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

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RATINGS: 2149   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - AUG 4, 2006
I lean towards the lighter of the abbey brews, or at least the more attenuated. This one when cold is no big whoop, but at a warmer cellar temp is wonderful. I suspect that New Belgium uses a tamed version of this yeast because I recognise a musky flavor that existis at both breweries. I could be full of crap, too. This beer is awsome, great as a dinner beer. Lighly spicy, sweet, a slight tartness there somewhere. Good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pinkzambia (1618) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 3, 2006
Bottle: This little gem has a milk chocolate brown murky appearance with no head or lacing that has an abiding presence. The aromatic combination was interesting -- raisins, yeast, rotten toffee and a sweaty locker room. The tastes were equally surprising - pitted fruit, cola along with cigarettes and rubber. The aftertaste is warm and cuddly and not very beer-like. The feel is thing mainly leaving this wonderful film in your mouth inviting you back for more. Thanks Secret Santa with hooking me up this one!

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brigadier (3210) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2006
Bottle best before 11 03 2009


This has been sitting in the cellar for a few months now, waiting for the right reason to open. Now was as good a time as any, so after knocking out the Bam Biere I opened this. Having had the 10, my expectations were for a well made beer. As it turns out I was only mildly disappointed.

Aroma / Appearance - I could sniff this one all day. Much like its bigger cousin, the 10, the nose was very rich. I picked up caramel, charcoal, the scent of musty bookshelves, cherries and chocolate. Aromawise, it is the best smelling Dubbel I have had the fortune to try. The body was a hazy honey brown that reminded me of the color of maple syrup.

Flavor / Palate - Caramel, honey, cherries, apple butter, wheat bread and cloves were in the first few sips. A peppery sensation floated around my mouth making me feel like I was drinking alcoholic Dr Pepper. However, the alcohol well balanced. Despite being obvious, it never assaults the senses. There is a subtle nuttiness and finally a fruity banana taste. Unfortunately the flavor did not quite meet my expectations, thus I have to lower my score a little bit. On the whole a very enjoyable beer though at $3.99 a bottle just a little pricey. Still, for semi-special occasions, it could be worthwhile.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Phatz (225) - Paradise, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2006
Appearance: Served a purple brown color and leave plenty of lacing on the sides of the glass. Smell: The aroma is caramel, brown sugar toasted malts and dark fruit. Taste: It has a wonderful sweet plumb dark fruit and sugary taste. Caramel malts come through long with brown sugar and dates. It is a nice balance of sweet and bitter. The aftertaste is a work of art. Mouthfeel: Solid almost chewy medium body. Drinkability: Hoo Haa! WOW! I like this style and I like this beer. mmm! Easy drinking? Certainly! Hope this is helpful. Cheers!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2006
Bottle: Red brown color, small light tan head. It was a bit of a gusher. Aroma of prunes, dark fruits and a bit of alcohol. Flavor was a little musty, dark fruits and some sweetness.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bdjames29 (273) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2006
Bottle. Creamy, white head that doesn’t stick around long but a thin foam stays right on top with you through the entire glass. Very cloudy, apple cider appearance. Definate apple aroma - bring the head back around and a raisin aroma comes out - very pleasant. Fruity, malty, alcohol flavor. The body and feel in the mouth is not overly appealing. A good beer for sure but not up to par with 8 & 10.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (3926) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 23, 2006
330 ml Bottle from a trade with HogTownHarry( Consume by 11/17/09). Thanks Harry;Nose of caramel malt, apples, and raisins hazy brown with a small but lasting beige head; flavor shows the caramel, fruit, and a tiny hop finish. Not near the ale of the TR10 and not even close to the TR8, but decent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4609) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUL 22, 2006
06 State College Brew Expo. Poured with a Pates during Tom Peters Pairing Fine Food and Beer Seminar. Pours a hazy brown with some small floaties. Tan bubbly nicely lacing head. Aroma of dark fruits, caramel, some roast and molasses. Flavor of roasted malts, dark fruits, some berries and a malty sugar.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theis (14293) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 20, 2006
Bottle at home. Brown with nice white head. Aroma: Hop, fruit, alcohol. Taste: Fruit, berries, cherries, some spices, yeast. High carbonation. Aftertaste: not that interesting, a little hop, some licorice, sharp-pointy.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrBunn (2536) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2006
Great aromas over a dark brown body that sports a massive tan frothy head. Scents are sweet and fruity: grapes, sugars, a touch of lemon and some spice... maybe fennel or coriander? Flavor is much of the same with a touch of yeast added, but it just doesn’t come together nearly as well as the RT 8. Seems like there are a couple of loose ends or something. Really good, but nothing like its big brothers.


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