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


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RATINGS: 4450   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
laakus (22) - Nossebro, - SEP 26, 2014
Pours dark brown with a big long lasting light brown head, delicate appearance. Smell is sweet, somewhat reminfing of blackcurrant, some hoppy aromas and a light touch of alcohol. Taste is surprisingly mild for such a strong beer, very creamy and quite sweet with only a slight bitterness though not still unbalanced. Really an execellent belgian!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Muggus69 (1226) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - SEP 26, 2014
330mL BB 29.01.2019 Not my first foray with this fine Trappist ale, however never actually got around to rating it - 1200th rate seems an apt occasion! Itís a mysterious, somewhat sinister looking brew - deep, murky burgundy holding a small but thickly textured beige head. The aroma is seductive, alluring, yet somewhat familiar & homely. Rich dark sugars, certainly an earthy candy sugar of sorts in there, which adds its own complexities of roast beetroot & rumminess, but thatís merely the tip of the iceberg - chocolate pudding, black cherry & plum, and maybe even prunes, and why not some raisins! Thereís some spice in there too; clove, black pepper, nutmeg - phenolically derived, one would have to assume. Thereís something about the weight of this beer, that just seems right. Yeah, sure, 11 or so percent, more than double strength, up there with wine, rah rah, but it just sits so nicely on the palate - velvety, thick, luscious, welcoming, friendly, warming, tremendously persistent in the best way possible. No other beer seems to be able to emulate the texture of this beer. HOOK IT TO MY VEINS! Ahhhh... There are very few beverages in the world that compare to the refined complexity of this ale - perhaps the finest old Port or aged Bordeaux - thereís something special going on here; chocolate, treacle, rum, raisin - starting to sound like a dessert! Vinous plums, and cherries, and black raspberries, and some other berry I donít know the name of, and then thereís dried fruits too, and spices, and some leafy hop character, and some yeasty breadiness. What starts sweet soon dries out, a tickled of bitterness provides balance, and it just lingers with a cheek pinkening warmth, and begs oh so politely for another sip, and before you know it you realise you were foolish for only purchasing JUST ONE BOTTLE! So in conclusion: what have we learnt? Many choose to make parallels between this and its fabled (and exceedingly rare) Trappist brother, the Westvleteren 12. And this is a fair comparison, and shall probably be hotly debated until the end of time. Would personally love to do a side-by-side tasting; some day. Until then, my favourite will be this beer, based on two points - yes, the Westy is amazing, and has some intrinsic qualities not seen in ANY other beers, but it lacks just a bit of body compared to the Rochefort, and, of course, obviously, thereís the simple fact it is just so hard to come by (without forking out exorbitant quantities of cash). So hail to the king...baby

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mjik83 (165) - - SEP 25, 2014
33cl flesje via Jumbo, Maastricht Alcoholpercentage van 11,3% Uitgeschonken in La Trappe glas Uiterlijk: donkerbruin met mooie crèmekleurige schuimlaag Aroma en smaak: vol, caramel, donker fruit, zoet, warm Conclusie: 1 van de bekendste bieren ter wereld, trappist, overal te krijgen, maar een echte topper ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hopsinator123 (9) - - SEP 24, 2014 does not count
Too strong, alcohol over powering but a very complex taste...Caramel.. Nutty.. Chocolate flavor.. Large head with dark brown look.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
eyeheartbrew (1) - - SEP 23, 2014 does not count
This is my favorite beer thatís easily available. The foam is creamy, the aroma is sweet, it has a balance of flavors. Goes well with strong cheeses or steak. Highly recommended if you like dark Belgians.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kingi (484) - - SEP 21, 2014
bbe 05.2015 , coca cola like appearance. my nose and mouth cant really pick out what im smelling and tasting. medium sweet. finish is a pleasant light sweentess. This feels a lot more balanced and better than fresh, low carbonation. Alcohol well hidden. I can understand why this is great for some , for me itís just solid with out the greatness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andysando (34) - SWEDEN - SEP 21, 2014
Very sweet and sherry like. Raisins, dadels, liquorice and dark syrup. Nice one but trappist isnít a personal favorite.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
linusb (31) - SWEDEN - SEP 20, 2014
Smell: Banana & apricot Taste: Apricot & raisins Sweet sherry tone. It's nice, but I'm not sure I'm very in to the style...?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sk75 (16) - Ballyshannon, IRELAND - SEP 20, 2014
One of the Greats for sure. It pours a dark brown colour with an off white head. It hasa fruity sweet smell with a hint of herbs. It tastes sweet like plums and raisins with a slight alcohol after taste which is not bad considering its 11.5%. The mouthfeel is full with average carbonation. Overall, I canít find much to fault.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Ionlyrate5s (100) - New York, USA - SEP 19, 2014
Trappists are so wonderful, plum dried fruit, caramel in the back, pured dark brown nice thin head not too much co2. Lightly booze yet refreshing in its own way. A++++

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