Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort
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Reviews by Beernoisseur:
4.75/5 rDev +5.3%
My last review was DFH 90 minute. This #10 for my 100th review seemed fitting. On April 10th, which is the 100th day of the year. I'm all about seizing opportunity. Thanks to superfantastic for the idea.
This is the first Quad that I have had the opportunity to try. I've enjoyed Rochefort's other offerings, and I am sure that this will be no different.
The first thing that I am struck by is how eagerly the ivory head developed in my snifter. (I wanted to enjoy the big nose that I am expecting). It's retaining and lacing very nicely as well. To say that the head is developing its own landscape is an understatement. Rugged mounds of froth are basically doing what they please in a tectonic display of power. There are little nuggets of yeast floating around, despite my careful pour. That's a little bit of a turn off, but no major problem.
Nose is dominated by sweetness. There are only subtle hop qualities. As it warms up I am getting butterscotch, and other toffy like aromas. Much more pronounced than I am used to. There's definitely a fresh baked rye bread aroma, almost salty. Very very interesting.
As for the taste, the hops are on the light side, yet present. I also get the flavor of prunes and phenols. spicy, peppery, and the taste of buttered dark multigrain bread. You know, the kind with rolled oats on top? There are fruity qualities. There's a very hearty food-like quality to this beer. It's incredible. I've never experienced anything like it. Warming in the mouth, the throat, stomach...
The feel of this beer is sublime. It's like what angels would feel like if, somehow, you could drink them. Full bodied, this is one of the softest beers I have ever had in my mouth.
The drinkability is going to score a little lower, because this beer is REALLY intense. Drinkability over the period of a week or a year? Incredible. Drinkability over the period of a single night? Um....less.
My experience with Beeradvocate.com is literally shaping who I am as a human being. I can't wait for the next 100, and I can't think of a better beer to celebrate my centennial. #10 is one of those that I have always wondered about, and now will always think of longingly. What an excellent beer. Thank God for the Catholic church, and for putting men in monasteries for so long that they literally had no choice but to create some of the finest beers on the planet to pass the time.
04-10-2009 06:48:27 | More by Beernoisseur
More User Reviews:
4.47/5 rDev -0.9%
Pors a deep murky brown with a fluffy,sticky off white that sticks like glue to the glass,wow what amzing aromas what can I say perfect cinnamon spice and cherry,cakey with alcohol infusion,amazing.Where to start flavor wise cherry over top of a cinnamon clove-like spiciness almost like fruit cake.The alcohol presence is there in the finish but its a great little burn,goes down smoothly but with a full body.A classic for reason I have had this a few times but this is my first bottle to myself,I wouldnt share with anybody I admit it.Damn fine beer.
12-24-2005 01:56:24 | More by oberon
4.72/5 rDev +4.7%
Dark brown with a huge foamy head. Very appetizing.
The taste was big and malty. The beer started dry with earthy and spicey notes (nutmeg, pepper & cinnamon) and then became more complex and flavorful with hints of chocolate, molasses, brown sugar and maybe even some plum & fig notes to it. I liken it to a big Tootsie-Roll in a bottle.
A very warm beer both in appearance and in taste. Complex. More refined and mature than Rochefort 8.
This was a great drinking experience. A true classic of the beer world!
06-12-2003 08:15:39 | More by Popsinc
4.8/5 rDev +6.4%
Appearance The body is very dark brown, cloudy to the extent that no light in my house can put a dent in the color. I controlled the head at the pour, but it was still big and left a filming layer on top of the ale.
Smell The sugars jump right out of the glass. The generous cane is the first one I caught. This was followed by crumbly brown and sandpaper raw. The heavenly fruits came next. The apricot led the way followed by overripe pears, Bing cherry juice, an orange wedge or two, a little banana, some figs, a piece of star fruit, and finally a quality red apple.
The alcohol notes and mature malt bring up the rear. This is a very complex bouquet.
Taste Man, is this good. The sweetness comes out in force at the tongue. It seems like a drop of vanilla has been added to give it even more smoothness. I thought the malt might wimp out at the taste, but it stays its ground (an amazing accomplishment).
Mouthfeel Very lightly carbonated and smooth, smooth, smooth. The alcohol calls attention to itself at some point, but after the first sip or two you just dont care.
Drinkability This defines creamy Belgian Ale. Its just beautiful to hold in the mouth and the flavors will keep you busy all night long. What a treat.
Update I have this occasionally and decided to re-review for 2004. I was able to pick up some tobacco at the nose to go along with all of the wonderful fruits. It seemed a little more boozy though then I remember so I shaved a half point off of the MF.
10-07-2003 01:48:31 | More by RoyalT
4.93/5 rDev +9.3%
Awesome orange peal, anise candy chewy deliciousness wrapped in tidal waves of carbonation, furnaces of warmth, vanilla malts, extreme complexity, unparalleled drinkability considering the alcohol content, and bananas, tons and tons of bananas.
Rocking good beer. Im beyond thrilled to have a steady supply just one block from my place of business.
11-06-2005 17:44:53 | More by DaPeculierDane
4.39/5 rDev -2.7%
This is the Gabourey Sidibe of beers. It is dark, ugly, but it is surprisingly good. :-D
The appearance is interesting. It has a nice head, the color looks nice, but MAN look at all that sediment! I've never seen that much sediment in a beer. It is everywhere. I looked in the bottle and there is a ton that didn't make it into the beer glass. It would have been worse. The look is not appealing at all. I have no problem with sediment but this is on a whole 'nother level!
The taste is wonderful. It is a little boozy but it is 11.3% ABV. The flavor is mysterious. I saw another reviewer give a taste profile of "rum" and I'm totally getting that. There's a rum taste, dark fruit (raisin, cherry, prune), and malt. I love these sort of beers. The totally opposite of hoppy beer (YUCK!). No hop presence, just sweet maltiness. Delicious!
07-16-2014 02:47:53 | More by Fear4Beer
4.11/5 rDev -8.9%
Very bold pour, producing a creamy off-tan head that retains well and leaves a little bit of lacing along the tulip glass. The color is a deep, dense, hazy brown color, very dark, almost with a gray-hue as well. The nose is very reminiscent of red wine, full of dark red grapes, figs, sweet brown sugar, burnt caramel, licorice, raisins, plums - so much going on here, it's quite wonderful. The taste is full of the same, with a slight alcohol warmth, grapes, plums, sweet malts and caramel, and just a touch of floral notes in the background. Heavy mouth and extremely creamy with a nice and welcomed carbonation bite.
It's easy to see why this beer is so popular. A great quad with a huge aroma and flavor complexity, nice alcohol warmth but masked well for 11.2%, making it very easy to drink. Truly a great brew here.
10-07-2012 20:54:25 | More by tectactoe
4.22/5 rDev -6.4%
A: Dark brown with a 3 cm pale beige and creamy head that settles into a very nice layer of foam on top of the liquid.
S: A lice, layered and rich smell. Chocolate, coffee and rye bread. Vinous fruits and a pleasant spicy character. Some notes of alcohol.
T: Plenty of roasted flavors of coffee and toast. Very good taste of chocolate. Some wood and earth. A quite restrained fruitiness (plums, cherries, black currants). Quite a lot of warming alcohol in the finish. Some spices, hints of oak and vinous fruits rounds everything up. A very rich and sophisticated taste overall.
M: Full body, very smooth despite a slightly sticky texture. Very pleasant mouthfeel. Phenomenal.
D: A high-class beer for sure. Well balanced, rich and powerful.
05-09-2009 23:59:14 | More by ricke
4.75/5 rDev +5.3%
Thanks to my brother for this kind Birthday gift!
Rochefort 10 appears slightly different out of the bottle than I was expecting. It is kind of a muddy river water dark brown, with deep mahogany and almost greenish hues when held close to light. The head is uniformly dense and dark beige, with tightly packed little bubbles scattered throughout. This head rose to about a finger and a half from a medium pour into my 23 oz. snifter. I cannot see through the body of the beast. Lacing left on the glass is dense and full of arches.
My first thought about the smell (other than a bit of confusion), was that it reminds me of my grandmother's mince meat pie. After a Google search of the ingredients of said pie, this made perfect sense. Certainly, I can smell fig, raisin, plum, and dark cherry, and these dark fruit aromas are supported by spicy smells of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. There is also a little bit of a peppery quality to the aroma, as well as toasty notes. Mainly I am impressed how these fruit and spice qualities meld seamlessly with a phenolic odor. It really is a very pointed and cogent smell that needs to be picked apart a bit to find individual characteristics. A fairly heavy alcoholic heat is also an important quality found in the smell, but it is not overpowering at all and adds to the quality of the bouquet. As the beer warms, the fruit and spice flavors emerge and the phenolic character takes a secondary position. Caramelized and brown sugar smells also come out as the beer comes closer to room temperature. Wow, this is a complex and heavy (think Marty McFly) combination of malt and Belgian yeast.
The flavor immediately break forth onto my palate with an earthy, yeasty, peppery flavor combination that transitions more toward dark fruits and sweet spices as it spends more time in my mouth. This reminds me a lot of a fine liquor... almost like the best rum ever made, but without the stinging alcoholic heat- only a lovely, warming contribution from the alcohol. Notes of caramelized brown sugar are a huge component of the taste and really play well off of the dark fruit flavors. The phenolic quality that I ascertain from the smell is fairly hidden in the flavor, and its place as a role player pushes the overall taste over the top. The finish is really quite sweet and brings the dark fruits, namely fig and raisin, to the forefront. However, more sips reveal that the finish is really a combination of the sweet dark fruits and spices and the reappearance of the the earthy, peppery yeast influence. This taste is extremely nuanced and has more components than I can possibly describe, so I will stop this long-winded rant now.
The mouthfeel is a journey through the nuance of this beer. It starts with a very forward earthy/spicy/semi-sweetness on the tip of my tongue, then disperses like an ocean wave over the rest of my palate as the thick sweetness of the malts kick in. The finish is slightly drying, yet the overpowering sweetness of the middle of the sip mingles with the earthy and peppery characteristics to provide an aftertaste that lingers until the next sip.
This is one amazing beer. The care and craftsmanship that must have gone into this recipe over time boggles my mind. There are so many subtleties that complement one another in a symbiotic manner. All that said, yes, I want this again, but it is not something that I could or would want to drink regularly. I think my brain would explode if I did. Lovely beer.
02-26-2011 20:55:01 | More by TCHopCraver
4.7/5 rDev +4.2%
This bottle of goodness travelled all the way from southern Belgium, where it is brewed by one of the only Trappist Breweries in the world. Rochefort makes three Ales -- the 6, the 8, and the 10. I recently purchased a 10 at New Beer in Manhattan and aside from having sampled a large number of high powered Trappist ales in Antwerp over the summer, this is the most intense and amazing beer I've ever had, period. This is one of the few brews that I have had which are deserving of the "Life is Beautiful" tag. Whenever there's a beer that there's not much more to say about other than "if you haven't had this, you haven't had beer," I'll just tag it like that to keep it simple. Rochefort 10 is full of amazing flavor like dried fruits and other dark and mysterious things. There's a ton of alcohol at almost 11.5% ABV, and you can taste it. But it doesn't matter, because you're literally swimming in a full bodied, complex, ocean of a beer that is the very blueprint for hundreds of imitators. Seek Rochefort now and seek it often. Reviews of the 6 and 8 are forthcoming.
07-03-2008 02:04:29 | More by brewdogmrb
4.33/5 rDev -4%
A- Poured into a Chimay goblet. Deep brown with maroon hues and a thin, almost non-exsistent tan head that actually retains nicely.
S-rich nose; caramel, raisin, amaretto, bread, and lactose.
T&M- Dried fruit, chocolate, brown sugar, and finishes dry with a firm alcohol presence. Full bodied with a lovely medium carbonation.
D- Considering the heartiness and strength of this beer, it is very easy to drink in small quanities. I love cool weather, it makes beers like this really shine.
10-07-2009 02:15:42 | More by brownbeer
4/5 rDev -11.3%
bottle poured into shallow Rochefort chalice
A: deep body, ruby edges, silky beige head. didnt try hard enought to avoid the heavy sediment I got.
S: sugar, malt, dark fruit, raisons, yeast
T/M: Brown candied sugar, coating malt molasses, green apples, creamy with some nutty qualities. soft carbonation. hints of rum on the finish. dark fruit in the body.
D: Complex and tasty. High ABV and price tag (mostly) makes this one a rarity for me.
will revisit as this bottle didnt bring me trembling to God's feet as I had hoped.
03-20-2006 04:18:26 | More by kaimcm
4.15/5 rDev -8%
330mL bottle poured into a Westmalle chalice. Bottle dated 270514 so this beer is 17 months old. Drank at the same time as a 6 and 8.
It pours a deep murky mahogany. A cappuccino colored head tops the beer and lingers throughout the whole drink.
The nose is mostly plum and alcohol. The alcohol isn't harsh but definatly present
Taste has some raisins, coupled with some sweet sweet malt. Classic Belgian yeast character, even though it finishes pretty dry it still seems sweet on the back end. A conundrium if there is one but it has happened in this beer. Alcohol is present as it warms from fridge temp but not too harsh as for me to downgrade it.
Absolutely great mouthfeel just what i want from a quad. Carbonation helps the drinkability a lot and for a beer of it's strength it's highly drinkable to the point where I can see myself getting in trouble if I had a few of these in a night.
10-20-2010 02:58:35 | More by weatherdog
Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
100 out of 100 based on 7,056 ratings.