Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Reviews: 2,639
Hads: 8,244
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 735
Gots: 1,896 | FT: 71
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Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium

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 tuckevalastin
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Deep brown with a beautiful foamy head

S: Sweet, fruity, with a malty flavor. The smell is strong and has alot of plum/raison in it. A small hint of alcohol in the smell.

T: A nice strong dark fruit flavor that doesn't overwhelm. It's got abit of spice on the back end and there's no sign of hops. Taste matches the smell completely.

M: It's a rich, smooth, medium-full bodied beer. There's some nice underlying heat from the alcohol but not too much. Nice carbonation as well.

D: Easily the most drinkable beer over 10% I've ever had. This beer is no sipper and can be drank with relative ease. (602 characters)

Photo of merlin48
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle.Maybe it was the goblet, but it appeared a beautiful cherry amber at the bottom, while an almost opaque dark chetnut brown at the top. Generous beige head with a glop of thicker foam in the middle. Nose was of honeydew melon and darker fruit. Exquisite! Mouthful was creamy.

Taste was incredible. More dark fruits, and a hint of McIntosh apples and melon on top of first rate Belgian malts. What an experience to enjoy! Taste and aroma got even better as the goblet emptied.

I enjoyed this one much better than the Westy 12. In fact, this Rochefort 10 was the best I've ever had, anywhere, anytime. A sublime experience! Thus my first 5s across the board. Definitely worth the price of admission. Perfection in a bottle! (757 characters)

Photo of dwren89
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: creamy head with bubbly appearance around ring of glass, dark brown, opaque, holds slight head nicely

Aroma: sweet malt aroma with deep dark fruit complexities, Belgian yeasty aroma yielding notes of prune, fig, pepper, with sweetness of heavy malt usage coming through nicely

Taste: rich malt heaviness balanced out by yeast fruit flavors, bready malt taste, with spicy phenols exhibited to counterbalance the thickness of malt, can taste the high alcohol content but not enough that you would suspect of being 11.5%

Mouthfeel: silky, tongue coating similar to a stout, slightly cloying but in a good way such that you take small sips and enjoy for long time. Slight prickle on the finish from carbonation and alcohol percentage. Moderately dry finish

Overall Impression: tremendous Trappist ale, further evidence that these beers deserve their own special classification. With strong notes of dark fruits and slight spiciness from hops to balance out heavy dark malt bill, this beer packs a punch that will knock you on your ass on the first sip. The heaviness will leave you satisfied but the complexity will leave you intrigued down to the last sip (1,168 characters)

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

Poured a beautiful reddish-brown, with a finger of gorgeous off-white head. Spectacular. Scents of dark fruit, raisin, some dried apple and slight alcohol when cold. Fruity scents and brown sugar take over the aroma as the beer warms. The apple is also still present. There is also some slight spice aromas, almost cinnamon-like. An excellent, complex nose that evolves as the beer warms. Flavors of raisin, brown sugar, dark fruit, apples, chocolate, and slight alcohol when cold. As the beer warms the alcohol becomes more pronounced on the finish and the other flavors also become more intense. The fruity flavors in particular become stronger and more assertive. A slight red wine character also begins to emerge. A sublime, complex flavor profile. Fantastic. Mouthfeel is heavy bodied with a slight alcohol burn. Quite good, nice to sip. This is an excellent beer, deep, complex and rich. Well worth drinking, well worth savoring. It is simply sublime. (957 characters)

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

Strong Dark Belgian ale, type Trappist. Quad seems not to be a recognized style. Anyway not a style for newbies and maybe not for everyone.

A: excellent head retention, nice creamy 1.2 inches of head even with the yeast poured into the glass. Sadly many do not know how to serve this beer, or even how to correctly pour it. Lucky for me I seen in done first hand many times. Dark candy in color a true caramel in color, I do not have any yeast in mine yet.
The lacing sticks to the glass when you take a drink. Its as great as Trappist Westvleteren.

S: so complex, so rich in a mix of great blends of plum like aroma, you can get a bit of candy sugar. as it warms you get the sweet malt, and some alcohol as it warms even more. Its a strong beer so if you not used to or do not like alcohol well don't drink this beer. You have to develop not only a taste for this semi sweet strong brew, but it helps if you can drink and enjoy whiskey straight up, of course its not that strong a brew, but I remember my first, it hit me strong, but I was lucky the alcohol was a big turn on for me. Anyway the beer is so good and while its slightly different from a westy its just as good, its just different.

T: well I love this blend of plums, grapes, so complex the great malt sweetness is so good. it has no hops detectable which means a perfect balance. great beer. rich in taste, warms you up in winter time or anytime. Its my go too beer thank goodness you can buy it in any grocery store for less than 2 euro usually. nothing better than being able to drink this everyday, for not allot, in the states this is 6 plus in stores, if you can find it. this beer also ages well, but I really do not care to wait.

m: rich, medium body, some alcohol warming to the back of the mouth, throat. very enjoyable.

D: strong beer that is easy to drink, but its almost criminal to drink too many of these at 1 time, though I have kicked back 4 to 5 before. So its easy to drink, heck keep them semi cold and you can get hammered in no time. I would not recommend it, but some days in Belgium its fun to get a nice buzz, its always a easy walk back. anyway enjoy this.

I think this and even the pannepot to be the best in this style, that to rank 1 above the other is just silly imho. (2,268 characters)

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

This is my first review, ever.

I've spent a few weeks tasting all of the Trappist ales.
Yes, including the elusive Westvleteren 12.

I think this one is my favorite:

Appearance: Pours nearly black into a St. Bernardus chalice.
Light tan head, very foamy, clinging lace.

Smell: SO hard to describe. It smells like the first girl you fell in love with. It's sensual and musky. Cinnamon, clove, fig. Dark fruits and an unapologetic wave of alcohol. Almost perfumed, like a forbidden Marrakech harem. Incredibly lovely and appealing.

Taste: Mysterious. A sipper. Dark and fruity. Then a sudden burst of pure alcohol in the aftertaste. The 11.3% ABV suddenly kicks in your door.

Mouthfeel: Velvety.

Overall: Cognac-like. Not a beer for gulping down after a workout or something. A beer for sitting around a fire, for sipping while reading a favorite book. It usually takes me around 2 hours to finish a 12 oz bottle of this beer. Time well spent. (949 characters)

Photo of spacecake9
5/5  rDev +12.1%

I have nothing more to add. This is an awesome beer. I can't believe I've waited this long to taste it. Not your typical Belgian Ale - better. And that is saying a lot. (172 characters)

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

I think this beer is perfect. It is the best of my current top 3 favorites:

- Trappiste Rochefort 10
- St. Bernardus 12
- Gulden Draak

If you're buying beer and TR10 is available, buy a bottle. It is amazing.

Glassware: Snifter.

jesse james orez (249 characters)

Photo of rubicon1983
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've had many a Belgian ale and nothing comes close to this product except the Westvleteren. This beer is heaven in a glass. The smell, taste, head, lacing; they're all top notch.Bravo to the Rochefort monks. They're putting out an incredible product.If you get a chance to pick one of these up, do it. I just wish my budget allowed for more. (342 characters)

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

This beer is another absolutely flawless beer Rochefort. Even drinking this side by side with the 8 I can't find decide which is better as they are both so perfect in their own ways.

Poures a delecious creamy brown color with tons of thick pillow head.

Smell is a breathtaking variety of smells, with heavy toffee malts mixing with various dark fruits and hints of alcohol.

Taste is just fantastic, so many flavors mixing together so perfectly with just a touch of alcohol flavors.

Mouthfeel is incredibly creamy and full with a nice alcohol warming.

Drinkability is incredible, I have drank several of these over the last couple months and I can't seem to get it enough. I could probably drink this everyday I think and never get sick of it. (758 characters)

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

This is the greatest beer in the world. The flavor profile is so complex, with chocolate, fruity, spicey notes all going on, but yet perfectly balanced. I first had this beer in a cafe in Brussels, and it was perfect. I have since had it here in the United States many times, and it makes the journey pretty good, although it is better when handled and stored properly over its life. It is very consistant from bottle to bottle. (428 characters)

Photo of STKPICR0720
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow just abosolutley wow. This beer needs its own category. The smell is full and smells of caramel. The taste is something that lingers but not in a bad way. Each sip is better than the last. This beer actually made me contemplate joining a monestary. Find one and cherrish every sip for if it was your last you can die a happy man. (333 characters)

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

Review from 7/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark, dark red amber with massive head and lacing. Dark fruit aroma. Absolutely delicious. Tastes of dark fruit, caramel slightly floral with Belgian yeast and malt. Complex, creamy, rich and flavorful. Almost impossibly, smoother and more integrated than the 8. Perfect (338 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 cdrogers
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle to Rochefort glass.

A: Just like the 6 and 8, the appearance on this one lives up to the quad. Very dark, molasses in color.

S: Very sweet smelling. Like making caramels, the sugar melting. Love it.

T: I get so much from the Rocheforts. This one is a strong caramel and slight hits of fig. Nice sweetness without being too overwhelming; perhaps my favorite of the three.

M: Slight carbonation on my tongue, but very smooth. All the flavors come together nicely and make this an exceptional beer.

D: Have to be careful with this one, it tastes so good that you can't really tell (at least me) that it's ABV is so high.

The quad's are perhaps my favorite style of beer and this ranks up with the best of them. Would recommend this to anyone and it's becoming extremely easy to find. Usually in the $5 to $7.50 per bottle range in most of southern Illinois and Paducah, KY. (895 characters)

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

A - gorgeous dark brown, with a creamy tan head...lovely

S - well lets see...first off, fruity aromas...sweet banana like smell..also raisins, and a roasted coffee smell?

T - raisin, banana, plum flavors, and all of the sudden im getting a hint of roasted coffee/cocoa?? incredibly complex. i was giggling like a schoolgirl while sipping this beer.

M - smooth...the carbonation is not overbearing, and the alcohol is present and accounted for, but acts as a pleasant cohesive force to the beer.

D - believe it or not, i was feeling very relaxed after ONE of these badboys. i dont have a big tolerance, but wow! i wouldnt mind having 2 of these in one night, but i would be embarrassed at not saving it for another occasion!

flawless beer. (754 characters)

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

So what makes a beer perfect? Could there ever be such a beer? Dare I award such a high rating?

I don't go around awarding perfect fives to just anything and I probably won't do it again. The Rochefort Trappistes 10 is worthy, completely. This beer didn't happen by accident. It's obvious that it was brewed with great care and deliberate work.

The taste is more than smooth and even. It's both complex and balanced at the same time. The taste is sweet without being candylike, and when served in the proper glassware, the velvet aroma mixes with the flavors seamlessly.

There have been plenty of Trappistes Rochefort 10 reviews here and they're all worth reading. All I can add is that when you experience this beer you immediately know that you've poured something special. It's world-class, perfect, and worthy of this rating. You will not be disappointed. (870 characters)

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

(2012) Black pour with off white head; figs, tobacco and prune notes. Tobacco figs dirt stone fruit and prune flavors. More earthy semi sweet fruit as it warms. Medium body and viscous tongue. Complex and delicious and only gets better with age. (245 characters)

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

Appearance: Deep amber in color, with a small off-white head, excellent broken lacing, with scattered patches of sticky foam. The head lingers reaching toward eternity. Best if used by date is 04-08-09.

Aroma: Quite pronounced aroma of caramel and toffee, hazelnuts, alcohol, and earth. The hazelnut character is quite pronounced. Somehow or the aroma other this vaguely reminds me of a 5th Avenue candy bar - in a quite positive connotation.

Taste: Once again, the hazelnuts seem quite dominant, there is also cocoa, and an earthy character. A rich malt character is present from start to finish. The close of the taste is tart and very, very dry, with a lingering earthy note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, rich, very full, almost syrupy, with only faint carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: An overwhelmingly superb beer, which challenges my powers of description. Quite likely the best beer I have ever had.

Thanks to HardTarget for generously sharing this stellar beer. (976 characters)

Photo of JayS2629
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So far, my favorite beer ever. I may edit and revise later, but who knows.

A- Like coca-cola. Nice fizzy one inch espresso head. Deep rich coffe black.

S- Weet with brown sugar and notes of caramel. The most dominate flavors are chocolate and dark cherry with notes of vanilla.

T- Deep velvety chocolate with high notes of dark cherry and honey. A slight vanilla mixed in. A littel bit of toffee.

M- Thick and velvety. I know I already used velvety once, but its a velvety beer. Smooth with a well balanced body. Slight carbonation. Nice on the tounge.

D- Very strong yet smooth. Definitely a sipping beer. Liquid dessert. Rich and dark. Savor each sip. Long finish of delicious chocolate and dark cherry. (713 characters)

Photo of neonbrown82
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First experience: 4.3 / 5
This beer didn't quite live up to the hype for me, especially after the Rochefort 8 I had several hours earlier more than surpassed my expectations.

The beer pours to a dark golden color that thickens to a dark maroon color as the liquid fills. The head wasn't quite as perfect with such tiny uniform bubbles as was the 8. The bouqet also seemed to be somewhat less pronounced.

The taste had a raisin and red wine hint on the tip of the tongue complemented by malty sweetness. Something in the brew seems to have tickled my sour tastebuds as well, but I can't quite place it. The body was thick and syrupy, damn near unpleasant with the heavy alcohol and carbonation paired with the sweetness.

After this experience I am actually looking forward even more to the Rochefort 6, which I have just discovered is suuposedly "hard to acquire." I have to thank John's Grocery in Iowa City for giving me, who lives in the middle of nowhere Iowa, the chance to drink such finely crafted and rare Belgian brews.

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Second Experience: 5.0 / 5

After a new batch of this came in (the first batch imported to the US since by Merchant du Vin as opposed to Shelton Bros), my judgement has changed. This beer knocks the socks off of any other beer I've ever tasted. Has a nice bubblegummy taste and aroma with a plethora of fruity esters. Just the perfect balance between sweet, dry, and bitter. Just enough alcohol punch to get you a nice buzz without going overboard. By the way, it seems much less boozy this time through to the point where it is damn near chuggable. I must stock up on this stuff. (1,628 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 hopsputin
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a: dark murky brown with some ruby red notes. a finger tan white head when poured that fades to a thin layer once it settles (which is to be expected)

s: its incredible. deep and dark. malty, roasted almonds, figs, plums, raisins, dark chocolate, clove, tobacco leaves, brown sugar, leather

t: its an intense beer. toasted malts, chocolate, figs, nuts, those roasted almonds, leather, tobacco, clove, plums, raisins, fresh dough, caramel, toffee, cola

m: medium - not as heavy as i would have thought, but the mouthfeel works nicely with the leathery/earthy flavors in here

o: nutty, roasty, dark fruity, perfect. for as high as the abv is, the alcohol is barely noticeable (677 characters)

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

(330 ml bottle). Pours with an enormous and thick light tan head, beer is cloudy, very dark brown colour. Heavenly complex aroma: oak, port wine, dried fruit and spices. 5.0 points for aroma/smell is not enough! Flavour is complex, spicy and oaky - toffee sweetness is well balanced with hops. Warming mouthfeel, otherwise the high ABV is well hidden. Long lasting aftertaste. Can't find any faults with the beer - therefore a straight 5.0. Does that imply that any "perfect" beer has to be as strong as Rochefort 10? Certainly not - but in the strong division, this one is in the lead, at least untill I have sampled Westvleteren... (But the price in Norway is outrageous: USD 9 for a small bottle - in the store!) (715 characters)

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

This is quite possibly the best beer I have ever had in my life. If not for the steep price of this beer, I would probably not buy any other beers but this. This is a trappist beer, but is very different from most of the other trappist beers out there because it is exceptionally dark, and does not have the "wheaty" aftertaste associated with most belgiums. The beer pours very dark, and does contain sedement, with a cloudy dark appearance. The smell is a bit smoky, with intense caramel and chocolately tones. The taste is very, very smoothe for such a dark beer, with a very sweet finish, with a little touch of smokiness and bittering, but both working in accord with the heavy chocolate/caramel flavors. I have never drank more than 2 at one sitting due to the price point of this beer, but 2 will definitely put you in a stupor. Perfect beer to accompany a steak, chop, or shank. Would be the perfect beer if not for the price point! (940 characters)

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Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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