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Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

6,904 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 6,904
Reviews: 2,529
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 483
Gots: 1,098 | FT: 46
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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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Strix

Wisconsin

4.78/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reddish-brown with a decent head.

Nose is complex and delicious. Fruits and spices abound.

Taste is great. I'm not a huge belgian fan, but this hits the spot. Light fruits, dark fruits, spices. Pear. Plum. Chocolate Milk. Caramel. A nicely-balanced blend of tastes. These monks have got this dialed in!

Ultra-smooth mouthfeel adds to the pleasure in this one.

I was quite impressed. Obviously drinkability as far as quantity is hampered by abv, but I will be craving this 'til I have it again. Definitely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2008 01:43:21 | More by Strix
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kurtissellen

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Emptied bottle into an oversized wine glass creating over a fingers worth of light brown head. Through the glass it looked a dark chocolate brown color. First whiff I got had mellow alcohol and sweet scents to it. Decent taste, slightly sweet with lots of subtle flavors that were hard to pick out but vanilla and black licorice were two of the ones that I could detect. Very easy to drink feels very smooth on the tongue. The only thing I didn't like was halfway thru the flavors turned into medicine like cough syrup. Tasty drink but I was expecting something more from such a high rated beer and was a little disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2008 01:15:43 | More by kurtissellen
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prototypic

Ohio

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

Appearance: It's dark brown in color with a hint of orange around the edges. Chunks of sediment can be seen sporadically as they approach the glass. Even with a slow pour, the head is an impressive two fingers deep and very slow to disappear. Nice, thick web of lace remains.

Smell: No doubt the smell is very nice, but it falls a little short of top notch. It's just a tad weak. There are spicy elements (mostly clove) that mix well with plum and raisin scents. Caramel and sugary malts are certainly present and sweet. Very light chocolate aroma finally emerges.

Taste: This is easily where it shines. Dark fruit and caramel malt flavors predominate and give it an excellent flavor. Clove and pepper spices give it some kick and really drive this beer to the next level. Alcohol is masked well, but is slightly noticeable. Definitely has a warming element to it. Finishes sweet and dry.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light to medium bodied with very solid carbonation. At 11.3%, this one is damn smooth and easy to drink. I'd happily take down 2 or 3 if I had them available. This is an excellent beer. No doubt about it. Certainly a "can't miss" for Beer Advocates.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 02:08:15 | More by prototypic
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Jmamay22

New York

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

Rochefort 10 pours very dark and nearly black save for ruby red highlights along the edges of my glass. It is a very dark and brooding quadrupel. The head is voluminous and has an odd greyish tan color. Despite the high alcohol content this quad maintains its head and leaves a thick coating of foam on the walls of my Chimay goblet.

The scent is masterful and dominated by dark fruits (raisin and plum) dipped in rum. The fruit and rum mixes well with a dash of molasses. To balance this sweetness there is a spice and yeast character.

The fruit flavors are truly astounding to taste and also contain a lighter berry flavor. Paired with the rum and spice finish the flavor is very deep and complex.

The carbonation is too strong for my tastes especially at the start of my glass, but later resolves to a more satisfying level. Overall there is a very full bodied feel on the tongue. The carbonation is somewhat off in my tastes and serves the beer satisfactorily, but fails to compel it to greater heights that I've enjoyed in other Belgians. I'd love to have cases of this on hand, but the price would be difficult to swallow. Altogether an amazing beer that must be tried at least once and preferably several times!

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 00:21:02 | More by Jmamay22
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generallee

New York

3.98/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown amber, very dark and hazy, with a thick white head. The aroma is of dark smoky malts, dried fruits, and alcohol. The flavor is heavy and robust. Woody, smoky, burnt malt, leather and earthy flavors stand out. These flavors cover up some date, fig and prune notes. The alcohol is warming and lets you know its there and that this is a strong beer, with strong flavor and 11.3% abv. The palate is full, with a dry earthy finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2008 08:00:18 | More by generallee
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ATPete

New Jersey

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

haha had to pour this one into my Orval goblet because all 3 of my Rocheforts are dirty ha...

A- the 10 pours a nice deep murky brown color with a finger of quickly dissipating tan head leaving a nice rim of sticky lacing.

S- Almost minty, a very spicy nose, full of malts and pure trappist glory!

T- Very malty, deep fruits that lead to a nice slight bitterness, pleasant warming alcohol.

M- a bit crisp but meaty and pretty thick, the carbonation likes to gather upon the tongue and really caress the rest of the mouth with great flavor.

D- It is a bit filling, and definitely a sipper, one would want to savor every drop of a 10.

R- Classic. It gets better everytime.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2008 01:00:19 | More by ATPete
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Mazeraski

New York

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

Poured from a 330 ml bottle.

A - Pours a dark mud brown, impenetrable to light, with a solid 1 inch head that dissapates quickly leaving a tan, sticky lacing.

S - First off is a hit of ripe fruits (banana and melon come to mind), mixed with spicy hints of dark fruit (raisin), brown sugars/molasses, alcohol, and a very slight hint of typical malt aroma.

T - Firstly, the alcohol and carbonation combine with a peppery start for a subtle kick, followed by a sweet rush of molasses combine with the dark fruits while the alcohol is residing in the background from right after the start until the end.

MF - Smooth and medium-bodied with a nice mix of carbonation.

D - Hell, if this brew wasn't 11.3% abv, I would be on my fourth sample by now. Summed up: Highly drinkable taste-wise. I could drink this all the time, it is a damn fine crafted brew. However, the high abv leaves you sampling a lower amount than normal.

Notes: At first, I was skeptical with all the hype built up around this, however, it is well justified. This is a beer that was crafted with the finest of care and it shows. I thought the Trappistes Rochefort 8 was pretty good, but this one wins between the two, hands down.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 06:29:43 | More by Mazeraski
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willjschmidt

California

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

Poured from a 375 ml bottle into the appropriate Rochefort chalice. Bottle marked "10/01/11".

A: Pours a dark murky brown with a thin spider webbed head.

S: Some dark fruits, brown sugar, and a heck of a lot of alcohol.

T: All the complexity and wonderful flavors of the 8 with a big dose of alcohol at the end. It was almost like taking a shot with each sip. I felt that this took away from the beer in some way. The flavors felt at the beginning are brown sugar, molasses, and some thick dark malts.

M: Smooth with low carbonation.

D: Definitely a sipper and one to drink at the end of the night.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2008 00:23:31 | More by willjschmidt
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HopDerek

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a cloudy deep dark brown with over an inch of thick cream colored head. Long lasting retention with great silky lacing. Smells of dark fruits like raisins and cherry, molasses, bread, and alcohol. Reminds me of Rum Raisin. Taste is interesting and constantly changing, picking up spiced fruits like apples and bananas, a molasses/toffee backbone, some cocoa, dark fruits like raisins, prunes, and cherries, and the warmth of alcohol. Smooth and creamy with a nice carbonation that really only pops up in the finish along with the 11.3% alcohol it's packing. Definitely a sipping beer. Took me a few sips to grow accustomed to it, but I'll definitely pick more of this up for special occasions. Very flavorful with lots of different things coming out with every sip.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 23:04:14 | More by HopDerek
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bgramer

Washington

4/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is very good. It poured a deep golden color into my goblet glass with a good head about 2 fingers thick. The smell is very raisin-ey and plummy and sweet.

It definitely holds up with St Bernardus and Westy12, but has more alcohol in the mouthfeel with frothy carbonation. I think this beer will be outstanding when stored properly for at least a year or longer.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 22:51:04 | More by bgramer
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Godot

Virginia

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

While in Belgium during a trip last year I discovered Rochefort and decided to bring back a bottle of the 10 (among a few others). I got some good news today so I decided to pop the bottle in celebration. This one has aged for about a year and poured into my chimay chalice a nice deep brown with a touch of ruby around the edges. The head rose to about 2 1/2 inches then slowly dropped to a solid layer of tight foam that covers the top. The smell is rich boozy raisins and other fruits giving great promise. The taste is rich with chocolaty notes along with sweet dark fruits. There is a very familiar flavor here that I cannot put my finger on but it is fantastic all around. Alcohol is present only in the background and as a slight warming at the end. The mouthfeel is smooth and lush, precisely what I would want in a beer that is extraordinarily complex and delicious. When I was in Belgium I drank a lot of the 8's and several 10's and I have to say that Rochefort is my favorite beer. There is something new to discover in every sip.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2008 23:17:53 | More by Godot
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GJ40

North Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Sampled from a 330ml bottle purchased at Nikkis's in North Providence, RI.

A deep brown color with a moderate head that shrinks pretty quickly but remains fed by the constant rise of bubbles. It has a rich aroma with lots of brown sugar. The flavor is strong and rich but incredibly smooth. It has elements of brown sugar, raisins, dates and dried fruit. There's a slight sweetness and a nice warming sensation. The high carbonation lighten the mouthfeel but at the same time it's thick and substantial.

This is a very interesting beer with great depth and drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2008 21:43:42 | More by GJ40
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Pencible

Virginia

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

This poured a very dark, opaque brown with some tan head. It smelled of cherry and molasses, with a bit of alcohol. It had a well balanced flavor of cherry and hops and malt, creating an overall dark and complex flavor that lasted for a while. It was nicely thick and smooth with slight carbonation and slight alcohol warming. This is what I was hoping for from the Trappist monks. Overall it was powerful and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2008 21:04:34 | More by Pencible
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thirtysixbelow

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a - a dark hazy brown color with a very airy head. The head went away quickly and didn't leave much lacing. As I let it warm up a bit the head started to stick more.

s - dark fruits, plum, sweet, maybe a little caramel

t - dark fruit, yeast, caramel, alcohol. Starts off sweet and stays pretty sweet thoughout. Not much of a bite, but a slight spicy twang. Alcohol warmth sets in after a while.

m - pretty carbonated and bubbly.

d - I think I need to find out how to store beers for long periods of time properly. This one aged almost a year, but I am not too impressed. I was expecting this to be much more then it was. I will have to give this another shot.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 03:51:58 | More by thirtysixbelow
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Goliath

Illinois

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

Pours almost black and completely opaque with one finger of light tan head sitting on top. Aroma is fruity, dark ripe fruits and sweet malty tones. Taste is delicious. Dark fruits, caramel, toffee, spices, and yeast. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with excellent carbonation. Drinkability is moderate. Easy to consume due to great flavors, but higher alcohol limits consumption.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2008 17:54:45 | More by Goliath
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bbothen

California

4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark chocolate brown with a picture perfect 3 finger foamy head.

S - Sweet toffee & caramel with alcohol as well.

T - Follows nose. Bready, caramel & toffee sweetness. Raisin or date as well. Followed by the ever present 11.3% alcohol. Delicious.

M - Effervescent, yet silky & smooth.

D - Easily the easiest drinking over 11% beer I've had. Sipper for sure.

I love this beer. Glad I can find fairly easily.

A world classic.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 01:58:29 | More by bbothen
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Sidedrummer

Oklahoma

4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this classic in a Rochefort Chalice.

A-Opaque reddish brown with a one-finger firm head diminishing quickly to a very thin blanket that lasted for a long time.

S-Malty Rum Raisin with a slight hint of cloves.

T-Raisins, plums (prune), and rum. As the beer warmed over a period of 15 minutes the taste evolved into one of wonderful smokey-bananas, with a slight yeasty malt finish.

M-Smooth and silky with a lot of carbonation.

D-Very enjoyable by itself,...for some reason this one took longer for me to drink.
Not for the faint of heart.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 00:08:47 | More by Sidedrummer
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grandq

New York

3.3/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a muddy, deep dark brown with a thick two finger tan-canvas-tent head that stays rock solid for quite some time

S - raisin, pumpernikel, pepper, a teensy bit musty/woodsy. Surprisingly faint.

T - really having trouble pinning down the flavors here, they're so thoroughly blended. I'm getting caramel, banana, clove, prune, and strong alcohol in the finish. As it warms, some apple opens up, but so does more bitterness and fusel flavoring.

M - silky, yet with aggressive carbonation. Pretty much standard thick-but-effervescent thing I'm noticing as I make my way through the Trappists. Can't fault the beer in this dept.

D - I like plenty of boozy beers, but the aftertaste on this is dragging it down for me. Just a bit too hot. Overall not bad, but there's nothing wowing me in the flavor profile to make me want to lay a few down to quell the heat. It's been a bit since I've had it but I think i prefer the St. Bernardus 12

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2008 19:23:46 | More by grandq
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PhageLab

Virginia

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

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Dark, thoughtful opaque brew with a thick, brown head of froth. Swirling it around it loses no head and sticks to the side of the glass. Elegant to say the least.

S - Rich, complex aroma of dark fruits, mostly plums and raisins. No hop tinge or alcohol is present in the nose.

T - Sweet yeasty body with a full malt backing. All the nice fruit notes come through and although the abv isn't really present in the taste profile, you can tell it's there due to the warming effects. Very tasty.

M - Full bodied, medium carbonation, dry finish with the slightest hint of alcohol in the aftertaste.

D - For it's potency, this is an amazingly easy brew to consume. Simply outstanding, stop reading these reviews and go try one!

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2008 14:19:27 | More by PhageLab
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pheggeseth

California

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

Upon opening, the beer foamed uncontrollably and zoomed out of the bottle. Very strange and scary, as invariably some beer was wasted. Hope it's not a portent of things to come. Anyway, poured into a goblet.

A: pours a cloudy reddish brown, settles in the glass to a dark cloudy brown, good sized head (when it finally went down), decent lacing

S: banana, spicy grape, clove, warming alcohol, overripe strawberry, subtle but complex

T: spiced banana again, overripe dark fruit in the middle, mixed with some caramel, creamy finish right at the end, alcohol only evident in the fumes coming up into my nose from the aftertaste

M: like most good Belgians, not overly heavy, but still rich and deep, understated carbonation

D: as others have said, very much like the "8", but stronger and deeper, almost more of an earthy quality, the Rocheforts are still the best Belgians I have had in my opinion

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2008 03:43:20 | More by pheggeseth
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markaberrant

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - it is opaque in my wide snifter, but was quite red during the pour. Dense creamy head. Lace is good, but not outstanding.

S - Deep, deep notes of rum raisin, heavenly spice notes, and dark lucious boozy malt

T - absolutely smothered by rich, dark fruity malt, which finally gives way to a smooth chocolate finish.

M - tons of alcohol makes for a drying finish, but is otherwise subtle for the most part (well, as subtle as 11.3% can be). Not overly carbed like some Belgians, which is fine by me. It's got more body than your typical Belgian, but no one said this was typical... yet it is still highly digestable for a beer of it's size.

D - Everytime I crack a bottle of this, I am reminded of the Dave Barry quote, "beer is proof that God loves us and wants to see us happy."

An all-time favourite, it never fails to satisfy and amaze me. Incredibly drinkable for such a big beer, I don't have to take my time with this one quite like I do with say a Samichlaus or Expedition Stout. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2008 00:28:03 | More by markaberrant
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

4.05/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle to snifter, The liquid is a dirty brown with good carbonation. The head is a small 2 fingers, tan and leaves some lace.

The smell is good, yeasty mixed with dark roasty malt. A nice chocolate note along with some alcohol.

The taste is good but not outstanding, I like it plenty just not as much as the rest of the world. The dark fruit and roastyness is very good. The alcohol also makes it very warming.

The mouthfeel is very good, nice body, very creamy as is warms, and good carbonation.

The drinkability is good, at this price there are many other brews I would rather drink however.

Prosit, MK

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2008 06:11:19 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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mithrascruor

California

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

Bottle poured into a Rochefort glass(!) at O'Brien's, San Diego.

Exceptional dark-brown color with a filmy tan head. Nice aroma of figs and other candied fruits, with a bit of caramel and spices. Lovely taste of dark fruits (and maybe some banana), spices with just the right amount of sweetness. Light bit of carbonation. Medium-bodied and very smooth. A very relaxing and enjoyable drinking experience.

Similar to the Rochefort 8, but a bit more subtle (and stronger). One of my favorites; highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2008 01:34:28 | More by mithrascruor
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dalion037

California

4.68/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was the beer that got me into drinking Belgian beers. It you want a great Belgian beer and you do not have access to a Westvleteren 12 you should drink this beer because it is a great beer and you will not be missing much. I may be out of line but I think this beer is as good as a Westie.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2008 05:14:53 | More by dalion037
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msubulldog25

Oregon

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

I've had this one on several occasions, including at 'La Gourmandise' in the village of Rochefort, BE, but it's been awhile... This is an 11.2 oz/330 cl bottle poured to a small goblet. Label shows 'L290812', which I assume means this it's 'good' until sometime in late August, 2012...

A: Fantastic look; deep, deep ruddy brown crowned with an immobile finger's-worth of sandy tan head. That thing is nearly a 'solid' and crackles noisily as it drops, ever-so-slowly, and is densely packed with the creamiest and tiniest of carbonation. There could not be a more 'perfect'-looking quadrupel than this one, in my opinion...

S: Aroma of rich leather, strong honey (maybe mead?), candied fruits (plums, figs, raisins) and chocolate syrup. Tingle of alcohol booze. Not necessarily strong, but gently full of spicy yeast and plenty of toasty malt.

T: A little cocoa, a liberal dose of spice, enough reduced caramel and some zesty fruit, with more bitter rind. The finish is dry, full of dark fruit, chocolate and some savory elements, like leather or cured & peppered beef jerky.

M: Incredibly smooth, satin-like really. A little carbonation prickle; ok, quite a bit (but it's not that cola-like 'crackle'). Medium-full mouthfeel; not sticky in the finish, but a little sneaky with it's alcoholic warmth.

D: One of my favorite Belgian beers of any style. It's been quite a while since I've tried this one, and at $6-7/bottle it's not cheap (oh, how I lament seeing those 4-packs in Belgium for under €4); but it's remarkably good and certainly 'easy to drink'. At any cost, it's a world-class beer worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2008 04:21:46 | More by msubulldog25
Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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