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

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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
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 25, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2008 Bottle into chalice. Pours murky brown with a two-finger off-white, pillowy head that stays awhile. Aroma is understated - spicy yeast, dark fruit, caramelized brown sugar, barest hint of cocoa. Taste is sweet, up front, a little thin and watery - spicy yeast, cocoa, brown sugar, with dark fruit coming out on the back end alongside the yeast. Finish is bittersweet dark fruits, lingering spicy yeast, cocoa, and a hint of alcohol. Mouthfeel varies - watery at times, creamy at others, with an understated carbonation that fits well. Excellent beer, but 8 is still my favorite of the trio.

3.6
beergeek86 (33) - Clarksville, Maryland, USA - JUN 25, 2008
A good beer for what it is, but I was expecting better. reddish golden color with an inch foamy, fizzy head that fades quickly. aroma - tart, dried fruit, malt, licorice, some sublte spice. taste - subtle, but complex. raisins, malt, sugar, w/ licorice becoming more present towards the finish. mouthfeel - milky and creamy with a nice amount of carbonation. finish - milky and creamy with the taste of licorice and alcohol. Again, this beer had a lot going on, but it was too subtle for me, not rich enough. I’m gonna stick to the rochefort 8.

3.5
12many (277) - Alaska, USA - JUN 23, 2008
Amber pour with a fizzy and quickly dissapating head. Dark fruit aroma, especially raisins. Flavor is sweet and same as the aroma. Palate is rather light and fizzy. A little disappointing, but I guess that happens if you drink the 10 and the 8 first.

2.8
wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2008
Bottle, Stirchley Wine and Spirits, Birmingham. Disappointed by this. Had the trio back in 2003 and remember ths as the weakest of the quiver. A re-visit has done nothing to dispel me of that opinion. Looked decent enough - a really ruddy colour with a lingering cremy head. Aroma was sourish - had a dose of curdled milk with some dark fruit. Mouthfeel was smooth but a bit full for me - heavily carbonated. Flavour was dark fruit, hay and a bit of spice and hop. Definitely over rated.

2.8
Pinball (12234) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 21, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2008 aroma:nice, belgian. Appearance : nice,a little muddy, not great - but above average. Flavor was strage, cheesy?? nuts, brown sugar. very subltle,. okay, but no big deal. Overall a nice beer, but nothing i will revisit

3.1
mbgrayson (797) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - JUN 17, 2008
Pours brown with a small white head. Aromas of fruit. Very complex. No bitterness, very drinkable. Rochefort is a good brand...

4.2
lassem (652) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 16, 2008
A long lasting golden head on this deep red/brown trappist. The nose is dominated with caramel and orange peel. The flavour is mild version of all the goodies found in traditional trapists and the taste of alcohold is ballanced and not overwhelming. The aftertast dosn´t last for long though. Its more refreshing and less sweet and stuffy that many trapistes with a higher percentage.

4.1
LilBeerDoctor (4134) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2008
Bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with a small white head. Aroma of apple juice and raisin. Flavor of apple, raisin, sweet caramel, dark fruit (plum), brown sugar. Very complex. No bitterness, which is nice :-) Very hearty beer for a 7.5% abv. Excellent Belgian, quite drinkable. Rochefort never ceases to amaze me.

4.3
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2008
Bottle. Aroma of both light and dark fruits, apples and raisins most notable, some grape. Flavor gets bolder and richer, adds caramel, toffee, nuttiness. Palate robust, yet this 7.5er remains utterly quaffable, not in a slug it down way, but in a refreshing, gimme that next little sip way. Luscious.

3.5
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 11, 2008
Bottle. Muddy bright brown pour with smaller head than expected. Aroma of candied sugar, malt, caramel, toffee, clay, diapers, apples. Similar tasting notes with added cinnamon notes and more sugar. The candied sugar overwhelmed this beer for me, overshadowing the malt notes that I wanted to taste and smell. Reminded me of Unibroue stuff in that way. I almost really enjoyed this beer, but just couldn’t get over the abundance of fruity sugar.


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