biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Intense aroma of malt, plum, raisen. A bit like a Belgian Dopplebock. Dark brown and thick with a thin tan head. Big bodied with a sweet finish. Flavors of plum, apple, coffee. A bit tart. Interesting.
ross (2075) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - DEC 27, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
well, its close to christmas, so whatever, may as well try this. pours dark red color with a small brownish colored head. smells sweet, yeasty, and kind of like plums. taste is also very sweet tasting, with a small hint of alcohol, (less than what i expected for 11.3%). a nice hint of malts to this as well. this is a damn fine beer, and something i have held on to for almost a year before the temptation was too great. awesome beer.
joshpiledean (315) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark maroon/brown pour, almost no head (probably poured it too cold...) Light carbonation, some floaties. I definately poured it too cold, so I let it sit for awhile before I got down to business. Aroma: Light alcohol, rich plum and raisin, banana/yeast. Nice mouthfeel, rich and for some reason, feels crumbly. Flavor is an explosion of sweet fruits, yeasty over tones, slight alochol prescence, but no burn. Sweet flavor, not cloying, long somewhat smokey aftertaste. Great wonderful super yummified beer.
poivre (14) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2004
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I’ll start off first by saying that I am partial to rich, complex, full-bodied beers. I crave layers. I
want dimension. I want to be able to look into every corner of the beer and find something worthy of
mentioning. To me, the difference between a craft beer and a world-class beer is that a while a craft beer
may be an excellent example of a particular style, and therefore enjoyable cum that particular style, a
world-class beer is an oeuvre on the palate that can provide the culinary depth of an entire meal in one
All this to say, Rochefort 10 is such a beer.
From the deep mahagony color (dare I say it reminded me of buffed koa wood from Hawaii?), one expects that
the malt should shine through, and from the nose one waits to taste spices of all different kinds. One is
not disappointed. The first thing that I noticed in this beer is how well the brewer has stood up to the
formidable 11% alcohol content; unfortunately most high-alcohol beers will have the experience of ethanol in
center state, as the lead singer, with the rest of the flavors singing backup, however Rochefort 10 is in
control of the alcohol content and uses it to strong advantage. There are of course raisin tones, and plums,
but factor in the chocolate and you have gourmet Raisinettes. The tastes have a matte finish, rather than
glossy; everything is balanced and textured rather than bright and zinging. More tastes follow - muted strawberries, ripe banana, and of course a highly pleasureable layered maltiness. At first drink I was tempted to say that the finish was dry, but it wasn’t. It was clean, as if it were purposeful. One gets the sense that everything is in its place, nothing is an accident. This is a wonderful beer, practiced and perfected.
IndianaRed (2339) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 21, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2005 Bottle POurs a hazy dark amber with a nice sandy colored head and fine even lacing. Aromas are much like the Westy 12 but darker and more smokey. Dark pitted fruit, alcohol is a bit more noticeable but at over 11% still hidden well. Flavors are consistant. Malty brown sugar and raisons. Smooth soft feel and a wonderfull slightly smokey aftertaste. Terriffic!
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - DEC 19, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Clockwork Brewpub, Glasgow. Dark red/brown. Medium, lasting head. Cloudy/particulate (yeast swirled in). Aroma chocolate/licorice/toffee/malt/dried fruit/vanilla/alcohol. Rich, oily mouthfeel. Obviously a world class beer, but the alcohol unbalances it slightly for my taste. My own preference is for the 8.
Padron4KM (533) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - DEC 19, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
330ml bottle, best before 04/03/08.
I have had several bottles of this over the past year, but this is the first time I’ve tried to describe it.
Pours out cloudy murky dark brown with a 1" head.
Head receads to a thin cap atop this glorious brew.
Lacing coats the glass in a thin sheet.
Aroma is complex, dusty, plummy, raisins, currants, winey, banana, alcohol, with a touch of burnt sugar.
Flavor is sweet, raisin, malt, dark fruits, caramel, all enveloped by a mildly hoppy finish. Alcohol is not detected in the flavor, but it is when it hits the belly.
Like a Cohiba Siglo V, if I could afford to drink this every day I would. For now I’ll settle for once a month.
lululegrand (94) - gent, BELGIUM - DEC 18, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark brown beer with ivory colored creamy foam. Outstanding aroma’s of dried fruits and roasted malts.The taste is very rich and a bit sweet. It ends with burned aroma’s.
Cornfield (5460) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This poured a murky, dark brown with a large brown head. The aroma is of dark dried fruits, chocolate, and alcohol. The taste, sweet malts with plums and berries and alcohol. Finishes on a sweet but fry note. A very enjoyable, warming drink.
Dorqui (2095) - Brescia, ITALY - DEC 15, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2005 Color brown much dark one. Foam creamy and supporter, much persistent one. Pungente scent, of fruit and cereals toasts to you. Much intense one with a strong and persistent aroma. Excellent aroma with a strong and sturdy body.