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


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RATINGS: 2168   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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 16/20
Stefano (1898) - Thisted, DENMARK - SEP 25, 2006
Cloudy, brown colour. Lasting thick head. Definately a rochefort appearance. Malt, sweet nose. Taste is definately less interesting than the brothers 8 & 10. But I will not compare them further. Easy drinkin beer, a little woodlike taste, perhaps a little water-like sweet taste. This one must be good during a dinner. Soft, bitter palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Grovlam (4163) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2006 I am a fan of the Rochefort 10, so of cause this is also one of my high ranking beer’s. More smooth and round in tast compared to the big brother. But still a fantastic beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - SEP 24, 2006
500 ml bottle via Liquid Solutions. Pours a dark copper/brown with a small white head, nice toffee, vanilla, fig aroma. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Starts with some molsasses, toffee and vanilla and ends with a fizzy fig/plum finish. Very good beer but not nearly worth the high price.....cut back on the fizziness and it would be much better. Guess this is a Rochefort 6 out of 10 for a reason ;)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
nimbleprop (5801) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 20, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2006 Poured a brown with orange hues with a thick white head from the undersized bottle. The aroma is unique, fruity, but not like other beers. Smells like Granny Smith Apples and nuts. Flavor is very nutty, almost like peanut butter. Very smooth taste, no heat until the very end. Finish is spicy as well, like black pepper. Very interesting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 19, 2006
From 330mL Bottle. Pours a rich, thick, chocolatey brown color with a tinge of crimson and a huge head of cream colored froth. Musty, lightly spicy aroma of coconut husks, freshly baked gingerbread cookies, a bit of soapy yeast, and a hint of banana. Medium bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel. Flavors of coconut milk and pumpernickel bread instantly wash over my tongue. A hint of chocolate also makes an appearance. Nice, pleasantly caramelized maltiness. Light and delicate, but satisfyingly complete for a dark Belgian ale all at the same time. A bit of lightly toasted Brazil nut comes through at the end in the final smack.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - SEP 6, 2006
Bottle. Apple is the theme here. Aromas of apple and flavors of even more apple. Solid body, pours amber with a nice head. As I said the flavor is dominated by fruit, mainly tart apple, but the finsih then turns a bit sweeter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
themadmumis (347) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - SEP 6, 2006
18 08 09, pours hazy rich amber with medium head that dissipates to a wisp as a pleasant malty aroma comes forth. Light bodied, clear malt and bland fruit flavors that go down smooth. A little too watery for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 6, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2007 Bottle "19 08 08" at O’brien’s in San Diego served in a proper Rocherfort Trappist glass. Porus a cloudy amber with a small thin head. The aroma is sweet and malty, which matches the sweet malty dry fruit taste. There is also a nice lingering malty aftertaste. I was glad to find it in bottle as its harder to find then its older siblings.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 5, 2006
Like all the Roch beers, this pours a beautiful brown, filled with floaties, and a perfect foam cap. Aroma is dissappointing, very vegetal, sucrose, candi sugar, radish. Flavor is not much different, an unbalanced wash between cheap sugar, munich malts, and, frankly, water. It is rather unappealing, and metallic in the mouth. There is a touch of yeast and breadiness but both could be brought out significantly. I’ll have to try another bottle of this to see if this one was off. Oh, and, thanks, Santa!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DarkMagus (472) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 29, 2006
Dark orange-amber color with some yeast sediment. Thick, coarse, bubbly tan head that left lacing on the glass. Aromas of fresh pears and apples, caramel, molasses, dried fruits (dates, plums, grapes). Intense, rich flavors of malt, yeast, caramel, brown sugar, and a candy-like fruitiness...complex and well-balanced. A smooth and sweet finish, slightly alcoholic, but reasonably easy to drink for such a dense and rich brew. This is a great, great brew...perhaps the archetypal dubbel...

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