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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: 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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. A: Pours a murky brown color. The head is a two finger white shade, looking a bit rough in texture. Retention isnt very good, though it does seem to settle at being a thin film instead of fading completely. S: Theres really a lot going on in this one - raisins, plums, currants, cherries, caramel, brown sugar, apple, white grapes, chocolate, and some savory spices. Not as sweet as the 8 or 10, yet nearly as complex. T: At first, pleasant tartness from cherry and apple esters graces the palate. Afterwards it develops caramel and brown sugar flavors. The distant aftertaste has a spicy, herbal quality to it, seemingly from hops. I also note dark chocolate, tobacco, and some mild dark fruits. This isnt the most eye-popping of brews; rather its elegant, subtle, and deep. Ill take that over a big, brash monster any day. M: Its not that rich or creamy, instead featuring an airy, slightly refreshing feel. Plenty of yeast astringency and carbonation is there to tickle the tongue. I kind of like the focus on drinkability here - it goes down more easily than the other two Rocheforts. O: What else can be expected here? Its definitely the lightest of the Rocheforts and knows this fact; yet it can easily stand toe to toe with the other two in terms of complexity. Just another excellent trappist offering, really.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomHendriksen (358) - NETHERLANDS - APR 23, 2017
Fles gedeeld door LiekevdV. Het is een donker bruin bier met een bittere smaak met enkele zoete tonen.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djfreeart (4) - FRANCE - APR 23, 2017 does not count
Robe ocre tirant sur le rouge. Mlange dherbes, arme complexe, bien quilibre.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Luneylane (134) - Taipei City, TAIWAN - APR 22, 2017
A bottle from Jasons, drunk at home. Aroma: sweet and fruity, figs. Appearance: opaque, oxtail soup, minimal head. Palate: full-bodied and creamy, soft carbonation. Long, sweet, very complex finish. Taste: heavily sweet but not overpoweringly so, very well-balanced beer. Surprisingly warming for 7.5%, a very satisfying drink.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jandd1983 (4160) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - APR 18, 2017
Bottle. It poured a dark amber color with an off-white head. The aroma was of caramel, bread and malts. The taste was similar to the aroma with more caramel, bread, malts and dark fruits. Nice.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EvanFriend (561) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2017
Starts off sweet, brown sugar notes, fading into spice, some bubblegum, and a tannic, woody finish. Excellent.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
oobawa (1101) - Tennessee, USA - APR 14, 2017
Decent pour, surprisingly tame for a Trappist Ale; the colors a lovely hazed golden brown and the heads persistent, but the lacing has gone missing. Aroma gives up waves up Belgian yeast, raisins, apples, and overripe peach and a hint of booziness. Taste develops nicely as it warms, growing more and more complex as the dark fruit notes mesh with a caramel-tea sweetness backed by a bitter minerality. Plum and red apple and black cherry underneath it all, followed by a earthy-doughy finish offset by the slightest floral hop bitterness. Solid sparkly Belgian mouthfeel. Not my favorite Trappist but a solid beer nonetheless.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ArtificialCyst (1021) - Szczecin, POLAND - APR 10, 2017
Bottle from Elysium. Aroma: Dried fruit, peach, herbal notes, caramel. Appearance: Dark brown body, high head. Taste: Caramel and dried fruit, peach, citrus, tea and lemongrass-like herbal notes, a bit of acetone. Palate: Sweet finish, high carbonation, medium body.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AaronTDubs (457) - - APR 10, 2017
Brown color. Lots of carbonation. Aromas of lemongrass, plum, spicines. Sweet, caramel, rich, light alcohol, grilled banana, very nice and fruity. Long dried fruit finish. Very good stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Villyzzz (364) - Espoo, FINLAND - APR 6, 2017
Bottle at home. Pours dark brown with medium sized head. Aroma has malts, Belgian yeast, caramel and banana. Taste is dried fruits, malts and spices. Great.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rdixon77 (2644) - Georgia, USA - APR 5, 2017
Red-brownish pour. Rich caramel, herbal and earthy notes, even a bit grassy. Has that classic Belgium taste. Go Monk!


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