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Brewed by Brasserie Rochefort
Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Rochefort, Belgium

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RATINGS: 5023   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.3/5   IBU: 27   EST. CALORIES: 339   ABV: 11.3%
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The top product from the Rochefort Trappist brewery. Dark color, full and very impressive taste. Strong plum, raisin, and black currant palate, with ascending notes of vinousness and other complexities.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sthlm (1270) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - JUN 21, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2012 (33cl bottle) Appears dark-brown until held up to light, then a reddish color. Light tan head. Sediment on bottom of glass. Head lasts for quite awhile, and there is significant lacing. Aroma of banana, raisins and alcohol. Taste is fruity with some spices that I canít quite make out, and nutty finish. Old rating: 8/4/8/4/17 = 4.1

Re-rate: Plummy aroma with a little banana. Taste is quite hot, some oxidation, raisin, some caramel and notes of chocolate. Nicely balanced. Thinner than I remember, smooth and a good length finish. Overall, a really solid beer. It doesnít amaze up front, but other than the alcohol it is really well balanced.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cirrosis (2) - CANADA - JUN 20, 2007 does not count
when i can get this beer i do, when i canít i start saving $$$. perhaps one of the best beers available in Canada

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rayg1 (586) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 20, 2007
Interesting that I hadnít rated this one yet, here goes. Pours a dark brown with a thin white head. Aroma is dark sugar almost like molassas with a whisp of alcohol. Taste is amazing and smooth, starts sweet with dark fruits and candi sugar and raisins. The alcohol found in the nose is magically gone in the consumption of this tasty brew. This is really quality stuff and it only get smoother and more flavorful as it warms up.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RedXIII (127) - Powell, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2009 Best Belgian Iíve ever drank. Very dark, almost an apple cider look. Aroma and taste: a cornucopia of malty fruits and sweets. Apples, plums, bananas, licorice. Alcohol is masked beautifully, and the finish is spectacularly smooth and pleasant. Leaves taste of a creamy, nut brown. One of the best, most complex beers Iíve ever had.

3.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rjglory (7) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUN 15, 2007 does not count
This is an awesome beer. It is high in carbonation. It almost seems like a soft drink. The flavor is exquisite. This is locally available every day. The Cuvee van de Kaiser and the Westvleteren Abt 12 are not so easy to obtain. They can be a memory for the better part of a year. It is good to know that a quality brew that comes close is out there. A wide range of flavor with a distinct fore, during, and after taste. The odor is not strong. The palate effect is not diminished by the lack of smell. I was only disappointed in the lack of a lingering aftertaste. It fades far too quickly. Keep spooling and swishing it in your mouth because once you swallow the flavor just wonít last long enough. Of course, that is a tribute to the great tastes to be found in this beer. There are so many great Belgian beers. This oneís flavor is similar to a number of the very best and just a little bit better than nearly every one of the others.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dra19 (89) - holland, Michigan, USA - JUN 14, 2007
Dark brown color with a large quick diminishing head. Aroma of malts and fruits. Flavor much the same but with some strong hints of bananas. A great Belgium. I love this beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - JUN 12, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2007 Rating #100. Pours a dark brown with a frothy, root beer-like head that diminishes to a thin cap clinging to the snifter. Nice lacing. The nose is heavy on the malts with a candy-like aroma resembling raisin bread and dark fruits. The alcohol is also quite pronounced. The mouthfeel is a medium-full body, sticky and soft with a lightly sour alcohol finish. The flavor is quite "deep". In fact ,it is so well blended that initially itís difficult to pull out individually distinguishable flavors. After a few more sips the flavor begins to define itself for me: dark fruits and pepper, almost like a dry red wine, with creamy effervescence and concluding with a smoky, dry, lightly nutty finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - JUN 12, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2011 33 cl bottle. Dark brown color, beautiful beige, creamy head. Aroma is fruit and sweet dark malt, coffe, yeast. Favor is raisin, plum, dark malt, liqourice, coffe, alcohol... Lovely, but I had expected the alcohol to be more integrated.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - JUN 12, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2009 Poured a dark brown. Smell was dark fruits and some candy sugar. Taste was much the same with some spice and raisin, plum and some bready characteristics. Very nice belgian. Complex and enjoyable.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 12, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2009 My first Trappist beer. Poured a dark brown with a solid head. The aroma was very complex of roasted malt and fruit. It may sound crazy but to me, the smell of pineapple was very strong. The flavor was candy-like. At first, sweet malt with gentle carbonation and a dry finish. Not my favorite style of beer but still very good.


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