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


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RATINGS: 4738   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.3   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
reedcd2 (47) - USA - FEB 22, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2006 Just got my first job offer - this is the celebration drink. Deep chocolate color and a firm beige head. Fruity complex smells and an explosive first taste. I poured this right out of the fridge and want to wait a little to let the aromas and flavor settle a bit. some nuts, raisins, bitter sweet chocolate, and malts in the smells. crisp and complex fermented taste. you wait for the alcohol to be a little overbearing, but it maintains decent balance. Not what I had expected, but definitely unique. Can’t argue with 11.3 % ABV either

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerMountie (117) - Placentia, Newfoundland, CANADA - FEB 20, 2006
Wow. Thanks to Jeremy Craigs for this great beer. Pours a deep chocolate brown with a large tan head. Head diminishes but there was some head right to the end of the beer, which came much too fast. Very complex aroma that to me was dominated by raisins and other dark fruit. There are earthy notes to the flavour along with chocolate. There are other flavours and aromas in there which I just cannot identify. By far the best beer I have had to date however I am not giving it a 5. You have to leave room for a better beer to come along. That said if those monks are half as good at praying as they are at brewing there is a special place reserved for them in heaven.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - FEB 20, 2006
My 100th beer rating, so I picked out a good one. Pours a deep amber brown with a large, frothy tan head. Wonderful malty aroma with plenty of dark fruits - raisin, plum, cherry, grape. Also has hints of licorice, spices, toffee, and earthy tones. Very impressive taste - it is extremely complex in flavor. There are all kinds of fruits, spices, and even chocolate and a hint of coffee. There is also some oak and smoke in the slightly bitter finish. Ultra smooth beer for nearly 12% alcohol. The palate is simply perfect - could not be better. The beer is full-bodied with plenty of carbonation and a creamy texture. This is definitely the best beer I’ve ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2006
Robe brune foncée légèrement voilée surmontée d’une mousse brune épaisse en dentelle et persistente. Arômes de levure et de malt caramélisé. Saveurs de chocolat, de malt caramélisé, de noix et d’érable. Houblon de soutien. Alcool présent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 15, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2007 Pours dark brown with a wispy off-white head. Aroma of raisins, dates, plums, licorice, pepper, toffee, and black currant. Taste is heavy malt, with vinous, smoky, and spicy notes. Mouthfeel is heavy and sticky with heavy foamy carbonation. This bottle was pretty hot, the alcohol wasn’t as well hidden as I had hoped. Still, this is an incredible beer that will become majestic with age. This is a vintage drinker only, as far as I am concerned.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
treadyroc (149) - St. Leonard, Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2006
Definitely one of the smoothest & full-flavored trappist beers. You wouldn’t even know it was over 11% alcohol unless you looked at the label.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 14, 2006
Fruit fermented aroma along with some caramel. Brown cloudy body with decent head on pour. Good carbination with settiment on bottom of glass. Flavor has a mild to medium sweet fruit and caramel. Alcohol give a warming effect on the face. Smooth enjoyable beer with some alcohol on the finish. Good stuff.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dedollewaitor (14546) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 13, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2009 dark, full, strong. Soft carbonation. A scent of liquirace. Creamy. Long everlasting finish! Warmth from alcohol. Simply the best in its category! Rerate 09. Several bottles from basement, Amazing - but not a 5.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
brew4all (103) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 11, 2006
Just found and couldnt wait to try...must say WOW!!!!! It poured dark with a nice chocolate head. The aroma was sweet and smelled of dark fruits like plumb and raisen. Could also smell some leather and musty soil to it. The flavors poured into my mouth with variety and depth. Malt, pears, spices. Hints of cherry and wood slipped in as well. It finished very well with a long dark warmness to it. It almost seemed as if I was drinking it in a celler or somewhere old. One of a kind brew and well worth the purchase.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Brigadier (3225) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2006 Rating #100. I have been saving this one for the perfect time, and what better time than now. Best by 07-2010.

Sweet aroma contains hints of toffee, pears, bananas, raisins, caramel and chocolate. It poured with a thick, heavy foamy head that was chocolately brown. The flavors are so dense and complex that even at the end of the bottle I was picking up on new things. There were first a taste of dark baker’s chocolate and a slight bitterness. This was followed by caramel and pears/cherries. After that, a slight carbonation. Then toffee and more caramel. It just sits on the tongue and unfolds more pleasures. The finish was a little strong, which is why it doesn’t get a full 5.0. The alcohol warms the throat but does not overwhelm the senses. As I said at the start, the closest thing to perfection that I’ve had yet.

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