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

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RATINGS: 4360   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.31   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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
cathcacr (634) - Oregon, USA - SEP 10, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2006 I wouldnít recommend this for beginners/newbies. I know that I, as beginner, would not have appreciated the subtlety and (dare I say it?) complexity of this world-class contribution to the beer world. It actually transcends its categorization as "beer." This is so far removed from beer as traditionally understood that it needs a different classification altogether. Iím probably not the first to say it, either. I served this up in a very bulbous glass meant presumably for St. Bernardus tastings. Unbelievable head on this, very slowly diminishing to a perfect foam layer. (I play Mozart violin concertos as I appreciate the sublimity of this offering.) From the top, itís very dark cherry color, maybe plum; from the side, itís dark maroon, even brownish if I may say so. The aroma is what kills me. Itís choc full of fruit of some kind or other. Iím guessing raisin and plum, but it could be apricot or peach in there as well. The aroma is striking in any event. Candied fruit. Flavor isnít a letdown at all, after this tantalizing introduction. Alcohol miraculously well-hidden. Smoother than silk on the palate. Eminently deserving of its status as top "accessible" beer. Unless you really like being walloped over the noggin with hops, as I do, the grace and mild-mannered deliciousness of this Trappist remains unsurpassed.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beernightscout (37) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2005
The other great beer Paul and I tasted at the Hopleaf in Chicago. Had it alongside the Westvleteren 12. I thought this beer was very similar the the W12, read my review of the W12 and youíll get the general idea. Tasted a bit more acidic/sharper than the W12, also an apple ciderish aroma, palate was a bit thinner than W12, and again, no hops I could discern, all yeast and malt. What I failed to mention with the W12, I could not tell this beer was so alcoholic, both this beer and W12 were both very smooth. $12/11.2oz bottle, but about $6 at the liquor store on Addison and Leavitt.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2006 Bottle. Pours a lush, thick mahogany with a rich, coffee white head. Aroma is a sharp sting of alcohol, followed by yeast and raisin. Flavor is a wide mix of plum, yeast, raisin, bread, and some port wine. Itís a good beer, but there are comparable Belgians out there that Iíve had, although I do admit this one is a bit smoother on the palate and more forceful and noticeable as it trickles down the throat than most Iíve had. Westy 8 is still the best in this category, in my opinion, but Iíd drink another one of these any day.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Nightfall (1307) - Hamburg, GERMANY - SEP 9, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2011 A great beer !! Such a smooth beer, great coffee, cacao, spicy aromas. Hides the 11+ % real well. The flavor balances excellently many different tastes, chocolate, plums, coffee, caramel among others.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
WisconsinBeer (704) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 8, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2006 Very nice looking- almost porter colored with a lasting cappucino froth hued head. Initial notes are of soft alcohol which warms the back of the throat. Just looked at the bottle and realized it is over 11% alcohol. Wow. Underneath it has a smooth, chewy, yeasty quality. Notes of vanilla bean, licorice, dark chocolate, and ripe fruit. The thing I enjoy most about this beer is the soft chewy mouthfeel and deep complex flavors. The amount of alcohol in the beer only serves to make it more memorable! An exceptional beer.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - SEP 8, 2005
Poured a lovely dark brown, head dissapated quickly. Couldnít detect the alcohol much at all, very velvety taste. Fruit and a bit of chocolate dominate., what a great beer!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 7, 2005
Sampled from bottle. This quad pours murky mahogany with an ample tan head which left a respectable amounts of lacing. The aroma is subtle and vinous with notes of plums, licorice, alcohol, cocoa and indiscernible spices. The feat in this beerís aroma is that while it is isnít over-the-top, it is still sophisticated. Flavor is well-balanced with noticable alcohol, caramel, dark fruits, pepper, and dark chocolate. Full-bodied, moderately-carbonated and warming. One of the finest beers in the World.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - SEP 7, 2005
fresh 33cl bottle Pours a deep brown wiht a moderate tan head and good lacing. roast malt aroma with a bit of spiciness. Tastes slightly sweet with dark fruit. perfectly balenced between nutiness and bitter chocolate. little indication that its 11%. Absolutely superb.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jahughey (65) - Franklin, Indiana, USA - SEP 5, 2005
Immense Belgian aromas- estery/phenolic yeast compounds, raisiny, chocolatey maltiness, and vinous alcohol all in one potent package. Surprisingly dry and drinkable for an 11% ale. Monks ale is a spiritual experience, fittingly. Wonderful.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
derhumpen (6) - USA - SEP 5, 2005 does not count
Wonderfully balanced. Sweet and creamy. Dark caramel like appearance. Nice lingering finish with a somewhat metallic effect.


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