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Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,162 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 7,162
Reviews: 2,541
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 517
Gots: 1,221 | FT: 49
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Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium

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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Photo of OakedCanuck
4.22/5  rDev -6.4%

11.2 fl oz poured into cervoise.

A - Pours a dark brown with purplish amber edging. Very little head or lacing

S - Deep dark fruits, belgian yeast, bready, vanilla, pepper

T - Plums, currants, cherries and a hint of lemon. Bready biscuity malts with distinct caramel and toffee sweetness. Typical biting belgian yeast. Very good

M - Silky, robust, semi hot

O - A great beer. Definitely would recommend that you let it warm up before trying it. The layers of flavours were more distinct once it warmed about 50 F. Next time I'll probably just drink it a room temperature. Great beer!

OakedCanuck, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of sk8man121
4.68/5  rDev +3.8%

11.2 fl oz bottle poured into Chimay chalice.

A word of advice: this beer improves immensely as it warms, and is best served at 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

A: Pours a dark brown with mahogany highlights. Small, creamy tan head with nice retention. No lacing on the glass.

S: Brown sugar and raisins knock you over the head. Smells very sweet and malty; almost like a barleywine.

T: Taste is of elderberry, spicy Belgian yeast and brown bread, with a nice, round dark fruit profile throughout. Finishes with strong toffee, caramel and heat from the alcohol. Truly a massive quad.

M: Creamy, with medium-light carbonation. Like silk on the tongue.

O: There's a cloying sweetness from start to finish here, which - although typical and expected - makes it difficult to drink a bottle of this in under an hour (not to mention its 11.3% ABV). That said, Trappistes Rochefort 10 is truly one of the best beers on the planet, and its regular availability makes it quite accessible (although a rare treat at $6.99 for an 11.2 oz bottle). Fans of St. Bernardus Abt. 12 and similar brews will surely find something to love in this.

A world-class quad.

sk8man121, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of csiewert
4.78/5  rDev +6%

This beer enjoyed at the Abner pub in Norman, OK in a chalice glass. The beer pours a dark reddish brown with a finger of off white foamy head that laces and retains very well. The aroma is strong with figs and caramel sweetness. The taste has some hints of grapes, figs, caramel and spices and finishes clean. The mouthfeel is nice and velvety with a good balance of carbonation. Overall a great Belgian ale.

csiewert, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of Mario61Aler
4.83/5  rDev +7.1%

I was over eager when I opened the 330 ml bottle. I poured and sipped immediately right from the fridge (about 39 degrees F), After realizing that was not the thing to do I let it warm to about 49 to 50 F. WOW!!! Poured a dark brownish red with a very nice head that left quickly but left a nice lace on the top. Smelled wonderfully of dried fruits and toasted malts, yum. The the warmer taste was everything the aroma promised and MORE!slight hints of alcohol well covered and balanced with the fruits and carmel notes. Felt med. thick and creamy leving the taste of this ale in the mouth until it was rinsed out with water. WoW can't say enough good things about this except try it.

Mario61Aler, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of legalpete19340
4.33/5  rDev -4%

A: Poured a dark mahogany with a finger of head that quickly died leaving a respectable skim.

S: Lots of dark fruit, plums, dates. Some yeastiness.

T: Very mellow coming on with strong malt and dark cherry and date flavors. More yeast at the end. The sweetness is not sugary its comes across more natural. The alcohol was well hidden but came through the taste with some sharp zinging in the mid swig and short burn afterwards.

M: Thick and full on the syrupy side but not. Minimal carbonation.

O: I dont know what to say, it was good with flavors of dark fruit and strong malt. Incredibly smooth especially for the booze. Not sure I can fully appreciate this beer so I will have to work on my palate.

legalpete19340, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
4.2/5  rDev -6.9%

Bottle (2010)

Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

A dark brown with ruby edges. Looks thick and relatively heavy in pour and glass. Big foaming tan head that sticks around and eventually leaves messy and sticky splatterings of lace down the glass. Really incredible looking beer!

The aroma is a divine cornucopia of dark fruits. The aromas of figs, raisins, and cherries are predominant. Something about this beer smells heavy and substantial, although I know those aren't typically words associated with aromas. It has a sweet and powerful aroma. While delicious, it doesn't possess quite the complexity or nuance I love about my favorite quads.

The taste is similar to the nose. There's plenty of dark fruits along with some bitterness and an alcohol flavor akin to brandy. Smooth and easy to drink, even balanced, although this beer is thick, rich, and highly alcoholic.

Thick and rich mouthfeel with a touch of chew. A bit of alcohol warmth but at this ABV magnitude, that's a welcome addition.

A very, very good beer. I'm interested to see what a few more years in the cellar will do to this one. As it stands relatively fresh, it's a thick, rich, and delicious quad, though not quite as complex and interesting as some others.

ehammond1, Apr 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

Wow just abosolutley wow. This beer needs its own category. The smell is full and smells of caramel. The taste is something that lingers but not in a bad way. Each sip is better than the last. This beer actually made me contemplate joining a monestary. Find one and cherrish every sip for if it was your last you can die a happy man.

STKPICR0720, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.35/5  rDev -3.5%

I've heard a lot about this beer, so I figured I had to try it. Here's what I found.

A - A deep, rich brown. Even darker than I was expecting. There are faint reddish hues as well, with a very light head.

S - Mild aromas of nutty sweetness. Very appealing. The alcohol presence is very strong here.

T - An incredibly full-bodied experience here. A tinge of alcohol at first (which lingers throughout), touched with a hint of yeasty phenols, then finished off with some hazelnut/carmel aftershocks. The perfect definition of a Quad: it has an in-your-face grouping of flavors, but it all is done in a very mellow fashion. It's not harsh or overwhelming. Very nice, except for the balance: I feel that the alcohol presence is a bit overdone. It doesn't allow the other subtleties that make it great to come out. I know it's odd to be saying that with a 22 proof beer, but I think the 11.3% could have been more effectively blended.

M - A tongue-numbing experience, that's for sure. Surprisingly bubbly, yet smooth. The alcohol warms on the way down and numbs the tongue.

O - To be honest, I was a bit disappointed after all I had heard about this brew. It's a great example of a well-done Quad, but I don't think I'd be very keen on drinking it alone. As a dinner beer, perfect.

BarryMFBurton, Apr 20, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

I ordered this at Le Cirio in Brussels. Ruby-brown with a dense off-white head. Aromas of figs, cocoa, and herbal tea. Very full-bodied and creamy mouthfeel with an almost honey-like texture. Flavour is dark caramel-sweet with peppery spice upfront, followed by more figs, molasses, and a deep bready undercurrent. Complex and port-like but not overpowering. Westvletern 12 is reputed to be the best beer in the world in this style, but I think that reputation is likely enhanced by its rarity; I prefer Rochefort 10.

, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of Brez07
4.47/5  rDev -0.9%

330ml bottle poured into a Chimay glass

A: Light brown with red highlights that you can almost start to see through. Not much head (thin, wispy) but there is a ton of carbonation funneling up the middle of the glass

S: Lots of dark fruit (raisin, fig) and bread malt. Some spiciness, presumably from the yeast. Hard to detect but I pick up some chocolate and maybe anise. Definitely no sign of alcohol

T: All the elements from the nose combine to make a wonderfully complex beer. Starts with a good dark fruit flavor that gently blends with some chocolate and brown sugar. A light spice and yeast component finishes it off

M: Full bodied yet the carbonation still is very present. Sweet dark fruit lingers on the palate ever so briefly after each sip

D: A wonderful quad. I had this before but didn't remember just how great of a beer it was. I understand why people hold this on par with Westy 12

Brez07, Apr 19, 2011
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4.55/5  rDev +0.9%

This is my first review in a while, figured I would make it something good.

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: At first glance this beer is darker then what I remember Westvleteren looked like. Definitely not opaque, if held up to the light it is red around the edges. There is a small layer of white head, but that fades to a nice lacing.

Smell: Lots of dark fruits, figs, raisins, malty goodness, and a touch of alcohol.

Taste: Lingering taste of figs and plums, with a nice sweetness derived from maltiness of this beer. There is a little more of an alcohol warming effect from this beer then from other trappist quads I have tried in the past, but it is a pleasant warming feeling, more inviting then anything.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation dances on your tongue, which is surprising from a beer that is this high in alcohol. It is still relatively light feeling, but still a sipper for sure.

Overall: I would highly recommend this beer. It's a world class example of the style and I'm sad that I will not be able to find them in Texas anymore. Worth seeking out if you can.

jamescain, Apr 19, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev -1.8%

Bottle in Chimay glass.

Appearance: 4
Brown-black nearly opaque body with white-brown head that quickly fades.

Smell: 4.5
Sweet molasses and sugar with caramel/bready malt and notes of dark fruit and chocolate. There is an especially prominent grape/plum note that increases as the beer warms. Overall, very pleasant.

Taste: 4.5
Dominated by dark fruits, with less sweetness than anticipated by the aroma. Through there is still is the molasses element of the malt present though. Moderate presence of alcohol, with notable warmth. Fnishes with slight bitterness and lingering astrigentness, similar to a good red wine.

Mouthfeel: 4
Smooth, mild carbonation with slight creaminess, but not overly viscous feel. Middle of the road with a balance between sweetness and dryness on tongue.

Drinkability/Overall: 4.5
Extremely drinkable despite high alcohol content 11.3%. I find it to be a complex, but very balanced beer. But it also pleasantly rich in taste, even in comparison to other quads such as St. Bernardus 12. Pairs with food, similar to a good red wine.

EnemyWithin, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of output01x
4.03/5  rDev -10.6%

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle (Dated Best By 04/29/14) into a snifter.

A moderate pour yields a 2-finger tan-colored head that quickly recedes to a light dusting atop a thick mahogany-colored body. Thick floaties hang motionless like fruit pieces in Jello. A thick ring of foam clings to the edge of the glass but leaves little lacing.

Aromas of raisins and plums mix with a brown sugar scent.

Strong, sweet malt flavor, filled with dark fruit, assaults the palate first with a crisp spiciness. Then, a cider-like alcohol warmth and a molasses sweetness finish each sip.

Full bodied with high carbonation, this beer is a sipper and a half. Great drinkability, but the carbonation fizzes on the tongue a little excessively.

output01x, Apr 18, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev -5.1%

11.2oz bottle with best by date 7/14/15 poured into Trois Pistoles goblet. Reviewed on 4/16/11

A: Pours a deep, dark brown, with tan head leaves little lacing around glass. Hazy red-brown hues when held up to the light.

S: Sweet bread with lots and lots of dark fruit, spices and alcohol.

T: Lots of dark fruit, figs, raisins, plums, sweet brown sugar with spices. Thick and creamy from the sweet malts with some warming from the alcohol. Long lingering dark fruit taste after each sip. A great sipping beer for sure.

M: Thick, full bodied creamy beer with plenty of carbonation.

O: Solid quad all around very thick and flavorful. I could stretch one glass of this out for a very long time.

Azurescens, Apr 17, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev -0.9%

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip glass

Appearance: Dark woody, chocolaty brown hue. Completely opaque. One-finger coffee colored head.

Smell: Dark chocolate notes are the first thing I noticed. Brown sugar is very apparent as well. Smells sweet and malty. A little phenolic on the nose. Complex. Hints of black licorice and raisin. After swirling the glass, I got a quick subtle whiff of pumpkin. Very intriguing.

Taste: The alcohol and carbonation pack a big punch upon the arrival. Definitely a sipping beer. Dark chocolate, and dark fruit notes are made apparent after the initial punch subsides. Hints of toffee in the background. Very spicy, complex, boozy, and delicious. Slightly on the sweet side. There is a warming affect from the high ABV. The alcohol isn't masked very well, but it is consistent with the style. Lingering fruit/bitter chocolate driven finish. Beautiful blend amongst all of the characteristics. They all stand out in their own way. Nothing is too overwhelming. Excellent brew.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with high carbonation. Smooth, yet prickly. On the thick side.

Ending notes: This beer is a must try for any beer enthusiast. I could spend an hour discovering all of the characteristics, as there as so many present. What a phenomenal take on the quadrupel style. Outstanding.

jboucher, Apr 17, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev -8.4%

Woot! 150th Review!

Because of this, I decided to go all out in the beer that I would review. This one seems to be quite the massive feat.

Pours a gentle black, head quickly dissipating. Smell is fruity and rich in ..hmm, I'd hate to say "those Belgan-y smells", but for all of the belgian ales I've had, they've shared these similar qualities.

First sip is quite surprising. I'd never expect a beer with such a high gravity to be this absolutely smooth. It really does have a velvety smoothless to it that I wasn't expecting.

Mouthfeel is subtle, yet extremely satisfying. In terms of trappist ales, this takes the cake as the best I've tried. It really is something to behold.

techfed87, Apr 16, 2011
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4.88/5  rDev +8.2%

I had this beer in the bottle, and it is the second one of the series that I have had like this. It poured smooth into the glass and gave off a nice aroma of hops, sweetness, and light spice. After I tasted it all I could come up with was; bitter, deep, smooth, and strong.
This beer is packed with flavor and many different levels. This is a great beer just to give as a birthday gift. Cheers

chiccabeer, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of harrymel
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%

$7 for 33cl @ huck's in spokane, WA.
Poured to NB globe.

A: Pours a dark maple brown. Two finger acorn head dissipates to thick comforter of fine, thick foam. This foam quilt sticks around permanently. Loose lacing.

S: Mixtures of molasses, brown sugar, nougat, malts, grain, earthy and noble hops. Hints of butter. This opens up and retains beautifully throughout the life. On the second tasting I've done, this beer had a lovely buttered toast tone to it.

T: Earth, malt, molasses, warmth (ABV), sweetness constantly beaten back by low bittering. This beer doesn't hide the alcohol as I would expect for such renowned a brewery.

M: heavy body, decent carbonation. Leaves the palate quite slick.

D: Good beer. Don't see how this is in the top ten on BA right now. It's not in my top ten. I do love quad's, but this one is not the cream of the crop.

harrymel, Apr 15, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev -0.9%

Poured into a small tulip.

A - A very very deep brown color with lighter hues when held up to the light. Not black but very dark. There is a very nice head taht forms 2.5 fingers in my tulip but it eventually dies to a single thin ring.
S - An incredible carmalized sugar malt sweetness right off the bat. This is mixed with a plethora of dark fruits including cherry, fig, raisin. There is a slight rum smell on the back end, but the finish is clearly and herby pepper that finishes it very nicely.
T & M - Awesome awesome quad. The beer mimics the nose very well. The front end is a boom of carmalized sugary flavors and cherries and toffee like malt. There is even a deep chocolate taste that is very subtle but nice in the middle of the palate. The back end becomes almost herbal with a slight peppery finish. What is suprising is the lightness of the finish of the beer. It is medium bodied but finishes so thin and light on the palate making it very drinkable.
O - Wow what a quad. The nose and the mouth are very complex and robust. It is a sipper for sure. It suprises becuase all the complex flavor and the ABV are hidden by a very light finish and great mouth feel. These are easy to find and I recommend you grab one. Always a treat.

-Cheers

CuttDeez, Apr 13, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev -5.1%

A- Pours a dark brown color with a one finger tan head. Good retention and sparse lacing.

S- Bunch of sweet caramel malts with large amount of candy sugar up front. Plenty of dark fruit follow, raisins. Nice belgian yeast also comes into play toward the end.

T- Brown sugar is the first thing I pick up, then darker fruits with with black cherrie and raisin. A bit of spicy character to it as well.

M- Medium mouthfeel, but somehow more slick then other beers.

D- This beer is one of the best for the style that I've tried, everything in balance, makes you want to go back for more.

biggied, Apr 12, 2011
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4.85/5  rDev +7.5%

Thanks a lot to crossovert for this one!
I'm very happy to try this legendary quad.

A: Poured a deep deep brown. Fully translucent. Almost as dark as a stout. Head is beige, good retention and correct lacing.

S: Darker than any other quads I ever had. Very strong toffee presence as well as molasses and licorice. Also pretty strong with the nuts. But the main players (as with most quads). Dates (quite strong), plums, raisins and dried cherries are very present. Nectarines and maybe over riped peach. Spiced bread : bread, brown sugar, cinnamon, cardamom and cloves. Red apples. Incredibly complex, but the smell ain't strong enough for the 5.

T: Again, very strong with the toffee, molasses, licorice, nuts, dates, plums raisins, dried cherries, bread, brown sugar, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves (aka the definition of a quad). But, with the nectarines, over riped peaches, a perfect balance of the tastes, sweet without never getting cloying, strong taste without getting overwhelming, no alcohol in sight, it is the perfect tasting quad (still didn't have westy 12 yet though).

M: Very full and creamy body. Not sticky at all (like all Belgian beer) which is quite exceptional considering the 11.2 ABV. Carbonation is medium to low. Hard to put in words, but this is IMO the perfect quad feel.

O: What more can I say? It really is a legendary beer and for good reason. One of the best I ever had. And maybe has the award for the most drinkable beer with an above 10 ABV.

flipper2gv, Apr 12, 2011
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4.3/5  rDev -4.7%

Trappistes Rochefort 10

Appearance: Appears a dark brown and murky. Cracking off white head forms and leaves a fine film that lasts the duration.

Smell: Bready, fig like and well pronounced notes of dark fruit just emit from the chalice. Quite pleasing to the senses.

Taste: Strong malty presence, high alcohol shows itself in a way that was not apparant in the nose. The notes of dark fruit have emerged as candied date, fig and red grape. Ever so slight hint of a roasted flavor in the malt. Dry cocoa. Nice.

Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied and quite "juicy". Carbonation levels are fine, some chalky yeast presence.

Overall: Initially I enjoyed all aspects of this beer, but after consuming the enitre bottle, I enjoy them all the more.

Stinkypuss, Apr 11, 2011
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4.35/5  rDev -3.5%

I've been sampling this beer since I bought about a dozen or so of them 2 years ago. This bottle aged 2 years...time to review:

A: Poured into my chalice, this brew pours a dark chocolate murky brown with yeasty sediment leaving a freckle like appearance throughout the beer.

S: The aroma consist of a heavy Belgium spice and clove. Over the two years notes of light chocolate have emerged. Organic notes of biscuit and the caramel start to make themselves more evident.

T: The flavor becomes more solid over the years. Dark fruit, raisins and plumbs are first followed by an interesting alcohol note. Pleasantly tiny notes of chocolate and caramel end at the back of the pallet.

MF: Maybe a little too much carbonation, but full like a Belgium should be.

Overall, this brew continues to be in my top 3 no matter how many IPAs, Stouts, or other great brews I have the luxury of trying. My biggest gripe with Rochefort 10 is that sometimes I get a bottle that is noticeably better than every other. Can't wait to see how the 7 I have left age out over the years.

TKEbeerman, Apr 10, 2011
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4.83/5  rDev +7.1%

Poured into my favorite tulip glass at slightly-higher-than-cellar temp to experience every side of this brew. Use By date is 04/28/15. This is my first Trappist beer, and to say I'm excited to try it would be an understatement!

A: Deep, rich brown, nearly opaque, with some tiny ruby highlights that sneak through when held up to a light. Huge foamy creamy tan head that slowly shrinks down to a thick film and ring that hugs the glass. Little-to-no lacing.

S: Toffee, scorched caramel, raisins, dates & figs, clove, rock candy and brown sugar, tobacco, and a dank, cave-like quality; sort of musty - smells like history. There's a little bit of alcohol vapor poking through, but it merely lends itself as a warming, slightly peppery quality. Sweet and dark and delicious.

T: Heaven in a glass. So rich and complex - toffee and caramel, brown sugar, molasses, raisins and dates, cloves, sweetened condensed milk, dark chocolate, smooth toddy-brewed coffee, rock candy, musty mildew, and a nice round warming sensation from the alcohol - it's so incredibly well-hidden; really only noticeable well after a sip. Very sweet and rich. The quintessential fireside sipper - take it all in slowly; savor every nuance. Study it and reflect on your day. Quads (heck, any style of beer) don't get much better than this.

M: Incredibly smooth; chewy, thick, and creamy. Low carbonation lends a rich and decadent experience.

O: In a word - Magnificent. Easily the best Quad I've tasted yet, and certainly in the top 10 beers that I have ever had. I'll be picking up more of these to savor & cellar.

To quote my friend @joshkennedy: Bravo, Monks.

machostacos, Apr 10, 2011
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4.55/5  rDev +0.9%

poured into a fresh unibroue tulip. this one has a lot of kudos surrounding it. poured at room temperature on a cold Melbourne day. About 15 degrees. i bought 2 of these about a year ago, one was to age, one to drink. This is the one i finally got around to drinking, which will be compared to the other which will hopefully be drank closer to the used by date (01/06/15) if it makes it. iI'm excited about this one.

A- pours vey dark, pretty much black, but if held up to the light it lets the tiniest bit through. about an inch of head that quickly turns into nothing but a line around the rim. excellent.

S- Toffee, raisin, alcohol is definitely there but in a good way. lots and lots of malt sweetness. both biscuity and jammy at the same time, with a touch of golden syrup. no hop smell at all. this is pure malt brilliance, with the slightest bit of yeast in the background.

T- Very Very Malty straight up. biscuity with a bunch of sweetness following soon after. some yeasty fruitiness follows, dried apricot, dates. Lots of raisin in there, alcohol for sure, but it blends in great. a little bit of spice, pepper and clove. intense flavour, that benefits from sipping slowly and thinking about.

M- very thick, almost syrupy. Creamy, but theres still a touch of prickly carbonation. very drying at the end, but the length is outstanding. im still tasting it ages after each mouthful.

O- Wow. this beer has a reputation that precedes it, and naturally that made me somewhat apprehensive. But this lives up to its name, and really delivers something special. i would never have more than one in an evening, but its one i would sit on for a long time. undoubtedly one of the worlds best beers

shambeano, Apr 09, 2011
Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
100 out of 100 based on 7,162 ratings.