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Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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99
world-class

2,660 Reviews
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Reviews: 2,660
Hads: 8,321
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 4.93%
Wants: 753
Gots: 1,953 | FT: 70
Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 11-06-2000

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Reviews by CalgaryFMC:
Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.41/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The biggest and darkest of the Rochefort clan, poured into a goblet from the iconic bottle. Color is dark brown, with a decent amount of tan foam but less aggressive carbonation than the 6 and 8, not to mention other Trappist beers. Body is thicker than other Trappists but still falls short of imperial stout or barleywine values. Aroma is rather impressive, milk chocolate, rum, raisins, brown spices, and a blast of alcohol. Smells like a chocolate brownie drizzled with rum sauce. Tastes strong and boozy but quite sweet as well. Brown rye bread and cacao powder, dried dark fruit like dates or figs, caramelized bananas, burnt dark sugar and molasses, ample clove and ginseng spice, culinary herbs ... Wickedly complex and infused with aromatic alcohols. One of the more boozy beers I've had but this works with the other elements. Finishes earthy, woody, and a little tannic like overly steeped tea. Surprisingly complex but I'd say the spicy, earthy elements trump the sweet components in the overall impression. My favorite Trappist ale and widely regarded as one of the world's best beers. The fact that it is easy to find, to the point where some fools derogate it as a "shelf turd", just means that there is no excuse not to try it. (1,243 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
4.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Undoubtedly one of the best beers ever made. Such complexity, flavor, boldness, and so much togetherness; this beer ranks right there with the Westvleterns and St. Bernardus Abt. 12's of the world.

The murky brown liquid pours into the brandy snifter with a turbulant and froathy pour. An airy, lightly tanned head shows sprinkles of yeast and spices. The beer settles with a half-inch head and laced well as the beer magically disappeared. Despite the rusty and sediment rich pour, the beer has a nice appearance.

Cotton candy sweetness hits the nose with a lot of fruitiness, spiciness, and with a chocolatey, vineous hint that keeps my head spinning. The nose promises complexity immediately.

Malty richness of barley sugars, caramels, and toffee set the tone. Quickly a toasty, chocolatey flavor accompanies the malts and a rich concoction of sweetness begins to emerge. Fruitiness of berries, grapes, dates, figs, plumbs, and apples quickly give a balance and needed variety to the sweet malt taste. A light hint of barrel aged woods make a minor impact later with mild tang and mustiness on the mouth. A confectionate and complex reward to the tongue.

Initial powder-sugar textures develop quickly into a well-malted, well-rounded beverage. Full and suculant textures allow the acidic fruit notes and light hop bitterness to settle the beer and calm the sweetness. Finishes with a dry, well-attenuated, airy finish. For such sweetness, the beer leaves very little residual sweetness on the mouth.

Certainly a desert beer, but not one that relies soley on sweetness. The beer continues to develop with each successive sip and as the beer warms. Remarkably easy to drink seeing how malt dominant the beer shows. A magical beer that defies modern brewing logic. (1,769 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
4.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 don’t care.

Drinkability – This defines “creamy Belgian Ale.” It’s 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. (1,524 characters)

Photo of Darwood77
5/5  rDev +12.1%

The legend is true. This is THE BEST BEER I've ever had. I was expecting to be underwhelmed. It took effort to find. It was all worth it. Can Westvleteren possibly be even as good as this? (188 characters)

Photo of Slymtt
5/5  rDev +12.1%

Color: Dark Amber, almost a brown in color. Lots of Carbonation
Taste: Black Cherry, Dark Fruits. The carbonation really opens your palate to these tastes. Very Strong complex flavors with a sweet malt backbone.
Smell: Black Cherry, raisin, a hint of pomegranate
Overall: This is the best quad I've ever had, maybe the best beer I've ever had. Drinking this was almost a sad experience, since I knew I would finish the glass soon enough and not be able to drink more. 5/5 (473 characters)

Photo of Mike-Harms
5/5  rDev +12.1%

This is one amazing beer. Unbelievably good. All the complex character of the best quads, this is a prize specimen of the Quadruple Ale family. I just can't hold back a perfect score, because this is one of the few whose flaws I just cannot find.

It's got your belgian-quad banana flambé right at the intro, in the nose and on the tongue. And so smooth for this big a beer.

Too easy to drink fast when it's right out of the fridge, this is a beer to savor. Let it warm up so the transcendent experience lingers as long as possible. As with all perfect score beers, this one just gets better as it approaches room temperature.

Shame I've only found it in these little 0.33L bottles. I would hoard magnums of this baby if they sold them. This is Bond Villain quality beer, if you serve this to someone who is a true beer lover, you will gain major beer cred. (869 characters)

Photo of V-RAM
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

All other quads pale in comparison...this is the Standard (57 characters)

Photo of Fear4Beer
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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! (840 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
4.12/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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. (822 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 33cl Euro-style brown bottle. A freshness date of March 23, 2005, but it'll last much longer. Original Beglian label, no Enlgish. Brought over from Belgium. The (10) denotes it's strength, not abv, amongst a series of beers. They also brew a (6) and an (8).

Appearance: Dark, deep, rich rustic brown with a creamy tan tight lace, which is semi-sticky.

Smell: Spicy alcohol, ripe fruit (raisin & plum) and sweet ripe tropical melon aromas.

Taste: Upfront is an immediate prickly alcohol that rides upon a layer of tingly carbonation, making it smooth. Alcohol is extremely warming on the palate, throat and face. The malt is big, sweet & fruity, like ripe plum that melds with a spiciness that brings English Christmas Pudding drizzled with rum to mind. Some spicy pepper notes (from the yeast), some sweet sugary peppermint, almost medicinal to a certian point. Did we mention that this beer is alcoholic?

Notes: Beer like this gives us a reason to live. (980 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Brown bottle with no label or freshness date, only the cap denotes the type of Rochefort it is.

Appearance: Maximum stickage as the head leaves a dreamy looking lace as well as a pancake of head in the middle of the glass. Bold brown hue with bright ruby highlights, warm looking.

Smell: Dark sugars, perhaps a thick dark brown sugar, some herbal phenolics that are soft and hints of liquorice and cocoa in the nose as well.

Taste: Medicinal, peppery and warming. Thick maltiness with hints of light grade molasses and dark bread. Phenolics are soft but are dug in deep into the taste buds. Hops are mild and weathered with a leafy character. Faint detection of caramelized sugar and a ghost like smokiness. Esters are there but very mellow. It takes a while to take notice the strength of the alcohol as it warms the body.

Mouthfeel: Heavenly smooth and oh so creamy, solid medium to full body. Care has been taken to bring forth such a lush mouth feel.

Drinkability & Notes: Definitely a sip and savour brew and better to pair up with some different cheeses. I opted for a meat and cheese plate and it play well with this tall standing brew. (1,160 characters)

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

Best beer I've had so far. Poured into a Belgian Goblet, about 3in of head from pour, 2in staying after first sip. Smells caramelly sweet, tastes a strong burning alcohol, with a sweetness of dates upfront, and a caramelly finish. Sooo strong and complex yet soooo smooth and tasty. Just absolutely everything you could want. (329 characters)

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

Many people will tell you that Westvleteren XII and St Bernardus Abt 12 are the best. I beg to differ. I would rate Rochefort 10 higher. The only beer like as much as this one is Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel. (205 characters)

Photo of Vitruvius
4.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Not quite as good as the La Trappe quad. Similar though (55 characters)

Photo of NAPO
4.9/5  rDev +9.9%

My favorite Quad of all time. This one every beer person should have it once in their life. (91 characters)

Photo of Tapioju
4.91/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

0,33l/bottle. Bought from Belgium in 9/14 - enjoyed in Tampere, Finland, 1st of July 2015.

Appearance: dark brown and bit hazy, looks very inviting indeed. Decent, one inch lacy head that lasts for couple of minutes. Plenty of carbonation.

Smell: overall sweet, a bit of toffee in the mix, but also some sense of wild berries comes out of it. And finally some roastiness and nuts.

Taste: taste follows accordingly from the smell. To start with, the malt-department is really heavy, but well balanced at the same time, right as you would expect it to be. The first feel is roasted, even smoky caramel malts. After the initial impression, I can sense increasing bitterness, followed almost immediately by the mixture of yeast and some sweet notes that reminds me of the smell - a mixture of caramel/toffee and refreshing (!) berries. The taste lasts several minutes in the sides of my tongue and cheecks. Almost no sense of booziness at all, which is something you could easily expect from above 10.00 ABV "quads".

Mouthfeel is superb, really full but not too agressive. Nice level of carbonation makes it easy to enjoy even if the body is very "thick", to say the least. The overall feeling gets even better when you drop the last drops of yeast in to the glass and wait for the beer to get a bit warmer.

Overall, fantastic, if not the best beer I have ever tasted. Even better than Westvleteren and all the other quadruple Trappistes. This is one of those things they only know how to brew in Europe. (1,506 characters)

Photo of Jakep2021
3.19/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A lot of hype surrounding this beer but I wasn't that impressed with the taste. Maybe I need to try this one again. (116 characters)

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

Rochefort 10: The perfect quad. One of the best beers ever made. (64 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (553 characters)

Photo of don1481
4.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

11.2 oz bottle poured into snifter.

Appearance: Pours very dark with a good light off white head, which lingers.

Smell: Caramel, plums, raisins, candy sugar. Very sweet smelling.

Taste: Bliss. All the notes of the smell, in perfect harmony. Holy wow.

Mouthfeel: More carbonated than most quads, but the fizzy nature helps to accentuate the deliciousness. Crisp.

Overall: I can't believe I hadn't tried this years ago. Unbelievable. (437 characters)

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

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! (520 characters)

Photo of davemarc87
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of cam477
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.92/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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. I’m beyond thrilled to have a steady supply just one block from my place of business. (354 characters)

Photo of DanGeo
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
99 out of 100 based on 2,660 ratings.