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

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RATINGS: 2106   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 30, 2004
Light brown color, little beige head. Sweet and fruity aroma, some spices present too. Flavor has also some spicyness with strong fruits. Mild carbonation can be noticed, spices last long in aftertaste. Surprisingly thin body for 7.5%, alcohol is covered nicely.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mathis (48) - KBH K, DENMARK - SEP 27, 2004
Aroma like... plums, orange fruits and hops. Apperence like ... dark and hazy. Flavor like ... fresh, sweet fruits and caramel. Palate

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6148) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 23, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2004 Huge and lasting beige rocky head with lots of various forms in the lacing. Body appears reddish deep brown. Dry fruity aroma (peaches, plums, banana, raspberries..). Deep biscuity malt combined with doughy yeast reminds me of vanilla flavored buckwheat pancakes. This is never too sweet, the yeast provides a deep dryness all the way through. Firm medium body with moderate carbonation. Fortunately no acidity nor alcoholic feel. Light hoppy bitter slice toward the end, gets a bit astringent after half the bottle. Lots of wood and cocoa in post-taste. Not a top notch belgian, but flavorful and well rounded.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
temporrari (387) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 20, 2004
Cap pops off very loudly. This is one highly carbonated brew. Basically this is Rochefort 8 Light. Not as good as either 10 or the exceptional 8. Still very good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2004
Best before 29 04 08; Tasted September 19, 2004: Maroon Coloring With Big Head. Yeast and Spice..Herbal..With Some Warming... Malty and Sweet.. Not Bad.

2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
burcusabrews (106) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2004
Color of bourbon, thick rich beigh head. Hops on the aroma hint of cloves but then turns to smell like hand soap! And the glassware used has never seen a drop of soap and it wasn’t from my hands. Very weird. Initially very nutty with a nice mouthfeel. Lingers 15 sec adn then disappears. Some carmalized sugars and toasted marshmellows. After the initial good flavors, the beer closes down and has nothing left to give.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4549) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2004
Best before 29 04 08; Tasted September 19, 2004: Pours a dark brown color with a big head. Kind of a bready and spicy aroma and taste. A pinch of fruit on the end. Not too shabby.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Frank (3207) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2004
Pours with a dull ruddy brown color, a couple of floaters, a notably thin head of large bubbles. Nose immediately conjures images of those round slices of dried banana, somehow more banana than a banana is. Delving deeper theirs dark malts--raisin, molasses, buckwheat honey--and a hint of spice. As it warms, it takes on sort of a cozy rum-drunk sort of aspect. The flavor contrasts this nicely with an ever so slight roast caramel taste. Front is somewhat sweet but it wanes to almost-dryness complimented by a touch of bitterness. Lovely, pillow mouthfeel misses the mark of perfection by just a bit of wateriness. My favorite of the three Rochefort brothers. Though, I think I will be revisiting brother 8 and brother 10 soon.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JonMoore (1962) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2004
Bottle from Onlyfinebeers. Murky dark brown colour with a creamy off-white head. Nice aroma, fresh, malty and some dark fruits. Taste is actually better than the aroma promises; complex malty, nutty, some dark fruits, then slight bitterness. Nice foamy mouthfeel. Better than the 8 I think.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - SEP 11, 2004
This is nowhere near the beautiful looking beer that it’s two bigger bro’s are.But it does have that intoxicating aroma of exotic spices and fruit that i just can’t understand how this can be poured out of a bottle.More carbonated than the others and not anywhere near the flavors.More of a jumbled mess trying to figure itself out than the taste of a fine Trappist ale.


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