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

bottled
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on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2421   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
MaliMisho (215) - East Meadow, New York, USA - JAN 12, 2008
This was a very "soft" beer. I don’t 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 I’ve tried.

4.1
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.

3.7
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?

3.5
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

3.8
jzzbassman (1619) - 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.

4
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.

3.1
Cobra (1100) - - DEC 30, 2007
11.2 oz. brown bottle. Best before 07.11.11. Poured out a deep reddish color, almost brown. Has a huge tan colored head. Aromas are of dried figs, sweet malts, some damp basement. Medium mouthfeel, thinner than the #8. Tasted along with the #8. It is thinner in mouthfeel, but tasty all the same. Flavors are almost the same as #8, but not as hoppy. Another top shelf Trappist beer.

2.8
knightrider (2) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 29, 2007 does not count
330ml bottle served in a trappist glass red with aged brown edges. creamy beige off white head. Aroma of carmel and malt slight herbal notes. medium body with a smooth texture, Flavor of sweet caramel. the finish is lacking, I did not experience the high carbonation that others have mentioned.

3.7
grandridge (224) - Port Clinton, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2007
Nice chunky apperance for a Belgian Ale, aroma was mild with herbal notes. Wasn’t expecting it to be as good as the ten. This beer is very carbonated at the end with fruit and sugar up front. Pretty good beer.

3.3
Ratman197 (14698) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2007
Bottle poured a hazy cinnamon with a lasting amber head. Aromas of candied fruit, carmel, yeast, light spice and hints of toffee and vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of toffee, yeast, light fruitiness and a hint of spice with a smooth semi sweet finish.


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