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Trappistes Rochefort 10 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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Trappistes Rochefort 10Trappistes Rochefort 10
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium | website

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 11-06-2000

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Photo of hreb
4.16/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Best before end L.23.07.2020. 330mL bottle served in a tulip glass. Beer pours rich brown in color and nearly opaque, while forming an enormous chestnut head. Aroma is rich and of dried fruit, raisins. Flavor matches, bringing tremendous depth and richness of flavor, combined with impeccable balance and ultrafine carbonation. Toffee, fruitcake, and a very slight tart note which doesn't bring any offense at all. Not the most complex of the great Belgian quads, but this beer is just really easy on the senses, one might say.

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Photo of anon
4.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Deep brown/mohogany hue. Small head with little lace. Hardly any light penetration save for a light glow at the bottom of the glass.

Dark fruits are prominent on the nose with some brown sugar and very light roast and malt sweetness. Actually very subtle. Taste turns the tables and hits with a plethora of flavour. Plum, raisin, fig, cherry, grilled peach, bubble gum, banana, caramel, toffee, tree bark, earth, oatmeal, roasted barley, Graham cracker, pop tarts, baked bread, tobacco, nutmeg, clove and a definitive brown sugar presence. Complex, thick, decent carbonation and slightly chewy. Alcohol presence is hidden very well by all of the flavours going on here and finishes out clean and easy drinking. This one deserves a proper meal pairing. Beyond fantastic and fitting of it's rating.

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Photo of hman43
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: It is a dark brown with some hazing. The head has a mousy look to it in a tan color.

Smell: Strong fruit ester aromas that feature cherries and plums that features a bready malt and spices. There are also perfume aromas as it warms.

Taste: The taste features bready and toasty malts with cherries and plums. There is a vinous quality to it and strong alcohol, but it is not hot. It is mostly sweet with a slight bitterness that creeps in towards the finish.

Feel: It has a moderate feel to it. It finishes very dry with alcohol warming.

Overall: This is a beer that has a complex balance between the malts and fruity esters. The aromas are among the best that I've rated. It is strong in alcohol that is noticeable, but not over done or hot.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.32/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

First time trying a trappist beer. This beer pours an opaque dark brown with lots of sediment at the bottom. The head is huge, fluffy, tan and sticks around for a while. There is no visible lacing. Smell is very complex, sweetness and dark fruits, mostly plum and raisins, with what smells like a slight tartness. Taste is similar, but the sweetness takes center stage and there is no hint of tartness. Feel is medium heavy, but very very smooth. Overall a great beer.

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Photo of Hanga1986
4.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Rochefort 10 is my favorite beer so far, although there are other highly rated quadruples that I have not tried.
The first time I tried this beer was in Brussels at a random pub, without knowing it's fame and popularity. I'm relatively new in the "beer world" :P But I loved this beer instantly.

Rich flavour with many layers. Quity fruity but still greatly balanced. Despite the high ABV it's still very smooth.

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Photo of Hlanza
4.72/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Deep broken colour with a decent head. Smell is more subtle than I thought it would be. Sipping is easy as the beer has a wholesome feel to it. Taste is excellent with a plummy aftertaste which lingers well. My bottle was 2 years old and served slightly chilled.

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Photo of rypkr
4.19/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Since I don't feel like doing a formal review at the moment just a few notes for the next time I revisit this that I will expand upon.

Extremely foamy head, I was worried this was infected but fortunately it was not. Smells mostly of alcohol. Tastes of raisens and grain alcohol and has a ridiculously dry mouthfeel.

Overall not bad. I greatly prefer St. Bern 12 though and have yet to try westy.

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Photo of Ant777uk
4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

No elfs, old men or pink elephants on the label. Are they saving money on a designer or are they putting 100% of their focus on their beer..?

Deep, black, head remains after pouring...

Best drank after at least half an hour outside the fridge.

Aroma is too malty and sugary, not the best.

This is one of the biggest and most courageous beer I have tried, in terms of flavour. It has so many levels, every sip is different. Despite its strength, still it has a smoothness that controls all of its personality. This is amazing beer. Will def try the other numbers also. Though a bit too much of a sugary overtone. And too chocolatey.

Tastes of mocha, cocoa beans, coriander.

Look, aroma, feel...really they are similar to others. The taste is what makes this shine.

I massively respect the people who made this. They do not care about marketing. Just their actual product, in its essence. Respect. I am happy to have discovered this. Thank you to everyone who made this...

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Photo of Apellonious
4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz poured into a tulip glass. Best before 23.07.2020. Looks like I am little early.

A - Poured a dense, dark brown, with a one finger tan head that moves to a thin lace within a few minutes. Very active sounding at the pour. Visible sediment at the bottom.

S - Bananas, dark fruit (cherry/fig), bread, some cider notes and slight heat.

T - Interesting. Caramel, general quadness/bread, cherry, a little bit of burn.

M - Very active carbonation happening in the mouth. Would say its medium high. The heft is full, but not overbearing. Finishes dry.

O - I don't visit this style often enough, but this is one is a great offering that's worth a try, even if it is a little pricey.

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Photo of HappyGuy12345
4.79/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 11.2 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Dark brown with huge amount of head (4 fingers). Sediment is noted on bottle of glass when you nearly finish drinking it.
Smell: Subtle fruity smell.
Taste: Perfectly sweet. Hints of sugar, caramel and molasses are noted. The high alcohol content (11.3%) is masked extremely well. No unpleasant aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Light carbonation. Medium body. Very smooth going down.
Overall. It isn't hard to see why this is considered a world class beer. Simply delicious.

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Photo of KatyBeerGuy
4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle with enjoy before date in feb 2020, straight into Tulip glass. 3 finger creamy foam went to 1/2 finger after a few minutes and stuck around. After 5 minutes, yeast fell to bottom of glass.

Beer was dark brown and lightly carbonated. Could taste the alcohol in first sip, but it all went down very easy after that.

Tasted of caramel and lightly reminiscent of nutty chocolate.

This is definitely "top shelf" beer that I'll truly enjoy once in a while, but it won't go into the regular rotation.

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Photo of vainosuomi
4.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Look: Very dark, opaque brown. Noticeable sediment. Thick, creamy tan head.
Smell: Plum, raisin, fig, caramel, alcohol, hint of citrus hop
Taste: Comes right of the bat with lots of dark fruit and brown sugar/caramel. Spicy hops. Heat from the alcohol amplifies the spicy notes. Alcohol taste is there but subdued well by the sweetness. Fairly sweet, but not overwhelming at all. Perfect balance.
Feel: Medium/heavy body, creamy, smooth, just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall an outstanding beer. The more Belgian ales I drink, the more I like them. There's more spiciness here than I've found in other of similar styles.

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

APPEARANCE: Mahogany brown with a finger + of tan foamy head that lingers quite a while, and settles down to a nice layer on top of the beer. No lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Floral, candied sugar, a little alcohol, lots of dried dark fruit/fruitcake, big and bready.
TASTE: Just like aroma, very sweet beer. Add brown sugar/molasses.
FEEL: Very effervescent, slick up front and then drier in the finish. Medium body.
OVERALL: A nice one to sip on. Very sweet overall, but nice big molasses, dark fruit flavors.

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Photo of jws7968
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This really is an amazing beer. I am a porter and stout fan, but this is one of my favorites out of those styles. Has a boozy taste which a love and goes down smooth.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark rich reddish-brown with some yeast floaties, and a fluffy small head that hangs around and slowly dissipates as you sip. Smell is holiday spices, right dark fruits, sweet dessert breads, dates, figs. Taste is similar to the aromas, rich, dark sugary notes, figs, dates, fruitcake, dark sweet bran cereals, molasses cookies, dark fruit, sorghum, anchored down by a nice pumpernickel bready maltiness. Feel is super smooth, and dense. a bit syrupy, but allows all of the flavors to coat the palate. Great dark Trappist offering for sure. A winter sipper.

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

330 ml bottle 'best before 11/18/2019'. Poured from bottle a dark, cloudy brown with dark yeast sediment taking a seat on top f the pillowy head, which it rode all the way down... Foamy light khaki head is very lively and has a layer persists to the end. Tons of carbonation, a gentle rock of the glass invokes a fresh layer of bubbles.

Smells very similar to the Rochefort 8, mostly of yeast and kind of soapy; I probably should have let these bottles settle out more before opening because there was a lot of stirred up yeast to contend with. Other smells are very sweet and mixed fruits. Taste is very sweet and full of fruits. Medium to full body and just a hint of booze at the end, a nice amount. Long finish with sweet tastes of cherry, raisins, and candy and maybe tobacco.

Overall, I'm drinking this side by side with the Rochefort 8, and while both are excellent and drink very smooth while hiding their abv, the 10 is just has more going on. Its really delicious and has a few more layers to it than its little brother.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip glass. It pours a dark mahogany and is opaque when the glass is held up to the sun. It has a thick, creamy, one-finger ecru-colored head and lacing. The smell is more subdued than I anticipated. It's earthy, with some faint fruitiness and a touch of spice. The taste features banana, current, cherry, tobacco, and other dark fruit, with a smoky peat, and some caramel. It is an amazingly complex and pleasurable flavor. This ale is medium-bodied, highly-carbonated, and the 11.3% ABV is not that noticeable but really sneaks up on you. Overall, this it a very well-crafted and delicious Quad. This is one of my favorite beer styles and Trappistes Rochefort 10 is clearly world class.

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Photo of rex_4539
3.92/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very good beer but overhyped in my opinion. Not as good as the La Trappe Quadrupel, for example.

High ABV very present, unfortunately.

Of course, I would happily drink it any day :)

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Photo of TruePerception
3.79/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Trappistes Rochefort 10, Belgian Quad ale. 11.3% ABV.

A: Over three fingers of head, to start with; tan. Gotta let this settle... Dark, tamarind/brown in the glass. Honey brown-yellow in the dimple. Rather faint, yet sticky sheeting. Okay lacing.

S: Earthy, with a note of dirt. A fairly strong, sweet tree sap/molasses aroma immediately behind that; with a slight earthy sourness to it. Aroma doesn't stick around for very long, though.

T/MF: Flavor is straight up earth; and fairly bitter, at that. Very dry, considering the aroma. There is a note of tree sap. Slight lime pith. With a bright flare at the end. Seems more of a pairing beer than a stand alone. A shame; I've heard people speak really highly of it. It's not bad, but certainly not worth $7 for a little bottle.

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Trappist Rochefort 10 with 1 year of age

Pours a dark honey color with tons of floaties; 2 fingers of an off-white colored head. Only small shimmers of light pass through the beer. Great lacing.

Aroma brings dark fruits, light clove, a bit of banana, Belgian yeast, brown sugar, cherries, and a bit of citrus.

Taste is brighter than expected. Citrusy; crisp carbonation, banana, a tad bit watery, slight clove spice. Alcohol becomes more present as it warms.


Trappist Rochefort with 2.5 years of age

Aroma brings cherries, apple juice, dark fruits, citrus, yeast, and rum.

Much more citrus on the flavor than on the 1 year. Definitely a bit of funk, more carbonation. More alcohol is present on the taste than the 1 year; even a bit of bitterness is noted. Less balanced. I believe this beer peaks at 1 year.

Overall, this is a great, classic Belgian style Quad. It is definitely more citrus forward than expected. The crisp carbonation in combination with this brightness creates something incredibly drinkable, despite the high ABV. I see this pairing well with cherries jubilee. It gets a 91/100.

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

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; "best before" Sept 22 2020 and served lightly chilled. Not the first time I've had this one.

Pours a muddy, burgundy-brown colour with reddish highlights, crowned with one finger of foamy, creamy-looking light beige-coloured head. Good retention; it persists at the surface for more than 10 minutes, receding unevenly into a lumpy cap and frothy collar, and simultaneously producing plenty of attractive lace. The aroma is similar to that of Rochefort 8, but with more of a focus on dark fruit. Big notes of plum, raisin, cherry and currant leap out on the nose, in addition to some pronounced caramelized/candi sugar sweetness. Hints of orangepeel and flowers also come to mind, with yeasty notes of banana and clove becoming more noticeable as the glass warms.

While all quality quads will provide a certain level of intensity, this one just does not relent - from the start of the sip until well after you've gulped it down. Saccharine flavours of candi syrup and molasses serve as the background, with those dark fruit notes I picked up on the nose dominating initially. Flavours of cherry, sugarplum, currant and date are each detectable, with a fairly significant hint of banana in there, too. The flavour becomes more herbal and earthy on the back end, with touches of licorice, clove and yeast rounding the profile out. Sweet-ish aftertaste with some alcohol warming, but the booze integrates beautifully. Full-bodied, with moderate carbonation levels that start off fairly assertive, but drop off over time, developing a much softer, smooth mouthfeel once it has had time to breathe.

Final Grade: 4.7, a superlative A+. Rochefort 10 is one instance where all of the hype is completely well-founded - as far as strong, Belgian-style dark ales go, this one floats amongst the cream of the crop. It is a decadently tasty quad that should be considered an absolute must-try for all serious beer geeks - one bottle will not be enough. While Rochefort 8 has been available year-round in this province for a few years now, I'm still keeping my fingers crossed that this beauty will some day be equally easy to find at the LCBO.

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Photo of mkh012
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, Rochefort 10. Alongside St. Bernardus Abt. 12, it is generally considered the best Belgian Quad that you don't have to spare an arm and a leg for (since Westy 12 is near impossible to find).

Pours a thick dark brown with a hint of red. Chunky tan head. It smells of dark fruits, as any proper Quad should. I also get a hint of soapiness that makes me wonder if this bottle was properly cared for. 2018 best by date leads me to believe this sat for a while. The taste is very smooth for 11% ABV. Becomes a bit stronger as it warms. Figs, toffee, fruitcake, as "easy-drinking" as 11% can be, but still certainly a sipper. Starts with the lively carbonation you expect from a Belgian beer. Aftertaste is clean.

Is Rochefort 10 a word-class beer? No doubt about it. But I think I've had better Belgian brews. If you except that a Belgian Strong Dark Ale is basically the same as a Quad, I've preferred Gulden Draak, Trois Pistoles (Canadian, I know, but Belgian-style), and maybe even Chimay Blue to Rochefort 10. I also seem to be in the minority that thinks 8 is Rochefort's strongest offering. The sweet spot so to speak. While Rochefort 10 is certainly bigger and more complex than something like Trois Pistoles, it is also a bit more earthy and medicinal.

I would love to try this as intended. Properly cellared in a Belgian basement rather than left on a shelf for who knows how long. A more "ideal" bottle would probably earn a 5.

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Photo of BeersForBeardo
4.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nothing to say that hasn't already been said. Absolutely phenomenal beer. I was fortunate to find this in my local store. First time i tried it was actually an accident. Arguably the best beer i have ever had. If you have this beer available and don't purchase it you are doing yourself a dis-service.

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Photo of Bunman3
4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a delightful birthday treat for me. The only thing I did not like was its lack of life in the glass. Overall, this is another world class offering from Trappistes Rochefort. A guy can't afford these for every day, but should treat himself from time to time!

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Photo of dd43
4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this alongside an Abt 12, an experience I highly recommend other Belgian quad fans partake in. The aroma difference with St Bernardus is pretty surprising. Much more of a contrast than I would have guessed before I tried it myself.

Massive, rocky tan head on this one, tiny bubbles that lace somewhat but not in an appreciable way. Earthy aroma, herbal and almost floral at times. I get some licorice in the flavor and some cherry notes in the bouquet. I don't know if the differences I detect in this beer as compared to Abt 12 are the result of yeast esters or hops, but I'm guessing this is a yeast byproduct. Amazingly complex beer that is actually a little lighter on the palate than Abt 12. But don't be confused about where this sits. It's a big substantial 11.2% Belgian quad and should be handled as such. World class beer.

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Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
99 out of 100 based on 2,774 ratings.