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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2013 Very little aroma (perhaps it’s my nose?). Nice chestnut colour set off beautifully in its own glass. Typical Trappist taste but not as distinguished as its stronger brothers and cousins. Nevertheless an extremely pleasant drinkable beer. Score 3.8
Subsequent ratings scored 3.7 and 3.4 Average becomes 3.6

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rauchbier (3640) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2004
Bottle conditioned. Deep chestnut, good but thinning off white head and good, almost aggressive, but soft condition. Initial bocky melanoidins followed by roasted barley and a funky herbal note in the nose. Quite thin and nutty in the mouth with some mushroom and malt noticable. Finish has some dusty yeast notes, some roast barley and a suggestion of hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 31, 2004
My least favorite of the 3. I thought it was a bit too peppery. Candy and banana like taste, Nice warm finish. Still a great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
obxdude10 (2099) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2004
I liked this better than the 8, rivals the 10, mahogany in color, soft fluffly tan head, earthy tones in the nose along with malt, spicy flavors that also included dates & raisins, mouthfeel is excellent, smooth & creamy, spicy finish with earthy-type flavors in the aftertaste, very smooth & drinkable, excellent Trappist beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2004
I really enjoyed this. Pepper spice and notes of honey. The texture is really nice and combined with the flavor is like drinking fluffy marshmallows. Very light, but still something to sink your teeth into. Must try more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The Etruscan (554) - Tuscany, ITALY - JAN 6, 2004
Beige thin creamy head, long lasting. Brown color. Aroma is malty, with raisins notes and a light alcohol and candy accents. Flavor is moderately sweet with caramel tones, ending in a balanced, fruity finish. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2003
Vrey pleasant to drink. Dark brown in color, with a thick tan head that lasts throughout the whole beer. Really complex in flavor. Malty. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2003
Pours cloudy brown with a head that is to die for. Earthy aroma, that reminds me of a fresh summer's day. Yummy complex flavors. Not being a smoker, tobacco? Excellent fruityness combined with a rich maltiness results in this wonderful brew. Be sure to drink this before drinking the stronger 8 or 10 or the Westys. Prosit!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2003
Curious aroma kind of like sour apples. thick body with more sour apple taste. finishes with bitter, tart bubblegum.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
haddon90 (1537) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2003
Not as good as the 10. Good head, nice dark color. Banana dominates the aroma and flavor. Some chocolate as well. A very nice brew indeed!

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