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How do you pronounce Rochefort?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by stoutmasterjames, Mar 23, 2014.

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  1. I was saying Ro-sha-fort.

    A buddy corrected me "Ro-keh-fort"

    I read online somewhere "Rosh-for"

    Anyone definitively know how to pronounce this?
  2. djaeon

    djaeon Champion (755) California Oct 2, 2006

    I don't know, but I say "Rock-uh-fort".
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  3. I've heard it pronounced "Rosh-Fare" and that sounded nice and fancy so I say that.
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  4. thewrongtone

    thewrongtone Savant (425) Texas Oct 15, 2006

    My understanding is that the Abbey is in French-speaking Belgium.

    The French pronunciation is undoubtedly Rōsh-for. The O is long, as in "know."

    Source: moi
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  5. tstigz

    tstigz Savant (335) Illinois Dec 6, 2010

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  6. You see my predicament? There have been four different pronunciations posted thus far. Do you speak French, thewrongtone? Because your answer seemed the most definitive.
  7. anyother

    anyother Aficionado (110) Ohio Oct 20, 2011

    This is closest to correct in this thread. The IPA for the city is ʁɔʃ.fɔʁ R as in roue, O as the o in sort in english. che as the SH in shoe. F, o as in sort again, and that same french r at the end no T.
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  8. Thanks. I guess I'll go with Rosh-for with a long "O" in "rosh" until someone else corrects me.
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  9. GoldenChild

    GoldenChild Savant (420) Michigan Nov 18, 2009 Beer Trader

    This is how I pronounce it too
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  10. anyother

    anyother Aficionado (110) Ohio Oct 20, 2011

    And when they correct you let them know that two people on the internet that speak french disagree with them. Cheers!
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  11. SoCalBeerIdiot

    SoCalBeerIdiot Champion (775) California Mar 10, 2013 Beer Trader

  12. thewrongtone

    thewrongtone Savant (425) Texas Oct 15, 2006

    Yes. I minored in French in college.
  13. mactrail

    mactrail Champion (995) Washington Mar 24, 2009 Beer Trader

    "Debit card declined"
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  14. ions

    ions Advocate (570) Maryland Jan 28, 2014 Beer Trader

    "Rock Fort" in any kinda bad accent I can't conjure up at the time :D
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  15. edmaher

    edmaher Savant (455) Illinois Jan 11, 2008 Beer Trader

    Whatever they say when the answer the phone at the abbey.
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  16. I pronounce it "yes please"
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  17. mtrutlin

    mtrutlin Savant (340) South Carolina Apr 4, 2012 Beer Trader

    It's pronounced "Roke-e-fore" (the e is more like an eh, not eeeee) There is a French cheese bearing the same name (which is equally as amazing as the beer).

    P.s., my wife is a French Professor and this is how she pronounces it. Pretty sure she's right.
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  18. ParkbrauFan

    ParkbrauFan Savant (420) Iowa Feb 8, 2014

    It is pronounced Rooshfour.

    The cheese is Roquefort
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  19. DrStiffington

    DrStiffington Poobah (1,065) New Jersey Oct 27, 2010 Subscriber Beer Trader

    I also wonder how to pronounce "Uinta." Is it you in ta? Win ta?

    Edit: never mind. I just decided to google it.
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  20. LambicPentameter

    LambicPentameter Champion (960) Michigan Aug 29, 2012 Beer Trader

    My trick for these hard-to-pronounce names is to use Google Translate.

    The key is that you have to select the correct language of origin before you use the audio component. Obviously, it won't always be as good as asking a native speaker, but it's a pretty good approximation in most cases.

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  21. MrWilliams

    MrWilliams Savant (420) Arizona Nov 24, 2013

    Whenever I Google a beer question I am invariably led to a thread on BA...
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  22. Rosh-for
  23. From my schooldays I would say that the final t should not be pronounced, that the stress is slightly on the first syllable and I would suggest roshfor or roashfor (I'm sure both these would be commonly used)
  24. nc41

    nc41 Champion (855) North Carolina Sep 25, 2008 Beer Trader

    I'm in for Roke Fort too.
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  25. Bradthoc

    Bradthoc Savant (315) Nevada Jan 26, 2011 Beer Trader

    Bartenders in Belgium always pronounced it "Rosh-for" with a long O. So, that's what I've gone with.
  26. Roguer

    Roguer Poobah (1,120) Connecticut Mar 25, 2013 Beer Trader

    I've Googled it before, and came to this conclusion. I usually pronounce it as "Roke-eee," as a nickname, essentially, but "Roke-eh-fore" seems to be correct.

    I don't claim to be an expert, though; that's just what my class at the University of Google taught me. :)
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  27. That's how I say it.
  28. Row-CHEE-fert.
  29. paulys55

    paulys55 Advocate (735) Pennsylvania Aug 2, 2010 Beer Trader

    Person on internet passes off opinion as fact:(
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  30. Stugotzo

    Stugotzo Advocate (515) Florida Jun 13, 2012


    (my fiance is from Belgium.... she concurs 100%... as do her parents)
  31. The middle e should certainly not be sounded, and in my hazy schooldays we would be taught to give the initial R a little flourish, like clearing the throat a little. say hrosh fort
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  32. I pronounce it "YUM"
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  33. Dirty25

    Dirty25 Savant (390) Germany Jan 22, 2012

    I'm going to the local Belgium bistro and ordering one to tomorrow to hear the translation
  34. MikeReserva

    MikeReserva Savant (320) Netherlands May 28, 2013 Beer Trader

    Like said before by others, it's like Rosh-For. Been to the abbey twice, and that's how the monk selling cheese calls it. Pretty basic French phonetics!
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  35. timotao

    timotao Advocate (545) New York Sep 16, 2013 Beer Trader

  36. readyski

    readyski Savant (385) California Jun 4, 2005 Beer Trader

    rowchhe fort!

    I like it, I need it
  37. GarthDanielson

    GarthDanielson Champion (780) Virginia Nov 6, 2010 Beer Trader

    My wife and I had it for the first time years ago in Seattle, and the server seemed like he knew his shit, so we have always pronounced it the way he did, which is something like "Roe-sh-fer"
  38. I feel bad for her students then.
  39. paulys55

    paulys55 Advocate (735) Pennsylvania Aug 2, 2010 Beer Trader

    You probably should have titled the thread, "How does Rochefort pronounce Rochefort?". I think when you said "you", people thought you just wanted them to tell you how they pronounce it and not how it's actually pronounced.:oops:
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  40. jimmy666

    jimmy666 Savant (250) Maryland Jun 20, 2010

    it is pronounced Ply-knee and if you don't say it right a grammar nazi will stab you.:D
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