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


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RATINGS: 4666   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 27, 2004
330 mL bottle (drink before 2008 – fairly fresh in this case): Orange mahogany – growing off-tan foam; settling, but persistant. Enormous bouquet that fills the room -> fruits make the biggest impression on me: blueberries, black cherry skins, strawberries, sweet melon and kiwi…Also some darker notes of toffee chips, cherry oak, mocha and toasted rye. Great body, full of complex flavours: chocolate covered strawberries, honey-buttered toast and caramel-toffee clusters; all wrapped in a delicate (though strong) blanket of alcohol. Wonderful yeast complexities take control in the finish – it makes me wonder – the secrets of these monks: how old is the yeast they use, where did it come from, how has it changed through the ages…anyway back to the present/now: this beer is truly amazing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
nickchalk (229) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 27, 2004
Top marks for appearence, dark brown, perfect size off-white head. Aroma is yeasty, though I felt a little more shy than I was expecting; plum notes. Raisin in the flavour, dark and nutty, quite soft while retaining some the intensity of a Quad. The palate is smooth; beer goes down deceivingly easily. Great beer, but really not as complex and thought provoking as Westy 12. I think i prefer the 8 by a hair for its superb balance. 33 cl bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUL 24, 2004
7/24/04. Poured out of 330 mL bottle, bought at Liquorama in Upland, CA 7/22/04. Pours to a deep, dark burgundy red with an explosive light tan, densely frothy head. Lacing is superb. Aroma is spicy and vaguely reminiscent of a red ale; some sort of cinnamon bread, unsweetened brown sugar (does that shit exist??), and definitely some alcohol, but it’s also cakey and dessert-like. I wish it jumped off of the beer more, but it is pretty elegant nonetheless. Initial taste is sharply alcoholic and surprisingly potent, but also very smooth to the palate, especially considering the creamy head. Incredibly rich, dark liqueur cake and trace nutty flavors, as well as some blunted fig and raw earth shading. Harsh pepper tickles on top, and thin spectres of alcohol dances around the mouth throughout the experience. Very full body with a yeasty presence in the finish, subsiding to a faintly bready rounded flavor. Very long. Some flavors of flour and nuts. Nice balance of sweetness and dryness-- it almost suggests a much stronger sweetness than it actually gives off. Very interesting. Quite good, but a bit hard to take in in any sort of quantity at this intensity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bb (7234) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 23, 2004
Bottle. Dark brown beer with a small beige head. Great fruity aroma (stone fruits) with some malt and raisins. Sweet complex malt flavors that have some fruit - cherry/plum - and a bit of an earthiness to it. Dry finish. Just a touch too much carbonation, but not more than most Belgians and it doesn’t have as much of Belgian tang. Hides the alcohol well. Nice lace on the glass all the way to the end. I wish I could have another one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 21, 2004
Dark brown/red with a good sized tan head. Aroma of malt, dark fruits and molasses. Flavor is initially sweet, with hints of Belgian candy sugar, dark fruits anf finishing fairly dry with a nice hop presence. You can’t tell there is over 11% alc/vol. in this one. Great beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
emotv (353) - Izmir, TURKEY - JUL 21, 2004
The best beer I ever tasted since this day.Very nice scent.Heaven mouthfeel.Candy taste.I will change my religion after i drink this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUL 19, 2004
Bottle pours a dark brown, hints of burgundy, nice frothy tannish head, small yeastie bits, with fairly decent lacing.   Aroma is wonderful, sweet, somewhat vinous, earthy, with some dark pitted fruit thrown in.   Flavor comes across as quite earthy, notes of candy sugar and plums.   Medium body and mouthfeel.   Finishes just as it starts, earthy with candy sugar and maybe some hints of dark pitted fruit.   Not bad, but was thinking this one was going to be a bit more complex.   Still worth a try tho!   I still prefer St. Bernardus Abt 12.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drunkmonk (13) - hillborough, North Carolina, USA - JUL 16, 2004
33cl bottle, trappist goblet. Deep dark mahagony. beautiful 1/2 inch head to start, which dissapates somewhat. nice even lacing. so dark, carbonation only evident near head. creamy foam head. Nose is full of figs,raisons,dates,some alcohol, but not overwhelming. very creamy texture in mouth. carbination is moderate, yeast moderate with subtle sweetness..wow wonderful. alcohol a little more evident in the finish, warms like a fine liquor. hints of all the above still in finish, with some pear and slight metallic flavor. This beer is simply wonderful.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 14, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2005 Rerate at the MdV Rochefort party. Just like the 8, this one just hit me so much harder this time around. Truly remarkable, this one just edges out the 8 for me. Bumping up from a 4.3

33 cL bottle, goblet. Cookie, molasses, caramel, chocolate malt (H); doughy yeast (L); light alcohol, banana, clove, raisin, plum, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla aromas. Large, creamy, off-white head is diminishing and sits on a dark brown-ruby body. Heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter flavor becomes a moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter finish. Medium-full body, creamy texture, average carbonation, lightly alcoholic. The bottom line is: the malts play a bigger role in this rochefort (i like) and the yeast profile is not as sour (also like).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2008 Dark brown color, sweet aroma with a light hint of alcohol in the taste and finish. full body, the best of the rochefort I think.

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