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


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RATINGS: 4977   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.3/5   IBU: 27   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mette (224) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2006
Nu ligner det noget Rene. Ville passe godt til skimmelosten af samme nave. (staves det også sådan?) Dejlig mørk brun i farven. Duften er ikke for meget rosin og svesker og alkohol. Men man kan formenne vi der oppe af. I smagen kom jeg til at tænke på julegløgg. Uhmmm.....god inden for denne øltype.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Theis (14936) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 13, 2006
Brown small white head. Smell of malts, raisins and alchohol. Taste Malts, raisins, prunes, alcholol, hop. A lot of the same as Westvleteren 12, but more sharp, not so pleasant and round.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
cbrixius (136) - Newberrytown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2006
Super. 12 oz bottle, poured cloudy chocolate, large frothy head. Fruits (plum, cherry) and malts on the nose. Very complex palate, sharp carbonation and an overall warm feeling when. A lot of love went into brewing this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mookieguy (17) - USA - JUN 10, 2006
Bottle. One of my favs. very smooth going down. dark brown in color. must try again to get a better review.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
yngwie (16227) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 8, 2006
Bottled. (BB 21/9 2010) Looks really, really good, dark brown, with some carbonation and floaties. The head is beige, huge, creamy and lasting, and theres some floaties on top of the head too! Sediments in the bottle. Nice lacings. Lots of sugar and dried fruits in the aroma. Really pleasant. Some notes of cellar and yeast too. The flavor has sweetness first, then dried fruits, cellar-notes, berries, some meat-stock notes, alcohol, bitterness, candi-sugar. Sweet, full body, with a long finish of sugar, some bitterness and alcohol. The alcohol really suits the beer. A truly wonderful classic. Pity it’s so expensive in Norway, 70 NOK!. (060527)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2006 Bottle. This beer pours a very dark brown, murky color with fanatasic dark tan head. The aroma is sweet, malty, and full of fruit. The alcohol is barely noticeable. It is full bodied and exceptionally smooth. This is a complex, delightful, well crafted beer. By far one of my favorites. Outstanding!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cowboy7096 (64) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUN 5, 2006
Pours a dark brown with a slight tint of red. Has a real nice fruity/floral smell. The head was medium and lasted for about a minute. Lots and lots of bubbles after pouring (tracers?). It also appeared to have yeast left in it for probably a 2nd fermentation? (oh god at least I hope it’s yeast). If I had to choose one word for this beer it would be ouch. The brew starts out relatively smooth with a nice bitter taste, but then starts to take on the characteristics of rubbing alcohol. I have to be honest I read some of the reviews before actually making my review, and I noticed how some where saying that the alcohol wasn’t noticeable. Let me make this clear, the alcohol was very noticeable. It tasted and felt like I had dropped a shot into the beer before drinking. Don’t get me wrong I enjoyed it, but damn caught me way off guard. In my personal opinion I’m not sure if this beer really deserves as high of ratings, but what do I know? Maybe it was just a little too strong for me.. but then again I’m the one who picked it out. To sum it up: good but not my style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
sersdf (1018) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2006
UPDATED: APR 2, 2008 i’m gonna take some flak for this, but here goes... dark brown pour, pretty muddy head. thick, irregular 3-finger thick head. up to light it’s got some red. very opaque. woody, somewhat underpowered aroma. doesn’t smell very good. some off-scent. tastes really woody like some kind of whiskey. i really hate this. my friends say it tastes like it’s supposed to. only drinking it since i spent fucking $7 on this POS. pretty complex, i can taste other things going on, but i’m so distracted by the middle woods I can’t even pick out the other things. not too much alcohol for an 11.3abv. upon suggestion i was able to pick out some prunes. it must just be an acquired taste like whiskey, but so far i like this belgian style the least by far.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - JUN 4, 2006
i poured gently, but still a huge head ensued... cloudy brown with big time sedement. I am not a big belgian fan, but this was a super smooth crisp belgian. usually big abv has big chewy taste to hide behind, but this was crisp and clean and still not hint of 11.3.... if this was not so expensive i would make it a regular. i will have to save this for special occations.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
eaglefan538 (3009) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 2, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2007 Outstanding. Poured a nice dark brown color with hues of red in the light. Head was about a finger thick and pillowy and lasted throughout the drink with sound lacing. Sediment was fun to watch settle at the bottom. Aroma was sweet and spicy with some dark fruit and yeast scents. Mouthfeel was smooth, slightly creamy, with solid carbonation. The flavor was outstanding: started out spicy and finished sweet with plum or some other dark fruit (plums). Alcohol didn’t hide as well on my second tasting of this beer, although the first time it didn’t seem overpowering and the 3/07 tasting of a fresh bottle was smooth as anything. This beer is rated highly for a reason, a little fruitier and sweeter than Westy 12. (Sampled a June ’04 batch both of the first two times, and a Nov ’06 bottle the third time.). Re-rate, 2/07, 2yr old cellared version (June ’04), and this thing was ever so smooth, the alcohol settled down so well, the dark fruits were very nicely supported, waiting underneat the entire beer experience, those plums really catching mem, yet not sweet. The main knock on Roche 10 when fresh can be the alcohol, but this aged version was fantastic. Somewhere in between fresh and 2yrs is probably the optimum, though (slight oxidation, cardboard underneath???). 7/07 re-rate of a few month old bottle (24.01.11) in a horizontal between St. B’s 12 and Westv. 12, this one the clear and firm winner, my favorite quadruple, surpassing the others in a few verticals to-date, only one bad experience with alcohol heat, never repeated. The pour was beautiful, the aroma was floral, plums, dark fruits, overall fruits, spices. The flavor followed suit, so rich and full, finishing with a little spice zing, bready yeast finish, touch of metallic notes (but in a good way and probably only described as such for lack of a better deScriptor). Really, a wonderful quad, sweetens with warmer temperatures, yet the alcohol was sublte still, the sweetness not over the top, rich, balanced with some spicey zing, and light yeast bitterness. Wonderful stuff.

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