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


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RATINGS: 2035   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mesperon (205) - Hillsdale, New Jersey, USA - JUL 28, 2010
Hazy orange/brown with huge thick rocky head. Muted aroma of sweet, mushy malt, ripe green apple. Muted flavor: caramel, just a bit of tangy fruit, salty and savory (sausage?) bready/biscuity malt. Mild finish, not much contribution from the hops. Pleasant, nothing fascinating.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pacool (39) - - OCT 20, 2014
Fantastyczna mętna ciemnobrązowa barwa. Długo utrzymująca się się gęsta piana. Bogaty smak ze słodkim posmakiem.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (3298) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 19, 2014
330 ml bottle purchased at Julioís Liquors. Dark brown color with lasting head. Aroma is laced with dark fruits (plums, dates, figs) and some dark sugars.

The flavor is rich and sweet that the style calls for. Burnt toffee, dried fruits sprinkled with sugar, thick molasses and hints of roasted nuts. Nice complexity and a true classic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ulysse (46) - Brussels, BELGIUM - OCT 18, 2014
Not as commercially available as its relatives, 8 and 10. This one is on the lighter side of that array.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
didierlewallon (104) - ponferrada, SPAIN - OCT 18, 2014
De color rojizo y tonos Šmbar, de cuerpo suave, presenta sabores terrosos y herbales. Fuerte aroma a malta, ligeramente amarga. De final delicadamente sutil con presencia de especias y caramelo. Su sabor fino hace de ella una delicia para el paladar.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (5977) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 14, 2014
"while i enjoyed this one, it was almost distractingly light in aroma and body...well, flavor too i suppose for a dubble. but while i prefer a couple fuller bodied american dubbles, this was quite tasty and definitely has itís place in my fridge when iím in the mood for a lighter, more delicate version. All the Roch beers are complex, and this one is no exception, itís just lighter fruits on the nose, and in the flavor, and fresher tasting than the others. Well done as well. Not a blow your mind beer, but quite good. 6/09-another one thatís gotten just a touch better each time."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eduardovl (866) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
330ml bottle served in its own chalice. A: Pours a cloudy amber to brow (nutty) color. Some particles can be seen floating around. Forms a huge beige head when poured but retention is medium to low. A small layer remains and some lacings are formed and left in the glass S: Sweet and "bready". Caramel malts, toffee and Belgium yeasts. Dry dark fruits and alcohol T: As suggested by the nose: Upfront is slightly sweet followed by bready and earthy yeasts. Strong notes of caramel, caramel malts, brown bread, dark fruits and candy sugar. End is slightly bitter M: Medium and molasses body. Medium carbonation. Belgian bittersweet aftertaste O: Excellent dirinkability. Less complex than the 8 or 10 but still a Rochefort [ BA Review @ 1/30/2010 ]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BelgiskOlklub (911) - Viby J, DENMARK - OCT 14, 2014
Dark brown hazy body and a very nice creamy lasting head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, fign, raisin. The taste is medium to heavy sweet and light bitter. Creamy texture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
niquillis (945) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2014
Bottle from Congress, Longton. Red brown with loads of carbonation a la Rochefort. Much more easy drinking than the strength. Rochefort stuff is excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HIGHB4LL (599) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 7, 2014
12 oz. bottle from Cash Wise in Williston. Appearance: 2 fingers khaki caramel head that does not last, amber brown red color, lightly cloudy, head is gone quickly, oily lacing. Aroma: light prune, molasses, light grassy hops, light lemon. Palate: medium body, lively and sparkling carbonation, alcohol warming, oily texture, dry finish. Taste: thin fruit sweetness, into a rich malty sweet that transitions back into a fuller light prune fruit flavor and finishes sweet. Overall, very malty rich, carbonation is a bit much for me, but the flavors are surprisingly mild. Very nice beer, but maybe not up to all the hype.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DomD (73) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - OCT 5, 2014
Poured from 33cl bottle. Aroma of citrus with hint of cough drop. Pours a cloudy amber with white head. Has a very light bitter taste. Medium body, oily texture, with a dry finish. Overall a pretty good brew, although Iím not a big fan of the dry finish.

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