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

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RATINGS: 1986   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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2004
Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a clear, average brown and red liquid with a medium amount of off-white head that lingers and is awesome - smooth, creamy, taking on the appearence of the top of a vanilla milkshake. Aroma is a mixed array of sweet fruits - strawberry, orange, apple, pear, lemon, bannana - and a nice floral bouquette as well - a lot like Rochefort 8. Flavor is of a light fruit and flower arrangement you can drink. IMO, this beer is a "softened down" version of Rochefort 8, even more pleasant to drink. This may become my favorite "everyday" beer, taking the place of Chimay Blue. Very excellent - I look forward to buying a case of it. Sampled at 68 degrees Fahrenheit.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tramp55555 (61) - Lisbon, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2006
Best damn beer I íve ever had, except for their 10.. Iíve had alot of types from all over the world. Iíve not yet had Westvleteren, but I find it hard to believe anything can be better than this beer. This is a shining jewel in the beer world. It is the Holy Grail (or is that íHoly Ale?). Best damn beer Iíve ever had!!! Except for their 10. I believe it to be the same beer with a lower alcohol content.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
RD400F (177) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 4, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2013 Aroma: Similar to 8 and 10, just not as intense. Probably more like the 10 and a little more hoppy than both.

Appearance: Beer into trappist glass. Anywhere from a transparent subdued red to a dark, turbid red/brown depending on pour. Head is mocha colored and extremely active, buzzing and snapping, then eventually settles to a fine, creamy foam top. This one is alive, no doubt.

Taste: Perfect balance of sweet, sour and bitter. Nothing stands out to fuck it all up. Toffee, almonds, herbs, spices, some fruits/vegetables, and yeast. Quite colorful, but you wouldnít think so if youíve already been spoiled by 8 or 10.

Palate: Strong carbonation, fresh, crisp, extremely well balanced and the typical Rochefort character is there too. This one is more alive in the mouth compared to 8/10 and much more drinkable.

Overall: The 6 is without the complexity of the other two, but the beginnings are there. I like it because itís so fresh, lively and itís not super overpowering with all the scents and flavours, but thereís enough there to show you itís a great beer. Nice to have complexity, but sometimes I just want a good beer to drink and enjoy...this is it. I wonít say itís my favorite as thereís something I like about each Rochefort, but Iíd probably take this over the 10 most of the time because that one is really a treat...

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Alexus (240) - Stavanger, NORWAY - DEC 1, 2011
Shared bottle @ Cardinal. Pours a rich white head. Hazy light amber color. So rich in aromas that itís difficult to sort them out. Rich carbonation. As iím new to belgian styles, this is a great ale in my eyes. Will have this again!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
noppie (9) - - FEB 10, 2013 does not count
The best I have ever tasted. Does not tast to alcohol. Lovely! Drank at the first CBM ever. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
markitzero (4) - , Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2008 does not count
My favorite Trappist I’ve had thus far. Beautiful appearance and very complex flavor, and a great aroma. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys beer.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
blackmetal (112) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 9, 2012
The "light" beer from St. Remy. Nothing like cracking this one on a hot summer day after cutting they abbeyís lawn,

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
guzzler (76) - AE, GERMANY - JUN 9, 2003
Reddish brown color with a creamy, long lasting head. Aroma of malt and fruit. The flavor is rich and sweet with hints of chocolate and licorice. Not as good as the #10 or #8, but an outstanding beer nonetheless.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Garrat (1255) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2013 From a bottle.Dark brown with some red in colour,no head,dark fruits,wood and leather muscle relaxing safe as.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jerre (2376) - Waregem, BELGIUM - JUL 8, 2007
Bottle, 33 cl. Red brown color, with big off-white head. Aroma sweet malts, yeast, fruits. Medium body. Taste good malts, fruity touch. Yes this is for me the most drinkable of the Rochefort brews. He have a great flavour and character of other Rochefort brews but it is less thick and rich.


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