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

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RATINGS: 4480   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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (35735) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2006
Bottle. Poured a very dark brown with a medium off-white head. Fruity aroma, raisins the most. Big warm sweet alcohol taste with currants and raisins. Has a very smooth aftertaste

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
yespr (31625) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JAN 26, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2008 33 cL bottle. Pours dark brown with a diminished off-white head. Aroma is discretely spiced, mild caramel malt and subdued yeast note. Solid carbonation. Flavour is smooth, subdued fruity, slight yeasty. Very very very complex yet elegant (acetyl, raisins, malt, slight roasted, plum, winous, caramel, smooth chocolate and nicely bitter), not overly done, just PERFECTLY balanced! Emphasise has to be put on PERFECT aroma, flavour and palate. Nice lingering finish. Sharp edge in the far finish.

It just falls slightly short compared to the Westvleteren 12, But: amazing, fantastic smooth and very controlled brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (29663) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2002
A very beutiful beer with a nutbrown color which turn darkbrown if you pour the sediment. It has hints of fruit in the aroma and a very good head. It is a very strong tasting beer with hints of fruit but also alcohol. I’d prefer it with out the taste of alcohol and likes Rochefort 8 better.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Papsoe (25084) - 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

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (21291) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 10, 2005
Brown colour with fast disappearing off white head. Malty aroma with notes of dried fruit and anis. Very carbonated. Sweet flavour with notes of liquorice, dried fruit and plums. Good, but not my favorite trappist beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oh6gdx (20818) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 7, 2006
Bottled. Dark brown colour with beige mediumsized longlasting head. Aroma of plum, raisins, some sweet malts and yeast. Weak barnyardishness also there. Flavour is yeast, sweet caramellish malts and a nice sting of alcohol. Some mouldy/earthy hints complete the wellbalancedness of the beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (19796) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 9, 2002
Deep burgundy coloured, although a tad darker than Westvleteren 12. Big toffee aroma, very malty, velvetty texture, very sweet, salty finish. A huge well balanced beer, but when sampled head to head with Westvleteren 12 if falls short, as it doesn’t have the enormous outburst and variety of flavours at Westy 12. Still, no doubt, a world class beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
anders37 (17182) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 1, 2008
Rating # 2400.Bottle BBF 2005. Pours a dark brown color with a small fast disappearing off-white head. Has a sweet Malty and slightly earthy dark fruit aroma with hints of plums and raisins. Sweet malty plum and raisin flavor with some hints of honey and also some weak hints of licorice and some weak hints of yeast. Has a sweet malty dark fruit finish with a long warming dark fruit aftertaste. Very nice one.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (15782) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2013 9th October 2007
Warning! Early amateur rating! Thick dark beer. Mild carbonation. Complex beer. Subtle fruit, trace of root beer. Malt and biscuits. More malt. No bitterness or smoke notes. Very nice.

19th June 2013
Hazy amber - red beer. Pale cream coloured head. Palate is smooth and dry. Fine carbonation providing a little sting. Creamy malt. Mild bubblegum esters. Coca cola and a trace of lactose. Mildly bitter yeast. Little spice. Finishes semi dry. Well joined up and tasty beer. But it ain’t the 2nd coming!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiulijn (15060) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 16, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2013
2013-02-12, L 210306, 12 years old, 7-5-8-4-16=40
Dark brown color with medium sized head, compact but not too long retention. The aroma is quite deep, with caramel and accents of fruitcake. Good body strength; the mouthfeel is lean; good caramel and malt flavor, chestnut honey, hint of nuts, mild residual sweetness on the lips; the bitterness is quite low, but unnoticed; no oxidization apparently, or signs of age.
A silky elegant brew; I could drink 5 of these tonight and not being bored.

2012-06-09, bottle at Pibar, Lausanne, L 130514 13:44, 3 years old, 8-5-8-4-16=41
Hazy dark amber color, medium sized compact head. The aroma is delicate, with notes of chocolate, caramel, malt, light yeast; more complex than the young Westvleteren XII tasted side-to-side. Good malt and mild chocolate flavor, moderate sweetness, maybe the bitterness is too low, there is a light feeling of oxidization. But it’s an excellent Belgian, although not impressive as other times.

2011-05-04, L 051115 09:37, possibly less than one year old, 8-5-8-4-16=41
Good caramel aroma, with nice yeast scent. Good body structure, present yet lean, with a very smooth mouthfeel; caramel flavor, avoiding the oxidisation trait of the Rochefort 8, and apparently ready to drink earlier than the lesser sister; the sweetness comes in later, with light liquorice traces. Very good alcohol control. The final delivers a dryish impression at first, rounder after some time.
Although young, it’s already a good sipper.

2010-04-14, L 110406, vintage 2001, 9 years old, 8-5-9-4-18=44
The color is dark brown, impenetrable; the head is medium sized, creamy, it reduces quickly to a thin persistent layer. The aroma is full, malty, with light chocolate, and showing only the slightest sign of oxidisation. Full bodied, it has one of the richest malt flavors in beer, with caramel, delicate chocolate, candi sugar; sweet, smooth and round; traces of Belgian yeast. The bitterness is almost gone, the final is then short, but well balanced and still able to provide pleasure. The alcohol is almost not perceived. Delicious.

2009-01-04, bottle at La Pizzaccia, Como, 7-5-9-4-16=41
Dark brown color with red shades; persistent head. The caramel aroma is rather simple, the flavor is much better; young it reaches the perfect balance between sweetness, bitterness and alcohol; caramel and malt flavor, chocolate cake.

2003-12-10, bottle 1 year old, 9-5-9-5-18=46
Dark amber color; big, creamy head. Very nice malty and fruity aroma, with delicate notes of caramel and roasted malts, oranges and spices. Full malty, without being too sweet; caramel and the balancing bitterness; light liquorice. Velvet pleasure. A perfect lesson for the North Americans, how to brew without excess, with perfect harmony of elements.


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