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

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RATINGS: 4343   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - MAR 29, 2004
Incredibly complex aroma, mixing caramel, toffee, chocolate, pineapple, and perfume. Pours super dark burgundy, almost black, with a monstrous but quickly disappearing head, which is reduced to a sudsy thin layer. alcohol flavor is a little on the strong side, but it IS 11.3%, so taking that into account, it's downright smooth.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
skaughty (643) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 25, 2004
UPDATED: APR 22, 2005 After a few bottles (of various vintage) and a mediocre finish in a Abt/Quad shootout - time for a *slight* downgrade. The richness and thickness are still there every time. The aroma varies drastically with age. <P> Having the "6", the "8" and the "10" all in my possession begs the question - where to start? Work my way up the scale or down? Providentially, my coin flip landed on heads - start from the top. Bottle dated "24 07 07" (bottled July 2002). The pour was like extracting catsup from a Heinz bottle - glug,glug...Mighty thick stuff! I think some of the spent yeast was suspended in there. As expected, minimal head and lacing in this straight brown brew. You name the fruit, it was in the aroma. Plums and Cassis dominated, maybe even some pumpernickel bread in there. Then came the first sip. The response? "OhMyGodThisIsTheBestBeerEverToTouchMyVirginL There was a moderate sweetness, a vinousness, with a touch of spice and aciditiy. The mellowness that came with age was clearly present. I didn’t sense any dark chocolate bitterness as expected (a good thing to me). I could feel the warmth as this syrup slithered down my throat, tickling on the way down. I wonder if this could be requested as a last meal (all by itself)? Possibly administered by a monk who has devoted his life to prayer...my soul would be at rest.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 24, 2004
Pours a deep brown with a thin head. Aromas of plums, raisins, toasted malts.There were other scents but I could not define them. Needless to say the nose is quite complex. Then I took a sip. YE GODS! What a burst of flavours. Big alcohol kick (11.3 abv duh!)toasted malts, hops, mildly tannic, touch of coffee,many fruits and a dry finish that kept on going for minutes afterwards.Top of the pile for me....so far.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
PhrankSlovacek (54) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 24, 2004
Pours dark brown with medium tan head. Powerful fruity, floral, sweet, and carmel aroma. So good I had to go in for another whiff and got foam on my nose. Unique complexity in its great taste. Layers of flavor; sweetness, carmel, spice, and an ever so slight bitterness with a creamy, yeasty finish. This may be my favorite beer.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
OKBeer (1170) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAR 23, 2004
My first Abt/Quad! And what a way to start. Dark chocolate brown colour with a tan coloured diminishing head. Raisin and dark fruitcake aroma with notes of chocolate and toffee. Toffee and chocolate sweetness dominate the flavour for me, with some raisin and bread background flavours. Light bitterness on the finish. Full-bodied, smooth, velvety, almost chewy mouthfeel. Yummy.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ramvij24 (1) - USA - MAR 20, 2004 does not count
I would rate as the best beer i have had so far. Not too sweet, not too bitter, the exact mix.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
salvador (10) - London, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2004 Dark brown, cloudy, cherry red when held up to light. Very strong caramel/marmite (!) smell. Thick dark brown head which dissipates fairly quickly. Very sweet, like Rochefort in taste but just... more so. Too much so, to be honest. Long, long aftertaste. Prefer Rochefort 8.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mds (2194) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2004
Bottle. aroma of berries, sweet malt, lightly hopped. Light off-white lace. pours a deep mahogany colour. Medium-bodied, sweet, well balanced malt. strong alcohol (11.3%) warms you up quite nicely. lingering bitterness. A nearly perfect beer!

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Eructoblaster (2949) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 17, 2004
Magnificent dark brown body with glints of ruby. Its head is a nice brown one but it faded within two minutes in my glass. Intense and amazing nose dominated by coffee and kahlua. Once in the mouth, it makes you enjoy a mix of numerous flavors including grape and chocolate. Hides its 11,3% of alcohol pretty well. Long, sweet and warm final. The jerk who said that Budweiser is "king of beers" should try that one...

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - MAR 17, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2004 A very very good brew with tons of complex flavors to it. Like the westy 12 but more spicey and perky. A must try if you can find it.


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