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

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RATINGS: 5043   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.3/5   IBU: 27   EST. CALORIES: 339   ABV: 11.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tranquillity (1788) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 27, 2007
Small bottle. Dark brown, hazy colour. Cloudy small beige head. The aroma is extremely complex. Coffee, toffee and more sweet stuff. Taste sticky oil with liqurice. Very foramy, long bitterness in the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyit (3754) - Vadum, DENMARK - MAR 27, 2007
Deep brown of color with an off-white head. An aroma of dark dried fruits as raisins and plums, nice sweet and spicy. A flavor with alcohol, plums and raisins.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2007
Pours a dark syrupy brown with a medium light tan head. Wonderful aromas are stirred up, banana, dark fruit, grapes, and sweet malts. The taste is quite masterful. Very sharp, heavy dark fruit, sweet malts, and defined alcohol presence immediately hit you. Get some sugar, and a touch of caramel, in the finish. Very nice mouthfeel, full bodied, just exquisite!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ramenen (466) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - MAR 23, 2007
Brown, maple syrup color with a long tan head. Spicey and fruity very complex took some time to develop its fully complexity. Let it breath for a while. Pepper, cloves, and fruit. Beatiful.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mrdeath5493 (113) - Arkansas, USA - MAR 22, 2007
This was the best beer I have ever tasted. Full of flavor and complexity. Truly, a work of art. I can only imagine a better beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Arayaga2 (2114) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 22, 2007
Opaque brown with huge tan head. Aroma is darkly fruity with raisin, plum and even a hint of cola. Extremely well blended wave of tastes from cherry to cola to booze and on to yeasty and salty. Alcohol is mostly hidden, and carbonation is perhaps a bit too much. $5.50/11.2oz

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JAXSON (536) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2010 I canít believe I havenít rated this one yet. The first time I had this it was utterly glorious. Layers of fruit and spices exploded, one by one, and it just seemed to emit a magical quality. The aroma is the best Iíve ever known in a beer. Aside from the usual adjectives, I find it especially full of blueberries. Iím only giving it a 16 overall because it is hit or miss; some bottles seem more like coca-cola than a trappist quad. I originally got a bunch of bottles from 2004, and Iím letting the rest age as long as I can hold out. I feel that this beer definitely takes on a different character with age. 9/16/2008 - 2004 bottle. This beer has changed significantly during the past two or so years. Small, creamy wisps float atop the brew. Any hint of bitterness has vanished. Mouthfeel is creamy and luxurious, amazing. There is some magical quality in the aroma I could never put my finger on, I feel like itís reminiscent of blueberries. The beer is much more well-rounded today with 3+ years of age. Thereís a really creamy richness, like chestnuts and honey. Tends toward tropical rum at times. The finish is much shorter, the beer is more round. A very rich sweetness shines in the middle. Difficult to describe but a joy to drink this bottle.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2007
dark brown with ruby highlights in appearance, with thick creamy tan head. aroma of cherry and malt, raisin, and blackberry and blueberry. flavor is kind of astringent with lots of blackberry, blueberry and cherry going on. hints of banana and lemon too... i had my doubts about this but seriously a great beer. hints of black licorice also. damn. smooth and just great.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thefederalist (307) - Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA - MAR 21, 2007
Pours very dark, reddish brown with a nice big head. Aroma is sweet and malty. Flavor is sweet, salty and enormously complex. Itís enormous gravity is well hiden, and it is definately a very fine beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hamirubi (564) - Waarschoot, BELGIUM - MAR 19, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2016 33cl bottle at home (20 IX 2014). An aroma which makes me think of caramel, and above all of coffee, nuts and toast. The hops arenít pronounced; the yeast tastes like leather. Besides that this classic brew has hints of vanilla and liquorice. The appearance is rather brown than red, with a hazy smoothness and yellow brown foam. The taste is obviously heavy sweet, with a touch of mild bitterness. The palate: a heavy body, thin-smooth texture which feels oily, sticky and yet creamy too. An average carbonation, a sharp ending. This is a lovely beer, at blind tastings hinting clearly at trappist/quadrupel.


Previous rating (19 III 2007): Excellent trappist beer. This beer can compete with the best beers of the world. It has a fruity taste and is very mature and dark.
Ar=9;Ap=4;Ta=9;Pa=5;Ov=18;Total score=45/50


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