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Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,518 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 7,518
Reviews: 2,565
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 590
Gots: 1,384 | FT: 52
Brewed by:
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 Wreckoncile
4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in Chimay goblet

A - Pours an opaque and hazy deep chocolate brown in the light, but near black in dimmer lighting. Two fingers of solid head that has good retention and leaves limited lacing.

S - Extremely strong smell, the second it poured, I could catch the scent invading my nose. A strong fig note is the first thing I noticed, but it gives way to a roasted malt, nearly stout type character that really distinguished this beer.

T - The roasted malts are really evident here off the bat and it leaves that dark fruit taste on the backend. Almost the exact reverse of the nose. The yeast tastes a bit more buried than in other belgians, but it shines through eventhough the roasted malts steal the show and make for some really interesting dark fruit flavors.

M - Heavy body, creamy, and yet still has a bubbly carbonation to it.

O - A quality quad that qualifies for quenching the belgian palatte. The alcohol is slightly muted by the overall strength of the flavors that come through on this offering.

Wreckoncile, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of iheartIPA
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Almost seems silly reviewing this beautiful quad. To describe it, is to describe what a quad should be.

Pours a deep mahogany with a lovely tan pillow atop. Lovely aroma; brown sugar, fig, holiday baking, vanilla and i hint a booze. It's 100 degrees outside, but i feel as if a yule log should be on my television.

A surprisingly creamy, light feel on the tongue. Not too sticky. Not too chewy. Peppery spice leftovers for sure.

The taste is everything the nose has promised. Such a complex flavor that is dominated more and more by licorice as is warms. There is 11.3% percent alcohol in here somewhere, yet this quad seems much less booze dominated than the Rochefort 8 (9.2%).

I love this beer. It's why I love beer.

iheartIPA, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of huhl23
4.83/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my very first quad. Poured into a DFH snifter. Let it warm for about 20 minutes. Smelled for a while while it warmed. Smell of figs and raisins. Very delicious smelling. The hype around this beer is warranted. Tastes as good as it smells. Small hint of booze but nothing major. Being a hophead this was a much different animal but something I will buy again and probably cellar a few and review again at a different time.

huhl23, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of lr99gt
4.2/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark Brown with yeast particles

S: Could be the strongest smelling dark fruit belgian style beer ever. Even if the glass is several feet away I can still smell it

T: Booze prickle and dark ripe fruits.

M: Good carbonation and semi thick.

O: I think the 10 may have more smell of ripe fruits than the 8 but personally I prefer the 8. The 10 seems to have a little to much booze which takes away from the flavour of the beer. And the 8 is no slouch at 9.2%

lr99gt, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of Preismj
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: dark murky brown/plum color with an offwhite head. Fluff retreats quickly and leaves moderate lacing. looks syrupy

s: roasted hazelnut, fig, plum, dates raisins...dark sweet fruit in general. Hints of roasted malts, but sweet nutty roasted malts, creep in at the end. sugary creamy smell reminiscent of toasted marshmallow seals the deal. mild booziness.

t: fig, raisin, plum, date. this taste mildly like fig newton. hints of toasted walnut, hazelnut or pecan bring this together nicely with the lovely taste of yeast. mild booziness like the nose. sweeter than expected, but not overly sweet.

m: popping bubbles make for a nice feel. still retains a creamy texture despite the fizz. good thickness to it that coats the mouth well and leaves you just dry enough to be ready for the next sip.

o: very good brew with a wonderful dark fruit taste and sweetness while being perfectly balanced with some of my favorite malty flavors. would get this again, and will definitely be interested to compare this with my westy 12.

Preismj, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of JayAre46
4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - 11.2oz bottle poured into the most gawdy glass i own, the long stem tripel karmeliet tulip and man is it awful, i believe that was the marketing technique that worked quite well. to the beer, the deepest red you can imagine appears black or deep brown to the unknowing, 2 fingers of light beige head that shows solid retention while sitting a top the "black"

A - the aroma is a bit wide, with dark fruits that have been dried under the sun to a bottle of rum that has been popped, raisins, prunes, cinnamon spices, VANILLA, bready malt that just exudes fullness.

T - a complexity that ascends to the highest of spectrums, a journey through a sweet fruitiness, under blackened prunes and flashes of delicately sweentened natural figs, nutty blueberry muffins. the toasted bready characters are absoultely divine to compliment the natually sweetening charcters that are intertwined .thoughout. the heat is subtle and warming

M - medium to full, coating and filling, a slightly fizzy feeling on the palate, shame on me. slight tingle on the tip of the tongue.

O - im not a big fan of belgian darks, especially dubbels but top notch quads have a place in my heart, this beer is absouletly amazing, not for the simple minded. a capturing complexity and intelligently crafted ancient recipe. drink it belgium.

JayAre46, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of jgurley
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

jgurley, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of plfahey
4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Deep dark mahogany, a beautiful brown color with faint ruby highlights. Moderate clarity. Thin tan head has low retention, but the beer exhibits some legs.

Aroma-Positively intoxicating-Brown sugar, banana pound cake, molasses syrup, burnt caramel toffee, fig pudding, rich prunes-this beer is overflowing with intense and delicious aromatics. Theres also some definite fusels with a hint of heat in the aroma. The aroma is to die for.

Flavor-Rich, sweet toffee/caramel/brown sugar/molasses malt flavors up front with slight fruity figgy/prune flavors before drying to a warming black licorice/dark candi sugar flavor. Aftertaste is long, dry, and slightly fruity. Warmth remains on palate for an eternity.

Mouthfeel-Chewy, full body with moderately low carbonation and silky smooth texture. Substantial alcohol warmth is pleasant, and still manages to avoid being hot.

This beer kicks ass-a perfect nightcap/sipper, and overflowing with character and charisma. Love it, can't say enough good things.

plfahey, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.59/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured out as a deep mahogany color with some red highlights in it. The head rises and falls rather quickly. The lacing a minimal but does have just a little that sticks to the glass. The smell is great in this beer, aromas of sweet dark fruits and some Belgian yeast. The taste is mostly the same but brings along a touch of spice in the finish. The mouthfeel is really nice, smooth, rich and creamy. Overall this beer is a gem. I'm looking very forward to having my next bottle.

Knapp85, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
4.83/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First had: bottle at Eulogy, Philly, PA

Poured into a chalice, a deep, dark brown with a delicate whitish head that dissipates a bit, but not quite completely, and not before leaving some bubbly lace on the glass. Dark sugars and dark, dried fruits in the nose, sweet and malty, with hints of vanilla, and some noticeable alcohol. Rich tastes of caramel and toffee, raisins, figs, pears, brown sugar, and a touch of tobacco; warming alcohol bite. Smooth and full of flavor, finishes dry and slightly bitter. Full body and most drinkable.

Rifugium, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of VncentLIFE
4.93/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Pour came out over carbonated, but it settled into a small head that has good lacing. Very opaque brown with strong ruby notes.

Smell - this is what beer should smell like. Sweetened figs and sugar hit the nose straight away. Alcohol comes in but doesn't overpower.

Taste - dark sweet fruits are in your face. Once they subside, the malt bill laced with alcohol finishes the taste with flare. One flavor doesn't overpower the other, but each comes in stages.

Mouthfeel - light body for the ABV. The aftertaste consists of a chewy malty bill with sugary goodness. Then you breathe out; and the alcohol makes it presence known.

Final thoughts - wow. This is a complex beer that goes down so well. I would compare it to a fine wine. With it's fruity notes and deep, rich flavors, the comparison is obvious. Nearly perfect. Its knock is the alcohol presence. Just a tad too much for me. Other than that, Perfect in my opinion.

VncentLIFE, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of heygeebee
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

How can I possibly add anything to a beer with 2000 plus reviews?

The only additions are that identical two pours (me and a mate) varied in head size, between 1 to 2+ fingers. Head did not retain as long as I thought it would.

Apart from that - Christmas Cake in a glass. Wonderful full creamy mouthfeel. Complex, and no real bitterness. The ABV, whilst warming, scarily does not intrude. Went great with dessert.

Superb.

heygeebee, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of mdvatab
4.08/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 350ml bottle into Chimay chalice.
Bottled on 090615

Aroma: Caramel, brandy, and dried plum. Definitely takes will-power to not take a quick sip.

Appearance: Hazy, opaque dark brown body. Light tan 2-fingered head drops to one, then slowly dissipates. Light lacing clings around the inside of the glass.

Flavor: Big, carmelly, candied/dried fruit at first. Almost-cloying sweetness through the middle, partly derived from noticeable alcohol presence. Slightly-bitter noble hop profile accompanies balanced bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body, and medium carbonation. Peppery warmth from alcohol lingers on tongue and in the throat.

Overall: Excellent, flavorful, complex, malty quad. A bit too sweet to drink multiples of, but a delicious beer that would be highly suitable with a sweet, carmelly dessert.

mdvatab, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of wo87810
4.83/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this beer at a liquor store in the middle of nowhere (so to speak), and it is the first true Trappist beer that I have had.

It made a nice thick golden head when poured into a wide, stem-less wine glass. It has so much fragrance, very malty and rich. The consistency was fairly thick, and a small sip fills your mouth with so much flavor. A really great example of Belgian brown ale and a must try.

wo87810, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of metal850
4.22/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first review!

Serving Type: 330 ml bottle poured into a glass goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark brown with a thin off-white head which dissipates quickly, due to the high alcohol content, to a ring around the edges.

Smell: Subtle aroma for such a big beer, light alcohol, dark malts, dried fruit (raisins and figs).

Taste: Tastes much more complex than the aroma would anticipate. No strong alcohol like I was expecting, deep malty goodness, bready (esp. bread crust), slight sweetness, light hop flavor (floral dominates), yeasty esters of dried fruits and sweetness, nice malty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light for such a tasty brew, slightly prickly carbonation.

Overall: Quite a delicious beer, tastes much better than it smells, this is a dangerous beer I could definitely have a few to many of these.

metal850, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of bluesfan1181
4.98/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Chimay goblet from an 11.2 oz bottle.

A - Dark Brown, almost black, with a good 1 finger head that dissipated into a solid off white ring around the top. Lacing is minimal.

S - Smells of cherries, ripe plums, and apricots. Yeast notes are also detected.

T - Taste of yeast, plums, apricots and alcohol. Very pleasant and lingering.

M - Good carbonation with a heavy finish. It's a beer that let's you know, you are drinking a real beer.

Overall this is one of the best beers I have tried and definitely the best Quad I have had. I will be having this beer in the future. If only the price wasn't $6.49 a bottle at my beverage store, I would have this a few times a week.

bluesfan1181, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of lakersfan16
4.83/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brown with a very nice tan head. Strong aroma of fruit and hops. Very strong and complex taste of dried fruit and spices, yet perfectly balanced. Great aftertaste that lingers long after the beer is gone. One of the finest beers in the world, in my opinion.

lakersfan16, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of alexhahn82
3.65/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Brown, almost slightly green appearance. 1 finger head that dissipates somewhat quickly.

S - Smells like what it is a Belgian. Lots of yeasty smell to it as well as a sweet, sweet smell.

T/M - God damn! Yeast, sweetness, malt. In that order. A very nice beer. You sure this is 11.3%? Not a flat beer at all, a very mild to moderate carbonation that is very very nice!

O - Well hidden 11.3% ABV as mentioned above. This is a damn good beer, Definitely a top 2 or top 3 Trappist (I know thats not saying much when theres like only 7 Trappist breweries, but to me its huge!)

PP (Price Point) - $6.99 for a 12oz bottle, at a very low priced craft store. Hard to bite off and chew, but I can justify it by saying its $3.50 for a 12oz 5.6% beer, which we pay all the time for crap beer. DO IT, at least once, def seek it out and try!

alexhahn82, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of rickyleepotts
4/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tonight we are drinking from our new glasses. Since we started this project, we have just been pouring this into whatever glass we can find in the kitchen cabinet. But this weekend we were shopping at Hamilton Town Center, an outdoor mall just north of where we live, and decided to invest in some new glasses. What we got are not glasses… but candle holders. But trust me, they look like perfect drinking glasses. Especially since we share a single bottle per post.

The beer we are drinking tonight is the 10 in a series of 3 beers from Rochefort. I feel like I have had this beer before, but don’t recall. On BeerAdvocate, it has a rating of A with nearly every person that reviews it giving it an A+ rating. So it must be good! And for those of you wondering, it does not mean 10 years, rather the gravity that the beer was produced at. (Yeah, I don’t really understand it either.)

The beer smells incredible. Ignore the fact that you can smell the HUGE ABV that this beer offers, coming in over 11%. Let’s just focus on the earthy wood smells that just scream from the bottom of the glass. The more you smell this, the more I just want to sniff it…

When you finally decide to take a drink, you are SMACKED In the face with instant carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel from front to back. Then the flavors circle the palate, coming to rest on a smooth, smoky, and somewhat weak, but pleasing aftertaste. I will tell you, if you smell this beer before drinking… right before drinking, the beer has a much more enhanced flavor.

The beer is good… and it doesn’t taste like it smells. There is hardly any, if any at all, alcohol flavor on the palate. But that’s okay. Of course, that is also dangerous since you could pound these beers if you wanted. But again, coming in at 11.3% ABV you should only drink one or two of these before slowing down. I fear starting at the 10 I wouldn’t enjoy the 8 or the 6 as much… but you know what I always say…

rickyleepotts, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of paulozanello
4.68/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this amazing beer before but never got to review it, so here it goes.

Pours an opaque dark brown / reddish color, very murky, with almost no light going through. It forms an amazing 2 finger tan head that lasts for a good 3-5 minutes, only to recede to a thin layer of foam that sits covering the entire surface of the liquid, not just the sides. Lacing is fairly low probably due to the high abv.

Aroma is yeasty/spicy. Right of the bat I get a lot of fruity, clove and pepper spiciness. Lots of plums, red grapes and green raisins. It kind of reminds me of red wine a lot. This is all followed by a malty sweet back bone with faint chocolate notes.

Taste is remarkable. It starts out as a sweet explosion with plums, raisins and dark fruits appearing right away. They are followed by a caramel and mollasses sweetness ending with a very distinctive spicy yeast taste that I get from most good belgian strong ales. Aftertaste is lasting and strong, with different notes appearing in your mouth after you swallow it, mainly a fruity tartness and some tobacco.

Body is heavy but not overpowering in any means. The sweetness is there but it never gets old, paired perfectly with the yeast compounds. I do not even miss my beloved hops. Carbonation is moderate to high and alcohol warmth is present but very well hidden.

Overall this is a world class beer from the best, readily available and decently priced brewery from Belgium. Rochefort just can't do no wrong. Grab this beer if you can and sip it by the fire, just like i'm doing right now. It sure beats the shit out of any wine.

paulozanello, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of zac16125
4.78/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle poured into a snifter
some numbers on the bottle: 260515 and 08:27, decrypted to possibly mean best before May 2015, maybe? not sure what the second set of numbers is

A: Pours a nice dark brown, with a lighter caramel color along the edges, mostly opaque except for the upper outer edges of the glass. I poured this pretty aggressively but it still gave an almost negligible about of head, and what was present dissipated almost immediately. Left no appreciable lacing.

S: The smell is incredibly sweet with lots of red grapes, raisins, and plum. The alcohol is certainly noticeable. The initial smell is almost reminiscent of a dry red wine. A good swirl of the snifter brings out some sweet caramel malts, hints of brown sugar and an oh so subtle roasted aroma.

T: The first sip is sweet roasted malts with a caramel flavor. Lots of plum early on, then flavors of molasses, red grape, hints of dark chocolate and even some occasional very subtle hop bitterness. This beer has such a heavy sweetness, which somehow manages to never overpower, as it is perfectly balanced with great roasted malt flavors, as well as a subtle spicy character. The alcohol is certainly present, but never in a distracting or overpowering way. Such an incredible balance of sweetness, roasted malts, and alcohol. Complex and delicious.

M/D: Full bodied, with a sweet, syrupy mouthfeel that leaves you licking your lips. It warms the body to the point that I can feel the blood rushing to my face. Not sure if that’s the alcohol content, or me falling in love. Very smooth, easy to drink, and does a nice job of masking the ABV.

O: I have been trying to get a hold of this beer for quite some time, as it always seems to be sold out at the places around me that carry it. I now see why. Fantastic brew, and well worth the wait. Far and away the best quad I have had, and certainly one of the best beers I have ever had the pleasure to drink. World class.

zac16125, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of JohnnyP3
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.33cl bottle with a best by date of 030215. Purchased this bottle some time ago from a Vinmonopolet. Poured into a wine goblet. First time drinking a Quad, so we'll see how this goes. Could be a little rough around the edges. Drank the 8 previously so we'll see how the 10 goes.

Pours a dark caramel brown with a thin white head that fairly quickly dissipates. Can see some active carbonation in the glass. Fair amount of sediment at the end of the bottle.

Smell is of figs, dates, raisons, caramel, molasses, and a boozy sweetness.

Taste presents a cornucopia of different flavors. Very boozy with strains of caramel, dates, raisons, figs, just as the nose suggested. Caramelized sugars are at work here. Some nice dark fruit undertones of candied pear or plum. A little spiciness on the finish akin to some black pepper. Overall, also has a moist earthy quality to it with some hints of oak. Very complex and delicious.

Mouthfeel is just fine. Mild carbonation and a sticky, syrupy sweet quality that coats the mouth.

Overall, a very complex, rich, nourishing beer that is entertaining and rewarding to drink and contemplate.

JohnnyP3, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of ahogue
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Dark brown, cloudy, with a small head that disappeared quickly.

S: Rich, sweet, and pungent - molasses, bananas, some light mango or rasins.

T: Complex and sweet, the molasses really comes through, with some punch at the back side of spices coming out over the fruit. Leaves my mouth warm and pleasant feeling for quite a while afterwards.

M: Light carbonation, not too heavy given the complexity of the flavors going on here.

Overall, a fantastically complex beer that somehow doesn't come off too heavy, despite the alcohol.

ahogue, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of rowingbrewer
4.28/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark brown color with some light getting through and a huge tan colored fluffy head. the head recedes slowly. The smell is that great spicy belgian yeast up front with a hint of caramel sweetness and dark fruit undertones. the taste follows suit with the belgian spiciness up front but is followed by a less sweet flavor and a bit of booziness from the 11.3% abv, the dark fruit raisin flavor is present in the finish. the moughtfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation. overall this is an awesome quad.

rowingbrewer, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of bamojr
4.13/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very dark amber brown with a fuzzy brown bubbly head.
Mostly malt and yeast with some fruits in the background, perhaps plum, quite sweet smelling.
Fruity and Chocolaty on the first taste a good hint of alcohol in it as well. On second taste I really get a lot of dark chocolate. The malt comes through and has a very subtle smoke to it.
A bit pungent on the pallet but quite and extraordinary beer.

bamojr, Jun 24, 2011
Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
100 out of 100 based on 7,518 ratings.