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

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RATINGS: 2431   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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3.7
chrisv10 (18734) - 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.

3.5
TBone (18561) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 19, 2004
Bottled (BB 03/2009)
Hazy nut brown, small but steady off-white head. Sweetish aroma: plums and malts. Medium-bodied. Flavor has plums and fruits with decent malty and alcoholic body. Some yeasty notes too.

3.8
jtclockwork (17654) - , 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

3.6
FatPhil (17334) - 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
yngwie (17284) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 11, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2009 Bottled. Amber colored beer with a large beige head. Nice aromas with malt, candi-sweetness and citrus. The flavor has dried fruit, hops and some alcohol. Full, sweet body. A nice beer. Rating: 7-4-8-4-15-3.8. 060328

Bottle, BB 191113. The pour results in a massive creamy off-white to beige head with good retention. The dark, orangey brown body is unclear, and has some sediments. The first aroma to escape the glass is a cellary, slightly yeasty one, soon followed by dried fruits, some roasted malts and hints of alcohol. Prunes and rum raisin also comes to mind. It’s a bit thin on the palate for a beer of this strenght, feeling sort of hollow in the mouth. Lightly roasted, chocolatey malts, alcohol notes, raisins, hoppy bitterness and a cellary touch in the flavor. The warming finish has a good blend of bitterness and chocolatey, roasted malts. A lovely beer, both lacking something and with something too much considering its strenght. Still, won’t shy away from it in the future. 090904

3.8
Ferris (17117) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 28, 2013
Bottle - Brown sugar, banana, some sour fruits (grape). Cloudy amber with a tick brown head. Brown sugar, dark fruit, and a malty finish. Nice strong ale without too much alcohol or yeast.

3.6
Benzai (16928) - 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.

4.2
brokensail (16689) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 10, 2010
A: The pour is an opaque reddish-brown color. The head is small to begin with and dissipates quickly. S: The nose has the usual yeast and bready quality with some hints of dark fruit. The bulk of the nose, however, is the sweet caramel and toffee from the malt. T: Like the nose, the yeast and malt really define this beer. A lot of sweetness from the malts with dark fruits (particularly raisins and figs) with a mild spice. M: The body is medium with a high level of carbonation. D: The world of Belgians is sort of a new thing to me, but it would seem I’m off to a good start. A very nice beer, indeed.

4
Dedollewaitor (16545) - 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.

4.3
djd07 (16307) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2010
Bottle as shown. Pours a very cloudy dark amber with a lot of carbonation and a huge creamy beige head that lasts awhile leaving good sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is a very sweet malt and fruit with caramel. Thin mouthfeel with a very smooth malt with raisin and brown sugar. Hides the alcohol well making it easy to drink. Enjoyed this one, a very impressive Belgian strong ale from Rochefort.


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