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


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RATINGS: 2019   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 26, 2006
Bottle"18,08,09". Pours out a muddy light brown, quite effervescent in nature to start with, then the head quickly diminishes. It rests with absolutely no head. A noticeable amount of dark sentiment floats in suspension at the lower inch of the beer. Quite opaque in appearance. Very little notice of aroma qualities initially strikes me, so I let the beer warm. Soon a pleasant earthy (little musty) sweetness begins to waft from the beer. Notes of the underlying alcohol and hints of saw dust and cellar start to come to the forefront. Also honey sweetness and cigar/pipe smoke with oak like qualities make there presence felt. Fine bubble dance over the tongue, creating a small stinging sensation on the palate. This creates the sensation that this medium bodied beer has airy lightness to it. Middle, has dark bread notes, subtle candied fruits, along with a sweetness (caramelized sugar in the best sense of it), that lingers into the smooth refreshing finish. Quite impressed. "Day 5 fall out, first week of class"

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Ionlyrate5s (86) - New York, USA - SEP 19, 2014
Just as good as the 10, but nicely different. More earthy, more what I’d expect as Trappist, but what am I saying, these guys pretty much invented the stuff. Herbal yet had the dried fruit balance. Stunning brew.a++++

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
strap (415) - Seoul, SOUTH KOREA - SEP 19, 2014
reddish pour with a fizzy off-white head. caramel, nuts, roasty and slightly bread. a little sweet on the finish but mainly an earthy brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (1268) - - SEP 18, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 7-21-13- Poured from bottle into a chalice glass Appearance – The beer pours a murky copper brown color with a big and billowy cream colored head. The head fades very rapidly leaving only a trace level of lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The smell is a nice mix of dark fruits, some sugary smells and a bit of nut. The dark fruit is of a raisin and plum nature while the sugary smells being more of a caramel and candied sugar nature. The nut is of a nondescript roasted nuttiness and is accompanied by some notes of a more brown bready nature. Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter fruit and sugary flavor. As the nose suggested the fruit is of a darker nature with flavors of plum and grape. The sugary taste upfront are of a candied sugar and brown sugar nature. A bit of roasted brown bread is present upfront and through the taste, creating a base for the other flavors to stand on. More toward the middle of the taste, flavors of spice, apple and yeast come to the tongue with the spice being largely of a cardamom nature. At the end, a bit of booziness, some earthiness, and some nut all come to the tongue, with these flavors drying out the taste ever so slightly and creating a rather satisfying fruit flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is rather average in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is slightly above average. Neither were bad for the style, but overall a little more creaminess and a bit less carbonation may have made for a slightly more enjoyable feel for the flavors. Overall – A tasty and rather enjoyable dubbel. It is renowned for good reason and one to go to from time to time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mr_Pink_152 (711) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2014
330ml bottle. Pours Amber brown colour with small tan head that diminish. Aroma of dark fruit. Taste of brown sugar, banana and fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lawger (109) - SWEDEN - SEP 14, 2014
Pours chestnut-brown with soft white head. Yeasty, malty scents with dominant butterscotch notes and some medium light chocolate. Rather light bodied with emphasis on sweetness and some lightly roasted malty notes. No bitterness and a decent finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pelzky (8) - Szczecin, POLAND - SEP 14, 2014 does not count
Reddish-brown color with medium, white and unsustainable head. Aroma of dark fruits, spices, alcohol, caramel and toffee. There is also a hint of cereals. Taste is fruity (plums, raisins), caramel and malty. Some alcoholic bitterness. Carbonation is little to high. Not as good as 10 but it’s still a very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerdedDave (339) - - SEP 7, 2014
deep amber - reddish brown color; dark fruit and malt aroma; lots of dark fruit flavors; plums, raisins; caramel and toffee notes; fairly bitter

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bmagner (5) - - SEP 6, 2014 does not count
Pours a amber color. Smells sweet/sour like candy. Taste is a bit odd. Not clean like 8 and 10. Pours a amber color. Smells sweet/sour like candy. Taste is a bit odd. Not clean like 8 and 10.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
guiroul33 (40) - Bordeaux, FRANCE - SEP 6, 2014
Brown-orange color, minimal but lasting head. Aroma of candy sugar, fruits, bubblegum. Taste is quite sweet but still balanced, some anise in the aftertaste. A very good trappist, less famous than the 8 and 10 but almost as complex and more subtile.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
lamf (75) - Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - SEP 3, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark red-amber with medium white head. Aroma of cookies, toffee, caramelized sugar. A little bit overcarbonated. Oh, the taste is definitely rich. Like a pie with loads of toffee. Some fruity and spicy notes too. Biscuity aftertaste. Good.

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