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Pours a hazy brown with a light brown head of tiny bubbles that settles over time to leave a small layer coating the top of the brew. Not much in the way of lacing as it slides down the sides of the glass leaving them pretty clean.
Light malt sweetness with a bit of roast and light caramel. Notes of spice and fruit. Raisins and plum along with a dark candi sugar and light sour cherry. Light alcohol burn mingled in with the other aromas too.
Very smooth big malty body with plenty of sweetness. Good bit of candi sugar coming through with notes of light raisins, plums, and a touch maple syrup. Very light spice and no real sign of the 11.3% ABV in the flavor. Finishes smooth with very light little fine bubbles of carbonation and the candi sugar sweetness still on the tongue.
Price: $3.99 Served In: Snifter
Poured a very dark brown with a 2 inch head that slowly faded to a thin cap that stuck around, and nice lacing.
Smells of sweet spiced plums/prunes and a little cherry, candied sugar and a touch of caramel.
Taste is sweet and slightly chocolatey, with dark fruits, alcohol and a little bit medicinal. Very rich and smooth.
This is definitely a beer to savor.
Served In: Goblet
Rt. 6 Liquors
Rochefort 10 has a thick blood red body that's so dark it borders on black. When backlit there are glowing mahogany highlights where the light directly shines where massive amounts of carbonation explode to the surface. A superbly creamy beige head rose to a finger on the pour and didn't fall at all. Each drink leaves behind impressive sheet lacing and clumpy chunks. Now this is how a quad should look!
I don't know why but the nose is somewhat faint. Prunes, figs, and raisins are certainly in the profile along with a surprising, although faint, honey like sweetness. The yeast sends out all kinds of goodness; ripe banana and the mildest clove integrate perfectly into the nose of this brew. Rochefort 10 is all at once spicy, sweet and savory...I want to dive right in.
This one comes together perfectly on the tongue. Sweet notes of figs, prunes, dates and honey lie over the top of a savory somewhat spicy backbone that consists of clove, anise and deep dark caramel. Spicy alcohol peaks and falls again and again throughout each drink. The banana ester quality is barely noticeable in the flavor but adds a little something needed. This is how a quad should be and the leader of the pack in my opinion.
The body is medium and there's a highly active carbonation that creates a nice froth on the back of the tongue. Alcohol heat warms up the throat and nose but never gets hot on the tongue. The savory spiciness of this beer lingers after each sip and the dryness helps.
This is a big bad quad so it will never be easily slammable but this one goes down far too easily. It's a sipper to say the least but on a cold night like tonight I could sip the night away with this beauty.
Of the big 3; Westy, St. Bernardus and Rochefort, this is my favorite. The flavors are hugely complex but don't beat me over the head. It can be an easy enjoyable sipper or a beer to be dissected and contemplated. Whichever you prefer this is the quad to buy.
Price: $5.99 Served In: Goblet
Bout time I rated this beer. Pours a mostly hazy brown color with a ruby red hue throughout. A velvet while head with good retention and lacing. Though did hide to the edge of the glass.
The nose is rich with malt and nice phenolics and esters. To start with there is a huge sweet caramel note that I usually associate with Special B. Maybe a bit much but some kettle notes kind of balance it out. Some noticeable fruit notes. Bit plums and raisins. Noticeable bananas, pineapples, plums and bubblegum. Some yeasty characteristics as well as a light rose peddle on the back end.
The taste is more in balance. But there is a sweetness from the malt that is a bit strong even for a Belgian Strong. Super caramel with plums and raisin tastes. A hint of chocolate and some bready notes on the back end. Becomes more detectable as it warms. The yeast really comes out nicely and does a good job balancing the malt. Very nice phenolics with some cloves and a light banana. Nice figs and prunes. Some alcohol but not over the top. Some lighter vanilla and a
The body is big as expected. Very smooth overall with a silky texture. Great complexity. Carbonation is light for style but does allow all the flavors to come out. Some heat from the alcohol is a bit of a deterrent. Overall a great quad with some minor malt notes that IMO are off. Great yeast representation with a bit of heat but still very nice.
Served In: Pint Glass
*Uploading my old reviews, this one has a review date of: 9-30-07. If I can acquire the beer again I will re-review it*
I have sat on this beer for about 4-5 months and I can’t wait anymore to try it. Best by date of 10 01 13.
Pours a deep brown color with a decent amount of head; lacing and retention is great.
The smell is very complex; some cinnamon, nutmeg, raisins, molasses, chocolate, fermented grapes—it smells like freshly made bread. There is a slightly strong alcoholic aroma—like rum or barrel aged beer—but it is not distracting at all, it is lovely. The aroma is so intriguing that my senses are overloaded with the broad range of smells.
The taste is as complex as the aroma, easily the best quad I have ever had. Incredibly smooth considering the alcohol content. It has a nice warm and nutty flavor that reminds me of x-mas treats and winter holidays. What can I say about this beer? It is incredible all around. I really tried to find a flaw with it but I just can’t find one. I’m going to have to buy a few more to age and drink during the holidays as it seems like the perfect beer for the upcoming cold weather. Really, really close to a perfect score.
I don't know how successful I will be in ageing these.
Served In: Bottle
This was my 2nd attempt with this beer. First time around, I was less than impressed, so didn't bother reviewing. The two tastings were about 3 weeks apart, and I do not believe either bottle was compromised in any way.
It poured out a cloudy, ruddy brown. With HUGE carbonation. Both bottles tried to overflow the glass when poured. Head was everywhere...
The first time I had this, I thought the taste wasn't anything special, and a little off-putting. 2nd time around I was able to appreciate some of the loveliness in this beer, but it will never be one of my favorites. It started out rather figgy, but didn't have the typical Belgian flavor of spiciness. It was really in the Old Ale spectrum for me, and as it warmed/breathed it did get better still.
It was rather thick on the tongue and mouth, and really lingered for a long time. The flavors continued to express themselves even long after a sip.
Like I said, not one of my all-time favorites, but pretty good. Maybe it will grow on me more over time, but I don't think I'll seek it out very often at the price point it is at.
Served In: Pint Glass
Originally reviewed 08/04/06
Poured from bottle into chalice.
A - Half finger, oatmeal colored, soapy head. Head ends up as a whisp on top and around the edge of the glass. Dark brown or super dark amber in color.
S - Honeysweet malts, dark fruit (plums, raisins), a little bit of bubble gum, with only the slightest hint of alcohol.
T - Sweet dark fruit dominates the beginning of the sip. Middle of the tongue gets some caramel malt and a bit of hops. Finishes sweet and almost dry. Amazing layering of tastes here with raisin, apricot, candy sugar, caramel malt, and countless other things going on here.
M - Medium to full bodied with spot on carbonation. Near perfection.
D - For a high alcohol beer, you don't even know it when you are drinking it. Not one to be consumed quickly, but rather savored for all the great taste it provides. Simply a great beer.
Served In: Pint Glass
11.3% ABV, and you can taste it. However, this almost leans a little toward the Curmudgeon Old Ale that I like so much. Defintitely love the semi-brandy-sweet smell and flavor of the malts in there. The alcohol finish is kinda too strong. But at 11.3%, I guess you have to expect that. Maybe I'm used to a few other beers that cover it up better than this one. I dunno. But you can certainly tell that this beer has greatness written all over it if it ages a year or so. I have 3 more downstairs, and I plan to test that theory. Overall, I like it.
Color is dark brown. Smell is malt, sugar, alcohol, caramel, somewhat sweet. Taste is brown sugar, malts, finishes with notable alcohol. Medium to slightly heavier feel. Sticks around a while after a drink.
Very good. But do notice that it is a beer that can use some age. Seems like as with most 10+% ABV, this one will improve dramatically with age. Easy to drink now. But probably much better in a year or so.
Served In: Pint Glass
This pours out a molasses color yet settles in the glass barely brown, a very dark black coffee color in the glass with a tremendously large, thick billowing head of dark cream with speckles in it. The top settles and softens to look like melted vanilla ice cream(whipped) and the lacing is one continuing thick curtain around the entire glass with amazing sticking power. One divine looking glass of ale!
Softer then soft nose, nothing to powerful, subtle and soft, appetizing and engaging, ever changing and new; soft fruits of pear, apple, and mango, touches of plum, fig, and raisin, deeper is some spices but light, some cocoa, continues to get more lively as it warms, grabbing light phenolic notes, cookie sugars, and yeast.
Taste is calm and soothing with many hidden subtleties, soft yet kinda darkish bakers chocolate dominates the front and middle with some caramel with a bit of light breadish qualities. Finish is all over the place, as the chocolate wears off a slight appearance of light tropical fruits dash in before reaching the peak of both feel, body, and taste where it mingles with yeasty spicyness, yet some chocolate remains behind drying slightly in the finish, and very late are yet more spices with an little extra burn of good Ol' alcohol, and thats the only place that 11.3% shows itself. And yet it continues, there are many wonderful things that float around once its been there a while including some nice caramel coating the back of the tongue. Nice! As in the smell, there is nothing overpowering, just a bunch of soothing character and subtlety thats just as savory as a really great, chewy homemade cookie.
Feel is super smooth with a very fluffy, almost floating in texture, close to medium yet seeming full body. The texture and body reminds me of the soft graham cracker used for ice cream sandwiches. If you've ever just ate the dimpled brown graham cracker part by itself, this is what I'm talking about. Nice smoothness overall.
Which brings us to its drinkabilty - it has alot of that! Wow, very scrumptious, just thick enough, fluffy, and glides down with astounding ease. Moderate overall really, in my book, was hoping for a bit more and the Rochefort 8 I like just a bit more; still this is very quenchable and wouldn't pass it up for nothing.
Served In: Goblet
This, is the first beer i tried and literally said, WOW. The head fell away really quick. Pours a nice, dark brown. The smell, amazing. The taste, WOW. I mean for a 11% ABV, is is amazing it. is this. smooth. The drinkability, see previous sentence
Served In: Weizen Glass
Relatively fresh bottle.
Served at cellar temp and poured into my Old Guardian 10oz glass.
Appearance is very good. Dark brown beer with a fluffy, thick, sand-colored head. Ton of lacing in the glass. Visually inviting.
Smell is exceptional. A lot going on here. Banana, bubblegum, walnuts, sugary malts, Belgian yeast, pepper, figs, sweet dates and ripe guava. Amazing smell.
Taste is exceptional. everything i smelled i tasted as well but with much more in the figs and sweet malt department. One of the most complex beers I\'ve ever had.
Mouthfeel is exceptional. Rochefort 10 dances all over the tongue and cheeks greatly. Carbonation is perfect; lively but not overly so. Finishes warming.
Drinkability is exceptional. Never has a beer with 11.3% been this easy to drink. I could drink this all night without a second thought.
Possibly my favorite Belgian beer. If you haven\'t had it yet, what are you waiting for?
Served In: Tulip
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