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

bottled
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RATINGS: 2430   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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3.8
bradlyc77 (226) - Sebastopol, California, USA - MAR 27, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2009 Pours cloudy amber with large off white head. Aroma is sweet bready/yeasty with some fig. Flavor is bread, biscuit, yeast, caramel, toasted sugar, dark fruit/fig, spice/phenolic/pepper. Wow.

3.2
cgreb (422) - Marburg, GERMANY - MAR 26, 2009
bottle - hazy brown beer with white head. Aroma has some sourness like wine. Complex flavour. Some caramel and spices.

3.7
smashteroid (262) - Alabama, USA - MAR 25, 2009
Served cold from bottle. The aroma is spicy and contains hints of caramel malts. Again, complex, with a flavor of caramel, spices, nuts and a hint of tartness (figs? berries? I don’t know). I am new to trappist beers, but I really enjoyed this one.

3.9
garthicus (2962) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 24, 2009
With many thanks to HogTownHarry. I’ve a feeling Harry aged this baby too. Appearance: Lots of visible carbonation, head quickly dissipates leaving behind a ruby red body, the visible carbonation quickly disappeared. Aroma: Wine like with tobacco, malt, yeast, a little alcohol, strawberry and hops. Flavour: Woah, what an unusual flavour, perfume, roses, tobacco, chocolate, hops, lots of carbonation. Just a nice marriage of flowers and malt. Long, lingering flowery malt finish. Lovely.

2.9
danielst (421) - 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 (2356) - 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 (1400) - 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 (2807) - 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.


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