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


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RATINGS: 2015   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 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 isnít very good, though it does seem to settle at being a thin film instead of fading completely. S: Thereís 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 isnít the most eye-popping of brews; rather itís elegant, subtle, and deep. Iíll take that over a big, brash monster any day. M: Itís 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? Itís 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 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 itís 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-WŁrttemberg, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BadAprilia1000 (272) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 2, 2014
Pours a very dark red brown with a good sustainable head. Aroma is musky, dark rich herb, buttery, cocoa butter, booze, tons of rich toffee. Taste is toffee, caramel, butter, caramelized brown sugar, nutty, plum, raisin, hay, cereal grain. Overall even better than I remember from all those years ago, this is a true trappist, one ever beer geek should have a few of.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gaultier (333) - SWEDEN - AUG 31, 2014
Bottle @ Den Tatoverede Enke, Copenhagen. Aroma: Yeast, fruity, sweet. Taste: Dito. Body is medium, the finish is dry and fruity with sweet notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
R4N5H (83) - SINGAPORE - AUG 29, 2014
33cl bottle poured into a trappist glass. Chocolate brown colour with a good head. Good carbonation and lacing. Honey and fruit aroma, and aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mandaritto (60) - LATVIA - AUG 24, 2014
High carbonisation level, too much, aroma - fruits, some spices, same as taste. One of my favourite strong ales! Tasted it first time long time ago, now itís not so good as then, but still loved it!

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