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Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,172 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 7,172
Reviews: 2,543
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 520
Gots: 1,227 | FT: 49
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Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 11-06-2000)
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Photo of Brunite
4.78/5  rDev +6%

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip glass. A brownish hazy color...pretty much the standard iced-tea look of a Quad. A mild head that receded quickly (high alcohol) and left a token cap. High carbonation is evident and keeps rising from the bottom of the glass.

S: Ahhhh! All that I expected and more. Those delicious dark fruit notes of fig, date, raisin, plum, dark cherry are all there. In addition...a tad of funkiness from the yeast strain. Maybe just a tad phenolic as well.

T: First sip was taken too cold and all I got was the carbonation delivered alcohol. A few swirls and some warming revealed what was hidden below...something World Class. This one hits it out of the park as a Quad. Very much similar to my highly favored St Bernardus Abt 12. This also had a little something unique on the back side...for twangy funkiness that is hard to describe...but good! All the dark fruits come through. Delicious figs, dates, raisin, prunes, dark cherry, slight strawberry, and a touch of molasses and vanilla perhaps. Sweet malt. The whole package is there. Excellent lingering malt sweetness on the palate. Perfectly balanced.

M: Medium body. Amazingly smooth. Creamy rich. A fresh head with each swirl. A pleasure to drink.

D: I could drink this every day. I had this one before lunch and with no breakfast. Awesome...and you finally get the well hidden (11.3%) alcohol at the end....it does sneak up as this is soooo smooth.

O: Outstanding. I fully understand why so many rate this beer as highly as they do. Definitely an epic drink. In my top 2 Quads and certainly in my top 5-10 beers across all styles...Period!!!

Brunite, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of jrenihan
4.65/5  rDev +3.1%

Bottled May 26, 2010.

Pours a very deep, dark brown with almost no head. That may be due to a fairly slow pour.

For me, the smell is similar (though certainly not identical) to the Rochefort 8, but not as strong. Sweet malts, somewhat fruity.

The taste, however, is very noticeably different than the 8. Plum and cherry, quite sweet, and toffee, quickly followed by a fairly powerful alcohol taste. Reminds me of a nice dark rum, in fact, but obviously not as strong. Personally, I think the alcohol taste is lovely. There is a lot going on in this beer. I suppose I could try and identify a bunch of different flavours, but I will simply say that it is tastes incredible. Just a wonderful, wonderful beer.

Mouthfeel is also excellent. Wonderfully full-bodied, and just the right amount of carbonation- you notice it jumping around a bit in your mouth, but only slightly.

Drinkability is hard to say. It tastes and feels wonderful, so in a sense it is incredibly drinkable. However, it is a very strong beer, and is certainly a sipper. You wouldn't want it to go quickly anyway.

jrenihan, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of Shoegaze99
3.83/5  rDev -15.1%

The biggest of the legendary Rocheforts weighs in at over 11% ABV, so it's no small beer.

Doesn't look like a small beer, either. Pours clean (in my case into a tulip glass) with minimal head on a medium pour. It's a deep, murky brown with hints of red at the edges but otherwise totally opaque.

The aroma is overtly boozy similar to a big barleywine style ale. If you pay close attention you get some hints of figs and caramelized apples, but the big, malty alcohol smell dominates. It's certainly a STRONG aroma. Whether or not it's a *good* aroma depends on your tastes. Lovers of giant IPAs, for instance, won't see the appeal. Easy to see opinions will vary wildly on this one.

However, as it warms, the aroma mellows a bit, revealing wafts of malt and raisin. Much more pleasant closer to room temperature.

Once you start tasting the alcohol is less noticeable, though it's still very much present. Here you start to get a nutty caramel and pumpernickel and other Earthy brown breads. The taste starts mild, then expands GREATLY into a yeasty burst of pleasingly musty flavors before finishing with an alcohol-laden shimmer of mildly sweet breads and dried fruits.

Feels like the other Rocheforts on the mouth, which is to say pleasantly carbonated and very full-bodied; nary a hint of wateriness and rich with a very tangible feel on the tongue.

If the 10 falters anywhere it's that it demands a different approach than most beers - and that may throw folks off. This should be sipped. Not just because it's potent, but because it drinks best that way. The 6 and 8 are both highly drinkable, but the 10 casts an imposing, alcohol-heavy shadow on them. Many American crafts manage to meet or even exceed this ABV without the alcohol coming to the fore. Not here. Here it wants to arm wrestle you. American craft lovers have been spoiled with easy-to-drink big beers; the Belgians aren't playing that game. This is not for the faint of heart.

I suspect the 10 probably ages WONDERFULLY and would be far more drinkable in a year's time, but at less than six months old this one is relatively young and feisty.

Still, a quite excellent beer that will only get better with time. I look forward to trying cellared bottles a year and two years from now.

Shoegaze99, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of wmtxbb
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%

Bottle poured into chalice

Appearance: Finger sized head on top of a dark brew. It looks a bit dirty.

Smell: Fresh peach/apple pie, toffee, chocolate. Light, clean fruit scent.

Taste: Very sweet flavor that is cut by the alcohol. Alcohol flavor warms at the end with a lingering tart flavor. Crushed berries, chocolate, honey... nice mix of flavors.

Not too bad. Needs.... to be less expensive. That would make this brew a bit more drinkable. One or two is worth the price, though. It's also a tad too sweet.

wmtxbb, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of slowbie
4.85/5  rDev +7.5%

11.2 ounce bottle dated 09062015. Bought for 5.49 at Whole Foods here in Raleigh.

Pours a deep brown color. Surprisingly small head on this one, though I poured extra carefully because I had problems with yeast sediment in the last 8 I had.

Aromas of raspberries, dark fruits, toffee, and chocolate. A hint of alcohol in the nose. Somewhat similar to a big red wine in the nose. Probably the best smelling beer I've had thus far.

Taste very much mirrors the smell, especially up front. Doesn't remind me of wine as much in the taste. I think the raspberry and chocolate flavors are reduced compared to the nose.

Excellent mouthfeel. Not too syrupy, and a light but complementary amount of carbonation.

A slow sipper, but more because I want to drink it slowly than because I have to. Probably my favorite beer at the moment.

slowbie, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of shanetemple
4.65/5  rDev +3.1%

Very good beer that went down much easier than expected. Had wonderful rich flavor that disappeared quick. I am a huge fan of Rochefort, I personally enjoy the 8 and 6 much more however. I feel they are the best trappist ale I have had to date. A++++

shanetemple, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

This may be my favorite quad of all time to date, and I've had the big ones.

A: A nice purple-brown cloudy color with a small ring of tan head and no lacing.

S: A great raisin and prune based smell with big aromas of plum, brown sugar, sugar coated tangy fruit, belgian malt, sweet alcohol and more dark fruit to boot. A very nice aroma.

T: Incredibly complex and rich Quad with a sticky, sweet and refined malt backbone. Exquisite dark candied fruit flavors abound with notes of brown sugar and molasses, spicey clove, grapes, prunes/raisins and more in an extremely well balanced bouquet of flavor that obviously is time tested and quality tested.

M: Very, very smooth and amazingly not hot at all. Viscous in a very nice way. Outstanding.

D: What an awesome beer. Why have I not been buying this every time I see it at the store?

Dreadnaught33, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of russwbeck
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

A: Brown pour with a bit of purple perhaps. About one finger of slightly off-white head that recedes quickly, but laces wonderfully.

S: I honestly smell a bit of a red wine in this one. Very sweet, a bit of Belgian yeast and alcohol. Also some dark fruits, plums specifically.

T: Sweet up front on the taste, gives way to a powerful hit of dark fruits. Slight Belgian yeasts and a hint of alcohol at the end. Truly one of the best tasting beers I've ever had.

MF: Light to medium, with a tinge of carbonation. Alcohol is left on the palate.

D: Very high. You can hardly tell the ABV is more than 10%, the flavor is phenomenal, and the smell is wonderful. Really blown away by this one.

russwbeck, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of Aiptasia
4.33/5  rDev -4%

A very interesting beer, I purchased this one to enjoy with some cheeses. 12 oz bottle poured into a 64 oz drink mug.

A: Dark and hazy with quite a bit of residual sediment yeast left in the bottle. Very slight head but what head it will give you clings tenaciously. Lacing is like a rich cappucino froth.

S: Buttery, nutty and smoky on the nose.

T: Rich and flavorful with a cheese-like quality. Esters are noticeable yet are subtle enough to leach off the tongue with the gentle coaxing of the hops. Fades slowly to almost no aftertaste. Very slightly sweet from the hops with burnt sugar smokiness.

M: Rich and full bodied. Assertive carbonation slows down the drinking.

D: Very nice and really should be enjoyed with breads, cheeses or a hearty meal.

Aiptasia, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of rinhaak
4.6/5  rDev +2%

Pours beautifully. A deep maroon its almost black. Huge head that just doesn't go away.

Nose is surprisingly underwhelming (in comparison to every other aspect of this fine beer), with bits of banana, bread, and cherries.

Mouth is so complex it's almost overwhelming. Cherries mixed with a doughy cakiness. This is more like a pastry than a beer. Beautifully balanced, I also get hints of a bubble gum flavor. There is a liquor flavor that gives away the high alcohol content.
This is fruity and full. Highly, highly recommended.

rinhaak, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of Bfarr
4.65/5  rDev +3.1%

Cloudy dark brown and thin tan head with good retention and spotty lacing. Figs and sugary yeast and touches of floral. Malty alcohol tempered with raisin and fig with strong clear flavor with caramel sweetness. Chocolate and cherry flavors make an appearance after awhile. Slightly fuzzy and silky mouthfeel.

What is there to say but this is an exceptional beer. Aroma isn't what I would consider complex but it is so good it only whet's your appetite for what's to come. It is very sweet (I like that), like a liquid candy bar (in a good way) but it's somehow balanced or tempered by the yeast and alcohol. The alcohol accentuates the taste rather than just creating a pleasant warming or boozy quality. It certainly has similarities to malt liquor but it seems every sip brings something new. My only complaint is the bottle isn't big enough!

Bfarr, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of Gfunk720
4.47/5  rDev -0.9%

Reviewed from notes. Out of my Gulden Drak Tulip...

A- Dark brown and murky. Slighly reddish where the light can poke through. Light whitish tan head that fades off quickly.

S- Sweet. Caramel, dark fruit, raisins, dates, and plums. A nice touch of belgian yeast.

T- Very similar to the smell, a sweet malty belgian. Tastes primarily of raisins and dates, with touches of molassas.

M- Thick and quite syrupy, but there is a nice carbonation to it. Smooth finish, and just great flavor all around.

D- Very easy to slug back, but the ABV started hitting me quickly. The booziness becomes pretty evident after it warms a bit. One of the best belgians you can buy in the US in my opinion.

Gfunk720, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of wisrarebeer
4.05/5  rDev -10.2%

$6.49 for a 12 oz. bottle purchased from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee.

Stamped on the label:
L290812
07:50

A: deep dark brown color with rosy hues, nice tan lacing
S: mild nose, nice roasted/sweet malt with definitely aging noticeable, treacle, caramel
T: very nice beer, nice roasted malt, well-balanced, just a bit too spritzy from carbonation in aftertaste, the CO2 tended to put a bite in the taste, EtOH definitely noticeable
M: good but CO2 does distract a bit
D: very nice and drinkable

wisrarebeer, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of Noctilucus
4.9/5  rDev +8.6%

Bought at Drankenhandel Geers.

Very pleasant "discovery" and rightfully so voted as one of the top beers around the world.
Heavy, solid, black-brown trappist with plenty of candy sugars and accordingly sweet (though definitely not overdone), a hint of something roasted or bitter "fondant" chocolate and a very long-lasting aftertaste, though one would only wish it stayed forever.

This one easily waltzed itself into my personal list of favourites and once again it's only confirmed by thousands of other beer enthusiasts around the world.

Noctilucus, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of schuyhigh
4.13/5  rDev -8.4%

Reddish-brown with a bit of head. Smells delicious with fruits, figs and spices noticeable. Tastes just as good and the alcohol is definitely present. The fruits and spices are in abundance, yum! Very enjoyable and drinkable but as is with any 11.3% - proceed with caution.

schuyhigh, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of derekmorris7
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

I went out to find this beer specifically. A little shocked to find it at 7.49 a bottle (11.2 oz). My first dive into the top 10 in the world. haha.

A > Nice dark color with a very nice tanish head, about 1 finger.

S > Very fragrant with a good old fashioned beer smell to it. nothing bad about it.

T > Very nice flavor, there were some sweet coffee notes, with some almost chocolate like burnt caramel notes. Sweet in overall taste.

M > Nice cling but not too much. Light alchol sting near the end, but very good.

D > Would only want 1 or 2 of these but would enjoy every minute of it.

Very happy with this tasting!!

derekmorris7, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of jaymesbawned
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%

Poured from an 11.2 bottle to a duvel tulip glass.

A: very dark with a beautiful creamy head.

S: This is probably the best smelling beer I have ever had. It smells better than most of my favorite wines.

T: This is the best tasting beer I have ever had. period. I am new to the BA and craft beer world, so I don't have a lot of experience, but it is glorious. nicely balance sweet and malty with a well-masked alcohol.

M: A beer that you don't want to swallow right away. feels smooth.

D: Very solid drinkability for it's high alcohol. definitly a sipper and not a session beer by any means, but very good.

jaymesbawned, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of BeerCon5
4.53/5  rDev +0.4%

Pours a dark ruby-brown color with about one fingers of fluffy tan head that disappeared relatively quickly.

The scent is of sweet sugars, licorice, notes of cocoa.

The taste is of sweet sugars, dark fruit, bread, spicy pepper, bold malts, licorice, notable alcohol presence.

Medium bodied, smooth and creamy, moderate carbonation.

This was a very tasty beer, there is so much flavor it is difficult to experience it all in just one beer. I will definitely look for this again.

BeerCon5, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of kickert
4.68/5  rDev +3.8%

Someone told me that this is the type of beer you need to sip slowly to enjoy, but you will want to gulp it down. Boy was he right. It poured a very very dark brown with a light 1 finger head. The smell as a bit fruitier than I was expecting. When you sip it, you notice immediately that it coats your entire mouth, but it is not heavy at all. I know others have commented on the alcohol bite, but I did not notice it at all -- something quite exceptional for a beer with this ABV. The taste is complex but not overbearing. I do get some dark fruit notes, but everything is balanced exceptionally well. It has a short finish but it is satisfying. I was surprised at complex this was without hitting you in the face. In a word: subtle. It scores a perfect 100 when it comes to drinkability. I can't imagine anything this wouldn't compliment and I couldn't imagine a time of day (or night) when I wouldn't enjoy one of these. Top notch.

kickert, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.63/5  rDev +2.7%

12oz bottle from Abe's of Bethlehem, PA. Poured carefully into a St. Bernardus chalice.

A- Perfect opaque dark leather color. Fine creamy head. A healthy layer of yeast resides in my bottle where it belongs. Head fades to a thin layer leaving nice lacing.

S- Complex dark fruit and chocolate flavor.

T- Complex plum, melon, raison, grape, fig flavors. Kind of reminds me of a fine chocolate fruit cake? lol. Very unique and distinguishable.

M- Very nice carbonation and taste profile lends to a very nice mouthfeel. To earn a 5.0 it would require just a little bit heavier mouthfeel.

D- This is a fine sipper and truly a world class beverage.

TheSupremeAJ, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of beerprovedwright
4.93/5  rDev +9.3%

Crap this is good beer. One finger head of medium brown hue. Thick lace, with little cling. Color is a 33 on the SRM beer color chart. Smells of melon, raisins, plum, peach, molasses, grapes. Flavor is one of the best I have sampled. Figs, plum, peach, pear, melon, molasses, caramel, chocolate. The more I taste the more flavors I find. Rich and creamy in my mouth. I would like to drink this all day, but with the price and the ABV or almost 12 percent, I don't think this will happen. This is a really good beer.

beerprovedwright, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of alleykatking
4.3/5  rDev -4.7%

Poured from 11oz bottle.

A- Pours a dark brown color. One anda half finger tan head shows great retention. Web style lacing left on the sides of the glass.

S- Tons of sweet caramel malts with large hints of candy sugar toward the front of the aroma. Darker fruits (mostly raisins) dominate right after the initial hints from the front. Nice belgian yeast also comes into play toward the end. Alcohol notes in the ending come into play just for a short second.

T- Toasted toffee malts in the front of the beer. Brown sugar is a big flavor right after the toasted malts. Darker fruits in the beer shine toward the middle with black cherries, prunes, raisins, and anise. Spicey belgian yeast in the background of the later half of the beer itself. Alcohol comes through the ending of the beer as well with light medicinal tones.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was good for the style. Toffee malts with darker fruits left on the palate. Aftetaste is mostly sweet alcohol, darker fruits, and belgian yeasts. This beer is balanced almost perfect. No real off flavors were present. Medium alcohol drying on the palate.

D- This beer is a fantastic example of the style. The ABV doesn't really seem to be there in aroma and taste. I would recommend this beer to anyone who wants a good trappist beer without paying an arm and a leg for another one that you can't get in the states ;)

alleykatking, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of jayhawk73
4.9/5  rDev +8.6%

Pours a black w/ a perfect off white 2 finger head. It looks perfect in my Chimay glass, thus the rare 5 on appearance. The smell is fantastic- dates, walnuts, malt, spice, very complex smell. I wish I didn't have a cold right now, because I'm having a hard time picking up all the smells- still great though. The taste: One word comes to mind when I take my first sip- "WOW!" I don't know where to begin. Caramel, dates, raisin, malt, and alcohol hit the taste buds. Each mouthfeel is like eating a loaf of bread- but still smooth. Slight burn w/ the alcohol aftertaste. What a great beer. At 11.3%, it's a sipper, and you wouldn't want more than one in a sitting. World class all the way. This is definitely one of my favorite quads, and one of my favorite beers period.

jayhawk73, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of Wegomlegging
4.85/5  rDev +7.5%

Pours black with a large beautiful off-white head. Special care must be taken to stand this one up for awhile before enjoying, and when it's poured unless you want to chew it you need to keep a close eye on the neck of the bottle and pull back when you see that healthy sediment start to slide down. Unique and wonderful smell of malt and banana. Flavor is fantastic, a malty plum-like flavor that is dry and yeasty. Soft mouthfeel despite the healthy carbonation. Goes down nice, with flavor to the end. Finishes dry and complete. An outstanding beer that I personally enjoy with some nice aged gouda.

Wegomlegging, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of samie85
4.05/5  rDev -10.2%

A-Pours a dark brown into a chalice with two fingers of light brown head.

S-Smells of dark plum with some alcohol and brown sugar on the finish.

T-Reminds me of Samichlaus at first with dark fruits and has some noticeable alcohol and finishes with a slightly bitter and mildly hot alcohol finish.

M-Mouth-coating and rich without being full-bodied, but closer to light side of medium bodied with a warming mouth- and throat feel.

D-Pretty easy drinking for high of an ABV this one is. I couldn't see having more than a small bottle of it due to the richness of it though.

samie85, Feb 14, 2011
Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
100 out of 100 based on 7,172 ratings.