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Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,169 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 7,169
Reviews: 2,543
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 518
Gots: 1,224 | FT: 49
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Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 11-06-2000)
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Photo of hombrepalo
5/5  rDev +10.9%

My Fave!!! Pours deep brown with a thin head and good lace. Smells like malty dark fruit. Taste is a mind blower. Dark fruit, rum raisin, banana, booze, brown sugar, apple butter, yet not overly sweet. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. A bit oily and chewy. Not too carbonated. It is hard to describe how this brew EXPLODES on the palate with such complexity, so much going on. So many sweet nuances, yet not cloying. Finishes surprisingly clean and dry for such complex flavor. This is by FAR the best of it's style I've tasted. Stunningly good.

hombrepalo, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of Philousa
4.72/5  rDev +4.7%

Poured nearly black. Upon further inspection, appears a dark tobacco color with little head, no cover on top of the brew. Rich chocolate aroma meets your nose first, then figs, raisin, other dark, juicy fruit and some toast with a swirl. Dark chocolate, a little bitter, meets your taste buds first, followed by raisins, date, some plum. A bit of alcohol bite becomes more prominent with each sop. The chocolate flavor lingers, a pleasurable, creamy flavor. The feeling of silk is a good description of this beer. Tiny bubbles and lots of carbonation really balance it out.

This is a truly complex beer. I've noticed some things since writing down my observations on beer, and most of them have to do with yeast. When I compare this beer to Unibroque's offerings, I understand why so many flock to Belgian creations: the yeast. It has to do with so much of the flavor, nose, and feel of the beer. Yeast touches all of the aspects of a beer, and Rochefort has a dynamite strain. When I added a little yeast to the beer after a swirl of the bottle I got more of a fruity flavor. Amazing! Very impressed with this beer, in that the complexities come with ease. I have a feeling I'll update this review at a later date when I am able to observe more aspects of this interesting creation.

Philousa, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of curasowa
4.1/5  rDev -9.1%

Appearance: Cloudy, mahogany color with a huge head that fades slowly with fluffy lacing.

Aroma: Hay over raisins, with some hints of plum and molasses. Its slightly medicinal yet has a clean, wheat malt-like aroma to it.

Taste: Very creamy with a ton of sweetness upfront, then it gets a little hot in the middle, before more syrupy sweetness on the back end. There is a mild fruitiness that comes in and out while drinking, and the finish is quite boozy.

The Rest: I recently had Rochefort 8, and I liked the 8 better. While still very good, 10 is just starting to cross the line into being too boozy.

curasowa, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of mtalley999
4.83/5  rDev +7.1%

330 ml bottle poured into a Leffe chalice.

Pours very dark with just a little light brightening the edges of the beer. Fairly aggressive pour resulted in about two fingers of cream colored head that dissipated pretty slowly.

Aroma is very pronounced. I could smell the beer as soon as I poured it from about two feet away. I get dark fruits on the nose, mostly raisins, dates, figs.

Taste is true to the aroma. Lots of dark fruit, with slight hint of banana, some caramel or toffee as well. Mouth feel is very rich. I can still taste the beer about a minute since my last sip, and my mouth still feels coated. Alcohol is not noticeable at all to me, despite being over 11%.

Overall I think this beer is phenomenal. I have avoided Belgians in the past, but either my palate has changed significantly, or I have finally found one that I really enjoy. Tough to find this near home in MD, so I'm glad I could sample while I'm here in NJ.

mtalley999, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of agomega
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

Bottle served in a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a creamy chocolate color with a light tan head.

Smell: Fruity aromas dominate with smells of cherry, raisins, and even a faint hint of banana. The malty aroma are present as well in the background and hints of biscuit, caramel, and even a faint smell of chocolate in the background.

Taste: The flavor is very malt forward with a spicy yeast finish. The malt flavor is extremely complex with flavors of biscuit, caramel, and a hint of chocolate sweetness. The finish is fruity and spicy. Dark fruits such as cherries, raisins, plums, etc. The spicy aspect is difficult to put into words.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light bodied for such a huge beer. The high alcohol is well contained and shows up as a gentle warmth as the beer runs down your throat.

Overall: A truly spectacular beer. Waves of complex flavors and aromas hit you over and over. Virtually indescribable - must try.

agomega, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
4.13/5  rDev -8.4%

A: three finger off white head with good retention. Muddy brown with orange-red hues.

S: dark fruit, caramel, brown sugar and some malt.

T: Lots of dark fruit up front with molasses, prune and hop bitterness notes. Finishes with a relatively strong alcohol flavoring.

M: thick body with a very oily finish. High carbonation.

Overall: I am not a fan of this genre but I will grade it based on how it is within its genre and not personal taste. I appreciate the fruitiness which is not overwhelming though the booz is a little strong.

kylehay2004, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of Rhynes2
4.88/5  rDev +8.2%

Bought this brew from my local beer shop and poured into a glass. this has a great compact head with a nice light color and a hue of ruby red. Smells of raisins and fig and you can get a tinge of alcohol in there as well. The taste is one of dark fruits and honey. The slight taste of alcohol blends nicely into the mix and is not overpowering at all. Very pleasant taste in general. Very thick mouthfeel but one that suits the style very well. It's velvety and smooth. Carbonation is moderate and fits in well with what i was expecting. I think i'm in love with this beer and will be buying at again for sure. For 5.99 its well worth it.

Rhynes2, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of zhanson88
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

Poured into an Old Guardian chalice, sampled side by side with a Westy 12.

Appearance: Pours out a very dark mahogany color with 3/4" of light khaki colored head. Retention is pretty decent, and lacing is mostly non-existent.

Smell: Very different on the nose when compared to Westy 12. Much more emphasis on dark fruits (raisin, fig, date) with much less sweetness. Rochefort also has a dankness to it, a bit cave-like and musty, which I find unexpected. The requisite yeast and spices and present as well.

Taste: Superb here. Some caramel and toffee up front, but that is quickly overshadowed by copious amount of rasin, fig and date. Yeast and spice is also detected, and a nice but muted phenols.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, and an extremely smooth and pillowy mouthfeel. Very good. Overall, I preferred this to Westy 12. Less sweetness and more dark fruit presence and complexity. And it's exponentially easier to find to boot.

zhanson88, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of BrahnSolo
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%

11.2 oz bottle served in NOLA snifter

Brown hue, ruby red on the edges. Thick light tan head that dies quickly, leaving some lacing behind.

Dark fruits, black cherry, raisins, very vinous. Nicely spiced. The nose on this is incredible.

Candied sugar, black cherry, apple, raisin, and very vinous, followed by a smooth vanilla taste at the end. Peppery throughout, the alcohol only makes the spice that much stronger. Taste lingers on and on thankfully.

Coats the mouth nicely, moderate to heavy carbonation, leaves a nice peppery tingle behind for quite some time.

What an incredible beer. It is truly an experience to drink this beer, and gladly it is always around. Incredibly complex and easy to put down at 11.3% ABV relatively speaking.

BrahnSolo, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of Mar02x
4.3/5  rDev -4.7%

I bought this bottle from my favorite liquor shop. I had it before I just didn't review it yet.

A - A very dark brown beer with a very nice beige head. The withdrawal of the foam is slow, beautiful to watch. There is a reasonable layer of foam remaining nearly a finger thick.

S - An inviting aroma of chocolate and cherries come towards you. You can smell that this is a heavy beer.

T - What a great taste, sweet and bitter tones complement each other nicely. Chocolate tones, cherries, figs, cardamom, nail powder, coriander and sugar candy.

M - Soft carbonation and slightly sticky. The bitterness and alcohol warmth come in the end.

O - A beautifully complex beer with great taste and still very drinkable. The alcohol is present but never in a bad way.

Mar02x, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of draheim
4.59/5  rDev +1.8%

330mL bottle (best by 7/14/2015) poured into a Trappistes Rochefort glass. Mahogany brown color with a thin light-tan head that settles quickly. Carbonation continues to rise to the surface, little bubbles seem to emerge constantly from the murky depths.

Aroma is dark fruits and sweet brown sugar. Plums and prunes and sugary dates.

Taste is dark sweet malt, candi sugar, dark stone fruits. Complex but well integrated. Alcohol expertly concealed.

Mouthfeel is smooth and balanced w/ a bone dry finish.

Overall a world-class Belgian quad, little fault to be found with this beer.

(Note: This was a side-by-side with Westvleteren 12 and I found this beer to hold its own, just ever so slightly less impressive on the aroma and mouthfeel.)

draheim, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of mikechance
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

A - Deep brown color with about 1/2 inch head.

S - Bread, prunes, brown sugar, yeast, rum

T -Prunes, brown sugar, vanilla, figs, plums, rum

M - Full body, very creamy and perfect amount of carbination

O - This is a very good beer.

Negatives --- It's got a little sour aftertaste and price ($7/bottle at BevMo).

mikechance, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of Bowman2001
5/5  rDev +10.9%

Pours a nice deep brown. Very dark brown in glass with a ring of light head. Wonderful flakes of sediment floating around in the glass. In the sunlight, these are much more apparent.

Smell is a great combination of dark fruits, brown sugar, spice, molasses, vanilla, caramel. Taste is the same. A hint of a peppery sting also. Very creamy and delicious. This is a wonderful beer. Alcohol undetectable in the taste but not in the mind, especially if you drink too fast, which is easy to do.

This is better than Westvleteren 12 but due to Rochefort's wide distribution and ease of purchase, I think westy continues to receive higher marks because of its legend and extremely limited availability. Do a blind taste test and judge for yourself.

Bowman2001, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of birderbeerer
4.97/5  rDev +10.2%

Black beer with a white head full of tiny bubbles. Not much lacing but the head retains.

What a beautiful smell. Huge doses of yeast and chocolate. Malt sweetness and herbal/earthy scents too.

Rich, full, and complex flavor. Dark chocolate raisins. Toffee. Mellow and dry. Wonderful combination of sweetness and full, Belgian yeast. Creamy.

It's everything a quad should be. It represents a great beer times four and drinks like a combination of as many styles.

birderbeerer, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of blaje
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%

Opened a bottle at least 18months old.
Pours dark brown with a reddish tones in it. Hazy with lots of clumpy yeast in suspension. Very nice white/tan creamy head.
N: SWEET. Caramel, Figs, Dates, Fresh bread, Alcohol/fruity tones. Vanilla and molasses.
M&T: Full bodied. Silky. Very nice carbonation for a trappist with this high ABV. Taste is following the nose. Sweet and fruity. Caramal, Figs, maybe plums. Roasted malt. No bitterness from hops. In fact, were is the bitterness here?

Overall: Outstanding!. A very very good beer. Perfectly balanced. Would highly seek/drink this beer again... and again!

blaje, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of LiquidBread219
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

A= Very Dark earthy Brown. No light is going through this one. Kind of has almost a purple glow to it. Lots of yeast swirling in this one. Nice Tan head that sticks around for awhile which kind of surprised me because it had such a high ABV. I was really impressed with the appearance in this one.

S= First thing I picked up on the nose was Figs. I also got some bread crumb aroma and some toasted malts. Overall though it was a very Sweet nose.

T= Taste is similar to the nose the dark fruits really come out in the taste (figs,dates,plums). Alcohol is pretty well hidden by the dark fruits and toasted malts. Really good taste on this one.

M= Full bodied. Good carbonation

O= Overall very impressed by this quad one of my favorite quads really interesting and I couldn't beat the price I picked like six of these up for like $3 a piece IMO a great deal.

LiquidBread219, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of lawlerj
4.28/5  rDev -5.1%

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A - pours a deep mahogay with a khaki colored head - about three fingers but dissipates quickly. Leaves behind a smattering of foam on the top with a little collar of foam around the edge of the beer's surface.

S - caramel and brown sugar aromas mingling with dark fruits. Just a hint of booziness but certainly not overwhelming. At this ABV, that's a feat. No hop character of any significance that I can detect.

T - On the front, not as flavorful as I expected. But it moves to the back of my mouth, it opens up in a very nice way. Belgian yeast and dark bourbon type flavors. It's sweet and malty but not cloying in any way. On the finish, it's surprisingly....crisp isn't the word, but not as heavy as I would have expected in the flavor. I did notice the slightest bit of alcohol burn on the finish. There's a lot of flavor going on here but all of the flavors blend well and present in a very nice, if very big, package. Definitely warms you as you get toward the middle of the glass. Again, no significant hops.

M - medium/full, leaning to the full side. Not overly carbonated, very mellow in that respect. It's got a silky mouthfeel and the carbonation is just enough to make it well balanced - it keeps it from becoming syrupy.

O - overall, a big, flavorful beer that I very much enjoyed. This is the first quad that I've tried, and I will definitely give it another shot in the future.

lawlerj, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of cvm4
4.33/5  rDev -4%

A - Dark brown body with a light brown head of foam. There's a lot of carbonation in this beer. Probably a 2 finger head.

S - Malty malty malty... with rum about bourbon sprinkled throughout. This is probably because of the abv. Spices and fruit notes come through as well.

T - Malts to the forefront with caramel and coffee notes towards the end.

M - A little over-carbonated for my taste but is very hearty and doesn't hold back.

O - What a great quad! This is not a session but one you want to practice patience with.

cvm4, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of KBBA
4.6/5  rDev +2%

Appearance -- A nice dark brown with a sandy head.

Smell -- Very sweet smelling, a nice yeasty dough. You could plan an evening around just smelling this beer.

Taste -- Very nice, very complex. There is some sweetness, but it is balanced against a very aggressive peppery/spicy punch that to me is the real personality of this beer. There's mild bitterness that's very complimentary to both the sweetness and the pepper.

Mouthfeel -- Silky smooth, but also viscous.

Overall -- outstanding beer.

Notes: This is outrageously good. But it is also extremely heavy. Very much a sipper. I shared the 12 oz bottle with my brother, and to be honest, 6 oz seemed to be enough for a serving. We had the beer solo, but when I have this again, it will be much better with a cheese. If you have it with a meal, you'll be more likely to want the whole 12 oz bottle. High ABV at 11.3%.

KBBA, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of ksimons
4.83/5  rDev +7.1%

A-a dark chocolate brown with about two fingers worth of creamy head

S-smell isn't overpowering, a delicious mix of malts, dark fruits, and spices

T-Rich malts which gives way to a roasted coffee taste, plums, raisins, caramel, yeast, and an alcohol warming, truly amazing

M-full body, smooth, creamy, medium to high carbonation

Overall one of the best Quads I have ever had as well as one of the best beers I have ever had. A must try.

ksimons, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of andrenaline
4.18/5  rDev -7.3%

One of the gems I imported back from Alberta.

A - Pours almost pitch black with a dark murky brown hue on the edges, finger of head which quickly dissipates and leaves no lacing.

S - Rich toffee and caramel, ABV heat is detectable, sweet rum and bourbon notes.

T - The sweetness is subdued by the ABV heat. Surprisingly I'm detecting some earthy hop notes, and the sweet rum and bourbon flavours come through nicely, alongside some dark fruit flavours.

M - Medium bodied, goes down surprisingly smooth given the ABV heat, but certainly detectable.

O - A tasty Quad and well worth picking up. I'm definitely a fan of the flavours, reminiscent of a barrel aged ale. Pricey but a great treat.

andrenaline, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

330ml bottle 11,3% Abv.
Served lightly chilled into a tulip wine glass.
BB 01/12/15

Rochefort 6 is one of my favorite beers, however I thought the 8 was very disappointing - not sure what to expect from this one.

Appearance: Wow, Rochefort 10 is much darker than I expected - it looks a little like Pannepot.
Opaque (tons of yeast haze) extra dark brown body topped with a good sized ivory coloured head. Sadly the head does not last well or leave good lace, but the beer leaves great alcohol legs on the glass.

Smell: Mmmmm, my first whiff lets me know that I am not going to be disappointed by this beer.
Sweet dark fruits dominate (raisins, figs, red grapes and dates), golden raisins, dark caramel, chocolate, rum, spices (cloves and pepper) are also well noted as well as touches of red wine, vanilla and molasses.

Taste: Superb - massive flavour and insane complexities. This seems like the perfect dark Belgian.
Dark fruit (raisins, dates, plums and figs), spices (cloves and cinnamon), dark caramel, golden raisins, red wine, rum and a touch of chocolate.
Alcohol is noted, but is an integral part of the flavour.

Mouthfeel: Just less than a full body, slightly sticky with a high level of ultra smooth carbonation. I could drink this all day.

Overall: Superb beer! I will be having this again and again and again!

Thehuntmaster, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of DUBinMIA
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

poured into a goblet. dark brown with minimal translucent colors when held to the light. Little head... about 1/2 in. that reduces to nothing rather quickly... no lace... wonder if it is my glass, but i doubt it.

Smell is dominated by dark fruit... dates or fig, with currant cherry. slight alcohol aroma towards the end as well a defined yeast profile throughout. smell is more like a wine than a beer but still very good.

taste is good.... dark fruits start out then subtle alcohol warming with light malt characteristics. yeast is a player in the middle of the palate but is subdued by a resurgence of alcohol flavors... but in a good way... dark fruits linger with a light tart taste... no real hop flavor.

good mouth feel that lets the taste absorb into the palate... high carbonation

Overall a very good beer... maybe in my top 5.... maybe... still want to try a westy to see if it stacks up like people say it does...

DUBinMIA, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of Bonis
4.6/5  rDev +2%

Review #100

A - Dark brown with tones of ruby red and plum accompanied by a half inch of tan head that settles to a thin layer. Little lace, but looking nice overall.

S - Raisins, figs, other dark dried fruits. Slight notes of rum alcohol, but very subtle. Toffee and butterscotch, malt forward for the most part. Spicy Belgian yeast is prominent as well.

T - Oh, boy. Pretty much everything from the nose, minus the rum, plus much more. Alcohol can be pinpointed, but not to 11% territory. Sweet fruits are dominant- dried figs, prunes, raisins. Rich layers of sweet caramel malts, toffee, and fruits, one after another. Sweet overall: pleasant, not cloying. Again, Belgian yeast esters are very present and absolutely tasty, providing a rich and diverse combination of flavors. One of the best tasting beers I can recall having in quite some time.

M - Smooth and velvety, nearly perfect carbonation. Sweet alcohol coats the mouth for an instant, warming in the gut on the way down. Doesn't feel as big as it is... Nice.

O - Like I said, one of the tastiest beers I've had in a while. I've had it before, and it's better than I remember. This one was sitting in the cellar for a good 6 months and the alcohol seemed to tone down quite a bit. A phenomenal beer overall, and one that I would recommend to any craft drinker, newbie or veteran. A pretty standard 100th review beer, but I'm glad this is the one I chose.

Bonis, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of MoreThanWine
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%

As I've worked my way recently up the Rochefort numbers, 6, 8, I've enjoyed them but kept waiting to be blown away. And now I have. 10 is a 10.

Poured a 2" mocha colored head. Body is dark like a glass of cola. Smell is thick with fig, dried fruits, malt. Taste is a complex delicous combo of fig, dried fruits, cola, toffee, caramel, and things I can't really name. It's rich. There's a long finish with a little alcohol burn to it from the 11.3% alcohol but yet it still doesn't seem too hot. It all works together like one of the bourbon barrel aged beers, but without the bourbon of course. A classic.

MoreThanWine, Sep 16, 2011
Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
100 out of 100 based on 7,169 ratings.