The Dubbels, Tripels and Quadrupels of the Belgian Trappist Breweries are beers that I have enjoyed since I started exploring the Belgian styles of beer, but it has been quite a while since I have sat down at home and gone through them all, so heretofore I don’t have many reviews of them on this website. Recently I picked up a bunch of them, and tonight I will be enjoying the Quadrupel from Brasserie de Rochefort called Trappistes Rochefort 10, which has 11.3% ABV.
Trappistes Rochefort 10 is a deep brown beer, glowing a murky reddish-brown when held up to a light. A fairly large, tan colored head tops it off, with scattered bits of lacing remaining behind.
The nose is focused on a lot of fruity esters, cherries, plums and raisons, with a hint of alcohol spice.
Toasty malts start things off in the taste, hints of caramel, dark candi sugar, cherries, figs, grapes, plums, spicy phenolic accents, vanilla, perfumy, low hop bitterness with a touch of spicy hop flavor, with a well-blended alcohol spice barely detectable. Mouth is a touch lighter than medium bodied, very active on the tongue, with the beer foaming up on the tongue as it roams about the mouth.
I’ve read a lot of people discussing whether Rochefort 10, St. Bernardus 12 or Westvleteren 12 reign supreme as the lord of the Quads, and to be sure you can’t go wrong with any of them. I’ve only had Westy 12 once, but I recall it being transcendent experience, so I would probably back that horse in the race. That said, Rochefort 10 is also a very complex beer that is expertly crafted, and it is a beer that must be tried by any craft head at least once.
Trappistes Rochefort 10 : A+
Beer Reviews by Prof Sudz