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


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RATINGS: 2391   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Goba (71) - BRAZIL - APR 12, 2008
Now I know what being a true trappist does to the beer. As it poured the vivid ambar red, with a nice large foam that got quickly to the best size it could have, the arom flew right into me. Inspite of the irregularity, the light beige foam was nice realeasing all aromas it could. There went some fruity, with a little spicy touch, appearing apricot and grapes. Nice malt was going on there too. The flavor was not so intense, but it was very nice. Some fruity, a little banana and a little plum like, a spicy touch to it, and maybe some very weak oat flavor. The aftertaste was soft, lightly bitter, with a nice alcohol feel, with almost none bread tone. Great beer./ Agora eu sei o que ser uma cerveja trapista verdadeira faz consigo mesma. Ao derramar o vermelho mbar, com uma espuma grande boa que ficava rapidamente num tamanho timo, o aroma vou direto em mim. Apesar a irregularidade, a espuma bege clara estava soltando todos os aromas que podia. Ali estavam algo frutoso, com um toque de especiarias, aparecendo pssego e uvas. Um bom aroma de malte estava l tambm. O sabor no foi to intenso, mas foi muito bom, frutado, com algo de banana e ameixa, um toque de especiarias e talvez o sabor de aveia bem fraco. O retrogosto foi suave, levemente amargo com um toque quase inexistente de po. tima cerveja.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gueuzeisgod (113) - Graham, North Carolina, USA - APR 10, 2008
330ml bottle, pours with a head consisting of medium sized bubbles, subsides fairly quickly to 1/4 inch. Smells earthy, some fig and apricot, a little bit boozy. Taste is much bigger than the aroma. Reminds me of a good scotch ale, slightest tinge of molasses, sweet malt, subdued spiciness. Very tasty but would get the big brother (the 10) instead. Too pricey for this style of ale even though it is very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - APR 9, 2008
It wasnt that long ago when I found out that being a "Trappist product" was a very good thing. So naturally I have sought these out. This beer pours a hazy, murky brownish color topped with a thick soapy off white head. It gives off a soothing fruity (apricot?) aroma with subtle malts. Nothing over-powering but nice. This one is easy drinking with a smooth slightly sweet flavor that consists of fruits (plums?) and some malts. Semi tart flavor in there after you taste the fruits but again, this is smooth and doesnt taste strong at all. Perhaps I desire a touch more flavor. Could even be considered refreshing. As the beer warms a little brown sugary note with a small rush of alcohol surfaces but it really does remain very well balanced. There is also a consistant foamy head sitting on top until the very last drop which is great. The only negative; this one is damn expensive so enjoy it!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - APR 8, 2008
18-08-2009 best by date. Nearly clear copper color with a fleeting head. Mostly astringent smell with some earthy dark malts. Light to medium body. Has a slightly smoky flavor with earthy, sweet caramel malts. A watered down Roche 8 or 10 here. 9137

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chapel (468) - Levittown, New York, USA - APR 6, 2008
Pours a transparent golden brown with a creamy head. Aroma of grapes and plums. Flavor is plum, raisin and mild spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (15154) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 4, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2012 330ml bottle. (In a blind horizontal dubbel tasting)
Rich brown, some red, thick tight creamy head. Sweet fruity ginger, a little hoppy aroma - potent but mellow. Soft but lively carbonation, some light hint of alcohol. Grainy body with a tangy but gently hoppy component. Fairly full bodied, very pleasant, but not a patch on their outstanding higher-octane numbers.
Rerate 330ml bottle (7:4:7:4:14=3.6)
So beautifuly mellow. No alcohol at all. Dam, this is a beer worthy of great respect. I am astonished that it is 7.5%. The mellowness is wonderful.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biznizness (1128) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 30, 2008
Not even close to the 8 and 10. Weird. Too fizzy and not flavorful enough. Stick with the higher powered siblings.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
espenra (1006) - Kurland, NORWAY - MAR 28, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2009 33cl bottle from Belgianshop. Pours a redish brown colour with a medium head that settles down quickly. Aroma is fruity and spicy. Notes of malts and caramel. Flavour is also fruity. Notes of apples, pears, dough, sugar and toffee. It has a medium long aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Blom (837) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2008
Dark amber with a dense low head. Sweet and yeasty aroma with notes of chocolate, fruits and some liquorice. The flavours are tart and dark dried fruits with some complex spices. It is less sweet than its bigger brothers, and not quite as complex.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - MAR 27, 2008
Bottle from BevMo in Vacaville. Surprisingly, I didnt like this compared to other from Rochefort. There was way too much carbination, and it tasted more like sparkling water than beer. I cant understand how this brew lacks where its siblings blow the competition away.

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