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Trappistes Rochefort 10 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium | website

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 11-06-2000

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Photo of rousee
4.94/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Other than appearance and drinkability, this beer is almost perfect. I still think that considering the strength of 11.3% abv, it is extremely drinkable. The aroma is sweet floral malt with the smell of barley, hay and some fruitiness like cherries or apples. Amazingly smooth pleasant mouthfeel. Taste is well balanced and smooth. All of the elements in the aroma are present on the palate. A beautifully crafted beer.

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Photo of bitterdestroyer
3.83/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

man this stuff is pricey. i liked it though. definitely the better of the true trappiste/belgians. mmmm plums soaked in alcohol. don't get much better than that my friend...

appearance: nice and dark. awesome head. decent lacing. looks tasty.

smell: nice balance of oak, chocolate, and that all too familiar scent of plums and booze. yummy.

taste: c'mon don't make me say it again... although i will admit the alcohol taste wasn't as dominant once it warmed a bit in my hand. par for the course i suppose.

mouthfeel: full and well balanced. just the right amount of everything. carbonation felt nice on the tongue. got better as it warmed in the mouth.

drinkability: very nice. i was surprised at how i really wished i'd had another one on hand despite the alcohol content.

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Photo of pbr85
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured this from a 33cL bottle into a chalis

appearance: This beer pours a majestic dark brown with a nice finger thick, brown head. The lacing is excellent.

Smell: Chocolate syrup scent dominates with fruit and alcohol on the side. Smell is excellent; no scent dominates to an unpleasant degree.

Taste: Fruits hit first, followed by a dominant taste of roasted malts and slight hints of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, perfect amount of carbonation. Your tongue will love you when you drink this.

Drinkability: Awesome drinkability for a high alcohol beer like this. You can hardly even taste the alcohol. I could drink this all night.

Notes: Simply an amazing beer. It isn't too sweet, not too bitter, perfectly complex.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

murky brown with some ruby highlights, thick tan head that dissolves in a little while. leaves some lacing. i'm not gonna waste any time, cause this looks delicious.
the aroma is quite pungent vinous and sweet there is a lot of molasses, brown sugar and dark fruity aromas, plum, rainsin, black cherry stand out most. baked bready aromas fade in and out. there is some alcohol detectable. bananas and cocoa as it warms.
dark malty molasses and dark fruits abound here in the taste too, the plum raisin, and black cherry all present. there is a peppery spicy qulaity that may or may not be associated with the warming alcohol. pears and light chocolate flavors begin to appear with some warming as well as hints of vanilla and a generic candied fruit flavor. herbal hop bitterness coats the throat and is actually surprisingy present towards the finish. i'm liking the butterscotch that shows up at near room temp.
the body is smooth and creamy as hell with carbonation that at first feels stronger than it seems. very nice.
good drinkability for such a beefy beer. quite an experience, and something that should be sought out. i myself find that it's nice to come back to these beers once in a great while, if i had them too often, other stuff might not taste so good anymore.

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Photo of sinistrsam
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This quad poured a dark brown color with a gradient form dark to light towards the bottom of the goblet. There was a fair ammount of sediment suspended in the body. A medium-sized head which left a small ammount of lacing on the glas.
The aroma was wonderful and only got better as it warmed. Molasses and raisin, a lot of malt, not much hops. Definitely some alcohol. The taste got MUCH better as it warmed; take home message is don't crack this one from the fridge. Pretty intense carbonation hits you at first, a bitter, acidic taste but it fades very quickly, leaving a complex taste of yeasts, malt, almost molasses, bready grain taste, alcohol, small hints of dark fruit. The mouthfeel was excellent, with a very unique smoothness that developed with tempterature. It was extremely full-bodied, with a subtle semi-sweet aftertaste that was excellent. This is one of the finest, if not the very best quad I hve ever tasted. Try it, you'll like it.

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Photo of Derek
4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dated 19/05/09, it's over 1.5 years old.

I picked this up at Premier Gourmet, in Buffalo. Waited to have it back-to-back with the Rochefort 8.

A: Ruby-black, off white head. Head isn't as fluffy or retained nearly as well as the 8, but it does leave a nicer lace.

S: Chocolatey, raisins, molases and alcohol! Not as fruity as the 8, but a little maltier.

T: More sherry-like than it's little brothers, but more chocolatey than the 8, with a lot more molases as well. Lots of roasted malt and caramel flavour. Alcohol taste is very apparant, and becomes overtly assertive as it warms.

M: Moderate body (lighter than some quads), fairly high carbonation.

D: It's good, but the alcohol taste and subsequent inebriation is rather limiting.

Personally, I enjoy Rocheforts 'light' weights a little more. In terms of other quads, it's a little more potent, with a slightly lighter body than most.

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Photo of akorsak
4.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I am enjoying this beer in a 33 cL Ommegang holiday chalice. The beer is slightly chilled and should warm throughout the review. The bottle has been in my cellar for approximately one year (a 2004 christmas gift via Liquid Solutions).

Appearance: Dark brown, almost opaque. When held to light, a slight rub red appears. Nice Brussels lace appears around the lip of the chalice, as a result of a few anticipatory sips.

Smell: Nothing else on earth smells like this. Dark fruity overtones jump out, even when the beer is fresh from the fridge. The high alcohol content is masked incredibly by the wonderful aroma of the ale.

Taste: This is my first '5' rating for taste. The beer warms nicely on the tongue, releasing some very pleasant tastes in the mouth. The sugars used are readily apparent, as taste is sweet without being too sweet, strong without being too strong. This beer is a tricky one. The high alcohol content is not readily noticeable, but it is there and can knock you off your feet.

Mouthfeel: This ale sits so nicely on the palate that one does not want to swallow it. Allow it to sit for 5-10 seconds on your tongue. As it warms, it takes on a whole new personality. Incidentally, I have had this beer at room temperature (not 55 degrees, but room temp of say 70 degrees) and it is great at that temperature.

Drinkability: This beer is so close to perfection (how appropriate then that it is brewed by a Trappist monastery). The drinkability falls just short as it is so delicious that more than 2-3 bottles is too much (not to mention to 11.3% abv).

There is no beer I'd rather drink than Rochefort 10. It is my favorite ale, hands down, and always on stock in my cellar.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.82/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a light cola brown that was very murky with a few clumps of yeast swimming around the bottom. It also had a tan and copper head that is creamy smooth with only a few large bubbles sticking together in clumps. As the beer sat, the head got creamier and smoother. The head stuck around until the end with a film of mini bubbles that looked like a sheet of tiny ball bearings. When I finished the last of the beer, there was still a spot of head in the bottom of the glass. Nice.

The beer smelled of maple syrup, molasses and black liquorish. There was also a yeasty smell of pepper and spearmint. I found it amazing was that there was zero alcohol smell, even at 11.3%.

The flavor was magnificent. It tasted of smooth and creamy brown sugar and marshmallows with a dry coffee and liquorish finish that stuck to the roof of my mouth. There was also a pleasant warming in the finish. The flavor possessed a certain quality that I can only liken to jazz. It wasn’t how many notes that were played, but the quality of the notes. Fantastic! Also, there wasn’t a hint of booze in the flavor beside the warming, but my stomach warmed up none the less. Very nice.

The mouth feel was thin that let the flavors glide together with an un-obtrusive carbonation.

Well done!

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz. brown glass bottle. Enjoyed on a day when the windchill outside is near -20F.

Appearance: A ton of tan head instantly forms when poured into my schell tulip. Body is a rich burgundy with ample visible carbonation.

Smell: Rich dark fruit, musty wood, alcohol, sharp, and fairly sweet smelling. Lots of malt in this one.

Taste: Strong and sweet, very vinous and warming. Alcohol is very upfront and sharp, nice belgian yeast funk, grapes, dates, plums, and a hop and alcohol finsh that is long lasting and sharp.

Mouthfeel: I don't know how you could find a fault with this beer, let alone the mouthfeel, damn good. This beeer could be laid down for years and have a whole new experience to offer. A wonderful Trappist ale.

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Photo of watermelonman
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pouring to a very dark brown, this one had a nice big head that shrank to a thin layer but never disappeared. There's a few lines of lace.

The smell is deep and full of dark fruits. Dark malts dominate the front of the taste, and are taken over by fruits and eventually hops. The mouthfeel is solid but incredibly smooth and creamy. Drinkability is very good.

Fantastic stuff here.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.88/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The bottle has no date on it, but hell I dont care with a beer this big. Poured from the bottle into a 20 ounce wine gobblet.

Appearance: This beer pours a dark brown. The head is kind of thin. Maybe I poured this beer badly? The head was maybe a fingers width foamy white. There are floating solids in the beer. The lacing was thick and lusty as I drank the beer.

Smell: Gods this is heavenly. There is some malty fruityness upon first smell. There is some nice spicyness playing with the nose. Maybe it is cloves and chocolate?

Taste: This is a treat from all the Beer Gods. The malty sweetness is combined with a wonderfully balanced spicy fruity chocolate taste.

Mouthfeel: This beer is very full bodied. The gentle carbonation helps this big beer slide down the throat. Did I mention bliss.

Drinkability: This is a very big beer. With that said, this beer is wonderful. The huge alcohol content 11.3% does not dominate. It instead plays with the team of sugars, spices and general goodness.

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Photo of becktone
4.76/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours out of an eleven and a half brown bottle to be a dark opaque brown color. It forms a rich creamy looking head. Not only is the head thick but it sticks to the sides of the glass as well, providing a good amount of lacing. This beer is absoutely one of the best looking beers I have drank thus far. It also has good head retention, there is always a head on the beer that doesn't, over time, fade into nothingness.

The smell of this beer is really quite weak. I smell a faint aroma that quickly fades and eludes me. Although I really can't smell a strong aroma with this beer, what I do detect smells great.

This beer tastes great. It has a very complex taste. Can't really describe the specific tastes of this beer, I don't think that my palate is that in tune yet, but I can say that it is a good brew. The first aspect of this beer I taste is its malt character. This is then followed by a bitter taste on the back of the tongue which in turn is followed by more of a malt flavor. The after taste of this beer leaves my mouth feeling kinda dry. I can definitely taste the alcohol in this one, however it blends well ( in my opinion ) with the flavor of the beer. I also taste a roasted malt influence in this beer.

This beer feels great on the palate. It has a full body, and is moderately heavy on the palate. The level of carbonation in this beer complements the flavor of the beer. Overall this beer is great. If you haven't tried it find yourself a bottle and get some. I think that this bottle was worth the five dollars I paid for it and I would definitely buy it again.

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Photo of barrelman
4.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A dark and beautiful appearance. A clear dark amber to brown in color.

The smell is similar to a mild whiskey aroma bolsterd by very mild, fruity tones, but the mildness ends when it touches your lips. The taste begins with a smooth malty character that drops out of the bottom of your mouth. The alcohol comes through in high, breezy tones with the air of a good liquor. This beer warms me from head to toe after the first three sips, which feels like one whole beer.

This is one of the cleanest beers I've ever had. It puts it all together in one imported bottle. This is one massive beer that will make you spilly inside of one bottle.

Prepare to walk on roundheels!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
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.)

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Photo of Onceeven
4.72/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fine looking brew, bits of sediment here and there, however, the majority of it stayed in the bottle. Thick and viscous, not much light escapes. Poured very carefully, and still managed a substantial head, and it certainly has no intention of leaving.
Incredibly complex aroma, there's no way I'm going to be able to do this beer justice with words. There's a boozy sweetness in the forefront, with notes of chocolate and mild tobacco. Remarkably balanced.
Mouthfeel is as creamy and rich as.. well, not much is gonna match up to this. It's delectible.
The taste is the epitome of smoothness. Flavors are all over the place, but the alcohol remains elusive. It's there, but it's masked superbly. I'm sensing a mingling of chocolate, bitter orange peel, rum, maybe bananas. My tastebuds are reeling, trying to process all this. And all the while it's the smoothest damn thing you've ever drank.
Excellent, estimable, enticing...

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Awesome orange peal, anise candy chewy deliciousness wrapped in tidal waves of carbonation, furnaces of warmth, vanilla malts, extreme complexity, unparalleled drinkability considering the alcohol content, and bananas, tons and tons of bananas.

Rocking good beer. I’m beyond thrilled to have a steady supply just one block from my place of business.

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Photo of jamesdergen
4.82/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark, cloudy cocoa brown with a relatively small cream-colored foam head.

Smell: Rich and complex. Bananas, vanilla, dried fruits and alcohol.

Taste: Follows the nose. Reminds me of 'Nilla wafers and banana pudding, but with a ton of alcohol! This is so complex I don't even know how to describe it. Dried fruits and alcohol come in big-time at the end, but the overall taste is dominated by the banana sweet-bread flavors.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat dry, but relatively light for they style. Nicely carbonated.

Drinkability: This one's a sipper. I could drink it faster, but it's so rich and complex that I want to savor it slowly. The high ABV and cost of the brew would be the only things keeping me from a second bottle.

Got a great deal on this bottle since a rep was in the store giving out samples, but even if it was full price it would have been worth it. Incredibly complex brew with some fantastic unique flavors. Find it and buy it. Now.

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Photo of NiceGuyMike
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tastes similar to 8 without the annoying bitterness.

Dark brown with decent head. Not much lacing. Nice alcohol flavor, but not over powering yet warming. Sweet buttery goodness with brown sugar molassas. Creamy fully body with buttery finish.

This is a well crafted brew and worthy of praise.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.79/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to clvand0 for sharing this with me when I was down in KY. Pours a deep dark brown with a healthy bubbly tan head that falls to a ring around the glass. Very nice. Aromas of deep dark fruity caramel, molasses, raisins, licorice with a wonderful depth of spicy yeastiness. Exquisetly exotic and beautiful. Brown sugar with mellow butterscotch tones. Wow, earthy yeast is bountiful, amazing...simply amazing and hard to even put into words. I can't stop smelling this one. Incredible.

First sip brings a spicy, caramelly dark maltiness. Molasses, brown sugar, dark fruits, incredibly complex. Earthy, spicy yeast tones explode everywhere. Hints of cherry with subtle notes of alcohol that reminds you it's still there. An amazing beer that has more depth than nearly any other beer I have yet to try. Wow. Simply awe-inspiring, leaving me nearly speechless. If there was a 5.5 for taste this beer would definetly qualify.

Smooth, mellow mouthfeel with fast moving carbonation. Goes down easily and attacks each and every taste bud in the mouth. Not to seem too gluttonous...but I could easily have a few of these in one sitting. Simply an amazing beer that left me wondering why I hadn't tried it sooner. One of a kind, amazing, a beautiful creation. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden. If you have yet to try this...go and do it now...you will not be disappointed. I will be picking some more up for myself ASAP.

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Photo of UncleFlip
4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep copper-brown with hints of orange. Tan head has some loose bubbles, but mostly tight ones. As it falls, it just can't let go, and leaves a nice thick wet lace behind.

The smell is thick and deep and spicy, with some notes of fresh orange and black licorice.

The flavour has some of that licorice, but also a nice slightly over-caramelized brown-sugary overtone, with some fruit and spice on the finish. Very nice. There's just a hint of alcohol on the end.

The carbonation is high on the tongue, and rather assertive- though not unpleasantly so. Liquid is just a touch oily, and slightly thicker than you'd expect.

The drinkability score say it all, so I won't. :)

Be well

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Photo of joecast
4.67/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

picked this up at acland cellars during a quick trip to melbourne. its been hiding away in the "cellar" for a little while and in the frridge for a week or two. just wanted to make sure this was nice and settled when i tried it.

uncap the bottle with a lively psst! poured carefully to leave behind most of the sediment.
appearance is a very murky dark purple/brown. medium-high carbonation. specs of yeast sediment floating around on turbulent updrafts caused by the tiny rising bubbles. stable 1cm thick tan head with a dark brown patch where the last few mls were poured through.

strong sweet aroma. slight alcohol on the nose, but mostly dark fruits makinf for a mouth watering and intoxicating mix. im guessing text book quad.

seriously full taste. bombards the mouth with dark chocolate, sweet fruits, and some alcohol heat. to put it plainly, light macro lager is on one end of the "flavor" spectrum, and this on the other.

well, an absolutely exceptional brew. not quite a 5 to me, but pretty damn close. goes down quite easily, but at 11.3%abv two (ok, maybe three) would be enough. wow!

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brew pours a solid dark brown color with a small creamy off-white head. The aroma is fruity with brown sugar peaking through. The taste full of spices and fruit. There is also a high alcohol presents. The mouthfeel is full bodied with ample carbonation. Overall, this is a mighty tasty brew.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.17/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tiny 11.2oz bottle. 11.3% ABV. $5.49 with my original review in 2005, and $7.49 on my re-review 8/13/2010.

Pours out to a very vile and murky looking stew...dark mahogany with globs of yeast swimming around. Forms a modest light tan head with good retention and no lacing at all. Not an appealing looking beer to say the least. Carbonation is strong, with a firm "whoosht" when releasing the cap. Requires a delicate pour to avoid a glassful of foam and yeasty beasties. Very briskly carbonated. The aroma is of cola, Belgian candi syrup, cloves, carob, caramel, vanilla, alcohol, light molasses, very faint banana, distant cocoa powder. Mouthfeel is sickly sweet, cola-like, and syrupy with a touch of fusels...very cloying with a medium body. Warming. Definitely oxidized, with a ruddy finish. Hrmmm...the taste. Really, this tastes like someone poured some chocolate syrup into flat concentrated Coke syrup. Bitterness is mild. I have a hard time detecting much in the way of smaller details as everything is overwhelmed by the cola...maybe cereal like sweetness with cocoa and molasses. I can finish the bottle, but I don't really want to.

A gross, one-dimensional syrupy mess of a beer. I've had this 2 or 3 times, thinking maybe my taste buds were off or I got a bad bottle, and I remain very unimpressed. For the same cost, I can get a 750ml bottle of Unibroue Trois Pistoles or a 220z'er of Avery Reverend, both of which are vastly superior products and infinitely more enjoyable.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Heading home from work this past Friday, I was struck with the desire to consume a Belgian beer or two this weekend. I stopped at a beer store and picked up a Rochefort 8 and 10. Glad to see this one around Richmond again. 330ml. $5.99 a pop.

A: Poured into my Het Kapittel goblet, the TR10 offers up some seriously thick and creamy off-white head. It boils up initally and settles down to a finger-thick layer. Patchwork quilt of sticky lace sits on the sides of the glass. Color is a murky deep brown color with hints of red near the edges. Just a gorgeous appearance.

S: Dark fruit notes leap into the nostrils. Lots of sugar, caramel. There's also a powdered cocoa (Nestle Quik?) aroma. Wisps of bannana esters filter through. Hints of a strongly medicinal alcohol noted as well.

T: Fruits enter first to dance on the palate. Buckets of thick and syrupy carmelized sugar rain down. Raisins, plums dipped in cocoa powder appear. Bit of chalky character creeps in. Bitterness dropped in a shot glass of alcohol ends this wonderful ride. Overall, the ABV is well-hidden. A little kick in the belly is all that you notice.

M: Much thinner than expected. Not a creamy thick beer at all. I certainly expected something larger in size.

D: Very easy to drink. Complex, but in a well-balanced way. Nothing unsettling or unpleasant anywhere to be found. LOTS of flavor. Seriously good beer.

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Photo of Fugazme
4.79/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown. A small, tan head that dissipates but covers nicely. Excellent stick to the glass. Looks very good.

Smell is wonderful. First whiff is sweet with raisins and alcohol. Malty and fruity. Lots of molasses notes and dried fig, apricot, cherry.

Mouthfeel is great. Very smooth and full-bodied. Coats the palate like a champ. Slightly bubbly, but not harsh. Just the right amount of alcohol burn down the throat. Warm in the tummy!

Taste is out of this world. Nutty, fruity, malty, sugary. The figs are present with brown sugar and almonds. Some cinnamon, but very slight.

I'm enjoying with some Roaring '40's blue cheese... very nice.

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Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
99 out of 100 based on 2,775 ratings.