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

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RATINGS: 2004   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   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.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TAR (2458) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2004 Trademark Rochefort persistent, rocky, and pillowy foam. Assertive grainy and candy malt aroma alongside herbal and phenolic notes, bubblegum, plum, concord grape, rye, fig, and wood. Firm and creamy on the palate. Moderate complex flavors of banana, dry light chocolate whisper, plum, candied malt, herbal notes, leather, cotton candy, phenols, and a lingering dry breadiness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
fraternie (815) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2002
Delicious light chocolate/ caramel malt flavor. A bit overly malty though just as the 8 and 10 are, but the abv is balanced wonderfully in the finish. Not hoppy, very smooth. Better balance than the 10 but not as much flavor. Neither is better than the 8.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11443) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 18, 2002
Pours muddy brown with big beige head that eventually settles down. Flavor is sweet and smooth, fruity (berry), slightly caramel. One of the easiest drinking 7.5% beers I’ve ever had.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 17, 2002
A toned down version of the 8 and 10. Still has the great soft fruit (plum, raisin) and coffee cake flavors of the other Rochefort beers. Lacks a bit of the complexity of its big brothers but still a hell of a beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - OCT 10, 2002
Plums and some banana in the aroma. Not as flavourful as one might have expected, some nice alcohol and caramel flavours are present though. The beer is quite thin and the aftertaste is unfortunately quite short.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jaymobrown (1652) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2002
Thick white foamy head lasts a good while. Thicky syrup-sweet nose. Bronze color. Upon first taste the only word that came to mind was dark. Musky, and woody, like an autumn night.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skortila (4467) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - SEP 30, 2002
Cloudy, brown colour. Lasting thick head. Definately a rochefort appearance.Malt, sweet nose. Taste is definately less interesting than the brothers 8 & 10. But I will not compare them further. Easy drinkin beer, a little woodlike taste, perhaps a little water-like sweet taste. This one must be good during a dinner. Soft, bitter palate.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinKubert (862) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 26, 2002
Very nice woody and nutty taste and aroma. A bit less complex than both no. 8 and 10. Easier to drink because of the lower alcohol content.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
motelpogo (6453) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 16, 2002
pretty woody and decent

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2002
Very good. A nice alternative to the 8 and 10 if you wanna drive home.


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