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


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RATINGS: 2006   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JUL 22, 2003
A dubbel that IMHO does not deserve to ever reach a 4 rating. A good beer but not an All-Star by any means. Alcohol dominates this and the palate is thinner than I expect from this style. Attractive colour with chocolate, mushroom and nutty characteristics. This is nothing compared to its older brothers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 18, 2003
Good Dubble. Caramel, malt, and spicey/sweet flavor. Finishes clean, crisp, and sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joet (2162) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUL 18, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2003 Looks great in the glass -- a almost milky brown with a fluffy creamy head and an arabesque type design in the inner foam ring. Aromas of cocoa and butter, some washed out burnt caramel flavors. Great feel the flavor is thin and washed. Hmmm...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 9, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2004 Pours with a red-brown body topped by a medium thick to thick foamy lasting head with good lace. Sweet and slightly sour aroma with fruit and spice accents. Sweet amlty flavor with fruity notes and only the slightest sourness and spiciness. The finish is slightly sweet yet spicy. Meidum bodied, smooth yet warming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
VTDeerHunter (51) - Vermont, USA - JUL 2, 2003
Foamy head, brwon cloudy body. Malty nose with a little hop aroma. Creamy, malty, and roasty, with a pronounced alcohol flavor. This was pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2003
Little brother of the 8 and 10, but not that junior at 7.5%. It is however much thinner and not nearly as complex. Has a great flavour profile with choclate, esters and raisins blending. Emphasis is on the malt as is the case with the 8 and 10.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2003
UPDATED: APR 26, 2004 Nice light brown head. Dark red-brown colour. Aroma; sweet, fruit (the rochefort-fig-print!), wine, little spice. Malty and fruity taste, less complex than Rochefort 8 and 10 but still very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (4707) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 29, 2003
Finally...the last of the Rocheforts completed on my 22nd birthday, with the last of the Westies to be finished today as well. This beer pours a great dark hazy brown colour, similar to both others by this trappistry, with a great light brown head which is about 1 - 2 centimetres thick. Millions of very very small bubbles rise from the sides and bottom of the snifter (I use a snifter instead of a traditional goblet). The smell is somewhat hoppy, definately malty and very musty. Some fruit and spice eminate from the beer as well. The taste is actually very disapointing. I get almost no flavour from the beer. The palate is left high and dry, but only a small amount of malt and fruit are perceived in the taste. Not a bad beer, but definately not as good as the #10, #8 or any of the Westies.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RichardGretton (4240) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2003
Good dark Belgian beer appearance with a small frothy head and a peppery fruity aroma. Nice malted flavour and semi-fruity flavour. Overall a very good, very drinkable Begian ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeM500 (1905) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUN 16, 2003
Massive carbonation and very evident Plum nose reaching my nose from low countertop. No vanilla in the nose as I found with the 8 and 10, but plenty of fruits. Raisin and cinnemon were tastiest. Alcohol was evident and a really nutty dry aftertaste was alcoholic as well. Very nice for a young sample.

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