Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Reviews: 2,639
Hads: 8,241
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 734
Gots: 1,895 | 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 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)

Photo of sjdevel
3.9/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: Ridiculous amounts of foam pouring slowly from a 330ml bottle into a Belgian styled glass. This massive froth is a nice off-white / khaki color. The beer itself is a deep amber/brown (more on the brown side) and only lets a few rays of light through. The head slowly recedes and you are left with a major ring around the edges with some continuous lacing.

Smell: Slight tart and vinegary at first, but then strong caramel notes kick in. There are minor alcohol notes evident but not that noticeable for an 11.3%’er.

Feel: Full bodied thick and caramely. The alcohol instantly bites the tongue and there seems to be a battle between dry and sweetness.

Taste: The first flavors are of tart purple fruit (plum, grape, etc.), and then the alcohol bite quickly comes in to play. There is a slight alcohol burn like doing a shot of 100 proof rum. There are strong caramel flavors, roasted nuts, and smoked grains. The strong alcohol taste fades briefly, but seems to kick back in at the end.

Overall: This is a great beer, but I don’t agree that it is a 5/5 or 100 on score… I had hoped for a bit more as I have heard a lot of hype. There are many flavors that meld together nicely, but I believe that they are slightly devalued by the strong alcohol notes. It just seems a bit off balanced. I think this one would be better at a lower ABV (possibly less demerara/raw sugar as most Belgian Quads have as an ingredient). Not my favorite brew, but I wouldn’t be afraid to give it another try in the future. (1,533 characters)

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

This beer is incredible. Plum, raisin, caramel and yeasty smell. Super fruity upfront and still has the champagne feel. Very light on the tongue and the aftertaste is fig, raisin, and toffee. Absolutely amazing beer. (216 characters)

Photo of Alexbrewer93
4.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this is one of my favorite beers iv had. i have heard of people having a miss or hit experience with this brew but for me it was a hit. i picked it up at the store for about 6.12 in georgia after tax. i brought it home and first thing i put it in the fridge and let it sit there until it got to about 42 degree's. with Belgium trappist brews you gotta put it in a goblet. reason being is for the smell make sure you got a nice thick goblet doesnt have to be fancy but i got a nice thick goblet that way im not scared the glass will break every time i place it down. as to the beer it self.it has a very sweet smell very nutty overtones to it. it just smells like a perfect beer. and the smells carry very nicely to the flavor. the beer it self has a nice dark cloudy look. i heard one reviewer said it almost looked like muddy water. i see where he came from but i say who cares you dont buy a beer to look at it. you buy it to drink it. and the flavor is like nothing iv had before. i havent had the westvleteren yet iv heard it better others say this is better. but as for this beer its the best iv had so far. if you can get it and afford it, your an idiot if you dont get it. go support those Belgium monks and get this beer (1,228 characters)

Photo of heyannalise
1/5  rDev -77.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

It was REALLY hard to open. I had to use two different bottle openers and finally got it open after making a mess on my counter. Pouring it made a lot of foam which just didn't go away. The foam tasted like someone poured sugar into a litter box. I never got to the beer because the foam was just horrible! I'm not even being dramatic, this beer was a waste of 10 perfectly good minutes. (387 characters)

Photo of bigsteve45
4.81/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Very deep brown. NOT black. 1.5 finger creamy head that dissipates quickly. I was surprised at how big the head was for such a high ABV beer.
Smell: Candied sugar dominates the smell. There is also strong prunes and figs.
Taste: This beer is brilliant. Theres no other way to put it. As soon as it hits your tongue you get a smoky deep tobacco taste that instantaneously transitions into sweet candied fruits. There is a slight alcohol taste that you forget about after a few sips.
Feel: Medium mouthfeel. Viscous yet not syrupy like I would have expected.
Overall: My expectations were far surpassed. I had mixed feeling going in on whether or not I was going to truly enjoy this beer. Most Quads I have had in the past have turned me off to the style. In drinking this I have new hope; After my last sip was gone I instantly knew I needed to buy another! (865 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 Mikus
3.88/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a big damned beer! Really nice, classic dark fruits and raisins in the nose; deep, rich flavors follow on the palate, with big boozy presence. Finished a bit on the drier side. Not sure that I am on the 'best Belgian on the list' bandwagon, but this is obviously top shelf and enjoyable. Splitting one with a buddy was more than enough for me! (351 characters)

Photo of craftbeersweden
4.52/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is truly a very beatiful beer!

It pours dark red-brown, almoust black with a one finger high, beige head that dissapears fast with a wizzing noice.

Nose: Vanilla, whiped cream, raisin, plum, milk chocolate, brown sugar and dark syrup.
Taste: Dried fruit, brown sugar, dark bread, a hint of coffee, licorice and vanilla.
Body: Medium body with a complex texture. High carbonation. A little warming booze from the 11.3% ABV. So great beer!

Absolutely top! (464 characters)

Photo of CraigP83
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Dark dried fruits all around. Served straight out the fridge and the carbonation took away from the taste. Opened up as it warmed. Lots of raisin, fig, prune in this one (169 characters)

Photo of kbwalters
4.27/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look = 3.5 Pours a cloudy dark brown with red highlights. 1.5 fingers of light brown head is bubbly and loose and fades quickly to a ring. Lace is sparse. A ton of floating sediment.
Aroma = 4.5 Some acid but mostly sweet. Dark fruit, caramel, toffee, toasted malt notes. Complex aroma, very good.
Taste = 4.25 Acidity upfront on the tongue and sweet through the middle - sweetness follows the nose with caramel and toffee notes. A boozy and bitter finish lingers into the aftertaste. Complex and wonderful taste.
Feel = 4.25 High carbonation and medium to full bodied, good feel for the style.
Drinkability = 4.25 High alcohol and somewhat boozy but really smooth and easy drinking quad.
Overall = 4.2 Terrific quad, complex aroma and taste, fun to drink. (765 characters)

Photo of Catracho5
4.56/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle poured into a Belgian tulip

A: Dark brown, with an off white creamy head, lots of tiny bubbles in the head, some carbonation streaming off the bottom, some minor lacing.

A: Dark fruits, raisins, figs, yeasty aromas, it's a big Belgian yeast bomb, slight alcohol on the nose, malts definitely come through, smells really big.

T: Toffee sweetness, dark fruits, Belgian yeast, malts, nice slight caramel sweetness on the back end, very complex, some heat, but for 11.3% very drinkable, world class flavor.

M: Nice medium mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O: Very impressed, very complex, changes as it warms, very drinkable. I avoided imports especially Belgian beers because I think there are great beers made in America, but, there is something special about Belgian beers, and in my humility, I must admit that this is a world class beer, a must try if you want to taste something outside your comfort zone. (922 characters)

Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
99 out of 100 based on 2,639 ratings.