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

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RATINGS: 2058   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.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - MAR 7, 2005
(on bottle) Sents of dark cane sugar and full roasted malts. In total, not a big nose, but to the sweeter side. A flat ryebread-feeling, with some warmth to it, but not alot. No real levels of taste. ASt this point I checked the bottle, it was not an old, old one, would last until 2007. A long lkasting, heavy malty finish and a small zing a the alcohol. Tasted oxidaded and flat, no real levels of taste as I expected.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mephisto (1270) - TAIWAN - MAR 5, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2005 bottle, served at room temp. it has a bigger head than 8 or 10, which are barely carbonated. not as aromatic as its brothers, but still has the distinct rochefort aroma. very drinkable.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
desurfer (1224) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2005
Itís been a while since Iíve had a Trappist beer, and wow. Body is a gorgeous dark ruby with a ton of yeast settled at the bottom. Thick, even tan head that lasts forever. Aroma filled with plum, raspberry, some vinous notes, wood, and alcohol. Flavor kicks off quite carbonated and spicy, then settles into a rich, smooth maltiness with some complex fruit and spice tones in the background. The finish is dry and sweet, begging me to take another sip. Truly phenomenal stuff.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ToolHead (266) - KÝbenhavn, DENMARK - MAR 3, 2005
33 cl bottle. Served in Rochefort chalice. Pours a deep, opaque brownish red. Good-sized off-white head w/ good retention. Warm, inviting, spicy aroma. Beautiful, lightly spicy, pleasantly malty flavor. Complex and utterly satisfying. Soft, full mouthfeel. Good drinkability.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - MAR 1, 2005
Bottled. Malty, sweet aroma, plums and raisins. Same features occur also in the taste, with notes of caramel. Itīs quite carbonated. I see it on par with Chimay Rouge. Excellent.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2005
Thans to JCapriotti for this one. Pours turbid brown with a solid, creamy off-white head. Aroma of malt, some brown sugar, barnyard, fruit, toffee. Tastes fruity, malty, with hints of caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit, iced tea, and some hops. Very complex, with a medium, highly carbonated palate, and a fruity, caramelly finish. Outstanding!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - FEB 15, 2005
bottle as a birthday gift from by brother...muddy pour, both in clarity and color. Nice frothy tan head that lingers a while. Fruity aroma, rock candy aroma also. Dark fruits (raisins, plums, fig) aroma. Smells great. Nice sweetness, good fruitiness, yeastly. Alcohol is not evident, this is smooth and very satisfying. Iíd say this is one of if not the top dubbel that I have tasted. Doughy, sweet (but not cloying), fruity goodness.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pjk33 (389) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2005
Bottle. At the Sharp Edge in East Liberty, Pittsburgh, PA. Poured an nice dark, raisin color with a decent head and a beautiful nose. All kinds of stuff here, including that great Belgian yeasty, bread, cookie aroma. It also has that great little sour taste that all great Belgians have. Sweet malt and the cookie flavors pour throught this nicely bodied brew. Not too overwhelming... I need to try the 8 and the 10 soon as they sat right beside this one in the cooler. Nice and spicy, but all balanced very well. I liked it a lot. Homebrewerguy and I made this one of our final quaffs before his wife Sue drove us home... Thank God she was there for that, or we would still be there.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 13, 2005
Beautiful dark plummy brown color, with lush foam above, active carbonation, attractive appearance. Aroma: sweet, full ,complex, loaded with drak fruits, grapes, cherries, dates, plum, ...eggplant,...a bit of sour and must, an intriguing flavor in this nose, somewhere between sweetness and utter oddity. But I like it. Taste: huge impact on the palate, big, fat, and delcious, ...more dark fruits swim the mouth, aided and abetted by a mix of spice, very rich, powerful, and juicy. Not as huge in alcohol, while still stronger than most beers, as itís brethren, this is a uniquely tasty, very drinkable effort from the makers of two of the most stunning beers on the planet. (The 8 and 10, of course.) Very mellow, but far from mild. I admire the unique flavor more as it finds a home in my mouth. Medium bodied, long, fruity finish, very much deliciousness. Iím very happy with this one, and am amazed that this is the first time Iíve tried it...where have you been all my life? Yum, yum...try this one, please...your happiness is ensured!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - FEB 12, 2005
Just arrived in Toronto. Dark murky borwn colour with very little head. Aroma of brown sugar and spices. The flavour is a great blend of sweetness and various spices I couldnít quite pick out in the noisy environment. Wonderfully complex.


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