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


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RATINGS: 4690   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rederic (3202) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 13, 2005
Dark brown hue, big foamy head, chocolate, coffee-mocha, fruity of raisins,figs, dates,prunes, sweet roasted malt aromas follow through on a medium-bodied palate with melow sweet caramelized malt with unctuous fruity flavors of prunes, raisins,dates, rich chocolate pralines and a hint of vanilla in a warm mouthfilling well malted side, finishing with a touch of acidity like in the quintessence of a good porto.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2006 (Bottle 33 cl) Oh dear, now we’re REALLY getting closer to God in heaven. Very dark brown, hazy with loads of sediment. It’s got all the good stuff going on the flavour palette: dried fruits, syrup, roasted malt - you name it. But a devil of a beer because the alcohol is so well hidden, although the alcohol is clearly there. The perfect nightcap - makes you sleep like.... Michael Jackson? 070893

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 12, 2005
Bottle: Very dark cloudy brown/black with a tan head. Looks serious and forboding. Dark fruits and dark bready yeast notes fill the nose with caramels, and clovey spiceyness making up the background. This carries through to peppery, malty flavours that are both rich and elegant. Extremely well balanced in both construction and mood. Wonderfull!!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mklein818 (172) - Etterbeek, Virginia, BELGIUM - MAY 10, 2005
A true classic--a deep, dark, strong quadrupel with no ambiguity whatsoever. Not as deep or resonant as some other quads (eg La Trappe/Koenigshoven), but a true blue specimen nonetheless

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ughsmash (7325) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 10, 2005
Cloudy reddish-brown pour with surprisingly little head. Fantastic lacing, however. Aroma of sweet dark fruit (i.e. raisins, prunes etc.), which is enhanced by the alcohol. This beer coated the mouth well, and the beer was rather heavily-bodied. Same fruits in the flavor as in the nose, but there was also a spiciness that was not previously noted. This was a mean beer because the fantastic flavor and mouthfeel made me anxiously await the subsequent sip, and this beer packs a punch. Nice warming effect going down. It’ll be hard to keep these in the cellar!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (8748) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAY 10, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2010 Bottle. Burnt sugar, roasted malt, raisin and tannins aroma. Dark brown color with moderate head - pours like a soda. Sweet plum flavor followed quickly by a strong tannic and alcohol finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MoritzF (8676) - GERMANY - MAY 10, 2005
(bottle) Dark murky brown colour with a medium foamy tanned head. Complex aroma of malty caramel, yeast and a vinous nose. Heavy malty taste with notes of dried fruits, prunes and plums and a lasting bitter finish with an alcoholic presence that cannot be hidden at 11.3 ABV anymore.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - MAY 5, 2005
bottle 33cl .Hazy brown w big nitro mocha colored head that lasted, good sticky lace. Aroma is dark roast malt w chocolate & that Euro in the bottle, slightly skunky hops, Belgian yeast, herbs & spices. Flavor is big spicy dark roast malt w alcohol noticable & the hops described. Nice bitterness, clean, spicy, rather sweet body & finish. Lots of sediment. Well into med bodied, nice herbal nuances. I feel this would go well with vanilla ice cream. Nice, interesting, complex, but not really my style. Rather sweet & syrupy on the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tswhitehead (6) - USA - MAY 3, 2005 does not count
Angelic choir upon high, touch lightly with airey wings, thy slender shoulders and thighs I will see... pure delectability in God and his saintly company. Yeah, I liked this brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hefevice (72) - Brisbane beer desert, AUSTRALIA - APR 30, 2005
Bottle, best before sometime in 2009 (hinting that I shouldn’t be drinking it just yet). I shouldn’t be rating this, as I am recovering from a cold, however I decided to go ahead anyway because I think the beer has aided in my recovery. Only disappointment in the appearence was the small head. What was there laced pretty well. Deep effervescent chocolate amber colour made up for the disappointing head. Aroma, um, well, big! Spices, toffee, raisins, flowers, alcohol... Taste - um, well, huge! And it needs to be to get in before the alcohol which is considerable and smacks you in the face at the finish. Despite the big, warm, dry, (kinda like Australia) alcoholic finish, the balance remains very good, which is a big achievement. I think this is assisted by the fine carbonation which leads to a lush yet subtle feel. Would love to taste the same batch in 2009 to see what has changed. Think I might head back to the beer shop.

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