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


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RATINGS: 2315   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. A: Pours a murky brown color. The head is a two finger white shade, looking a bit rough in texture. Retention isn’t very good, though it does seem to settle at being a thin film instead of fading completely. S: There’s really a lot going on in this one - raisins, plums, currants, cherries, caramel, brown sugar, apple, white grapes, chocolate, and some savory spices. Not as sweet as the 8 or 10, yet nearly as complex. T: At first, pleasant tartness from cherry and apple esters graces the palate. Afterwards it develops caramel and brown sugar flavors. The distant aftertaste has a spicy, herbal quality to it, seemingly from hops. I also note dark chocolate, tobacco, and some mild dark fruits. This isn’t the most eye-popping of brews; rather it’s elegant, subtle, and deep. I’ll take that over a big, brash monster any day. M: It’s not that rich or creamy, instead featuring an airy, slightly refreshing feel. Plenty of yeast astringency and carbonation is there to tickle the tongue. I kind of like the focus on drinkability here - it goes down more easily than the other two Rocheforts. O: What else can be expected here? It’s definitely the lightest of the Rocheforts and knows this fact; yet it can easily stand toe to toe with the other two in terms of complexity. Just another excellent trappist offering, really.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aggiebob (764) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - SEP 11, 2016
Bottle. It poured a copper orange color with a big frothy off-white head. Aroma was yeasty, dried dark fruits, candi sugar and some clove. Moderate body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChewyBeer (257) - SOUTH AFRICA - SEP 11, 2016
Appearance: good clear amber, no head Aroma: sweet spicy Mouthfeel: medium Mouthfeel and carbonation Taste: sweet malt, spicy, low bitterness, alcohol flavours Overall: great beer

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Blueshawk (349) - Bad Bellingen, GERMANY - SEP 11, 2016
- braun-trübe Farbe mit leichter Schaumbildung - leichte Noten nach Trockenobst, Karamell, Banane und etwas Koriander - passende Carbonisierung - sehr schöner, aber auch „schwerer Antrunk“ - diese würzige Süße ist schon sehr gewöhnungsbedürftig - im Abgang vermischen sich dann alle Noten nochmals, wobei das Bananenaroma doch leicht die Oberhand gewinnt Fazit: Guter Einstieg für belgische Trappisten-Biere

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
juvedp (24) - CHINA - SEP 6, 2016
Fruity and malt aroma. Brown color with frothy head. Classic trappistes. not as good as r8 or r10.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
mezr (100) - California, USA - AUG 21, 2016
Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip. Color is a hazy amber and it has a moderate, foamy tan head made up of tiny bubbles. Zero lacing. Floral and fruity aromas with some caramel. Medium-light body, a bit thin, with spice and sweet-alcohol taste. Finish is rather abrupt. Rather uninteresting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
erling1000 (569) - - AUG 19, 2016
A belgian (Trappist), unfiltered, brown ale with high, light head. Aroma is malt, caramel, light prune, light tea? Taste is sweet and light bitter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gehbe (229) - Vilnius, LITHUANIA - AUG 18, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2016 Pours clear amber with a big off-white head, some lacing. Nose of caramel, zest, spice, toast, baguette, a bit of fruit and yeast. Tastes medium sweet with some carbonation sourness following it up, almost no bitterness. Medium body, high carbonation, very drinkable. Lovely and dangerous - too drinkable for the amount of ABV.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Maracuja05 (565) - Mainz, GERMANY - AUG 16, 2016
[backlog] 08-12-15 / bottle bought in Rochefort, drank at home. I started rating my beers with Untappd and a few basic notes. Now I want to rate them on ratebeer. So my rating sometimes lack some information. Just ignore it, it is for my personal statistics. Untappd-Rating: 3.75/5

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mariuszek (1145) - Gdynia, POLAND - AUG 11, 2016
Orange color, hazy, rich head. Yeasty, fruity, herbal, winey aroma. Sweet taste with all the aroma flavors, delicate bitter finish with some alcohol. Classic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jesper86 (35) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 11, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2016 Intense flavour. Nice sweet note, but not cloying. Banana, caramel, yeasty. Good balance. Long finish. Hint of cloves. Bitterness very, very subtle, almost unnoticeable.

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