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


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RATINGS: 4989   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.3/5   IBU: 27   EST. CALORIES: 339   ABV: 11.3%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 29, 2006
30 cl bottle from AJís Fine Food (Tucson) - Pours a hazy brown color with a two finger thick light tan head. Nice thick lacing is left behind as the head slowly settles. Aroma is full of esters (plum, even apple) and light toasty malt. Flavor is also fruity and slightly vinous. Palate is smooth and only slightly bitter. Alcohol is well hidden. Medium body. A very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Geiserich (4045) - Linz, AUSTRIA - DEC 29, 2006
Bottled: Fruity, sweet aroma, notes of alcohol, plums and raisins. Dark brown color, enormous foamy off-white head. Intensive fruity flavor, dried plums, cherries and figs. Candy, roasted malt and alcohol too. Light sharp finish, alcoholic, drieness. A highlight, but maybe to fresh. I will store some in my cellar.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DruncanVeasey (7999) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2012 CURRENT RATE Tacky dried fruit rolled in muscovado, blue cheese, buttered fig, black cherry aroma. Hot, sweet fig and cocktail cherry taste thin at the strength. Not complex. Overrated. UPDATE: Detritus-speckled, onyx with a slender but stable cappuccino collar (chocolate dustings included). Mysterious Belgian yeast aroma with black pepper, banana, nutmeg, liquorice, lactic sweetness, bread, prune and Nutella. Spicerack intensity without spice. Slick creamy palate lacing thickly at the strength. Massive warming alcohol glow, high cocoa , peppery dark fruit, fennel seed, hint of evergreen hop maybe, spiritous wafts of alcohol in the nose. Hard to believe this íonlyí weighs in at 11.3. Needed something numbing to ease my sore throat and it took half my head off. 494816 ORIGINAL RATE Xmas night sample, in requisite, gold-ringed snifter. Deep, dirty black-brown pour with clumps of tan foam. Complex nose awash with with licorice, caramel-chocolate maltiness and booze-sodden, figgy xmas pudding fruit. A surprisingly lively, yeasty character, with a lingering marmite bitterness in the finish. Really sticks around. Marmite liqueur punching below its proclaimed 11.3%. Intensely yeasty as you drain the tulip. Impressively bitter and twigletly for such a big-hitter, and more than capable of standing up to the festive cheeseboard. But somehow just not the halluinatory, big dirty bastard of a brew I was hoping for. 837315/3.6

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mhelgason (495) - Salem, Oregon, USA - DEC 27, 2006
Murky Brown. Head was a bit on the small side and dimished rather quickly. Auroma was a malty molasses mix. Long-nice finish with slight alcohol flavor. I like this beer alot, very solid.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - DEC 26, 2006
2000, consumed in 01. Murky, ruddy brown pour, creamy dense off white head. Aromas of licorice, coffeehouse preparation, cookie dough, toffee, candied plums and candy sugar. Full bodied, sticky palate. Tastes of alcohol, super sweet malts, plum and raisin, blackcurrant and herbs. Very drinkable, highly complex, lovely.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
breichow (17) - USA - DEC 25, 2006
Out of bottle in chalice. Poured with nice head. Roasted flavors, chocolate. Excellent finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bluesman42@gmailcom (43) - Arkansas, USA - DEC 25, 2006
Well, I had always thought Chimay was some of the best beer out there, but I had this on Christmas Eve, and it made Chimay taste like bud lite. There was an aroma that could only be described as íbeeryí and a deep, thick, sweetish taste. There were fruit and coffee notes, but I canít describe the rest. I wish I knew enough to describe it properly. Without a doubt, this was worth the $14 I paid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldMrCrow (2317) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2013 2008 rating Bottle, roughly one year after purchase.

Iíve had this beer a number of times over the past couple of years, but Iíve never felt competent to rate it before. Now, my palate seems to be at the place that I can really appreciate what this beer has to offer. It pours a dark, dark brown with a full and long-lived tan head; the aroma is dark brown-sugar caramel with vinous notes and some dried frut. The flavor is a marvel. Toffee and dried fruit on the beginning, but never too sweet; tobacco and light yeasty tones, a midrange through finish that becomes amply bitter but never overblown. The palate is superb, perfected carbonated and not the least bit sticky, just full. There is a bit of alcohol flavor and a little bit of heat here, but surprisingly little considering the 11.3% that it is carrying. 8/5/9/5/17=4.4

This is unquestionably a benchmark beer. Few others are going to match up.

2013 rating Bottle from Whole Foods Roosevelt, immediately following a bottle of Rochefort 8. Pours into my Koningshoeven goblet in a rich brown with a slightly smaller head than the 8. This is a boozy big brother to the Rocheford 8. Tasting this, I better appreciate the dry finish and hidden alcohol of the Rochefort 8. Massive dried plummy aroma with brown sugar and plenty of booze. The contrast with the 8 is really striking. Here the flavor is not subtle in the least. Sugar and spiced cake, all that dark fruit, This is not as balanced or well integrated as Westy 12 or St. Bernardus. Itís good, but not as good as I thought it was the first time around. Today Iíd go about 8/4/8/4/17=4.1. In other words, darn good and a 99-100 percentile beer, but not the best quad available regularly let alone the best quad on the planet.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ford9719 (371) - Vilseck, GERMANY - DEC 23, 2006
Bottle. Poured a dark thiin color, with a slight head. The hint of banana, and plum is very prominent. Has a banana taste, with the taste of alc. A very delicious beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
AugustWest1978 (2) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2006 does not count
In the U.S. we are unable to get the Apt 12 but I canít imanage how good it must be because this beer the rochefort 10 is insane! It sends you to a different world with its smell and taste. not going to try to describe it in detial....just WOW!!!

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