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Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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6,221 Ratings
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Ratings: 6221
Reviews: 2485
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.76%


Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.93/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Best of the trappistes rocheforts. One must try this in their lifetime, even if their last meal. One of the best beers I have ever tasted. The specs: Mahagony cloaked by beautiful cream. Agree this is the ideal match for a steak. More so than wine. Drank it late evening - wonderful idea.It's kalula, pear and apple fruit, citrus, caramel all in a perfect yeasty combination. Alcohol rock. To savour.

Second tasting December 2004 and it met my desire again.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2004 03:22:05 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

1.05/5  rDev -76.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a murky dark brown with a 2 inch beige head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. No lacing forms on the drink down. Smells of dark fruits, fermented raisins, spices, and yeast. There is a bit of a funky smell coming out of the glass too. Taste is very spicy and surprisingly funky. Lots of fermented dark fruits and super dark brown sugar. However, there is a definitely an off flavor here as I am tasting dirty gym socks. It's to degree where it's not very dominant but it's enough to be noticeable. The beer is pretty flat and combined with the taste it's a chore to even sip on this one. Overall, I need to get another bottle of this to rereview sometime because I think there is something wrong with this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 03:14:27 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Autumn leaves russet with dark cherry and orange highlights when backlit with sunshine. The sandstone colored cap is attactive, but it isn't the masterpiece that I was expecting. Perhaps the ABV has something to do with that. A few streamers of sea foam lace grace the glass in the end.

The aroma tells me that 10 will be one of the darkest quads that I've ever had. It's full of dark fruit (raisins and figs) as well as a dark rum-like quality that gives it both power and presence. It's also peppery and clovey in a kick-ass yeast strain kind of way.

Trappistes Rochefort 10 is excellent beer, even if it doesn't crack my 'top 10 of all-time' list. The aroma didn't lie. This has to be one of the 'blackest' quadrupels going. In some ways it tastes like a Belgian stout... without quite getting all the way there.

I'm amazed at the beer's boldness relative to how well-integrated the various components of the flavor profile are. Proper aging is the key, I'm sure. For reference, the date on my bottle reads '19 05 09'. As I understand it, the date listed is five years from the time of bottling.

The flavor profile includes dark caramel, dark rum-soaked plums, raisins, molasses, anise and cloves. Maybe a dram of Islay Scotch as well, thanks to a certain smoky, phenolic vibe. A perfect taste score is not out of the question.

The slightly louder than expected 'pffft' on crown cracking was worrisome. Sure enough, the carbonation was slightly too vigorous early and is slightly too laid back late, passing through the perfect zone relatively quickly. Still good, just not great.

Trappistes Rochefort 10 is outstanding beer that is pretty close to as deep and as complex as they come. I didn't get that undefinable *magic* quality that I look for in the best of the best, but it's an amazingly libation all the same. It's also every bit the equal of Trappist Westvleteren 12.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2008 22:29:06 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a deep orange brown with an enourmous light tan head, requiring multiple pours to finish. Absolutly tons of carbonation, evident from streaming chains of bubbles. Awesome long retention reulted in significant lace. Looked awesome.

S - Smell was insanely fruity, and filled with tons of spice and delicate aromas. Biggest apparent were aaples, grapes, pears, and fig. Smell was otherwordly though, very very good.

M & T - Wow, I had to wince it was so strong. Alot of alcohol present in this one, became a bit of a distraction to all the flavors held inside. Once you got past that there was a huge flavor profile, lots of fruit and spice with a significant amount of bitter and sour notes on the back end of it. A slight hoppy dryness in the finish, but hardly noticeable.

D - Overall this is truly the defination of a huge beer. This was really a big sipper and I struggled my way through it. It was very good, and massivly complex, however just too strong, and hot with the alcohol to truly be enjoyed right now.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2007 01:00:34 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Koningshoven goblet.

A: An opaque dark brown with a thin layer of white foam.

S: Chocolate, figs, sugar, raisins, and vanilla.

T: Chocolate, figs, and raisins with a nice sweet finish.

M: Good body, a bit of fizz, dry.

D: Wonderful beer. I'm not normally a big fan of Quads, but I am doing my best to try all of the Trappist ales, and this is one that has definitely lived up to the billing.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2009 00:38:12 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours out a cloudy iced tea brown color with a tan head that hangs around and leaves some lacing

Smell: A veritable basket of fruit - apples, pears, bananas combined with a bit of vanilla, milk chocolate, bubblegum and some balsa wood

Taste: A most unusual blend of smooth orchard fruit flavors, some wood and tobacco, and a touch of bubblegum for starters; about half way through, you pick up some bitterness and more tobacco flavors; the finish is dry with some alcoholic warming

Mouthfeel: Creamy and full-bodied; with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Extraordinarily smooth with so much going on

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2005 02:16:35 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pourred a dark brew with a nice foamy white head with excellent retention time. Complex aroma of spice and roastiness arose from my glass. Taste of spice is complex and alcohol taste is subtle which is great achievement at 11.3%. Body if full and support well the mix of spice from this beer. Always great to review a trappist beer when they are so perfect as this one clearly is. The only thing I can compare this to is Chimay red. Wow!!!

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2003 02:26:30 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.95/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Undoubtedly one of the best beers ever made. Such complexity, flavor, boldness, and so much togetherness; this beer ranks right there with the Westvleterns and St. Bernardus Abt. 12's of the world.

The murky brown liquid pours into the brandy snifter with a turbulant and froathy pour. An airy, lightly tanned head shows sprinkles of yeast and spices. The beer settles with a half-inch head and laced well as the beer magically disappeared. Despite the rusty and sediment rich pour, the beer has a nice appearance.

Cotton candy sweetness hits the nose with a lot of fruitiness, spiciness, and with a chocolatey, vineous hint that keeps my head spinning. The nose promises complexity immediately.

Malty richness of barley sugars, caramels, and toffee set the tone. Quickly a toasty, chocolatey flavor accompanies the malts and a rich concoction of sweetness begins to emerge. Fruitiness of berries, grapes, dates, figs, plumbs, and apples quickly give a balance and needed variety to the sweet malt taste. A light hint of barrel aged woods make a minor impact later with mild tang and mustiness on the mouth. A confectionate and complex reward to the tongue.

Initial powder-sugar textures develop quickly into a well-malted, well-rounded beverage. Full and suculant textures allow the acidic fruit notes and light hop bitterness to settle the beer and calm the sweetness. Finishes with a dry, well-attenuated, airy finish. For such sweetness, the beer leaves very little residual sweetness on the mouth.

Certainly a desert beer, but not one that relies soley on sweetness. The beer continues to develop with each successive sip and as the beer warms. Remarkably easy to drink seeing how malt dominant the beer shows. A magical beer that defies modern brewing logic.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2005 21:34:30 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

G: 12-ounce Chimay goblet. Bottled on January 23, 2008.

A: Pours a thick, finger-and-a-half head that is cream colored and has a medium number of carbonation bubbles visible on top. The color is a very dark brown.

S: Dark sugars and fruits; mild alcohol.

T: Very sweet with fruity flavors on the initial sweep. A mild raisin flavor, filled with cream and perhaps a touch of caramel.

M: Smooth a creamy, eventually revealing slight alcohol warmth, which really hits the back of your throat on the swallow.

D: Quite good. Even with the additional alcohol feel, I think this is more drinkable than the Rochefort 8.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2009 03:15:19 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: It poured rather dark brown with a creamy beige head that took a very long time to settle down into a thin layer of bubbles. A moderate level of carbonation is visible, along with yeast particles floating near the bottom of the glass.
S: Alcohol is definitely perceptible in the nose, along with faint aromas of dark fruits and malty sweetness.
T: The taste is complex and very well balanced between flavors of malty sweetness, dark fruits and spices. A slight taste of alcohol is noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels both medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate.
D: For such a strong beer, it is relatively easy to drink, especially as it warms up.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 23:39:58 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours out dark brown, almost purple-ish. Generous head gave way to a thin layer of bubbles

Smell: Generous bouquet of sweet caramel malts and candy sugar under a blanket of dark fruit (particularly raisins). Some sweet, juicy nectarines. A dash of spicy yeastiness. A touch of leather. All of it smelling quite "Belgian". Note: the high alcohol is surprisingly subdued in the aroma.

Taste: A well blended, outstanding example of a quadruppel. This beer features brown sugar, black cherries, anise, raisins, and toasted toffee malts. There's a great depth of varying flavors, so pay attention, but don't forget to savor. All of this gives way to a long-lived spicy, white pepper finish.

Mouthfeel: Strikingly smooth, very rich, and with a low, gentle amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: A+++ Power Beer. Would buy from again! As good as folks say, perhaps better. Especially for me, someone who's not overly partial to the style.

(Edit: After trying several beers within this style during a blind tasting on May 21st, 2007, Rochefort 10 was the unanimous, clear-cut winner.)

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2005 03:50:15 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pors a deep murky brown with a fluffy,sticky off white that sticks like glue to the glass,wow what amzing aromas what can I say perfect cinnamon spice and cherry,cakey with alcohol infusion,amazing.Where to start flavor wise cherry over top of a cinnamon clove-like spiciness almost like fruit cake.The alcohol presence is there in the finish but its a great little burn,goes down smoothly but with a full body.A classic for reason I have had this a few times but this is my first bottle to myself,I wouldnt share with anybody I admit it.Damn fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2005 01:56:24 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Chimay goblet.

Pours a nearly opaque dark walnut with almost a finger of ecru head that leaves a minimal amount of lacing behind. The smell is delightfully sweet, with notes of figs, chocolate, plums, vanilla, brown sugar, molasses, and wheat coming through and blending nicely. The taste follows, with the molasses, figs, vanilla, and brown sugar coming through strongest. At the surprisingly (but not overly) dry finish a final sugary sweetness pries its way forward, a fitting end. The body is medium, bordering on heavy, moves fizzily smoothly over the tongue, and does not sloggingly cover the mouth, allowing this brew to be highly sippable and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 06:47:44 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy with a huge rocky head over a reddish-brown body. The nose is quite impressive! Extremely fruity with notes of pears and bananas, as well as a big chunk of fresh bubblegum. The body is light/medium and it has a somewhat zesty mothfeel.The flavor is expansive with a silky, fruity maltiness that fills the mouth revealing a faintly milk-chocolate character just before a charge of hops coats the throat. The alcohol is noticeable but not obtrusive. The distinctively chocolatey flavor also comes through in a late, warming finish - accompanied by some vanilla, fruit and bready notes. An astonishingly complex beer that cannot be done justice with just words.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2002 05:13:33 | More by NeroFiddled
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle, a pleasant sight at a surprising number of liquor stores around town these days - nice.

This beer pours a dark chocolate-milk brown hue, with sediment reeling throughout, and two fingers of solid, yet airy beige head, which melts away at an even pace, leaving some low-slung mountain vista lace around the glass.

It smells of floral, spiced orchard fruit, lemongrass, a subtle graininess, and mild citrus vodka. The taste is big sweet candy sugar malt, a hint of yeasty rising bread, dark fleshy fruits, soused orange, Turkish delight, and mild earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is very laid back, rendering a cozily soft, creamy, and solid body, without allowing a drop-off into any sappy cloyingness. It finishes quite dry, with the floral candied fruit hanging on for good measure.

In all this sturm und drang, one is left to wonder - where went the heat? Like its little brother, the 8, you have to reflect somewhat in order to detect the alcohol beyond a slight general warming. Perceived drinkability will not equal actual end-game drinkability with this one, of that I am certain. Still, drink this, just because you damned well can.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2009 01:30:59 | More by biboergosum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Creamy, tan head; gorgeous violet color.
Aroma: dark, dark, dark, with spices, dark fruits, grapes, berries,strawberries
...distinctly port-like,plummy, raisinish.
A tad flat, though...do I have an old, improperly cared-for bottle?
Terriffically strong, incredibly warming, the feel and the heat of a glass of cognac!
Absolutely perfect!

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2002 22:05:22 | More by feloniousmonk
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'll admit that I'm a bit partial to this beer, as it's the one that got me into good beer in the first place - but hey, it's a classic for a reason. This review is somewhat of an aggregate of numerous experiences in a way (regarding how it ages).

330ml poured into a chalice. Best before July 16th, 2013 @ 7:44am (I love the specific hour!) - so recently bottled.

A - Dark brownish-red color with three-fingered tan head. Definitely unfiltered as you can see the sediment floating about in the glass. The head takes forever to dissipate and leaves a very attractive lace behind.

S - Roasted malt barley, dark fruits, raisins & prunes, caramel & molasses. It's also initially a little smoky and understated, but sweetens and comes alive as the beer warms up. I think it's a touch boozy - probably a bit too hot at such a young age.

T - Sweet - mostly malt character and raisins. Not as boozy as it smells, but retains the same depth of flavors. There's a little bit of oak character at the top of the palate, possibly from the high ABV.

M - Smooth, but only medium-bodied - a little watery for my tastes. There's a stickyness that corresponds to the sweet flavor, and the carbonation is just enough.

D - Not drinkable in mass quantities due to the ABV and the sweetness, but a fantastic brew in all other respects.

This one never lets me down, even after all these years (first had this in 2003).

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 06:06:57 | More by MasterSki
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a large foamy beige head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark malts, dark fruit, Belgian yeast, some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty up front with sweet flavors of dark fruits, caramel, brown sugar and chocolate. There's also a little bit of complementary tartness coming from the fruits. There's a good backbone of Belgian yeast. The hops presence is very mild and there's very little trace of the 11.30% ABV.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down dangerously easily, not too filling, very strong kick, very good representation of style, I can appreciate the beer's complexity & craftsmanship and while it's a really good strong Belgian beer to drink for a whole night, I've had other Quads that I would pick first.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 03:44:18 | More by TheManiacalOne
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emerge077

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2 year old bottle - 2006, served at 50º in a Westmalle chalice. BBD: 27 09 11

Bare skim of foam, ring around the edge. Deep mahoghany brown color. Banana, tobacco leaf, and spices in the aroma.

Very bready, spicy with rum, tobacco leaf, plum, and mild black forest cake sweetness. Deep earthy character as the glass warms up. Raisin and toffee, multi-faceted flavors. Feels robust yet smooth. One to sip and contemplate...

Original review: 4/2007
B+ / 4
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | drink: 3.5 rDev: -11.5%

BBD: 24 01 12

Just arrived at my local shop, this is the "freshest" 10 i've experienced...

Pours into a wide-mouth goblet, displaying a deep mahoghany brown tone. Foam remains for a good length of time. Fits the part of a Belgian Quad in the looks department. Minor lacing laps against the edges of the glass.

Aroma is peppery, overripe banana, and mild spice. The combination reminds me of spoiled fruit. Not especially enticing.

Various flavors flash across the palate, at first the banana and pepper, mixed with clove. There is an earthy hop bitterness that follows any sweetness, which is only mildly perceptible. Alcohol is there, disguised as pepper. Not very nuanced though.

Mouthfeel is effervescent, carried by the subtle bubbles present. If not for this, a fresh Rochefort 10 would slide towards being way too boozy. The alcohol precludes it's sessionability...

An aged bottle is preferred for my tastes, and i'll rate one again in the future...

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2008 02:50:23 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.45/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330 ml that has the follwing #s 30 11 10 (BBD?) & next line: 07:53

Pours chestnut with a 2 fingers deep tan head& in to my Vondel glass. An oily appearance is apparent as it warms. Begins to murk up a bit at the end, with some floaties. A hint of lacing & some film on the head

S: Chocolate, booze & pralines. Then whisky & caramel (scorched)

T: Sweet woody flavor, then chocolate, booze & then dryness up front. Fruittyness& candy sugar follows, a little brown sugar also. Woodyness, toffee flavors & dryness in the finish ( oh yeah more warming on the edge of burning alcohol)

MF: Low carbonation & slightly prickly feel from all the alcohol.

Good drinkablility for the 12% abv, reminds me of a brandy. Very complex beer, but probably needs a few more years to completely round out. Enjoyed it, just a little too boozy for me

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2006 04:51:13 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

4.05/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep dark brown color with a 1/4" offwhite head that quickly fades to spotty lacing. The aroma is great. It has a very rich and intense roasted malt scent that boasts of roasted barley and Belgian caramel malts; very nice. It is sweet and dry. The taste is good. It has a creamy, yet powerful brown ale flavor with lots of caramel malts and a tart yeast finish. It goes down smooth and is surprisingly thin and dry on the finish. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied brew with adequate carbonation. This is a great tasting brew with lots of enticing malt aroma. I wish it had a little more body, but otherwise it's a good drinker.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2005 16:24:19 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not sure why I had never tried this beer, but I finally did. I think my expectations were too high or I just drank one that was too new.

Poured from a bottle into a goblet, served with yeast (oops). Beer is brown and hazy and some particulates floating in it (my fault its the yeast). Forms a nice thick off white / yellow head that falls away leaving lacing on the glass. Carbonation high. So far so good.

Aroma is a mixture of sweetness and carmel with alcohol and a ton of malt. I think I can smell a slight roast in there as well. Not sure though. Smells pretty good.

Beer is big bodied, no aftertaste at all. There are no hops to detect and bitterness overall is really mild. There is a tinge of alcohol and solvency in the front of the beer and that really disappoints me. Beer gets better and solvency is lessened as the beer warms slightly. Mouthfeel is OK and drinkabiliy is good. I can see how people like this beer but it has not been my favorite Quad.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 21:28:33 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle provided by thirdeye11. It is beer No. 999 that I have tasted.

Pours medium brown with a beige head. Aroma is some alcohol with dark fruit. Also get some brown sugar. Flavor is alcohol, dark fruit and some brown sugar. An outstanding quadrupel and one that I will seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 22:01:52 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

4.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I drank this beer to celebrate my first ever day as a teacher! I needed it!

A - Poured out a brownish/black with a one-finger head. It left great lacing.

S - It smelled of nuts, alcohol, yeast and grains.

T - The taste was dynamic...it had a spicy, heat to it. It tasted of yeast of grains, too. The alcohol really began to come through as it warmed.

M - It is crisp and medium-bodied.

D - A great Belgian beer. It was my first quadrupel and it was outstanding. I need to have this one around for other momentous occasions.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2006 20:18:37 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Best before 2018/01/23

Pours a big fizzy bubbly 1+ finger head into my goblet, fades pretty quickly though, lots of big bubbles popping, very little lacing left, super dark cocoa brown color with very little light sneaking through the thin parts, and plenty of chunkies on the bottom.

Nose is much more complex than I expected (even though I've had this before but it's been a long time), a nice caramelized brown sugar like with some candi sugar, very soft malt complexity, a nice soft brown malt like with the sweet characters, little toffee and caramel, but a really nice soft aged old ale malt like character. Then dark fruits, light raisin and fig, and a bit of candied plums, and a little creaminess with that. The toffee increases a bit and gets a little almost buttery biscuit like, with a touch of alcohol and phenols, there's a nice toasty brown malt in there, with toasted caramelized candi sugar all around.

Taste starts a ton complex too, lots of great malts, sweet characters, fruits, etc, all combined very nicely. I'll start with the malts for lack of any specific place, dark brown malts, little bit of a toasty brown malt, and a really nice soft aged malt like an old ale, with a little creamy character as well, and into some buttery biscuit, that quickly turns into the sweet characters, lots of toffee, some nice sugars too with a caramelized candi sugar, a pretty big candi sugar kick without too syrupy or even sweet, and a little molasses. Then into booze, a decent booze warmth and tingle but not quite 11.3% feel, bringing a bit of phenols as well, I can feel the booze warming the throat mostly. Fruits as there too, a little candied plum again, mild raisin and fig again as well, typical dark fruits. All that nice complexity somehow blended very well to a nice soft creamy delicious beer. Finish brings more warming booze, little tingle and warming the throat, a little sticky sweetness but surprisingly not so syrupy or sweet, little dry even, more candied dark fruits, lots more candi sugar, toasted brown malts and creamy dark malts.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, some warming tingly booze, and lots of carbonation, a bit too much on the carbonation.

Overall great! Pretty much a staple for Belgian quad style beer, and at the top of the top of beers in the world altogether, especially ones that I can regularly get. Perhaps the only real flaw is the over carbonation, that's probably due to extra fermenting in the bottle which added a bit of booze and phenols, but softened the beer a lot, plus the yeast chunkies. All around and amazing beer with great characters and great blending of all characters, smooth, rich, delicious!

Serving type: bottle

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Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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