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Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,167 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 7,167
Reviews: 2,543
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 518
Gots: 1,223 | FT: 49
Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 11-06-2000)
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Photo of BEERchitect
4.95/5  rDev +9.8%

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.

BEERchitect, Sep 29, 2005
Photo of RoyalT
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 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.

RoyalT, Oct 07, 2003
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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

brians52, Today at 02:31 AM
Photo of ThomasHall
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

One of my favorite beers! Dark color with minimal head. Taste of dark fruits. Really good!

ThomasHall, Today at 07:59 PM
Photo of guityler83
3.75/5  rDev -16.9%

Purchased from Brasserie de Rochefort Sept 14, 2014

A: The same huge foam head as the 6 and the 8 but with a slightly darker hue, tan or khaki color. Slightly less retention then its smaller brothers, it sustained for about a minute before falling. The beer is also darker with more woody brown and dark red. Almost opaque in appearance.

S: Sweetness is apparent in the nose and still on par with the other Rochefort beers but again – more evolved. Dark apples, cherries, plumes and raisins from the malt. Spicy hop aroma is mild and takes a backseat to the sweet malt. Esters are very low.. the spice might even be from the yeast.

T: The hop presence is much more noticeable in 10. Still spicy and noble but with more powerful bitterness that clings on to the end. Malt is also amped up in this version with the mallard type flavors coming through with bread crust and toast. Plumes, prunes and blackberries come to mind as I sip the beer as it warms. Not as much of the apple and berry as in the nose. Also getting some slight tobacco and cocoa flavors.

M: Carbonation is high with moderately large body. Alcohol warmth is moderate, there’s no drinking this one quickly.. Slightly harshness on the tongue, maybe from the hops used? But mostly in the finish.

O: The malt profile of the beer reminds me of a barley wine, lots of plums/prunes/raisins with complexity for days, significant alcohol and sweetness to boot.

Out of the three Rochfort efforts I’m going to have to say 8 is my favorite followed by 10 then 6. I felt like 8 had a great balance of aroma / flavor and strength to carry this type of beer. The beer itself isn’t exactly my style, but when on a pilgrimage to some of the world’s most legendary breweries, you going to find some of them are more legend than anything else.

guityler83, Today at 04:57 PM
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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

KevinZ2301, Today at 01:16 PM
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5/5  rDev +10.9%

StevenH, Yesterday at 02:32 AM
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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Hayley_86, Yesterday at 01:45 PM
Photo of tykechandler
3/5  rDev -33.5%

maybe i just had a bad/old bottle, but this was entirely too boozy to be very enjoyable. tasted like rum. i certainly want to revisit, as it had been a while since i had one, and this is not how i remembered it tasting. so take this review with a grain of salt.

tykechandler, Yesterday at 09:17 AM
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4.16/5  rDev -7.8%

Ppuech, Sunday at 12:14 AM
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4.68/5  rDev +3.8%

ShriverMO, Saturday at 11:22 PM
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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

reduction, Saturday at 05:24 PM
Photo of jdhowe
4/5  rDev -11.3%

A: Pours a golden-hued amber with a light-khaki head (4.25)

S: Aroma is buttery red wine, slight spiciness, yeasty bread, and fruits (cherry and fig). (3.75)

T/M: Buttery fruits, slightly bitter finish. Medium mouthfeel with high carb. (3.75/4.75)

O: 4.00

jdhowe, Saturday at 06:32 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -22.4%

atlbravsrno1, Saturday at 03:23 AM
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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Deanburrito, Saturday at 03:10 AM
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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Btip1969, Saturday at 02:38 AM
Photo of ChicagoMikeS
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

The appearance is a solid brown with a very faint reddish hue to it. The head is big, bold, and tan.

The smell is very sweet and complex. It has a very strong fruit character to it, but malt and alcohol are also present.

The taste is very potent. There's a sweet maltiness up front followed by dried fruit: raisins, dates, fig. The alcohol is definitely detectable, but its masked very well. The strength and sweetness of it make it a sipping beer. The prominence of the different flavors shifts as it warms. The warmer it gets the more they seem to blend together.

It's a very smooth beer and the strong carbonation it has makes it quite smooth as well. There's a bit of a warming sensation on the tongue from the alcohol, but with no sting of booziness.

Overall it is an exceptionally well balanced beer, and truly surprising that it has such a high ABV. The particular fruit notes do not fit my personal taste, but it is undeniable the it is an artfully crafted beverage.

ChicagoMikeS, Saturday at 02:10 AM
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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Oops, Saturday at 12:18 AM
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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

probert, Friday at 11:23 PM
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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Mhpendleton, Friday at 10:12 PM
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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

jbogner, Friday at 06:39 PM
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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

wcu80, Friday at 05:48 PM
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Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
100 out of 100 based on 7,167 ratings.