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Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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7,170 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,170
Reviews: 2,543
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 519
Gots: 1,225 | FT: 49
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Brasserie de Rochefort

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: Todd on 11-06-2000)
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Photo of azorie
5/5  rDev +10.9%

Strong Dark Belgian ale, type Trappist. Quad seems not to be a recognized style. Anyway not a style for newbies and maybe not for everyone.

A: excellent head retention, nice creamy 1.2 inches of head even with the yeast poured into the glass. Sadly many do not know how to serve this beer, or even how to correctly pour it. Lucky for me I seen in done first hand many times. Dark candy in color a true caramel in color, I do not have any yeast in mine yet.
The lacing sticks to the glass when you take a drink. Its as great as Trappist Westvleteren.

S: so complex, so rich in a mix of great blends of plum like aroma, you can get a bit of candy sugar. as it warms you get the sweet malt, and some alcohol as it warms even more. Its a strong beer so if you not used to or do not like alcohol well don't drink this beer. You have to develop not only a taste for this semi sweet strong brew, but it helps if you can drink and enjoy whiskey straight up, of course its not that strong a brew, but I remember my first, it hit me strong, but I was lucky the alcohol was a big turn on for me. Anyway the beer is so good and while its slightly different from a westy its just as good, its just different.

T: well I love this blend of plums, grapes, so complex the great malt sweetness is so good. it has no hops detectable which means a perfect balance. great beer. rich in taste, warms you up in winter time or anytime. Its my go too beer thank goodness you can buy it in any grocery store for less than 2 euro usually. nothing better than being able to drink this everyday, for not allot, in the states this is 6 plus in stores, if you can find it. this beer also ages well, but I really do not care to wait.

m: rich, medium body, some alcohol warming to the back of the mouth, throat. very enjoyable.

D: strong beer that is easy to drink, but its almost criminal to drink too many of these at 1 time, though I have kicked back 4 to 5 before. So its easy to drink, heck keep them semi cold and you can get hammered in no time. I would not recommend it, but some days in Belgium its fun to get a nice buzz, its always a easy walk back. anyway enjoy this.

I think this and even the pannepot to be the best in this style, that to rank 1 above the other is just silly imho.

azorie, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of CampusCrew
4.59/5  rDev +1.8%

appearance: darker than 8. deep dark brown-copperish tint color. some yeasty floaties, nice head rentention

smell: loads fof brown sugar, dark breads, sublte dark fruits and that typical belgian yeast aroma. Some heavy alcohol, bourbon like

taste: smooth and easy for over 11 abv. The bite only hits on the back. pleasant. I think I like the 8 the best.

mouthfeel: nice carbonation... medium bodied

drinkability: overall, very solid

CampusCrew, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of Throckmorton
3.8/5  rDev -15.7%

A - dark, dark brown, yeasty, creamy off white head that only lasted a minute or so.

s - caramelized/burnt sugar

T - slight sweetness, slight alcohol, pleasant currant-prune taste that lingers. some spicy tones like Mace or dried coriander. Finish stays and stays, very nice.

M - warming due to alcohol content I suppose, thicker.

D - for me, sipping brew, good for colder days and nights. One is just right.

Throckmorton, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of Brad007
4.6/5  rDev +2%

Pours a dark brown color with a reddish tint and a thick head of foam that fades down to leave some lacing. A bit darker than the 8.

Aroma is very sweet with raisin and plum as the dominant aromas. Just a hint of alcohol warmth. It's a bit similar to the 8 in regards to how appealing the aroma is.

Taste is sweet with a hint of caramel, plum and raisin flavors. Very subtle and delicious.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering plum and raisin. The most surprising thing is that this beer is 11.3% and doesn't even taste like it.

What can I say? I probably shouldn't review the 8 and 10 back to back but I believe that the 10 is even better than the 8, despite a slight deviation in style. It's even more deceptively drinkable and proof that the monks know what they're doing. Pick it up!

Brad007, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of Blakaeris
4.72/5  rDev +4.7%

Pours very dark brown with a thick, creamy head.

Aroma is dark fruit and candy sugar. Leather. Generous caramel malt. Banana and orange citrus.

Taste is roasted caramel malt up front. Surprisingly woody with plenty of tobacco. Rum soaked dark fruit - notably plum, fig, and raisin, along with apple and pear. Pleasant dry oak quality offering a nice bit of vanilla. Finish is rather chocolatey, with plenty of yeasty spices.

Mouthfeel is thick and full. Very soft and smooth.

Overall a great beer. So many flavors for the pallet to discover. A rich and enjoyable dessert beer.

Blakaeris, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%

Bottle provided by thirdeye11. It is beer No. 999 that I have tasted.

Pours medium brown with a beige head. Aroma is some alcohol with dark fruit. Also get some brown sugar. Flavor is alcohol, dark fruit and some brown sugar. An outstanding quadrupel and one that I will seek out again.

Mora2000, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of ThaCreep
4.2/5  rDev -6.9%

The color is almost black, foam the beer tasted chocolate. The nose, the flavor is recalled, and berries. In the mouth, body, heady, sweet as strongly for the Rochefort 8, but it feels even more the presence of fruit soaked in alcohol and at times one begins to think of a port. Some notes accompanying fruity flavor. The finish is long but a slight lack of balance in relation to the Rochefort 8 is noteworthy. Beer complex.

ThaCreep, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.28/5  rDev -5.1%

For all its acclaim, Trappistes Rochefort 10 is a slight disappointment. It is, in all respects, a very good beer. But it is only unbelievable, phenomenal in one regard, appearance. And in my opinion, appearance is the least significant of the criterion.

A – Deep chestnut brown, perfect cream-colored head. This beer looks absolutely perfect.

S – Cinnamon with no sugar, slight lactic, surprisingly mellow on the olfactory, overall.

T – Raisins and figs, richness and smoothness as an overwhelming quality, then a warm alcohol and slightly bready and fruity ester, with a clean bitter hop finish. A bit of a vodka aftertaste. Still, not top-of-the-world status, not even T.O.N.Y., likely. But I like it. Its just not worth $6 a beer, in my opinion.

M – Warm, bordering on hot. Medium-thin body with a clean, dry finish.

D – Too expensive to justify the cost / benefit ratio. But it drinks well.

ktrillionaire, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of argock
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%

Poured from 11.2oz brown bottle into a Chimay chalice. Best by 05/27/14 on label. Single purchased at Market Street Wine Shop (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.50.

A: Dark, woody brown with wispy, creamy cap of beige head. Leaves uneven lacing around the goblet.

S: Oaky, nutty, fruity, yeasty, and herbal all at once. Dark fruit aromas meet nutty yeast with some woody, herbal hops aromas. There is a tickle of alcohol on the nostrils.

T: The nose reflects the flavor profile pretty solidly as dark fruits like raisin, dark cherry, and dates combine seamlessly with nutty yeast flavors and finish with earthy, woody, herbal hops notes. Alcohol is not detectable except for the fruitiness of this brew. Surprising for the freshness of this bottle.

M: Thinner than imagined with active carbonation. Drinks very easily because of the smaller body. Aftertaste is dark fruit and nutty, woody notes.

D: Drinkability and smoothness are off the charts for a beer with such a high ABV that is so young. The malt complexities in the aroma and flavor are staggering, and it is a complete brew in that yeast, hops, and malt all get their day.

argock, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of cnally
4.08/5  rDev -9.5%

A foray into a class of beers I am just beginning to truly understand, but already love.

This poured majestically with a nearly uncontrollable head, highly laced and tan in color, glistening almost. Deep mahogany color in the beer with just a slight touch of reds around the edges of the glass.

Aromas of fig, black cherry, highly alcoholic nose. A little spicy, peppery even.

Rich, complex flavor. Very spicy and malty, with a resonating cherry flavor. Slight, if not unnoticable bitterness from hops. The finish is..settle down, 10!!! The alcohol just burns on the finish, relegating a fantastic flavor into an orgy of over-alcoholed tastebuds.

The feel is explosive, bubbly and crisp, creamy all at the same time.

I truly believe that while this is a fantastic beer, there is just a line crossed of too much alcohol presence and not enough hiding. And to drink this is a task. Not a chore, but a task.

cnally, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of oskoreien
4.28/5  rDev -5.1%

11.2 oz bottle poured into my over sized St. Bernardus goblet.

A dark opaque brown that leaves a small off-white head that laces moderately in clumps, but dissipates quite quickly. I had the hardest time discerning a particular scent I was picking up, but then I read through a few reviews and then finally the Bros review and there it was, melon. It has a clear, clean, and fresh melon scent to it, along with a sweet sugary smell, and just a slight bit of alcohol in the back.

I think I may have hurt myself, this one is really making me think. Unlike the Rochefort 8 that just had me saying, "wow," this one is great, but in a different way. I think the extra abv may mask some of the flavors you'd find in the 8 or in other BSDA's. The alcohol is a bit more present in this brew, but it's still a deceptively easy beer to drink. It's velvety smooth, with just the right amount of carbonation. It's a bread like, malty beer. A bit medicinal due to the high abv, but that imparts a slight, very very slight smokiness. Some fruity esters, produces a bit of a grape flavor.

oskoreien, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.58/5  rDev +1.6%

Aroma is crisp, strong, fruity and malty with just a whisper of sweetness. It pours a hazy, barely translucent, dark coppery brown with a very thick and pale tan head. Flavor is malty and fruity with a hint of caramel and a fierce but not overwhelming alcohol bite. Texture is very smooth, yet quite fizzy and tingly, leaving a satisfying and lip-smacking finish with fruity and caramel hints as well as a touch of sweetness.

Cyberkedi, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of scottyb88
4.53/5  rDev +0.4%

A-pours a cloudy dark brown with a slightly tan head that lingers; poured into a chimay chalice, didn't have much lacing at all

S-rum covered fruits, toffee, nuts, malt, brown sugar, a little bit of honey

T-brown sugar and candied fruit sweetness upfront with a warming alcohol at the end of the sip, a nice toasty pecan or something flavor comes through sometimes; has the slightest amount of hops at the end along with the alcohol--the nutty flavors, for me, are more apparent as it warms

M-best mouthfeel i've ever had in a beer, maybe any type of drink. very smooth and velvety

D-at 11.3% it's a strong beer and it's expensive; for me it's a once-in-awhile type beer usually saved for special occasions and with its alcohol content, one in a night is enough for me

scottyb88, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of hrking
4.68/5  rDev +3.8%

Had this one and the 8..The main difference is the taste of the alcohol content. The 10 being a little stronger than the 8.Still a very drinkable high quality Trappist brew I highly recommend picking these up if you can find them sweet,malts,spice,creaminess it's all here a true pleasure for sure!

hrking, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of crnipeter
4.83/5  rDev +7.1%

330 ml poured into Rochefort chalice, BBE says 07.10.2014. Considering that the BBE date on the bottle is five years from production, the beer is quite fresh one.
Cap removal releases vinous scent that instantly vaporizes without a trace. The caramel/dark muddy brown fluid topped by semi-stable tan head that slowly collapses into thin solid cap is turbid due to dispersed tiny yeast particles. Head retreating & glass swirling produces patches of delicate lace on the walls. Aroma profile comprises cocoa with cane sugar, dates and all-present mustiness of decomposing tree-leaves covering the humid soil of late November woods and that earthy scent makes Rochefort such a primeval brew. Alcohol breaks through but is far enough from being overpowering.
Flavors are dominated by milk chocolate with roasted almonds sweetened with caramelized sugar. Fully ripened dates adding more sweetness are the solitary representatives of the heavenly orchard.Faint bread crust bitterness and moderate alcohol warmth balance the chocolaty-sweet aspects of the beer completing the circle. Besides all the sweetness and warmth a ponderous Earth element reigns: Something rotten, woody, musty and old as Earth is lurking beneath to grab the lonely wanderer. This beer holds a dark secret. Rochefort 10 is a complex brew yet so obviously based on simple recipe - not surprisingly as the best things in our lifes are the simplest ones.Richer and musty as Rochefort 6, similar to but stronger (and less carbonated) in every aspect than R8, which, although good, is like R10 diluted with water. It's not nearly as fruity as St. Bernardus Abt.12 and lacks the aristocratic silkiness of Westwleteren which hides the alcohol better and is more refined. Thick malty body is lightly crispy and even so velvety smooth and creamy as it goes down. Apart from mostly unobtrusive alcohol presence the beer is highly enjoyable and very drinkable for such a sheer ale. The monster is still young and somewhat unhewn in terms of mouthfeel and drinkability but who knows what might evolve to taking some nap in the cellar.

crnipeter, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of fastsrt
5/5  rDev +10.9%

Poured form bottle to chalice the color of roasted chestnut with a two finger head, that stayed around as a nice lacing on my glass. with a shimmer form the carbonation. The aroma was of fig, spices and other earthy tones. the tastes was of dark fruit and earth lots of booze a sipper not a session beer. the carbonation was prickly, Rochefort uses and incredible yeast strain, that make all there beers world class. This might be the best beer I have ever had in my life.

fastsrt, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of steve8robin
4.18/5  rDev -7.3%

Got this one on a recommendation from a friend...

A: Looks dark copper like an iced tea. Thick 2 inch white head that slowly disippates.

S: Very good smell. Sugary scent with an almost iced tea type scent. Very good smelling.

T: Lots of flavors bouncing around. Can't quite put my finger on each taste. A little more water than expected, but not overwhelming watery taste.

M: Very good amount of carbonation. A hint too much to be perfect, but very close.

D: This one goes down fairly easy.

All in all, this is a nice brew. Glad I picked one up. This is a good brew if you're looking for something not as heavy as a stout, but not as light as a standard ale or sweet like a barleywine. This is a thinking beer, if you're looking for a good one to savor and figure out as you sip it.

steve8robin, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of drabmuh
3.9/5  rDev -13.5%

I'm not sure why I had never tried this beer, but I finally did. I think my expectations were too high or I just drank one that was too new.

Poured from a bottle into a goblet, served with yeast (oops). Beer is brown and hazy and some particulates floating in it (my fault its the yeast). Forms a nice thick off white / yellow head that falls away leaving lacing on the glass. Carbonation high. So far so good.

Aroma is a mixture of sweetness and carmel with alcohol and a ton of malt. I think I can smell a slight roast in there as well. Not sure though. Smells pretty good.

Beer is big bodied, no aftertaste at all. There are no hops to detect and bitterness overall is really mild. There is a tinge of alcohol and solvency in the front of the beer and that really disappoints me. Beer gets better and solvency is lessened as the beer warms slightly. Mouthfeel is OK and drinkabiliy is good. I can see how people like this beer but it has not been my favorite Quad.

drabmuh, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of Bisho
4.91/5  rDev +8.9%

My favourite beer on the planet (at present anyway.)

A: Very dark with a fluffy eggwhite coloured head which lasts a long time.

S: Dark fruits with a hint of vinegar. As it warms you get lots of alcohol and candy on the nose.

T: Not of this world!!! Very complex with raisins, malt, yeast, candy sugar and lots of chocolate as it gets warmer. Intense... could be heaven in a bottle!

M: Very smooth and creamy with great carbonation. The alcohol is there but never ever becomes overpowering.

D: A definite sipper but a quad that I could sip all night (providing I have enough of them.) I prefer it at room temperature.

This is a complex beer that gets better and better as it warms!

Bisho, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%

Poured a deep amberish, brown muddy color with excellent carbonation and a dirty white head, a big one. Nose is booze, spice, dates, figs, raisins and other fruits. Taste is grapes, alcohol, raisins, figs, spice, slight belgian yeast. Mouthfeel is warming, grape, dried fruits, spice. Drinkability is very good. Not a beer you can drink alot of but I would if I could. For the style, yes, one of my top picks to drink.

barleywinefiend, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -18.4%

33cl bottle $7.19, I have been meaning to try this for a while. Turbid brown despite my attempt to keep the yeast out, almost black, flimsy head. It smells like vinegar and pickles at first but as it warms up it becomes sweet candied spices. the flavor has a quad-like sweetness but it also has a strong black licorice quality to it. The alcohol is not blatant but I know it is there because I can feel it. Overall I liked Rochefort 8 more.

ArrogantB, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of tattooedtolley
4.72/5  rDev +4.7%

Appearance: Deepest brown imaginable, hazy. Off white/tan head dissipated quickly.

Aroma: Bready, some fruitiness, subtle sweetness, almost a wine-like alcohol aroma. Some earthiness, its complex and wonderful, very inviting.

Taste: I'm terrible at describing beers with such complexity. I'm a malt and hops kind of guy, I can tell you all about those two ingredients but this beer seems to continually change on you and puts so many flavors on the palette. Its just incredible. Not what you really think of when you think of beer, its more than that.

Mouthfeel: medium in body, semi-chewy but still feels fairly light, surprising for such a big beer.

Drinkability: Over 11% abv, great for sipping and enjoying, not for poker playing or sports watching really. Still, for such a huge beer, its drinkable.

Just a fantastic beer experience.

tattooedtolley, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of Manoftyr
4.97/5  rDev +10.2%

Appearence-Dark hazy brown with minimal head that leaves some slight lacing along the sides of the glass. The haziness really stands out in this beer's appearence more than the other two Rochefort trappist ales.

Smell-Ahh, heavenly, where do I begin?; rich malty sweetness, herbs, spices, dark brown sugar, maybe some molasses; this beer has it all!

Taste-Is perfect a flavor?; haha, but in all seriousness this beer's flavor absolutely blows me away. It's sweet but not too sweet, peppery and medicinal without being overbearingly so while still contributing to the overall flavor; it exists in a state of perfect flavoral balance and leaves you wanting more with each sip.

Mouth Feel-Thick, heavy and lush while still remaining smooth and easily drinkable; amazing.

Drinkability-This beer is dangerously drinkable for its price and alcohol content, if I could afford and had access to it I wouldn't object to sipping on it all day every day. Very highly drinkable.

Notes-Wow, I adore this beer; it's everything I liked about the #6 and the #8 but combined!, this is my first true Belgian quad and I could not reccomend it more!, and now that's I've tried the Rochefort #10 I can't wait to get my hands on St. Bernardus Abt #12 and Westvleteren #12

Manoftyr, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of sjccmd
4.83/5  rDev +7.1%

Best before 2013 date on the bottle. I let the bottle sit out of the fridge for about a half an hour before opening.

Pours a deep chestnut brown with ruby and amber highlights. Large fluffy light tan head that fades quickly. Lacing is not too sticky.

One of the richest aromas I've ever encountered in a beer that's noticeable as soon as I crack open the bottle. Sweet rum cake, dates, figs, caramelized sugar, cinnamon, alcohol warmth and spices. It reminds me of an actually good fruit cake that I got from a monastery bakery.

The taste follows the nose but with a more roasted malt character and more spices. Gingerbread, spice cake, the alcohol heat is integrated into the flavor profile and is not overbearing. Very complex and enjoyable. Finishes with a subtle bitterness, smokiness, and spice.

Slick mouthfeel, decently carbonated, but I would kind of like it to be a bit more thick. The flavor is so full and rich that it doesn't seem watery though.

I can't help but drink this relatively quickly. It's just so delicious. The complexity and alcohol effect the drinkability a bit.

Overall, this beer really does deserve all the hype it gets. It probably is actually a little underrated since it is so widely available.

sjccmd, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of pourmeup
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%

A- looks like a nice piece of mahogany wood, with a white-tan head that sticks around for a LONG time
S- has a nice sweetness to the nose, almost smells of raisins
T- very malty and yeasty, has a light chocolate flavor, slight vanilla note on the aftertaste
M- i wish it was a little thicker, nice carbonation level, very thin bubbles
D- fairly drinkable, but the alcohol shows through just a bit too much

Overall, one a my favorite Belgian beers.


pourmeup, Dec 11, 2009
Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
100 out of 100 based on 7,170 ratings.