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


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RATINGS: 4367   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kepano (246) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 15, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2005 Pours a very dark brown with copper highlights and medium-sized creamy tan head that gradually decends to a persisting cap producing beautiful thin lacing. The nose is very complex. Many aromas subtely lace together and with each sniff you’ll discover something new. Licorice, raisin, apple, plum, caramel... A sweet and distinctive fruity nose. As you take your first sip the perfect carbonation gently tickles the tip of your tongue and the mouthfeel gradually becomes fluffy and light. As it moves to the back of your tongue you begin to notice the body of this beer: rich and slightly bitter. The malty flavors start to appear, caramel, honey and coffee blend with the dark fruits. The balance in this brew is perfect. As you swallow, a silky smooth and creamy aftertaste settles on your tongue while a toasty feeling subsides in your stomach. Truly exquisite. The high alcohol content (11.3%) is extremely well hidden. This is an absolutely fabulous brew that you have to drink in a quiet and clean place in order to appreciate its complexity.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
fordest (1964) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUL 14, 2005
I think it has all been said before, after reading about this beer and the other top 10 or so over and over and over, I don’t have much to add. Great beer. I was still suprised by the amount of head and carbonation, but it settled out nicely. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brentfeesh (1207) - Gadsden, Alabama, USA - JUL 13, 2005
WOW! Was I disappointed. Nothing near as good as the westy 8 I had some time ago. IMHO it was thinner than I expected, more carbonated, and just not as world class as I was led to believe. Interesting-yes…Great-no. As for the rating. Poured into a snifter. Came out deep cheery/mahogany wood color. Medium off white frothy head. The aroma was excellent. Bourbon, sweet dates, molasses. Very pleasing and sweet. The flavor had interesting notes of bourbon, brandy, molasses, Belgian candy, alcohol, and pine sap (not all that pleasing really, perhaps because of the alcohol but more likely because of the body). Strange, as I turely like all those flavors. Just not in this combination or beer. The body was more carbonated than I expected, and was lightly syrupy but watery after that. Just not the wonderful beer I expected for #200.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - JUL 12, 2005
A dark brown appearance and a nice head that is long lasting. Fruity aroma with a hint of spice. Also has a fruity taste with an alchohol prescence. Overall a very pleasant beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PrimeMinister (138) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 12, 2005
Bottle 330ml - Dark muddy body with hints of ruby in the little light that could make it through. Caramel and light spices in the aroma. Then a first sip starts the macarena on my tongue! Chocolate and malt start swinging so hard that I almost forget to notice everything else there is: raisin, wine-like or port-like feel, alcohol is more than well balanced. A truly compelling package that ends up with a long and complex finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11076) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 6, 2005
11 oz bottle-pours a thick, deep tan head. Color is dark brown, non-transparent. Aroma is licorice. Taste is licorice/coffee flavors with a dry alchohol finish. Good beer, not my style. I enjoyed his little brother, #6 much more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
racerx5170 (3) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2005 does not count
What can I say that hasn’t allready been said? A true classic that has it all, aroma, appearance, flavor, a delight to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 5, 2005
Poured a dark murky brown color with a medium to small head.. Aroma is raisins, plums, figs and caramel.. Flavor follows suit with a heavy dark fruit flavor and some caramel and a light alcohol finish.. Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
preuverij (2) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 4, 2005 does not count
Top, meesterwerk mensen die dit tot stand hebben gebracht. een trapist met een stevige afdronk en een goed gevoel van een smaak.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
giarcsr (103) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUL 3, 2005
What a great beer. See below cooments, anything I would say has been said many,many times before.

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