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


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RATINGS: 2419   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (48113) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2007
Bottle. Cloudy medium amber color with a small fizzy fair lacing off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, light yeasty. Flavor is moderate sweet and light bitter with a average duration. Body is medium to full, texture is oily and carbonation is lively. Very light and easy to drink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (44159) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2007
33 cL bottle. Pours hazy brown with an orange hue, small sediments floating around. Thick creamy and light brown head. LOVELY floral yeast and slight sweet caramel aroma. Slight acidic and citric flavour, soon to go into a slight floral composition, with a solid sweet malt base. Ends in a slight spiced and distinct herbal finish. Great by all measures.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (36929) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2003
The aroma is sweet and fruity with notes of alcohol. The color is redbrown and slightly hazy with a beutiful light brown head. The flavor is fruity, alcohol sweet and "brown" (like a brown Belgian beer). An OK ale - but thin for a trappist.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (27736) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2005
Bottled. Brown colour with a beige head. Fruity aroma of spices, yeast, alcohol and liquorice. Flavour is dominated by anise with notes of fruits, yeast, chocolate and spices.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
oh6gdx (26447) - Vasa, FINLAND - SEP 27, 2005
Bottled. Dark brown colour, big beige creamy head. Sour grapefruit and earthy notes in aroma, very bitterish. Sweet plum along with grainy/mouldy earthy notes. Extremely complex, though still I find it quite boring. Some yeasty notes in finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 15, 2005
(Bottle 33 cl) The smaller sibling to the two great Rochefort-brothers is still quite a mature boy. Dark amber, hazy with a small tan head. Very fruity nose - fresh fruit rather. Lots of yeasty flavours here, dry with notes of cocoa and perhaps licorice. Spicy and solid alright but an easier beer to drink than the the two big Roches. Fine introduction to the style. 240599

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (24790) - Tyres, SWEDEN - APR 30, 2002
Burgundy coloured. very rich aroma with loads of banana and red berries. Medium bodied, big toffee flavour. Sweet. Loads of raspberries in the finish. A very distinct and flavourful beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (24004) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 27, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2010 A slightly sweeter and less complex version of the 8, nonetheless very nice flavor and reasonable complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (23901) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 22, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2015 Deep red / brown colour, with a light maly nose, and a rich bitter malt flavour, rich and complex.2.6 Bottle at home ... may 2015 ... bbf Feb 2012 ... copper .. thin tan lacing ... soft zezty lime ffruit .. zezty fruit nose ... juicy fruits .. soft zezty fruits .. ligth floral fruits ... digging this .. 4.0

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiulijn (20292) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 16, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2013
2013-02-17, L 270115 10:20, 3 years old, 7-4-7-3-14=35
Dark amber to chestnut color, with medium sized head, fizzy, not persistent. Some aroma of caramel, and already hints of oxidization. The body is quite lean, and the alcohol can be perceived, sign of continuous fermentation; dry caramel flavor, and still correct bitterness; a touch of chestnut honey, very light oxidization.
Pleasant, mature, probably will go downhill from here.

2011-05-07, L 270115 10:20, 1 year old, 7-5-6-3-13=34
Amber color with red shades, and gigantic head. Interesting aroma, old Saaz, a bit cheesy and puckery too, and very light wood and fire. Correct body structure, although the flavor is on the simple side, just some caramel and light malt; the bitterness is quite low. The final tends to be weak.
Besides the aroma that provides some interest, the rest is quite dull.

2003-11-16, 5-5-6-3-13=32
Cloudy amber color; creamy head. Strange aroma, with a vegetables touch (tomatoes); light spices (coriander). Quite dry body, balanced; thin malt and caramel, and again something vegetables (grass, tomatoes, celery); soapy. Too light final. By far not the best trappist.

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