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Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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7,188 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,188
Reviews: 2,544
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 523
Gots: 1,233 | FT: 48
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Brasserie de Rochefort

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 feelmefoam
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My first real beer from Belgium, one of my friends brought this back to the U.S. for me. About three months old, a real treat, can't wait to try it.

Pours a dark mahogany color with maroon highlights and tiny pieces of sediment snowing down from a finger of off-white, creamy head. Not a lot of retention, but that's expected from a beer with this much alcohol content. Still, it leaves some pretty nice rings of lacing around the glass.

10 brings a distinct dark quality to the table in the nose. I can smell a bold, slightly spiced blend of several different dark fruits as well as a melty caramel aspect. A brief waft of alcohol, though somewhat diminished by a bit of aging, works well with the sweet and slightly spicy nose, reminding me of rum and scotch in a way. Very fragrant and interesting nose on this one.

The taste is truly exceptional. Up until this point, I had only had American interpretations of Belgian beers, and although they're good, this is the real deal. Sweet, dark raisins and plums show up in the beginning, then get overtaken by a gooey mixture of molasses and caramel. The beer finishes slightly sweet and alcoholic, again reminding me of a smooth rum. Although these flavors show up in stages, many of them linger and pass into the spotlight when others are on stage, creating an amazingly complex and intriguing flavor.

Trappistes Rochefort 10 has a body that is a few notches over medium and when coupled with some mild carbonation (some CO2 probably faded over time), a silky smooth, creamy mouthfeel is produced. The alcohol provides a slight warmth in the finish that makes this very pleasant to sip, especially on a cool night like tonight.

This is perhaps the most drinkable Belgian I've had, I really would love to punish several bottles of this in a sitting, but there are two problems. The high ABV, and the fact that I only have one bottle. Still, this is now my favorite Belgian and one of the best beers I think I've ever had; I consider myself lucky to have had the opportunity to try a beer of this one's merit so early along in my beer-drinking career.

feelmefoam, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of dph147
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Krogers in Morgantown, WV

A - Very dark brown color. Nice three finger head with a light brown color.

S - Very malty with slight buttery hints , possibly raisins, and a faint alcohol smell.

T - Malty, a sugary mix of raisins and light caramel undertones with a sweet taste of alcohol.

M - This is one heck of a smooth beer that goes down easy with a slight alcohol kick.

D - I could drink this all night if it wouldn't put me down after a few. This is a fantastic find in a state that is hard to find more than a handful of tasty brews.

Notes: Incredible beer that I must make sure I don't blow all my money on. Will seek out, and must set a spending limit with this one.

dph147, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Just had a Rochefort 8 so comparing the two.

a - Pours a dark brown with about one finger of a tan/brown head and a lot of carbonation. Very similiar pour to Rochefort 8 the difference being this pours with a lot of sediment evident throughout the glass.

s - Smells of sweet fruits and malts, as well as a little bread and yeast. No alcohol smell evident. I personally think it smells better and sweeter than the Rochefort 8 did.

t - Sweet fruits and malts again are the big taste. Also small amounts of bready malts, spices, and alcohol. It's a little sweeter than the 8.

m - Medium body with a lot of carbonation. Very similiar to 8.

d - Overall I thought this was a great Quad. Considering it is 11.3% ABV, you really can't tell. I really enjoyed the sweet fruit/malt smell and taste and though it was much better than the Rochefort 8. Will definitely be trying again.

mdfb79, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of gyllstromk
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark ruby that's mostly black until held to the light. A light layer of bubbles caps the glass. Nose is vanilla, rum, date, grape, and a hint of licorice. Tasting begins with bubbly dates finishing with vanilla, clove, anise, and a bit of licorice.

gyllstromk, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of aubuc1
4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 330 ml bottle in to a goblet. With "260814" and "08:24:"

Pours a dark brown with a steady off white head.

Smell is a huge sweet molassesy bready delight. Bready heaven. Perfect balance.

Taste is rich, bready sweet raisiny. Molassesy with a slight booze.

Mouthfeel is rich and the drinkaility is great considering the booze.

A pleasure to drink. I wish I could afford to buy a case for aging.

aubuc1, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of StJamesGate
4.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours oxblood with incredibly creamy, clinging beige head that leaves solid sheets. Nose is prune, nutmeg, soil and whiskey barrel. Big sweet caramel-soaked cake malts, underlain with wood, walnut, and pepper. Menthol hops, phenols in there, and Christmas spice burst at the end before tightening. Oily and very round, medium body. Significant burn.

Complex and deep, but just too hot.

This bottle is less than a year from bottling, and I understand it ages well, so I'd be curious to try a cellared bottle. Now, though, drinkability needs to take a hit.

Edit: Drinkability changed to Overall

StJamesGate, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of mrf008
4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance dark with lace of form.

Smell- bit of a fruity smell.

Taste- Very great taste. The fruit comes through very well.

Mouth feel- creamy dose down well.

Drinkablility this is a wonderfull beer. it is very high ACL around 11.3%. i feel like i could have a bunch of these in a row.

mrf008, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of OskarL
4.3/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Cloudy with some yeastparticles, dark brown color with a small head that dissipates and leaves some lacing.

Smell - Dark fruits (plumb and raisins), yeast and brown sugar.

Taste - Dark fruits (plumbs, raisins and figs), warming alcohol, lots of malt (some burnt sugar aswell), spicy pepper.

Mouthfeel - Creamy, dry, medium/full body with lots of carbonation.

OskarL, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of FreshHawk
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Deep, mahogany brown with a good sized tan head

S - Lots of dark fruit and rum scents, along with a bit of spiciness (both from alcohol and spices)

T - Full of dark, run-soaked fruit (raisin, plum, fig, dark cherry). There is also a good amount of spiciness to it with peppery and clove flavors (amongst others). Really reminds me of a Christmas Pudding, which is a good thing. Good balance of those sweetish/fruit flavors and a full bready feel. This beer has a warming effect but the alcohol is pretty well hidden.

M - Creamy and smooth. The body is medium to full, but could probably be a bit fuller. No real major complaint though.

D - Really good beer for sipping. Might not be one that I would drink more than one a night, but one that I would definitely drink again.

Notes: I really enjoy this beer, well balanced and pretty complex. Really wonderful to sip on during a winter night.

FreshHawk, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of hophead247
4.22/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brown with a decent sized tan head, very viscous.... Aroma is dominated by cherries and dark fruits, subtly sweet, with a booziness to the aroma... Flavors are quite complex, subtly hoppy, with notes of dark fruits and sweet malts coming through differently each sip... Very carbonated, with a dry finish, medium bodied...I'm becoming more of fan of this style and would definitely try it again.

hophead247, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of birchstick
4.05/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a deep, dark brown with a beautiful head

S - cinnamon and caramels are pretty dominant in the nose. There is a lot of dark fruits - plums and figs

T - the taste follows the nose slightly. The dark fruits and cinnamon are there - I also pick up some toffee and caramel sweetness. This ends with a lot of booze.

M - kind of thin, decently carbonated, almost champagne like

D - this is an excellent brew. Very rich and complex throughout. The high abv makes it hard to have more than one.

birchstick, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of jbone78
4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my buddy Keith for the beer. Popped this open after a great beef tip mushroom dinner. Pours a beautiful Clear Mahogany, candies are a little faded, but nice yeasty finish. Picking up nice plum flavors and great carbonation. I could drink another.


jbone78, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of goldbot
4.22/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle.

Pours mahogany brown in color with loads of beige, frothy head. The foam is retained pretty much throughout the drink with lots of lacing. Some haze/yeast particles visible in the brew.

Lots caramel and malt on the nose, some Belgian yeast aroma and sweet and doughy as well. There are some spice notes prevalent.

Taste is very spicy up front, lots of clove and yeast flavor. Tons of malt in there too as cereal and biscuit flavors. A bit sweet, which complements the spiciness well. Decently strong alcohol warmth at the end, with notes of licorice, cherry, and raisin.

Full body and medium sweetness, but it's not overpowering. The mouthfeel is a bit on the thick or creamy side. An overall smooth and tasty beer, especially considering the high ABV on this one.

goldbot, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of BillyBoysPie
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a chalice.

Deep brown, half inch of tan/white head. Dissipates, plenty of lacing.

Very complex and delightful. Nose of caramel corn and butter, some spices and hints of dried fruits like prunes. Really exciting to smell, and brings a great dimension to the experience.

Warm and creamy, the beer opens with slightly sweet malt and dried fruits including prunes and strawberry jam. Butter and toast is next, with hints of toffee and caramel. A slight bit of spice at the end balances against the complexities up to this point.

Full bodied with plenty of carbonation. Well balanced and shows plenty of character. Worth it all.

(FWIW - I did a side-by side with St. Bernardus Abt 12 for fun when I had this beer. In my opinion, they're rather close, and it's hard to pick a fav. I'll go with Rochefort by a clean margin, with the caveat that one who likes more fruit in their beer will lean towards the St. Bernardus. As a wine drinker [mainly] I'm very attracted to the subtle and warm approach to the Rochefort. To each their own, though.)

BillyBoysPie, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of dqrull
3.95/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark cloudy brown with a small head, but that was probably due to a careful pour to prevent agitating of the eyast sediment in the bottle, but it swirls up okay and leaves some creamy lacing on the glass.

Smells huge and great. Fresh apples, really juicy, apples are also present in the way of applepie, with cinnamon and carramellized sugar. On top of the apples there are slight hints of milk chocolate and red berries, sweet.

Taste is rich, but much as in the blue Chimay I drank earlier this evening the yeast esters are overpowering, which I cant understand since it has stood undisturbed for days and I was really careful with the pour... And I remember drinking this beer without the yeast being this overpowering, it clouds out all the interesting flavours and hints of flavours that I remember being here.
Anyway, what the yeast does not drown out totally is nice, red berries, apples, chocolate and almond icing coupled with a hint of plums and port, but as mentioned, it's hard to enjoy it with this massive bland flavour-curtain of yeast in the front of it. The beer finishes surprisingly dry, despite the light sweetness throughout the rest of the taste.

Mouthfeel is luxiurous and smooth with very light belgian carbonation.

dqrull, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of runningjoke
4.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I cant say enough about this beer, and what I do have to say has been covered in previous reviews. I have long sought this beer and have always found the shelf space for it empty when I find a spot that carries it. I finally got a bottle...it totally lives up to the hype.

runningjoke, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of chiefgtx
4.88/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I decided this year, as my new years resolution, to stop drinking a lot of lousy beer and to try as many different beers as I could possibly find. In 41 Days I have had the chance to try 161 different beers. My favorite up until today was Aventinus wheat dopplebock, however, This Beer gives it a run for it's money. This is the beer you would drink if you just won the Nobel Peace Prize. My crystal snifter barely did it justice. I would love to be able to describe the flavors in detail but you really need to just drink this one yourself. It is outstanding.

chiefgtx, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of Jesstyr
4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is the kind of beer that should be reviewing me, and not vice versa. Served in a Chimay chalice at Ginger Man in South Norwalk, CT with their cheese plate.

A: The first thing I note in this beer is that the head is literally perfect - as in it can not be improved. Thick with excellent lacing - it could pass for whipped cream. Dark brown, with a bit of amber hue.

S: The first thing I get is strong belgian sugar, or brown sugar - whatever it is, it is delightful. Also a little raisin/plum.

T: A lot of great stuff going on here - dark fruits, sugar, and incredible balance. Maybe a bit of caramelized sugar - just enough alcohol taste, but not enough for you to realize this beers power.

M/D: Smooth and creamy - like the perfect milkshake, or...beer. Very strong, and one will certainly be enough - and this was perfectly paired with a good cheese plate.

Jesstyr, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of Calyps0
4.97/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

FYI, this is my first beer review...

Drank it for the first time a few months ago. Poored into the Rochefort chalice (purchased in Brussels). drank at about 60 F.

A: Very murky brown poor with a nice tan head. The foam cap will stay there the entire time you drink it. The head will not spill over no matter how fast you poor (33cl glass).

S: Rich, strong, somewhat fruity smell of figs and raisins and maybe plums with a good dose of alcohol.

T: Extremely smooth and full of flavor. Fruity taste at first then a decent hidden amount of alcohol towards the end.

M: Wow, where to start. The carbonation is perfect. Thick and very warming due to the alcohol, but still maintains a very fruity mild taste.

D: A supreme beer. Just as good if not better than the Westy 8. Truly an epic beer. My personal favorite as of right now...

Calyps0, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of stakem
4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a chalice.

Pours a dark redish brown with more than a finger of slightly tanned head and very solid retension. (I don't think I have ever had a beer in my life, not on nitro, that I could drink over a duration of more than 40 minutes and still have a cap of foam up to the very last sip.) Thick coating of lace sticks to the glass with every taste. Very sweet smelling aroma of dark fruit. It has something about it in the nose along the lines of like candied plums and a little bit of breadiness and brown sugar or maple syrup. Tail end of the aroma has some of the alcohol coming through and just a tiny bit of citrus. Taste has quite a bunch of stuff going on. It is very malty and sweet taste upfront that is like alcohol laden dark fruit and caramel. Little bit of bitterness and breadiness in the drying finish. Alcohol isn't hidden, it shows off in both the warmth of this beer and also plays a significant role in the way this beer tastes. The amount of alcohol isn't distracting, it actually enhances both the aroma and the taste, very well done. Medium bodied and has a perfect amount of carbination.

This beer was a wonderful experience and if you never had it, you should put it on your to do list.

stakem, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of flagmantho
4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich, slightly ruddy brown with lots of haze and several fingers of tan head. It looks good like a quadrupel should!

Smell: rich, bready malt with subtle fruitiness along the lines of raisin and plum. It's very good, though I do feel like it could have the volume turned up just a hair.

Taste: extremely rich malt flavors. Brown bread, plums, cherries and alcohol are all evident in the flavor; these all mesh extremely well. I must say I'm a big fan of the Rochefort 10.

Mouthfeel: excellent creamy texture. What more do I need to say?

Drinkability: while quadrupels are tasty, I typically would not call them eminently drinkable because of their strong flavors and high ABVs. Rochefort 10, however, gets exceedingly high marks because it provides a great flavor profile without being over-taxing on the palate. Cheers!

flagmantho, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of haddon
4.95/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A dark mahogany color with a creamy mocha head that sticks around. good lacing all the way down the goblet. darkest quad I've ever seen.

sweet malts that I can smell on the table beside me. caramel, raisins, figs, bananas & rum. very complex, very nice.

flavor starts our very sweet and full of chocolate and then a great balance of rum and warm alcohol follows. also notes of spice, fruit & cinnamon.

medium body with right amount of carbonation. little dry on the finish

really enjoyed this beer. not sure I did it justice in my description due to its complexity. one of the best!

haddon, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of joshstevens87
4.45/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

my first rochefort 10 thats a little over six months old
A-pours a dark head copper with a generous light tan head
S-dark fruit and grapes with a certain earthyness with a hint of raisins or plum with a bit of yeast and a steady dose of alcohol
T-a nice sweetness and fruityness to the beer ith notes of dark fruit raisins and a nice earthness to the beer their isnt much hop presence at all but an amazingly complex taste with a nice dose of alcohol that is rather well hidden
M-a rather heavy body which a fair amount of carbonation makes it refreshing with the flavor giving this beer a nice full taste
D-definately a sipper but one that is very rewarding it has an amazingly complex taste that os very enjoyable definately not a session beer due to its availability and high abv but an awesome beer none the less

joshstevens87, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of Samichlaus85
4.83/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rochefort 12 bought back in 1992. The Monks at Abbaye Notre-Dame de Saint-Remy have created a tawny complex ale that rivals any beer. The port-like body bulges with flavor as I took my first sip. As I finished the bottle, the chocolate and fig notes began to coat my palate.

Samichlaus85, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of Zaplt
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - very dark , small tan head, light lacing

aroma - spice, orange, citrus, roasty, licorice, raisin, sweet, earthy, light alcohol

taste - sweet caramel, alcohol bite, spicy-earthy-really sweet initial taste that evens out and drys out ever so slightly near the end due to the alcohol - ??? -

mouthfeel - sweet with it ending a little more dry due to alc.

Overall - amazing beer - best out of the 3 quads I just tasted.

Zaplt, Feb 06, 2010
Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
100 out of 100 based on 7,188 ratings.