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Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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world-class

7,234 Ratings
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Ratings: 7,234
Reviews: 2,547
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 530
Gots: 1,244 | FT: 50
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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 BS68280
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.

BS68280, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of Wisconsinality
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.

Wisconsinality, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of Anthony1
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.

Anthony1, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of AlexTheAleMan
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.

AlexTheAleMan, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of ddebals
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.

ddebals, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of Spineypanda
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.

Spineypanda, Apr 17, 2010
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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.

deapokid, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of kirkpjr
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.

kirkpjr, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of Kanebanger
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.

Kanebanger, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of scott451
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.

scott451, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of dogfishandi
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.

dogfishandi, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of NCBeernut
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.

NCBeernut, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of rootbeerman
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.

rootbeerman, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of Glory
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

Glory, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of DmanGTR
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

DmanGTR, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of SpdKilz
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.

SpdKilz, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of Flashsp2
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.

Flashsp2, Apr 06, 2010
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4.78/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown with a red hue, its murky and almost opaque, but you can still see thousands of bubbles rising along the inside of the snifter. The head starts off almost two inches and falls to about half an inch. The head is off white in color.

The aroma is vinous and complex. It is fruity ( figs, apples. raisins, dates), has some mellow funk / yeasty, with faint hints of toffee and brown-sugar. Alcohol tickles the nose. Nice balance between sour, sweet, and funky.

Taste like a good semi-sweet wine to me. Fruity ( grapes, apples, figs, plums, prunes ) and spicy/vanilla, the alcohol warms things up.

Mouthfeel is wet and full boddied, a slight fiz from the carbonation, its warm, flavors coat my tongue, nice long finish and aftertaste.

This beer is a pleasure to drink; everything is balanced and in place. The alcohol and calories will limit how many Ill enjoy.

sitarist, Apr 06, 2010
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4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dated:
From: The Beer Temple

G: Chimay Chalice

A: Dark brown body with two fingers of off white head. Head retains for a good about then dissipates to a fine ring. Load of sediment at the bottle of the glass.

S: Alcohol stings the nostrils, then presents a mixture of dark fruits (figs and raisins). Toffee/molasses are noticeable but not dominant.

T: Much like the smell, there is a great mixture of figs and raisins mixed with some sweet malts. The yeast also shows up at room temperature which adds more more dynamics.

M: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. The carbonation makes for a frothy texture and leaves a sticky hot aftertaste. Alcohol is very clear here, but it isn't so hot to turn you off it.

D: Amazing brew here. If this was aged for a bit I would enjoy it more, but that would only increase my liking for it. I'd buy it again if I could find it.

Long813, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was fantstic! The beeer pours a dark chocolate brown with a foamy tan head with those fine bubbles Belgium beers are known for. On the nose I picked up a bit alcohol, but then agian it is 11%, followed by notes of caramle, apples, raisin, and molasses. The palate was medium bodied and suprisingly smooth considering the high ABV with notes of coffecake and raspberries and a earthy finish

WhatsNewinBooze, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of urwithdave
3.9/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my cigar city snifter.

A- Dark brown in color. Pours a big 3'' head from a slightly aggressive pour. Decent retention with some spotty lacing.

S- Alcohol is first and in your face. Then I get caramel, molasses, and some apples.

T- This is a fresh bottle. It's very hot. There is a sweetness that is very abundant followed by some spices. There is a caramel apple bite to it.

M- Pretty syrupy.

D- Right now I think it's just tooo fresh. This needs a while in the cellar. The beer is just very hot.

urwithdave, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of TCgoalie
4.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rochefort pours a dark brown, can't really see through it. There is quite a bit of sediment in the bottle. A half finger head appears but quickly disappears into a bubbly brown brew.

I can smell all kinds of raisins, grapes, and yeast. There is a bit of candy apple with the alcohol stinging the nostrils.

The first taste of this is quite shocking. I can't quite figure it out...but more sips help. I can point out some pear, molasses, and tons of raisins. There is a bit of burnt nutty taste that blends into a big boozy presence. I swallow this and my belly warms immediately.

It is a medium body in the mouth, very smooth, and I would not guess it at 11%. One would think it would leave a dry mouth, but I have a half dry half wet aftertaste that lasts forever.

This beer is very complex and it improves as it warms. I wish I would have waited longer with it out of the fridge. Interesting beer this is.

TCgoalie, Apr 04, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I still have pleasant memories of a Flemish server at a restaurant in Ghent explaining to me that it isn't "rock-e-fort" like the cheese but "RocCHCHCHCH-fort" with an unbelievable gutteral sound.
Anyhow, I poured a 33 cL bottle (stamped 311213 08:32, whatever exactly that means) into a Chimay challice.
A: Woodsy brown that poured with a tan creamy head that died to a smooth film; although, there are bubbles constantly running up it.
S: It is a really sweet, slightly alcoholic musty prune and raisin smell. The backbone is brown sugar sweet bread.
T: The front end is a sweetness of coffee cake with blackberries, but the finish in the back of the mouth is a slightly metallic bitterness of excessively earthy--almost moldy--tart hops, which is almost reminiscent of a sour mash without the sourness.
M: Big frothy with crisp little bubbles, bordering on slightly syrupy.
D: Awesome; I wouldn't even know it was 11.3% ABV.

ne0m00re, Apr 04, 2010
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4.83/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Gentle pour from 330ml (11.2 oz) bottle into my Karmeliet glass still produces a frothy 4 finger head, tan in color. After a few minutes, the head subsides leaving a good amount of lacing that also falls after a few minutes. Body is very dark brown & does not allow any light through. Color remains dark brown even around the edges. There are some dark dregs in the middle of the head, almost giving the appearance of nutmeg floating on the head.

The nose is complex & sweet, primarily of dark fruits; plums, figs, & raisins. Strong malt character as well, along with some pleasing alcohol as the other aromas fade. There is an underlying spiciness as well.

Taste is close to the nose, but with added undertones of cocoa. The heavy malt backbone shines here, as it does not overwhelm the delicious fruit flavors. The dark fruit dominates, as with the aroma, but in turn, does not overwhelm the maltiness. A perfect balance.

This beer feels medium in body as the carbonation, while producing a significant head, is in no way excessive. It adds a tingling, almost spice-like feel as it subtly dances on the tongue. It finishes with an ever-so-slight alcohol burn, more like a warming.

I would never know that this has a high ABV (11.3 %) if I hadn't read it on the bottle, as the drinkability is one of the best I have had in this ABV range. It is so smooth, with excellent taste, that it could be easy to overindulge.

Glad I finally got to try this, and it did not disappoint. I am sure I'll be buying more of these, as it is a steal at $5.29/bottle. An excellent value, highly recommended.

Bulkman, Apr 03, 2010
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3.93/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy dark brown with a large khaki head, and great lacing.

smell is of dark fruit, caramel, and malt.

taste is smooth, tangy on the tonge, cocoa, dark fruit, some spice, and caramel, ends a little dry with some bitterness.

overall a very good quad.

froghop, Apr 03, 2010
Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
100 out of 100 based on 7,234 ratings.