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


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RATINGS: 4758   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.3   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAY 28, 2005
Butterd toffee and chocolate, cherries, currants and alcohols. Opaque brown with little head. I get a lot of alcohol. Probalby bacuase the best before date is in 2009. Fairly sweet with some of the dark fruit character. I think its pretty thin and there is quite a bit of burn. It hangs around a bit and kind of stings the back or my throat. I think I’ll go get a couple more bottles and re rate later. Ther price here wasn’t too bad. $5.99 a bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 23, 2005
Leeeeeeeeeeeeeeroy Jenkins! Poured light brown with an off white head. Aroma is dark fruit, toffee, and heavy malt. The flavor is fruity malts. Some spices, but it is truly the malty goodness that dominates this one. So good, so good! Can’t taste the alcohol at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivnizub (9306) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - MAY 22, 2005
Bottle (bought in Prague, Pivni Galerie (!)): Dark brown, cloudy, thin but long lasting firm froth; huge fruity (plums) and vinous (port) nose with a tinge of hoppiness from far behind; sweet vinous beginning, very complex flavour ending with a quite dry, slight but distinctive bitter (notes of chocolate) aftertaste; warming - no surprise, 11.3 % can’t be hidden easily......Belongs to the three or four super-tappist brews!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chrisfrey (15) - Franklin, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 18, 2005
This beer is almost as good as the Westy 12. The head is a bot foamy, but does not last long. The taste is wonderful with a complex mixture of caramel, fruit and malt. This is a wonderfully complex beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
cvillebeer (134) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 27, 2005
This pours a viscous dark reddish-brown, with minimal head. The aroma is of strong yeasty fruit esters, some malt and little obvious alcohol- surprising considering the 11%. Smells like a deep, dark cherry reduction sauce. The mouthfeel is smooth, not as carbonated nor as sticky sweet as I would have expected. The monks have done a wonderful job of keeping this large ale from being overpowering and malty-sweet. The fruit blends with a very subtle bitterness and ends- not quite dry, but remarkably so considering it’s strength. A masterpiece!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rederic (3207) - 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 (25073) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
sandwichpants (117) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - MAY 27, 2005
Purchased at Holiday Market in Royal Oak, MI. Poured dark brown, moderately cloudy, with a very light brown head. Aroma is fruity and spicey and old (in just about the best way possible). Taste is more of the same, just a whole lot more, date, apricot, dark dried cherry, plum, all kinds of stuff. If anything could make it better to me it would be a little hint of roasty and a bit more nutty flavour, but theres already more going on here than I can possibly describe. Medium bodied, fairly sticky and well coating, really seems to permiate one’s mouth, even on small sips. Reminds me of a barleywine with more flavours, and much less detectable alcohol. If you find it, buy it!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2008 On such days as bees like this are found, memories shall not be forgotten. The keepness of the pour is glourious, something spucial, u can see forming the perfect beige creamyness to top it off. Aghh what is going on here i am gone there is nothign else just stupid stupid flavours that overwhelm the fact that i just spilt some. Complex dark fruits nuts banana spicey what else can they throw at my hair. One sip and im looking at the world as if a globe i am facing near death, i am now a complete moon. What happened in the making did some1 throw all the goodness in the world into 1 bottle. Great full body immence flavours, spice fruit wheat nuts everythign that is good about a bee is here, even hops at the end though all the other goons. Ahh it all took 10 seconds but every pip is a new life time, i die and am reborn about 5 times with every throttle of this. Trite.RERATE: After 3 odd years of rating in the Porter house with Duff then a bottle at home while the music is rubbish and i need something good. So whats going on here. Iv got to the stage where belgian ales are boring, i dont like yeast, i like clean hoppy and sessionable beers. But the rochefort owns them all. yea yea i know the girardain lambic is outstanding and the selection lambic is like i’ll take a two day flogging for a bottle. But lets get down to brass tax here. This is the finest thing to have happened to the beer world. It beats them all. It is my Favourate beer of all time.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kibbs (10) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 18, 2005
I have not tasted a beer quite like this, the aroma is amazing, spicy and sweet. Nice dark poor and a head that sticks around a while. Taste is fruity with a hint of chocolate and carmel. Note one I would like to sit with all night, you would be picking yourself of fthe floor! 33 Cl bottle in Tokyo.

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