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

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RATINGS: 2018   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
achtungpv (210) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2012
Worst of three Rochefort but better than 99% of the beer out there. Pours a muddy brown. Very effervescent with rich malt on the nose. Tastes a bit of lush caramel or toffee. A well balanced ale.


4
   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.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (1247) - - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mr_Pink_152 (709) - 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.

3.4
   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

3.9
   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.

4
   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

3
   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.

3.7
   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.

4.1
   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.

4
   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.


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