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Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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6,899 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,899
Reviews: 2,528
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 482
Gots: 1,095 | FT: 47
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Brasserie de Rochefort

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 11-06-2000)
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4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown with an off-white head that sticks around a while.

S: Aromas of candied fruits such as raisins and figs up front along with hints of toffee and a kind of funk.

T: Deep rich maltiness up front with the candied fruits from the aroma making slight notes. The flavor fades into a almost sugary aftertaste.

O: This beer lives up to its' reputation. Rich and flavorful, with a solid alcohol punch.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 23:24:14 | More by rebel1771
Photo of stevenstofen


4.2/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A murky brown color. Not much to look at here. Poured into my Duvvel tulip it shows a 2 finger head with tight bubbles. The head dissipates rather quickly.

S - Soy sauce? I'm not sure but I am definitely getting a salty-fruity aroma out of this bottle. Darker fruits are definitely present in the nose. The alcohol is detectable, but that is to be expected at 11.3%.

T - Dark fruits. Fantastic taste of plums, figs, and raisins. I also am getting some of that saltyness that I smelled. Delicious!

M - It fizzles on the palate with each sip. Also has a somewhat dry finish. Medium-full bodied brew.

O - Maybe my expectations for this beer were too high. Maybe it is hyped up too much. The taste was fantastic, but all around I thought this beer was lacking. Don't get me wrong, this is a fabulous brew, but St. bernardus Abt. 12 is still ranked as the #1 Quad for me. At $6.50 per bottle, I don't think I would buy this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 23:17:57 | More by stevenstofen
Photo of andrewinski1

New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. color is very dark amber with no haze. There is a thin creamy looking head covering the liquid.

The aroma is full of fruity plum and raisin. There is a nice malty bread crumb aroma.

The taste yields brown sugar and cinnamon, with lots of malty crust. This is perfectly sweet, but not too much so as to cover up the malt characteristics. There is a slight bit of heat in the finish.

The body is just larger than medium. The carbonation is quite lively for the ABV.

This is my favorite quad thus far. I would recommend it to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 02:27:37 | More by andrewinski1
Photo of afksports

New York

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

Finally I tried this bad ass quadruple Rochefort 10 in a setting where I could type up some notes and rate it. Namely, Saturday night at a popular bar while my friends went to the bathroom.

It's dark. Poured into a Chimay goblet it's got proper head and a brown to red tinge at the sides of the glass. The smell is crazy. Like plum pudding. Chocolate, burnt fruit, dried fruit, overripe fruit, figs, dates, and sweetened citrus. Rich.

The taste is similarly rich. Dark fruits take over and the malty sweetness is matched by the yeast. No hop notes, but who needs them? Rochefort 10 is medium to full body, thick and creamy.

This 2010 bottle will undoubtedly only get better with time, but I'm still glad I ordered it.

Plus the girl finished the 11.3% beer, and she was the one who needed it anyway.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 01:40:15 | More by afksports
Photo of StayWounded

North Carolina

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

A: Dark brown to a mocha head

S: Smells sweet with a lot of dark fruit

T: Very little heat, sweetness of fruit followed by a carmel flavor. Fantastic.

M: Smooth, great consistency and deceptively lacking heat. Feels right.

O: My friend and I reviewing this might be fanboys of this. But it is as fantastic as it's hype suggests.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 03:54:56 | More by StayWounded
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New York

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark brown color with a two finger light tan head.

S - Molasses, raisins, figs, caramel-like malts, brown sugar, and a hint of alcohol. Very pleasing and overall a very good aroma.

T - Same as the aroma. Sweet malts, dark fruits, spices and a dash of molasses. Alcohol is present, but suprisingly low key.

M - The mouthfeel is tremendously smooth and well balanced.

O - Very good quad, my favorite so far. This makes me really want to get my hands on a Westy 12.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 23:38:47 | More by SkiBum22
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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle date 260116 - means it was only bottled this past January, so pretty fresh. Let's give it a try anyway.

Pours a dark reddish-brown, some orange highlights. Generous off-white head.

The smell is dominated by fruit - raisins, prunes, that sort of thing. Some of that distinctive Belgian yeasty smell in there as well. Alcohol is well hidden in the smell.

The taste is a bona fide parade of flavors. At first sip, or second anyway, I'm getting everything from bananas to nutmeg. Definitely more on the spice as I keep going. A little bubblegum. Some alcohol bite - not surprising with this being such a young sample. A little toffee/caramel, but not as much as I was expecting with this being such a dark rich beer. There's even a bit of that "earthy" or "musty" flavor one gets from fresh Continental hops, but I might be just tricking myself into detecting that one.

Mouthfeel is rich but not overwhelming. Again, a bit of an alcohol bite.

Overall, I cannot deny that this is a world class beer. That said, I think it would benefit from more aging than I allowed on this bottle - I'll have to find another.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 19:51:02 | More by Errto
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United Kingdom (England)

4.05/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep Dark amber colored. With tan head. no lacing

Smell: Smells of raisons. Chocolate. Madiera wine.

Taste: Rich, dark, Madiera, Raisons, Port.

Mouthfeel: Medium. Alcoholic heat, tingly

Overall: Excellent. One of the best doubles I've had. Will be buying again when I can find it!.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 18:12:56 | More by Squelch
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4.2/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle code 030215. Poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours that typical, murky Coca-Cola brown with a frothy, tight-bubbled tan head. Tried to keep the yeast in the bottle and failed. Once the head dies it's easy to revive, but there isn't much lacing to speak of.

S: First smell is acidic dark cherry, which blossoms into some other fruits like plum and prune. There is a woody character here, and hints at vanilla as well. Lots of spicy sweet yeast esters.

T: Again, those darker fruits (with plum and prune being most dominant) and a lot of oak presence right off the bat. There is some chalky cocoa flavors, and some vinous qualities followed by just the slightest hint of alcohol heat.

MF: Creamy and smooth really, medium bodied, and not too much carbonation, just enough to spread the beer across your tongue and palette.

O: A nice quad, quite drinkable at this stage (I think it's right around a year and a half old). The floaties usually bug me but here they didn't detract from the taste and feel too much. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 19:21:19 | More by Scotchboy
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4.72/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark, thick brown with rosy highlights. Not much head to speak of, but that's the be expected. Lots of sediment in the bottom of the bottom as I pour.

S - A little boozy, but mostly lots dark fruits: figs, cherries, raisins, etc. It's an incredible smell, especially for 11%.

T - If I thought the smell was complex, the taste blows that away. The dark fruit is there very strong in the taste, but there's a hint of booziness, rich caramel malts, a hint of chocolate, banana. Each sip is a different flavor.

M - The carbonation is spot on, it's not very aggressive, fairly mild, but enough to coat my entire mouth with the flavor. The flavor dissipates with time, leaving different aspects of it as it fades.

Overall, this is an outstanding beer. Though experience doesn't necessarily make a beer good, in this situation, I trust the monks on this one and they did a heckuva job.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 01:02:13 | More by gdrydenc
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3.69/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very excited about this one! This is probably the only beer that has mocked me the most every time I walked into a beer store due to its high price. Let's hope that it's worth all the hype it's received! This was poured into a chalice. Freshness date is listed as 01/09/15.

Appearance: Pours a typically dark reddish color for a quad. Maintains a decent, small head for the most part, although I expected it to be much thicker. Carbonation looks plentiful.

Smell: Wow. Where to start?! Extremely fruity, resembling raspberries, cranberries and raisins. There a funky herb smell in there as well, perhaps a little bit of clove as well. However, the extra sweetness in the aroma clearly comes from the very high alcohol.

Taste: My God, this is great! The booziness is very, very apparent here, but I'm getting so many flavors at once that I'm unable to contain myself writing this review. Raspberries, grapes, caramel, cranberries, roasted bread grains and other sweetened varieties. This IS the quintessential sipping beer, and I'm going to be very respectful with it the whole time.

Mouthfeel: Wonderfully smooth - this beer has no bitter end to it AT ALL. There is wonderful chewiness and creamy feel to it, definitely due to the high amount of malts. One sip of this thing instantly warms me up, and the sweetness lasts on the tongue forever.

Overall: This beer isn't a Trappist for nothing! Drinking it IS a true religious experience. One of the best sipping beers on this planet, PERIOD. Deserves all the attention it gets, and makes me not want to ever put any extra effort into finding a Westvleteren 12 any time soon when I have this and St. Bernardus Abt 12 to brighten up my horizons.

Update (2/10/2014): The latest batch I've had to date is not doing too well - thinned, buttery (possible diacetyl), and with too much booze that overpowers its malt profile. No clue what's happened, but during a quad tasting with jdhowe and others, it unanimously decided that it was the worst tasting one.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 02:41:22 | More by magictacosinus
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.08/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

33cl bottle poured into a Grimbergen chalice.

Bottle code 010714

A- Dark mahogany with a lot of yeast sediment. 2 finger tan creamy head post pour but this reduces to literally nothing quickly with no lacing.

S- Touch of banana, dark fruit maltiness. These are incredibly subtle though.

T- Malt richness but no specific flavours are picked out. Toffeeish malts culminate in a full bodied finish with a touch of lingering alcohol heat.

M- Low/medium carbonation, full body

D- Heart sank again post pour. Not sure if i have maybe stored these Rochefort beers poorly or if they are too old. Poor appearance and flavour/aroma profile. Had this a few years ago in Cafe Gollem in Amsterdam and was blown away. This is definitely not the same beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 21:24:37 | More by seanyfo
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3.95/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

appearance Dark dark brown or light black. It cant be seen through but there is a light brown glow on the edge. Very foamy tan carmel head. 2 inch thick head

Smell- Cherry with a little malt. maybe a light smell of burnt malt. bourbon rolls off at the end.

Taste- earth tones with malt and barley showing through. There is a fruity side to it as it sits on your tounge.

mouthfeel- chew through it. It is thick. I also think the Alc. level really influnces this beer. I actually think it takes away from it at some level. The carboniztion feels fine. Just some heat going down.

Overall- I wouldn't go out of my way for it again but I am glad it is off my list.
I just had it with a slice of Tillomock smoked cheddard....Really good

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 01:00:45 | More by isualum12
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4.78/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured a deep plum, caramel. Perfect creaminess with the perfect belgian yeasty head,spritz bubbles.
S-Candied dark fruits,grapes, spice, malt, sweet burnt sugar, and alcohol.
T/M- Malty for sure. Syrup, brown sugar come out right away with a mouthful of booze. There is a touch of fruit and a nice caramelized sugar taste. Quite easy to drink once you get past the initial hit from the abv.
O-This is more not a beer,this is something more then that!

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 16:45:37 | More by djura
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4.97/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From an 11.2oz bottle into a stemless red wine glass(my favorite glass for sampling something I know is worth drinking slow and allowing to warm in my hand).

Pours amazingly dark, can barely see light through it, after struggling to see, I note it is a tad cloudy( I didn't pour it myself, they may have not been as careful as necessary), I do notice a good layer of sediment left behind in the bottle. Has a strong 1/4" head, cream/tan that has good retention and lasts through about 2/3 of the glass. Very light carbonation visible.

Smell is heavy with dark fruit; fig, plum. Malts are present on the nose as well.

Taste doesn't disappoint, it is beautiful to the tongue. Still heavy with the dark fruits, a slight bitter malt, and a nice bite of alcohol thanks to the 11.3 percent alcohol. As it warms the alcohol gives more burn and the fruit really pulls through to the point of resembling wine.

Mouth-feel is thin and clean in a metallic way. Probably simple elements of the water used. Leaves bitter, fruit and grainy alcohol on the back of the tongue.

This is an excellent beer to compliment good company and great conversation. Drinks like a fine wine. Well worth the money spent, cannot wait to have another!

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 15:13:28 | More by LadyOfMuchBeer
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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Probably one of my most favorite beers of all time.

Poured it from the bottle into a goblet

Appearance: Dark color (dark like coca-cola), good head.
Smell: Amazing. Has a dark dried fruit bouquet with a little bit of sweetness.
Taste: Extremely concentrated taste of dark dried fruit (Prunes, raisins, dates) that has been soaked in alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Long lasting aftertaste of dried fruits

Overall an exceptional beer that is worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 04:32:10 | More by rslomin
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4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle stamped: 280415, 09:28

Poured from a 11.2oz (330ml) bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours a murky dark brown color with about 1 1/2 fingers worth of khaki, almost a light cream colored head. Head reduces to a fine cap, barely leaving any lacing and some noticeable alcohol legs.

S: Nose is a bouquet of dark fruits like plums, figs, and raisins. Brown sugar, a little bit of alcohol, and bready maltiness that brings all those nuances together.

T: Taste is amazing! Rum soaked raisins, plums, and brown sugar. Alcohol is also present, but not over bearing. Big bready malts are very welcoming as well, great profile.

M: Big bready malts coat the mouth, tongue, and cheeks. Full bodied, good carbonation and alcohol help move the brew along. Overall a great example of the style.

Note: I drank half the bottle almost 30mins later, all flavors, nose, even mouthfeel were enchanced.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 03:35:25 | More by lazjuarez
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4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The most rare of the Trappistes Rochefort ales, 10 bears aromas that attest to its fine craftsmanship and aging: light and fruity citrus notes, such as orange, white grape, and berry; darker fruits such as plum and fig; hints of port wine; oak.

On the tongue the citrus flavors are especially predominant, and so strong that it's difficult to imagine this being a beverage made mainly of malts and hops. Oranges and berries are especially present, as well as apples and pears. Hints of spice--coriander, perhaps cloves--dance wildly, mingling with candy caramels and vanillas. There is a fairly significant alcohol kick (thanks to the 11.3% ABV), but it does blend in, much like a particularly well-made cocktail. The aftertaste is largely a continuation of the above flavors, but lasts far longer than would be expected; in fact, it's lasted through my trying to think up something clever to say here, and failing utterly.

Overall, this is a first-rate ale with hardly a fault to be found, and well-worth the price.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 02:51:51 | More by jondeelee
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4.05/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Abbaye de Notre-Dame de Saint-Remy's 2004-2005 Trappistes Rochefort 10 11.2oz from my cellar, into Delirium Tremens etched snifter. In low light, pours a very dark shade with a small 1/4th" head that disappears quickly not leaving any lacing. The oh so famous etched elephant in the base of the glass provides a nucleation point for carbonation to release, thus forming a incredible cap of foam about 5 mins after pour. The beer is so dark in the dim light that I cant see through, leaning toward a dark brown. Larger size chunks of yeast and protein float around near the bottom despite a soft delicate pour. Smell is very soft. Smells of grapes, plums, alcohol soaked dates, and a bit of brandy for me. The taste matches the nose, soft and delicate. White grapes are up front with assorted dried fruits, mainly raisins. The mouthfeel is strait up velvet. It is so smooth and so soft. Its weird how such immense taste can be paired with such a delicate presentation, but these bastards make it work. The alcohol is almost undetectable, which also means it is deadly. I have honestly had better quads, some of which are domestic, but this beer shines with its own astounding quality's. If I find it again for $4 a bottle, I'll be grabbing a few to cellar. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 01:39:14 | More by OhYesILoveBeer
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4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Brown town. Smallish head

S - Bready, fruity, sweetness.

T - Like the smell. Sweet, bready, dark fruits, very malty. Rasins, plumbs. A bit of alcohol in the finish. Very smooth.

M - Light carbonation, very smooth. A tad sticky.

O - Great beer, my favorite belgian by far.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 21:16:15 | More by s1ckboy
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3.63/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 11.2 FL OZ bottle into chalice.

A- Deep chocolate brown. Aggressive pour yields a brief 1 1/2 finger head that quickly dissipates, leaving a creamy cap.

S- Sourdough raisin bread. Ripe figs and plums. Classic Belgian yeast. Tart cherries soaked in alcohol. Very inviting.

T- The front is spiced bread, raisins, molasses, red grapes, and a big licorice taste. There's a fair amount of carbonation that is almost immediately noticeable. The transition phase is almost all dark fruit - figs and grapes whose bitterness is emphasized by the unabashed alcohol. The aftertaste follows, being primarily dark fruits and warmth. There's a big alcohol taste in this one and is a bit wine-ish, but at 11.3% ABV I guess that's bound to happen.

M- Medium bodied. As mentioned above, the carbonation makes a surprisingly early appearance, not waiting for the transition like many beers do. Quite dry.

O- Overall this is an OK beer, but I found the alcohol taste to be a bit much. As one of the more expensive bottles at my local store ($6.50 for the small bottle), I can think of a few other quad options that I like more at a better price point. Worthy of another purchase; will try again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 07:26:00 | More by seabass87
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4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle, served in an Orval chalice. The beer poured a cider-brown with a thin film off head that faded quickly into a light ring of bubbles around the outside surface of the beer. The nose was a sweet mixture of molasses, raisin/date/fig, light alcohol, yeast and a little malt. The taste was a wonderful melding of complex flavors. Spicy yeast, brown sugar, malt, the gamut of dark fruits, molasses and a bit of chocolate. The alcohol is there, but it's very well masked amongst the rest of the flavors. Mouthfeel was smooth, medium to full bodied with a good amount of prickly carbonation. This beer is a real treat which I need to remind myself of when I balk at the pricetag - well worth the premium price.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 03:04:44 | More by surlytheduff
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District of Columbia

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

So, after many years of enjoying this fine brew, I am finally sitting in the comfort of my home and reviewing this highly regarded trappist ale.

The beer is brown with a nice, tan head. Decent lacing and retention. The aroma is inviting, with yeast, malt, caramel. It definitely smells like an amazing Belgian quad. Wow, what a flavor! The 11.3% abv is so well hidden, and this bottle is fairly new. Simply terrific. Balanced to perfection. It's been several months since I had last enjoyed a Rochefort 10, and I am suddenly remembering my fondness for this spectacular beer. Certainly one of the finest quads on the planet.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 02:12:00 | More by Huhzubendah
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4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a dark brown color with a two finger light tan head.

Smell - Aromas of plums, raisins, and spices with a subtle hint of alcohol.

Taste - Almost fruity. Mostly malt and raisins.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, crisp, and smooth at the same time. The carbonation of some bottles was close to overbearing, but most of the time it was perfect. A little inconsistency there.

Overall - This is one of my "everyday beers".

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 06:29:41 | More by dvsbizzyb
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Ontario (Canada)

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

A: Near-black colour with a tall creamy head. Nice retention down the glass.

S: Molasses, raisins, figs, caramel-like malts, brown sugar, and a hint of alcohol. Very pleasing and overall a very good aroma.

T: Very similar to smell with a lot of dark fruits coupled with molasses and caramel. Not overly sweet, with the brown sugar notes nicely complimented with a slight bitterness in the finish. Alcohol disappears wonderfully in the taste. What can I say- an exceptional tasting quad.

M: Very good mouthfeel for the style with a thinner mouthfeel (considering the ABV) and a good amount of carbonation.

D: An exceptional quad style. Always willing to pick this up at stores, for the right price. A must try for those that haven't.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 04:03:47 | More by Digimaika2
Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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