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


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RATINGS: 2166   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2006 Murky brown with a fizzy tan head that starts big and settles down slowly... the brew has an earthy, sweet malt aroma (toffee & caramel). It’s got a soft but well-carbonated mouthfeel. It’s not as sweet as it smells, although the predominant tastes after the malt are plums, raisins, a bit of smokiness. Fairly clean finish.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zathrus13 (1735) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 12, 2005
Brown/red/amber color. Aroma is sweet, with toffee and sweet malt. Flavor is sweet malt, dark fruit and toffee, but not as sweet as the aroma leads you to believe. Body is medium to light.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 11, 2005
03.09.05 330ml bottle dated 19.08.08 Hazed orange-red pour with an enormous, even head of large bubbles. Lovely and soft aromas of biscuit, vanilla toffee, dates, caramel, and light chocolate hints. Body is light and airy with a merengue-like effervescence. Tons of soft, dark fruits, plum, vanilla, and citrus across the middle. Certainly a malt dominated brew with only touches of flower and citrus from hops and light yeasty spice. Bitterness is but a whisper. If it wasn’t $5 a bottle, this would make a great session beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 10, 2005
Pours a rich, hazy brown with moderate head, which setttles to a thin but lasting head. Aroma of malt, brown sugar and some drk fruit. Taste is of malts and fruits, very smooth..almost the "light beer" of the Rochefort line-up..enjoyable but a notch below their big guns.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (8423) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2012 2012-09-16. Sort of murky brown body with a modest tan head, there is more sludge from the bottom of the bottle than I expected. 3+ Mild aroma, lightly yeasty, mild alcohol, caramel and sweet malt notes, light alcohol grows as it warms. Flavour is similar, moderate sweet malty core has mild yeasty estery accents, fruit notes. A bit muddled I think from the yeast shot at the bottom, but pleasant. Smooth medium bodied palate has a soft carbonation. Decent, but less exciting than its bigger brothers. 7/3/7/3/15-16 Bottle close to a year old, from Premier Gourmet, Buffalo

2005-03-XX. Hazy medium brown body, moderate creamy off white head. Sweet malty aroma, touch of yeast and brown sugar, touch of alcohol. Warming alcohol sticks out a bit as the temperature of the glass rises but not as much as it could. Sweet malty flavour with a minute bite. Very small hint of anise like notes. Smooth medium bodied palate. Not nearly as tastey as the other Rochefort’s but a tasty beer nonetheless. Bottle at Smokeless Joe’s. Having seen my post on Bartowel.com that I was stopping by, Joe had this served before I had fully sat down! Nice! 7/4/7/3/15 - 3.6

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 7, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2005 mild malty flavor. caramel, a little roasty. candy sugar usage is evident. more drinkable (as expected) than the other rocheforts

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 7, 2005
Bottle. Pours a reddish brown color with a creamy, long lasting head. Aromas of malt and fruit are prevalent, apple, banana, hint of orange...very nice. The taste is rich and sweet with hints of light fruits, flowers, chocolate and licorice. I love alll the Rocheforts, but this one could be a nice session ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CEZ (404) - Milano, ITALY - MAR 7, 2005
Color ranges from deep amber to muddy brown, dependig on the amount of yeast poured. Off-white head, generous, rather short-lived. Sugar, berries, orange and a distinct alcohol note in the nose. Yeasty (lots of yeast in the bottle), sweet, brandy-like, hints of raisins. Dry, long finish. Body is medium.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mephisto (1275) - 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.

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