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


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RATINGS: 4731   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2003
Bottle dated 27-10-04. Pours cloudy brown with head and no lace (my glass?). Reminiscent of my wife's rum balls: chocolate, raisin, cherry, and alcohol in a doughy-malty base. Rum, raisin cherry and dry aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - DEC 8, 2003
A dark cloudy brown with a large lasting off white head. A nice sweet aroma of caramel, licorice, banana, raisin, plum, berries and bread. A medium thick creamy, velvety palate with a decent amount of carbonation and a very nice alcohol warmth. Flavor is complex and filled with raisin, caramel, chocolate, banana, berry, and vanilla with a finish of pepper, grass and a hint of alcohol. Dry finish. The major differences I found between the 8 and the 10 are: the 10 is darker, the 10 has a slightly thicker body, the 8 has more lively carbonation, the flavor of the 10 is a little sweeter, stronger and slightly more complex. Both are excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maupie (927) - Roosendaal, NETHERLANDS - DEC 8, 2003
This beer has a dark body - hue with sweet initial flavor and a heavy body.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2004 The bottle pours a deep dark brownish garnet color with a nice creamy head and sheets of lace - I've not seen lace quite like this. The aroma is quite malty sweet. The flavor has roasted malt, candy, some bitterness, chocolate, old ripe cheese (?), and dried fruit - all alternating and rolling in and out like waves. The palate is quite rich. Yes, this is a fine Trappist.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - DEC 7, 2003
I love the dark mahogony body that looks like it has about a sunset's variety of colors. Stick tangy aroma that starts light on the cotton candy and heavy on the caramel sauce. Fresh tilled earth and vinuousness come on as the head collapses. Very warming, which is the only way you would know that it has 11.3%ABV. Flavor is very complex going from tangy to toasty to sweet and back and then forth again. One of my new favorites.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rlgk (13157) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 6, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2007 Almost black with a very nice brownish head.Has a fruity aroma from juniperberry. This is a really strong one and it makes me warm, but the alcohol is very well hidden. Flavor is sweet, some vanilla and also some chocolate/cocoa.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - DEC 4, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2004 One fo my all-time favorites that I tend to drink as often as possible since it is quite easy available in Denmark! It pours a foamy tan head on a dark brown body - absolutely beautiful! Aroma and flavor is very complex and delicious. Lots of dark roasted malt and fruit, plums, raisins, berries, spices and a perfect balanced alcohol bite. This is almost as good as it can get! Only Westi 12 is a slight cut above this one, but still, this is a world-class beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
egajdzis (5545) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2003 Best by: 14-11-06... Poured a cloudy brown color with a small tan head and that left nice lacing on the glass. An intoxicating aroma of fruit (mainly cherries and apples) some pepper and butterscotch as well. Chocolate, plum, grape and currant were indeed noticed in the flavor. Alcohol seems to linger alittle on my lips and the tip of my tongue as well! But all in all this in a great brew, and I wish it wasn't so expensive!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2003
Available!! Bottle is dated 26-08-08. Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a dark brown (with red), somewhat black liquid with a generous amount of off-white head that dissipates a little, and lingers. Aroma is of sweet fruit with sour apples. Flavor is... so powerfully complex that my description would mean little. When I drink this again, I'll try to add more. Amazingly, no alcohol is detected in the flavor. Alcohol only noted by a warm belly and sometimes a throat burn. There is a plum/prune/raisin ending. Wonderful. Magnificant. Better than Chimay Blue. I am literally saddened to see my bottle go empty. This beer deserves every score it is given. Top beer IMHO. Sampled at 67 degrees Fahrenheit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - NOV 30, 2003
Opaque dark brown color with a thick beige head. Complex aroma, full of fruit, bread, sweet malt and clove. Very rich fruit, bread and malt flavors, with a hint of peppery spice. Warm alcohol feel. A great belgian!

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