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

3.7
TaxiDriver (1830) - Stadland, GERMANY - MAR 22, 2008
Bottle. Sweet smell of malt, a little bit like wine, fruity with some yeast in it. A little bit of fresh bread shines through. The head is rather small, foamy-fizzy and fast disappearing. The body is a deep red-brown. It starts light bitter, quite big amount of carbonation in it. The body is rather medium, dry and with lively carbonation, the finish is rather light. Very nice one!

3.4
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAR 22, 2008
11.2 oz bottle. Pours dark amber, airy head, lively carbonation. Herbal and earthy aroma and flavor. Additional notes of caramel and subtle spice. A bit watery. Definitely not as good as 8 or 10.

3.3
renffisch (891) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2008
bottle with michael @ the billet. Dark mahogany colour, bubbly head. Barley, malt, flowers and alcohol in the nose. Sweet caramel and prunes on the tongue. round, sweet with a dry clean finish.

4.4
blackmurder (236) - Whitaker, Oregon, USA - MAR 19, 2008
Poured a hazy amber into a trappist glass. Thin fizzy head of cream and beige hues. Magnificent body and aroma. Malt driven taste

4.1
Ober (2811) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - MAR 19, 2008
A dark red colored beer. A beautiful big creamy beige head. It has an increible aroma, sweet, caramel, raisins, some other dark fruits, very complex. The taste is soft in the begining, after that notes of fruit, a touch of caramel. In the back some wood and dark fruit. Nevertheless this is the light Rochefort. The color is not that dark, the alcohol is the fewest. This is a very good complex great beer.

4.4
Defreni (3295) - Husum, DENMARK - MAR 11, 2008
Flaske. Tydelig rochefort aroma, må være gærstammen der giver den det særlige præg. Kæmpe skum der var virkelig flot, med til at hive udseendet op. Smagen er karamel med en lille smul bid fra humlen, næsten ingen karbonering. En svag udgave af de andre, men stadig en fantastisk velafbalanceret øl. Super.

4
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 10, 2008
bottle labeled L22 03 11 07:51. According to vadavid (below), this indicates best by 2011, bottled March ’06. (doesn’t seem any worse for the wear!) Pours a dark but clearish warm brown with a healthy creamy white to cream colored heard. The nose is incredibly sweet, but not cloyingly so. Raisins come to mind first with something more nectar like striking after. Light prunes over something very lightly fruity, very small dark malt character. Not a spec of roast or toast, just suggestions of caramel. Creamy full mouth, even and conservatively carbonation. Creamy sweet flavor. On one hand, the sweetness is very light, on the other hand the creaminess and the dark fruits makes this beer more earthly, not that this is bad! Honey like sweetness, though perhaps a bit more like nectar. Again, very clean. Alcohol well hidden. The dark fruits are just suggestive, dominated by the very light sweetness. A fun little beer, makes me hope the Rochefort beers keep getting imported!

3.5
haf (537) - Gijon, SPAIN - MAR 5, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2008 No me acuerdo y seguro que estaba muy bueno asi que le voy aponer un 3.5 para que no me vuelva a reñir algun administrador

3.7
Ansset13 (127) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 1, 2008
While not as robust as the 8 & 10, this is slightly more refined. The por is a hazy medium brown with a small white head. The nose is ruled by a honey scent and then backed with floral tones and yeast. The flavor follows the lead of the nose and is smooth and pleasant. While I prefer the 8 & 10 this is also a great brew foe what it is.


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