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


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RATINGS: 4782   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.3   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 2, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2006 Original Rating from a 12/30 tasting: Ar=4, Ap=4, F=9, P=5, O.A.=16 I think my first attempt at this beer was marred by a beer that suffered from improper storage conditions combined with a sinfully long shelf-life. My second attempt at this masterpiece is as follows: Very dark, cloudy pine bark-esque color. Has the consistency and appearance of a melted swiss chocolate. A beautiful fluffy tan head gently rests on top. Amazing aromas of raisin, plum, full leaf roasted tobacco, and vanilla greet the nose and then are complemented by a brown sugar sweetness with some cinnimony spice. One of the most amazing aspects of this beer is that the aromas tickle the nostrils while the beer is flowing out of the bottle and into the glass. Oh wow, the flavors are overwhelming. Chocolate, prune, and allspice stick to the tongue, followed by a Sumatran coffee astringent bite. A gentle smack of banana and blueberry is noticed after a very long, drawn out malty finish. Heavenly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2006
From Bottle

Poured light brown. Thin white head, that lasted around the edges to give it nice lacing on the side of the galss. Aroma was sweet, and fruity. Flavor was tasted of plums and hints of another dark fruit that I couldn’t get, also picked up caramel hints. As it warmed it had a nice not overpowering alcohol warming, also the plum hints were more pronounced. Full-bodied mouthfeel. Carbonation was good, all the bubbles gave it a cloudy appearance, when I finished I noticed sediment in the bottom of the glass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
NewCastle1 (59) - Indiana, USA - JAN 1, 2006
Bottle. Pours a very dark reddish brown. Smells of chocolate, yeast, maybe a hint of banana. Very nice start and finish to this Ale. Veru smooth. By far one of, if not the best Trappistes Ale I have had to date.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 31, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2006 Bottle. Boy what a great aroma. Sweet, malty, very fruity with hints of plums and sweet cherries. Thin off white head and medium bodied. Flavor matches the aroma for the most part. Finish is chalky, spicy, sweet, and slightly bitter. It lingers nicely. Alcohol is very well hidden! Great beer, if only it was a little cheaper!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kingsley (26) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 30, 2005
Tasted alongside Westvleteren 12, which may be unfair, but it did provide for an enjoyable comparison. Dark brown with an almost blackish tinge. Somewhat musty aroma, also banana. Flavor reveals banana and mustiness and a somewhat overly alcoholic nose. An outstanding beer, but I note the deficiencies more so than the positives, as I tried it alongside the best beer in the world.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
FlagstoneHill (214) - Erie, Colorado, USA - DEC 30, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2007 330 ml bottle (tasted 11 Nov 07, date code "03 05 11"). been saving in the fridge for a while...
Ap: 4 Rich chestnut brown with chunks caused by a careless pour.
Ar: 8 Bready (dark rye bread) with carmelly hints, not much hop character
Fl: 9 Sweet all throughout with very smooth maltiness
Pa: 3 heavy body, lt carb.
OA: 19 Complex and malty belgian beer - nice stuff indeed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - DEC 29, 2005
Aroma of dried fruit, malt, toffee. Appears a hazy nut-brown color with a creamy tan head that is small but lasts. Flavor of chocolate, caramel, yeast, and alcohol, with a dry spicy finish. Palate is thick and creamy. Overall, I did not find this brew to be exciting, though it is almost assuredly me and not the brew. I found it to be a bit overbearing, but about equal to the sum of its parts. I much prefered the 8, as I felt it to be much more flavorful.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Keeper (252) - Milano, ITALY - DEC 29, 2005
Dark amber color, creamy foam. Fantastic aroma, caramel, some cafè, Very alcolic..(11.3%) but there is not alcol in aroma. *Perfectly balanced* This is the best Trappist beer that i have never drink...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
HungChad (13) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 28, 2005
This beer is as good as it gets. Heavy, yeasty, malty nose. Chocolate/amber in color with a big rocky head and great lacing. I don’t know what exactly to say about the flavor - simultaneously incredibly complex and beautifully balanced. Pepper, dough, cherry - it’s all in there. The finish is also long and wonderful. Unfortunately, it’s too damn strong to get in my car and go get another. Oh well, it will be worth the wait for the next one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
UnsofistaCat (240) - Garden City, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2006 I find the palate on this to be almost perfect. Dark red in color. Creamy head that slowly recedes. I get whiffs of maybe plums…..I taste fig, dates, oak…little vanilla…little cherry? Except for some strong alcohol taste and the price…this thing is almost perfect.

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