eeblah (106) - Arizona, USA - JAN 4, 2007
This is how a Beligum trappiste should be. Very strong and tasty. Has a very malty taste which also leads to its very high alcohol content. Color is a nice dark amber whcih lets you know that it could have lots of flavor. This beer is at top of the list in my book. lagomswedish (213) - Umeå, SWEDEN - JAN 3, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2008 Bottle from Systembolaget. Pouring more praise on this heavenly beer is unnecessary. It truely is a complete beer in all senses with the best palate of any beer I have ever tasted. I’ve been lucky to try several bottles (one in particular that was five years old and would have warranted a perfect 5). The difference between that landmark beer moment and this particular bottle is that in my experience fresh Rochefort 10 has a more aggressive phenol quality to it that softens with age. The juicy figs and raisin notes also thicken with time, lending a heavier, more aggrandized character to this exeptional beer. I’ll re-rate a vintage bottle in a few years to see if I can reach a perfect 5 once again.
skniss (2) - Gering, Nebraska, USA - JAN 1, 2007 does not count
Very good, strong raisin and plum flavor one of the best beers I have had. Foxbush (2140) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2009 This was one of my beers of Christmas 2006. It is also my first Rochefort beer. The alcohol was a high 11.3% but it was well muted. There was little head and the dark color was opaque. The flavors of raisins and plums were present. I want to taste another to appreciate this beer. I received anothe r one Christmas 2008. The beer poured with much froth filling the glass. There were suspended particles in a dark amber beer. The high alcohol is very deceptive. wholejustin (6) - USA - JAN 1, 2007 does not count
This beer to me was so smooth and rich. I love 8 but 10 is in a whole class by it’s self. Hard to get in my store.
stison42 (318) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2007 Dark brown. Very flavorful, bursting with flavor. Well spiced with what seemed like cinnamon. Very good. Christmas present. BelgianBeerGal (4243) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2009 33cL bottle. I only rate Westy 12 above this quad. I parallel this with Westy 8 however. My only critique is a slight alcohol burn but nothing major. Definitely a beer to seek out and a classic that delivers every time. cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 29, 2006
30 cl bottle from AJ’s Fine Food (Tucson) - Pours a hazy brown color with a two finger thick light tan head. Nice thick lacing is left behind as the head slowly settles. Aroma is full of esters (plum, even apple) and light toasty malt. Flavor is also fruity and slightly vinous. Palate is smooth and only slightly bitter. Alcohol is well hidden. Medium body. A very nice beer. Geiserich (4659) - Linz, AUSTRIA - DEC 29, 2006
Bottled: Fruity, sweet aroma, notes of alcohol, plums and raisins. Dark brown color, enormous foamy off-white head. Intensive fruity flavor, dried plums, cherries and figs. Candy, roasted malt and alcohol too. Light sharp finish, alcoholic, drieness. A highlight, but maybe to fresh. I will store some in my cellar. DruncanVeasey (8401) - Nr NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2012 CURRENT RATE Tacky dried fruit rolled in muscovado, blue cheese, buttered fig, black cherry aroma. Hot, sweet fig and cocktail cherry taste thin at the strength. Not complex. Overrated.
UPDATE: Detritus-speckled, onyx with a slender but stable cappuccino collar (chocolate dustings included). Mysterious Belgian yeast aroma with black pepper, banana, nutmeg, liquorice, lactic sweetness, bread, prune and Nutella. Spicerack intensity without spice. Slick creamy palate lacing thickly at the strength. Massive warming alcohol glow, high cocoa , peppery dark fruit, fennel seed, hint of evergreen hop maybe, spiritous wafts of alcohol in the nose. Hard to believe this ’only’ weighs in at 11.3. Needed something numbing to ease my sore throat and it took half my head off. 494816
ORIGINAL RATE Xmas night sample, in requisite, gold-ringed snifter. Deep, dirty black-brown pour with clumps of tan foam. Complex nose awash with with licorice, caramel-chocolate maltiness and booze-sodden, figgy xmas pudding fruit. A surprisingly lively, yeasty character, with a lingering marmite bitterness in the finish. Really sticks around. Marmite liqueur punching below its proclaimed 11.3%. Intensely yeasty as you drain the tulip. Impressively bitter and twigletly for such a big-hitter, and more than capable of standing up to the festive cheeseboard. But somehow just not the halluinatory, big dirty bastard of a brew I was hoping for. 837315/3.6