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Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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2,695 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,695
Hads: 8,481
Avg: 4.47
pDev: 17.45%
Wants: 786
Gots: 2,090 | FT: 68
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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 kgotcher
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stepping up to the big times with this one. My first quad that I know of.

11.2 oz bottle strange dating stamp that doesn't mean anything to me.

Poured slowly into a snifter, dark amber to brown color with a dense tan head. Great lacings and incredible head retention.

Rich sweet aroma rises with strong fruit tones and noticable estery alchohol. Has a port like strength to the aroma with floral and spicy tones, - incredible.

The taste is potent and rich. Strong estery dark fruit, plum, grape, a slight nuttyness, vanilla and clove.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with strong carbonation to hide the slickness. Tartness toward the end with a slightly bitter and dry earthy finish.

Wow, this is beer? Amazing what those monks can do... Awesome depth and complexity of flavors, probably more that my pallate can do justice to. Definately not an everyday drinker but I plan to keep a few on hand for special occasions.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.09/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somewhat murky brown in color. Good sized head that receedes quite fast. Big, sugary aroma-reeks of raisens and brown sugar. Malty with a definate alcohol tinge to it. The alcohol comes off quite spicy. Slight earthiness in the flavor. Good body-quite thin actually-obviously fermented out quite well. Dangerously drinkable and very enjoyable.

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Photo of surfadelic23
3.7/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Heh, pretty funny that I had this in a Duvel snifter too! What a cool looking little bottle. It looks very nice in the glass (the beer not the bottle) with a nice dark red/brown color and a small head.
It has a very nice smell to it too, can't really pick up much alcohol which is kinda scary!
At least they couldn't hide it in the taste which knocks down the drinkability a bit. I like this but boy does the alcohol show up...
Mouthfeel is also impacted (to me) by the alcohol, this one isn't particularly subtle, Boy does it taste good though!

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.88/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Made a good pour into a Duvel snifter. Dark brown/black body, light brown/tan head, a bit chunky. Head disappears after a bit, but if you swirl the glass it will reappear to about 1 finger.
Smell of bananas hits foremost with chocolate, caramel, plum and currant coming through.
Taste was great. Hard to separate flavors; chocolate, raisin, biscuit, malt, some hops and spice.
Alcohol is present but nicely balanced. A kick at first, but you get used to it.

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Photo of jhu1995
4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, rich brown with a tan head and not alot of lacing. Good but not great. Smell was sweet and fruity with nearly no alcohol, which I thought was impressive, given the alcohol content. Taste was malty sweet with some fruity notes. Alcohol makes a nice subtle appearance in the taste - very warming and slightly medicinal. Some spiciness contributed by the yeast. Hasn't been the fullest bodied beer I have ever tasted, but not weak in this category either. Stands up well to the alcohol. Very drinkable for the alcohol content but is definitely a beer to sip and enjoy.

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Photo of mclanem
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beer is certainly a true belgain beer unfiltered, nice amount of sediment on the bottom. dark frothy head

Smell: a great smell, fermented apricots and a very fresh spiced smell.

Taste: Very spicy flavor can taste the alcohol but it fades quickly very unique.

Mouthfeel: great, great carbonation. love the feel of this beer.

Drinkablity: I like this beer would love to have them frequently but it is expensive but this doesn't effect the drinkablity rating just FYI.

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Photo of Drew966
4.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trappistes Rochefort 10 pours a chocolate brown color with an off white head and chunks of yeast from a less than perfect pour from a 33cl bottle. The aroma is somewhat fruity and alcohol is noticeable. The alcohol is noticeable in the taste too, not in a bad way though. Some dark fruit flavors are present. Chocolate comes to mind too, but its not really chocolate or chocolatey tasting, just an aspect of the flavor. I'm not sure I appreciate the style as much as others do. Definitely an interesting beer and quite good to boot. I think I may have to revisit this again sometime.

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Photo of barleyman
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the brown 11.2 oz. bottle with the best by date of 08.07. Forms very little dark white head which dissipates quickly. This is a Belgian Trappist Quadruple, and as such, numbs the tongue with alcohol. Slight smell of bread, malt, clove, cinnamon and yeast. The taste includes all of the smells with the addition of piney resin and hop. The mouthfeel is very thick, but just what one would expect of the style. The drinkability is quite good considering this is not the sort of beer you will be drinking all day. Summation: The monks at Abbaye St. Remy are doing what other brewers the world over should be trying to do, hitting the mark, without overdoing it.

Just a thought,


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Photo of ghostwalker
3.76/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown body with frothy rocky tan head. Has that authentic bottle conditioned look.

Nose is spicy, tangy, boozy. A little sharp, not unpleasant.

Flavor is sweet, spiced caramel malt with a distinct alcohol presence on the finish. Plenty of interesting flavors, but overall not as complex as the 8.

Mouthfeel is medium, with plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I prefer the 8.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.57/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 33cl bottle(best by 08/09) a cloudy dark brown with a large head of foam that dissipated slowly leaving just a fine layer with lots of lacing.

The smell is all sweet and fruity and yeasty with strong notes of plum. A very nice nose indeed.

The taste is very sweet up front; I note molasses & fig(?) with just a touch of the plum that I noted in the smell and no yeasty flavour at all. The alcohol is not a factor in the taste but does create a bit of a warming feeling...nothing wrong with that but I know that 1 of these is all that I could handle at 1 sitting. ;^)

Bottom line: I had this brew a couple of years ago and I have to honestly say, I didn't care much for it at the time but now, after expanding my palate's horizons, so to speak, I find this brew a definite winner and certainly a world class product. I thoroughly recommend it!

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

A - hazy reddish brown with sediment floating all around.

S - toffee, dark fruits, toasty aroma

T - Raisins, chocolate, spice, alcohol, malts. Very complex and magnificent.

M - Great creamy mouthfeel

D - A sipping beer to be sure. One of the best Quads I have ever had.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I find this Ale in apperance, smell and taste the same as "Trappistes Rocefor 8", but a little softer. Even if the alcohol content is higher. That is

It has toasty fruity, toffee/carmel nose with layers of soft malt and hops. Also, a lively mouth feel that is extremely well-balanced.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.08/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a ruby-hued dark brown with a somewhat thin head that looks like steamed milk. With each sip, I get lacing down the glass that remind me of Rorschach ink blots. I smell some fruity esters as well as some yeasty characteristics in the forefront; with alcohol and malt further back. With the taste, the phenolics drop off a bit, but they are still well represented. I taste mostly the fruity esters, along with the dark malt, and some candy sugar. To put the flavors in a more readable way, this tastes like sweet bread, apple juice, banana milkshake, and Welch's grape soda. Flavors are incredibly soft. Mouthfeel is fantastic. Like liquid velvet. Just enough carbonation to keep it from being a syrupy mess. Perfect. This is way too drinkable, but it doesn't get a perfect mark, because my head is starting to spin. I can't believe this is 11.3%.

A really soft, and complex, version of a quadrupel. I like it.

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Photo of dogfooddog
4.2/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 27.05.08 This beer is a few days over 3 years old. served 50f.

Pours 15% head in a Kasteel chalice.

Nose is powerfully sweet coriander-like syrupy dark notes.

Taste if anything is underwhelming. The aforementioned notes appear in the taste, with a malty background which becomes dominant in the aftertaste. In a way it is disappointing, the taste seems understated compared to the promising aroma.nose...Going to let this warm a bit more....it is disappointing to score this so low because I have had much better examples of it even this year, but spicy syrupy beer this was, missing something.

all said, a really unique beer, i like westveleteren products more, but it is a special drink and the complexity has improved greatly over time.

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Photo of Phocion
4.74/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Rochefort goblet. Very dark brown, with a trace of red, almost black. Beautiful hazy light head, which leaves a beautiful understated lacing around the glass.

You can tell just from the smell that this thing's gonna be good. Very complex. Rich molasses, caramel, and fruity hops, plus a half dozen other flavors I can't quite place.

First sip - incredible. This is an incredibly complex beer. The malty flavor is the strongest; brown sugar, molasses, caramel. Nice fruity flavor to balance the taste out, particularly raisin. The alcohol is not overpowering at all, considering this thing is closer in ABV to wine than beer. This thing is incredible, and it's hard to imagine anything that tastes better than this.

Thick, creamy, full-body, yet not too heavy. This is heaven for your palate.

The ABV is the only thing keeping me from giving this a 5 as far as drinkability. This stuff is just so smooth; it drinks like something with half the amount of alcohol.

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Photo of weeare138
4.87/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A 3-4 year old bottle...
Appears a hazy dark caramel brown with a small light tan head that fades into a mild, dissipating cap and collar. Little bits of yeast are in the bottom of the glass with tiny bubbles slowly rising to the top of the beer.
Smell is of dusty caramel, brown sugar, raisins, molasses, cocoa, bananas, with dark fruits, and berries.
Taste is of the same aromas in a fine, fine mix that is like an outstanding milk shake with well blended sweetness and rum.
Mouthfeel is rum filled with a banana & cocoa shake mixed with a dash of caramel, raisins, and brown sugar that is evenly balanced with a touch of alcohol....reminds me of a drink I got on my honeymoon that was a banana mashed in a blender with rum and cocoa syrup. These beautiful flavors coat the tongue and palate with a pleasing dessert like enjoyablilty that makes you forget that there is over 11% abv.
A sipper for the most part but it doesn't get much better than that. This is a world class beer.

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

Pours into the glass with a thick, rocky head. Extremely small bubbles & gorgeous lacing. Almost black in color with a tan head that settles into bands of varying thickness & color. Smell is rasins, licorice, and dark chocolate. The taste is as divine as the origin of this Trappist. Truly exceptional. Sharp at first, makes the tongue tingle. The spices fade and the sweet, almost plum-like flavor takes over. Then that fades and a crisper aftertaste with noticable alcohol. Finally, if you wait, a resurgance of the spice with a hint of nutmeg?

Out and out one of the VERY best beers I've ever tasted. I hesitate to rate anything all 5's but I just can't come up with anything to argue about.

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Photo of Mitchel
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Trappistes Rochefort 10 pours a very dark brown with just hints of ruby. The head is thick, foamy and holds for an extremely long time. The lacing is great and leaves beautiful rings on the glass. It smells like dark sugars and lightly phenoly smell. Almost a hint of chocolate. Perhaps just a faint hint of cookie dough.

The taste is….oh my god! Great!It is very warming and peppery. There is a nice fruitiness to it which is similar to raisins and plum. The yeast is very light and the malt is fantastic. The carbonation is high, but it just doesn’t seem to matter. This is incredibly smooth on the palate.

This is a fantastic beer, no way of getting around it. It has many superior qualities which are executed in an excellent manner. Check this beer out. It is most certainly worth the money.

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Photo of mcallister
3.93/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What an odd looking brew. A murky brown concoction very opaque and dirty looking. A heavily carbonated tan head of a good half inch with thick sticky lacing.

Spicey nose with a big thick malt aroma, fig, mollasses, brown sugar, caramel, brown sugar, some earth and other dark fruits.

Complexity is the first thing that comes to mind with this beer. Agressive thick chewy malts, with enough hop character to balance. Big fig, brown sugar, maple, other baking spices, cinnamon, good amount of alcohol burn in the chest.

Nice smooth thick creamy mouthfeel. With a good 30 second finish. A very good beer. Drinkability suffers a little because of the burn in the chest in throat.

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

Pours a dark brown type color with red around the edges. Small head, tannish with slight covering. Very little yeast setiment.
Very sweet aromas, big raison smell, light chocolate, brown sugar, sort of smells like raisonettes. No signs of alcohol in the nose.
Big warming alcohol character mixed with tart sweetness, raisons, light brown sugar, and some licorice. Very smooth, very rich and creamy, flavors compliment one another very well. Flavors are niceley in balance of each other. Alcohol is very perceivable but not exactly abbrassive.
Nice creamy big mouthfeel, minimal to medium carbonation.
A great brew to sip and savour, its so damn tastey you can certainly have 2.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33cl brown bottle with standard Rochefort lable. This is the last beer in my Rochefort 3 pack. Dark brown in color with a big, off white head that lasts. Smell is big and bold. Cocoa and raisins as well as something sour that hits the back of my nose. As you hold it up to the light, you notice the effervesance.

Taste is similar to the smell only bigger and bolder. Chocolate and dates in the beginning give way to something dusty and earthy. Aftertaste is a lot of alcohol, much more than I expected. Chalky and dry in parts as well. Takes a few sips to get used to it but it does mellow out. This is a sipper and should be treated with respect.

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Photo of Beauregard
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Last night I opened a brand new bottle of Rochefort 10 along with one that was about 3 years old (based on the best-by date and older label style). I've always been a big fan of this beer, and the style, and I wasn't disappointed by either of the samples. They were both complex and sweet, with a slightly fruity alcohol taste, excellent body and mouthfeel. Aroma and flavor abound with hints of prune, date, and wonderful Belgian yeast esters. As much as I enjoyed the new bottle, aging for 3 years brought the beer close to perfection. The 10's alcohol bite isn't bad for a strong beer, but the older bottle was far smoother, balancing things out better and allowing the more complex flavors to be tasted. Either way, I'd drink this beer anytime, and perhaps every time, given the chance.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.97/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this beer after raving reviews and now there is chalice in front of me with a nice dark red/brown beer and a small head.
The smell was wonderfull, very mild with mocha and chocolate, slight burned malts, and very little alcohol.
Taste was completely different, lots of alcohol, maltbitter, raisins and very unsubtle with a thin body and a boozy feeling in my throat. This burns a hole in my body! Aftertaste is dry and maltbitter, and I feel that this is the Rochefort 8 with an extra amount of sugar added. I am having an internal conflict about this beer, on the one hand it is very unsubtle and everything revolves around the strong alcoholic character of this beer, which leaves every other taste to be in second place.
On the other hand, it is a nicely created beer, in which you can taste the authenticity of the beer and the love for the end product.
I think I will lean more towards the first impression, but it is still a great beer.

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Photo of KyleVick4
4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle

A: Pours with tremendous head that over flows into a beautiful cone shape. leaves wonderful lacing down the sides. Cloudy molasses color with sediment on the bottom.

S: Brown sugar, dark bread very yeastie. Can distinguish a bacteria like ester from the yeast. Smells like molasses. Not superb but very good aromatics.

T: This is one hell of a beer. A spicy maltiness that is unsurpasses by any other belgian I have ever had. Hints of chocolate are hidden behind a strong liquorice base. Brown sugar and molasses are evident. Awesome.

M: This is the best body I have ever had. It is silky smooth and creamy but not overkill. It is full bodied and not heavy, but close. The carbonation perfectly matches the body. I cannot say enough good about the mouthfeel.

D: I am constantly returning the glass to my lips. A slow drinking beer, but no hint of the 11% abv.

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Photo of haz77
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a tight tan head which sits a finger thick through most of the drink.

S - Sweet, syrupy, fruits, mild phenols, alcohol, bit of chocolate.

T - Big, sweet and slightly spicy malt up front. Some fruit and phenols in the background. Liquorice and alcohol warmth come through and remain in the after taste. Alcohol is well masked given the strength of this beer. There's a lot going on here.

M - Silky smooth and full-bodied with low carbonation. Sublime.

D - Certainly drinkable given the ABV, although I probably wouldn't have more than a couple of these.

Edit: 30 May 08

Revisted many times since my initial write-up, so time for a re-review and revised score.

A - Pours a very dark reddish-brown with almost no light coming through. An initial couple of inches of frothy tan head drop to a finger thick cap. Head is very active and easily refreshed.

S - Chocolate, date, fig, cherry, molasses, cinnamon, very mild clove, leather. Definitely more in there, but can't quite distinguish it.

T - Initial flavour of slightly burnt sugar before the dates/figs arrive, and then the cherries. The spices noted in the nose then appear along with a little liquorice. Finishes with dark chocolate and a lightly drying aftertaste. Some pleasant light alcohol warmth in the aftertaste, but not even close to what would be expected from the ABV - very well masked throughout.

M - Phenomenal. Very smooth and silky. Full bodied and softly carbonated - a highlight of an already great beer.

D - Just an outstanding beer which I'll drink time and again. Drinkability? Given the 11.3% ABV it's far too easy to sip.

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Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
99 out of 100 based on 2,695 ratings.