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

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RATINGS: 2144   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChtiBreizh (96) - Rennes, FRANCE - APR 13, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2015 For me this was a great surprise as I had this after the 8 and the 10. It has some flavours of the elder sisters but this is as drinkable as you could get with a good bitterish finish. Great option for thirst with some sweet notes

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
firstsip (590) - Michigan, USA - APR 12, 2015
Bottle. Dark ruby. Hazy. Super sweet caramel nose. Very syrupy sweet. Super raisin. A bit unbalanced, honestly.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Petkus331 (329) - Redford, Michigan, USA - APR 12, 2015
Aroma is strong of prune juice with a touch of fallen leaves. Appears deep copper, no lace. Taste is very sweet prune juice followed by a very light acidic hay bitterness that then fades from a candy sugar sweetness. Very nice palate, fizzy, light. Overall, very overwhelming sweet and prune, but the palate is nice.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavidBe (34) - BELGIUM - APR 10, 2015
Dat dit bier de minst verkochte van de drie is, verwonderd mij niet zoveel. Smakenpallet is duidelijk het minst rijkvolle van zijn twee grotere broers. Het is een vlot drinkend biertje, maar laat hem toch liever links liggen.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
huineman (360) - Madrid, SPAIN - APR 9, 2015
Hazy amber brown. Bone-colored head, huge and thick. Very aromatic: butterscotch, butter, vanilla, toffee, cookie, egg pudding. Powerful yet fresh, thanks to its great structure. Great balance between sweet, sour and savory flavours. No bitterness. Don’t be decieved by its lower number (compared to other Rochefort ales): it is one of the greatest world beers.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bozo_skeleton (687) - Grenoble, FRANCE - APR 7, 2015
Orangée un peu sombre, grosse carbo, petit collet persistant. aromes fruités, raisin, fruits noirs. Encore des fruits noirs en bouche et des notes herbeuse et du caramel. Longueur juste comme il faut

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cmacklin (365) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - APR 5, 2015
330 ml bottle. Pours a hazy, reddish brown with an average, short lived, beige head. Sweet, fruity aroma with caramel, yeast, malt and alcohol. Sweet, fruity flavour with malt, yeast, alcohol and spice with a slightly dry, bitter finish. Medium body with an oily texture and lively carbonation. Good, but expected more from a trappist.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ST247 (448) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - APR 5, 2015
Bottle @Rochefort. Pours light brown with off-white head. Aroma dark fruit, caramel, alcoholic. Taste dark fruit, caramel. Medium carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chromeotaphor (84) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 29, 2015
De typische rochefort aroma dringt heerlijk door kandijsuiker caramel en heel vele fruitigheid zit er in dit prachtige aroma verborgen. Een festijn! Amber bruin kleurig en een wolkige schuimkraag en een felle carbonatie. Een van de mooiere Rocheforts om te zien! Zachter en toegankelijker dan zijn grotere broers. Met alweer een zeer complexe smaak en afdronk. Komt als een typische Rochefort binnen met een geweldige complexiteit. Caramel en kandij komt door en zwakt daarna lekker droog af. En ontwikkeld zich daarna met een zachte bitter. Ge-wel-dig!!! De meest toegankelijke van de 3.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
migwell (94) - Northampton, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 29, 2015
Stella glass. Root beer followed by chocolate, and a good amount of complexity as well. My view is comparative to the world of the Trappistes, so that, while this is a fine enough brew, it doesn’t stand up to the excellence of its bigger brothers, the 8 and 10. It’s a bit thin and watery, despite the fuller finish. I will pay premium prices for the top brews in this category, but not for this one.


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