The beer is a ruddy brown colour, with a frothy off-white head. The aroma is a mixture of sweet dark stone fruits, some spicing, and roasty malts.
There is a luxurious sweetness, with a rich and thick mouthfeel of prunes, raisins, dates, caramel malt, nutmeg, clove, and a background warmth from the alcohol. There are so many flavours to develop, you have to let this beer warm for a while to get the best out of it.
A threat to the future of Rochefort?: The monastery uses water from a centuries old wellspring with high levels of calcium and bicarbonate. But nearby limestone mining operations are threatening the continued supply and quality of this water. International petitions are supporting the position of the Rochefort Monastery, so hopefully big business profits will not lead to the demise of this world renowned monastery brewery.