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


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RATINGS: 2074   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - MAY 31, 2004
A cloudy dark brown body with a orange tint. Medium thick, whipcreamish off-white head on top. The aroma is sweet, dark and malty, spicy and hoppy. The flavor is very malty, some sweet fruit hints. Good alcohol feeling, warms your body through. A bit weak mouthfeel in the end. Good one. But not as good as the other Rocheforts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (5191) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 25, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2009 Bottle: Aroma is malty, fruity, and spicey. Pours a cloudy orangish-brown with lots of sediment floating around. Some rather large pieces of sediment. A big off-white head with excellent retention. Great lacing. Lots of carbonation. Very malty and slightly sweet taste of fruit. Slight chocolate flavor is barely detectable. Slight alcohol finsh, but not dominate or overbearing. Good balance. Spicey flavor as well. Slight sweet alcohol aftertaste that is very short lived. 7-4-6-4-16

Re-rate: Bottle (Best By 060213 sampled on 10/17/09) : The aroma consists of moderate chocolate (somewhat like cocoa powder), light fruit, and raisin. It pours a muddy brownish-orange with lots of sediment and a small fizzy off-white head that diminishes to a ring around the edges of the glass fairly quick. The flavor starts lightly fruity with some light yeast and faint raisin. The finish turns to a mild chocolate and caramel mixture. It is light bodied and the mouthfeel is slightly fizzy. Looking at my previous rating, I don’t disagree with the numbers too much until I get to the overall. I don’t understand the 16...especially when looking at a 6 in flavor. Early on in my "rating career", maybe I was intimidated to give a prestigious beer a lower than average score. The current score is based on the re-rate.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drywallman (334) - Lake in the Hills, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2004
Upon opening the bottle, the strong pungent and sweet odor of currents and raisins (and maybe a little licorice) came flooding out. The large pillowy off-white head lasted to a lesser degree through the whole drink. I couldn’t see through the chunky caramel body of the beer as expected. However, without an attempt at a decant, I still was able to drink this without ’chunks’ and enjoyed every minute. This is deceptively easy to drink, and highly recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - MAY 22, 2004
Rich malty aroma with lots of toffee and complex fruity esters. Ruby-brown in color, nice off-white head. Flavor matches the aroma. Doesn’t have the alcohol presence or spiciness of the stronger versions. Medium body, high carbonation but smooth. A very satisfying beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shadrach (176) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 16, 2004
Poured a brown orange with some head and a spcie/herb aroma. There’s some minor burn from alcohol, but it’s moderate and the chocolate and nuttiness mask it well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - MAY 13, 2004
bottled: poured murky red brown with a chunky tan head that fell into itself...very suppple. the aroma of a far away place that i have never been. true taste of excellence in the mouth , up to the palate slips away with slight tangy aftertaste. not as robust or complex as the 8 or 10, but similiar qualities and easier to drink. yesssss!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAY 8, 2004
A very nice tangy spicy dubbel. Has some nice light fruits, with that consistent taste of other Rochefort beers. This is perhaps like drinking a dessert or port, but not as syrupy sweet, but still having all the complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skaughty (650) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 8, 2004
Dated 04 02 08 (bottled Feb. 2003). This is my type of dubbel, plum aroma, bubbly brown appearance...good start. The flavor is exactly as the "8" and "10", with a little more of the lighter pear and pineapple touches coming to the front. The palate is smooth, with just a little wine pucker. This would be a great everyday beer for me if it didn’t cost $5.99 for 33cl.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SteC (137) - Oostende, BELGIUM - MAY 5, 2004
This beer goes into the strong tradition of Rochefort. This is the lightest beer of Rochefort, but this doesn’t make it a bad beer, on the contrary. Nice beer, not too heavy. Nice to start your evening with before the heavier stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (5755) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2004
Picked up at Chevy Chase Liquors in D.C. Chestnut brown pour with a generous off-white, fluffy head, plenty of bubble action. Sweet, nutty aroma with some slight chocolate undertones. Delectable nutty flavor with elements of chocolate and brandy. Just the right amlount of carbonation to keep it lively, but not distracting. Very good Dubbel.

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