Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Reviews: 2,641
Hads: 8,253
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 8.97%
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Brasserie de Rochefort

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 FriedSlug
4.56/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark brown with a quickly dissipating tan head. There is a decent amount of carbonation. The smell has notes of alcohol, yeast, caramelized sugar, plums, raisins and anise. The taste is a bit malty and sweet with licorice and plums. The carbonation tingles the tongue and the finish is grassy and slightly bitter. This is a delicious quad. (347 characters)

Photo of bilbobrewer
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The two most prominent things I note with this beer: 1) at the back of the throat, a definite dryness, while at the front and on the lips, a sugary sweetness. I really dislike port wines for the sweetness, but this is somehow okay here.
2) How the alcohol level doesn't completely overpower the taste profile of sugary malt is a marvel. My own rule of thumb with IPAs is that the subtle hop tastes get compromised beyond 8% abv. This beer is 11%, but there's little telltale astringency....likely overpowered by the 'sugar'.

Quite nice, but I prefer the Rochefort 8. (584 characters)

Photo of OnTapoftheWorld
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a La Trappe chalice. The head is thin and creamy but doesn’t dissipate and was remarkably present until the last sip. Dark brown and cloudy and not quite transparent.

Smell: Smells of fresh raisins (Can raisins be fresh?). Smell honestly takes the cake here. I would love to have a candle with this aroma.

Taste: Malt is prominent. There is a lingering fruity tingle in the back of the throat.

Feel: This beer had the consistency of gelatin. Rolling the beer in my mouth felt as though I broke the surface tension and released the real flavor.

Sipped while working. Served cold but slowly reached room temperature. Temperature overall had no effect on taste or consistency. This is definitely a beer to be consumed slowly over time in a laid back setting. (803 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Dark brown with a slight haze under a clingy 1” white foam collar with a very fine bead. S: Spicy dark fruit T: Toasty malt, dark malt sugars, plum, fruit cake, faint chocolate, moderate bitter finish. F: Deceptively light body with a very creamy texture and fine soft carbonation. O: A very well crafted beer. (316 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Fills a Rochefort chalice with a dark, copper brown (SRM 18-21). Clear with some yeast colloids while fine streams of carbonation tower throughout. A short-lived, eighth-inch, creamy beige head leaves fine lace.

The aroma is rich with dried fruit, such as figs, dates, and prunes. A light sourness is balanced by sweet molasses, followed by spice and pumpernickel bread.

Quite sweet without being cloying as a faint bitterness takes hold late in each sip. The finish is similarly bitter with light acidity. Warmth brings out the raisins and other dried fruit in an unfolding journey from sweet nectar to rich, fresh-baked wheat bread.

A full body with a creamy texture of velour. Only a hint of alcohol, well below expectation, while the carbonation is explosive.

This is an exquisite beer to be savored during a long session while contemplating life’s journey and enjoying the company of someone you love. (912 characters)

Photo of arkanu
4.73/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Amazing beer, it's difficult to find anything below ideal in it. The head is sticky and creamy, amazing dark brown color which makes see through impossible, resembling an ideal coffee.
Smell is full of ripe dark fruits and smoked plum with a tad of alcohol hitting the nose.
The taste of this beer is an awesome experience: it warms and enlightens you. Without a doubt, one of the best beers I've ever had - buy it, pour it and do not let anyone destroy the experience of enjoy it in deep, fulfilling sips. (506 characters)

Photo of DerbyDave35
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Almost anything you drink after a bottle of this , is probably going to disappoint . The masses will probably never have even heard of Rochefort 10 , let alone drink one ...tragic (for them), it is total joy , faultless .
Has a 100% rating ? , well its fully deserved (267 characters)

Photo of Celtics17
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Truly a great beer from a great beer making region. The smell is awesome, with dark fruit on the nose, with a slight sweetness. The taste is caramel, with great dark fruit in the back.. Big carbonation. (202 characters)

Photo of MFS_71
4.92/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Superb Quad, best I've ever tasted. In fact, this ranks among my top 5 favorite beers of any style. Most definitely lives up to its well-deserved and stellar reputation. (169 characters)

Photo of dro7
4.86/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Highly carbonated, very think. There are some sediments in the beer. Smells very sweet with dark notes. You can feel the high carbonation on your tongue and you can taste the dark fruits and Belgian candi. Definitely one of the best tasting and best smelling beers. Drink out of a Trappist chalice for the best aroma. (317 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 ExtraStout
3.5/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was in Shanghai and what a find, and a steal for 7 bucks, or so I thought.

Appearance was brown with a nice size head that stuck around for a bit (with the help of a quick pour). I was not careful to leave the settled yeast in the bottle and I didn't care for it being in my drink.

Aroma was of mild caramel malts, nothing special. hopefully the taste is where it's all at.

Taste is a bit spicy, and malty. very muddled and lactic flavor profile. tastes like an average Belgian, but nothing great.

Drinkability was a bit low, since I kept thinking that I would rather be drinking something that tastes good. Maybe i will try it again but from a different source. (672 characters)

Photo of Andrewharemza
4.94/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours dark brown with a tan head. amazing aroma of brown sugar, raisins, dried fruits, dark chocolate. taste follows. brandy, figs, plums, toffee, bit of coffee. the dark fruits really control the flavour. its malty and rich and the boozy dunt you get from it is perfect. silky smooth feeling and a dry lasting finish.oooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhh yeah (345 characters)

Photo of Ian_B
3.88/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The only Rochefort I've thought was maybe a little better than decent. Surprised this is so highly rated, as everything I've had from them has been somewhat medicinal with muddled flavours. (189 characters)

Photo of Shemmy
4.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Of course it is an awesome beer, so what can I add to all the praises?

Well, for one, the mouthfeel is particularly outstanding which I think may be due at least in part to a kind of optical illusion that plays out on the palate, if you will. It occurred to me with this latest delve into a bottle of Rochefort 10 that the ridiculous feeling of smoothness one gets does seem to actually stem in part from the edge of bitterness that never quite arrives and becomes equalized by the chocolate covered grape taste that follows.

Another is the tiny islands of glutinous foam that form on the surface of one's drink and allow the drinker some dreamy cloud gazing to be done. A unique and very welcome feature of this great beer that I don't recall ever seeing in others.

The jury is still out, in my case, as to whether this is the best quad of them all, but no doubt it is among them. Not that Rochefort 10 needs anyone's confirmation at this point. (952 characters)

Photo of LaneMeyer
4.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

What can I say about this beer. Perfect in most every way. Never disappoints. Dark fruits, nice and bready, perfect spice, amazingly thick mouth feel. Smells like angel tears. Haven't found a better quad. I mark it down overall just cause it's a bit pricey. (263 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 Short-Pour
4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Multiple bottles poured into my Westy 12 chalice. These were all very young, I would like to cellar a case, but they never seem to stay in the cellar...

Look: Dark Brown with a small head, smallish bubbles which dissipates in about ten to twenty minutes

Smell: Same vein as Westy 12, - the Alcohol present but not overpowering, but more present than Westy 12.

Taste: You could do worse than this quad, a lot worse. The flavors are not trumped by the alcohol, but you can sense it, like I said above a bit more than Westy 12

Feel: Nice mouth feel.

Overall: One of the best Quads I have had. This came closest to Westy 12 on multiple side by side comparisons. But not as good. (683 characters)

Photo of hoppytobehere
3.73/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I was excited to try this, but I was ultimately left disappointed. For me, this was overly sweet, like drinking black licorice. Whatever complexity this beer had or has was lost to me from the alcohol and sugars. Undercarbonated, barely had any head. I sipped this thing for an hour, so I gave it a fair shot.

Will revisit sometime in the future, but I'm not in any hurry to do so. (386 characters)

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

Poured from a bottle into a chalice, the beer is a very dark, opaque, date coloring with a steady flow of carbonation bubbling throughout the body and a bubbly, low profile, off-white head. Aromas of date, fig, raisin, black cherry, molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, and earthy highlights. This is about as layered and deep as it gets. Flavors are richly sweet and heavy forward, with date, fig, raisin, plum, brown sugar, molasses, roasted toffee, subtle booze notes, peat, and hints of wood and char. This is a beast, but it's so perfectly balanced that you really can't get overpowered by anything. Smooth bodied and robust, but kept drinkable by the enlightening carbonation bubbling. The aftertaste is more of the old world fruits all blending together to balance the building warmth from the increased ABV. Smooth, layered, slow finish, with a linger of rich fruit sweetness and building warmth. What a great beer. (918 characters)

Photo of gorbos
4.78/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The standard for me of a world-class beer (all the good quad smell and flavor). What keeps me coming back is the mouthfeel: it's like some kind of soft angel spirit, round, airy, unified -- no wateriness or prickly sharp carbonation to speak of.

Whatever gives this 11%er such a big fluffy head also gives it that uncanny mouthfeel. Pure magic. (346 characters)

Photo of tedvr
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark amber with a caramel head. Smells are of fruit, raisins with malt in the background. Taste is complicated with raisins and caramel, with malt taste pulling it all together. Mildly carbonated. Overall a wonderfully complex beer. (242 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber with a noticeable ruby red hue as well as a well carbed head of lively light khaki foam.

Fruity with notes of raisins and cherry, caramel, toffee, and some light vanilla notes.

The sweetness of caramel and toffee plays a larger role in the flavor, the dark fruits take a backseat at this point, but still apparent and the vanilla expands in flavor.

Medium-heavy bodied, medium-high carbonation, sweet, slightly fruity, smooth as hell.

Overall, this is a perfect example of the style and the best part is this amazing brew is easily accessible. (566 characters)

Photo of Terrik1337
4.81/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: deep amber with a light head
Smell: dark fruits, and light booze
Taste: dark fruits, mild sweetness and light booze, though that description does not convay just how delicious this beer is. This is actually my all time favorite beer.
Feel: Felt chewy almost, but in a good way
Overall: I'm young to the beer world, but this is my favorite so far. (353 characters)

Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark caramel brown color, with a creamy, frothy head. The colors play off each other beautifully.

Smell: Not a very strong smell in my opinion. Smells slightly malty and boozy but thats about all I get.

Taste: Caramel and dark fruit (plus banana) creates a very nice taste. Everything is present in perfect balance. the booze present in the most leaves you with a biting aftertaste, but nothing overpowering. This is a well balanced quad, although it is sweeter than most. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Feel: Refreshing yet flavorfull.

Overall: My favorite of the rochefort trio. (595 characters)

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Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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