Trappistes Rochefort 10 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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Brasserie de Rochefort

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 11-06-2000

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5


appearance: darkest of the three... brown as brown can be, approaching black in the center of my cup. not much foam. not any foam. a slight crown around the chalice's edge. the most clear of the three, and similar in appearance to WV12 and abt12. lacing is very thin and gets crunchy really fast. as always, bad-ass rochefort label kicks the appearance up a notch.

aroma: lighter on malt with big dark fruit up front. winey. sugar and campfire follow through. clean aroma for something so deep and complex.

taste: bitter dark malts hit you like a brick. finish is smooth thanks to the richer figgy notes. mouthfeel matches with a hefty luxury... like pureed fruit. approaching cognac in its caramel-meets-alcohol-sting-in-wood complexity. a sipper and perfect for near-room temperature. remarkable how something this sweet lacks that yeasty tartiness. it does, its an achievement.

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Photo of Pegasus
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Deep amber in color, with a small off-white head, excellent broken lacing, with scattered patches of sticky foam. The head lingers reaching toward eternity. Best if used by date is 04-08-09.

Aroma: Quite pronounced aroma of caramel and toffee, hazelnuts, alcohol, and earth. The hazelnut character is quite pronounced. Somehow or the aroma other this vaguely reminds me of a 5th Avenue candy bar - in a quite positive connotation.

Taste: Once again, the hazelnuts seem quite dominant, there is also cocoa, and an earthy character. A rich malt character is present from start to finish. The close of the taste is tart and very, very dry, with a lingering earthy note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, rich, very full, almost syrupy, with only faint carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: An overwhelmingly superb beer, which challenges my powers of description. Quite likely the best beer I have ever had.

Thanks to HardTarget for generously sharing this stellar beer.

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Photo of Citadel82
4.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a good brew though it is so darn hard to review. It changes by the sip. This is clearly a sipping beer with some wallop to it.

In appearance it is a cloudy chestnut brown with an abundant off-white head. Abundant coarse carbonation on the chalice sides.

Aroma is mollasses and caramel and sweet malt with slight floral undertones.

Taste is sweet toffee, dark dried fruit and strong alcohol warmth.

Qradrupel beers are sippers, not quaffers. I enjoy them whenever I can. This beer was pricey (5.99 a 11.2 Oz.)but I can now state it is worth the price.

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Photo of stopmakingsteve
4.18/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I just picked up a bottle of this today, logged in here and saw this review, so I figure I'll give it a shot as well.

I'm an American college student living in London for a while, and this has been my first opportunity to legally purchase beer. Since I don't have to confine myself to the cheapest, easiest to chug then smash on your forehead beers anymore, I've been trying to try a wide variety of different kinds of brews. The idea of exclusive groups of Belgian monks making 'Trappist' beers in their abbeys intrigued me, and I'm trying to sample as many as possible while I'm in Europe. So far I've had Chimay Blue, Westmalle Tripel, and now this Rochefort 10.

Anyway, I don't know anything about reviewing beer, but this is a very good one. It comes off pretty strong, and it's obviously very alcoholic, but it's not harsh at all. It's a rich brown, with a lot of nice tan head initially, and it leaves a nice lacing on my glass, which I admit is not the recommended Trappist chalice. Still, it tastes great, and I can definitely see the coffee and chocolate, and the flavors linger on my tongue for a long time. I dig it.

All in all, well worth the three pounds or so I paid for it, and the long walk across town to get it. Especially when I consider that I'll probably end up paying more than that for a bottle of Budweiser in a bar later tonight. Cheers

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Photo of bashiba
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is another absolutely flawless beer Rochefort. Even drinking this side by side with the 8 I can't find decide which is better as they are both so perfect in their own ways.

Poures a delecious creamy brown color with tons of thick pillow head.

Smell is a breathtaking variety of smells, with heavy toffee malts mixing with various dark fruits and hints of alcohol.

Taste is just fantastic, so many flavors mixing together so perfectly with just a touch of alcohol flavors.

Mouthfeel is incredibly creamy and full with a nice alcohol warming.

Drinkability is incredible, I have drank several of these over the last couple months and I can't seem to get it enough. I could probably drink this everyday I think and never get sick of it.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have been reading so much about this beer, now finally I have the opportunity. Of course dumb-ass, you wouldn't be writing about it if not.

Very basic bottle presentation, just as the Trappist monks. Pours a deep, deep brown, with a very polite head. Instantly you can smell the alcohol, followed closely behind by very earthy tones, cinnamon and forest greens (that doesn't make sense). The taste is definitely the strongest characteristic of this brew, breads, cloves, and something sweet.

Strong brew overall, considering the price it's not "drinkable", but ultimately is. If my typing is any indication at this point you'll come to know the alcohol quite quickly.

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Photo of hefevice
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, best before sometime in 2009 (hinting that I shouldn't be drinking it just yet). I shouldn't be rating this, as I am recovering from a cold, however I decided to go ahead anyway because I think the beer has aided in my recovery. Only disappointment in the appearence was the small head. What was there laced pretty well. Deep effervescent chocolate amber colour made up for the disappointing head. Aroma, um, well, big! Spices, toffee, raisins, flowers, alcohol... Taste - um, well, huge! And it needs to be to get in before the alcohol which is considerable and smacks you in the face at the finish. Despite the big, warm, dry, (kinda like Australia) alcoholic finish, the balance remains very good, which is a big achievement. I think this is assisted by the fine carbonation which leads to a lush yet subtle feel. Would love to taste the same batch in 2009 to see what has changed. Think I might head back to the beer shop.

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Photo of Litterbean
4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hooo baby!

Pours a dark brown with a nice head. Dissipated kind of fast. Still, a beauty to behold.

Smells like a friggin' fruit basket. Hints of plum, orange, grapefruit, and prunes.

Tastes beautiful. Sweet, fruity flavor. Definite raisin and prunes. Like the dried fruits I just described, this baby tastes aged and mature. Thick, full bodied, and absolutely delicious. Some yeast notes and a slight bit of spice round out this brew, with a tiny bit of carbonation which only enhances the savory character of it all.


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Photo of twelvsies
4.62/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bit of preface: my first experience with beer of this caliber was St. Bernardus Abt 12. I thought it couldn never be matched. Since then, I've seen numerous threads such as "St. Bernardus vs. Rochefort" or "Westvleteren vs. St. Bernardus." I haven't come across the Westy yet, but the Rochefort is always around so I thought I'd give it a try and see if it lives up to the hype. Let's crack this puppy open... Appears a very dark brown color, practically opaque with a big dark head resting on top, it doesn't appear to be going anywhere. Incredibily fragrant nose. A sweet cake-liek aroma out front, but no ordinary cake. It tingles your nose with hints of alcohol and spicyness. If this tastes as good as it smells I'll be a very happy man... Oh man it's good. Instead of comparing it to St. Bernardus it's really quite different. I can actually taste the alcohol in this and the spicy hops as well. Still the overriding taste is the sweetness, complex as it is, but there's a nice peppery quality to this beer that I didn't anticipate. Mouthfeel is nice and full, with the perfect amounth of carbonation. I don't know what it is, but there certianly is a distinct trappist feel to this beer that I wish I could identify and put into words, but I can't. For now I'll just enjoy it.

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Photo of mynie
4.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with a nice but short-lived head. Very fizzy with smoke rising from the uncapped bottle.

Smells rich and complex. Roasted malt, almost like a stout, with nodes of coffee, along with the rich, ripe fruit of a good Belgian.

And it tastes like a mixture between a good stout and a Belgian, too. Stoutier upfront, big coffee and chocolate, moving into a Belgian in the middle, rich fruit and an alcohol zip and fizz, and then ending in a combination of both. An earth taste prevades. Nice.

Exceptional mouthfeel, but the high alcohol is too present in the taste to make this an easy-drinking beer. It's exceptional, nonetheless.

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Photo of Toddv29424
4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Really good all-around beer. I don't think that the alcohol is hidden as well as, say, the St. Bernardus 12, but it's pretty similar.

Pours a murky brown color with little speckles floating in it, with no apparent head. Smell is great, a little like a fruity brandy with a touch of hops and wheat. The alcohol is hardly noticeable.
The taste is great. The first sip is a little overwhelming because of all the tastes, but as you take more and more they go down much smoother. Alcohol is the first taste that you get, but then the beer effervesces on your tongue and the taste dissipates leaving behind a pleasant wheaty mouthfeel. As far as Trappist Quadruples this is debatable the top, and it is true to its reputation.

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Photo of MrSeth
4.74/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I usually don't just say that a beer is a 5.0, but this one is definitely exceptional in this many regards.

Head: Slim, fast to disperse. The body seems black, but it's dark brown.

Nose: Huge, sweet malt, ripe fruits, and chocolates with heady alcohol in the undertones. This beer has such a nice aroma, I keep going back to it.

Taste: Oh man! Instantly gratifying. Rich, fine banana bread, spices, concord grapes(?).

Finish: Dry. Faintly tart, just a touch of bitterness.

My thanks go to John at Federal Wines & Spirits for donating a bottle of this exceptional beer.

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Photo of Pingotas
4.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate soda - mit pradikat!

To liken this to any soda borders on blasphemy. Nevertheless, the taste was at once reminiscent of a rich chocolatey espresso I had in the islands, albeit shades more subtle all around.

I almost fainted tasting this puppy - my God, was it delicious!

I edge Abt 12 over this purely because of personal preference; I could return to this world in future reincarnations and easily favor TR10 as my life fluid.

Carefully fruity, rich, sublime and at once captivating in the sensuality it exudes. A remarkable brew.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330 mL, bottled on 8/4/04. The bottle overflowed with foam when I popped the top - really sucks when you're paying $7 for less than 12 oz. of this stuff. Served just under room temp. in a Chimay chalice. Pours a cloudy dark red/brown with a fizzy, 1 finger, tan head that doesn't leave much lacing but doesn't disappear either. Smell is rum bread, cherries, bananas, green apples, and maybe a hint of chocolate. At first the carbonation is tingly but is very nice by the end. And so many flavors on the palate... cherries, plums, apples, bananas, pears?, citrus?, coriander?, chocolate, rum, pine, yeast... whew! The beer also alternates between buttery/sugary/sweet and a somewhat powerful bitterness, both of which complement the other flavors well. The alcohol is well hidden in the taste but very warming. Pairs perfectly with milk chocolate. If I drank another of these right now I would be out another 7 bones but I would be oh so happy....and very intoxicated.

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Photo of WetCoaster
4.44/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A murky chocolate brown with a firm, off-white head. Great duration. Leaves lace on glasswall.

Smell: Rich. Fruity esters (green/red apple), raisin, cocoa butter, a bit of cake spice, brown sugar, chocolate orange slice, butterscotch diacetyl, the WTF!? duo of soy sauce and cigar ash and, finally, alcohol and solvent vapors. This thing really unwinds as it warms, let me tell ya.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is full and coating, but the carbonation is surprisingly crisp. Slight alcohol burns off the bat, but soon a sweet maltiness reveals itself. There's some molasses, yeast spice and white pepper, fruitcake, dark fruit, slight hint of milk chocolate and a nice splash of pineapple/orange juice. Despite all this, the finish is oddly dry.

Drinkability: Good, but at almost $8 for an 11.2, it's simply too pricey to be "drinkable." Still, it's nice to have the real deal, and the beer is really well balanced, it's controlled, complex--it's just flat-out good. If you can bear parting with the cash, it's quite a beer.

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Photo of edchef1850
4.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I got a chance to try this beer, this past weekend. ive never been disappointed by a trappist ale yet, and the rochefort 10 was no different. A wonderful aroma of black current filled my nose as i looked at this glass of dark brown nectar, sitting with a little less than a half inch tan head. The flavor, smooooth and rich, the alcohol doesent dominate the glass, wonderful balance. I enjoyed this with some nice cheese, savoring it like a 20 year tawny port. The trappistes really do some amazing things with yeast water malt candy sugar and hops.Any one who calls themselves a BA should consider the five trappist breweries offerings required drinking, they wont regret a sip of it

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Photo of troutmask96
4.7/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Well, I'm not going to argue the glowing reviews this special beer has gotten. Perfect in every way but drinkability, which is a good thing at $9 a pop. Pours black as night with a tight, tan head, that won't go away over the hour or so you'll spend sipping it. What a fantastic smell - prunes, raisins, molasses, and cherries. I'm going to put a couple in my cellar and see if this outstanding brew gets even better with age...

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ruddy opaque dim brown with a scant halo head cap that opened with a "fwisk!" Second pour reveals a more yeasty scrod chunckers pour.

Delicious bold cornucopia fruit aroma and awl-kee-hawl scents. Brown bananas, dark cherries, sweet cake malts. Sugars and spices abound with nutmeg and cinamon. notes.

First swigs: Bold awl-kee-hawl & cake malts. Nearly gin like in the palate. Lingering peppery flavor with a smidgeon of yeasty aftertaste. Almond middle. Fresh ginger and gingerbread with vanilla anisette & confectioners sugar.

Soft plushy carbonation. Sneaky full body satin feel.

Last swigs: Enigmatic quad. A slice of Heaven. Liquid rum soaked bread pudding. Exquisite sipper. $7.95 % for a bottle at Whole Foods.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of foamer
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark cloudy brown into my wine glass with some sediment floating around. No head to speak of but given the abv that's to be expected. Nose of fruits - plum, blackcurrant - and alcohol. Taste is of rich sweet malts with some yeasty notes and backed with strong plum and blackcurrant flavours and finishing with warming alcohol. Very nice mouthfeel with delicate carbonation. This is a lovely beer and one which I have had a number of times of ocassions and will continue to come back to. Surprisingly drinkable given its abv. Paired nicely with some French brie.

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Photo of horndecker
4.57/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Upon popping the cap, a tongue of mist escaped the bottle. Vapor trails.

how it looks:
I poured this into a Hoegaarden Speciale snifter and it produced a full and foamy head, tan with purplish edges. A bit of lace, sticky, leaving little islands of murk.
The beer is the color of dark walnut and not as cloudy as expected.

how it smells:
At first fruit, esters, chocolate covered cherries and tangy melon. Wow. Then turkish taffy, raisins, nutmeg and bananas, followed by hints of dusty cocoa powder. Very rich and inviting. An assault on one's powers of olfactory discernment.

how it tastes:
Initially, lots of edgy carbonation and fruit, figs and foam. What follows is that wonderful Fernet Branca herbal bitterness. The alcohol warms and slides, glycerine-like, around the back of the tongue, even burns the back of the throat a bit. As it warms, more of the roasted malt, bready and yeasty character takes over, along with a distinct dark chocolate flavor.

the other stuff:
It has a luxurious, silky mouthfeel. While the alcohol is obvious, it's in the right place and doesn't intrude. Very drinkable in small quantities - like, one bottle as a nightcap with some stinky cheese.

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Photo of Weizenmensch
4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown 33cL bottle, ten minste houdbaar tot ende: 25.08.09.

Appearance: Nut-brown, cloudy, very flocculent syrup in a Chimay chalice. Sticky head clinging to sides of glass with a weird volcanic effervescence transgressing from the murky depths of this Quadrupel into our world. Looks like someone has cracked an egg on the central surface of my beer, except inside the egg was only a thin layer of froth.

Smell: Not entirely accessible from the head alone (may have been served slightly too cold), the main scent is that of vanilla, as experienced in a creamy Highland Malt. Some unusual herbal characteristics as well.

Taste: The dense liquid's effervescing alcohol tickles the tongue and back of palate before other subtleties are explored. Another strange flavour fizzes on the roof of my mouth but I can't put my finger on it - pepper? ginger, without the pungent aftertaste? It's more the effect this beer has on the mouth than the specific notes that is important. Effervescent in a prickly way, with small bubbles; alcoholic almost like a malt whisky. In fact, warming it with my hands and smelling it, I could be drinking a single malt. Slightly nutty and yeasty as well; this feels like a real privilege to drink.

Mouthfeel: Buttery/creamy, but with the aforementioned zing to it. A shoulder-tapping reminder of the sophistication as well as strength of this beer comes upon swallowing.

Drinkability: Smooth, but too jam-packed with full-bodiedness and alcohol to drink quickly. I feel like I could even have another couple of beers on the go, to refresh me while I'm sipping down this one. This is really strong and would be good to drink very slowly with a several-course meal. However, other Trappist ales are as complex in flavour but also permit a more normal drinking pace. This one is impeding me, and it's making me sleepy.

Notes: It's almost as if the monks got two or three normal beers and concentrated them into this complex ale. This is such a mysterious beer that people could likely imagine many other flavours than actually exist. However, it's not my favourite style, and not my favourite Trappist ale: Westmalle (Tripel) is much more friendly and accessible (in flavour, not price or availability) to most people. But this beer is best reserved for special occasions and lazy winter nights.

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Photo of stjarnflikka
4.82/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep red beer thats all clear and quite some carbonation that creates an island of foam in the middle of my chalice.

Smell is immense. Alcohol and green apples comes first. Rum, spices are strong together with more alcohol. Somewhat malty, yeast in there as well as sweet fruits together with dough and bread. Lots and lots of ripe fruits in there, pears, figs and apples.

Taste also hits alcoholic. Big, thick taste with tons of ripe, sweet fruits. Some carbonation lifts alcohol and gives room for spices, malts and perhaps some chocolate or tobacco? A lot of ripe fruits such as figs, pears, melon (cantalope) and such. More sweet and filling taste explodes on palatte when the sweet alcohol bursts through with more and more taste. Malt comes through stronger when it warms up a bit and alcohol resides for more of the frits and perhaps honey, yeast and dark sugar?

Immense beer! Smooth, fruity and extremely well balanced. I certainly prefer this over the 8, this was more complex and more satisfying. Rich on everything, lacks nothing.

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Photo of BeerNutta
4.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Managed to get this beer at Nicks Wine Merchants in Melbourne. Got pretty excited cause I didnt think I could get such a beer in Melbourne.

Poured out dark brown, almost chocolate in appearance with a big foam head that dissapeared fast.

The smell was great. It was a mixture of malt and fruit. Went down a treat as well. A cavalcade of taste in your mouth. Starts off with a deep maltiness which then turns fruitty and then transforms into a chocolate/coffee finish.

The low carbonation, makes it go down well. Easily a sipping beer. Would drink it again. Just a bit costly in Australia. The 8.95 price tag per bottle stings a bit.


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Photo of ggroller
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in a goblet at the Bethlehem Brew Works Steel Gaarden.

I would have preferred trying this beer for the first time in a quiet, well lit atmosphere but I have wanted to try this beer for so long and I could not wait any longer.

Chocolatey brown liquid with a thin, lacing head. The aroma of choclolate, brown sugar, hints of green apple and cinammon. Tastes of wine- like acidity, apples, pears, maple syrup.

The mouthfeel was bubbly yet very silky and smooth and the drinkability is outstanding although my wallet wouldn't allow for it.

I'll be visiting with this brew again.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Deep brown, almost black with a 2" light tan head that has great retention. Lots of foamy lacing.

Smells of bready yeast, bannanas, dried plums, malts, and and a touch of alcohol that is slightly "winey".

The yeast, and plum like flavors are still there when tasted. There's a lot going on here, very complex. The full bodied mouthfeel works together with the carbonation. There's some twinge from the alcohol, but it isn't out of place and the warming effect is perfect for a cold night. However, the high abv makes this one a slow sipper.

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Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
Beer rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 9,442 ratings