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

bottled
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RATINGS: 2415   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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3.8
eczematic (1325) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - SEP 8, 2002
like the other rocheforts but a bit thinner, fizzier and yeastier. lighter obviously. mild chestnut and fruit flavours, and yummy chocolate and whisky aromas.

3.8
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 31, 2002
Pours a cloudy plummish color, the head is frothy, large, long lasting and beige in color. Lace is in thick sheets to cling to the glass to the end of the sample. Nose is malt, wineish, lightly sweet, and quite pleasant. Front is sweet, the top is light, the finish is astringent, dry, pleasantly hopped. A good beer, not as good as the 10/8, but still a top notch beer. Ranks #421 on my current 1000 beer list.

3.9
leaparsons (10696) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2002
A dark purple beer with a nice foamy head. Aromas are of Xmas pud, banana and spice - a nasal treat! The palate is as good as the 8 and 10s. As for flavour - well its not so hot. This is quite thin compared to the other Rocheforts. In fact its pretty thin compared to the other trappist beers. Disappointing considering its other efforts.

3.8
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 14, 2002
Cloudy orange appearance. Fruity aroma. This is where my notes seem to die off, which is a shame because it is a good beer. Oh well.

3.3
Ernest (7787) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 7, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2016 Bottle (BB Feb/2020). Head is initially large, fizzy/frothy, off-white to light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy medium to dark amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel, nuts), lightly hoppy (flowers, apricot), lightly yeasty (basement), with light notes of dried papaya, candy sugar, honey, and orange peel. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Light to medium body, watery/syrupy texture, fizzy carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. The worst thing about Rochefort’s line has always been the mouthfeel; they’re always thin and fizzy and syrupy-watery...they’re just never much fun to drink even though they smell nice. The papaya-citrus-sugar aroma reminds me of Abbaye des Rocs, but it’s quite mild overall. This sample has better flavor balance than past samples; it’s less sweet and more bitter. But in the end it’s still around a 3.3, the score I’ve given it for the past 10 years or more.

4.3
Oakes (18472) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 24, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2010 On the light side of dark brown, if that makes sense, very sedimented and with a big rich head. Deep malty, fruity aroma with rich plum, brown sugar, light toffee, raisin, peach and faint pear, alcohol and doughy yeast. Sweet malts in the body mix with a surprising tartness (mainly yeastiness). Fruits are subdued but still there (plum, pear). The malts seem subdued by a bit of wateriness...this is a 7.5% beer my I remind you so that�s a shocker but I may be viewing this flavour profile vis-a-vis its bigger brothers without realizing it. Anyway, a solid, sessionable trappist brown. Upon multiple tastings, I have upgraded my score significantly, to reflect the floral, smooth awesomeness of this beer.

3.8
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 22, 2002
RateBeer Summer (Toronto) '02: Lush murky orange color with tiny floaties that where light in color. Hmm..floaties. It disappoints slightly with a fizzy palate, a bit watery (maybe only to its big brothers). Ends slightly sweet. Most likely more complex than I could have tasted. A new 'I Want' beer. Haha; Don, I got the bottle and cap!

3.9
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2002
The harder to find of the Rocheforts, but worth the find. Deep brown colour, little lasting head, but decent lace. Fruity chocolaty, caramelly flavour, bit of spice, sweet at the start, and little bitter finish, a bit of acidity in there aswell.

4.6
Davhgbrew (948) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 19, 2002
The first whiff I got of this brew reminded me of the inside of a rustic cabin gift shop in Vermont(not one in perticular though.) It seemed to have that oaky, wood barrel smell, very nice! My favorite beer is Rochefort 10, so I had high hopes for this one. It wasn't as good as the 10, but it came damn close. My palate was consumed with light carbonation, slight alcohol, and sour fruit. The middle is nice and full, and it finishes strong with good length. The frothy, light brown head lasted, and the sediment floating in my glass reminded me I was drinking the finest! Truly a great brew.

4.1
bierkoning (13598) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - JUN 11, 2002
Liquorice aroma. Chocolate, coffee, citrus en lots of liquorice in the taste. Bit tart. Highly carbonated. Delicious and complex trappist ale. You can't taste the alcohol at all.


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