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

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RATINGS: 4598   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 28, 2003
pours thick and cloudy chocolate brown,huge well retained noisy beige head. aroma of toffee, malt, chocolate, yeast and alcohol. very nice moutfeel with the flavours dancing all over my tongue. bitter chocolate, yeast, black pepper, pears, cookie-ish malt flavours. warming finish. beautiful.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ElGaucho (2263) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUL 27, 2003
Very distinctive aroma; faint molasses and light hops. A little too faint to score higher. Murky, reddish brown body. Good sized particles are visible and it is highly carbonated. Head is unspectacular. Flavor is very solid and very rich. There is a crispness like champagne, but with more complexity. Flawless flavorwise. Perfect blend of sweetness and alcohol. Vikingbeau wants to call this a session brew. If he can afford the $7 per bottle and can handle 11.3% ABV per pop, then go for it. That's just it with this brew. It is so smooth that you couldn't guess that it is as high in alcohol as it is. Don't forget to include the yeast in the bottom of the bottle...adds to the flavor!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - JUL 23, 2003
This beer was my first experience with a belgian strong ale. The plums and fruity taste threw me off at first, but after sampling many other belgian strongs my palate has really grown to love these monkish brews. Two thumbs up for my gateway trappist.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 23, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2007 Bottled on 5/22/02, sampled on 5/4/07: Aroma boasts lots of sweet dark fruity figs and raisins. Flavor is much the same, but a little drier. Nicely-balanced and well-aged.

Rerate: Consumed 2/23/04, Bottled on 8/15/01: Pours the same as the previous rating, with added dry Belgian malt in the aroma. Body still has great dark fruit and caramel malt complexity with a bittersweet, almost chocolatey finish that masks the alcohol very well. Still a world-class Trappist ale as far as Iím concerned. This gets the same numbers as my first rating.

7/23/03: Oily dark brown with a thick fizzy tan head. Aroma of fresh baked bread coated with caramel maltiness. Body is thick, syrupy sweet with small bubbles of carbonation dissolved within. Good complexity of dark fruits, hazelnuts and Belgian yeast. Great balance and an onslaught of flavor mask the alcohol wonderfully. This is my favorite Belgian strong ale thus far.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cashazza (217) - Morganville, Maryland, USA - JUL 21, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2004 Thanks to Shaggyme for this one shipped directly from Belgium along with Westy 12. Very dark with sediment and an excellent head and lacing. Alcohol hidden suprisingly well beneath the complex fruity flavors. I liked this one only slightly better than the Westy, but for the cost of shipping and taste, Trois Pistoles is highly comparable in my opinion.

3.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 21, 2003
The size of the head on this beer is amazing. It takes up 90% of the glass easily. Very dark red in color with lots of sediment. Best aroma of any Belgian I've had. Smell of spring flowers, vanilla, toffee, peaches, berries, alcohol and more. The dominant taste is alcohol, with some sweetness initially. Still, the flavor is a big disappointment. Tastes more like barley wine than any other Belgian I've had. I'd take a St. Bernardus, an Orval or a Chimay Bleu over this any day. Maybe I got a bad bottle, but at $10.99 a pop, I don't think I'll be trying this again any time soon.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DukeofYork (44) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2003
Cloudy, semi-opaque, rich brown, with lacy, lasting, thick head. Toffee, plum, peaches in the nose. Taste - plum pudding, brandy notes, treacle, a touch (?) of smoke ... with alcohol leveling the rear finish. I found this less complex than Le Terrible, though. Lovely, but far beyond my skills ...

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
EKGoldings (585) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2007 Wow, what a beer. Amazzzzzing complex flavors in harmonious balance with bitterness. I donít like high gravity ales much but I was astounded when I looked at the alcohol on the bottle. Amazing delicious beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUL 19, 2003
This beer is great. Aroma of raisin, chocolate and sweetness. Taste buds going crazy - too much to absorb. Wow. This beer is truly classic.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JUL 15, 2003
Read the other 294 ratings if you still have to know why it is in the 99.9 percentile, jackass.


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