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Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Ratings: 7,878
Reviews: 2,634
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 656
Gots: 1,627 | FT: 56
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Brasserie de Rochefort

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 11-06-2000

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Photo of kirkpjr
4.68/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of Kanebanger
4.8/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of scott451
4.23/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.6/5  rDev +2%
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.

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.

Photo of rootbeerman
4.87/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of Glory
4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Flashsp2
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of sitarist
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of Long813
4.67/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of TCgoalie
4.3/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of ne0m00re
4.72/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of Bulkman
4.8/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of froghop
3.91/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Photo of n0rc41
4.2/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok here goes nothing...

I bought this beer in 2 single 12once bottles at world market in my town. I got one for me, more for my best friends father(who is 2nd to the highest level you go in the police force). So i was scared giving it to him, being I have me him a couple times to say the least.

Ap= it was from the bottle so bottle was too dark to tell. (asume from from the taste, smell, aroma it was great)

smell= Was GREAT lovely coffe dark, carmel deep aroma

Taste= was wonderful. coffee, carmel, deep rish taste little alcohol at the end.. balanced at the end A overall taste

m= great it had everything a good beer needs, it had the flavor, the smell, the aroma, the everything. a bit alcohol at the end. thats about it. but otherwise it was a A+/

Drink ability= this is where this beer lacks. only because its such good beer. I think its a little too good for its own good. it has just about everything I want it a beer but being so strong and having a strong acohol taste at the end it lacks the drink ability.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of kindacold
4.82/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into glass. Quickly dissipating head. Dark and murky, definitely not seeing any light through this beer.

Smells sweet and syrupy. Floral and fruit notes.

Tastes sweet with a mild alcohol presence. Very mild coffee taste, but the majority of the flavor is fruity, perhaps some molasses?

Fine carbonation. Coats the tongue with sweet flavor.

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.87/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice. Pours a hazy brown with an extreme thick tanned heading. When first poured the heading almost overflowed the glass.Thick heding stays put throughout the entire tasting.

Smell is one f the very best. Hevy dark fruits, plums,raisins,and figs. Also a nice earty yeastiness as well.

Taste again one of the very best. Same as the nose extremely fruity again with dark fruits and again with that some flavorful fruity yeastiness. A kind of peppery finish with a soothing hot alcohol feel that sinks in the belly like lead.

Mouth is medium bodied and full of bubbliness.Smooth as hell and just flat out amazing texture to this beer. Finishes on the palate a little peppery and spicey.

This is an amazing beer. After having a Westy 12 last week this is another great follow up.

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

from now on, i only drink this nectar from a goblet/chalice.
pours a murky, muddy chocolate brown with a khaki two finger head that slowly dissipated. the smell is dominated by a nutty, candied sweetness, complimented with backrounds of chocolate and grain. i can't stop smelling, it's so great. the taste is phenomenal. alcohol warmth upfront, dark fruits, and tons of toffee malts that are just so nice. cherries and complexity. different flavors in every wonderful sip. nutmeg and chocolate and raisins. the mouthfeel is absolutely charming, and the drinkability....um, for $5.39 a bottle? yes please. this is the best quad i've had to date. truly inspiring.

Photo of beergod1
4.73/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Easily in the top 3 of my favorite beers, Deep complex flavor, dark fruit,malt, nut...slight alcohol warmth,thin foamy head, that sticks to the mustashe, mmm good! I will save a few of these to try every 6 months or so. . Every sip is a feast for the whole mouth. It's freakin perfect. Never mind the 11 % ABV, it tastes like a 6.0%! Thank you, Belgian Monks!

Photo of BeerNemesis
4.48/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Trappistes Rochefort 10. 11.2 oz. bottle.

Poured at 55 degrees into an Ommegang chalice. It's a dark, deep, rustic cigar brown with a murky, swirling vortex of lethargic carbonation. A 1.5" clumpy, fragile mocha head plumes casually. Thick lacing coats the side of the glass. It's brooding, captivating, and just a little bit foreboding. Unfiltered dregs hang below the surface, suspended in the viscous substance. Oddly, I imagine it as a sort of fertile swamp -- lush, decaying but beautiful. And beneath the surface crocodiles and dangerous things lie brooding and alert. The drink almost creates its own ecosystem.

Dark, full brown sugar is prominent. Cocoa, raisins and herbal phenols. Thick and mesmerizing -- a canopy of heavy, warm, sweet aromas hangs inches above the dark brown pool of murky liquid.

Peppery and medicinal. Alcohol warms on the tongue and transforms into a thick maltiness of dark bread and brown sugar. Hops are weathered and subtle -- grassy notes pull forward most noticeably. The alcohol is there -- warming but slightly hidden. It takes a while to notice its potent effect. The experience ends on a raisin and brown sugar note with a nip of carbonation that tickles the tip of the tongue. Flavor develops majestically in the background of the palate culminating in near perfection.

Smooth, creamy and slick. Rochefort 10 is medium to full-bodied and lush. Clearly, the exquisite mouthfeel was crafted by skilled hands and tempered minds

At 11.3 % it would be dubious at best to recommend drinking too many of these. And yet, the alcohol is subtly sublimated beneath the transfixingly deep, sweet flavors that pervade the liquid. I want another, need another, and yet know I should not have another.

Photo of bum732
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, nice creamy head with great retention. Smells of raisin bread, caramel, toffee, touch of cocoa . Tastes are similar, layers of raisins, caramel, vanilla, brown sugar. Just a touch of bitterness brings some balance. Finishes fairly sweet with some caramel. Nice creamy mouthfeel, low carbonation. Alcohol slightly noticeable.

An excellent beer, lots of different layers and a great creamy body. A great dessert beer, fantastic!

Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
100 out of 100 based on 7,878 ratings.