Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Reviews: 2,678
Hads: 8,383
Avg: 4.47
pDev: 17.45%
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Brasserie de Rochefort

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 11-06-2000

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

330 mL, bottled on 8/4/04. The bottle overflowed with foam when I popped the top - really sucks when you're paying $7 for less than 12 oz. of this stuff. Served just under room temp. in a Chimay chalice. Pours a cloudy dark red/brown with a fizzy, 1 finger, tan head that doesn't leave much lacing but doesn't disappear either. Smell is rum bread, cherries, bananas, green apples, and maybe a hint of chocolate. At first the carbonation is tingly but is very nice by the end. And so many flavors on the palate... cherries, plums, apples, bananas, pears?, citrus?, coriander?, chocolate, rum, pine, yeast... whew! The beer also alternates between buttery/sugary/sweet and a somewhat powerful bitterness, both of which complement the other flavors well. The alcohol is well hidden in the taste but very warming. Pairs perfectly with milk chocolate. If I drank another of these right now I would be out another 7 bones but I would be oh so happy....and very intoxicated.

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Photo of WetCoaster
4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A murky chocolate brown with a firm, off-white head. Great duration. Leaves lace on glasswall.

Smell: Rich. Fruity esters (green/red apple), raisin, cocoa butter, a bit of cake spice, brown sugar, chocolate orange slice, butterscotch diacetyl, the WTF!? duo of soy sauce and cigar ash and, finally, alcohol and solvent vapors. This thing really unwinds as it warms, let me tell ya.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is full and coating, but the carbonation is surprisingly crisp. Slight alcohol burns off the bat, but soon a sweet maltiness reveals itself. There's some molasses, yeast spice and white pepper, fruitcake, dark fruit, slight hint of milk chocolate and a nice splash of pineapple/orange juice. Despite all this, the finish is oddly dry.

Drinkability: Good, but at almost $8 for an 11.2, it's simply too pricey to be "drinkable." Still, it's nice to have the real deal, and the beer is really well balanced, it's controlled, complex--it's just flat-out good. If you can bear parting with the cash, it's quite a beer.

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Photo of edchef1850
4.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I got a chance to try this beer, this past weekend. ive never been disappointed by a trappist ale yet, and the rochefort 10 was no different. A wonderful aroma of black current filled my nose as i looked at this glass of dark brown nectar, sitting with a little less than a half inch tan head. The flavor, smooooth and rich, the alcohol doesent dominate the glass, wonderful balance. I enjoyed this with some nice cheese, savoring it like a 20 year tawny port. The trappistes really do some amazing things with yeast water malt candy sugar and hops.Any one who calls themselves a BA should consider the five trappist breweries offerings required drinking, they wont regret a sip of it

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Photo of troutmask96
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Well, I'm not going to argue the glowing reviews this special beer has gotten. Perfect in every way but drinkability, which is a good thing at $9 a pop. Pours black as night with a tight, tan head, that won't go away over the hour or so you'll spend sipping it. What a fantastic smell - prunes, raisins, molasses, and cherries. I'm going to put a couple in my cellar and see if this outstanding brew gets even better with age...

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ruddy opaque dim brown with a scant halo head cap that opened with a "fwisk!" Second pour reveals a more yeasty scrod chunckers pour.

Delicious bold cornucopia fruit aroma and awl-kee-hawl scents. Brown bananas, dark cherries, sweet cake malts. Sugars and spices abound with nutmeg and cinamon. notes.

First swigs: Bold awl-kee-hawl & cake malts. Nearly gin like in the palate. Lingering peppery flavor with a smidgeon of yeasty aftertaste. Almond middle. Fresh ginger and gingerbread with vanilla anisette & confectioners sugar.

Soft plushy carbonation. Sneaky full body satin feel.

Last swigs: Enigmatic quad. A slice of Heaven. Liquid rum soaked bread pudding. Exquisite sipper. $7.95 % for a bottle at Whole Foods.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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

Pours a dark cloudy brown into my wine glass with some sediment floating around. No head to speak of but given the abv that's to be expected. Nose of fruits - plum, blackcurrant - and alcohol. Taste is of rich sweet malts with some yeasty notes and backed with strong plum and blackcurrant flavours and finishing with warming alcohol. Very nice mouthfeel with delicate carbonation. This is a lovely beer and one which I have had a number of times of ocassions and will continue to come back to. Surprisingly drinkable given its abv. Paired nicely with some French brie.

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Photo of horndecker
4.57/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Upon popping the cap, a tongue of mist escaped the bottle. Vapor trails.

how it looks:
I poured this into a Hoegaarden Speciale snifter and it produced a full and foamy head, tan with purplish edges. A bit of lace, sticky, leaving little islands of murk.
The beer is the color of dark walnut and not as cloudy as expected.

how it smells:
At first fruit, esters, chocolate covered cherries and tangy melon. Wow. Then turkish taffy, raisins, nutmeg and bananas, followed by hints of dusty cocoa powder. Very rich and inviting. An assault on one's powers of olfactory discernment.

how it tastes:
Initially, lots of edgy carbonation and fruit, figs and foam. What follows is that wonderful Fernet Branca herbal bitterness. The alcohol warms and slides, glycerine-like, around the back of the tongue, even burns the back of the throat a bit. As it warms, more of the roasted malt, bready and yeasty character takes over, along with a distinct dark chocolate flavor.

the other stuff:
It has a luxurious, silky mouthfeel. While the alcohol is obvious, it's in the right place and doesn't intrude. Very drinkable in small quantities - like, one bottle as a nightcap with some stinky cheese.

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Photo of Weizenmensch
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown 33cL bottle, ten minste houdbaar tot ende: 25.08.09.

Appearance: Nut-brown, cloudy, very flocculent syrup in a Chimay chalice. Sticky head clinging to sides of glass with a weird volcanic effervescence transgressing from the murky depths of this Quadrupel into our world. Looks like someone has cracked an egg on the central surface of my beer, except inside the egg was only a thin layer of froth.

Smell: Not entirely accessible from the head alone (may have been served slightly too cold), the main scent is that of vanilla, as experienced in a creamy Highland Malt. Some unusual herbal characteristics as well.

Taste: The dense liquid's effervescing alcohol tickles the tongue and back of palate before other subtleties are explored. Another strange flavour fizzes on the roof of my mouth but I can't put my finger on it - pepper? ginger, without the pungent aftertaste? It's more the effect this beer has on the mouth than the specific notes that is important. Effervescent in a prickly way, with small bubbles; alcoholic almost like a malt whisky. In fact, warming it with my hands and smelling it, I could be drinking a single malt. Slightly nutty and yeasty as well; this feels like a real privilege to drink.

Mouthfeel: Buttery/creamy, but with the aforementioned zing to it. A shoulder-tapping reminder of the sophistication as well as strength of this beer comes upon swallowing.

Drinkability: Smooth, but too jam-packed with full-bodiedness and alcohol to drink quickly. I feel like I could even have another couple of beers on the go, to refresh me while I'm sipping down this one. This is really strong and would be good to drink very slowly with a several-course meal. However, other Trappist ales are as complex in flavour but also permit a more normal drinking pace. This one is impeding me, and it's making me sleepy.

Notes: It's almost as if the monks got two or three normal beers and concentrated them into this complex ale. This is such a mysterious beer that people could likely imagine many other flavours than actually exist. However, it's not my favourite style, and not my favourite Trappist ale: Westmalle (Tripel) is much more friendly and accessible (in flavour, not price or availability) to most people. But this beer is best reserved for special occasions and lazy winter nights.

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

Pours a deep red beer thats all clear and quite some carbonation that creates an island of foam in the middle of my chalice.

Smell is immense. Alcohol and green apples comes first. Rum, spices are strong together with more alcohol. Somewhat malty, yeast in there as well as sweet fruits together with dough and bread. Lots and lots of ripe fruits in there, pears, figs and apples.

Taste also hits alcoholic. Big, thick taste with tons of ripe, sweet fruits. Some carbonation lifts alcohol and gives room for spices, malts and perhaps some chocolate or tobacco? A lot of ripe fruits such as figs, pears, melon (cantalope) and such. More sweet and filling taste explodes on palatte when the sweet alcohol bursts through with more and more taste. Malt comes through stronger when it warms up a bit and alcohol resides for more of the frits and perhaps honey, yeast and dark sugar?

Immense beer! Smooth, fruity and extremely well balanced. I certainly prefer this over the 8, this was more complex and more satisfying. Rich on everything, lacks nothing.

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

Managed to get this beer at Nicks Wine Merchants in Melbourne. Got pretty excited cause I didnt think I could get such a beer in Melbourne.

Poured out dark brown, almost chocolate in appearance with a big foam head that dissapeared fast.

The smell was great. It was a mixture of malt and fruit. Went down a treat as well. A cavalcade of taste in your mouth. Starts off with a deep maltiness which then turns fruitty and then transforms into a chocolate/coffee finish.

The low carbonation, makes it go down well. Easily a sipping beer. Would drink it again. Just a bit costly in Australia. The 8.95 price tag per bottle stings a bit.


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Photo of ggroller
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in a goblet at the Bethlehem Brew Works Steel Gaarden.

I would have preferred trying this beer for the first time in a quiet, well lit atmosphere but I have wanted to try this beer for so long and I could not wait any longer.

Chocolatey brown liquid with a thin, lacing head. The aroma of choclolate, brown sugar, hints of green apple and cinammon. Tastes of wine- like acidity, apples, pears, maple syrup.

The mouthfeel was bubbly yet very silky and smooth and the drinkability is outstanding although my wallet wouldn't allow for it.

I'll be visiting with this brew again.

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

Deep brown, almost black with a 2" light tan head that has great retention. Lots of foamy lacing.

Smells of bready yeast, bannanas, dried plums, malts, and and a touch of alcohol that is slightly "winey".

The yeast, and plum like flavors are still there when tasted. There's a lot going on here, very complex. The full bodied mouthfeel works together with the carbonation. There's some twinge from the alcohol, but it isn't out of place and the warming effect is perfect for a cold night. However, the high abv makes this one a slow sipper.

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Photo of kegerator
4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

very nice brew.
poured out a deep mahogany/brown with a nice 1 1/2 inch head that showed great retention.
smell was rasiny, sweet plum and alcohol with notes of caramel malt.
taste was about the same but the alcohol seemed quite prevelant and masked some of the flavors in my opinion.
all in all a very very nice belgian.

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Photo of taez555
4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a brownish/black body with a pillowy tan head.

The nose was a mix of raisins, alcohol, plums, dark ripe fruit, chocolate, caramel, very subtle wood and even some fireplace bricks. Really luscious European milk chocolate. Hints of citrus fruit even. Yeast and a very mild, almost non-existent phenol smell.

Thick and very full bodied with a fine carbonation. Dark roasted malts dominate with this nice touch of smoky fireplace brick like roastyness. Sort of like licking the inside of a fireplace but with a rich dark chocolate flavor. Soft fruit tones that intermix with the malt. The alcohol is almost completely hidden. Very smooth and very drinkable, There’s a mild but very present mint, wood and earth hop bitterness. Under the radar but it’s there and makes a nice balance. Some tart fruits with almost a tequila like flavor, odd but yummy.

Just a classic Belgian strong ale. A great mix of dark chocolate, malt and fruit. Yum, yum, give me some more.

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Photo of steinlifter
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured a deep hazy brown, nice rich head with good retention, smell had alcohol presence, fruity melon, taste is rich and complex, chocolate, and fruity, spicy! mouthfeel is highly carbonated smooth and creamy, drinkability is fantastic! not a session brew but one that is not to be missed! Enjoy!
P.S...I'm editing and giving this a perfect score, cuz I believe this is THE most interesting, and best beer I ever had! ABSOLUTE MUST, in my book!

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown with a 1/4 inch tan head. Yeasties floating on top of the head. Not much lace. Smell is fruity, yeasty and spicy.

Very bready tasting, a little grainy. Cinnamon and fruity, spiced sour apples. Quite the alcohol flavor. Sweet with a lightly sour aftertaste. Yeasty. The closest thing to liquid bread I've ever tasted. Big and rich. A really excellent brew although I could see this developing to be even better in a couple of years.

Not that drinkable to be honest. A sippin' brew for sure. Need me some more.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As excited about this beer as I was, it did not let me down. The appearance was a beautiful deep amber color with lingering tan head and brussels lace down the sides of the glass as it went down. The aroma was a nice mix of malt sweetness, fruity esters and alcohol.

As to be expected the beer was very malty up front but of an amazing complexity. Deep in there were some black cherry flavors noticeable but the remainder was to me beyond description.
Nice medium-full body with some creaminess and very noticeable alcohol warmth.
Beautiful beer all around but be careful having too many of these in a row as they may impair your ability to taste and rate any other beers accurately.

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Photo of yeagerbm
4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Belgian glass this beautiful ale pours dark and murky brown. A rocky dense white head sit on top with a little brown in the middle from the yeast. The foamy head sticks to the side of the glass as it is drank and swirled. The only thing that can be improved is maybe a little more clarity to allow some more color to come through.
This brew packs a powerful aroma and flavor. Smells of yeast and cherries and raisins followed by medicinal alcohol come through.
Flavors of rich malt and yeast are followed by dark plum and strong alcohol and a bitter earthy aftertaste. The alcohol is a little too powerful in the finish. Overall this is an intense beer with very complex flavors and moderate drinkability. Definatley one to seek out.

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Photo of JackStraw22
4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Been waiting to try this for a while, looked really good. Pours a nice dark brown body with some hints of ruby in the light. Huge light tan head, great retention all the way to the end. Very sweet smelling, lotsa malt in here. Think I smell a grape aroma too. Very smooth, though a slight tinge of alcohol taste at the roof of the mouth, I don't really mind that. Tasted better as it warmed up. Very warming as it went down, I haven't had many beers that do that. Mouthfeel is pleasent, almost velvety. Great beer!

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Photo of Hhawk06
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Couldn't wait to have this highly lauded brew. It poured with a deep brown and opaque body with a head that was cloudy, tannish, and substantial. The nose is alluring with notes of raisin, malt, and/or plum. The mouthfeel is almost chewy but also has a juicy texture. The fullness is also there. I mostly sense a raisin and brandy-like character that is complemented nicely by a juicy malt kick. You can finally get a sense for that high alcohol content right at the beginning of the finish. Mostly you get a continued raisin and plum layer that is balanced by a nice little bitter balance about midway through the finish. By mid-bottle, you realize how much of a belly warmer this really is. Truly a world class beer. Ah the trappists!

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Photo of WesWes
4.07/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of hero27
4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this legendary brew at my local HyVee Wine & Spirits. I don't understand the hype of a lot of Belgians..maybe they'll grow on me, i don't know..but up until this point, many have not been to my liking. Rochefort 10 opened my eyes quite a bit....

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color and leaves a relatively thin, beige head on the top. Lacing is excellent. Very foamy, creamy, and sticks to the glass well.

Smell: Aroma is nothing like I've ever smelled. Very complex. Fruity..surprisingly chocolately... Maybe a little bit of spices but mostly a sweet, malty aroma. Alcohol is definitely present.

Taste: I really don't know what else I can add that the previous reviews don't... so many flavors, extremely complex and rich. As other BAs have noted, can definitely pick up chocolate, fruits, and the obviously apparent alcohol. The ABV is icing on the cake, and no doubt, you can taste it. Not overpowering, but present nonetheless...a warmer in every sense of the word. So sweet and complex that it's hard to describe. Sweet fruit nectars injected with caramel, almost sickly-sweet chocolate, with the most creamy finish you could imagine.

Mouthfeel: Exceptional mouthfeel. I'm convinced that the words rich, creamy, and smooth were all created with this beer in mind. Definitely medium to full-bodied...more carbonation than expected but despite the high alcohol and extreme complexity, very easy to drink (at least in small quantities).

Drinkability: Best beer I've ever had? I dunno..definitely not the most available or most practical, considering it's price and availability in the area. Is it worthy of being rated the 10th best beer in the world? absolutely. 11.3% ABV packed into an astoundingly complex Belgian such as this.. Meant to sip and enjoy, a pinnacle of the style and of beer in general.

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Photo of neonbrown82
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First experience: 4.3 / 5
This beer didn't quite live up to the hype for me, especially after the Rochefort 8 I had several hours earlier more than surpassed my expectations.

The beer pours to a dark golden color that thickens to a dark maroon color as the liquid fills. The head wasn't quite as perfect with such tiny uniform bubbles as was the 8. The bouqet also seemed to be somewhat less pronounced.

The taste had a raisin and red wine hint on the tip of the tongue complemented by malty sweetness. Something in the brew seems to have tickled my sour tastebuds as well, but I can't quite place it. The body was thick and syrupy, damn near unpleasant with the heavy alcohol and carbonation paired with the sweetness.

After this experience I am actually looking forward even more to the Rochefort 6, which I have just discovered is suuposedly "hard to acquire." I have to thank John's Grocery in Iowa City for giving me, who lives in the middle of nowhere Iowa, the chance to drink such finely crafted and rare Belgian brews.

Second Experience: 5.0 / 5

After a new batch of this came in (the first batch imported to the US since by Merchant du Vin as opposed to Shelton Bros), my judgement has changed. This beer knocks the socks off of any other beer I've ever tasted. Has a nice bubblegummy taste and aroma with a plethora of fruity esters. Just the perfect balance between sweet, dry, and bitter. Just enough alcohol punch to get you a nice buzz without going overboard. By the way, it seems much less boozy this time through to the point where it is damn near chuggable. I must stock up on this stuff.

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Photo of Wolfsdenbrew
4.05/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a large off-white head that dissipates to a smaller lingering head, leaving no laing behind. A fairly clear dark brown with a bit of orange highlights.

Just a slight hop bouquet under a roasted coffee, chocolate aroma. A nice yeasty undertone to this one.

Flavor is composed of sweet malts dark fruits, especially prunes, figs and dark cherries. lots of molasses backbone and finishes really warm form the alcohol.

Good carbonation level and fairly heavy bodied, definitely not your session ale here.

Excellent ale, just a bit heavy on the alcohol, not hidden very well.

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Photo of trancefishy
3.36/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

what a find, and a steal for 5 bucks, or so i thought.

appearance was brown with a nice size head that stuck around for a bit (with the help of a vigourous pour). i was careful to leave the yeast in the bottle and save it for later.

aroma was of mild caramel malts, nothing special. hopefully the taste is where it's all at.

taste is a bit spicy, and malty. very muddled and lactic flavour profile. tastes like an average belgian, but nothing great.

drinkability was a bit low, since i kept thinking that i would rather be drinking something that tastes good.

i love belgians, and so i'm hoping this was a bad bottle or that perhaps <gasp> my taste was off today. maybe i will try it again but from a different source.

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Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
99 out of 100 based on 2,678 ratings.