Brewed by Brasserie Rochefort
Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Rochefort, Belgium


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RATINGS: 4856   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.3/5   EST. CALORIES: 339   ABV: 11.3%
The top product from the Rochefort Trappist brewery. Dark color, full and very impressive taste. Strong plum, raisin, and black currant palate, with ascending notes of vinousness and other complexities.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Embrouille (2831) - SWITZERLAND - MAR 6, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2010 Rerate: Bottled 33cl. It pours a dark brown beer with a beautiful tanned head. The nose is of roasted malt, aniseed, herbs, pineapple and toffee accompanied by a huge amount of licorice and almonds. An extremely pleasant, complex and unique aroma. A lot more alcohol showing up in the Rochefort 10 than in the Rochefort 8. Wonderful taste with figs, roasted malt, aniseed (not noticeable in the rochefort 8), nougat (which adds a lot to this beer), herbs (I canít make out which ones, but definitely an excellent blend), pineapple and homemade caramel showing up. A beauty. Deeply pleasant silky mouthfeel. Full bodied. Beautiful lacework. Definetely a lot of alcohol in this beer - which is a little too present for my liking. Especially just before the finish. Huge amounts of licorice appearing in the finish. A great beer - but I enjoyed Rochefort 8 more than than the 10. Additional Comment. Initial rating: March 6, 2007. Rerate August 5, 2008. 8th rating February 11, 2009: Surprisingly pale huge light beige head. A lot of aniseed in both aroma and flavor. Incredibly complex with hints of sage, pineapple and candy. A lot of reminiscent homemade caramel. Warming alcohol showing up with the swallow. Outstanding. I reveled in every sip. Without a doubt a lot better than Westvleteren Abt 12. Beyond world class. Reminiscence of coconut in both aroma and taste, Coca Cola....... oh, and raspberry.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
churchill00 (154) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2007
UPDATED: APR 5, 2007 Amazing. Of all the Trappist varieties, this belongs at the top. Very fruity aroma, with a nose of caramel and raisin. High alcohol content is the only thing that unhinges the otherwise very stable flavor. Easily one of the greatest beers in the world.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
alexsdad06 (7440) - Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2007
I usually prefer stouts of all kinds, but this beer definetly grabs my attention. Poured dark brown (surprising) with a large head that left significant lacing. Aroma was of fuits and yeast. The flavor contained a complex mix of dark fruits especially raisins. I noticed the alcohol but it was not dominant. Enjoyed this beer over the course of 30 minutes and was interested in how the flavors shifted as the beer warmed. One of my favorites.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 3, 2007
BB 06.10.09. Served in a Westmalle trappist glass. Poured agressively, generated a modest, rapidly disappearing head. Dark brown, unclear. Malty aroma, some fruity notes. Full-bodied, rich mouthfeel. Initial alcohol/carbonation sting on the tongue, with some pleasant roasted malt bite. Moderate sweetness. Some subtle heavy dark fruit notes. Warming alcohol quite apparent, but not at all unpleasant. Dry, mildly bitter finish. Quite good, but below expectation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bruceb (3) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 3, 2007 does not count
Pleasent spicy flavor, but I found the alcohol burn to take away from the pleasure of drinking such an expensive beer. The Trappistes Rocheforts are great but dollar for dollar I will stick with the 8 over the 10.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
keith0718 (430) - Kansas, USA - MAR 3, 2007
Wow. 11.3% alcohol and I donít taste a bit of it. Strong notes of plum and raisin. Helluva beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beffrey2 (36) - Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, USA - MAR 1, 2007
My very first abt/quadrupel! And I loved it. Worth the hype for sure. The aroma and the taste is very strong of caramel or butterscotch. I donít know which one, but leaning towards the butterscotch. I donít taste any fruit or chocolate. The head was long lasting along with the lacing. The beer was thick/creamy and a cloudy brown. Very good indeed!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LinusStick (3052) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2007
In my second round of Battle of the Belgians it was Rochefort 10 vs. St Bernardus 12 and the two were neck and neck. The Rochefort was stronger. The pour was a dark brown that you could not see through. Thick tan puffy head with a lot of lacing. The aroma was dark fruit and yeast. The taste was a strong mix of dark fruits, yeast and even an aftertaste of chocolate after it warmed up. I hate raisins but in beer they are OK. Alcohol burn is present but does not feel like 11.3%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mugabe (258) - SWEDEN - MAR 1, 2007
Discrete, but fresh and fruity aroma - dark plum, no coffee. Creamy, full taste, sweet and fruity with a spicy warmth of alcohol that is a tad too prominent for me. Less balanced and full than the Westvleteren 12, imho, but still an experience.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Amaj80HC (13) - 9, BELGIUM - MAR 1, 2007
I prefer the Rochefort trappists (8 and 10) above the St Sixtus. Not only that, but it is everywhere available at a reasonably price. What i like is the fact that you donít have to wait 3 months before consuming it like a westie. The carbonation is just how i like it and the foam is always present. Carbonation and foam last at least half an hour, which is the time you should take anyway to enjoy this godgiven present. Very very attractive indeed. A great surplus is the consistency between different brews/batches. Not something i can say about the westies.

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