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


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RATINGS: 1974   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.

ThisWangsChung's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iznogud (559) - CROATIA - JUL 7, 2014
Bottle 330 ml from supermarket in Bruxelles. Pours hazy brown with beige head. Yeast, fruits, spices aroma. Fruity and slightly alcoholic flavor with some chocolate. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mecafilo (66) - Perugia, ITALY - JUL 5, 2014
Bottle @ home. Poirs with a bright red colour, big medium lasting white head. Aroma is medium to heavy malty, with notes of bread; softly hoppy; medium yeasty, with notes of dough and basement aromas; well-balanced. Taste is medium sweet, softly bitter. Light to medium body, watery texture, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Madsen1635 (191) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 3, 2014
Bottle. Hazy brown pour with unstable white head. Aroma is fresh with citrus. Taste is again fresh with some slightly bitter notes. Cannot sense the relative high ABV. Quite high carbonation

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
yy0pp (506) - - JUN 27, 2014
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
HammerTroll (318) - Pula / Zagreb, CROATIA - JUN 26, 2014
Cloudy brown body, minimal off-white head. Caramel aroma, sweet malty, some fruits, but kind of mild. Medium sweet taste, alcohol is well hidden. Medium body, lively carbonation.
(Vrutak 0,33l bottle)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
rsedillo (15) - Pasadena, California, USA - JUN 24, 2014
Very good. It taste like a refreshing tea. Good flavor with good overall taste. Get the 6 it is one of the best!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lele (82) - ITALY - JUN 23, 2014
Birra più delicata rispetto altre altre Rochefort, si distingue dalle sorelle per un tenore alcolico meno pronunciato, ma soprattutto per del sentori più floreali rispetto alle altre, anche che il fruttato si sente sempre chiaramente. All’aroma si percepiscono delle stupende note di the Darjeeling. Alla fine pulisce la bocca non lasciando quasi nessun retrogusto.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
elosop (137) - SWEDEN - JUN 23, 2014
Dimmigt mahoganybrun med rejäl skumkrona. Doftar svagt av jäst,ek, karamell och malt. Smak av karamell, toffe &engelsk fruktkaka. Eftersmaken söt och inte speciellt lång. Lättdrucken för en trappist.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
50belair (2141) - Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2014
Bottle at Specialty Beer Cellar. Cloudy light brown pour with an off white head. Sweet malt and brown sugar aromas. Effervescent with big malty notes. Some sweetness to it with brown sugar and caramel back beats. Good body and mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
emartell (231) - Zapopan, Jalisco, MEXICO - JUN 20, 2014
Aromas deliciosos y delicados, notas dulces que desenbocan en aromas frutales, principalmente frutos negros, framvuezas, Zarzamoras y ligeramente cerezas. En cuanto a su apariencia color roho, ligeramente turbio y carbonatacion alta. Cuerpo medio y corona de espuma abundante y de alta retención. En boca suave, cremosa, especoada y frutal! Al paladar es algo compleja. De ser una cerveza que entra fácil, se concierte en una cerveza especiada, con el toque de sabor que brinda la levadura utilizada en las trapenses, finalizando von toques frutales muy bien definidos,frutos rojos y berrys. En resumen una muy buena cerveza, una mas de esta trapense, consiguiendo un gran equilibrio y un tremendo disfrute!

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