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

bottled
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2399   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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4.1
changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - APR 9, 2008
It wasn’t 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 doesn’t 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!

2.4
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

4.2
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.

3.6
FatPhil (16689) - 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.

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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.

3.8
espenra (1017) - 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.

3.2
Blom (844) - Sorø, 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 it’s bigger brothers, and not quite as complex.

3.3
timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - MAR 27, 2008
Bottle from BevMo in Vacaville. Surprisingly, I didn’t like this compared to other from Rochefort. There was way too much carbination, and it tasted more like sparkling water than beer. I can’t understand how this brew lacks where it’s siblings blow the competition away.

4.5
ciuspan (94) - Hillerød, DENMARK - MAR 26, 2008
UPDATED: APR 24, 2008 Dette er klart en af mine favoritter, den er godt afbalanceret og let drikkelig

4.5
Bragesnak (5394) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 23, 2008
Chas E, Aarhus, Denmark Bottled Mouth filling but easy drinkable Balanced


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