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

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RATINGS: 2417   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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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2004
Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a clear, average brown and red liquid with a medium amount of off-white head that lingers and is awesome - smooth, creamy, taking on the appearence of the top of a vanilla milkshake. Aroma is a mixed array of sweet fruits - strawberry, orange, apple, pear, lemon, bannana - and a nice floral bouquette as well - a lot like Rochefort 8. Flavor is of a light fruit and flower arrangement you can drink. IMO, this beer is a "softened down" version of Rochefort 8, even more pleasant to drink. This may become my favorite "everyday" beer, taking the place of Chimay Blue. Very excellent - I look forward to buying a case of it. Sampled at 68 degrees Fahrenheit.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Garrat (1347) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2015 From a bottle.Dark brown with some red in colour,no head,dark fruits,wood and leather muscle relaxing safe as.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tramp55555 (61) - Lisbon, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2006
Best damn beer I ve ever had, except for their 10.. Ive had alot of types from all over the world. Ive not yet had Westvleteren, but I find it hard to believe anything can be better than this beer. This is a shining jewel in the beer world. It is the Holy Grail (or is that Holy Ale?). Best damn beer Ive ever had!!! Except for their 10. I believe it to be the same beer with a lower alcohol content.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
RD400F (226) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 4, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2013 Aroma: Similar to 8 and 10, just not as intense. Probably more like the 10 and a little more hoppy than both.

Appearance: Beer into trappist glass. Anywhere from a transparent subdued red to a dark, turbid red/brown depending on pour. Head is mocha colored and extremely active, buzzing and snapping, then eventually settles to a fine, creamy foam top. This one is alive, no doubt.

Taste: Perfect balance of sweet, sour and bitter. Nothing stands out to fuck it all up. Toffee, almonds, herbs, spices, some fruits/vegetables, and yeast. Quite colorful, but you wouldnt think so if youve already been spoiled by 8 or 10.

Palate: Strong carbonation, fresh, crisp, extremely well balanced and the typical Rochefort character is there too. This one is more alive in the mouth compared to 8/10 and much more drinkable.

Overall: The 6 is without the complexity of the other two, but the beginnings are there. I like it because its so fresh, lively and its not super overpowering with all the scents and flavours, but theres enough there to show you its a great beer. Nice to have complexity, but sometimes I just want a good beer to drink and enjoy...this is it. I wont say its my favorite as theres something I like about each Rochefort, but Id probably take this over the 10 most of the time because that one is really a treat...

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Alexus (242) - Stavanger, NORWAY - DEC 1, 2011
Shared bottle @ Cardinal. Pours a rich white head. Hazy light amber color. So rich in aromas that its difficult to sort them out. Rich carbonation. As im new to belgian styles, this is a great ale in my eyes. Will have this again!

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
noppie (9) - - FEB 10, 2013 does not count
The best I have ever tasted. Does not tast to alcohol. Lovely! Drank at the first CBM ever. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Ionlyrate5s (103) - New York, USA - SEP 19, 2014
Just as good as the 10, but nicely different. More earthy, more what Id expect as Trappist, but what am I saying, these guys pretty much invented the stuff. Herbal yet had the dried fruit balance. Stunning brew.a++++

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
huineman (661) - Madrid, SPAIN - APR 9, 2015
Hazy amber brown. Bone-colored head, huge and thick. Very aromatic: butterscotch, butter, vanilla, toffee, cookie, egg pudding. Powerful yet fresh, thanks to its great structure. Great balance between sweet, sour and savory flavours. No bitterness. Dont be decieved by its lower number (compared to other Rochefort ales): it is one of the greatest world beers.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Teran (319) - Belgrade, SERBIA - APR 30, 2016
Dark honey colour, impressive light beige top, wonderful look. Complex but not loud aroma and taste. Distinguished strong ale. Divine bread aftertaste. I would like to open one bottle everyday. Do not want to disturb this beer with many words. Try it and enjoy!

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MeadProfessor8 (4) - arborea, ITALY - NOV 30, 2016 does not count
Aroma di pane tostato,sapore di frutta e fiori, morbido, schiuma cremosa non molto persistente, alcol si sente abbastanza ma non fastidioso. Per i miei gusti superiore a 8 e 10 . Una delle migliori trappiste con westmalle. Squisita


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