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

bottled
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RATINGS: 2415   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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3.7
DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - JUL 26, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2008 (Bottle). Interesting fruity aroma. Pours a deep reddish brown. Huge light brown head that dissipates rather quickly. Flavor is complex, fruity, refreshing. Finish is balanced and well controlled. Overall, a delightful ale.

3.5
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 26, 2008
33cl, from De Hopduvel Gent, complex, yet easy to drink, cloudy, good head, good brew, balanced

4.1
craftycarl21 (2339) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 26, 2008
pours a murky brown with a large cream colored head and solid lacing. Holds malt, nutmeg, caramel, some hints of orange, and a woody quality on the nose. Flavor is delicious- some hints of chocolate, coffee, and malt like a stout, but a sweetness with toffee, caramel, and spice that lends itself to the belgian style. Palate is sticky sweet but delectable, really top notch mouthfeel. Outstanding beer.

4.2
budweiserblows (35) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 22, 2008
Very light Dubbel!! That does not, however, mean that this beer is not extraordinary. By lightening the traditional Dubbel, Rochefort has created it’s own niche somewhere between a double/triple fermentation ale. I feel this beer has created a superior taste keeping the depth of a typical dubbel while mating it with the light notes of the best tripel’s.

3.7
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - JUL 22, 2008
Poured into a chimay chalice. Pours dark murky brown with one finger beige head. Aromas of raisin, plum, apricot, sweet molasses, and clove. Lots of dimensions to its aromas- almost too many to pick out. Flavor is sweet and fruity- dark fruits such as plum and apricot are powerful. Clove and ginger poke their way through as does a nice yeast component. Palate is full but not overly so, with some prickling carbonation and a sweet, though dry and coating finish.

3.5
weaselkenievil (1609) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 21, 2008
Bottle from my trusty (but posh and snotty depending on who you get) bottle shop. A little unfair rating wise because I had it next to the 8 and 10 which are two of my favourite ’go to beers’. A good dubbel. Figs, prunes, even though I’ve never had either in my life, raisin, and some sweetness. Not bad but over shadowed by it’s bigger brothers. Still good tho.

4
awautlet (45) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 20, 2008
Appearance is a murky brown amber almost like an apple cider. Bready aroma with hints of caramel and malt. Crisp start on the body followed by richer notes of caramel and chocolate. Malty overall without any overpowering hop. Finishes with nice warming alcohol. I expected a little more body to this but perhaps thats where the 8 and 10 differ.

3.2
BillKismet (4103) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 19, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2010 Stately brown amber, with a great 1/3 inch Brussels lace filled head. Smell at first disappointing with oxidated, dank cardboard notes and some alcohol. Body starts similarly disappointing, though it improves. Body has light alcohol mixed with sweet caramel and malt. No noticeable hops. Perhaps this will require a second tasting as I think this is rather lackluster and definitely short of the spectacular ratings it has garnered. Rerate: 5/17/10: Mild musky nose and body with trace bits of vinegar and mellowed melanoidin malts. Subdued yeastiness with a slight fur. Moderately improved from my earlier tasting.

3.2
BeerEssential (96) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 18, 2008
My bottle poured a slightly murky prune colour with no head whatsoever and no lacing. It might have started off with some bubbles, but by the time I finished pouring they were completely gone. Sweet, raisiny aroma with perhaps some caramel. Taste featured low-carbonation, low-bitterness and fruity, raisin flavours. By the time I neared the bottom of the glass I could see no sediment, but perhaps that remained completely in the bottle. Nice drink, nothing too special, but I might have had an off bottle.

4
rcasta (864) - EL SALVADOR - JUL 17, 2008
Con rogelio y roberto en ginger man q q deliciosa esta muy buena rica y sbrosa culeros


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