowhere near in league with Rochefort 8 or 10, but not bad for a beer that serves as a yeast starter for its legendary bigger brothers.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2391) - California, USA - JUL 6, 2005
The initial aroma was DOMINATED by strawberries or rasberries. After that it was more just like a typical spicy Belgian ale. Poured a thick brown body with a moderate head. The flavor was somewhat sweet, but overall didnít feel that well balanced. The flavor wasnít as good as other Belgians that Iíve had but this was still a nice brew.


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