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

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RATINGS: 2142   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 16, 2005
Lighter colour and smaller body than its "bigger brothers", but it still has that lovely characteristic touch of the Rochefort yeast. The malty and fruity aroma has hints of red berries (strawberries). Somewhat disappointing head. At first the palate seemed good but in a cross sampling with the 8 and 10 it fails miserably. Nonetheless, a fine beer!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Garrat (1303) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2013 From a bottle.Dark brown with some red in colour,no head,dark fruits,wood and leather muscle relaxing safe as.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 12, 2005
pours a deep brown w/ a quickly dissipating head. Caramel toffeeish notes. Delicious chocolate vanilla and bread. amazing

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - JAN 11, 2005
Cloudy Reddish Brown, beige, lasting rocky head. Fruity yeasty malt chocolate aroma. Mouthfeel doesn’t feel thin to me. Slips down nicely.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GoldenSpunky (120) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 10, 2005
2004 brew in bottle. This beer has nice head and pours smooth with medium fizz and carbonation. The aroma has hints of malts and belgian hops. The flavor is extremely well balanced with a smooth coffee bean tones. Finishes slightly bitter with a barley aftertaste. Not quite as good as the 8 but well worth a try.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2005
Had this bottle at the Drafting Room in Exton, PA. Nice smooth dubbel. Godd malt flavor all the way trough.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 29, 2004
Pours a deep brownish cloudy hue with a small, dense, head with nice lacing. Aromas of roasted malts; a little caramel, asome dough and a little earthiness. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied wit flavors of toffee, chocolate, a little buttery goodness folowed by a light hop bite. Very Very smooth. Just like the 10, but taken down a few notches. This would be my choice beer if I had regular, (cheap) access to such.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 23, 2004
Figs and dates figure prominently in the sugary, floral, sweet, tea-like aroma. Opaque brown coloured body is topped by an off-white/tan, small-bubbled head that recedes rapidly to generous cover but laces well. Raisins, oranges and prunes and brown sugar flavours with a very tannic, tea-like quality. Some notes of alcohol toward the fairly bitter, floral/spicy finish. Strong carbonation is engaging on the tongue. Medium body but perhaps a bit lacking in texture. Bottle.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2004
Poured ruby brown with a big tan head...sweet prune and raisin aroma, also some yeast...the taste is just wow...mildly tart raisins dance across my tongue while a nice malt conductor’s baton wipes immediately wipes behind bringing in the hops with a nice yeasty background...there might be a hint of cocoa in the finish too...delicious!!!!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - DEC 21, 2004
So, the triumvirate has been completed. This one os as fine as the other two and with such a low alcohol content it is so lacking!!! No, not really. Of course. When the little brother only packs a 7.5% we know that we must be turning into hardcore raters. This has a great presentation in the glass and a fine nose, with some musty notes and a tannic finish. The mouthfeel is fine as is the finish. Once again these monks come through like a team of champs.


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