tkimbrought05 (37) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 6, 2008
Fantastic beer. Tastes of raisins and coffee. A little bit of an oiley palate but leaves a nice toffee overtoned aftertaste. Enjoyed this beer very much, a little bit pricey but something I defintely look forward to drinking again. StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - MAR 3, 2008
UPDATED: APR 6, 2008 Rochefort? More like GROSSefort! wakka wakka. Not my thing. Very dark, very strong, very muddled. Almost like a bad experiment with wine-making. Maybe I’ll try it again some day, but it’ll be awhile. Tastes like bubblegum poop. shalloWMeans (169) - Independence, Kentucky, USA - MAR 2, 2008
The Belgian classic. Years of anticipation led up to this. A beige rocky head of mountainous proportions sits atop a foreboding, resinous dark body. There are too many aromas drifting from the glass to even begin to explain, but I’ll start from the top with the raisiny, grape jelly scent (no joke) that seems to be the most apparent and noticeable. This is quickly followed by other dried fruits: plums, dates, figs, and accented with licorice, oak, and a very shy smokiness. It’s all followed with the sweet molasses stickiness of a good dark rum. At first sip, I’m very surprised by how well the11.3% alcohol is hidden in the depths of the beer’s flavors. Unlike other big dark beers, this isn’t as viscuous as some, and actually has a smooth, well carbonated mouthfeel. Spices overtakethe palate, a cinammon, clove, and pepper note tingle the back of the tongue, and the red grapes are again noticeable, as well as the roasted smoky character that rises to the roof of the mouth, then slowly floats down the throat, leaving a burnt, spicy, dry,and slightly bitter aftertaste. In a word: breathtaking. Although pleased with the beer, I was expecting a bit more fruit and chocolate in the flavor. It think the dry, oaky, smoked mouthfeel created a completely different taste experience than expected, but delightful nonetheless. Overall, a very interesting Belgian ale, but I have had some slightly more flavorful examples. CP (124) - USA - MAR 2, 2008
I really don’t understand the appeal of this beer or why it is rated in the top ten. I shared a bottle with 4 other people and all of our palettes rejected this beer roundly. Perhaps this style of beer is just not for everybody and it certainly isn’t for me. I can’t say I like the alcoholic - plum flavoring and it made be gag. Give me a shot instead I say.. I’m glad I shared the bottle with other people or else most of the bottle would have been a drain pour. Can’t wait to try the Rochefort 6! (sarcasm*) tnkw01 (1753) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 29, 2008
The best quadrupel I’ve ever had. Aroma is that of dark cherries. Apperance is a dark, pleasant color. Flavor is the best part of this beer. It has a very well balanced taste. This is the type of beer a wine drinker would love. Trying to figure out the complexity of this beer is quite a challenge. Because of alcohol content it goes straight to your head and feels warm inside. Overall a great beer.
papat444 (136) - Carignan, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 27, 2008
Thanks to plucier for this one!
Poured from a 12oz. bottle.
Aroma: Wood-like character with some berries & malt.
Appearance: deep, dark color, almost mahogany. Massive 3-4 finger head, unrelenting with active carbonation & tiny bubbles keep rising.
Flavor: Wow, Malty, creamy taste with a lot of sweetness in there. Fruit-like in body also.
Palate: The taste lingers a bit in the mouth, very smooth & the finish is semi-sweet. Very complex flavors that i’m sure i am missing some.
Overall: Wonderful sipping beer with a alcohol that kicks in about mid-bottle. You can’t go wrong with this one. Lots of flavours blended in & as it warms, it’s even better. My only complaint is that i didn’t have more! A must for Belgian lovers.
northernbrews (25) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2008 Had a mini quad tasting in April 07. Had this one after the Westy12.
Picked this bottle up at Top Shelf Liquor in Allen Park.
Appearance: Pours a cloudy brown color with a 1 finger tan head. Slightly red around the edges. There is a little bit of lacing on my snifter. This looks very similar to the others.
Aroma: Starts with some dark fruits, nice malts and a slight alcohol burn. There are some winey notes in this too which are very nice. This is followed by dark fruits, figs, roasted malts, and slight cherry. There is some nice yeasty and hop notes in the finish. The aroma is more pronounced as it warms. Can’t wait to taste it.
Taste: The tastes are similar to the aroma, but not as noticable. Cherry and dark fruits from the start followed by warming alcohol and some spicy hops. There is a nice malt background that balances all these flavors. Very nice
Palate: The dark fruit and malt flavors hang for a bit. This is pretty creamy and goes down too smooth for 11.3%. It should be a crime for something this strong to be this smooth. After a few of these, you will definitely feel buzzed.
Overall. This finished ahead of the rest, slightly above the Westy12, Abt 12 and Chimay Blue. The aroma and flavors were a little stronger in this one. Another truely a world-class beer (as were the others). I’ve had this with just the Abt 12 before and the Abt was better, but in this case this bottle was better. You’ll have to see for you self, you won’t be disappointed.
GMCC2181 (1610) - Newark, Delaware, USA - FEB 26, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2011 Bottle, nice and dark, good size head. Lacing was good as well. Smell of raisons, apples and some other fruits. Taste is raisons, plum and even more dark fruits. Very easy to drink (smooth) it has a nice little bitterness in the end. Malty with peaty moss notes. Lots of carbonation and just the right body. Very hard to tell there is even any alcohol in the beer, but still warming. Overall a good beer RomanW70 (296) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 25, 2008
My first Trappistes Rochfort 10. Trappist glass. Pours a dark brown with a one finger head. Aroma of caramel, plums, raisins, and yeast. Incredibly complex taste. Detect all sorts of dark fruits, caramel, floral finishes. Definitely some vinegary wine notes. Impressive, impressive beer. Gets better with each sip. Felsenbrau (53) - Middletown, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2008
330 ml bottle, served in large tulip glass. Pours a deep opaque amber/brown with a finger of rich head and very good lacing. Head dropped down to surface, but remained to the end. Slightly neutral aroma of toffee, taste of carmel, roasted malts, sweet prunes, toffee again. Heavy velvety body, roasted malt finish. Very nice. Would buy again.