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

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RATINGS: 4237   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.


4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - DEC 7, 2003
I love the dark mahogony body that looks like it has about a sunset's variety of colors. Stick tangy aroma that starts light on the cotton candy and heavy on the caramel sauce. Fresh tilled earth and vinuousness come on as the head collapses. Very warming, which is the only way you would know that it has 11.3%ABV. Flavor is very complex going from tangy to toasty to sweet and back and then forth again. One of my new favorites.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rlgk (9495) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - DEC 6, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2007 Almost black with a very nice brownish head.Has a fruity aroma from juniperberry. This is a really strong one and it makes me warm, but the alcohol is very well hidden. Flavor is sweet, some vanilla and also some chocolate/cocoa.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2004 One fo my all-time favorites that I tend to drink as often as possible since it is quite easy available in Denmark! It pours a foamy tan head on a dark brown body - absolutely beautiful! Aroma and flavor is very complex and delicious. Lots of dark roasted malt and fruit, plums, raisins, berries, spices and a perfect balanced alcohol bite. This is almost as good as it can get! Only Westi 12 is a slight cut above this one, but still, this is a world-class beer!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
egajdzis (5196) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2003 Best by: 14-11-06... Poured a cloudy brown color with a small tan head and that left nice lacing on the glass. An intoxicating aroma of fruit (mainly cherries and apples) some pepper and butterscotch as well. Chocolate, plum, grape and currant were indeed noticed in the flavor. Alcohol seems to linger alittle on my lips and the tip of my tongue as well! But all in all this in a great brew, and I wish it wasn't so expensive!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2003
Available!! Bottle is dated 26-08-08. Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a dark brown (with red), somewhat black liquid with a generous amount of off-white head that dissipates a little, and lingers. Aroma is of sweet fruit with sour apples. Flavor is... so powerfully complex that my description would mean little. When I drink this again, I'll try to add more. Amazingly, no alcohol is detected in the flavor. Alcohol only noted by a warm belly and sometimes a throat burn. There is a plum/prune/raisin ending. Wonderful. Magnificant. Better than Chimay Blue. I am literally saddened to see my bottle go empty. This beer deserves every score it is given. Top beer IMHO. Sampled at 67 degrees Fahrenheit.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - NOV 30, 2003
Opaque dark brown color with a thick beige head. Complex aroma, full of fruit, bread, sweet malt and clove. Very rich fruit, bread and malt flavors, with a hint of peppery spice. Warm alcohol feel. A great belgian!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2003
Aroma is very subtle and doesn't stand out very much - kind of smells musty and aged. Apperance is very good, dark brown with medium, quickly dissipating head. Flavor is nice and dominated by sweet fizzy maltiness up front with a slightly tart, slightly alcoholic finish. Even tohough this ABV is 11.3%, the alcohol blends in well - good mouthfeel.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TC2642 (265) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2003
Dark, luscious appearance. Fruity plum flavour and underlying alcoholic taste, soft velvety mouth feel and a good hop/malt balance. Lovely lacing and head which stays till the end. Those monks are doing something right.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - NOV 15, 2003
Good brown color,tall foamy tan head that had a good staying power.Malty yeasty aroma,lots of dried fruit accents,raisin for sure that seems to be the strongest.Nice malty raisin taste right away,lightly sweet and the alcohol remains quite hidden throughout the taste and only seems to show up at the tail end and as a nice welcomeing warm feeling going down.The fruit flavor really shines on this brew,I can readily detect the raisin and plum but i have to belive the currants are that sharp little bite that shows up some where in the middle of the taste.This is a very well done brew and well worth trying again,to bad it's so hard to get way up here.Thanks JPDIPSO for another great brew.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rogueman (19) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 9, 2003
The aroma to me is of sweet currants and plum. Lots of plum. Good carbonation and a strong white head that lasts. It pours like a stout, with layering as the head grows.The more I enjoy the aroma, I notice fig. Overall this is a great beer that is worthy of its high rating.


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