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


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RATINGS: 5080   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - JUL 12, 2006
Bottle at the Vine (San Diego) Poured it its own glass, it has a dirty brown color with dirty tan head. Aroma of fruits, cinamon and spices. Flavor is semisweet with raisins, plums, yeast, cherries and caramel. Nice and soft palate but finishes bad with a plastic and winey snap.. too much alcohol to savor the nice complexity in the brew

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
maltdog (621) - Colorado, USA - JUL 11, 2006
330ml bottle with massive lees. Pours opaque chocolate brown, topped by a two-finger khaki whipped cream head. Riotous, succulent fruit aromas- plum, grape, cherry, currant- plus licorice, bubblegum, cinnamon, toffee. Lobotomizing alcohol fumes. First sip... OMG... Plum, chocolate, cream sherry, rum and cola... finishes leathery and bittersweet, with a one-two wallop of bitterness and ethanol. Fluffy palate- feels like drinking clouds. Burnt raisin aftertaste with a hint of latex. The alcohol character is over the top; otherwise, orgasmically good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 10, 2006
Very tasty, dark, plum, spice, heavy on the alcohol. Honestly I like the Abt 8 marginally better. But still this is a fantastic brew. It puts North American imposters to shame. Also, I’m happy these come in small bottles. You only need a few sips of this stuff to begin to feel it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUL 9, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2006 Pours a brown/burgundy with a small tan head. Aroma is sweet & fruity with toffee. Flavor is fruity and sweet. Smooth body with hints of raisins, plums, dates. Well balanced, nothing is overpowering. Finishes soft.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kfarrnd (113) - Oldsmar, Florida, USA - JUL 7, 2006
11.2 oz bottle. Pours out a dark reddish brown with a small off white head. Aroma of sweet malt and yeasty bread. Flavor is heavy with dried fruit including red raisins, prunes and black cherry with tinges of tanned leather, red wine, malt, yeast and caramel. The palate is incredibly complex, full, rich and viscous, the best attribute of the beer. It’s a great beer overall, didn’t quite live up to the hype, but undeniably good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hezron (614) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 7, 2006
Finally had a chance to have a bottle of this thanks to acertain who traded it to me for a few homebrews! Thanks man. Yeasty aromatics with a ting of mineral laden caramel. Chocolate, dusty raisins, died cherries, chewy, aromatic and amazing. Dark, ruby-brown in color with a tall, rocky head that thins. Flavor is full of rich and sweet plummy caramel malt with a warming finish that lasts and lasts. Toch of alcohol and a hint of a medicinal cherry starts coming out half way through the glass. Sweet and full-bodied with a creamy and warming ting of alcohol as it goes down the back of my throat. Yummy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - JUL 6, 2006
Fruity aroma. Reddish amber color with off white head. Fruity and candy sweetness in taste. Amazingly easy and drinkable for being +11% alcohol. Best belgian ive ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gnoff (9594) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUL 4, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2016 First rating
Initial Rating Date: 7/4/2006
33 cl bottle from Swedish Systembolaget.
Dark red color, big tan head. Sweet and fruity scent, lots of raisin. Caramel and candy taste, very sweet and very nice. Rather low bitterness but very full mouthfeel. I really like this one.

Second rating
At a blind tasting.
Shady dark brown color, tan head. Fruity, citrus, hoppy scent, floral, soapy. Sweet, fruity, hoppy, alcohol taste. Alcohol aftertaste, also sweet. Smooth mouthfeel, moderate bitterness.

Rerate, 3 different vintages compared side by side on August 21, 2009.
BB 140114: Dark red to blackish color, fluffy tan head. Sweet, alcohol, fruity scent. Sweet, alcohol, perfume, warming taste. Medium to smooth mouthfeel, medium bitternes. Some liquorice aftertaste also.
BB 070513: Slight bit hazy dark color, fluffy tan head. Sweet, candy like, perfume, alcohol scent. Sweet, alcohol, perfume taste. Medium mouthfeel, medium bitterness.
BB 021111: Hazy dark red color, small tan head. Sweet, vinous, alcohol, mezcal scent. Mezcal, alcohol taste. Fizzy mouthfeel, medium bitterness.

Bottled 33 cl at Jernbruket in Floda on January 22, 2016.
BB 08.09.2020.
Cloudy brown color, nice tan head. Sweet, alcohol, spicy scent. Alcohol, bitter, ripe banana, spicy taste. Medium to full mouthfeel, medium low bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2007 Bottle. I do not even know if words can describe this beer. There are some rare moments when you are drinking a fantastic beer that everything seems o.k. in the world. A feeling of serenity and joy overtake your mind, body and soul. This is that beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - JUL 2, 2006
I usually am so much more about American beers than Belgians, but this one was amazing. Amazing flavor, lots of complexity, malts, raisins, caramel, nuts. The aroma was nice, feel was very full and silky in the mouth. Hid the 11.3% very well. The thing about this beer is it fills with so much flavor, but is overwhelming in no way, and the flavor is just perfect. Couldn’t ask for more.

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