Trappistes Rochefort 10 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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Trappistes Rochefort 10Trappistes Rochefort 10
BEER INFO

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 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
-UF

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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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Photo of EPseja
3.8/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well, after a less-than-stellar blind tasting performance this past summer at a friend's house, I've finally decided to have another Rochefort 10 -- this time for the "official" rating.

Served at cellar temperature from the standard 33cl bottle with a drink before date of 06-10-2009. Poured into a beautiful Rochefort Goblet at cellar temperature along with all sediment.

A - Pours a dark chestnut brown color with many visible flecks of off-white sediment in suspension like glitter you may find in a gel candle. The head is modest, medium tan in color, and reduces to a tiny-bubbled surface film within a minute or two. Lacing is good, but nothing extraordinary.

S - During the pour, I got an ancillary whiff of sweet port wine. However, when I put my nose to the glass, out pops the rum-soaked raisins and dark, heavy date-nut bread. Candy sugar and molasses notes are also easy to pick out. Light banana esthers are noticeable, but hidden in the background as are herbal vinous notes. Very complex and interesting.

T - Pungent, dark fruits wash into the mouth on a cordial-like alcohol wave. Raisins, figs, dates -- they're all here in a candied form that grows in the middle. The finish brings out the only real taste of caramel maltiness, accompanied by a strong and drying, but controlled hoppiness. The aftertaste is all molasses and alcohol, paired with a burning afterglow in the belly. There certainly is a lot going on in this beer!

M - Vigorous carbonation makes each sip foamy and mouthfilling to a slight detriment. After a few sips, the tip of the tongue begins to go numb from a potent mix of alcohol and carbonation, also to its detriment since it hinders enjoyment of the taste. Average mouthfeel overall, for a quad.

D - As I originally thought during my summertime tasting, this beer is not my favorite quad by a longshot. Its tastes are all huge, but for a sipping beer, there could be better balance. Don't get me wrong the beer is quite good, but there is no real evidence of the subtlety that makes a good beer great.

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Photo of EStreet20
4.79/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown glass bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours out an opaque brown color with a large off white head. Lots of lacing from the beginning.

S - Lots of alcohol with some fruits.

T - Dark breads with some fruity tastes in there. Excellent. The alcohol is masked completely.

M - Nicely carbonated and extremely smooth.

D - Goes down like a beer with half the alcohol. Very easy to drink.

Notes: Well I am now officially a Rochefort fan. Duvel was always my favorite Belgian but I think the Rocehfort 10 and 8 which I tried a few nights ago both take the top spot.

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Photo of Suds
3.65/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown color with ruby highlights. Large, tan colored head sits atop the liquid. It’s fairly clear, and looks quite enticing in a Belgian chalice. The aroma is full of malt, alcohol and phenols. The smell is a little harsh. I expected a more sublimely blended and dovetailed aroma. It’s a very satisfying and full smell, but it’s sort of rough-hewn. Peppery and earthy. The taste is sweet, with considerable malt. It’s got yeasty, estery, fruity flavors as well. Alcohol warming is notable. All the flavors are quite intense. This is a very satisfying, enjoyable, intense brew. Unfortunately, in my opinion, it doesn’t quite stand up to its reputation.

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Photo of Ego
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$6.99 @ buy rite edison nj (this thing was $15 @ a place in soho a couple of weeks ago.. and almost worth that price imo!), 04 03 09 stamped on the bottle, play the lotto with the numbers or something...

eyes...
dark ruby eyes stare out from this monster trappist, the head holds fast at one finger of perfectly formed clone bubbles, the lace sticks like the pages of an old porno mag, the only light penetrating this bad boy is at the bottom of the glass where the glass is thinner, in the middle, nada luz baby. it sits there and just says "go ahead fucker".. beautiful, you could take 100 photos and they would all be this stoic beer sitting there staring at you.. it's like mt rushmore...

nose...
raisin spirits, distilled grapes, this smells more like wine than beer imo, almost like a slightly chocolate cabernet.. lovely. The alcohol isnt hiding either. as it warms more to room temp the choc is a little more prevalent, dark chocolate, perhaps chocolate covered dark cherries would be in order.. this is one to savor.. some smokehouse almonds would rule with this...

taste etc...
lighter than it looks in body but the flavor is powerfull. definitely a sipper to get in all that is happening here, "dry non sweet chocolate dark fruit" is the best way I can describe it... tones of raisin fade off with the carbonation that has a nice prickly sensation on the pallete, delicious. the alcohol has a nice warming effect and is very present. Considering the ABV this is very drinkable, and would be a fantastic digestif with cheese after a nice winter meal in front of the fireplace.

verdict?
it aint rated this highly for nothing.. this is no poser, and honestly it is a little different than other easy to get belgians (at least around these parts). Worth it. Get it. Drink it.

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Photo of stof0048
4.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: This beer pours a deep amber red/brown. The head is very thin but has staying power (note I used a Watou chalice). Lacing is very sticky for this particular beer.

Smell: Terrific sweet smell of plums and sugar with hints of copper. Very pleasant.

Taste: This is an outstanding beer! The alcohol is definitely present and noticeable, but considering the strength of this beer, not overpowering. Taste hints a bit at sugar and spices. Pallate is a bit chocolately even. Rolls over the tongue with bubbles and finishes with the taste of the alcohol and gently fades into chocolate. Leaves a very warm, almost numb feeling at the back of the pallate. Wonderful!

This is a beer that you feel almost immediately, but in a warm, subtle way. One is definitely manageable. May want to rethink a second however depending on tolerance and if you have any plans after you start drinking!

Truly a wonderful beer! Perhaps even a new favorite!?

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Photo of mattcrill
4.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fizzy soda pop sound as I pop the cap.

Appearance: A deep amber chocolate body with a very tight foamy tan head. A weird brown yeasty circle forms in the middle of the head. Looks like the monks sprinkled some cinnamon on top of my beer. Head retention on this is incredible...as I would expect.

Smell: Figs, plums, date bread...all things dark, sweet, and fruity.

Taste: A strong alcohol base with figs, grapes, rum soaked raisins, toffee, and carmel. Maybe some butterscotch. It has some characteristics of a very robust cabarnet in terms of the heaviness of the beer. The alcohol is pretty prominent but seems to mellow through the session. Kind of cool how it changes in character.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth. A definite numbing on the tongue and palate after each sip.

Drinkability: One to be appreciated. The alcohol is a little too prominent for my likes. It does mellow which is cool. Glad I tried it, strongly recommended, but for the price I probably won't be back anytime soon.

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

I hate to give anything a perfect score (I believe that everything can be inproved because God or goddess, whatever you believe in, is the only perfect creator). I gave this one the closest score to perfect as I could because I find it hard to figure out how to improve it (and the monks have devine intervention, being that they are close to God). I wish that I could give 4.9's instead of 4.5's.

With that, let's go on to the review:

A: a wonderful amber to brown in color. A nice head when poured that quickly went to a thin layer above the top of the liquid.

S: a bit of sweetness entered my nose with light undertones of hops. Seems kinda mild for a 11.3 beer, but is very pleasing. No alcohol smell.

T: OMG! Way too smooth to be a 11.3% abv. If I hadn't read the label, I'd have a hard time believing that it was that high octane. No medicine type taste due to the alcohol, I assume due to Belgian candy sugar. Lightly hoppy and very smooth (did I say that already?).

M: The one word that keeps coming to mind is smooth (and WOW), but it describes the mouthfeel as well as any word that I can eminate. The candy sugar must be hiding the alcohol, because it's not coming out in the mouthfeel or the taste.

D: Sweet and fruity, but quite balanced without too much of anything and without too little of anything. I like this beer so much that we brewed 10 gallons to try to emulate it (it should be ready in about 4 weeks). I just hope that we can get anywhere close to where these monks have taken us.

By the way, did I say this beer was smooth?

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Photo of battlekow
3.87/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rochefort 10 sits ominously in my Chimay chalice, a murky dark brown, a small skim of of bubbles on the top and a pretty ring around the edges. I always find it hard to begin drinking big beers like this--it's a challenge and I fear I'll be found wanting. Oh well, judgement time. It smells spicy, with prominent licorice, prunes, and raisins. The flavor is similar to the nose, with a little hoppiness and a bit of a medicinal quality. Big, thick mouthfeel. I like the 8 better, but as Quadrupels go, this is better than the Allagash Four I had recently.

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Photo of Todler
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My first actual review - tired of lurking. I picked up a bottle at Hy-Vee's Wine & Spirits store in Cedar Falls. I'm impressed with their expanded selection, but the freshness of off-brands is sometimes suspect. Anyway, I bought this on a lark. I wanted to try a trappist ale but didn’t know one from the other. So I grabbed the last Rochefort 10 on the shelf. My theory was that the good ones sell fastest (okay – that’s stupid, but I was in a hurry).

A: I gave this bottle a gentle pour into the closest appropriate glassware I could find, a heavy glass chalice… emblazon with the word ‘Michelob’ on its side (doh!). For the sake of respect of Trappist Ales of any type, I turned the label on the glass so it could not gaze upon the bottle. As I poured, it foamed up right away without effort and the light brown colored head remained for almost the entire time it remained in the glass. Not overly carbonated – excellent retention.

S: Nothing incredible regarding smell. There was a good release of a sweet hoppy smell when the bottle was opened, but that was all. In the glass, things were pretty reserved. Some sweetness to the nose, but very mild overall.

T: Okay, this is what moved me into actually making a review. This was different than almost any beer that I’d had up to this point. The flavor was very bold and pronounced, yet absolutely smooth. Not overly sweet, no rough edges, no strong hop bitterness. It was like one of those huge dogs that loves kids: The capability to bite my head off but no desire to do so, it just wanted to cuddle up to me. One major minus to note was that the high ABV was very evident in the aftertaste. Probably the only negative thing I’ll say, but it does stand out. Perhaps the Rochefort 8 is more my style?

M: A real good mouthfeel. Heavy but smooth. Very well done. As you take a sip, your lips constantly cut through a thin, smooth layer of tight foam that adds to the experience.

D: Are you kidding? I may have to ask the store manager if financing is available, but I will definitely be having this again. Like almost everyone has stated: This is a must try beer if you get the chance.
EDIT: Next time I'll be brief - the ABV must have gotten to me.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.95/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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