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98
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Brewed by Brasserie Rochefort
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Rochefort, Belgium

bottled
common

on tap
common

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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3.6
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - DEC 5, 2007
33cl bottle. Dark red with a big cappuccino foam head that lasts and leaves a delicate foam layer until the end. The Aroma is typical Rochefort amazingness. The yeast character that their yeast imparts on the aroma of all their beers is like the magic ingredient, it gives it this doughiness that blends perfectly with the other complexities: toffee, butterscotch, cinnamon, vanilla, prunes, maple, nuts... Alas, the flavor doesn’t live up. There is a subdued malt character, some salty licorice and a little tartness, but it all seems washed out. The body also feels thin and a little loose for a dubbel even. The elements of the 8 are here, but hiding. Maybe I’m being to hard on it because its aroma leads you to believe that its the 8, which is one of my favorite beers, and then the flavor doesn’t quite live up. Either way, the middle gravity is definitely the sweet spot in the Rochefort line-up. The 6 is a fine beer, but not nearly as amazing as its stronger siblings

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17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2010 [12.4.07] Nice complex nutty aroma, fruity, alcohol. Dark dark brown pour with very fine bubbles and minimal beige head. Amazing flavor....except its a little thin and you kinda have to dig for it. very dry/sweet, nutty, berries, small amount of licorice. Perfect carbonation... the body is a tad thin for it though. Loads of sediment...oops. Woody finish. 8.5.8.4.18 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [Rerate 3.15.09] Pours a glowing clear but too dark to see thru reddish brown with a large fizzy beige head that fades into a small dense patchy froth. Sweet aroma of ripe fruits and lots of berries, touch of alcohol, phenolic, faintly nutty and quite yeasty, I am getting a bit of apricot too. Flavor is a touch hot at first, sweet, some berries, light brown sugar, toffee, touch of banana, definite plum, ending quite nutty/yeasty. Not a powerful flavor, soft, but complex. Lovely aftertaste of decadent dark fruits/berries. Medium thin sugary body with lots of softer but larger abundant carbonation that has a quick fizzy bite. The more I drink the more I appreciate this beer, its quite quaffable. 8.4.8.4.17 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [rerate 5.8.10, bottle from 6.4.09] Pours a slightly murky but glowing bright rust color with a thick frothy fizzy off-white head. Aroma is dusty, sour grains, nice alcohol note, plummy, metallic, tobacco, yeast, light sweetness. Again, really needs to be at around room-temp, hint of sour graininess, light plum character, medium/light doughy sweetness, light tobacco, slightly metallic, super quaffable, bit of nuttiness lingers in the aftertaste. Medium bodied, thinner, sparkling fluffy carbonation. 8.4.8.4.16. Beautiful beer.

3.8
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - DEC 3, 2007
Dark ruby to brown with a fizzy head that disappears within minutes. Aroma is warm and sugary with a vinous character. Vanilla, brown sugar, and some dried fruits come through in the light pleasant flavor. This is really an enjoyable Belgian, truly a pleasure to drink.

3.8
paco (576) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - DEC 2, 2007
Aroma: Sweet. light sugar. caramel. candy. fruity. floral. molasses Appearance: Light burgundy. Good sized white head, about a half inch. Nice lacing left. Flavor: Spicy. Hints of molasses. Sweet and sugary. Slight bitterness near the end. Palate: Light body. the thinest of the family. Well balanced and easy going.

3.9
Quevillon (3064) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 29, 2007
Bouteille de 330 ml, eu en fin d’octobre par un colegue de travaille, bu le 29/11/07. Brougogne brumeuse, petit collet persistant. Arome de malte très caramelisé, légèrement épicé et fruité. Goût très doux et très peu impossant de malte, avec une petite touche de caramel et d’alcool.

3.7
Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2007
Good stuff. Amazing sweet and tangy aroma, nice caramel color with a great head. Flavor is a bit weak and it’s a bit thin, but still very good.

4.2
epassa (105) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - NOV 26, 2007
Red to brown color, thin head. Aroma: Dark fuits, caramel, nuts, prunes, hops. Palate: Caramel, dark fruits, chocolate, toffee, little bitter. Great Beer!

4.3
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2007
My least favorite of the Rocheforts but still a great beer. The same recipe is used for all three but the lower abv lessens the taste a bit by losing the warmth and roasted maltiness.

4.1
ilovedarkbeer (2737) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2008 Pours dark cloudy amber brown with a soapy off white head that lasts. Smells like dates and vinegar. Mouth feel is very velvety and has a bite of a bite on the swallow. Tastes like sour vinegar fruit and dark spicy fruit. A very respectable dubble.

3.3
onlyrocknroll (379) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - NOV 21, 2007
UPDATED: APR 1, 2009 Quite a decent beer but I can’t help but compare it unfavourably to its bigger brothers. Perhaps unfair but I find it unavoidable. Dark red/brown, hazy but still slightly transparent. Sweet fruity aroma. The flavour is dominated by the raisiny-berry quality of the other two Rocheforts, but sadly lacks their toasted flavours, spiciness and alcoholic warmth. The body is also surprisingly thin for a Trappist. A nice beer, but I can’t see the point, if I want complexity and subtlety I’ll choose Rochefort 8 or 10, if I want an everyday beer I won’t choose one at 7.5% abv


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