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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2419   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheJester (2542) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 14, 2008
33 cl bottle. Darkish and opaque amber brown with a beautiful beige head. The aroma is very appealing as well - sweet, plums, maraschino cherries, brown sugar, and yeast. The flavour is caramel malty sweet, with fruit, milk chocolate and spice. Almost no alcohol presence. Medium body and well carbonated. Very good and very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (7354) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 12, 2008
little bottle Pours out a hazy brown topped with a foam off white head. Aroma sweet pit fruit and raspberrys. Tast of raspberrys some odd yeast. This was my last of the 10 8 6. They all were very good. This one was tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dchmela (3055) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 11, 2008
Deep red pour with a thick white head. Fruity yeasty aroma. Lighter than a typical dubbel, but a medium body nonetheless. Big carbonation. Fruity, yeasty, and malty taste. Very Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drake (13492) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 5, 2008
UPDATED: APR 3, 2009 Bottle from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville. Pours cloudy orange-ish amber. Aroma of brown sugar and raisins. Taste is metallic and medicinal. Dont like it. I got it! If you pretend its cola its not so bad.

Rerate: Didnt take tasting notes, but I had a small sample which was much, much better. Scores updated to reflect that.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ilovesmid (15) - IRELAND - FEB 5, 2008
tasted in the porterhouse central, dublin. carbonated, very strong fruity flavour but slightly bitter. strong alchohol taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Duff53 (22) - USA - JAN 31, 2008
woah, foamy dirty head that is huge. nice dirty orange color. sweettish alcohol body. dry finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Naka (719) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2008
Shared w/ dpjuart. Hazy dark brown color. A LOT of carbonation. If it was corked, it would have blown it off. Fizzy off white head. Nose of sour yeast, some sweet malts, and alcohol soaked cherries. Mellow taste with a weird almost savory flavor and fruit. A little bit of bitterness. Biggest complaint was that there was no body to this at all. An interesting beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
dpjuart (1112) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2008
Bottle courtesy/split with Naka. Pours murky brown with an amber hue, lots of floaters and sinkers. Small beige head, foamy and thin, good lacing. Sweet noste w/ some funk/sour, alcohol and cherries. Body is thin and watery, lots of carb with some caramel and raisins. Mild bitterness with the extremely dry finish, some cherry and pum, maybe a touch of coffee. End and finish are dry and bitter, with alcohol lingering into the after with some dry maltiness, caramel and toffee.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
smith4498 (3616) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2008
33cl bottle in Rochefort glass. Pours reddish-brown with off white head. Another excellent beer from this brewery. Similar to the 8 but not quite as flavorful. Dubbels arent my favorite but this one is great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sirpsycho (393) - Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2008
Bottle, aged for about a year or so. Pours a hazy, reddish brown, some sediment. Aroma of raisin, banana, fig and apricot. Flavor is more of the same, sweet with raisin and apricot showing through and a touch of malt. I thoroughly enjoyed this, looking forward to rating its two older brothers, 8 & 10 that I have been aging for the same amount of time.

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