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Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

6,843 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 6,843
Reviews: 2,526
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 469
Gots: 1,059 | FT: 46
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Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 11-06-2000)
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tomParis

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark brown color, with a thin off-white head that disappears pretty quickly.

The most distinctive smelling and tasting quad around. Really tough to describe this one. It just tastes and smells like Rochefort. But I'll do my best. Smells of cocoa and some very pleasant and distinctive phenols, with hints of fig, rum, and vanilla. Alcohol is noticeable, but not overwhelming. Just enough to let you know it's there.

Taste is much like the aroma would suggest, but has a bit of a spicy (maybe coriander or cardamom?) zing to it that I didn't notice before tasting it. Also has some burnt sugar or molasses in the background. Very complex and amazing.

Mouthfeel is deceptive. The flavor and aroma suggest sweetness, but the beer is surprisingly dry (although it somehow feels creamy at times), with a pleasantly high amount of carbonation.

Very drinkable for an 11.3% quad. If I wasn't so concerned with savoring it, I could easily get in to trouble with these.

Overall, an amazing beer. There's really nothing like it around. Good enough to prompt me to write my first review in 2 1/2 years.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 01:47:22 | More by tomParis
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SmasNadroj

Tennessee

4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not gonna muck this one up with too much analyzing. Poured into a tulip

A: looks beautiful. Dark, murky and bubbly. Yes, bubbly

S: smells like malty, rich sourdough bread. I wanna eat it

T: warming from the alcohol, roasty and malty. Sweet but not too sweet, has a slight tangy sourness to it I didn't notice for a bit. Classic, understated, amazing.

M: I love the mouthfeel of this beer, its pretty different than most- it feels a little grainy (from the malt?) And very bubbly on the tongue.

D: great, I would drink another if I had one but the high abv takes a little away from this

I loved this beer. Seriously. Can't wait to have another

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 04:40:44 | More by SmasNadroj
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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle marked "180314 13:21", whatever that means...

Poured into a Leffe chalice, where I had to hold back a bit in the pour to keep the head under the lip. Foolish glass choice on my part. Oh wait, and what is that? My dog's fur. Shit. Let's not get distracted though and enjoy this damn beer. Sure looks nice with its fluffy head that laces atop the dark brown ale... The head is so stiff well into the session it still hold some drops of yeast that made their way out of the bottle.

Aroma... Hmmmm... Initially it was "What aroma". I stuck my nose deep within the chalice and got nothing. It was only after sipping away at the beer that some fruityness comes to the nose. Quite nice, but sure doesn't make up for the start when I really want the aroma to play big on my sense.

Now for the most important part. Taste. Yum. A hearty malt body with a residual sweetness that is perfectly balanced leaving you wondering where the 11+% alcohol is hidden away. Raisin dominates with other fruity notes and a wonderfully soft finish that I can't describe. A creamy mouthfeel with a light and lovely carbonation. A great and easily drinkable beer, save for it coming back to pound you with its hidden booze.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 02:22:59 | More by kjyost
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endovelico

Portugal

4.97/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pouring into a La Trappe chalice, it forms a one finger head that collapses into a thick cap. This deep brown brew has decent head retention and lacing. Alot of floaties. No perceived carbonation.

Aroma: Medium intensity of the nose. Very complex. Strong marshmallow, rose, blueberry and mint aroma. Beautiful.

Taste: Very complex and layered. Candy, roses, blueberries on the front. Chocolate and mint on the midpalate. Coffee, smoky and earthy flavors on the back.

Palate: Silky, medium to medium full bodied. Low hop bitterness. Mild roasty finish. Lingering taste. Alcohol barely noticeable.

Drinkability: Truly remarkable. I was expecting a great brew and it exceeded my expectations. Its complex, unique, fits the style, sessionable (if you consider how hard it is to session a Quad) and very elegant. Will surely have again if possible.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 01:21:50 | More by endovelico
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metter98

New York

4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: It poured rather dark brown with a creamy beige head that took a very long time to settle down into a thin layer of bubbles. A moderate level of carbonation is visible, along with yeast particles floating near the bottom of the glass.
S: Alcohol is definitely perceptible in the nose, along with faint aromas of dark fruits and malty sweetness.
T: The taste is complex and very well balanced between flavors of malty sweetness, dark fruits and spices. A slight taste of alcohol is noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels both medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate.
D: For such a strong beer, it is relatively easy to drink, especially as it warms up.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 23:39:58 | More by metter98
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Boto

Connecticut

4.97/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

33cl bottle: This one pours a dark caramel brown color. There was quite a bit of a tan head on it that lingers awhile. A bit of alcohol in the nose, but many other aromas present, all very subtle and blending together into something wonderful. Definitely some dark fruits, with a hint of raisin on top. An absolute taste explosion on the tongue. Some sweetness, with caramel and toffee in there. Maybe some vanilla and a host of fruits blending together. A great treat! Pricey, but I don't mind buying this one once in a while. Definitely one of the best.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2010 14:20:11 | More by Boto
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Reaper16

Alabama

4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz. bottler served into a Trappistes Rochefort goblet

Pours a cloudy, opaque even, mass of chocolate pudding looking brown. Whatever. The tight cap of beige head sits on top for ever and ever at 1/2 finger in size in this Trappistes Rochefort glass. It looks fine enough.

This beer isn't a looker, which is okay because it is a smeller. Dark fruits -- drunken raisins and prunes and figs -- explode into the nose. Some dark cherries too. Darkly toasted bread adds a solid backbone to all the fruit. There is alcohol present, as there always seems to be in Quads.

Rochefort 10 excels in taste. The smoothness in which all of the intricate dark fruits and yeasty flavors are blended into each other is remarkable. Raisin leads into vanilla leads into toffee leads into fig and they are all expressed simultaneously after the first few sips. The alcohol isn't as noticeable as I thought it was going to be. Its there on the back end but it mostly compliments the flush of cherry on the finish. This is malty delight; a beer of deserved renown.

For all of the strength of flavor that Rochefort 10 has the mouthfeel is pretty light. Its on the lighter end of medium-bodied. It carries all of the flavors pretty well; the smoothness of flavor is especially noteworthy considering that the body is not close to being creamy or anything. Drinkability is damn good compared to most other Quads I've had. The alcohol is barely noticeable on the tongue and the flavors are, again, so well integrated.

Trappistes Rochefort 10 is a world-class beer. You'd be hard-pressed to find a beer that better exemplifies the term "craft beer." This is stupendously crafted. A beer like this can only be the product of a wealth of knowledge executed over hundreds of years. I'd advise you to take advantage of its existence.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2010 03:02:49 | More by Reaper16
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schleprock

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a very dark murky brown with sediment in the bottle so you get things floating and settling in the glass. Pours a gorgeous head but the lacing doesn't last very long.

S- Dark chocolate and roasted malts are found as well as some fruitiness.

T- I can taste dark fruits, dark malt and the alcohol does not seem to be as high as is indicated making it a devilishly drinkable beer for the alcohol content.

M- For it's darkness it surprisingly has a medium mouthfeel, no lingering bitterness or long alcohol burn, again making it easy to drink.

D- This goes down smoothly so it's probably one that sneaks up on you quick if you have too many.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2010 01:25:58 | More by schleprock
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BS68280

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wanted to introduce myself to some of the better belgians before I finally try the Westy 12. I must admit these haven't been my favorite style of beer, none the less I look forward to trying this. Poured into DFH signature glass.

A: Dark brown color with a big dirty tan head. Takes it's time to dissipate.

S: Dark fruits dominate, with some bananas, cloves and maybe toffee also present. Complex... maybe some vanilla in there also. The smells better and better as it warms.

T: Pretty much follows the smell, but with a little hear from the alcohol in there also. Sweet dark fruits dominate with a little bitterness also. I kind of get hints of cotton candy too.

M: Medium bodied nothing really spectacular here.

D: Goes down easy for this high ABV.

This is a solid beer, not exactly in love with it like some of the higher rated beers I've had, but I think it is just the style. I will try to review it again after i have had some more like it.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 00:22:27 | More by BS68280
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Wisconsinality

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into Chimay chalice.

A- Pours a very dark chocolate brown with a little bit of the sediment from the bottom of the bottle being poured into the glass. About a half finger's worth of head that sticks around for a nice cap and leaves some decent lacing on the side of the glass.

S- Dark chocolate, roasted malts and a little bit of dark fruits. A little bit of alcohol peaks it's head through but not much. Reminds me a little bit of a stout but with the added dark fruits in there. Throw in a small amount of dark licorice and the scent is pretty complex.

T- The taste is like the nose but the dark fruits are much more dominant in the mouth than in the nose. Some dark chocolate, roasted malts and a slight sweetness that I can't nail down. The alcohol is very well hidden in the background but still present.

M- A good medium to heavy body mouthfeel with a pretty decent amount of carbonation. A little more than with some other quads I have sampled. Small amounts of bitterness and a little bit of warmth from the alcohol.

D- This one is obviously a sipper with the high ABV but it goes down smoothly. A solid brew all around but I was expecting a little something more from this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 02:05:07 | More by Wisconsinality
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Anthony1

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany brown, pretty hazy, big head forms and goes but leaves a metric ass tonne of lacing. Smell is amazingly complex; almost weissbier like banana/clove esters and phenols abound, grapefruit, oaky vanilla, lots of malt, slight hint of alcohol. Taste is crazy, banana and clove once again, alcohol, earthy, oaky vanilla again, tastes oak aged, honey, a little bitterness from the hops but those take a back seat. Almost an armagnac vinousity (word?) to it, amazing. Very full mouth, warms all the way down, thick and chewy, perfect carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 13:44:36 | More by Anthony1
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AlexTheAleMan

Oregon

4.72/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off i would like to say that i might be a little biased because I f-ing love this beer.

This beer has a deep brown color lightened up a tiny bit by the little specs of yeast floating around in it. Nice tan head that never disappears.

Smells sweet and alcoholic with many fruity tones in it that compliment the strong malt backbone. I get hints of cherries, plums, apples and maybe even a tiny bit of banana.

Tastes VERY smooth for the high alcohol content. No alcohol is noticeable until the very end. It has a very subtle hint of chocolate to the flavor along with some burnt caramel. The yeast is the star in this beer as it should be, but it does have to compete with the overwhelming presence of sugars and alcohols in the beer. The hops come through a tiny tiny bit in the very end and just finnish this beer up perfectly. It is extremely well balanced. I absolutely love it!

This beer has a very nice and surprisingly light mouthful compared to how strong it is. It fills the entire mouth with flavor and leaves a creamy feel in your mouth.

My hats off to the monks who brew this stuff for making this strong of a beer this drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 01:56:02 | More by AlexTheAleMan
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ddebals

Belgium

4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

That remains in my top5. Each time I drink it, it is just superb. It's a heavy beer, yes. The glass itself, well, not that remarkable. But the taste is so good. Sweet, but not siroup-sweet. Alcohol taste, but not too much (although :). Dark, very dark, but not too. Vive the trappists.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 08:55:33 | More by ddebals
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Spineypanda

Texas

4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown in color with a nice creamy tan head that lingers well on the sides of the glass.
Smell is quite crisp, with subtle notes of dates and dark fruits.
Taste is quite enjoyable. A large bouquet of flavors starting with the slightly acidic tinge on the tongue that mellows out to a good Mediterranean fruit medley and finishes with a great aftertaste of chocolate.
Mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy considering the amount of carbonation.
Excellent beer. Most Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 03:02:18 | More by Spineypanda
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up all three Rochefort offerings for a side-by-side comparison. Here's review #3:

This intimidating Quad powers a dark taupe in color with a thin head and low carbonation. A beautiful white coat of lacing paints the side of the glass. This seems a touch more imposing than its baby brothers.

Alcohol power is evident, as is the tartness of cherries and a certain creaminess that presents a sweet and pleasant undercurrent. The aroma is extremely attractive.

The taste of cherry is the first flavor on display, which adds a certain acidic quality. This is followed by a distinct smokiness, bitter notes, fig and spicy nutmeg. As it warms, some roasted notes rear their ugly heads.

It's extremely surprising that such bold flavors are so well balanced. This could have been too strong to consume, but it never strikes a false note and presents the tongue with many a flavor to decipher.

Admittedly, this can be a bit of a powerhouse ABV wise, but it is still a rewarding experience. I think I respect it more than enjoy it and I'm under the impression that this will grow on me after the 9th, 10th and 11th tries.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 02:53:29 | More by deapokid
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kirkpjr

Alabama

4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a St. Bernardus chalice.

A: Pours a huge billowing head making me leave out the last couple ounces in the initial pour. This head is going nowhere fast, but leaves some spotted chunky lacing. Very dark mahogany brown with the slightest amount of light getting through the bottom. The final pour gives way to several floaters.

S: Strong dark fruits - cherries, plums, and raisins. A sweet caramel or toffee maybe is also present in small amounts. No heat detected.

T: The smell follows through here completely. Dark fruits upfront with a faint sweet chocolate or caramel finish. Wonderful blend of everything that makes a quad great. A little heat detected, but alcohol is very well hidden.

M: Immediately the pour suggested high carbonation, but the feel is not so much. The sweet fruits and malts linger in the mouth but not for long. This was really the only flaw IMHO in this beer.

D: This and St. Bernardus are easily my favorite quads. The pricetag, however, are not. Easy drinkin, but I allow myself only one every so often with the price and alcohol to factor. Would love to have a fridge full of these.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2010 22:39:39 | More by kirkpjr
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Kanebanger

Indiana

4.83/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Dark brown, tan head that slowly fades, decent amount of lacing.

S - Faint smell of alcohol with hints of raisons and light buttery smell.

T - Malty with hint of raisons and a suprisingly sweet alcohol taste. All of the flavors blend together very well. The aftertaste is one of the cleanest and best tasting of nearly anything I've had before.

M - Smooth with a fair amount of carbonation. Very true to the style.

D - My only regret is that I only bought one bottle of this (price made me a little nervous). I will be going back and purchasing more the next chance I get. One of the most drinkable and best tasting beers that I have ever had the pleasure of trying.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2010 01:14:08 | More by Kanebanger
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scott451

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a transparent ruby brown into a chalice after letting it warm up for about an hour from fridge temperature. The caramel head rapidly dissipated. Strong carbonation. Prominent fruity sweet smells. Alcohol is definitely there but still very smooth. Very drinkable, only the high alcohol keeps it out of session territory.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 23:19:15 | More by scott451
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dogfishandi

New York

4.63/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

an 11.2 oz bottle poured into an oversized wine glass. pours opaque, nearly black, but actually a really dark brown. the head is a light biege color that is huge, billowy, and soapy. fades to a nice 1/4 inch of head with some nice retention. some decent lace. the end of the bottle left a little yeast on top of the head that reminded me of a sprinkle of cinnamin that lasted almost the whole beer. lots of chunky yeast visible in the beer as well.

some big alcohol in the aroma, nice yeasty phenolic aroma, a little flouride. ripe dark fruits, raison, plum, fig. maybe a touch of grape.

so complex, truly an authentic belgian, no american take on this style can come close to this. not even some belgians. in no paticular order- hints of cocoa, plum, fig, raison, grape, ripe dark fruits, phenolics, spice, brown sugar, some sweet malts, slightly alcoholic. bready, yeasty flavors. so many complex melding of flavors that i just dont have words for. i really want to go for a 5 but i dont know if i have it in me.

subliminal mouthfeel, truly the nectar of gods, creamy, velety. such fine carbonation.

if you forget about the alcohol(or not) how could you not want to drink this all night. truly world class. i cant wait to see how it ages. a must have for ANY beer drinker.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 23:01:18 | More by dogfishandi
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NCBeernut

North Carolina

4.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appears to be a dark hazy brown that is pretty much opaque. Perfect, full, 2-finger, foamy, almost-nitro-looking, light khaki head with amazing retention - it seriously never goes away.

Aroma is sweet and inviting. Rum raisin is immediately noticeable. Complex spiciness that reminds me of a holiday dessert. A very very light smokiness. This is good.

Wow. Warm sweetness that never comes close to cloying. That same kind of delicate holiday spiciness is here, but it has an almost savory nature - it kind of gives the impression of honey ham. The finish is a little more fruity with cherries and dark fruits layered with sweet dark breads. Finish is sweet. Despite the nature of this beer, there is a refreshing blast that hits you right when it hits your tongue that seems to lighten it up a little bit and make it even more drinkable.

The body contributes a creaminess to the mouthfeel that is juxtaposed by an effervescence from the very lightly fizzy carbonation. Spicy and tingly in the finish. Feels a little sugary on your tongue after it goes down.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 21:08:41 | More by NCBeernut
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rootbeerman

Virginia

4.88/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into the duvel tulip, pours dark brown, a slow easy pour lead to a finger thick brown head, is lacing well.
S: very sweet, almost caramelized fruit, prune. a dark rum like alcohol aroma. a hint of what i am assuming is more malt earthy than hop earthy. smell has a few similarities with a dopplebock
T: sweet candi sugar hit with again caramelized fruit, sweet malt to the max, a slight bitter yeast because i almost forgot there was yeast in the bottle. a very light almost not noticeable hop earthiness. alcohol is a given within this style and is noticeable yet seem almost hidden.
M: high carbonation, yet thick and coating.
D: a great let it warm up over an hour or so and sip it slow.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 07:48:06 | More by rootbeerman
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Glory

Quebec (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This to me is probably one of the King of Beers. All the history and knowledge behind Rochefort's Saint-Remy Abbaye give's you a great Trappist Beer!
Bottle served, I got the beer from private importe via QuébecBière.info We do not have this beer on the very far behind Quebec beer market, which sucks :(

Appearance is great, I served it in a Tulip Glass very thick brownish head, dark brown liquid color and alot of sediments in the glass, I love having dead yeast sediments in beers and wines, it just shows that the damn thing is alive!

The Smell is great, alot of sweet Malt flavors, toffe like caramel, brown sugar and a touch of star anis.
Taste's lovely, the mouthfeel is quite strong, it's a long lasting beer on the palate, The carbonation is very soft and a bit creamy.

I bought a pack of 24, I'll try to keep it for about 4 years, drinking only 6 of them each year...lets just see how this goes!

Cheers Lads

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 19:30:32 | More by Glory
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DmanGTR

Florida

5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Re-review from 9/9/09 notes. Bottle #230113 07:43.
A- dark currant brown, lightly cloudy, off white head, left a nice cap. Yeast was swirled and added. Lovely lacing.
S- Dark raisins, holiday spices, splash of spiced rum. Heavy caramel tones, touch of yeast. All wonderfully balanced. If they made this into a perfume, I'd make my gf wear it all the time.
T- Holy damn! Lots of rich toffee, caramel, and a touch of roastedness. Sweetness of black currants, buckwheat honey, and molasses. A myriad of flavors that meld perfectly to form a picture of perfect harmony. Spiced rum-soaked candy currant toffee cakes. Most divine.
M- Smooth and velvety, well carbonated. Not too thick, not thin at all. Full bodied and wonderfully smooth with a nutty, dry finish.
D- Good gravy, this is an elixir fit for an emperor of beer. Give me another bottle or three please.
5/5/5/5/5
5/5

Re-review from 5/23/09 notes. Bottle #230113 07:59 aged at least 8 months. Served at 45°F in a tulip and allowed to warm.
A - Poured a lovely dark brown with maroon hues in the light. Magnificent 2" tan head that retained forever with light spots of lacing. Swirled and added yeast, which settled to the bottom.
S - Raisins, toffee, and spiced rum. Light notes of black currants came through followed by sweetness of candi sugar. Vanilla too? A hint of tawny port rounds out the nose with a touch of alcohol. Impeccable.
T - A delicate sweetness of toffee introduces my palate to a hearty dose of dark malts, followed shortly by a blend of currants, dates, and dark chocolate bitterness. The sweetness lingers and beckons another sip, upon which realizes a toffee and raisin-like finish. The alcohol is barely noticeable, well hidden in a barrage of delicate and intricately woven flavors. Moste Excellente!
M - Medium/full bodied and well carbonated. Quite smooth and befitting for a quad. Carbonation is not sharp, but lends a creamy texture to the beer.
D - Extremely drinkable and quite a sipper. I could sip this all night and day.
Overall: This is undoubtedly one of the most top notch examples of the style and IMO, the best example. As it warms, the complexity increases exponentially and the resulting flavors and textures explode, enriching and enlightening the palate.
5/5/5/4.5/4.5
4.9/5.0

12/2/08
Got a few of these for a steal at Hegedorn's in Webster, NY. $6/each, can't go wrong. I bought all of them on the shelf (there were only 5 left haha)
A - dark garnet brown with a 1/2" tan head with excellent retention and nice Belgian lacing in a chalice.
S - caramel/toffee malts, some dark, ripe figs and currants. Slight yeastiness and strong spice. Hints of nutmeg as well. All bundled in a waft of alcoholic goodness.
T - Deep winelike bitterness with a sweet malty backbone. Some fresh hops, prunes, raisins, and... roasted nuts?! Very strong alcohol as well.
M - Medium bodied and well carbonated. Impressively smooth and warming.
D - Highly drinkable for a 11.3% beer. I had to exercise self control and only allow myself one of these gems while I let the others age.
Overall - This is truly a remarkable beer. I was skeptical when reading so many awesome reviews, thinking it was hyped up. Just when I expected another Belgian strong ale, it smacked me a few times and proved just how good it really tasted. A fine beer, no doubt. Truly one of the best beers I have ever tasted. The only thing preventing me from giving it a perfect 5 is that the taste was just a tad young. I wish there was a way I could rate the taste as a 4.75 instead of 4.5. Bottled in 2008, I think this will certainly benefit with age. Do yourself a favor and buy two of them and enjoy them with your best friend.
5/5/4.5/5/5
4.8/5.0

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 18:59:38 | More by DmanGTR
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SpdKilz

Illinois

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

Appearance - Pours into my Bell's Tulip with a hazy dark brown color that shows slight hints of red when held up to the light. About two fingers of wonderful head are achieved with a moderate pour and abundant chunky lacing is left.

Smell - Heavy dark fruits like figs and raisins, molasses, coco, brown sugar, and other herbal spices. A slight alcoholic presence is noted, along with the medicinal sweetness in each whiff.

Taste - Extremely complex in flavor. At the beginning there are dark fruits like figs, plums, etc. which gives way to subtle spices and other flavors such as vanilla, bready sweet malts, and toffee/caramel. Finishes on a sweet note.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, creamy, decent carbonation.

Drinkability - A huge sipper. I had this over the course of a couple hours. A definite one and done type of drink. I have been putting off having this one for quite some time but am thankful I have another in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 22:38:53 | More by SpdKilz
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Flashsp2

New Mexico

4.72/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rochefort 10 into wide goblet, at cellar temp

Pours a deep and murky brown with maroon and golden highlights. Has a half inch tan head of tiny but short lived bubbles. This is the only Trappist beer that I have ever had that doesn't puff up with a huge head. Strings of delicate lace trail on the way down. A creamy ring and sea foam stay along for the ride.

Nose is powerful with dark fruits, alcohol, earth, spice, figs, dark malty sweetness, citrus, dark caramel, fresh leather, rum-raisin, yeast, white pepper. Not in-your-face powerful, but beautifully balanced and elegant. All the way through I find my nose stuffed back into the glass for another wiff, and somehow each time I find something different.

Softly sweet dark dried fruits, figs, rum soaked fresh raisins, pepper, soft caramels, apricot pit, yeast, jasmine tea (floral), boozy heat, plum skin, earth. Powerful and exotic with a truly refined quality, this is the sort of beer that people won't believe that it actually is a beer. Finish is juicy and prickly at the same time. And yes, this beer shows it alcohol, but still meshes it into the flavor seamlessly.

Mouthfeel is soft and luxurious, with a moderate heft and a perfectly balanced medium-high carbonation that foams ever-so-slightly across the palette.

This beer is epic, in every sense of the word. I have tried this many times before, and I always cower at the thought of even attempting to review it. I simply don't think I can do it justice. There is so much complexity, power, and finesse that it seems that a novel could be written it its regard. Surely I am waxing poetic, but this is one of only a handful (like three or four beers) that deserve this type of enamoring verbiage. Yes, it's pricey. Yes, it's consuming in its alcohol level. And yes, it nearly defies accurate description, like trying to decipher ancient script. But none of that matters, because although this beer is seemingly scary, it is almost universally well received among (even among the non beer nerd crowd), something that most beers above 11% ABV simply cannot say.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 16:31:42 | More by Flashsp2
Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
100 out of 100 based on 6,843 ratings.