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


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RATINGS: 2416   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tunneler (131) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2008
not too much of any one thing. reddish brown. aroma was sweeter than the actual beer thankfully. liked the earthy and herbal notes here which got a bit lost to me in the 8

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hillfiiiiire (323) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 15, 2008
Poured a dark caramel with a nice creamy off-white head that left lacing. Smelled sweet and certainly raisiny with presence of some roasted malts. It has a plum flavor with roastiness and a little bitter in the finish. A very solid beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (8882) - La Mesa, California, USA - JAN 15, 2008
Appearance: Deep brown, ruby accent, beige head. Aroma: Fruity, plum, raisin, brown sugar. Palate: Medium. Flavor: Fruity, sweet and tart, plum, berry, a bit spicy. Overall: Very good beer. I bet people (myself included) rate this lower because they compare it to the 8 and 10.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbiere (101) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 13, 2008
Brown cloudy color topped by a 2 inch creamy head. Complex nose of roasted malts (milk chocolate, caramel) blue grape jelly nose and yeasty. As others have pointed out, superb balance, cannot tell wether it is more sweet or more bitter. Creamy texture, very round for its strenght, velvety and soft. I cannot think of a more satisfyng dubbel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaliMisho (215) - East Meadow, New York, USA - JAN 12, 2008
This was a very "soft" beer. I dont mean soft in a bad way though, its flavor was so delightful and had a little touch of everything without something specific really standing out over anything else. Basically the most perfectly balanced beer Ive tried.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Whelk (123) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2008
Bottle. Pours a cloudy reddish-brown with a light tan head. Aroma is dark fruit, caramelized malts, yeast, earthy. Flavors tend to be sweet malts, dark fruit, and a little citrus hoppiness, maybe some spices as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 8, 2008
In short: Superior Dubbel. Rich body but very smooth and highly drinkable.
How: Many bottles, various years, various aging.
The look: Reddish-brown body with a small but long-lasting tan head
In long: Gotta love that trappist yeast. Slender but doughy body. Very smooth and chewy. Only moderately sweet. Manages to stay rather dry despite the rich maltiness thanks to some trappist magic. More and more fruity notes (berries and even bananas) join the nutty and woody flavours as the beer warms up. An overall wet earthy feeling. Minimal citric hops presence. Scarily too easy to drink. Although very good this is the weak link of the Rochefort family. The 8 and the 10 are masterpieces of their respective genres. The 6 is a superior Dubbel but not quite up there the best of them like a Westmall Dubbel or even a Lost and Found. But is a Kennedy a failure if he only makes it to State Governor?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2008
Bottle @ Coles Buffalo NY. Pours a simple dirty brownish. Sweet aroma in the nose followed up with first taste. Sweet in a sugary caramel way. Sweetness hides alcohol pretty well. Little soft for me. Highly drinkable but better offerings out there IMO

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jzzbassman (1593) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2008
Poured a deep ruddy brown. Nice sweet date like aroma. Very sweet up front, but not artificially so, with not a lot going on in the hop department. A bit thin, but well balanced and tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JustinBennett (67) - junction city, Kansas, USA - JAN 3, 2008
bottle. poured a carmally brown color. the smell was a brown sugary malt. very good beer. it had a smooth brown sugar taste with a hint of spices.

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