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


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RATINGS: 2311   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rockwell (10) - USA - OCT 10, 2005
The head dissappeared on me in less than a minute, slighly cloudy appearance. Rich, malty nose. A very good double, but looking forward to try the Rochefort 10 & 8.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - OCT 8, 2005
Poured an effervescent dark ruby with an off-white head that refused to dissipate. Aroma of sweet grapes, molasses, candy, touch of bubble gum. Taste is dry grapes, touch of spice, somewhat medicinal. Finish is very dry. The body could be smoother... feels a tad too carbonated. Nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2005
Cloudy, dark brown with a firm, beige head. Intense chocolate or cocoa aroma with a delightful hint of sweet melon. Rich, sweet, alcoholic malt-loaf taste with raisin and plum (and other things too numerous to name) terminating in a brisk dryness. The only flaw in my opinion: a distracting tickle of carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tejas (974) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 1, 2005
UPDATED: APR 16, 2006 Perfect appearance. Creamy light tan head that lasted the entire glass. Great full malt flavor. Bready aroma & flavor. Not too sweet just a lot of subtle flavor. Smooth little tingly palate. This was very enjoyable. I kept going back for another sip. The best Dubbel Iíve ever tasted.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Choos (725) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - SEP 29, 2005
Aroma: spiritous malt and full of stone fruit/fig esters. Apperance: cloudy dark brown with a tan head that leaves sheet lacing. Flavour: sweet, smoothe, malty with a gentle fig flavour. Palate: thin and gently carbonated, drinks clean, leaves a mildly sweet aftertaste. Perfect dubbel IMO.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
oh6gdx (25196) - Vasa, FINLAND - SEP 27, 2005
Bottled. Dark brown colour, big beige creamy head. Sour grapefruit and earthy notes in aroma, very bitterish. Sweet plum along with grainy/mouldy earthy notes. Extremely complex, though still I find it quite boring. Some yeasty notes in finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nel (180) - Virginia, USA - SEP 26, 2005
A pretty interesting beer. Very subtle in itís flavors. some nice malt in the flavor. Very sweet. A good beer to pick up if it isnít too expensive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
cathcacr (646) - Oregon, USA - SEP 25, 2005
Excellente. Pours a deep burgundy, in accompaniment with a deep cream to tan head. The aroma is delicately faint with a hint of what occurs to this author as soil, perhaps, or maybe some household chemical. An awkward strangeness to that aspect of this experience. We move on now to the flavor, which expelled overtones of malt of an almost doppelbockian nature, along with a sinewy wisp of dark cherry-like fruit. This beverage offers a round, smooth (But soft! What light through yonder bottle breaks!), creamy palate and petite denoument worthy of a beer loverís discerning attention. This ale can plausibly be enjoyed in polite company in tune with a carefully-crafted supper arrangement complete with hors díouvres and fine silver. You are kindly invited, dear reader, to partake in this worthwhile spirit for only $6.59 per the bottle, and experience an authentic Belgian of commendable name and reputation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (8506) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 22, 2005
Bottle. Amber-brown beer with a nice beige head. Yeasty, earthy, sweet malt, and stone fruitiness all in the aroma. Malty, earthy, yeasty flavor with some fruitiness. Not as complex as the bigger Rocheforts and lighter in body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - SEP 13, 2005
pours a nice brown with a light head. aromas of fruit with a bit of sweetness. flavor is sweet and malty, nothing too complex. A bit watery and very drinkable. I think trying this one after the 10 and the 8 was a bit of a let down. should have started at the bottom and worked up. but all in all not a bad beer

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