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Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Reviews: 2,730
Hads: 8,644
Avg: 4.47
pDev: 17.45%
Wants: 807
Gots: 2,224 | FT: 67
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Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium | website

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 Brad_Ford
4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Dark mahogany with a thick, tan head. Looks beautiful.

Aroma: Plums, raspberries, slightly woody, malt

Taste: oaked malt and assorted fruit, excellent complexity

Mouthfeel: slightly creamy and lovely smooth finish

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

A: Very dark amber, almost dark brown color with a huge amount of head. takes a while to settle down.

S: can smell a lot of the malt, alcohol, dark fruits

T: malt, dark fruit, caramel

M: very smooth, high carbonation. really cant tell its a 11% abv beer.

O: a very good belgian quad. i dont drink a lot of belgian beers, but this is pretty close to a perfect quad. delicious, goes down smooth, smells and tastes great.

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Photo of Salt-n-Beer
4.57/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the absolutely best beers I have ever had. Amazing head (and retention), lovely color and aroma but it's the flavor and mouthfeel that are absolutely top notch.

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Photo of CrazyK1976
4.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I haven't been able to find this one in quite some time in Ontario, but when I saw it at my local LCBO I bought a sealed case of 24. This is a rich, malty beer with lots of character. And despite a high ABV, the alcohol does not come through as much as one would expect. As good of a beer as one can get "easily".

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

Finally saw the Rochefort 10 come through a local LCBO and picked up a few as they've been hard to come by in these parts. If its as good as Ive heard Ill be happy to have the extras hanging around.

Pours out an opaque dark brown with date coloured hues coming through where the light penetrates on the side. Fervently carbonated, a big 3+ finger head jumped up before settling down fairly quickly to a covering of light coffee coloured head. Carbonation continues to stream toward the surface - looks very alive.

You can tell from the aroma how well ripened this one is. The dark pit fruits come through less sweet and more musty, almost tart/sour on the nose. Also picking up tomatoes and baking spices. The booze is also detectable.

Damn. This is good. Starts with a beautiful prune and date spiced cake flavour that builds quickly into a more fermented raisin that is slightly tangy. The tangyness lingers as the fruits fade to the back and the spice and warming booze become more prominent. Underneath is a strong sweet malt character, like the base for a christmas fruit cake or a sweet dark rye. Med-full bodied and the effervescent carbonation helps this beer stay light and nimble on the tongue. Great mouthfeel.

Overall this is clearly a great beer, as good as Ive heard about. Not much more to be said that hasnt been already, really. I was a bit surprised at the slightly tangy, slightly over fermented old fruit notes, that were present in the taste. One thing, I felt that something had toned down the powerful fruit flavours just a bit. It may have been slightly oxidized, though Im no pro at detecting it. Regardless, certainly as good as billed and a treat.

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Photo of grey_wolfe
2.75/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I have had very mixed experiences with this beer. The first time was amazing, I ordered it online and it tasted super good (this was the first thing I had ever ate or drank that did the whole "oh a different taste" on every sip) that being said the next time I had it I got it from a place in Eugene Oregon called The Bier Stein and it was foul, it tasted like rubbing alcohol even on the second bottle I tryed that night which I let warm up a bit as the place sold it very cold. The following time was in Public House in the Venetian in Las Vegas, it was like the first time.....life changing. I tryed the Bier Stein again (stupidly expecting a different result) and it tasted like cold rubbing alcohol again. The fifth and current time I am trying it the beer I got it from a place in Portland Oregon called Belmont Station and it tasted kinda like malt mixed into rubbing alcohol. So drinker beware I have found this beer both life changing and undrinkable

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Photo of El-blanco
4.95/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm shocked by some of the low recent reviews. This is an incredibly smooth, flavourful, beer despite its very high alcohol content. It's a nice pour and has a wonderful smell. I still can't believe how smooth this beers is, it makes Chimay look like its 20% abv. If anyone is looking to get into Trappist beers I'd definitely start here. Probably the best beer I've ever had and well deserving of it's score.

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

Cant believe i have missed this beer, this is a sweet quad with hints of dark fruit and booze, a sensational quad and for me the best of the 6,8 and 10 set.

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Photo of Magister_Beav
1.24/5  rDev -72.3%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I was very excited to try this. I had heard that this was fantastic. It poured well, is nice and dark screaming I have lots of flavor.

It certainly does have lots of flavor. Horrible rotten flavor. Did they brew this beer using fruit harvested from the bottom of a pigs trough? I can't even finish the bottle.

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

One of the best quads I've had recently. I really like Belgian style beers, and this one is no exception. There is an alcohol taste, but no "funky" taste as one reviewer said. Short description is Belgian Quad with alcohol taste. Pricey, but worth trying. Enjoy!

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Photo of bgold86
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 12 ounce brandy snifter, pours a nice dark brown, almost raisin esque in color. Huge fruity nose, cherries are truly abundant. Has a wonderful sort of date/prune sort of spice thing going on, top notch! greatest thing about this beer is the massive plum actions!

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Photo of Hugues
3.6/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This one is a difficult drink for moi. Defintely too sweet for my tastes, but in some ways, it's the logical continuation of the red (6) and the green (8).

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Photo of 57md
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a muddy brown color with copper edges. The finger of head does not stick around long. The nose has notes of sweet malt and bread. The body is hearty and the flavor is sweet and bready without any hint of funkiness so prevalent in many Belgians.

Many erroneously claim that Guinness is a meal in a bottle, That is utter nonsense, however, this beer can certainly be thought of as a meal in its own right.

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

This is undoubtedly the finest beer I have ever enjoyed. Poured from 11.2-ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Deep, rich brown, voluminous white foam cap. Sweet malts, dark caramel, molasses, figs, so incredibly complex and not overly alcoholic. A world-class quad, deserving of its reputation.

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

11.2 oz. bottle served in a Duvel glass. Pours a medium brown and settles a very dark brown in the glass. Lots of yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Huge 3+ finger head of sticky, off-white foam. Amazing retention. This thing won't budge! Sweet, dark fruit on the nose with hints of leather, oak, baking spices, and vanilla. Heavy weight, and very creamy and smooth. Gigantic notes of dark fruit, figs, leather, and smokey malt up front on the taste. Very delicious. Consistent through the back end, then turns a little sweeter. A good amount of peppery spice on the finish. Sweet dark fruit and leather on the aftertaste, and leaves the palate a bit dry.

Overall, incredibly good. Similar to the 8 in many aspects, though I did feel like this was was on the sweeter side, likely due to the increased abv. No traces of booziness at all, though. This was the easiest drinking 11% beer I've ever had. I'd love to come home to a bottle of this every day for the rest of my life.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

330ml brown bottle into my URGE Gastropub Chalice glass
Notes taken from 02/28/2015

A: The pour is a dark and rich mahogany brown with some tawny tones to it and a creamy tan meringue topping. Nice compact bubble structure form the bottle conditioning that holds tightly for a few lengthy minutes before slipping back down in the glass. The lace is quite whimsical as it sends thin sheets all across my glass. Some noticeable yeast sediment.

S: I get a bit of musty yeast in the nose with some loamy mineral likeness. There is a soft touch of light spices there as well with some toned back bready malt action. Light caramel and brown sugar spice and a dash of dried fig or currants perhaps. Really mild to me actually and not even all that boozy or sweet.

T: Flavors I find somewhat toned down as well with a spiced raisin bread or dried cherry prevalence. Has a base of roasty brown malts giving off a sort of aged chocolate note. Blossoms a bit more as it warms but still the esters aren’t really a major contributor here. There is a mild toffee like sweetness to it along with a few spicy yeast traits and a whisper of smoky phenols. More than anything I find the alcohol is just incredibly well masked although you know of its true strength. Has some low bitterness levels across the boards with a mild solvency note to it. Just not nearly as complex as I was expecting with more of a mineral like quality about it. Overall experience is a masterful balance to everything however. Makes for some super drinkability given such a burly brew.

M: Mid to full bodied with a super light and frothy texture on the palate. The mouthfeel really is perfected here and makes for such a creamy delight. Touch of dryness in the finish and pretty clean overall with no trace of the alcohol heat.

D: While I don’t find this to be quite the character depth as St. Bernardus Abt. 12or Westy 12 the overall structure and mouthfeel are just stellar. Really drinks way lighter than it should as others have commented. Nice to finally be ticking one of the world greats.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a rich brown color with massive meringue fluff on top. The aroma leads with overripe banana, bubblegum, brown sugar, and raisin. The flavor is rich, but not too sweet. I get sweat bread, raisin, black currant, chocolate, and caramel. The mouthfeel is full, but not too thick. This really is an outstanding beer, not my favorite style, but this is an excellent example.

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

August 24, 2015

11.2 oz bottle, tulip

A – Very dark brown, mahogany, with a massive, four inch-plus foamy-craggy, light tan head, that lasts forever. The beer has been sitting for 15 minutes after the pour and there is still a half-inch foam stand on top, with millions of tiny bubbles continuing to effervesce up to the top. Beautiful beer.

S – Chocolate and plums, a bit of brown sugar or candi sugar presence. Some molasses in the next wave. No hop aroma that I can find. A bit of spice, quite possibly from the Belgian yeast strain.

T – Chocolate and light caramel malt, and again the impression of brown sugar. Plums and raisin flavor high in the mix. No hop flavor, no real hop bitterness.

M – Very high carbonation, sudsy and foamy, coating the tongue on every sip. The body is medium-full, any heaviness offset by the carbonation. Sweet, but only if you’re looking for it, again balanced by the carbonation. No real bitterness. Finishes fairly dry considering the mouthfeel, with little aftertaste, leaving me wanting more.

O – Just an outstanding beer, period, and one with few equals even among the best Belgian strong darks. Fantastic.

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Photo of Erlkoenig
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from its 11.2oz bottle into a tulip.

L: Dark and hazy, an almost amber brown. A dense off-white head that lingers and slowly separates into thin little islands, eventually fading away almost entirely. Moderate carbonation.

S: Sweet and dark fruits behind yeast and alcohol. Some caramel and spice. Thick and luxurious.

T: This is a fine wine of beers. A moderate alcohol punch up front accompanied by spice and yeast. Flows quickly into caramel and fruit. Low hop bitterness.

M: Medium body. Easy drinking despite the alcohol, which warms and brings the sensations to life.

O: A wonderful quad that lives up to its reputation. A wonderful treat for after a meal. I'll definitely pick this up again.

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Photo of AlexonMoon
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very dark brown with a lively, lasting head. A small colony of carbonation constantly flowing toward the top.

Smell: Sweet candy, slightly perfumey, and slightly fruity. Overall aroma reminds of a fruit leather (a fruit strip that looks like leather and is quite delicious)

Taste: Once you get paste the bubbly carbonation there is a sweetness upfront that fades into a slight alcohol heat that continues to warm and adjust as it travels down to a dry finish. The carbonation reminds of that of a soda.

Overall: This is my first 10. After my first few sips I prefer Rochefort 8 as it is a little smoother and more balanced. However, this is a beer that forces thought and rivals any beer out there. For the $7.00 price tag for a 11oz bottle I think it is very worth the money. Not the type of beer to be drunk every day but should be had on more than just special occasions.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.16/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a chalice.
The appearance was a dark brown almost black color with a foamy white one and a half fingered head that dissipated pretty quickly. It dissipates ever so slowly and brings in nice foamy clingy lacing.
The smell had some apples, cinnamon, light vanilla, a little bit of cocoa, light amount of coffee, with some Belgian spice.
The taste takes those flavors and combines nice and sweet with an underscore of the spice.
The mouthfeel is about medium bodied. Carbonation feels nice and maintains a decent level but low enough to let the booze hit warmly.
Overall, what a classic, what's not to enjoy. Of course I'd have again and am glad I have some more going into the cooler months of the year.

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Photo of MrTull
4.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this from a proper trappistes rochefort glass, which really enhances the luxurious feeling of this beer. A rather small head, compared to other trappist beers (they're all different styles of beer , I know!) Smells like caramel. Taste of caramel and strawberry, and full of complexity. A really nice treat with some mild cheese! Timeless!

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

Dark and cloudy. Big, prevalent, consistent head. Smooth with a slight tang and a light alcohol burn. Well rounded, lot of flavor. Glad I picked this one up.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Really bubbly compared to Abt12, but very good. Sweet caramel taste. Has that real Belgian taste you just don’t get in American versions. Lots of bread yeast notes in the smell and taste. Some dark fruit taste. Hints of spice. Just a really great beer.

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Photo of hopflyer
4.67/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Best before 3/26/2019

Pours dark reddish brown with some lively carbonation that dissipates quickly. Looks like a murky strong tea color. Some chunky yeast settles to the bottom with other particles in suspension.

Nose is fig and raisin and some yeasty notes. Has a sweet fruity background and maybe a hint of light roasted coffee.

Taste is blend of ripe fruit with plums and some caramel sweetness. Sweet maltiness and hints of sugar cookie of all things. It's not overly sweet by any means but the malt flavored all compliment each other. A bit of light bitterness really keeps this in the zone. There is a lot going on with this one for sure. As it warms some, the dark fruit notes really settle in primarily dates and plum.

Feel is moderate body with high carbonation. Lively on the tongue

I think this is my first try at a quad. It's really good and complex. Malty and hints of sweetness with some bitterness and high carbonation to compliment the malts. will certainly try more quads now but I think this one is up there with the best of the best so maybe I set the standard to high.

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