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

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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2431   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
dwaggs2 (1298) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - JUL 3, 2008
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.

2.9
Beerman6686 (6611) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2008
Poured a light hazy brown with a very light brown head. Aroma is of candy sugar and some spices. Flavor is sweet and spiced but is very boozy.

4
MoDog (928) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - JUL 2, 2008
Poured from an 11.2oz bottle and served in a tulip. This beer poured a murky mahogany hue with a lasting head of tight, fizzy tan foam. A small amount of lacing was left clinging to the glass. The aroma of the beer was made up of fresh citrus, candi sugar, honey, raisins, and a touch of sweet alcohol. The flavor consisted of caramel, candi sugar, figs, raisins, oranges, graham cracker, and mild alcohol. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied with crisp, tingly carbonation. A highly quaffable brew that was complex and tasty.

4
kiefdog (1827) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 29, 2008
33cl bottle from Mr. Dunderbaks (Tampa, FL). Pours a dark brown with a one finger tan head that dissipates quickly but laces the glass. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of yeast, grain, raisins, plums, ripe fruit. Taste is earthy with notes of wood, chocolate, malt, coffee, dark fruit. Light to medium-body with a smooth slightly bitter finish.

3.9
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 27, 2008
Poured mostly brown with some lighter ruby highlights peeking through the turbidity. The head was slightly off-white, full and creamy. The aroma was the expected Belgian yeast with light spice, apples and grapes. The flavor was yeasty, spicy, raisins and some sugary grape soda. The mouthfeel was super nice, a medium bodied beer that was quite refreshing to drink with a clean finish.

4.3
CH-303 (2407) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JUN 27, 2008
Appearance: Redish brown. Cloudy. Nice head. Aroma: Very fruity. Berries. Taste: Fruity, malty. Creamy. Info: 330ml bottle, 20/2-2006, 78/300

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.


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