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

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RATINGS: 4460   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.


4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - OCT 25, 2004
This is some good medicine! Malty, thick and rich. Tons of fruitiness (apple, plum, raisin, citrus) balanced with some burnt brown sugar and nutmeg. A hint of tobacco on the palate. The strong presence of alcohol is warming but not intimidating. Excellent, full finish that lasts a good 30 seconds!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 25, 2004
Lasting thick creamy tan head. Dark brown and yeasty body. Full aroma greets me, consisting of whiskey, kalua, oak, mixed fruit, sweet caramel. Taste has tobacco, mint, dark fruit, coffee, chocolate. Soft palate, not too carbonated and not too watery. Quite warming with the alcohol. After drinking the Westvleteren 12 and seeing some people prefer this over the Westy, I have to disagree. This is a great beer, but nothing compared to Westy 12.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cphbeerking (154) - København K, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2004
Considering the rave reviews this beer is getting, I was expecting to be blown away. That didn’t happen. Wonderfully fragrant, but in my opinion something of let down in terms of fulness and taste. Rather alcoholish it is, with a head that disappears surprisingly fast, like a soda pop. It sort of reminds me of the strong brews from Eggenberg and EKU 28, except I prefer those products to this one. To make sure I wasn’t having a one-off faulty example, I drank two Rochefort 10, but my verdict stands: An overrated Trappist product with a reputation that far outstrips its actual qualities. If you’re looking a full-bodied Belgian to keep you warm, I’d recommend a Gulden Draak over this one any day.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Aldrighetti (163) - Coltura, ITALY - OCT 17, 2004
Tutored tasting with Italian beer expert Lorenzo "Kuaska" Dabove. Dark reddish brown, thick cream-brownish head. Beautiful complex aroma: candied fruits, chocolate, coffee, caramel, wine spirit, pear, dried prune. Taste gives an initial note of chestnut honey, then candied fruits, a touch of malt sweetness and a round roasted bitterness in finish. Very rich mouthfeel, restrained full body and alcohol-feel, great beer!

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pintocb (645) - Darsville, Georgia, USA - OCT 16, 2004
Really great beer. Worth the money. Tastes like a mix of different fruits. Alcohol is noticible, but doesn’t detract at all.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
chris081283 (7) - London, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2004 does not count
looks really dark and has god head retention, very intense flavours. Can’t tell it is as strong as it is, probably a little dangerous

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
pintbypint (2655) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 13, 2004
330ml brown bottle. Poured dark brown and cloudy. Tan head lasts forever, smooth and creamy with many fine beads. Aroma is rich and fruity - raisins and a touch of alcohol. Lots of intenese flavours come together here. Fruit, caramel, some spice, dark chocolate and alcohol were all present. Superb choice for beer #100, thanks to OkBeer for providing me with this.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - OCT 9, 2004
Sampled @ Smokeless Joe’s. Very dark almost opaque reddish brown beer. Amazing spicy aroma with some sweet undertones. This is a powerful beer with loads of brown sugar, candied fruit and spicy flavours. The alcohol is very well hidden. mmmm...wow.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - OCT 9, 2004
Pours dark brown with a creamy off-white head which leaves a lacing on the glass and a film on top of the beer. The aroma is very fruity, with some scent of plums, raisins, grapes, and other dark fruits. Taste has a fruity, sweet character mixed with spice. There is a distinct alcohol burn that assaults the tounge and esophagus, feeling like a conflagration in my chest with every swallow. NOT a guzzling beer. The dominant (thought not completely overpowering) alcohol presence is the one factor that hurts my appreciation of this beer, for it greatly restricts its drinkability.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2004
Deep brown-orange-amber hue and makes a thin, yet condensed bubbly white head and thick lacing. Aroma is rich of prunes, raisins, figs, very chocolatey. Flavor holds true of the boquet, very spicy, pruney, roasted chocolate malts, hint of currant and an alcoholic bite. Medium to full bodied, warming the palate as it goes down, leaves a syrupy coat on the throat. This is a very drinkable beer, but like any Trappist, it should be savored.


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