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Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

6,896 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 6,896
Reviews: 2,528
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 480
Gots: 1,093 | FT: 47
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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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erikm25

Washington

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

A: Pours a crimson and dark brown coloring with some slight ruby tinting during the pour. This ends up sitting in the glass a hefty and intimidating mahogany. Good luck trying to see anything on the other side of the glass. The golden tan head starts out fluffy then recedes more tightly and thinly sticking all over the glass. Amazing looking.

S: The aromas are beyond complex. Initially, there is a heavy presence of plum, figs, and grapes. Pepper and sweet sugars coupled with strong hints of lavender, coconut, yeast, and dark malts. As if black cherries took a warm cocoa and bourbon bath. The chocolate and toffee undertones are very mellow but highlight throughout. There is so much happening here that any scent of alcohol has been extinguished.

T: Again, just as complex as the smell. Warming caramel, maple, and peppers. A buttery tartness with raisin background. Darker fruits got doused in chocolate and then smoked over an oak and caramel fire. Buttery licorice charred with molasses soaked banana peels. The alcohol is so well hidden that I thought this was a dessert and not a beer.

M: Full bodied. Very rich, velvety, and creamy. Each sip warming and long lasting.

D: Delicious and beyond drinkable. Tough to even do this one justice.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2008 04:24:54 | More by erikm25
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PatronWizard

California

4.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Continuing my BA Top 100 quest. Glad to hit a quad or two...

Beer bottle brown. Head is just barely off white. Small bubbled. Yummy.

Smell is dark fruit with a slight alcohol burn.

Very pleasant taste. The alcohol is there but not over the top for the %. I like it alot.

Working my way up the quad ladder before trying a westy12 next year. This one is very good and I certainly like it a hell of a lot better than St. Bernardus 12.

Excellent feel to this rich thick creamy stew. Then the alcohol says hey buddy on the way down. Nice to know you're drinking 11.3%, which is absoulutely awesome in this beer.

Overall: very good

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 20:15:07 | More by PatronWizard
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jamesm7485

Colorado

4.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a dark golden honey color that swallows any chance of light coming through, a thing but very pretty white head forms right away and lasts awhile.

The smell is complex as hell figs, raisins, currants, black pepper, i could go one for awhile.

The taste is the same as the smell its gets much more dimensional and complex as it warms

The mouthfeel is very smooth but a tad thinner than most Belgium's im used to drinking

Despite being a sipper and 11.3 abv i could easily session this if i wasn't on a college student budget.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 05:13:04 | More by jamesm7485
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aqsprint

Michigan

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

A -- deep brown, one finger of head disapates quickly.

S -- love that belgian smell, figs, candy licorice. The alcohol smell is quite apparent

T -- Sweet, and complex at first, alcohol burn in the finish.

M -- Thinner than I thought it would be, but good.

D -- Can't drink this all night (but that is not the point is it). Maybe two and call it good.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 20:12:14 | More by aqsprint
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.72/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My 100th review! I thought I ought to celebrate this BA milestone with something special.

It opens with a loud hiss and pours from the 330ml brown bottle into a globe glass. It has a very dark brown, somewhat murky appearance with lots of head. The head settles into a 2" layer on top and diminishes very slowly. Almost no lacing left behind.

The aroma is spectacular - rich in fruits, nuts, spice, and alcohol. Many times I go just for a sniff instead of a sip.

The taste is exceptional as well. So much depth and so many layers to it. The list of fruits goes on and on: cherries, figs, raisins, currants, bananas, etc. There's spices galore, mostly ones that remind me of Christmas: cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and pepper. Then there's that distinctive Belgian yeast and, of course, lots of alcohol. It's all very well balanced and enjoyable as a slow sipper of a beer. It almost seems a shame to call it "beer" when it's clearly much more than that.

Mouthfeel is okay given the style but it's high in carbonation and ABV so it's not the gentlest thing on the palate. Drinkabiliy suffers for the same reasons.

This is an incredible beer and one that shoots straight to the top of my favorites. I can't think of anything else I've tried that has so much going on. It's simply magnificent.

Edit: A year later to the day (completely by accident) I am revisiting this beer and enjoying it as much or more than the first time. Dated for the last day of 2013, this is still reasonably fresh. Mouthfeel is better than I remembered being much softer on the palate. Still one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 22:26:01 | More by GilGarp
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mbenthall

South Carolina

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

Appearance: Nice large head that slowly faded in to a nice lace that stayed. Deep rich glossy brown.

Smell: Fuity with subtle notes of roasted malt and slight undertones of alcohol.

Taste: rich, sweet malts with subtles tastes of molasses or some other sweetener. Smokey undtertones and faint medicinal alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Full in body and creamy.

Drinkability: I love this quad, it's not an everyday beer obviously but one very drinkable quad.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2008 14:22:54 | More by mbenthall
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TheodorHerzl

Indiana

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

This beer pours a hazy dark brown/reddish hue with a small creamy off-white head. The nose is a combination of dark fruits like raisins and figs, candy sugar, slight banana, fruity esters, and you can smell the alcohol in this beer as well. The taste is quite complex with the main players being banana, dark fruit, caramel sweetness, vanilla, and some peppery spices. A really nice combination of flavors and they work really well together in this Quad. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite smooth with moderate carbonation, and I certainly get the warming alcohol on the mouthfeel as well. The drinkability is really quite nice for a beer that is 11.3% ABV, but it is a sipper and not your everyday type beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2008 20:09:38 | More by TheodorHerzl
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Voss

Italy

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

I've just bought a new Rochefort glass (the one with the writings and top profile in gold) so I could not dispense myself to have a Rochefort 10.
The appearance starts from the bottle, so simple and so impressive: Trappistes Rochefort is written in a font that arouses respect, with that pale yellow backgrounfd and the big dot that says "10"... and then the beer: so brown and dark , but still luminescent, with that tick, dense foam that stays there forever, the right thing in the right place, like the cord on the tunic of the monks.
Smell is of dark sugar, liquor, choccolate, cocoa and something toasted, more pungent than other quadrupels. Great.
Taste is a bit herbal, bready, peppery, again something toasted. Mouthfeel is where Rochefort 10 gives its best: the little carbonation leaves a hint of water that suddenly gives place to a smooth and creamy sensation that finishes with a very well balance on the taste side, not dry, not bitter, not sweet, a little tart.
Drinkability.... you can have just one and be very happy, or still want for more. This is a serious beer, I prefer have one and meditate on how great it is.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 23:02:33 | More by Voss
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NHGrafx

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz brown bottle.

Pours a murky dark brown color. Very nice 3 finger dark head. Nice semi-foamy lacing too. Sediment in the bottle too which I like.

Very nice aroma on this one. It is sweet with the smells of raisons, flowers, fruits, caramel like smells, malts, etc. Hard to pin anything specific down as it smells very complex.

Taste is very good. Lots of nice malts, semi sweet tastes too, raisons and caramel. There is also some coffee like tastes and some bitterness too. As others have said, it does almost have a medicinal taste to it as well. The finish tastes very medicinal and is very strong and somewhat tingly. Very nice mouthfeel, and drinkable.

Overall this is a very good beer. The Trappist's really know how to make a good one.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2008 01:05:23 | More by NHGrafx
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tbeck

Washington

4.3/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a bottle of this at Casa Vino in Richland, WA. A new place up that is trying to get up and running with a good beer selection.

Pours a dark, thick brown with no light seeping through. A lot of chunks and has a thick off-white head. Aroma is off honey and fruit, slight maltiness. Taste is complex, some ripe fruits and malts, but on the sweet side. Texture is excellent, on the chewy side and is thick and heavy. A very good session beer, but with the high ABV and since it is on the sweet side no more than a couple at a sitting. Very enjoyable beer, one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2008 00:51:06 | More by tbeck
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Cresant

Kentucky

3.78/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 11.2 oz brown bottle into a Westmalle glass. Coded L210312. The body was the color of rootbeer. Dark with some sediment. The creamy white head faded fast leaving a tiny island that persisted.

Smell was raisin bread. Peanut skins. Strangely like a swimming pool (?).

Taste was cola like. Caramel sweetness and bitterness from the roasted malts. Well hidden alcohol.

Mouthfeel was zesty with tingly carbonation. Medium to full density. Somewhat hot in the throat.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2008 12:31:14 | More by Cresant
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alovesupreme

Massachusetts

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

Dark brown with a tall head poured into a Chimay chalice.Sediments floating in the dark liquid. Looks like nutmeg on top of the head but no idea what it is.

Dark fruits, some spice, alcohol, dried plums, cherry.

Raisons, spice,alcohol very warming on the way down, a little leather, and a slight medicinal quality.

Very creamy, good carbonation, excellent.

For a quad of 11% very drinkable. I enjoyed this excellent beverage with some sharp cheese, a masterpiece.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2008 03:38:03 | More by alovesupreme
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Haybeerman

Colorado

4.22/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy brown with a reddish tinge. Poured a brisk two inch creamy light brown head that persisted. Clear lacing, but was thin.

S: Loaded with dark fruits (raisins, plumes). Sugar and pronounced alcohol aromas too.

T: Very consistent with smell. Alcohol comes through clearly in the middle then to the finish. Very complex - this was my first Quadrupel. More complex and flavorful as it warmed.

M: Medium full body. Lively carbonation that settled as it warmed.

D: Definitely a beer to sip though no trouble finding my way to the bottom of the glass.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2008 00:02:13 | More by Haybeerman
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TATTORSO

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ml. bottle poured into my new Duvel tulip.

A vigorous mahogany colored pour produced a short lived, mountainous 3 finger tan head that quickly collapsed to a bubbly 1/4" film & was finally reduced to a broken, soapy slick. The beer has the appearance of dirty brown pond water when back lit, revealing minute particles of sediment.

S ~ Sweet malts & (over) ripe dark fruit. Black cherries. Figs, plums, prunes, dates, raisins, with some sweet spices ~ maybe cinnamon, clove, allspice? A camouflaged note of cocoa or bakers chocolate with coffee & butter caramels. There is a mild essence of medicinal alcohol. Complex & somewhat difficult to separate clearly.

T ~ Primarily follows the nose. Banana & the aforementioned dark fruits. Sour yeast, with a hint of bubblegum, black licorice, toffee & vanilla bean. Spices both sharp & sweet. The big alcohol presence is well concealed in the mix. I noticed a dry, floral after taste that lingered at the back of my throat. A little edgey.

M/D ~ Softer & more carbonated than I anticipated or prefer. Slick, but a little watery. Not particularly full bodied. The carbonation diminishes the mouth feel (for me). The alcohol is briefly noted on the finish but not over powering by any means. A little hot on the swallow. This left me a little disappointed but not disgusted.
For my money & from these Monks, I think I'll stick with the Rocherfort 8.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 07:00:30 | More by TATTORSO
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DWA

Washington

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

Poured out of a 330 ml bottle. Served in a small chalice. Dark brown appearance with a good head and lacing. Had a raisiny, peppery nose. I thought the taste was excellent. Grapes, malt...alcohol comes through but I was not overwhelmed by it. I love this beer

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 04:42:33 | More by DWA
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SIRIUS2

North Carolina

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

Poured from the bottle into a wide mouth chalice style glass.

Very dark brown in the glass, showing just slight cloudiness when held to the light. A decent 2 fingers of foamy off-white head that had great retention. Lacing was beautiful.

Dark fruit, slight must, earthy, complex malts, and noticeable alcohol on the nose. Mysterious mix of aromas, but pleasant just the same.

The first good pull had a more subtle flavor profile than I expected, as if it had sat in the wood for a while. There was plenty of mild dark malt and something that gave me the sense of earthiness or peat. There were also light notes of dark fruit reminiscent perhaps of prunes. Carbonation was very fine and abundant, with a nice creamy texture. The linger is long and dry with noticeable alcohol warming.

This is definitely a beauty. Full bodied and complex with almost a sherry like warming. Not for the faint of heart but if you like abbey traps, you'll probably love this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 18:40:45 | More by SIRIUS2
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brewdoc75

Minnesota

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

I've been anticipating this one for a while. I found some bottles on sale for 4 bucks each, so I grabbed a few.

The beer pours very lively in my Flat Earth snifter. Insanely vibrant carbonation. A dark, plum to brownish body with an ever present tannish head. It holds the carbonation and the head for a while. Very enticing, but I was able to wait 20 min before drinking to let it warm up. The aromas are very nice. Complex maltiness w/ plenty of fruits. Plums, raisens, and even a candy aroma. There is definite alcohol here. If the aroma of alcohol was so great, I'd give this a 5 on smell. The taste is immaculate. Plenty more of the plum and raisen fruitiness. There is great depth to the maltiness w/ some mild toffee flavors and a fruity, malty sweetness. I can't really tell if there are hops in this beer. This is exactly what I'd expect. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation is lively on the tongue.

Overall a definite top 10 beer. The flavors are so complex in this beer it makes it a treat. It is really quite sophisticated. For most, it wouldn't be considered a beer due to its complexity. For the beer geek it is bliss.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 03:00:01 | More by brewdoc75
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Bananaman

Sweden

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

Rochefort 10, it took a while before I got to lay my hands on one of these bottles.

Very dark-brown color with some red notes.

Smells wonderful of raisins, basset's winegum's, malty and some coffee. A bit yeast to of course.

Taste is not as excellent as the smell, but it's still a really wonderful-tasting beer. Big notes of burnt sugar, fudge, coffee and a peculiar taste that's very specific for Rochefort. Nice mouthfeel, but a fresh bottle can be slightly thin.

Amazing beer!

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 06:14:26 | More by Bananaman
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giblet

Ohio

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

very good beer. i do believe i like the triple more. poured dark with about two inches of head. nice carbonation. nice aroma of malts and yeast. high abv...be careful. nice flavor of malts and yeast. smooth with a nice crisp finish. i would like to dry draft and after about four i could go for a nap.

suckem up and movem out.

giblet

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 22:48:20 | More by giblet
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treyrab

California

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

Poured from an 11.2ozer into my chalice

A: Raisin colored brown with a very haze look to it. The head is very creamy and pale white that lasts quite a while!

S: Tons of dark fruits (raisins, figs, dates), along with a good amount of yeas that I made sure I poured. Also tons of candi sugar and a minor alcohol scent. Fabulous

T: The taste is very similar to the smell with the exception that the alcohol comes through a tad more. But the complexity of this reminds me of all the other great Belgian Quads I have had

M,D: The lively carbonation did this one well and the drinkability is very high. The huge ABV is hidden very nicely.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 14:25:56 | More by treyrab
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stephens101

Oklahoma

4.45/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark brown pour is topped with a hearty two finger rolling, dark tan head. Head retention is average and leaves behind an uneven lacing all around the glass. Sediment chunks float throughout and there's a dark swirly spot of something or the other in the middle of the head. Smells sweet with some licorice, chocolate and malts being most evident. A biscuity base is also evident. A panoply of chocolate, caramel and licorice candies light up the taste buds in the front with some grapes and apples in the middle all followed by some invigorating spice and hops. Mouth-feel is medium to full bodied and well carbonated while the alcohol is almost nondescript. This brew exudes quality, but there's a little something missing that keep it's from attaining godliness.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2008 23:11:07 | More by stephens101
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emerge077

Illinois

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

2 year old bottle - 2006, served at 50º in a Westmalle chalice. BBD: 27 09 11

Bare skim of foam, ring around the edge. Deep mahoghany brown color. Banana, tobacco leaf, and spices in the aroma.

Very bready, spicy with rum, tobacco leaf, plum, and mild black forest cake sweetness. Deep earthy character as the glass warms up. Raisin and toffee, multi-faceted flavors. Feels robust yet smooth. One to sip and contemplate...

Original review: 4/2007
B+ / 4
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | drink: 3.5 rDev: -11.5%

BBD: 24 01 12

Just arrived at my local shop, this is the "freshest" 10 i've experienced...

Pours into a wide-mouth goblet, displaying a deep mahoghany brown tone. Foam remains for a good length of time. Fits the part of a Belgian Quad in the looks department. Minor lacing laps against the edges of the glass.

Aroma is peppery, overripe banana, and mild spice. The combination reminds me of spoiled fruit. Not especially enticing.

Various flavors flash across the palate, at first the banana and pepper, mixed with clove. There is an earthy hop bitterness that follows any sweetness, which is only mildly perceptible. Alcohol is there, disguised as pepper. Not very nuanced though.

Mouthfeel is effervescent, carried by the subtle bubbles present. If not for this, a fresh Rochefort 10 would slide towards being way too boozy. The alcohol precludes it's sessionability...

An aged bottle is preferred for my tastes, and i'll rate one again in the future...

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2008 02:50:23 | More by emerge077
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philipquarles

Connecticut

3.45/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into the proper glassware, the 10 is a dark, very opaque brown with an off-white head. Not much foam and it doesn't really last. Lacing is not extraordinary. Smells of malt, caramelized sugar, alcohol, hops, and spices, along with a somewhat unappetizing fruit character that borders on rotten. Tastes quite malty up front, with plum-like esters, chocolate/toffee, spices, and some medicinal phenols. This is a fresh bottle, and the alcohol is quite brazen. Full bodied, but carbonation is a bit high. An interesting sipper, but certainly not very drinkable by nature, and easily the worst of the Rochefort beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 19:25:44 | More by philipquarles
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TasteTester

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Deep brown. Little head on pour but it doesn't last. No lacing what so ever.

S-Wow...bananas, candy, alcohol, bitter, but overall sweet.

T-Explosion of flavor in my mouth. Bananas and candy with a hint of grapes somewhere between fresh and fermented.

M-Clean, crisp, smooth.

D-Would drink 100, but would be on the floor after 6 or so.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 05:01:47 | More by TasteTester
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andrewm190

North Carolina

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

Perhaps the best beer I have put to my lips. Its really as simple as that. Smooth, balanced, tasteful. Definitely sweet tasting. I knock it down on the smell category simply because there wasn't much to smell; with clear sinuses I picked up almost nothing. But beyond a doubt, what it lacks in aroma is more than made up in taste, this is a special beer, and has even brought the entire style--Belgian ale--up to one of my favorites. Absolutely worth it. The cost is high, but you won't regret the splurge.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 00:58:06 | More by andrewm190
Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
100 out of 100 based on 6,896 ratings.