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


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RATINGS: 2162   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 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4595) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Frank (3292) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JonMoore (2011) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - AUG 29, 2004
Bottle. Poured a deep red-brown. Big fluffy head. Good lacing left behind. Very carbonated. Aroma of sweet fruit. Taste is clean, smooth. Some alcohol detectable. Carbonation dances on the tongue. Finish is clean.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - AUG 25, 2004
Beautiful brown tones sitting below a lite tan head. There is almost a hint of purple in the color of this beer. Along with the lacing this appearance makes this one of the greatest looking beers I’ve ever seen. The aroma is wyeat, yeast, raisin, plum and very full and enviting. The taste is very complex and sweet and mild. There is candy sugar, cinnimon and other spices present along with some white pepper flavor. It has a very mild bitterness, but one that fits in very well in this terribly complex beer. This is a class act.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 17, 2004
My first impressions of this were not what I expected, however the further I got into the glass, the more it grew on me. It doesn’t have the heavy richness of its big brothers, but rather a lighter mouthfeel that still has a great flavor profile. Plenty of head here, and it stuck around till the end. Primarily a yeasty nose and a malty body, with a surprisingly dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5474) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 15, 2004
Murky brown, with yellow tints. Not much head. faint toasty aroma, with hints of cherry. Nutty, bready flavor, with notes of whisky and a slight buttery flavor. Noticeable alcohol burn, as well.

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