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

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RATINGS: 2347   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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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oakes (15806) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (15763) - DENMARK - APR 17, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2014 Bottle, 7.5%. Cloudy brown/dark amber with big off-white head. Aroma is malt, caramel, toasted, yeast, dark fruit and spices. Flavour is malt, caramel, yeast. dark fruits, sweet, toasted, hop and medium bitter.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dedollewaitor (15683) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 12, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2012 hazy brown with white head. A bit of fruits and caramel. A lighter version than the 8 or 10. This doesnt make it boring though. Plum, raisin & caramel. It still has the long lasting taste and finish. Great! Rerating June - 09. Vintage 2005 bottle. Wauw - aroma is off the chain - (again). Smooth, dried fruits, delicious liquorice. 4 Again - But closer to 4,1 than expected. Re-rate. 31 Dec - 2012. Vinous, Rich and warming. Still has the yeast complexity that the 8 & 10 has. Great stuff..:-) 4 again.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MiP (15328) - Snderborg, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2006 Bottle. Dark brown colour. Small creamy, light brown head. Tobacco and tea-like aroma. Sweet, malty flavour with some tea and milk chocolate. Aftertaste is also tea-like. A bit thin, but with a good level of alcohol.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (15247) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2010
Very smooth beer. Nose and taste of licorice, caramel, molasses, candied brown sugar, kiwis and earthy dough. Rated 2/8/03

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 20, 2006
Bottle at home. Brown with nice white head. Aroma: Hop, fruit, alcohol. Taste: Fruit, berries, cherries, some spices, yeast. High carbonation. Aftertaste: not that interesting, a little hop, some licorice, sharp-pointy.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (14979) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2010
330mL bottle, pours a cloudy brownish orange with a medium beige head. Toffee, sour cherries and black currant on the nose. Figs, toffee and various spices on the palate. No where near as complex or invigorating as 8 or 10 - quite watered down in comparison. Still good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (14477) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 4, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2012 330ml bottle. (In a blind horizontal dubbel tasting)
Rich brown, some red, thick tight creamy head. Sweet fruity ginger, a little hoppy aroma - potent but mellow. Soft but lively carbonation, some light hint of alcohol. Grainy body with a tangy but gently hoppy component. Fairly full bodied, very pleasant, but not a patch on their outstanding higher-octane numbers.
Rerate 330ml bottle (7:4:7:4:14=3.6)
So beautifuly mellow. No alcohol at all. Dam, this is a beer worthy of great respect. I am astonished that it is 7.5%. The mellowness is wonderful.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benzai (14453) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 24, 2011
Bottle at Cafe buitenlust, Oirschot. Brown color. Not the best smell but a nice taste. Love the carbonation in combination with the alcoholpercentage in this beer. Medium body. Useful beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (14313) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 12, 2006
Strong aroma of medium dark fruit. Brown malty yeasty aroma. It smells brown. Vigorous, persistent tan head. Lacing. Starts with mysterious fruit, passes to something like bread dough. Then caramel and chocolate notes rise. It is a bit thin, say medium mouthfeel. It is certainly unique and complex. It is good.


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