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


on tap

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RATINGS: 5132   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.3/5   IBU: 27   EST. CALORIES: 339   ABV: 11.3%
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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DialSquare (4619) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 25, 2007
Bottle. Dark currant black pour with a thick tan head. Smells bready. Lots of strong tastes here. Thick and yeasty with a sweet bite. Tastes of alcohol, medium malts, dried fruit, earthy notes, chocolate, and molasses come through. Warm finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - OCT 22, 2007
It poured a dark brown with mahogany highlights. It had a big tan, creamy head that laste through several sips. my first reaction was a sweetness on the back of the tongue. followed by a robust, mouth-filling spiciness. The aftertaste was more a sour fruit or bitter wine than hops

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ansset13 (127) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - OCT 17, 2007
330ml bottle. Pours similar to Rochefort 8, but deeper in hue, with a sightly fluffier tan head. The aroma and taste reach as close to heavenly as I have had yet, and trust me my rating # is nowhere near what Ive tried. All, and all one of the truly great quads of all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 24, 2007
UPDATED: APR 23, 2009 Rerate: 4-23-09.
Dark chestnut brown; medium spritzy tan head settles to a thin layer. Rich layered fruity aroma - cherry, raisin, custard(?), etc. Almost spritzy body. Initial and final impression of alcoholic bitterness. Earth and root tones. The sweetness begins to come out as it warms, but it never comes close to beating out the alcohol. Not strictly unenjoyable, but this could really use some additional flavor and finesse.
7 3 7 3 15 3.5

Orig. rating: 10-24-07.
Dark nutty brown body, thin even tan head. Intense nutty malty aroma with lots of raisins. Very raisiny taste, bold nutlike hop bitterness, boozy alcohol flavor (a little too much actually). This is good but I can literally feel myself getting fatter. I think I prefer the 8 by a hair.
7 4 7 3 15 3.6

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (14495) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 20, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2007 Bottle. Deep aroma of dark fruits, but the black currant is clearly present. In strong light it is a deep mahogany color with a beige head that is decent but not outstanding. Thin to medium body with fine, mild, almost creamy, carbonation. There is heat, plumminess, and most definitely black currant. After the first moments, it seems a bit dusty. The finnish is rather dry, and leaves a dusty, fruity impression. Arguably a bit of wood accumulates. Bitter is not in it. It sips marvelously.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Hammster (187) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - OCT 16, 2007
330 ml bottle. Poured similar to a stout with a fluffier headvery dark with a light brown head that was cloudy and lasting. Very pleasant aroma and abv is not noticeable. The aroma is mainly plumbs and other dark fruit. Taste is flawless. Mainly dark prune and plumb flavor with a cocoa blend. The abv is not noticeable until long after drinking when the finish warms in the throat after about 15 second. I never wanted to drink more than a small mouthful because every drink was so enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
robertjm (866) - Albany, California, USA - OCT 22, 2007
Aroma is clean although non-descript. Pours a huge frothy head that takes a long time to collapse. Reminds me of a rootbeer float head, its so frothy. Dark dark brown color. Cloudy due to yeast from bottle. Very deep raisiny flavor. Slight alcohol presents in taste, but not overwhelming.Not overly carbonated and not overly heavy in the mouthfeel. Very smooth to drink. Definately an awesome beer, which it pretty much better be at $10/bottle (Ledgers Liquors, Berkeley, CA).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
natejgood (493) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - OCT 19, 2007
Pours a rich brown color with a substantial, fluffy, tan head. The head didnt leave any lacing on the glass as it went down. The beer smells of malt, fruit and berries. The flavor is thick and complex. It is of rich dark fruits with a hint of alcohol at the end. While it is a very strong flavor it probably isnt my favorite. A little too fruity for me, but still very good. The beer has some of the smallest carbination bubbles I remember, which makes it very exciting to drink.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
patty26 (95) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 22, 2007
Pours a dark brown like a dark apple cider. Fluffy white-caramel head that fades a bit quicker than expected. The nose is amazing. The first thing that came to mind is candied apples. Candy, malt, plums, raisins and a soothing alcohol burn top the list. Thhe mouthfeel is excellent. Perfect blend of carbonation which helps everything go down so perfectly. This is definitely one of the best beers Ive ever had, and I appreciated the extra boost in the ABV over the 8.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ubamartian (155) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 19, 2007
Bottle. Pours a rich brown, with a thick fluffy tan head. The aroma isfruity, yet pleasant to the senses. The flavor is dark on first sip and lightens to reveal the complexity of flavors. The feeling on the mouth is unexpectedly delightful. The finish is pleasant and lingers for quite a while. The alchohol leaves a warm trail down the throat. This is one of the most enjoyable drinking experiences I have had to date.

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