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


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RATINGS: 1988   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
janubio (390) - SPAIN - JUN 9, 2014
330 ml. bottle, served in chalice glass (I can’t find my Rochefort one). Red copper colour, with a small head that fades soon, leaving a minimal lace. Smell of chocolate, cherries, ripened fruits, port wine. Palate is just a pleasure, not much carbonation, just go round your tongue like a nectar. Taste is like the smell: cherries, chocolate, port wine, dark and ripened fruits, caramel. Glory.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rangerred (897) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JUN 8, 2014
330ml bottle into a goblet. Pours a hazy dark brown with a huge billowy white head. Incredible head retention with equally substantial lacing. Very typical for the style. Aroma of dark fruit in the way of figs and dried cherries. Just a touch medicinal with some grape and red wine notes. Yeasty Belgian spice too. The flavor is quite spicy but brings in some caramel to go along with the dark fruit and Belgian yeast spice. Some pepper and vanilla notes and a touch of wood. Very light oxidation but nothing compared to some aged Belgians I have had. Very light and floaty mouthfeel with a very light lingering sweetness. Overall, a really nice Belgian Ale and one of the standards. While the complexity is a bit lacking compared to the quads, this beer holds its own with the other Dubbels out there and is a treat to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
andrewturba (950) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 8, 2014
Pours a hazy copper with a small but full beige head with little to no lace. Aroma is spicy, darker dried fruits, definitely a Belgian yeast present though a pretty clean Belgian, sweet and maybe very faint alcohol. Flavour is moderately spicy, sweet dark dried fruits, mild alcohol, touch of caramel and and moderately dry finish ish. Very nice beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brianza_ale (81) - ITALY - JUN 8, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2014 Very big frothy but quite thick white head, light mahogany/dark amber colour. Caramel, sweet malts, cake, nuts smell. Taste may be also less complex: sweet, belgian yeast and malts, caramel, a hint of alcohol. The bit of surprise of the beer it’s the finish: very smooth and light, would expected something stronger but I also like this softness. Hides very well alcohol, very easy to drink belgian. Has some rochefort notes, but way to common and not that complex.. I actually expected a bit more from this beer

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DroolYeast (211) - Odder, DENMARK - JUN 5, 2014
33 cl bottle. Aroma of some fruit, malt, tiny yeast. Clear reddish amber with small white head. Taste of fruit, apricot, peach, moderate sweetness. Finish is floral sweetness. Texture is thick soapy. Carbonation is average-.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tinylightsrecs (163) - - JUN 5, 2014
Bottle from Glug Newcastle. Very carbonated which makes it a bit heavy going but a nice nutty, fruity flavour

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerBoom (91) - POLAND - JUN 4, 2014
Bottle. Nice, stable head. In aroma friuts, mostly apples. Very high carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorm (1103) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JUN 4, 2014
Klar rødbrun farve med kremet lys beige skum. Lukt av fukt, karamell og gjær. Smak av frukt, karamell, krydder og gjær. Syrlig og noe bitter ettersmak. Melkebaren.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Percy0103 (116) - MEXICO - JUN 2, 2014
Bottle 33cl. A brown opaque beer with a small white head. It is possible to see the sediments at the bottom. It has a mild to strong aroma and taste is bitter with a strong alcohol finish. Carbonation is too heavy and reminds me of cider.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sdaniel90 (324) - Mexico City, MEXICO - JUN 2, 2014
Bottle, 33cl. Pours an opaque brownish/ruby colour with plenty of visible sediment and a creamy offwhite head that recedes quickly. Aroma features a nice roasted character with plenty of dry fruits and sweetness. Thick body, with a very earthy feel and abundant carbonation. A touch sour, with some light bitterness and alcohol at the finish. Decent beer.

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