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

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RATINGS: 4424   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 7, 2005
less evidence of alcohol than the 8. fantastic. notable candy sugar presence, but with huge complex malty notes. dark brown, full belgian flavor.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
yayforbeer (752) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2005
Served in a gold-rimmed Koningshoven trappist glass in celebration of my anniversary. Fizzed up in the bottle on opening, but no eruption. Dark brown with a nice creamy tan head. Aroma was bold with notes of dark fruit and spice, dark rum. Higly complex flavors with loads of spices and herbal notes. Very chocolatey throughout, and a bitter chocolate finish. Not overly sweet, and no hint of the high alcohol content. Superb in is subtlety and balance. Palate is a little lighter than I expected, making this beer much more drinkable than say a Dogfish Head WWS. The quality is apparent and the flavor is excellent, but here in the great beer desert of North Florida, only one store (Paradise Alley) stocks it and they charge an outrageous $11 per bottle. (theres a little lesson in monopoly pricing for you) Too pricey for me.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - MAR 5, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2006 $7.75 a bottle I guess it’s about time I tried one of these. Poured almost black with a nice white head and good lacing. Aroma of of malt, ripe fruits, spice and alcohol. Flavor is roast, light chocolate, and coffee with alcohol at the finish. Very good beer!

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - MAR 4, 2005
Bottled. Vineous, chocolatey, dark fruits aroma, and a fruitiness reminiscient of pears. Tastes malty, vineous, sweet and chocolatey. Dark fruits flavours. Hides it high alcohol very well. One of the best beers I´ve ever drunk.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 3, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2008 Richer dark fruit characters and candy. THe perfect pairing to a dark chocalate torte with a touch of raspberry . Big and bold mouthfeel while maintaining an appetizing delicacy,.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - FEB 24, 2005
Pours dark carmel with a moderate amount of coarse tan head that dissipates pretty quickly, without much lace to speak of. The aroma is amazing--some seriously potent stuff! Spiced cake, ripe plums and cherries, toasted sugar, rum, a hint of cedar. Layer upon layer of aroma are slowly revealed. Spent ten minutes smelling this before I actually got around to tasting it! Flavors of dark carmel and a passing sweetness, and then a whole wash of flavors slowly erupt in my mouth. Every sensory surface is coated with some wonderful subtle profusion of flavor. Reminds me a bit of the finish of a sip of really fresh Ethiopian Yergacheffe. Remarkable! The palate is very delicate and surprisingly light, while still having some underlying weight. So often the whole "lighten the body with sugar" thing in Belgian and Belgian-style ales just does not work for me. Seems like it often results in harsh, unpleasant flavors. But tasting this...well, it totally makes sense now.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - FEB 23, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2006 [bottle from peckhams] Rochfort has sweet aromas of brown sugar and ripe fruits- plums and dates also some chocolate and liquorice there and a little alcohol. Full bodied and lightly spiced with a dry vinous finish. alcohol well concealed.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kwik-lime (1322) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2005 Excellent aroma, strong and malty. Poor appearance points because it has bits floating in it which is very noticable near the end and a little offputting. Taste is sweet, malty with fruity notes, very good. The alcohol content is certainly noticable though. Overall a good beer but I was slightly dissapointed considering what I’ve heard about this beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
electricpork (4) - USA - FEB 18, 2005 does not count
Rich and deeply complex. The only beer to make me second guess a Chimay GR.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
csbosox (1223) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - FEB 15, 2005
33cl bottle. BB 14 July 2009. Fizzy when I popped the cap. Served at 58° in the NB worthy glass. Poured dark chocolate brown with a light khaki head that started at about 1". Lots of suspended particles, some of which are rather large. The foam clings to the side of the glass when it recedes. Beautiful, long legs. Wonderful aroma of malt, raisin, very ripe dark fruits, cookie dough, and spices. The initial impression in the mouth is of a substantial mouthful and fullness. The taste is, at first, cookie dough, a mild malt sweetness, then as the beer moves across the tongue there are a plethora of other flavors. This isn’t just a sweet, malty beer; it has some assertiveness to it. The secondary flavors are, at first, almost like a BIG red wine, then spicy, those dark fruits such as plums and raisins emerge along with an almost peppery flavor, along with a glimpse of alcohol. The finish is spicy, mildly alcoholic, with a lingering dryish flavor and some hops character. This is one of the better balanced big Belgium beers I have had; most tend to be very malty. I don’t have a preference as far as malty or balanced Belgium beers go, but I do appreciate the extra depth of flavors and depth of character given to this beer by the hops. This is a wonderful beer.


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