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Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,203 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 7,203
Reviews: 2,546
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 526
Gots: 1,236 | FT: 48
Brewed by:
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 philosobeer
4.83/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 330 ml bottle, no intentional aging here. Bought it the same week I drank it (and I would like to try it aged sometime.) I tasted part of it at around 40° and then let most of the glass warm up ten or fifteen degrees for the rest.

Appearance: Nice, dark, chocolate body. A pretty light tan head. Fairly thick and hazy. Little bits of red orange colors the edges, and the foam persists throughout the glass.

Smell: Malty, with some phenol to it, some dark fruit notes -- fig, plum, cherry -- but the dark malty notes also bring out out candied sugar and real dessert flavors. Chocolate, I think.

Taste: Out of this world, really incredible. Those dark candied sugars, and then a fruit following it up. It's more complex than I can hope to describe here. It dries up a little with some herbal and anise like flavors in there. This is fairly sweet, and as such for me, I like it after a meal, almost like a dessert.

Mouthfeel: This is malty and big, but it really is nicely crisp once you consider the sheer size of the thing. I never once felt like I was drinking beer syrup.

Drinkability: It's alcohol and size make splitting a small bottle appropriate, but this is a beer I want to sip over a long time. It's as drinkable as it should be.

philosobeer, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of thetomG
4/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown slightly amber colored pour. Nice dense foamy tan head that dissipates somewhat quickly leaving little lacing around the glass.

Aroma is strong - lots of dark fruity notes with a little bit of funk and some alcohol. Flavor is HUGE. More dark fruits, some slight caramel, malts and booze. Very complex with lots going on here.

Very nice and bubbly mouthfeel for such a dark and hugely flavorful beer. The alcohol content makes you want to sip it, but the carbonation and overall feel make it easy to drink too fast. My advice - take you time and enjoy this one; its a great beer.

Recommended!

thetomG, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of cetherid
4.72/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass

A.

A nic dark brown. almost to the point of black. a nice foamy head, similar to a root beer. some sediment can be seen going into the glass from the bottle but I kinda like that. A nice raw authentic beer.

S.

Amazing. Almost like a nice port. I can smell the malts and dark fruits. almost like raisins or cherries. the booze smell is prevalent but should be expected w/ an alcohol content as this.

T.

again, like a fine port. the first initial kiss of booze, but a nice fruity taste w/ brown sugar. this is my first Trappist beer so nothing what I was expecting. taste more like a fine port than a beer.

M.

velvety smooth. not watery like a guinness. feels like a good quality stout in your mouth.

D.

definitely an amazing beer. a little high in the % of alcohol so one is about all one could savor before getting some numb taste buds.

cetherid, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of adkirkish
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Ruby brown, creamy persistant creamy light tan head. Excellent lacing.

A: Brown sugar, caramel, dark fruit. No hop aromatics. Belgian Yeast.

F: Flavor mimmicks the aroma...brown sugar, caramel malt, dark fruit, raisin, canteloupe, pancake syrup (not quite maple, but not aunt jemimah) . No hop character.

M: Medium Bodied and mouthfeel, medium-high carb. No warmth. Finishes dry and velvety smooth.

O: IMO, this is a perfect Quad. The one that all quads should be compared to. Yes, that means beating out westy 12. I think that westy finishes light in body, where as rochefort 10 has the body and viscosity representing the style, but of course, open to beer geek interpretation.

adkirkish, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of racer2k
4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into my favorite tulip glass

A - Dark ruby color to this beer which yields a very thick tan colored head that is 2-3 fingers thick. Plenty of spider lacing around my tulip glass with a few yeast particles on board.

S - dark fruits, candied sugar, sweet yeast and a malty spicy aroma are all present. The smell of freshly baked bread is in the air as well.

T - Front end flavor of sweet malt and peppery spice followed by a candy brown sugar flavor with bananas, cloves and nutmeg spice. There is a distinct bready yeast presence throughout the taste. There is also a unique complexity to this beer which gets even more intense as the beer warms up. A hint of citrus flavors are also present.

M - I would characterize this beer as having a medium body with moderate carbonation and a fizzy mouth feel. There is a very creamy and earthy texture to this beer which is quite pleasant. The alcohol is very well hidden especially for an 11.30% abv.

D - A very tightly flavored trappist quad that provides a very rich and complex flavor profile which is dangerously drinkable. Fantastic beer overall!

racer2k, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.45/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- A real dark brown in color with a nice medium head.

S- A very settle biscuit aroma with nutty and fruity notes.

T- Taste of toasted nutts. Mild hops but still a hint of orange zest in flavor. A bready flavor from the yeast. Sweet from the wort like molassess or brown sugar.

M- Is very full from the mash. Thick but smooth in texture. Very filling.

D- I must say not all Trappistes are equal this is distinct from others. As it should but this beer is bringing another area I'm not familiar yet and dying to figure out. This is goto relax drink if you feeel like not being cheap on the pocket.

Cheers...

SamuelJackson45, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of Beejay
4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A very deep muddy brown. Tons of head on this from the original pour. It slowly settles into a nice tan head.

S: Sweet, raisons, dark berries, a bit of caramel and some yeast. Smells like a big loaf of sweet raison bread. Just a little hint of tartness in the finish, like a tart cherry.

T: Huge dark berries, and a nice yeast kick. There is some good malt, caramel and roasted flavors in the back, but they are quite subtle. A little bit of booze in the flavor, but in general it is fairly well masked.

M: Medium bodied, with very high, even vibrant carbonation. This seems about right considering style.. Very nice.

D: Anytime. Very good beer overall. Very drinkable. Very dangerous.

Beejay, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of oglmcdgl
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bottle into my trusty duvel tulip.

A- three fingers of dense light tan head from a steady pour that settles slowly to a few spots of lace, a good ring, and a skin on top. Ruddy dark brown in color with a good amount of haze. Touches of golden orange at the edges.

S- brown sugar and dark stone fruit. Dates and plums with the abbey yeast fruitiness. Dark malts and a hint of chocolate and spice.

T- sweet and spice out front with candy and brown sugar, cloves and nutmeg. A blanket of abbey yeast coats the combined flavors bringing out a complex fruit character. Dark bread and fig jam. Hints of anise and orange peel.

M- medium bodied and beautifully carbed with tiny refreshing bubbles that leave you with an almost creamy mouth feel. No heat at all for the 11 plus abv.

D- its a classic for a reason I haven't found an trappist ale I didn't like but this one comes close to the top. Richly flavored and complex, yet easy like an everyday drinker. Right up my alley.

oglmcdgl, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of Kinsman
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours the deepest of dark mahogany with a thick foamy almond colored head. Thickness of the head fades pretty quickly into a nice 1cm thick cap on the body.

Aroma is simply amazing. Fruity with a bit of a solvent-like character from the alcohol. Raisins and apples covered in brown sugar would seems to best describe the fruit.

First sip matches right up with the aroma. Sweet, alcoholic, and a bit of spice. The malt makes it self know with lots of sugar and fruit. The alcohol provides a wonderful warming character without being overbearing.

Mouthfeel is full but smooth and creamy. A decent amount of carbonation makes this beer feel almost alive as it passes from the glass to my mouth.

Well, there is a reason this beer is in the Top 10 on this site. Complex, bold, and Amazing. These monks are onto something here.

Kinsman, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of Gosox8787
4.15/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11.2 oz. bottle poured in my Smuttynose tulip. Served at a little less than room temperature.

Appearance: Deep, murky brown with a decent amount of sediment floating around the glass. Absolutely no light penetrates this glass at all. Big frothy, uncontrollable head on the first pour. Let it settle before another pour.

Aroma: Brown sugar, molasses and spiced rum in the nose. The booze really comes through big time, much more than I expected. Maybe even a bit of sour vinegar mixed in here too.

Taste: Raisons, molasses, caramel, brown sugar and some doughiness all in really good balance. So sweet and very balanced. The ABV is hidden so much better here than in the aroma. Extremely pleasant to sip, with a nice warming after ech sip.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and full bodied. Not much carbonation, but perfectly suited to sipping over thse course of half an hour.

Drinkability: The ABV is not too noticable in the taste, but can get a bit out of hand in the aroma. The flavors work perfectly for a beer to sip and enjoy.

Overall, I like this beer a lot and really enjoyed sipping on it. An extremely flavorful quad. Definitely worth to pick up and sip on and the flavors really did grow on me throughout the glass.

Gosox8787, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of biggred1
4.72/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, turbid brown with a pretty looking creamy tan head that melts slowly leaving spiderweb lace on the glass. The aroma is outstanding, mascerated dark fruit, brown sugar, dark rum and a peaty smokiness. Concentrated dark fruity flavors, raisin and fig with toasted oak and vanilla notes. A beautifully complex and well balanced Quad that absolutely stands up to any other I've had.. including Westvleteren 12. Full bodied and smooth with bright carbonation that adds to the drinkability. A fantastic beer that refuses to be boozy even at over 11% abv. World class.

biggred1, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of wvsabbath
4.88/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving type - bottle

Apperance - tan, golden brown, very pretty!

Taste - Amazing quad, spices, malts, warm alcohol, O MY!

Mouthfeel - A slice of heaven via liquid form. Its very strong at 11.3% and you know it, but you wont slow down drinking it

Drinkability - Very simple, many spices mix with warm alcohol and sweet aftertaste to create one of thee best beer flavors on the planet. You dont need a cute review, this is a top 5 beer ive ever tasted in my life. I will be a old, old man and still will enjoy this beer. Buy it or die!

wvsabbath, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of jwinship83
3.85/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle drank from a chimay chalice. the best by date is about a year from now, making this one 2 years old (i think).

A- this one pours out a murky dark brown colored body with some reddish highlights when held near a light source. a moderate sized beige head forms on top and takes its time receding. lots of thick lacing left behind.

S- lots of belgian yeast is the first thing i notice, but im not getting the typical fruits from it this time. banana, pear, and apples mostly. a little bit of darker fruits like raisin, date, and fig as well. somewhat strong alcohol presence. brown sugar adds a sweet factor to all this.

T- the brown sugar i could smell comes through loud and clear. the banana, clove, and pear from the yeast didnt go away. the darker fruits are still here and more pronounced. the alcohol is very present.

M- thin bodied. almost watery. what i would expect from the style. some serious warming from the booze.

D- easy enough to finish this tiny bottle. i dont think i like this one as much as i like the 8. still havnt tried the 6...i should get on that.

jwinship83, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.95/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Dark brown with sediment pieces floating around. Tan head; not huge.

S-Molasses, dried plums, raison, brown sugar. Malty.

T-Like the nose but better. Syrupy brown sugan and those darn dried fruity flavors. Booze is evident but expected.

M-Drinks like a stout. Booze says hello in every sip.

D-Its 11.3% alcohol so I won't be asking for more than one bottle. Yet, for the percentage, it is drinkable.

Quads aren't my specialty but I can tell this one's pretty good. I don't love the style however this one will please most everyone.

VelvetExtract, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of jthor018
4.63/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer. Sadly I doubt anything I could say would do it justice. An amazing dark beer with an alcohol flavor that is easily drinkable. Great sipping and social beer that I wouldn't recommend chugging down like water. Last time I tried chugging these down I woke up with a hangover in the bathroom floor with remorse for spending $9 a beer. Pours nearly black with a nice creamy head most of the time. I smell raisins and alcohol in it most times. Sometimes I get a fig smell. 9 times out of 10 I end up with yeast in my glass when I pour it but I enjoy the yeast. I keep at least two of these around at all times.

jthor018, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of Axic10
4.78/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a nice head that maintains and laces nicely throughout the entire drink.

Smell: Candied fruits, Belgian yeast, molasses, some leather and a great bready aroma.

Taste: Great taste of candied fruits, sugar, molasses, Belgian yeast, doughy malt.

Mouthfeel: Amazingly creamy and smooth. Feels great in the mouth.

Drinkability: With everyday availability, this is a steal at what I can pick it up for. World class and a true treat. Will be stocking up on this.

Axic10, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of zoso1967
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark and murky brown that is almost black. When held up to my desk lamp, rich ruby can be seen around the edges, but the center might as well be an abyss. The head is light tan in color, extremely creamy and has wonderful retention and lacing. On closer inspection, the lacing appears to shimmer. What's with that? The aroma is an incredible mix of raisin, fruit leather, molasses, tart cherries, chocolate, and clove. There is so much going on that every time I take a sniff it is like I pick out something different. One smell that that I do find myself searching for is alcohol. It seems to be almost completely hidden in the aroma. I take a sip and the complex flavors cascade over my tongue. Once again, dark dried fruits seem to be center stage, but are quickly followed by burnt and flavorful dark sugar. Spice notes of clove and star anise also enter the mix. There is also a wonderful leathery earthiness in the flavor that gives this brew a real old world sort of charm. The alcohol is more present in the flavor, but seriously, this thing hides its ABV very well. The mouthfeel is on the heavier side of medium and has a nice smoothness and a long, but delicate finish. I am not a huge fan of quads, as they tend to be a little bit hot, but this is like a steel fist in a velvet glove. It's a sipper, but goes down easily for style and is quite enjoyable. This is a must try beer. Period.

zoso1967, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of Spica66
1.68/5  rDev -62.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Fr. Ian and I decided that since I had obtained a Westy 12 from megriggs in Germany, why not buy a St. Bernardus Abt 12 and this one to see what the #1, 6 and 11 beers in the world and the #1, 2, and 3 Quads were all about.

We started with this one.

Served at 55 degrees into tulip glasses.

A: Very strong pop of the top. Dirty brown color, yeasty, cloudy. Decent head formation and retention, but not pleasant to look at due to the cloud of yeast in the beer that does not seem to want to settle out.

S: Funky. It is the least complex and most yeast-funk smell I have ever come across.

T: Horrible. Doesn't really even taste like beer. It is as if someone siphoned off the yeast cake and put in into flat cola and bottled it.

M: The good level of carbonation keeps this from being a slime on your tongue.

D: I had to force Fr. Ian to finish his.

I would not take another of these if you gave it to me. Biggest waste of $7 ever. I sure hope the other two work out better...

Spica66, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of BuckyFresh
4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a large wine glass. Color is a dark brown, with hints of ruby around the edges. Nice creamy, one-finger head with good retention. Not a lot clinging to the sides of the glass, but there is a beautiful, creamy layer on top that never seems to go away. Some yeasty chunks at the bottom, per usual.

Smell: Heaven in my nostrils. One of the most complex aromas my nose has had the pleasure of perceiving. Spicy yeast, dark fruits, chocolate, licorice, and a touch of alcohol are up front. There is also some toasted malt and that bread-like character I enjoyed so much in the Rochefort 8.

Taste: I am immediately greeted with a paradoxical cross between the biting and the smooth. The alcohol warms sufficiently, but rides along with tingling carbonation and spicy yeast flavors. Nice malt presence; figs, plumb, molasses, brown sugar, and toffee vie for your attention. After the flavors subside, you're left with a lovely warming sensation, reminiscent of a good glass of bourbon.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, very smooth, and creamy. Honestly, just about perfect.

Drinkability: Probably more of a sipper with the alcohol content and all, but this beer makes me want to keep on sipping.

If I was stranded on a desert island and could only bring one beer, I would choose this one.

BuckyFresh, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of beerwolf77
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer countless times and never reviewed it. So I chilled a bottle for some thoughts.

Poured into mt Duvel tulip the beer is dark chestnut brown. Huge beige head towers a solid three fingers. Small cap tiny soapy lace ring.

The aroma is sweet caramel and toffee. Loads of honey drizzled dark fruits. Roast nuts, cinnamon and yeasty bread.

The flavor is very bready. Plums, dates, raisin and other dark fruits. Lots of spices. Caramel and roast malt. The booze is present but not overly hot.

Medium to full creamy body. Lots of carbonation.

Overall a true legend of a beer. All praise is warranted for sure.

beerwolf77, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of largadeer
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My original review from 11-08-2006 is pretty embarrassing, so I'm re-ticking this one.

It pours a dark and turbid brown. Once in the glass it's completely opaque, topped by a light beige head that retains well.

This one smells great - rich toffee, caramelized figs, fruitcake, spices and a faint medicinal/botanical character that's very fitting.

Lush and velvety on the tongue, almost creamy, the mouthfeel is incredible. There's a lot of depth to the flavor, with an emphasis on rich caramelized malt, black licorice, dates, earthy figs, spiced cake. It drinks entirely too easy for a beer over 11% ABV, and there's barely a trace of heat. The finish is mild but lingering, spicy and semi-dry, almost vinous.

This is every bit as good to me now as it was 4 years ago, a true classic.

largadeer, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of nataku00
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Roughly year old bottle poured into a fluted chalice glass. Muddy light brown head over a dark red/brown beer and looks very rich.

The smell of Rocheforte 10 is arguably its best trait. Complex aroma of dried cherry, raisin, fig, along with a bit of leather and banana. The leather fades to background as it the beer warms up, letting more of the fig dominate the smell.

Tastes exactly like it smells, slightly sweet, but with the alcohol present to allow the aromas to translate directly to your tongue. Each sip is slightly different, like a large bowl of mixed fruits for desert.

A beer that you can really sit down and enjoy slowly.

nataku00, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of teromous
4.22/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Very dark brown-black with some orange as it pours and reflecting under the edges of the glass. Poured with one finger of a tan head that slowly dissipates to a white layer of foam.

S: There isn't a lot of scent, but definitely has that Belgian yeast scent and maltiness.

T: There is a warm round feeling when drinking this, and my guess would be it is from the 11.3% ABV. It tastes lightly malty with some tinges of that familiar Belgian flavor on the roof of the mouth. As soon as it hits the mouth it confuses the palate which is a good thing. It is not bitter and does not have much of an aftertaste. I could taste the hops by pushing it to the tip of my tongue.

M: As mentioned, it feels warm and round. A sip will occupy all corners of your mouth and the alcohol quickly numbs the tongue for lingering too long. It is silky but does not coat the mouth.

D: It is completely drinkable. This is a high ABV beer that doesn't have any extreme flavors that might be off-putting to any one particular fan of a beer style. It is a beer that a person could drink more than once, simply to pick out new found flavors.

teromous, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of beerpirates
4.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl bottel poured in my rochefort glass

mildly cloudy ruby red/brown brew, Nice white foamy head

Smell is fruity and spicy with the smells of malt, figs, plums, cinnamon, etc...

Taste is mildly sweet and flavorful, you can feel the alcohol of this one numb your tongue a bit. Warm fruitiness wraps your tongue in waves of complex sugars and subtle waves fruits. This is a sipping beer that keeps giving you new flavors the whole time you sip it.

Mouthfeel is very good.

A pleasure to drink,

beerpirates, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of billshmeinke
4.2/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay goblet.

Fat rocky 3 finger rocky head exhibiting tight carbonation that goes a full finger above the rim of the glass. Murky dark brown body. Nice lacing and great retention left behind.

Smells of dark fruits and bananas. Bready spicy yeast. Cloves, caramel and bananas foster.

Banana bread, dark fruits, cloves, caramel, brown sugar, and rum.

Smooth, creamy and soft mouthfeel. Full bodied and a tad spicy.

An easy drinker. A very interesting and complex brew.

billshmeinke, Aug 05, 2010
Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
100 out of 100 based on 7,203 ratings.