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Trappistes Rochefort 10 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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Brasserie de Rochefort
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Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 11-06-2000

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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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Photo of Biggtriksta
4.82/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

While I have not been able to get my hands on any Westvleteren, I have been able to try this one alongside its other notable competitor, St. Bernardus Abt 12. The boldest of the three Rochefort beers, 10 is by far my favorite of all of the Quads I have tried. With such a strong, robust flavor profile that is loaded with dark fruits and molasses, this beer is delicious. It balances booziness with complexity in a way that I haven't found in any other Belgian Quads. Delicious beer!

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - A murky dark brown color.
Smell - Figs, plums, oakiness, sweet caramel/toffee notes,
Taste - Follows the nose with the dark fruits....plums, dates, figs, some cherries, hints of smokiness, spice, caramel sweetness
Feel - The 11.3% makes itself present but not in an overpowering way or fusel at all. Goes down extremely smooth.

Overall - What an amazing beer!! Enjoyed 6, 8 and 10. Great stuff.

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Photo of DrAnnaNemis
4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with a thick tan head. Smells of figs and oak. Taste is big on figs with plum, brown sugar, caramel, dark bread and an oak finish with a mild alcohol burn. A smooth and warming drink. This was really nice!

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

Nothing left to say that hasn't already been said. Tried the 8 and the 10 at the same time. Both world-class without a doubt. Very similar, but the 10 is just a little more than the 8 in several aspects. More aroma, sweeter, more flavor, and stronger abv. No bandwagon shit here. This is good beer. Get one!

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Photo of ckornmannn
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle, into a tulip: medium brown color, dense and hazy. Flecks of sediment. Off white dense head with great lacing. Plum and fig prominent on the nose, also a cilantro-like herbal aroma. Complex taste: plum, fig, peppery, with a good hop presence too. The mouthfeel of the beer is amazing; not overly viscous but a great aftertaste lingers almost forever. Pretty amazing!

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Photo of WoodButcher
4.08/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle with a use by date of 2020. Probably could have aged a bit but I don't know if it would have added to complexity.

Pours a rich chocolate/leather brown, cloudy with a tight tan head that lingered the entire time.

Smell is sweet with ripe dark fruits and a bit of smokiness and mild spice.

Taste is more of the same with hints of caramel, dark fruit, a bit of tobacco smokiness, malty and yeasty, and a little astringency in the finish. The 11.3% ABV is barely noticeable. You could get in trouble with this one! Certainly not a session beer, but very drinkable.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a mildly prickly and fine carbonation. A little thick, but unlike many beers of this nature it isn't cloying, overly spiced, and doesn't leave your mouth feeling slick or coated.

overall a great quad.

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Photo of 11-52_4hops
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A big ending for my 2015 beer sampling. Dark copper color; initial big head; 1/4" tan-white layer remaining long after the pour. Nose of candied fruits, anise, and a little sherry. Full, bold taste - smoky cherries, prunes, anise, medicinals, booze - almost like Becherovka in ale form. A little pleasant bitterness left behind. Despite the big head, not as much carbonation mouth feel as expected -- maybe just hiding behind all that big taste. This ale made me yearn for a couple of feet of snow outside and a big roaring fireplace. Would not be my choice for everyday drinking, but rather reserved for a time of quiet contemplation on something really unique and rich.

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Photo of PatrickCT
4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a tulip.

a: Rich brown with hints of ruby up to the light. 2 finger billowing, beige merange like head piles on top of itself as if spooned.

s: Deep, rich malts with a bit of caramel sweetness with cooked dark stone fruit, herbs, and light hint of alcohol.

t: Rich, roasted malts, like a proper pumpernikel, carameled plums and raisins, spices from the yeast and alcohol mingle together for a dry, spicy finish. Hints of anise throughout.

mf: Lots of weight to the body. You can actually feel it on the tongue. Lively carbonation and alcohol sting even out the body.

o: I am amazed at what humans can do.

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Photo of LooseGasCap
4.98/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Incredible flavor and smell. Very foamy and rich head, almost too much foam. Once the foam settled down, it was smooth and rich in appearance. Murky and mysterious in the glass.

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

12oz bottle poured into a glass. Pours a cloudy, dark brown with a 1/2 finger head with good retention. Nose if bready, with dark fruits - red grape and cherry most prominently. Sweet, almost-bourbony elements on the nose as well. The palate opens with date and raisins. Undertones of bread and yeast, with an almost dry-red-wine-like element. A boozy warmth pervades this beer, though its body is on the lighter side of medium (somewhat thinner than expected). Overall, a phenomenal beer distinct from the other trappists, that is undeniably world-class. Arguably even better than (though very distinct from) Westy XII.

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Photo of SMZBrew
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured into a snifter. This beer is deep brown with a huge head.

S - Smell was milder than expected but full of malt, yeast, and sweetness.

T - The maltiness is huge with a salty, toffee, caramel flavor. The alcohol is there but it somehow does not feel boozy. Everything rides on a layer of carbonation which balances it all out.

M - Full body, tingly carbonation - the beer has this great smooth feel I really enjoy.

O - This is balanced and easy to drink. Definitely world class in my book.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.83/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

330ml bottle poured into tulip.

Pours a nearly opaque brick brown with a three finger head of dense, fluffy, light brown foam that leaves hilly landscape lace as it recedes. Lots of sediment.

Smells of spiced, dried dark fruit, melted chocolate and faint citrus. Distant roar of alcohol.

Tastes of raisins soaked in rum and rolled in brown sugar, preserved citrus fruit, faint banana chip. Faint earthy hops.

Feels rich, smooth and creamy, full bodied with gentle carbonation. Finishes not quite sweet.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. Without question the best beer I have ever had.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.32/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Opaque ruby tinged brown with a big tan head and bubbly lace that fades off the glass. Snaps back with a swirl of the glass. Notes of dark fruit, plums, cherry, caramel, light coffee undertones, smooth soft chocolate and estery fruits. Soft, supple, velvety feel. Slight drying and the finish is super clean. No hint of alcohol and very good drinkability. I can't believe I can have this whenever I want, an amazing quad and one of my favorites to date. Drank with about 4.5 years on it.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.21/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I have lots of this beer in my cellar and always bring some back with me when visiting Belgium. That said, I can't say it is my favorite quad. Pours a deep brown with surprisingly little head and only bits of lacing (edit--susequent bottles did not have this issue and had a full head). Nose is sweet, burnt toffee, and soy sauce. Flavor is actually a bit medicinal, with big treacle and warm fruitcake. No doubt it is a very good beer, but I just can't rate it as high as some others do and would reach for the 8 over the 10 most of the time.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.69/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

First off the bat this is a fantastic looking beer. My Galaxy 6 photo doesn't do it justice by any means. Held to the light i'm getting a spectrum of amber into light brown, with a flickering of sediment that is beginning to settle. Kicks up a pillowy, cloudy head which sticks around and leaves a smattering of lacing as I sip away. I'm getting dates and molasses off the nose with dark rye bread and melba toast. A great many layers to this one, many more as it warms, with plum and apricot coming together in a sweet symphony like a Belgian ale Hall & Oates. Despite the high abv the alcohol burn is not overwhelming - more of a satisfied glow and aftertaste. Satisfying is a good word for this one - it could be the original winter warmer. I'm reminded of the first time I heard 'Pet Sounds' by The Beach Boys in its entirety at 18 years old and feeling glad that I could enjoy a classic for the first time.

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Photo of bonesTdog
4.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a fantastic brew! This arguably has the most complexity of flavors without being barrel aged of anything I have had. Malty, fruity yeast and a touch of hops and maple finish. A great medium body that feels substantial. The high abv is almost not noticeable. I'll be back!

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.01/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

Opaque black color with strong glass clinging activity and a yeast ring deposit at the bottom. Creamy and frothy orangy 5 finger island sparkling head sprinkled with some dark charred powder, lasting more than 30 minutes, with an average amount of legs. Flavors of dark fruits, cherries, ester fruits, banana yeast, oak, molasses, herbal spices. Highly sugary yet strong bitterness with an earthy feel. Medium body with strong prickly carbonation. Powerful puckering, leathery, and chalky finish, ending with a dry yeasty, dark fruity, and barrel aged feel. Overall the craft is well done but hard to enjoy. Good appetizer and hard alcohol style brevage. Very boozy, super dry, no freshness. I find it difficult to drink having no pleasing elements. It's quite complex while overly intense.

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Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
99 out of 100 based on 2,782 ratings.