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


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RATINGS: 5164   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cheeta (1181) - Lang, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2007
UPDATED: APR 19, 2009 Very good heavy malty and caramellic aroma. Huge creamy light brown initial apperance. Excellent lacing. fully lasting longevity. Clear brown body. Heavy sweet and caramellic initial flavor with a long duration. Medium to full palate and a creamy texture.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
garthicus (2916) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 14, 2007
(Bottle in Porterhouse) Poured with only a hint of a head, a deep almost brandy like -cherry cum fruit aroma was a wonderful surprise. A sharp but sweet initial taste with a smooth and long finish, the alcohol is immediately apparant and I could feel the effect straight away, nice, but only for the one bottle per session!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HenrikSoegaard (13638) - Randers, DENMARK - MAY 13, 2007
Bottle. Creamy off-white excellent fully lasting head. Dark amber-brown colour. Powerfull malty and hoppy very complex aroma. Fantastic powerfull flavor. Lpong finish. Truly one of the best beers. Creamy perfect palate. Price: 3 euro. Fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
petermadsen (390) - Vesterbronxxx, DENMARK - MAY 13, 2007
Huge head on a dark brown beer.aroma of sweet, dried fruit, cow manure and alcohold in a beautiful blend. The taste is of sweet malt, figs, banana, alcohol, tobacco and a nice bitterness. Full but drinkable. Mineral-like taste, too. The palate is lively and nice and complements this big and flavourfull beer perfectly. Very complex

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bleeng (1669) - Seattle still not near Beersel., Washington, USA - MAY 11, 2007
Bottle at Palace in Poperinge. Served in old Rochefort glass-sweet. Opaque,dark color. Thick brown, sweet, chocolate, coffee, aromas from the earth abound. Goes down way too easy for such a strong beer. In the league with Westvleteren 12. Wonderful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
horto008 (184) - Alabama, USA - MAY 9, 2007
Im sipping a glass as Im writing this review -- really. It took a trip to England for me to find this brew courtesy of the state of Alabama being in the dark ages. As for the beer, I really enjoy the sweetness of it. Looking at the alcohol content, I expected it to be a little bitter, but it didnt fail to surprise me. In the glass it has a moderate head (not too thick) and a dark nearly opaque color. It wasnt too thick and had an exceptional taste, feel, and complexity. I would put it in the top 3 beers Ive ever consumed. If only I could have gotten a case back to the states.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 8, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2007 It had a bourban like scent and it had a creamy, frothy head. Very Smotth tasting with hints of bread, dates, figs,corriander and fruit. Well balanced and compleax

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
KimJohansen (10451) - Frederiksberg C, Dnemark, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2012 11/13/2012
Pours brown with fairly thick Caf au lait kind of head that slowly left beautiful laces and circles revealing a beer still alive. Very vinous aroma and among many lovely scents - figs, dates, tobacco, cake, overripe plums, caramel and chocolate were most dominant. But what stroke me most was that lovely spice Ive never been able to fully pinpoint. I could smell this for hours! The flavor is rich and though 11,3% its never near boozy. Extremely well balanced with a high complexity. Sweet but no overly so. The esters gives it plenty of dark overripe fruit like plums, dates and figs and the roasted malt together with the brown sugar left me with thoughts of nuts, caramel and chocolate cake. Im happy to report: Though its been more than 10.000 beers since I last did this one properly. Its still one of the all time greats. Its a masterpiece. It warmed up my cheeks and put a big smile on my face. What a great beer. Boy I have missed it without being aware of it!!!

Original 5/8/2007
Nothing above this. Simply the best ever made...

Dark brown with floaties and tiny off white head leaving fatastic laces. Aroma has spices, overripe fruits, plums, dates, prunes and figs. Taste is rich with spices, raisins, plums and dates. Smooth and very complex with fantastic depth and the alcohol is so well hidden.
10, 5, 10, 5, 20 = 5,0

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2011 The ratings go up to 10 for a reason... some beers can achieve that. Aroma of sweet malt/dust/(something nutty) almond maybe? But of the course what makes this beer is the endless complex flavors... the alcohol is one that pops out every few sips... but I think that also helps facilitate the many flavors which I cant even begin to describe. [not sure what my initial rating was... I think it was higher than 4.4] . . . . . . . . . [8.18.08 -, my first night in my latest apt I believe] . . . . . . . . . . . . [Bottle from 5.27.09 rated 4.1.10] Very much like the year and half year old 8, loads of tobacco, perhaps still a tad sweeter, great plum aroma, with nice alcohol and yeast. Flavor is full of tobacco, dark fruits, faint plums, brown sugar. Fizzy medium bodied. Like the 8 I suppose I prefer this more fresh, I still have a 2 year old bottle thatll Ill keep til the 5 year mark just to check. . . . . . . . . . [bottle from 10.21.09 rated 1.31.11... super grape soda, fluffy carbonation, no tobacco yet, nutty.]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cryotek (206) - Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 7, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2008 One of the highest rated beers in the world and surprisingly easy to find. Even more surprising is that it lives up to the hype! Poors darker than the other 2, i would say a dark chocalate color with a hint of raisin purple. Tastes enjoyablly intense. Not over intense, but more intense than the other Trappistes. After the initial shock of taste/flavor/aroma, it goes down easy after a few tastes and sipes. Has the almost feel of a wine, with hints of it tasting that way also. Tastes like they put a lot into this one, very rich. Obviously a site favorite for the combination of ABV strength, but ability to hide the alcohol. My new favorites (6,8,&10) and would recommend to any beer drinker.

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