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


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RATINGS: 1987   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kosh (20) - Georgia, USA - JUL 24, 2004
wow... i love trying beers new to me. this is a real experience indeed! poured with a thin head but then i pour all beers very slow, even so a lot of floaties were seen. i detected a slight bannana scent at first but then more of a nutty/malty scent. another beer that for me is a bit more carbonated than i would like, but the overall flavor and complexity of this one counteracts the carbonation. damn, itís too expensive, about $5.95 a bottle but for a great treat every once in a while well worth it in my opinion! first timers seeing this bottle at the store may pass it up because of the lame/plain looking lable....but hey, donít pass this one up! grab at least two of these! in this case boring bottle= exciting drinking!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8314) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2004
33 cl bottle best before 18/07/07. Deep garnet tinted beer with a huge rocky off-white head that settles back to a sticky lace. Malty brown sugar aroma, with a spicy and herbal quality. Notes of cassis and black licorice as well as tobacco and a vineous character. Flavour is also very malty with nuttiness, brown sugar and a cassis taste. Oaky, woody flavour as well as a dry fruity finish. Well-done but not as compelling as the 8 or 10.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2008 Hazy brown color, fruity aroma, wine taste, Medium body..............................................

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 14, 2004
Bottle, "29 04 08" stamped on the label. Clear brown body with a thick light tan head, trappist-style. Tons of carbonation keep the head big. Clingy lacing leaves large streaks of foam. Light brown sugar in the aroma along with chocolately yeast. The flavor conssts of pear and candi sugar in the start with a moderate woody finish. Medium-strength flavor overall. To me, it tastes like itís over-attenuated as it doesnít have a "heart", or a strong rich flavor or mouthfeel. Iím sure thatís not the case but itís a good way to describe the intangibles.

I didnít care for the lightness and dryness of the beer, it made it seem less satisfying and more refreshing, but the rest of the flavor couldnít hold up the refreshing end of the bargain.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
walleye (1066) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUL 13, 2004
poured brown with a light tan fluffy head. aroma nice caramel , malty, raisins, hints of choc. flavor, plums caramel ,apple, choc. earthy yeast,and a touch of alcohol, and a nice bit of bitterness at the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 13, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2004 33 cL bottle, tulip, 29/04/08. Bread, cookie, caramel, grain, chocolate, nutty malt (M); perfume and herb hops (L); dough, leather, musty yeast (M); bubble gum, clove, plum, prune, pineapple, pepper aromas. Huge, creamy, frothy, off-white head is well lasting and has excellent lacing. Sparkling and cloudy light amber-orange-red body. Moderately sweet, lightly acidic, sour flavor becomes a lightly sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter, sour finish. Medium body, creamy/watery texture, lively carbonation. The bottom line is: a really tasty dubble that could do with a bit less sourness, a touch more sweetness, and a dab of bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lachesis (756) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2004
Good cloudy dark-brown beer with fluffy bone colored head.Nice malty aroma with touch of caramel,raisins,tarte tattin and butter cakes.Medium rich taste with fine freshness.Good malty taste with little caramel touch and a extra light bitterness in the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2004
Bottle conditioned. Pours into my chalice dark, murky orange. Odd aroma that I cannot quite place, slightly unpleasant. Slightly watery, plumy & sweet with light chocolate notes. Pleasant.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
PetetheMeat (621) - Hove, DENMARK - JUN 28, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2008 Amber colour, beige lasting head. Fruity aroma. Mild yet complex flavour. Schwarzbrot, a hint of hops, Muscovado sugar. Underlying fruity tones, dades and citrus. Overall very good. Elegant. Not at all like 8 and 10. A bottle Best Before May 2009 drunk in march 2008 was sweeter, sherryish and with a slightly lactic note.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUN 19, 2004
Pours a dark amber color, topped by a dense, beady head that covered the beer the whole time. Classic Trappist carbonation. Initial aromas of apple, spice, sweet carmely malt, cookie dough, and a little touch of leather. Delicious flavors of ripe apple, fig, various malts, a little chocolate and a bit of pretty hops. An interesting earthy yeast undertone was there too. Long finish, turning slightly estery before drying out and leaving a unique, ever so sweet and smokey finish. Very balanced and even. A real treat because it wasnít overpowering in any way. Simply classy and wonderful.

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