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Trappistes Rochefort 10 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium | website

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 11-06-2000

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Reviews: 2,775 | Ratings: 8,850
Photo of RABouffard
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed in front of the Eifel tower. A wonderful thick and roasty beer with hints of cherry and a dry booseyness in the back. Very robust, knocks you in the face with tons of flavor. Amazing beer.

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Photo of aleigator
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rochefort 10 cellared 3 years

Pours a dark brown color with a fluffy, fizzy, two finger sized head.

Fantastic aromas of ripe sour cherries among rock sugar and roasted malts, very intense on the nose. Almost a little boozy, but amazingly well integrated into the decadent sweet aromas, balanced by old wood and toasted walnut shell.

Has a very lively, bubbly carbonation, which makes the beer's heavy body unfold in a lighter manner on the tongue, also washing away its boozy peak, which is recognizable for just a split second, while leaving with a long lasting warmth down the throat.

Cherries from the nose are amongst the flavors from the very beginning, entangled into toffee, licorice, dried wood bark and autumn leaves. Malts have a toasty richness in this, which is heavy on the tongue, opening up the palate perfectly to the sweeter flavors, and makes it possible to integrate its warm boozy note so perfectly well. Nuttiness mingles into the warming alcohol, producing a cola sweetness, calmed by old earth and toasty malts, while finishing with a bubbly mineralic tone and dried plums.

I am blown away by this one, this tastes perfect. Love the dried, sugared, alcohol soaked cherry note, which blends into roasted, rich malts. All flavors are intense and well pronounced at the same time, creating an awesome balance, making it possible for the different components to pack such a huge punch.

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Photo of Buck89
4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark cola brown color with a thick, foamy light tan head. Aromas of raisin, fig, bread, and plum. Rich taste as expected, with raisin, plum, fig, caramel, and a mild spiciness. A bit of estery Belgian notes to add to the complexity. Full-bodied and lively carbonation.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Extremely deep reddish brown in color with massive light tan head. Retention is excellent. The aroma is rich sweet malt, raisin, fig, slight alcohol and spice. The taste is incredible. Again, rich maltiness leads the way. Then comes notes of spice, dark fruits, caramel, pepper. The malt and slight spice linger on your tongue at the swallow. The body is medium with a moderate-high carbonation. Smooth and slight alcohol burn on the finish. Absolutely divine.

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Photo of Beertelligence
4.32/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark hazy golden brown, with a pale yellow head. Not much carbonation, some leftover yeast from the bottle conditioning.

S- Strong dried fruit scent, a bit tart on the nose. some spices as well.

T- Some dried dark fruit up front, raisins, figs, sweet and sour at the same time, really boozy but it doesn't dominate the palate, you can tell its high abv but subtle at the same time, crazy.

M- Medium mouthfeel, melts in your mouth, so good, remarkable!

O- Love the complexity, gets better as it warms up, just a great beer.

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Photo of PorterPro125
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Serving Type: 330 mL Bottle

A- Pours a beautiful, hazy, dark brown colour with a fizzy, off-white head that works down to a couple whispy patches fairly quickly. Not uncharacteristic for the style (in my experience) but still, not what I was expecting. Even without much of a head, this beer is still very much alive on the surface. Patches of carbonation seem to buzz around and head from the middle towards the edges of the glass. Very interesting to behold. "Legs" appear on the glass almost like that of a fine Scotch.

S- Dark, Ripe fruit and an assortment of spices. Touch of apples and a hint of dark chocolate.

T- Dark fruit and spices that fade away to a soft bitterness. Gets much more complex as it warms. What was minutes before just Dark fruit and spices turns into something that is woody and peppery. Insanely complex, absolutely beautiful.

M- Mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied. Moderate carbonation.

O- I haven't had many Quads in my time but I can't imagine them being any better than Rochefort 10. Incredibly delicious while being complex enough to be very, very interesting.

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Photo of antott0523
4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Trappist Rochefort 10


A: Pours a dark brown color with a tight, beige, one finger hear that sticks around nicely in my goblet. Active carbonation upon pouring, that settles down. Emptied the contents of my bottle so there is a good amount of sediment floating around. 4

S: Following up a bottle of Rochefort 8. This one smells a touch sweeter and more ripened fruit. There's also more of an alcohol presence, but still not overly boozy. 4.25

T: I'm getting all of the same ripe fruit flavors, but also some more sweeter dark fruit in this one. Some fig, prune, dark raisin, and I'm not getting much of the woody/nutty undertones that I got in the 8. 4.5

M: Wonderfully creamy, yet pillowy soft mouthfeel with low carbonation. 4.75

D: This one as well is never too sweet, and never too boozy. It's insane how drinkable these Rochefort beers are. At over 11% the alcohol is hardly noticeable. Overall a highly drinkable beer with nice, sweet flavors. 4.5

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Last night I had a Trappistes Rochefort 10 in a Westvleteren goblet. Trappistes Rochefort 10 and Westvleteren no 12 are both extremely good beers and they are very similar to each other, Rochefort 10 is more carbonated, but I am not sure which one I like better, I think Westvleteren no 12.

(L) It is dark brown with a two inch off white head.

(A) Nice aroma of dark fruit and spices.

(T) A wonderful and complex taste of bread, caramel, raisins, dark fruit.

(F) Creamy and carbonated.

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Photo of FBarber
4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark hazy brown with a two finger tan head that quickly dissipates. No lacing noted, but a thin tan film across the top of the beer with a thicker ring around the outside of the beer.

Smell is full of aromas of brown sugar, raisins, plums, fallen apples. Noticeable sweetness in the nose with undertones of bitter chocolate and spice.

Taste is initially marked by a prickly combination of the carbonation and alcohol. However that quickly fades to a strong malt forward flavor with notes of caramel, brown sugar, raisins, overly ripe apples. Slightly sweet, not bitterness, but its not at all cloying or too much. The aftertaste is really what makes this though. All those flavors just longer on the pallet with this pleasant spicy peppery tingle on the tongue. Although you get the boozy notes initially you quickly forget them and don't realize the cumulative effect until you notice your entire face has warmed up. This beer is perfect for a cold winter night.

Feel is surprisingly airy for the high ABV - medium carbonation gives it a crisp and light feel. However, it is in no way watery or too light, although crisp there is real depth to the feel. Very smooth, buttery and mellow.

Overall this Quad is remarkable and world class as an exemplar of the style, of Trappist beer and on its own merits. Just amazing. The balance, lush feel, and complexity of flavors, all while being so incredibly drinkable and tasty is outstanding. Must try at least once for anyone who loves beer. Couldn't have picked a better beer for my 100th review on the site.

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Photo of JordanlikesAles
4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I haven't had Westy, but it's hard to imagine it being any better than this. Every ale I've had from Rochefort is world class excellence. Pours a murky mud water brown with flavors of caramel, butterscotch, dark fruit, and a noticeable vodka like alcohol note. The flavors intensify at near room temperature and it just gets better. A deep and profound ale.

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Photo of Ri0
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured 330ml bottle into chalice. It is a deep, dark amber brown. A thick 2 finger khaki head remains for the entire session and provides abundant lacing on my glass. Sweet and dark fruits behind yeast and alcohol. Some toffee and spice. Flavor is of cinnamon raisin bread and toffee with yeasty notes and other spices. Wonderful dark fruits and caramel with just a hint of chocolate. Medium body with a soft carbonation. Easy drinking with some warmth. A remarkable Quad.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.88/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: pours dark brown, with a huge off white head that is full of small bubbles
S: some dark fruit, some alcohol. All muted aromas though
T: lots of dried dark fruit, not juicy, definitely dryer than abt 12. I get some of the alcohol.
F: light feel, easy drinking, slightly syrupy
O: doing this side by side with abt 12, and this is second fiddle for sure, but still decent.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.76/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance--What one would expect from a Quad-Trappist. Murky-copper, defying light-penetration. Like other quads of this style, there is an initial two-finger head, that swiftly settles, leaving what looks like something between a glass of wine and a few fingers of liquor.

Smell--Sweet aroma of dried fruit, but not as aggressively raisin-y or fig-y as others of this style. Instead, the fruit is balanced with a mixture of anise and herb.

Taste--Initially sweet, but not cloying, and boozy, but pleasantly so. Becomes progressively more complex as it comes to temperature. Initially fruity, then a subtle and pleasant bitterness, like an unsweetened chocolate develops as it warms. Unexpectedly carbonated compared with others of this style. The carbonation helps balance the sweetness and the alcohol.

Feel--Warming, like a fine cognac or brandy. I'm trying this for the first time in the Spring. I cannot help but think that this would be the ultimate brew to enjoy on a cold, snowy night. Also holds its carbonation remarkably well, especially considering how quickly the head settled. The carbonation provides just enough "bite" to balance the malty sweetness, and leaves the brew drinkable, even as it comes up to temperature, and the sweetness and other character develops.

Overall--I am a bigger fan of the lighter fare of the Trappist realm--Orval remains a favorite. But of the Trappist Quads I have tried, this one is a clear cut above the others. These can be a little cloying on the sweetness, and a little too boozy for my palate. This one has remarkable balance, and is one of the most complex brews I've tried of any variety. Would recommend to anyone, and am looking forward to trying again.

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Photo of fullerly
4.19/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this beer at a medium level. It is very neat that it was created in a Trappist Monastery.
The beer had a very foamy head
Cinnamon notes with some fruity notes along with a spicy, malt flavor

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Photo of Whey2Hoppy
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark, copper shade of brown with a huge frothy tan head.

S- Dark fruits, some alcohol in the nose, traditional Belgian spices.

T- Follows the nose, with a huge kick of spices and some booziness accompanied by some fruity sweetness.

F- Medium bodied with a lot of carbonation for the style.

O- Excellent beer. I was super excited to try this, since Quads are my favorite style, and I was not disappointed. While this is not my absolute favorite quad, it's definitely up there.

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Photo of muchos
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L. Murky brown with huge soap bubbly head which recedes in two minutes to a thin layer.
S. Fruity, sweet, spice.
T. Sharp spice, like clove or allspice, toffee, caramel, apple, pear, sweet dates, raisins, figs. Hint of metal.
F. A bit richer than medium bodied. Creamy smooth with a drying alcohol bite. Super.
O. Very enjoyable. Cheers!

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Photo of hasher
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A bit boozy, hey it's 11%. Dark color with great carbonation. Sweet taste, some chocolate. The smell matched the sweet taste. Great mouthfeel. Overall liked it. On the strong side for me. Great beer for something different.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.39/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This may well be the highest rated Quad on the planet... and I cannot disagree.

Reviewed in Roger Protz' CAMRA classic "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"

MJ's "Great Beers" said "I became something of a devotee of Rochefort 10, specially for its bitter chocolate character.... In 2005, Rochefort 10 was deemed the best Trappist beer by the American magaizine "Mens Journal."
MJ 1999 "Guide" gives it 3.5 of 4 stars saying it "is dark brown, rich, with depths of fruity and chocolatey flavors."

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Photo of sherillc
4.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep dark chestnut. Aromas of dark fruitcake, prunes, cherries and treacle. Flavor is very complex with replays of the aromas, caramel, bitter chocolate, burnt raisins. We'll balanced, sweet and smooth. Delicious Quad.

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Photo of noz03
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the most complex beers I've ever tried. First sip can be overwhelming with so much going on and quite a strong kick to it then each sip after you will be discovering new flavours. One of my all time favourite beers in the world, will be drinking it again and again :)

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.8/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BB: 23.07.2020. DFH Tulip.

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark brown with just under 1 finger of light tan head. A little carbonation, but hard to see. Lacing was surprisingly poor, but the retention was very, very good - a pretty moderate skim of foam remained the whole way through.

Smell: Slightly sour/fruity smell; dark fruit, but tart. Cherries/raisins, backed up by a honeyed, malty sweetness. The more I smell this, the more it begins to smell like bourbon or Canadian whisky. Improves notably as it warms.

Taste: Arrives drier than the smell would suggest; slight tartness, but remarkably clean across mid-palate; no roastiness to speak of, a light maltiness, then turns to the fruit with a complex, downright winey character. That last third of the sip is where all the flavor comes, all at once - it is powerful and profound. Overpoweringly sweet, with complex layers of dried fruits, and a slightly painful sweetness. Alcohol is more noticeable than I prefer. Strangely, it improves as it warms, too.

Mouthfeel: Somehow, despite this overwhelming sweetness, it is remarkably clean and light. Ample, small-bubble carbonation. Quite clean finish. Not really bitter, but remarkably clean on the finish.

Overall: This is clearly a complex Belgian dark ale, but my heart is really not in it. It is too sweet for my taste, and between the sweetness and the alcohol, it is just really more than I can take. I love belgian dark ales, but this is overwhelming in a sense. I appreciate drinkability, and this must be a sipper. Would be better on a cool fall or winter night than a warm spring evening.

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Photo of datalager
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am a long time fan of Ommegang Three Philosophers and Abbey Ale. I've had many other Belgians, both domestic and genuine Belgian, including Delerium ales and ABT 12, and I have not found any that can quite knock the Ommegang 3P or Abbey from my fave list. Well, I've read about this beer, and I was skeptical, and now I have to admit defeat. This is the Belgian to judge all others by. No need to give profiles here, if you like Belgian style beers you know what to expect. Just know that the balance here is perfect on every front. A truly astonishing ale.

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Photo of CanadianBacon
4.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - This beer pours a beautiful deep brown with 2 fingers of soft white head. The head seems to stick around well.

Aroma - Dark fruits and im talking Prune, Dates, raisins, they are all there giving it a sweet arome up front. Rich toffee follows this giving a nice bittersweet smell , Roasted nutty malts and than belgian yeast giving off that beautiful fresh bread aroma. This is a beautiful smelling beer forsure!

Taste - This is probably the first 5 I have ever given for taste but wow it kicks your palate. All the dark fruits hit your tongue first delivering a sweetness almost unheard of in beer. followed by some roasted almost burnt nuts and toffee to balance that, then you get hit with a boozyness followed by some nice fresh bread to wash it down. This is delicious!

Feel - This is a medium bodied beer with the percentage I almost expected it to be thicker. The carbonation is creamy creating a very smooth drinking experience for 11.3%.

Overall - This beer along with its price point is not a beer to be drank daily. Its going to beat you up a little with flavor and high abv% and after one your probably going to be close to finished for the day. With that said the aroma's and flavor and appearance mesh so well it will be an unforgettable experience. Get your hands on this one!

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Photo of Dinglehacker
4.14/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into chalice. Beautiful dark color. Sizzling, but tiny head.

Nose of dark fruits and citrus fruits.

Taste is good and rich. Subtle citrus notes that Belgians are so good at, roasted malt,

Mouth is rough at times, but palatable.

An impressive, strong lil beer. Sip with catechisms.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, rich burgundy, with a foamy off-white head. Head retention is great, with a little lacing left behind. Yeast, dark fruits, and toffee in the aroma. Dark fruits, and toffee immediately in the taste. A bit of yeast at the end. Lovely mouth feel. Full, bold, filling, and mouth coating. Overall, a fantastic Quadruple that works and works extremely well.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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