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

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RATINGS: 4454   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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
beastiefan2k (2479) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2006 This beer lived up to the hype. At 11% I couldnít taste a hint of alcohol. It is one of those yummy beers thats goes down real nice. Hard to discribe the aroma but definitly original and sweet. Beautiful murky brown color. Not a large head however but this is definitly one of the best belgians I have ever tried.

Ah, the youthful rating. Very malty and sweet aroma and taste. I donít need to go further, for me this is the best Quad, I was moved to rerate after drinking a Westy 12, which I followed with this beauty. Sure it doesnít have the same mistique but its superb.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
steview (1021) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 31, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2004 aroma is delicious. massive and rocky tan head - peaks and valleys provide a great landscape to admire. very dark brown, burnt orange, and lively body. the flavor is complex and full - sweet, nuts, caramel, fruits, alcohol, spice, ... aftertaste is most of all salty and dry, but with all its other flavors as well. the last few drinks become so smooth like velvet, alcohol turns into licorice, and again all those other complexities never fade away. basically, it's all together for a wonderful balance. i very much like it indeed.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
GEOBRAU (188) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 27, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2004 Bottle: What can I say? I have been saving this bottle for two months to share for a special ocasion. I was determined woulden't be jumping on the bandwagon if it wasn't superb, well it was...

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Boutip (4775) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 26, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2005 Poured a dark brew with a nice foamy white head with excellent retention time. Complex aroma of spice and roastiness arose from my glass. Taste of spice is complex and alcohol taste is subtle which is great achievement at 11.3%. Body if full and support well the mix of spice from this beer. Always great to review a trappist beer when they are so perfect as this one clearly is. Wow!!! Re-rate September 2005: I noticed more notes of apricot and peach this time around with still no alcohol showing. I canít see this improving anymore...

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
haddon90 (1470) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2003
Deep, cloudy dark pour. No head at all. Diminished quickly. Interesting aroma. Licorice, and fruit in the aroma. Quite impressive. Kind of thin. Fruity flavor. Nice beer to have!! Bought this bottle at Whole Foods in Vienna, VA.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
EdPaulsen (117) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2003
more likeable and distinctive than the other two rochefort beers. very very similar to the westvleteren 12 though more available and sometimes cheaper. desert type beer, very rich and strong

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jzzbassman (1516) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - DEC 23, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2007 Re-Rate 6/1/07 Iíve had this several times in the last 4 years, and it is only better. I now get candied fruit aroma, with a fig character, oak, vanilla, and a deep honeyed malt character. Original Rating: Dark brown, with a long lasting toffee head. One of the most perfect beers Iíve ever had. Alcohol well disguised but present. Lacks the syrup character that many Belgians have; instead complex, fruity, and beyond my ability to describe. Jokes, you rock for sending this to me as Secret Santa.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - DEC 22, 2003
UPDATED: APR 19, 2004 Pours with a medium head that fades to a thin but ever present layer of small bubbles. Aroma of sweet dough, dark fruit, and black licorice. Flavor of rich dark fruit and licorice with some mild tea like spice in the finish. There is an alcoholic warmth that never shows itself as a burn but is always just behind the flavors. The palate is creamy and the body is medium, both get very slightly watery on the finish. One of the best belgians I have had, very drinkable and a rich delicious aroma and flavor.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
larsniclas (5644) - Billdal, SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2004 Bottled. Dark brown with a fine head. A warm aroma from dried fruits and juniper berry. A sweet, warm alko-feel. A lot of spicies and juniper-berries in the flavour.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Choos (624) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - DEC 17, 2003
WOW. Aroma was oodles of malt, plum and black currents (couldn't identify the currents 'til I read the commercial description but of course they are right.) Looks dark brown heading toward black with a big tan head that diminishes to a great size and leaves perfect lacing, almost stout like in appearance. Massive amounts of malt permeat this fruity rich brew but the ever present alcohol and bitterness keep it from becoming a fruit cake. Perfectly carbonated and feels like a meal without being thick. I love doppelbocks but this could persuade me that Belgium makes the best beer.


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