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

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RATINGS: 2416   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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2.9
danielst (416) - AUSTRIA - MAR 23, 2009
Dark brown colour, incredibly fast disappearing, fizzy head. Aroma of wine and dried fruits, perhaps raisins, plums and figs - light caramel note. Chocolatey-fruity, roasted flavour with a dry finish and a dominant alcoholic note. Not overly complex to me - actually somewhat disappointing.

4.1
illidurit (2354) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 22, 2009
11.2 oz bottle poured into a goblet. Rather light color for the style. Hazy pumpkin orange instead of the traditional medium brown. Nice beige head leaves gobs of lace. Aroma is essentially a fruit basket. Grapes, pears, apples, figs, dates. Flavor contains many of the same notes but also a caramel maltiness, lots of yeast, and some alcohol. Mouthfeel is very effervescent, which makes it hard to drink until the beer has breathed for several minutes.

2.9
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 18, 2009
330mL bottle from Regional. Pours deep amber/red, very vigorous carbonation yet head does not linger. Fruity barley wine-esq nose with dark cherries and apricot, bready malt note with a spicy kick. In the mouth, it is very spritzy on the tongue. Bready malt flavour dominates, some weak fruits, some bitter hops on the finish. It’s a very drinkable strong ale, and no alcohol flavour really comes through. Yet the complexity of flavours you get in the 8 and 10 are not there.

3.7
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2009
Light amber color with a quickly disappearing head. Muted aroma but a very pleasing fruit taste, mixed with a good malt balance.

4.1
Muggus69 (2673) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - MAR 9, 2009
Date: 8/1/09 Beer info: Bottled in brown 330ml bottle 7.5% abv BB not sure Sampling Notes: Served chilled in chalice. Pours a huge, rocky, dense persistant offwhite head atop a bronze body that becomes ridiculously murky with sediment. The nose on this thing! WOW! Particularly yeasty I guess you’d say, perfumey citrus almost tea-like, ripe stonefruits peaches and apricots, stewed fruits too, rich underlying caramel maltiness. Very complex, hard to know what to expect but i’m excited! Velvety palate, smooth, with a solid length behind it, though noticeably smaller than the likes of the 10, bit drier towards the finish. Amazing flavour; caramalised banana, burnt toffee, fig, cream, phenolic spice, a nuttiness, citric tartness, hints of herb. Its just so complex and inviting, and before I know it, its gone! A truely awesome beer from a truely awesome brewery! Can’t wait to try the others once again in the near future.

3.6
tdcritch (153) - Missouri, USA - MAR 4, 2009
Not a bad little beer. Smelled like fig and plum. Poured a reddish brown with a fairly decent head. Not as good as the 10 or 8. But different in its own way. Would drink again.

3.5
maxpizzo (62) - ITALY - MAR 4, 2009
good belgian amber double beer.very fruity and sometimes floreal taste.sweet flavour at the end.little traces of malt.though enough complex is very enjoyable

3.5
GranvilleTim (1857) - Granville, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2009
11.2 oz. Brown pour with tan head. The head bubbled loudly then settled down < 1 minute. Faint aroma of ripe fruit. Clean tasting beer- light notes of sweetness. Not sure of age of bottle- imported by D & V International-Now it is importd by Merchant du Vin. Alcohol isn’t noticeable.

3.9
sja14 (108) - Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Pours dark amber with a nice beige head. Fruity and caramelly. Good Trappist.

3.5
hallinghansen (3409) - Odense SV, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2009
Bottle. Hazy brown body, with a large off-white head. Aroma is dark fruits and caramel. Flavor is also dark fruits, caramel. way to much carbonic acid. Overall a nice beer.


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