joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Murky brown color. Small yeast particles line the sides of the glass. Small white lasting lace. Aroma is caramel, dark fruits, and toffee. Taste is slightly sweet malty, caramel..This gets more complex as it warms. Drinking this beer keeps a smile on my face.
beerbabybeer (39) - langley, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2005 this, i think, is the best beer in the world. it is strong, smooth, incredibly complex with a nice head. strong plum, chocolate, nutty flavor. too many different flavors to list, really... the amazing thing is how well balanced it tastes, even with an a.b.v. of 11.3%. i had this beer many times on a recent trip to belgium and i was always amazed. be sure to serve it in itís proper glass if possible. itís PERFECT! cheers!
arrogantfool (1) - villa rica, Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2004 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark brown to black in color, with minimal head. Smooth on the palate with lingering flavors of fruit and malt with a hit of alcohal at the end. Lacing and cling on snifter was most impressive.
Life changing ! Makes me want to be a monk.
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 (2080) - 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
Iíll 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 wasnít. 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 (2384) - 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 (535) - 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 Iíve 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 Iíll settle for once a month.