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98
98
style
Brewed by Brasserie Rochefort
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Rochefort, Belgium

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2387   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
flatmatt (1522) - Northville, Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2008
330 mL bottle. Pours brown with a medium, fizzy off-white head that vanishes rapidly. Aromas of tart apple and raisin. Like the higher-gravity Rocheforts, the flavor is primarily sweet caramel balanced with dark fruits, with yeasty flavors in the background. Leaves an aftertaste exactly like honey. Not quite as complex as Rochefort 8 and 10, but a very nice beer in its own right.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BigBeer45 (1470) - Michigan, USA - SEP 7, 2008
Pours a cloudy dark honey and brown with a large foamy off-white head, leaves a creamy fine bubbled lacing on the glass, a generous amount of sediment in the bottle, has a very nice presentation, aroma of malt, light raisins, bruised apples(?), yeast bread, some light chocolate notes and cake aroma? faint banana to and light candy fragrances, flavors of malt, bread, faint caramel and candy sweetness, yeast, alcohol phenols deliver pepper to the palate at the finish and persists thereafter with some pepper bitterness, has a good mouth feel, is creamy on the mouth, I felt some alcohol warmth at the back of the mouth which I found surprising for a 7.5% alcohol ale but this is not a problem and did not take away from the enjoyment of this drink, a very nice drink but this did not wow me like I hoping it would but I do recommend trying this brew.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
armando629 (2456) - Budapest, HUNGARY - SEP 7, 2008
Brown-reddish hazy appearance with a medium foamy beige head. Nice aroma of toffe, roasted malt and coffee beans, some caramel and vanilla. Smooth mouthfeel with a well balanced roasted taste of malt and coffee-beans, nice caramel and vanilla, some dried fruits.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aru (105) - Smrum, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2008
Brown color with very quick vanishing head. Aroma have notes of yeast and fruit. When the beer enters the mouth it is an easy drinkable one with a well balanced taste of light roasted malt, prickling fruit and a thin slice of yeast. A good light beer but other Trappistes have more to offer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MuttyD (93) - Cambridge, USA - SEP 5, 2008
Took me awhile to finally try this one considering the 10 is one of my favorites. This beer pours a murky brown/red color with a thin white head. Floraly and fruity (apples and pears) aroma and flavor. Very smooth on the palate and extremely drinkable. Clean and lingering finish. Great beer!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 3, 2008
Light chestnut with golden highlights and a thin, off-white head. Odd, though not unpleasant Tequila-like edge (strange, yes, but it’s there in this bottle) with some nutty malt characteristics and a touch of alcohol. Interesting fermentation characteristics in the flavor that seems to impart a salty tang over a light, nutty malt profile. The body is very light, thin, and almost watery--though not negatively so--the 7.5% alcohol is hardly noticible which is quite a disappearing act. This beer is not really my thing but remains quite interesting nonetheless.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Straling (364) - Hoensbroek, NETHERLANDS - SEP 1, 2008
Bottle 33cl. Poured at 13 degrees Celsius. Aged 2 years. Pours a light clear brown/red colour. Beautiful head, good size and lasts. Smells gives away loads of fruits, varying from strawberrys to lemon. Very mouthfilling beer, good taste, can find all the fruits that are in the smell again. Also this beer is balanced excellent, tastes like the 8 and 10 Rochefort, but just a little less flavour to it. Though I must say that I can taste the alcohol more than in the other 2.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mattmc1973 (479) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - AUG 31, 2008
33cl bottle, pours apple cider brown, with dissipating off-white head. Aroma of apple, pear, flowers, caramel, and malt. Taste is fruity and malty, with minimal hops. Creamy mouthfeel. Not quite Rochefort 8 or 10, but a very good beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerBunker (965) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2008
Pours fecal brown with minimal head. Smells strongly of assorted fruits and malts. Very sweet taste, well balanced with good carbonation. Delicious lingering yeast and malts. Very easy to drink, but could use more of an alcohol punch.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pj1855 (160) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2008
Pours a cloudy brown color with virtually no head. Very pleasant sweet aroma. Tastes of caramel and fruit. Slighty bitter finish.


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