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Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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100
world-class

7,504 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 7,504
Reviews: 2,564
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 584
Gots: 1,374 | FT: 52
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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 birderbeerer
4.97/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.53/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yes I do love a good quad on occasion, so I am not new to the style.

The pour is a dirty dark brown. Amazing head for being 11% ABV.

The smell is full on brown sugar. Slight prune and molasses but brown sugar takes the forefront.

The taste is similar to the smell. High bitterness on the front from the alcohol. Then a slimy sweet prune puree type taste as it goes down.

I've had the other Rocheforts and this was my least favorite. I should also mention it is about a year old from bottling.

Eriktheipaman, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of Kromes
4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is an opaque dark brown with an thick tan colored head. The head on the beer is alive, bubbles appear in the middle and pour out like a little volcano. Fun to watch.

S: Roasted malt, tropical fruit, brown sugar, alcohol.

T: The smell continues into the flavor, Toasted malt, tropical fruit, brown sugar, earthy hop, alcohol, even a slight pez-candy flavor. Some yeasty bread and alcohol aftertastes.

M: medium-heavy body, high carbonation and burn from the alcohol.

O: Doesn't get too much better than this. Everything about the beer is outstanding. The flavors will change as you drink the beer and they are all great.

Kromes, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle poured into a chalice. Bottled 2/16/2011.

Appearance - Murky brown body that has the slightest red tint to it. You can't see much through it, though. A surprising khaki head on top that seems to die down and come back to life every time I move the beer. The lacing is substantial and also fascinating to watch. The swirling patterns are like Rorschach tests.

Smell - Yeasty aromas that manifest themselves as bananas. Lots of dark fruits of every variety. Amazingly complex and delightful aroma, perhaps a bit overpowered by booze.

Taste - It just doesn't get any better than this. The flavors that come across are just amazing. Raisins, plums, figs, and an estery banana flavor to bundle them all together. Again, the booze is prevalent, but it's nice. There's even a slight bitterness at the end and I don't know where it comes from.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied and warming. The alcohol burn is present, but still appropriate. It's a little bit dry in the finish.

Overall - This tastes like some age would make it unbelievably good. Toning down the alcohol would put this at world class in every category. Of all the beers readily available year round at the stores near me, this is the best.

Alieniloquium, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of tobelerone
4.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The modest off-white head on this beer settles down quickly but leaves lovely lacing, very creamy, sticks around and hangs on the sides of the glass. Very dark brown beer with a faint reddish hue.

The smell is of malts, booze, and dark fruits like plums, figs, etc.

The taste is a very complex mix of sweetish malt, fruit notes, and alcohol. Very little bitterness or hop presence but it's still a very balanced flavor that doesn't go over the top in terms of sweetness. Not cloying in the least.

Long, creamy, full finish full of complexity; relatively low carbonation. Lingers beautifully.

Have to say never having had the opportunity to try Westy that this one sticks out as my all time favorite Belgian/Trappist beer. Although I may have to revisit some others for a quick reminder...St. Bernadus Abt. 12 is a contender too.

tobelerone, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of Treebs
4.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a cervoise goblet.

A: Pours a dark brownish purple, like a dirty grape, with lighter hues around the edges. Quick tan head that subsides into a nice film ring.

S: A little boozy with some slight dark fruits. Raisins and figs. There is a nice sweetness at the backend that rounds it out.

T: Nice dark berries on the tongue. Raisins, blueberries and figs all present. A sugary sweetness takes over from there which is really nice. There is some slight toffee or caramel as well. Finally there is a little heat that warms the throat.

M: Creamy and smooth. Nice carbonation with some nice sweet berries left on the palate.

O: Delicious. I really enjoyed every aspect of this beer and the dark fruits played off the sweetness nicely. Will revisit many times in the future.

Treebs, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of TRICKYD1CK
4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Going into my first tasting of it, this baby had more hype than LeBron James did on draft (draught?) night.

Poured from a bottle bought in Paris into a snifter (did not have a goblet on hand :-/).

Paired with Roquefort cheese (thought it was fitting).

A - Poured pitch-black with a high khaki head. Looks damn impressive behind the golden rim and writing of my "Gauloise" stemmed snifter. Head leaves some lacing, but not as much as one would expect.

S - Smells like a bowl of fresh berries that have been left out to ferment with some sugar.

T - Order of flavors that I detected: Caramel. Cherries. Roasted malts. Rum. It opens with a smooth, candied sweetness that fleets into a bubbly bitterness. Does not disappoint, despite the hype. I'd prefer it to be less sweet, but that's just me being nitpicky. Definitely not TOO sweet. The strong alcohol taste lingers, but not too much for a beer of its alcohol content. I've definitely had some that finish off with a taste of death. This one is pleasantly strong. Reminds you that you're drinking something that gets you drunk.

M - Moderately bubbly. Very smooth. The feeling on the back of your throat as it goes down is sort of like a diluted rum (in that it's smooth, but invokes a slight burning sensation - but obviously less so than an 80-proof rum does).

O - I just drank a bland lager before this (Fischer). It's a little bit like watching Kanye West open for Bob Dylan. Or rather, it's more like when you see a beautiful woman with real womanly curves and distinctive, though unusual characteristics, who reminds you what is lacking in our prepackaged culture. Immense depth to this beer. I definitely understand why this babe has such a rep. Not a beer that I would drink every time I get off work or finish a long day of school, but definitely one to savor.

It's strong though. I'm kinda drunk now.

TRICKYD1CK, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of BlastBeats
4.68/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: a rich dark brown color with a generous, creamy head.

Smell: figs, alcohol, and dark fruit.

Taste: sweet malts, Belgian yeast, warming alcohol, more dark fruits.. all masterfully crafted. Also, the Rochefort 10 doesn't have the faint metallic taste I detected in the St. Bernardus 12.

Mouthfeel: full bodied with a smoothness that is second to none.

Overall: World-class and easy to locate.. fine with it!

BlastBeats, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of oline73
4.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish dark amber. There is a half finger of off white head. Leaves a thin layer of head with a little lacing.

Smell: Quite sweet with strong dark fruit notes, I'm picking up some plum. Malty with a brown sugar smell, not a whole lot of spice from the yeast.

Taste: Reminds me of a barley wine, a very good barley wine. Lots of brown sugar and dark fruit. There is some smooth alcohol in the finish along with a very mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: Also really good. Reminds me more of a barleywine than most quads I have tried, but I really loved it. Definitely will have this again.

oline73, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of Rapax
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Small off-white head that disappears quickly, leaving very little lacing. Dark copper to reddish brown color.

Smell is dried fruit coupled with caramel sweetness. A little earthy and a german style hop character. Spicy notes that can only be descibed as "Rochefort".

Dark, dried fruit come again in the taste. Sweet for sure, but not overwhelmingly so. A small nutty character and some chocolate. Again the typical and unmistakeable Rochefort taste.

Feels perfect in the mouth. No overcarbonation and despite the sweetness no heavy-weighter.

A true masterpiece. A perfectly balanced beer that stands out with its own truly unique taste.

Rapax, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of monitorpop
4.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with a plumb glow. Decent head of crisp tiny bubbles.

S: Sweet vanilla and black cherry.

T: Sweet, complex, dark fruit, vanilla, alcohol finish.

M: Highly carbonated with a lingering alcohol warmth.

O: A little strong on the alcohol, but an overall solid beer to enjoy slowly.

monitorpop, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of Josiah2729
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into chimay glass

A-Dark brownish red, barely translucent, head quickly dissipates. carbonation throughout, yeast particles

S-Dark fruit, alcohol, and yeast, smells wine-like

T-Dark fruits, yeast, brown sugar, tastes like a whole compliment of desserts, with some alcohol

M-Warm alcohol burn, but not overpowering, light carbonation, warms as it goes down

O-Excellent, quickly becoming my favorite style of beer. I was excited when I found this at my local liquor store, glad to be able to share with friends.

Josiah2729, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of psuKinger
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into my Chimay chalice.

A: Pours a deep luscious brown with a twinge of Burgundy, with an thick lively off-white head on top. Moderate sized "pancake batter" bubbles have formed from side-to-side across the Chalice. 5.0.

S: Moderate nose of vanilla cream sweetness and dark frutes. 4.0

T: Taste follows the nose. It begins as a belgian brown ale, with delicate malts on display. A creamy vanilla quickly rises in the mouth. This is the most dominant of all the flavors here. On the back end, "belgian dark fruits" (dates, prunes, figs) make there presence known. There is a mild element of bitterness both at the beginning and the finish on this beer, that help round the overall experience out and keep all of these sweet oddities in check. 4.5

M: The "creamy" phenominon here is impressive. This beer just whisks away in your mouth, in a way that no other that I have had does. Amazing. 5.0

D/O: This is a great brew, with a strong flavor profile and an incredible mouthfeel. Overall, however, it's just a touch too sweet for my liking, and I'll have that reflect with a drinkability/overall score of 4.0. I will definitely have this again, many times, but I don't think I'd opt to have 3 all in one evening.

psuKinger, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of EricMichael
4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a snifter.

Appearance - A deep earthy brown that lets no rays of light through. Tiny carbonation bubbles that are hard to make out through this almost opaque brew. Lots of yeast swirling. Head started as two fingers and quickly diminished.

Smell - Brown sugar and dark fruit like that of raisins and black cherries. Molasses and licorice. Warm alcohol and yeast to cap it off. A lot of smell to process.

Taste & Mouthfeel - The alchohol/carbonation fire caught me by surprise. Not in a bad way, it just required another sip before I could taste it. Very complex: Fig, raisin, plum, molasses, pepper. A whole meal in itself. Very smooth and dry. Little to no after taste. Medium-full in body. Warms from the back of the tongue down to the belly then back up to the face.

Overall: Magnificent. Very well balanced brew that can be enjoyed over the course of an hour or two that grows in flavor as it warms. I wish I had some cheese to go with this fine specimen.

EricMichael, Sep 05, 2011
Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
100 out of 100 based on 7,504 ratings.