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


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RATINGS: 4368   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ptsotd (14) - Juliette, Georgia, USA - JUN 25, 2005
Poured slowly with small head into Corsendonk goblet. Dark, cloudy. Visible sediment. Fragrant aroma of carmelized fruit, yeast. First taste: well-balanced sweet bitterness; chocolate and hint of figs; malty, even buttery. Taste develops, changes with second and third sips; stays on the tongue. Nice lacing. Warming sensation. I could see myself enjoying this even more during the holiday season. Purchased at Green’s on Ponce in Atlanta; $5.99 for 11.2 oz. bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ashbeero (51) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 25, 2005
***Dated 07-04-09, drank 22-06-05 - Aged 14 months Dark brown beer with alot of free floating sediment . A tan, very thick and long lasting head, Excellent lacing. Very complex on the nose with hints of spices, raisins (dark fruits), sweet malts and belgian yeast. Sweet flavour with caramel and toffee. Very fruity. Medium-strong bitterness well balanced with the residual sweetness in this massive beer. nice and richly full bodied. Highly regarded as one of the world finest beers.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
HogTownHarry (6063) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 24, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2006 Bottle (330ml). Thanks to Peter from Esprit, the first of my very own case! Poured with very little head, but I was over-cautious after pouring an over-exuberant Achel Bruin/8 - slightly off-white foam, quick dissipating to a lovely skirl on the top. Very dark, slightly cloudy strong black tea colour, some bubbling and a little fine sediment at the end of the pour - I poured it all out (I’m not wasting this!!) and nothing visible in the bottom of my goblet. Aroma is ... complex. Malt (slightly sweet), chocolate, a bit of raisin, clove and spice, more I can’t put my finger on. No alcohol in the bouquet to my nose (astonishing for an %11.3). A touch of yeast initially, quickly gone. Flavour is .. superb. A bit of yeast, but mostly cloves and mixed spices, aged malt, enough bitterness to balance, hint of decent white wine. Finishes perfectly - gradual easing off of all of the above. A beautiful Belgian - the only thing I’ve tasted better (once!!!!) was the Westvleteren ABT 12, and this is pretty close. I want another case!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jefcon (1363) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2005
Rich brown coloration in the glass -- no lacing to speak of and little head. Aromas are less pronounced than other Belgians, lots of fruit on the nose, though: raisin, nectarine, peach. Palate emphasizes the lasting, complex, and ascending feel of the beer. Toasty and sour notes follow a creamy introduction that belies some of the brew’s alcohol. Long finish shows off the depth of the beer. A refined abt with the most interesting alcohol notes I’ve tasted.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JUN 20, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2005 Had this bad boy sitting around, and for father’s day...Poured a cloudy and thick brown with a foamy head that was speckeled. Strong aroma that made the wife say, "hey, I smell that funk way over here. There was chocloate and other crazy fruits. Really nice carbination carried the strong taste over the tongue. Nuts and rasisins and lots of other things, this was a fantastic brew. Re-Rate. There is a fine port aspect to this, and it was great a 2nd time.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ALLOVATE (2356) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 19, 2005
A winter favourite of mine, I seemed to have amassed around twenty bottles over the last 3 years and found I only drink one every few months. But alas it is truly an experience I savour deeply with each time. (Bottle 12/10/08) Poured it into a short tulip straight from the cellar (?14 degrees) on a cold winter’s night. Deep brown body, almost black, and opaque with a quickly settling loose pad of yeast. Head forms straight from the pour, sandy-beige and a good ¾". Sticks around for the entire length and produces a good web of lace. Strong, almost pungent, vinous-chocolate aroma with a hefty waft of alcohol and yeast spices, dried fruit esters and a little earthy malt. The aroma continues expansion as I downed it and leans more towards a mixture of chocolate, nuts and warming alcohol. Big in the mouth, flavours eat right into every crevice and blend beautifully with assistance from the medium ’spritzy’ carbonation and silky smooth mouth feel. A little nutty and earthy, the pleasantly warming alcohol seems to compliment the chocolate, raisins, sultanas, low bitter hop and malt notes and toasted grains of this wonderful beer. Finishes off with a long, warming, dessert style chocolate and fruit swallow that surely shakes off the winter blues. This is easily one of my favourites and I just cannot fault it (second 5.0). Lovely!!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
weepingsuds (222) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - JUN 19, 2005
You can’t argue with drinking this. This is a very good beer experience no matter your beer taste. I bought 4 of these in belgium for about $1.50 a bottle right in Rochefort. Not much of a town, but one hell of a beer. You could conjure up a million descriptions from the color to the nose to the palat. BUt this beer must be tried to really understand ****EXCELLENT****

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
Daneel (1) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 19, 2005 does not count
The best beer I have ever had. The best beer I have ever had. The best beer I have ever had. The best beer I have ever had. The best beer I have ever had. The best beer I have ever had. The best beer I have ever had. The best beer I have ever had. The best beer I have ever had. The best beer I have ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 18, 2005
Murky chocolate brown in color with a copiously foamy head. Audibly fizzing, with the head rippling like a wave pool at a theme park.; back and forth, right to left Aroma is nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and banana chocolate chip pancakes. Flavor unfolds rich milk chocolate and caramel. Subtle spicing with crackled pepper and clover. Chocolate covered raisons slowly dissolve and slip across the palate. A hint of alcohol, but it’s merely an afterthought. Some nutty smoothness. Sweet, flowing, resonating, creamy. As expected, it’s perfectly balanced. Finish reminds me of warming cocoa by a campfire.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - JUN 18, 2005
Dark brown. Thick white head. Raisin nose with some yeast. Sweet, fruity flavour with hints of caramel, chocolate and fig.Chewy mouthfeel. Hints of orange. Sugary finish.

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