This trappist ale is the strongest in the Rochfort range and identified by a blue cap. Stylistically it is probably best described as a quadrupel. It is very dark, with a patchy head and a complex aroma, consisting of rich malt, elderberries, chocolate, cocoa, damsons, prunes and raisins. In the mouth it is smoky, fruity in a vinous way, treacley-bitter, peppery and has lots of woody depth to the malt flavours. In many ways it is reminiscent of a good malt whisky - smooth, grainy, but without a harsh alcohol hit (although the alcohol is certainly apparent). There are also pronounced dark chocolate and marzipan notes, although this is much less sweet than might be expected from its strength. It is heavy yet quite phenolic towards the finish, with a long aftertaste of treacle and dark chocolate. This is a pretty special but hard-to-find beer, perfect with a meal, facing off stiff competition from other top-strength trappist ales.