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


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RATINGS: 2222   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (14042) - San Leandro, California, USA - FEB 10, 2010
A: The pour is an opaque reddish-brown color. The head is small to begin with and dissipates quickly. S: The nose has the usual yeast and bready quality with some hints of dark fruit. The bulk of the nose, however, is the sweet caramel and toffee from the malt. T: Like the nose, the yeast and malt really define this beer. A lot of sweetness from the malts with dark fruits (particularly raisins and figs) with a mild spice. M: The body is medium with a high level of carbonation. D: The world of Belgians is sort of a new thing to me, but it would seem I’m off to a good start. A very nice beer, indeed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oakes (13966) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 24, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2010 On the light side of dark brown, if that makes sense, very sedimented and with a big rich head. Deep malty, fruity aroma with rich plum, brown sugar, light toffee, raisin, peach and faint pear, alcohol and doughy yeast. Sweet malts in the body mix with a surprising tartness (mainly yeastiness). Fruits are subdued but still there (plum, pear). The malts seem subdued by a bit of wateriness...this is a 7.5% beer my I remind you so that�s a shocker but I may be viewing this flavour profile vis-a-vis its bigger brothers without realizing it. Anyway, a solid, sessionable trappist brown. Upon multiple tastings, I have upgraded my score significantly, to reflect the floral, smooth awesomeness of this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (13482) - DENMARK - APR 17, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2014 Bottle, 7.5%. Cloudy brown/dark amber with big off-white head. Aroma is malt, caramel, toasted, yeast, dark fruit and spices. Flavour is malt, caramel, yeast. dark fruits, sweet, toasted, hop and medium bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnfryd (13345) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 9, 2006
Bottle. Brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is alcohol, apple, yeast. Flavour is yeast, apple and alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (12960) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 12, 2006
Strong aroma of medium dark fruit. Brown malty yeasty aroma. It smells brown. Vigorous, persistent tan head. Lacing. Starts with mysterious fruit, passes to something like bread dough. Then caramel and chocolate notes rise. It is a bit thin, say medium mouthfeel. It is certainly unique and complex. It is good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (12513) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 18, 2002
Pours muddy brown with big beige head that eventually settles down. Flavor is sweet and smooth, fruity (berry), slightly caramel. One of the easiest drinking 7.5% beers I’ve ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tmoney99 (12415) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2005
Bottle. This was the last in the process of tasting all three of these brews. Aroma, flavor and body was much the same as the 10 and 8. With a lowerer and smaller alcohol finish. This was a good thing. The complex flavor and finish generated more character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 8, 2004
(Bottle) Pours a cloudy brown colorwith a large frothy beige head. Has an aroma of caramel, light alcohol, sweet malt, florals, and light yeast. Creamy palate with flavors of sweet malt and spices.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (12343) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 14, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein rötlichbraunes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch röstmalzig süß, fruchtig, würzig. Geschmack röstmalzig, hefig, fruchtig, dunkle reife Früchte, Karamell.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (12053) - Randers, DENMARK - SEP 28, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2009 Bottle. Creamy off-white good mostly lasting head. Brown colour. Nice but week hoppy and malty aroma. OK but not fantastic flavvor. Oily palate. I was quite disapointed about this beer.

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