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Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

7,369 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 7,369
Reviews: 2,554
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 554
Gots: 1,315 | FT: 51
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%
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.

BEERchitect, Sep 29, 2005
Photo of RoyalT
4.8/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

RoyalT, Oct 07, 2003
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4.9/5  rDev +8.6%

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

NAPO, Sunday at 01:03 PM
Photo of Slymtt
5/5  rDev +10.9%

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

Slymtt, Sep 30, 2014
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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle, poured into a bell glass at approximately 50 degrees F.

A: Pours like free-flowing molten caramel, and forms a massive four-finger frothy head that lasts a long while before eventually dying to a half-finger cap. Once in the glass, the beer becomes a thick, impenetrable fog of burnished bronze. The iPhone flashlight test reveals light seeping through only around the edges, which take on a ruddy-copper glow. Bubbles can be seen steadily rising from the bottom in that light. Impressive sheets of lacing cling to the glass.

S: That is a heady bouquet indeed. Sweetness and booze are the initial impression, wreathed through with an array of fruits - cherry, plum, grape, and something that reminds me of a nectarine, not unlike a particularly confused orchard, or one of those odd Frankentrees being created these days. There are some hints of caramelized malt sweetness beneath.

T: Quite in sync with the nose! I find myself struck right out of the gate with sugary sweetness wrapped around sweet boozy warmth, which fades slightly into the background as the rush of fruits thunder in. All the fruitiness of the aroma is present, along with some hints of over-ripe apple and dates. Malty sweetness can be detected, quietly filling in what few cracks and crevices the other flavors may have missed. The finish ends with a slight alcohol burn, which persists for a bit.

M: Creamy-smooth, lush, rich, and full, this is a joy on the palate and tongue.

O: I see why this beer receives the marks it does. While I am still more a fan of the St. Bernardus Abt 12, this is quite the malty, yeasty, satisfying experience.

UrbanCaveman, Wednesday at 06:49 PM
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Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
98 out of 100 based on 7,369 ratings.