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


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RATINGS: 2138   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUN 19, 2004
Pours a dark amber color, topped by a dense, beady head that covered the beer the whole time. Classic Trappist carbonation. Initial aromas of apple, spice, sweet carmely malt, cookie dough, and a little touch of leather. Delicious flavors of ripe apple, fig, various malts, a little chocolate and a bit of pretty hops. An interesting earthy yeast undertone was there too. Long finish, turning slightly estery before drying out and leaving a unique, ever so sweet and smokey finish. Very balanced and even. A real treat because it wasn’t overpowering in any way. Simply classy and wonderful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6392) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 17, 2004
Bottle (1 yr old): Hazed oarngy amber hue with soft frothy off-white head and very good lace. The aroma has notes of carmelized malts, dark bread, cashew, ripe apricot, light spice, and earthy yeast esters. The taste starts malty sweet but not overdone. Undertones of mild fruit and bitterness. Finishes with a subdued spice, nutty and yeast nature. The feel is lively, smooth, and dry. Overall it is a pleasing drink with good character, nothing as big and bold as it’s big brothers, but works all the same.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12112) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 8, 2004
(Bottle) Pours a cloudy brown colorwith a large frothy beige head. Has an aroma of caramel, light alcohol, sweet malt, florals, and light yeast. Creamy palate with flavors of sweet malt and spices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 7, 2004
Pours a deep, murky red-brown, topped by a medium light tan head. Intense bready, nutty, dry and crackery aroma. Flavor is rather subdued, with dry, crackery yeast flavors, slight fruitiness, and toast. I have to say the flavor’s a letdown, although the aroma and mouthfeel are exquisite as usual. Sampled at room temperature as all Rochefort beers should be. Now that I think about it, the dense Rochefort carbonation hinders the rather subtle flavors of this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - MAY 31, 2004
A cloudy dark brown body with a orange tint. Medium thick, whipcreamish off-white head on top. The aroma is sweet, dark and malty, spicy and hoppy. The flavor is very malty, some sweet fruit hints. Good alcohol feeling, warms your body through. A bit weak mouthfeel in the end. Good one. But not as good as the other Rocheforts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (5430) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAY 25, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2009 Bottle: Aroma is malty, fruity, and spicey. Pours a cloudy orangish-brown with lots of sediment floating around. Some rather large pieces of sediment. A big off-white head with excellent retention. Great lacing. Lots of carbonation. Very malty and slightly sweet taste of fruit. Slight chocolate flavor is barely detectable. Slight alcohol finsh, but not dominate or overbearing. Good balance. Spicey flavor as well. Slight sweet alcohol aftertaste that is very short lived. 7-4-6-4-16

Re-rate: Bottle (Best By 060213 sampled on 10/17/09) : The aroma consists of moderate chocolate (somewhat like cocoa powder), light fruit, and raisin. It pours a muddy brownish-orange with lots of sediment and a small fizzy off-white head that diminishes to a ring around the edges of the glass fairly quick. The flavor starts lightly fruity with some light yeast and faint raisin. The finish turns to a mild chocolate and caramel mixture. It is light bodied and the mouthfeel is slightly fizzy. Looking at my previous rating, I don’t disagree with the numbers too much until I get to the overall. I don’t understand the 16...especially when looking at a 6 in flavor. Early on in my "rating career", maybe I was intimidated to give a prestigious beer a lower than average score. The current score is based on the re-rate.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drywallman (338) - Lake in the Hills, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2004
Upon opening the bottle, the strong pungent and sweet odor of currents and raisins (and maybe a little licorice) came flooding out. The large pillowy off-white head lasted to a lesser degree through the whole drink. I couldn’t see through the chunky caramel body of the beer as expected. However, without an attempt at a decant, I still was able to drink this without ’chunks’ and enjoyed every minute. This is deceptively easy to drink, and highly recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - MAY 22, 2004
Rich malty aroma with lots of toffee and complex fruity esters. Ruby-brown in color, nice off-white head. Flavor matches the aroma. Doesn’t have the alcohol presence or spiciness of the stronger versions. Medium body, high carbonation but smooth. A very satisfying beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shadrach (176) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 16, 2004
Poured a brown orange with some head and a spcie/herb aroma. There’s some minor burn from alcohol, but it’s moderate and the chocolate and nuttiness mask it well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - MAY 13, 2004
bottled: poured murky red brown with a chunky tan head that fell into itself...very suppple. the aroma of a far away place that i have never been. true taste of excellence in the mouth , up to the palate slips away with slight tangy aftertaste. not as robust or complex as the 8 or 10, but similiar qualities and easier to drink. yesssss!

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