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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2366   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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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Erdinger2003 (127) - West Union, Iowa, USA - DEC 13, 2007
Pours a good head that falls into a thin head with a fairly strong lacing. Color is dark to amber when held up to the light. A good, sweet scent that has a slight smokey undertone to it. It also has a nutmeg undertone thats a little more suttle. The mouthfeel is nice and crisp and well carbonated.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BelgianBeerGal (3932) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2010 33cl bottle into proper Rochefort glassware. Amber brown colour with a thick tan head and nice lacing. Aromas of coffee, molasses, and prunes. Flavour was pleasant and not heavy. Just a really great dubbel-ish styling thats easy to drink.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ScoWRee (416) - Perkiomen, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2007
Pours a nice cooper redish brown with a thin tan foamy head. Aroma of raisins, liqourice. Taste of coffee, very carbinated. a little watery. This is a good beer. Just not 10 or 8.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
raymondwave (931) - FINLAND - DEC 6, 2007
0.33 l botte, Kaisla, Helsinki. Deep and hazy reddish brown with fluffy head. Faint nose (too cold propably) with fruits, raisins, coffee. Flavor is quite similar to its bigger brothers, malts, liqourice, dark fruits, coffee, slightly bitter, alcohol is quite on the background even tho its 7.5 %. I actually like this, as it doesnt have the alcohol pushing thru like 8 & 10, but it does feel a tad watery compared.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - DEC 5, 2007
33cl bottle. Dark red with a big cappuccino foam head that lasts and leaves a delicate foam layer until the end. The Aroma is typical Rochefort amazingness. The yeast character that their yeast imparts on the aroma of all their beers is like the magic ingredient, it gives it this doughiness that blends perfectly with the other complexities: toffee, butterscotch, cinnamon, vanilla, prunes, maple, nuts... Alas, the flavor doesnt live up. There is a subdued malt character, some salty licorice and a little tartness, but it all seems washed out. The body also feels thin and a little loose for a dubbel even. The elements of the 8 are here, but hiding. Maybe Im being to hard on it because its aroma leads you to believe that its the 8, which is one of my favorite beers, and then the flavor doesnt quite live up. Either way, the middle gravity is definitely the sweet spot in the Rochefort line-up. The 6 is a fine beer, but not nearly as amazing as its stronger siblings

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2010 [12.4.07] Nice complex nutty aroma, fruity, alcohol. Dark dark brown pour with very fine bubbles and minimal beige head. Amazing flavor....except its a little thin and you kinda have to dig for it. very dry/sweet, nutty, berries, small amount of licorice. Perfect carbonation... the body is a tad thin for it though. Loads of sediment...oops. Woody finish. 8.5.8.4.18 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [Rerate 3.15.09] Pours a glowing clear but too dark to see thru reddish brown with a large fizzy beige head that fades into a small dense patchy froth. Sweet aroma of ripe fruits and lots of berries, touch of alcohol, phenolic, faintly nutty and quite yeasty, I am getting a bit of apricot too. Flavor is a touch hot at first, sweet, some berries, light brown sugar, toffee, touch of banana, definite plum, ending quite nutty/yeasty. Not a powerful flavor, soft, but complex. Lovely aftertaste of decadent dark fruits/berries. Medium thin sugary body with lots of softer but larger abundant carbonation that has a quick fizzy bite. The more I drink the more I appreciate this beer, its quite quaffable. 8.4.8.4.17 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [rerate 5.8.10, bottle from 6.4.09] Pours a slightly murky but glowing bright rust color with a thick frothy fizzy off-white head. Aroma is dusty, sour grains, nice alcohol note, plummy, metallic, tobacco, yeast, light sweetness. Again, really needs to be at around room-temp, hint of sour graininess, light plum character, medium/light doughy sweetness, light tobacco, slightly metallic, super quaffable, bit of nuttiness lingers in the aftertaste. Medium bodied, thinner, sparkling fluffy carbonation. 8.4.8.4.16. Beautiful beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - DEC 3, 2007
Dark ruby to brown with a fizzy head that disappears within minutes. Aroma is warm and sugary with a vinous character. Vanilla, brown sugar, and some dried fruits come through in the light pleasant flavor. This is really an enjoyable Belgian, truly a pleasure to drink.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
paco (576) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - DEC 2, 2007
Aroma: Sweet. light sugar. caramel. candy. fruity. floral. molasses Appearance: Light burgundy. Good sized white head, about a half inch. Nice lacing left. Flavor: Spicy. Hints of molasses. Sweet and sugary. Slight bitterness near the end. Palate: Light body. the thinest of the family. Well balanced and easy going.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quevillon (2966) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 29, 2007
Bouteille de 330 ml, eu en fin doctobre par un colegue de travaille, bu le 29/11/07. Brougogne brumeuse, petit collet persistant. Arome de malte trs caramelis, lgrement pic et fruit. Got trs doux et trs peu impossant de malte, avec une petite touche de caramel et dalcool.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2007
Good stuff. Amazing sweet and tangy aroma, nice caramel color with a great head. Flavor is a bit weak and its a bit thin, but still very good.


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