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Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Reviews: 2,660
Hads: 8,321
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 4.93%
Wants: 753
Gots: 1,951 | FT: 70
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Brasserie de Rochefort

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 11-06-2000

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Photo of Hugues
3.6/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This one is a difficult drink for moi. Defintely too sweet for my tastes, but in some ways, it's the logical continuation of the red (6) and the green (8). (155 characters)

Photo of 57md
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a muddy brown color with copper edges. The finger of head does not stick around long. The nose has notes of sweet malt and bread. The body is hearty and the flavor is sweet and bready without any hint of funkiness so prevalent in many Belgians.

Many erroneously claim that Guinness is a meal in a bottle, That is utter nonsense, however, this beer can certainly be thought of as a meal in its own right. (414 characters)

Photo of dcotom
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is undoubtedly the finest beer I have ever enjoyed. Poured from 11.2-ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Deep, rich brown, voluminous white foam cap. Sweet malts, dark caramel, molasses, figs, so incredibly complex and not overly alcoholic. A world-class quad, deserving of its reputation. (291 characters)

Photo of do_ob
4.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle served in a Duvel glass. Pours a medium brown and settles a very dark brown in the glass. Lots of yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Huge 3+ finger head of sticky, off-white foam. Amazing retention. This thing won't budge! Sweet, dark fruit on the nose with hints of leather, oak, baking spices, and vanilla. Heavy weight, and very creamy and smooth. Gigantic notes of dark fruit, figs, leather, and smokey malt up front on the taste. Very delicious. Consistent through the back end, then turns a little sweeter. A good amount of peppery spice on the finish. Sweet dark fruit and leather on the aftertaste, and leaves the palate a bit dry.

Overall, incredibly good. Similar to the 8 in many aspects, though I did feel like this was was on the sweeter side, likely due to the increased abv. No traces of booziness at all, though. This was the easiest drinking 11% beer I've ever had. I'd love to come home to a bottle of this every day for the rest of my life. (985 characters)

Photo of Nugganooch
4.24/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

330ml brown bottle into my URGE Gastropub Chalice glass
Notes taken from 02/28/2015

A: The pour is a dark and rich mahogany brown with some tawny tones to it and a creamy tan meringue topping. Nice compact bubble structure form the bottle conditioning that holds tightly for a few lengthy minutes before slipping back down in the glass. The lace is quite whimsical as it sends thin sheets all across my glass. Some noticeable yeast sediment.

S: I get a bit of musty yeast in the nose with some loamy mineral likeness. There is a soft touch of light spices there as well with some toned back bready malt action. Light caramel and brown sugar spice and a dash of dried fig or currants perhaps. Really mild to me actually and not even all that boozy or sweet.

T: Flavors I find somewhat toned down as well with a spiced raisin bread or dried cherry prevalence. Has a base of roasty brown malts giving off a sort of aged chocolate note. Blossoms a bit more as it warms but still the esters aren’t really a major contributor here. There is a mild toffee like sweetness to it along with a few spicy yeast traits and a whisper of smoky phenols. More than anything I find the alcohol is just incredibly well masked although you know of its true strength. Has some low bitterness levels across the boards with a mild solvency note to it. Just not nearly as complex as I was expecting with more of a mineral like quality about it. Overall experience is a masterful balance to everything however. Makes for some super drinkability given such a burly brew.

M: Mid to full bodied with a super light and frothy texture on the palate. The mouthfeel really is perfected here and makes for such a creamy delight. Touch of dryness in the finish and pretty clean overall with no trace of the alcohol heat.

D: While I don’t find this to be quite the character depth as St. Bernardus Abt. 12or Westy 12 the overall structure and mouthfeel are just stellar. Really drinks way lighter than it should as others have commented. Nice to finally be ticking one of the world greats. (2,091 characters)

Photo of Czequershuus
4.85/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a rich brown color with massive meringue fluff on top. The aroma leads with overripe banana, bubblegum, brown sugar, and raisin. The flavor is rich, but not too sweet. I get sweat bread, raisin, black currant, chocolate, and caramel. The mouthfeel is full, but not too thick. This really is an outstanding beer, not my favorite style, but this is an excellent example. (384 characters)

Photo of infinitebruner
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

August 24, 2015

11.2 oz bottle, tulip

A – Very dark brown, mahogany, with a massive, four inch-plus foamy-craggy, light tan head, that lasts forever. The beer has been sitting for 15 minutes after the pour and there is still a half-inch foam stand on top, with millions of tiny bubbles continuing to effervesce up to the top. Beautiful beer.

S – Chocolate and plums, a bit of brown sugar or candi sugar presence. Some molasses in the next wave. No hop aroma that I can find. A bit of spice, quite possibly from the Belgian yeast strain.

T – Chocolate and light caramel malt, and again the impression of brown sugar. Plums and raisin flavor high in the mix. No hop flavor, no real hop bitterness.

M – Very high carbonation, sudsy and foamy, coating the tongue on every sip. The body is medium-full, any heaviness offset by the carbonation. Sweet, but only if you’re looking for it, again balanced by the carbonation. No real bitterness. Finishes fairly dry considering the mouthfeel, with little aftertaste, leaving me wanting more.

O – Just an outstanding beer, period, and one with few equals even among the best Belgian strong darks. Fantastic. (1,181 characters)

Photo of Erlkoenig
4.52/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from its 11.2oz bottle into a tulip.

L: Dark and hazy, an almost amber brown. A dense off-white head that lingers and slowly separates into thin little islands, eventually fading away almost entirely. Moderate carbonation.

S: Sweet and dark fruits behind yeast and alcohol. Some caramel and spice. Thick and luxurious.

T: This is a fine wine of beers. A moderate alcohol punch up front accompanied by spice and yeast. Flows quickly into caramel and fruit. Low hop bitterness.

M: Medium body. Easy drinking despite the alcohol, which warms and brings the sensations to life.

O: A wonderful quad that lives up to its reputation. A wonderful treat for after a meal. I'll definitely pick this up again. (710 characters)

Photo of AlexonMoon
4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very dark brown with a lively, lasting head. A small colony of carbonation constantly flowing toward the top.

Smell: Sweet candy, slightly perfumey, and slightly fruity. Overall aroma reminds of a fruit leather (a fruit strip that looks like leather and is quite delicious)

Taste: Once you get paste the bubbly carbonation there is a sweetness upfront that fades into a slight alcohol heat that continues to warm and adjust as it travels down to a dry finish. The carbonation reminds of that of a soda.

Overall: This is my first 10. After my first few sips I prefer Rochefort 8 as it is a little smoother and more balanced. However, this is a beer that forces thought and rivals any beer out there. For the $7.00 price tag for a 11oz bottle I think it is very worth the money. Not the type of beer to be drunk every day but should be had on more than just special occasions. (893 characters)

Photo of SitkaSteve
4.16/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a chalice.
The appearance was a dark brown almost black color with a foamy white one and a half fingered head that dissipated pretty quickly. It dissipates ever so slowly and brings in nice foamy clingy lacing.
The smell had some apples, cinnamon, light vanilla, a little bit of cocoa, light amount of coffee, with some Belgian spice.
The taste takes those flavors and combines nice and sweet with an underscore of the spice.
The mouthfeel is about medium bodied. Carbonation feels nice and maintains a decent level but low enough to let the booze hit warmly.
Overall, what a classic, what's not to enjoy. Of course I'd have again and am glad I have some more going into the cooler months of the year. (722 characters)

Photo of MrTull
4.91/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this from a proper trappistes rochefort glass, which really enhances the luxurious feeling of this beer. A rather small head, compared to other trappist beers (they're all different styles of beer , I know!) Smells like caramel. Taste of caramel and strawberry, and full of complexity. A really nice treat with some mild cheese! Timeless! (343 characters)

Photo of mschrei
4.57/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark and cloudy. Big, prevalent, consistent head. Smooth with a slight tang and a light alcohol burn. Well rounded, lot of flavor. Glad I picked this one up. (157 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
4.68/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Really bubbly compared to Abt12, but very good. Sweet caramel taste. Has that real Belgian taste you just don’t get in American versions. Lots of bread yeast notes in the smell and taste. Some dark fruit taste. Hints of spice. Just a really great beer. (254 characters)

Photo of hopflyer
4.67/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Best before 3/26/2019

Pours dark reddish brown with some lively carbonation that dissipates quickly. Looks like a murky strong tea color. Some chunky yeast settles to the bottom with other particles in suspension.

Nose is fig and raisin and some yeasty notes. Has a sweet fruity background and maybe a hint of light roasted coffee.

Taste is blend of ripe fruit with plums and some caramel sweetness. Sweet maltiness and hints of sugar cookie of all things. It's not overly sweet by any means but the malt flavored all compliment each other. A bit of light bitterness really keeps this in the zone. There is a lot going on with this one for sure. As it warms some, the dark fruit notes really settle in primarily dates and plum.

Feel is moderate body with high carbonation. Lively on the tongue

I think this is my first try at a quad. It's really good and complex. Malty and hints of sweetness with some bitterness and high carbonation to compliment the malts. will certainly try more quads now but I think this one is up there with the best of the best so maybe I set the standard to high. (1,106 characters)

Photo of MA_hops
4.77/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I just had a Rochefort 10 vs. Westvleteren 12 showdown!! Here's my review of Rochefort 10:
A: Dark red/amber in color with a thin, white head which appears to be a thick, creamy foam. It never dissipates and seems to coat the top of the beer.

S: Has a strong alcohol smell to it. Banana, grapes, raisins, cloves and and an earthiness component.

T: The alcohol is quite apparent, but besides that it is very close to all the notes originally detected in the aroma.

M: Moderately-high in regards to carbonation, very prickly to the tongue. Medium body. Almost soda like to me.

O: This is a dead on to the Westvleteren 12 minus the amount of carbonation (fizziness) and slightly more detectable alcohol warmth. I love it!! Westy 12 won the taste test by only a hair! You can find my review of Westy 12 in my reviews!! (819 characters)

Photo of Angusatkinson
4.77/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Probably the best beer I've ever tried, pours murky brown with little to no head, smells fantastic with dark fruits and malts, hints of caramel.
Taste is complex and brilliant, alcohol noticeable but not overwhelming.
Would definitely recommend this beer to any beer drinker. (277 characters)

Photo of jooler
3.8/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look is like sewage but good sewage. Smell is Belgium funk with esters. Taste is pretty alcoholic initially. Midway there is some breadiness and the finish is just more alcohol. I personally like rochefort 8 better (214 characters)

Photo of BeerChancelor
4.27/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured in a 25cl chalice.

A: Dark with orange hues with 1 finger of head

S: Dark sugars/malts, alcohol with some pear and banana notes and slightly yeasty

T: Dark malts, caramel, slightly "raisin"y and a final alcohol flavor

M: Light carbonation, creamy and smooth

O: Very good smooth beer to be enjoyed and savored and maybe just a bit too sweet (351 characters)

Photo of Mikefriedman90
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours very dark with a bit of head. Surprisingly not heavy. Has distinct carbonation. Taste has a lot of malt but it doesn't overpower the other notes. Very flavorful for 11.3% abv. Terrific beer. Very drinkable. (212 characters)

Photo of jmasher85
4.52/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one from Rochefort is a bit overcooked. Same recipe as the 6 and 8, but brewed stronger and while the extra roasty flavor is cool, this comes out a little too intense and rich to enjoy it as well as the 8. Still better flavor and more dynamic than the 6, and it's high ABV is nicely disguised, but the heavy sediment adds too much grit to the palate. But yeah, still an awesome Trappist beer. (400 characters)

Photo of FriedSlug
4.56/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark brown with a quickly dissipating tan head. There is a decent amount of carbonation. The smell has notes of alcohol, yeast, caramelized sugar, plums, raisins and anise. The taste is a bit malty and sweet with licorice and plums. The carbonation tingles the tongue and the finish is grassy and slightly bitter. This is a delicious quad. (347 characters)

Photo of bilbobrewer
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The two most prominent things I note with this beer: 1) at the back of the throat, a definite dryness, while at the front and on the lips, a sugary sweetness. I really dislike port for the sweetness, but this is somehow a better result.
2) How the alcohol level doesn't completely overpower the taste profile of sweet malts is a marvel. My own rule-of-thumb with IPAs is all the subtle hop tastes get obliterated at 8+% abv's. This beer is 11+%, but there's very little telltale astringency.

Quite nice, but I do prefer the Rochefort 8. (555 characters)

Photo of OnTapoftheWorld
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a La Trappe chalice. The head is thin and creamy but doesn’t dissipate and was remarkably present until the last sip. Dark brown and cloudy and not quite transparent.

Smell: Smells of fresh raisins (Can raisins be fresh?). Smell honestly takes the cake here. I would love to have a candle with this aroma.

Taste: Malt is prominent. There is a lingering fruity tingle in the back of the throat.

Feel: This beer had the consistency of gelatin. Rolling the beer in my mouth felt as though I broke the surface tension and released the real flavor.

Sipped while working. Served cold but slowly reached room temperature. Temperature overall had no effect on taste or consistency. This is definitely a beer to be consumed slowly over time in a laid back setting. (803 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Dark brown with a slight haze under a clingy 1” white foam collar with a very fine bead. S: Spicy dark fruit T: Toasty malt, dark malt sugars, plum, fruit cake, faint chocolate, moderate bitter finish. F: Deceptively light body with a very creamy texture and fine soft carbonation. O: A very well crafted beer. (316 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Fills a Rochefort chalice with a dark, copper brown (SRM 18-21). Clear with some yeast colloids while fine streams of carbonation tower throughout. A short-lived, eighth-inch, creamy beige head leaves fine lace.

The aroma is rich with dried fruit, such as figs, dates, and prunes. A light sourness is balanced by sweet molasses, followed by spice and pumpernickel bread.

Quite sweet without being cloying as a faint bitterness takes hold late in each sip. The finish is similarly bitter with light acidity. Warmth brings out the raisins and other dried fruit in an unfolding journey from sweet nectar to rich, fresh-baked wheat bread.

A full body with a creamy texture of velour. Only a hint of alcohol, well below expectation, while the carbonation is explosive.

This is an exquisite beer to be savored during a long session while contemplating life’s journey and enjoying the company of someone you love. (912 characters)

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Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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