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


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RATINGS: 4227   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LordHedgehog (144) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - NOV 8, 2003
A very good Belgian, although a little hollow in the taste. Definately a hay flavor. Most notable to me in the excessive bitterness, which is the main reason for my rating this well below average. To be fair, my wife declared it the best beer ever brewed, but I'll let her get her own account and rate it herself.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jfishback13 (275) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2003
Strong alcohol nose, but a very strong depth to the flavors. I don't know how to describe it, just fork out the money and try one of these beautiful brews.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vector (163) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2003
Yeasty, sweet, alcohol aroma. Deep dark brown pour, towering off-white head. Sweet caramel and fruit flavors, slightly toasty and spicy. Some alcohol burn but not too overwhelming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - OCT 30, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2004 100th rating on my bday:
Truly a great beer. Wheatbread alcohol sweet smell. Dark brown color on bottom which turns into a light yellow and orange at the top. Huge tan head with little lacing. Spicy corriander flavor with strong musty alcohol after taste. Sort of a hay flavor with spice at the end.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 29, 2003
We're near the top of the shelf with this one. Beautiful pour, Garden of Eden sweet fruit aroma, creamy texture,lovely almost port wine type of taste.I didn't max this because the bitterness at the end wasn't 100% agreeable, but other then that, WAY TO GO BRO'S!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 27, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2003 Dark brown opaque body with some redish tints. Pours a large creamy head that slowly deminishes. Aroma is of sweet malts, fruits and slighlty alcoholic. Texture is smooth with a slight warming feel. Flavors of plum and malt, with a slight biterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2003
Had this the same night I had the Westy 12. Thick dark appearance. Aroma and taste was an interesting blend of dark currants, plum, berries, and malt. Very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2003
Another classic. Suprising dark for a quad. Rich but not as complex as i was expecting. Thinner head then the westy 12. Excellent beer but couldn't stand up to a head vs head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ClarkVV (3863) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 26, 2003
Mix of rusty orange and darker cherry/brown. Big head is light beige. Aroma of yeast, molasses, raisins and of course, alcohol. Tons of sediment. Began super bubbly and quite peppery. Lots of alcohol, some anise and a green raisin flavor that starts out mildly bitter and astringent. Wasnt so impressed as it started, but as the beer settled, and it warmed further, the carbonation died off and the body took on a creamier feel. Now I am seeing why this is so loved by many. Flavors mix together with wonderful caramel malt, nice brown sugar to mix with the clean hops flavor on the full body. Vanilla and oak flavors, as well as some herbal appeal. Extremely complex and the finish dries out a touch, with a big alcohol bite, and a fruity (raisins, plums) flavor. There is alot of butterscotch on the finish as well. More balance than Abbaye des rocs, the young not-so-richly sweet fruit flavor is key. Would like a little less bitter alcohol taste though on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
imdownthepub (9623) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2003
Bottle Conditioned Ale. Deep brown red beer with thick white head. Plenty of fruity notes, apple and blackberry, plums and sultana's. Strong alcoholic nose which follows into the body of the beer, a little over lively but this sample was aged 3 years. Lovely smooth sipping beer.

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