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 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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Photo of gautch726
4.64/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This beer is just about perfect. It pours with a glorious, frothy head as the carbonation is released along with the sweet smells of its fruits, prunes dominant, with the alcohol a constant teasing reminder of the potency within. It's color is a lovely dark, soft brown with bubbles cascading subtle within.

The taste is extraordinary. Your tongue will be lavished with sweet fruits (strawberry dominant), lively spice, and hints of the yeasts cloaked within an extraordinary effervescence that combines for an amazing drinking experience. The sharp smell would lead you to believe that the alcohol would have a stronger influence on the flavor. Not so. This beer is excellent. It looks down on other beers with quirked eyebrow and slow shake of the head. It makes you want to drink it slowly and savor it - even if you don't understand what it's truly trying to tell you.

One of the best I've ever had.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
99 out of 100 based on 2,765 ratings.