Dismiss Notice
Get 12 monthly issues of BeerAdvocate magazine and save $5 when you select "auto-renew."

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join our email list →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.

Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

Not Rated.
Trappistes Rochefort 10Trappistes Rochefort 10

Educational use only; do not reuse.

2,730 Reviews

(Read More)
Reviews: 2,730
Hads: 8,650
Avg: 4.47
pDev: 17.45%
Wants: 805
Gots: 2,230 | FT: 67
Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium | website

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) | 11.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 11-06-2000

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (3) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Trappistes Rochefort 10 Alström Bros
Reviews: 2,730 | Hads: 8,650
Photo of BeerLover50
4.64/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

First off, this is one of my favorite (if not the best) beers. I've had this one before, but simply forgot to review it due to the excitement. Poured into a goblet from a 11.2oz bottle. Not much head is present, but you can see the sediment in this beer. I'm getting a sour plum, grape note? That being said, I'm getting so much more on the nose. Hints of chocolate, nuts, and many fruits. Tastes a bit how it smells, but SO much happening in this brew! Simply impossible to list them all, look to the other comments for that. You can get a small tingling of the alcohol (11.3 percent) in the back of your throat. It really warms you up. This beer is simply phenomenal. If you haven't tried this one, owe it to yourself for the experience.

 752 characters

Photo of theamericanpsycho79
4.78/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Belgian ales, notably Trappist ales, are my absolute favorite beers. So much depth and complexity to them, so many layers of flavor. That is what you get with Rochefort 10.

L: poured into its own Rochefort Trappist goblet, the appearance is like murky dark brown chocolate milk, with sediment being these beers are bottle conditioned (which I greatly prefer) with a huge head, about 2-3 fingers. HIGHLY carbonated.

S: So many layers. You sense the alcohol, followed by your strong beer smell of hops and yeasts, followed by layer after layer of dark fruits, prunes, raisins, bready notes. Very complex.

T: Immediately the high carbonation numbs your tongue, and you sense the alcohol slightly, but it is cleverly masked by the beer characteristics of the dark fruit flavors, yeast/bready taste, slight sweetness. Perhaps the greatest beer I have ever tasted. Perfectly balanced yet very complex in flavor.

F: High carbonation assaults your tongue but opens up your palette. Each sip of this beer, served slightly colder than room temperature, changes. You get different flavors in every taste, which is why I highly recommend to enjoy this beer over a long period of time, small sips to truly enjoy the complexity. This is what a belgian ale/trappist ale should be. Perfect.

O: As I said, it is the perfect belgian quad, very heavy on the dark fruit notes and belgian yeasts, which masks the high ABV. I may never get to try Westvleteren 12, so this will always be to me the greatest beer in the world as its easily available within a few miles of my house. All beer connoisseurs should have this beer, I have it on special occasions, special dinners, Christmas morning and any time I am in a really good mood and want to celebrate something truly special with a beer that is just that, a truly special ale.

 1,828 characters

Photo of Sandalwood
4.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown to burgundy color with a thin off white head. There is good carbonation and a soapy lacing. The odor for me is dark fruits, figs, dates, plum, raisin, wine, floral, spices, slightly clove. The taste for me is floral, rose, dried fruits, plum, very sweet, dates, apricot, not much bitterness.

 313 characters

Photo of kabirmarwah
4.94/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Not much to add to previous reviews; the beer is simply stellar and easily the best beer I've ever had. About as strong as your average Belgian Quad, but the complex flavors do an excellent job of covering up the alcohol. Poured from a bottle into a glass on 11/13.

 265 characters

Photo of jamesroses
4.79/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

33cl bottle, best before 20/05/2020

Appearance: dark brown with orange tones and a creamy head, which is big.

Smell: the first thing I noticed was this big and fantastic strawberry smell followed by some plum and a cocoa/chocolate odour underlying. Really complex, I was smelling it for long time before and after I drank it. I kept smelling the empty bottle and the cap, which had some creamy yeast that, when touched, released the amazing strawberry aroma. I licked the yeast and it was great too.

Taste: strawberries, plum, chocolate, big maltiness and amazingly creamy. Despite all of this, it's didn't feel sweet, the alcohol hits the chest and you're in heaven.

Mouthfeel: really creamy and smooth. It felt like drinking something like Amarula with some carbonation. Fruity and malty. Again, it may smell sweet, but in the end it doesn't feel like that at all. It's wonderful. Like someone said, it's a desert beer, late night drink. Highly drinkable, although I guess with 3 of this you might end up KO.

Overall: fantastic exhuberant beer. I really love that strawberry and chocolate smell with the big malty feel and taste. I'll be getting more of these, no doubt about it.

 1,186 characters

Photo of jeffm13
4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Certainly an excellent quad. Flavorful, smooth, not overbearing. Personally, I like St Bernardus Abt 12 a bit better, but this is really subjective. Highly recommended.

 170 characters

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

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip:

Appearance: dark, dark brown with a twinge of magenta. Incredibly fluffy and puffy beige head that lasts for what seems like forever. Got a fair bit of trub in the bottom of the glass, but that's to be expected I suppose. Tons of carbonation rising from the bottom. Very active beer to watch.

Aroma: layers of dark fruit, and not much malt on the nose....got a little bit of banana at first, which I did not expect, followed by ripened dark plum, some jammy fig. Really complex.

Taste: whoaaaaaa, tons of fruit!! Starts milder and just ripened fig and orange peel, then finishes with toooooooons of plum. Maybe a little bit of cherry on the finish too? Either way, it is delicious.

Feel: medium bodied, with little carbonation in the mouthfeel, but tons of stickiness and lasting flavor.

Overall: really fantastic, authentic and delicious. I know it's everywhere, but it is still worth buying. A treat!

 948 characters

Photo of tynian16
4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not quite as good as the Westvleteren but great that it is widely available. This beer is a fine example of what a quad should be. Intense flavor and hidden alcohol.

 167 characters

Photo of anteatr23
4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep amber/brown with a massive foamy head. Aroma consists of yeast and booze, fruits and wheat. Taste is like raisins, sweet with a dark coffee vibe, but still bitter on the back end. Figs? Ripe banana? Fades into a spicy bitterness. Creamy in the mouth, sweet and biting in the end. Full disclosure -- This is my first Quad rating. I can say beyond a doubt this is more complex than beers I'm accustomed to. Which is a great thing in and of itself. I fully respect this beer and it'll certainly inspire me to learn more.

 538 characters

Photo of Gajo74
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look- Pours an almost vinous looking dark brown with a massive foam head that threatens to spill over. The creamy lace retains throughout and looks like whip cream or a foam cappuccino or latte. On the massive head alone, I deeded there and then to rate it a 5. A beauty to look at.
Smell- So much complexity in the aroma. First, I'm hit with a citric atom, like orange peels. Then, I detect all sorts of other dark fruits; alcohol soaked plums, figs and raisins. Later on, as the drink warms, a toasted biscuity malt like presence is felt. Throughout all these aromas, a strong but not overly boozy alcohol smell is felt on the backend. Intoxicating.
Taste- A predominantly sweet taste that is well balanced by peppery spices and alcohol. Dark bread and light hops. As with the aroma, I pick up dark fruits. A really pleasant creamy chocolate and vanilla like essence in the finish. As the drink warms, the alcohol becomes dominant and truly warms the body. There is also some wood like, barrel aged tones.
Feel- For the most part, a full bodied brew. However, the feel is so smooth and creamy, that it is dangerously drinkable. The carbonation is soft but prickly. I probably should have sipped it slowly, but it was so delicious that I drank it pretty fast and am feeling quite happy now.
One of the best brews of all time. Certainly the best quad I have had to date. I thought long and hard about this rating, and I simply do not see any flaw in this beer. The experience was so enjoyable, I believe it deserves a 5.

 1,521 characters

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

Perfect quadrupel beer style. I strongly recommend this beer. See about what is trappist beers, the tradition, you will be surprised.

Very aromatic, you can really taste the alcohol but its sweet and delicate. Fruited.
You really need to try this one. Cheers.

 260 characters

Photo of PainterChi
4.84/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: deep dark brown, creamy dense tan colored head that doesn't hold well, high carbonation 4/5
S: caramel, banana, dark fruits, dried fruits, dark chocolate, alcohol 4.5/5
T: fig newtons, apricot, liquorice, brown sugar, dark fruits, dried fruits, dark chocolate, cold medicine, throat lozenge, wood, some spice, coffee, some bitterness, whisky, slightly dry finish 5/5
M: full bodied, creamy, oily, chewy, good carbonation, warm, big 5/5
O: very masculine, complex beer, it will get even better with age 5/5

 513 characters

Photo of Trevor11
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

super smooth. I opened one up in the fall of 2015. The Rochefort 10 is significantly better than the 8 with a much fuller body and better developed flavor profiles.

 164 characters

Photo of Act25
4.57/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The best Rochefort by far. What I have been waiting for!

Amazing beer. As good as any wine. in my top 10.

Maybe one of the best beers ever made. up there with St. Bernardus Abt. 12.

A: The murky brown liquid pours with a turbulent smokey, rusty pour. A gravity defying, airy, tan head shows peppering of yeast, spice and sediment. The beer takes a very long time to settle with a half-inch head and lace specked with sediment.

S: Syrupy candy sweetness with fruitiness, spiciness, smokiness,and with a chocolate, tarry, treacle, brandy complexity.

T: Follows smell. Malty richness of dark sugars, caramels, and toffee melded with charred, toasty, chocolatey flavors. Fruitiness of a fall orchard of berries, grapes, dates, figs, plumbs, and apples - all slightly overripe and raisening. Next barrel aged woods with tang and autumnal, churchy mustiness.

F: Bold, full feel. The powder-sugar textures develop into a well-rounded beverage. Full, succulent textures balance the acidic fall fruit notes. Finishes with a dry, airy finish.

"A magical beer that defies modern brewing logic." as one reviewer wrote. A top 10!

 1,130 characters

Photo of sejorules
4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was a 33 cl bottle from Systembolaget.

A. Very dark brown with a brownish dirty white foam of 2.5 fingers. Interesting and nice.

S. The flavor changed completely as the beer settled. At the beginning, I could smell notes of something orange-peel-like. There was also some yeast, and a little of bread. I could also perceive alcoholic notes, although they were definitely getting along with the rest of the aromas. Finally, I felt some notes that reminded me of wine. After it settled, I smelled stronger notes of alcohol, and a lot of brown sugar. All the time, the different smells were complementing each other, creating a very nice feeling.

T: Again, I have to speak about the taste before and after the beer settled. At the beginning, I could find bread, some sweetness, and something like wine. There was no bitterness whatsoever. Small notes of alcohol that contributed to the whole experience very nicely. And very, very creamy. Afterwards, the taste turned to be more sweet and dry (you could feel the alcohol better). It included raisins, brown sugar, a little of wood, and no bitterness at all.

F: Creamy. Very, very creamy. Nice to drink, very full of flavors, and each of the notes is very clear, assertive, and combines perfectly with the rest of them. The beer also turns drier and sweeter as time goes by. It's also a beer that warms you up very nicely. Medium to low carbonation

O: Very impressive. The complexity of this beer, the combination of all the flavors. Everything is very nice. If I want to get a quadrupel, I know what to look for.

 1,570 characters

Photo of Ajshortmac
4.14/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very dark. Nice pour slight tan head. Nothing overpowering in the aroma. Taste is amazing, full body, malty and Creamy... Alot of reviews are saying fruity and raisin type flavors, I din't get to much fruitiness. More malt and cream with a slight wood overtone. Amazing beer worth drinking. Reminds me of a bourbon county if you take out the bourbon flavor. Same creamy smooth taste and feel.

 392 characters

Photo of charlzm
3.95/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Consumed on October 15th, 2015. Bottle labeled best before end 02-06-2020. Poured into Triple Petrus snifter.

Beer pours a murky dark brown. Almost no highlights when held to light. Very thin tan head is all that's left of the initial two fingers of foam after a few minutes. Minimal sheeting and lacing.

Aroma is sweet bread and booze. Think rum raisin bread with cinnamon.

Flavor is very sweet and hot. Wood character combines with brown sugar notes and some subtle golden raisin. Woody, boozy lingering finish. Despite being somewhat sweet, the beer is well attenuated.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick and well carbonated. Thinner and easier to drink than one would expect, though alcohol presence is strong.

Not sure how old this bottle is, but it seems to be young. Too young to fully enjoy. Should have cellared this one for a year or two or three...

 860 characters

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

A - Pours a dark burgundy, border line raison colored with a very thick, toffee colored creamy head, lots of floaties/sediment, mild carbonation.

S - Bready, raisons, plumbs, Belgian candy sugar, figs, prunes.

T - Sweet roasted toffee malt base throughout with nice complexity: dark fruit, prunes, plumbs, raisons, and brown sugar. Up front the alcohol is strong and detracts from the flavors.

M - Velvety rich, very thick, chewy, and creamy.

O - This really is an amazing beer but the alcohol detracts from the beautiful complexity of this beer.

 551 characters

Photo of wdberkley
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased multiple with the intent of aging. Cracked one to have a basis for future bottles.

Pours brown/amber with a massive off white head. Scents of raisin, dates, pear, plum, spice and it tastes pretty much the same with hits of bread, cherry, malt - some serious complexity.

While it's not Westvleteren XII, it's pretty damn good. I'll be interested to compare notes in a few more years.

 399 characters

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

L: Poured into a Chimay chalice. Light brown two finger width head, dark brown milk chocolate body. Light carbonation collected on the bottom of the glass.

S: Apple, pear, dark fruits, caramelized sugar, and spices.

T: Dark fruits, apple, pear, malt, vanilla. It really hides the 11.3 ABV quite well. I detected little alcohol.

F: Full bodied, smooth, foamy, and a slight alcohol heat but no burning.

O: Simply amazing. No other words are needed.

 450 characters

Photo of jwhancher
4.41/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pulled a bottle from my beer cellar and decided to finally give this one a try. Best before date of 4.12.2018.

Poured into an open mouth chalice glass with this walls. The beer pours a massive tan head that takes a while to settle down. It thins to a quarter inch of foam atop the beer. The beer looks brown with amber highlights. I had successfully decanted the beer into the glass, but then a second try dumped some yeast & sediment into my glass. Oh well.

Smells of candied raisins with some light clove. Has a brown sugar note and what seems like spices (cinnamon, allspice, clove). Hop aroma seems nonexistent if not for an earthy aroma. Has some noticeable alcohol aromas but nothing harsh.

Tastes sweet with an upfront bitterness. Caramel, brown sugar, likely Special B malt, with a somewhat chewy texture. Feel seems medium to full. Aftertaste has a lingering bitterness pairs beautifully with the lingering sweetness of the malty character. Seems like I'm drinking dessert.

Lots of hype on this beer. Bought 2 bottles quite awhile ago. Never opened in pure anticipation. The longer I waited, the longer the curiosity built for such a highly regarded beer. I think I'll save the 2nd bottle after it ages another year or two. This one tasted good relatively fresh. It hides the alcohol very well if only for some slight warmth in the nose and a little burn in the back of the throat. Way too drinkable for 11.3% ABV. Glad to have finally caved and cracked open a bottle.

 1,499 characters

Photo of thorkelson
4.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Color: Very dark amber, light brown. Huge white head
Taste: Huge black cherry & plum flavors with a bready thick taste
Smell: Plum & bread
Overall: Beautiful quad, only superior is westv. absolutely wonderful

 209 characters

Photo of twage04
4.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep dark opaque brown, big head and high carbonation but feels good enough. The yeast imparts a nice fruitiness that goes with a chewy caramel flavor. As the beer warms up you get some figs and raisins. Very pleasant beer where the booze is there but you have too much else going on to really notice. Overall a pleasant beer to sip on and enjoy slowly, let it warm up savor every sip!

 393 characters

Photo of jcbogantes
4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Huge beer!
strongest trappist beers are not my first option to drink but they are incredible, this one I think the aroma is dominated by the alcohol, nice off white head with not much retention, sweet malt and caramel but mainly the alcohol at the end.

 252 characters

Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark brown, almost purple and completely opaque with a glorious light tan fluffy head with excellent distribution and retention. Can't really imagine a beer looking better than this. Aroma is of oak, dates, raisins, candied nuts, red grapes, booze and a hint of caramel. Lots of caramel nutty goodness up front, pralines, and chewy dark fruit with a bitter boozy finish. Creamy but not super thck feel, bubbly but you don't get much of a tingle. Excellent stuff, this bottle is much drier than others I've had in the past.

 540 characters

Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
99 out of 100 based on 2,730 ratings.