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


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RATINGS: 2189   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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 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.

   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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
RD400F (219) - 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...

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Alexus (241) - 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!

   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

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Ionlyrate5s (103) - New York, USA - SEP 19, 2014
Just as good as the 10, but nicely different. More earthy, more what Iíd expect as Trappist, but what am I saying, these guys pretty much invented the stuff. Herbal yet had the dried fruit balance. Stunning brew.a++++

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
huineman (420) - Madrid, SPAIN - APR 9, 2015
Hazy amber brown. Bone-colored head, huge and thick. Very aromatic: butterscotch, butter, vanilla, toffee, cookie, egg pudding. Powerful yet fresh, thanks to its great structure. Great balance between sweet, sour and savory flavours. No bitterness. Donít be decieved by its lower number (compared to other Rochefort ales): it is one of the greatest world beers.

   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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
blackmetal (179) - 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,

   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.

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