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Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,322 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 7,322
Reviews: 2,551
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 552
Gots: 1,292 | FT: 51
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Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 11-06-2000)
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Photo of AgentMunky
4.68/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a beautiful Rochefort goblet.

A: So dark it looks like a stout. Even the head is light brown. The surface of the beer has odd spots of colour clumped around the edges and complex swirls throughout. Opaque, dense, and promising.

S: Alcohol, malty sugar, and dark fruits envelop you. Lighter fruits make an appearance as well, tickling the nose. This beer has an incredibly strong smell.

T: One of the best beers I've ever tasted. Sweet, dark fruit is borne forth on waves of alcoholic bliss. A spiciness fights a losing battle to emerge until the very end of the taste, after the fruit has faded into memory. A little heavy-handed with the fruit and generally single-minded, but everything it does is done to near perfection. Rochefort 10 tastes almost like liquor at points. Overall: wow. Incredibly impressed.

M: Sweet, at times *almost* too much, with a spicy kick and carbonation keeping things interesting.

D: An amazing beer, my favourite of the Rocheforts hands down, but too solidly alcholic and fruity for frequent drinking. One to sip and savour for a long, wonderful time.

EDIT: The following review is of a bottle aged in a friend's wine cellar for 14 months (and an additional month and a half sitting in my refrigerator).

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a Rochefort chalice. Best before 07 October 2014. Reviewed Christmas Day 2011.

4.5A: A loose but large head fills up a finger to the rim. Some dark, yeasty sediment floats on the top. Surprisingly retention. The beer is opaque from all angles, a pleasant mahogany, with some yeast clumps appearing near the bottom edges of the glass. The patches of light and dark remaining when the head has finally settled are gorgeous, reminiscent of a nice cappuccino.

4S: Winey and subdued. Complex, phenolic fruit is quite captivating. Some richer, darker fruits in the distant background remind me that this is a hefty quad, but otherwise alcohol is all but absent.

5T/4.5M: Waves of flavour build into in a truly magnificent crescendo of sublimity. It's no Westvleteren 12, but otherwise I have nothing but the highest praise for this aged marvel. Quite simply one of the best beers to ever pass betwixt these humble lips.

Let's see...where to begin? If fruit were crystallised and mixed with the finest confectioner's sugar at a 3:2 ratio, it might taste something like this. The mouthfeel is perfect, light, spicy, and just barely drying -- perhaps due to the high alcohol content? Speaking of spice, whatever the monks dropped into this elixir is utterly compelling without being obnoxiously upfront. A large component of the beer, but a vital one that prevents heaviness, cloying sweetness, and complements the sweet fruit. The fruit is an intriguing mix of light (certainly lighter than I remember, primarily white grape or even soft peach) and dark (predominantly raisin, with some fig, and a perhaps a pinch of plum).

5O: Is there even any debate that this beer merits a perfect overall score? One of my all-time favourites, if infrequently consumed. Ageing improved the hell out of what was already a nigh perfect beverage. I must get more to lay down. Supremely recommended. World-class. Must have.

AgentMunky, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of brystmar
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a water glass.

Pours a fizzy dark brown with about a finger of tan-colored head that disappears quickly. Smells of caramel & fruit. Taste is malty with signs of hoppy bitterness throughout. This is a full-bodied beer with higher-than-average carbonation and an oily feel. Mild alcoholic warmth at the end -- this is one smooth quad!

brystmar, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of PrinceDarren
3.95/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

We tried this along with a Westvleteren 12 and Westvleteren 8.

Pours dark brown with a moderate head. Strong, pleasant aroma. Powerful taste with notes of fig and soy sauce. Finishes hard with a little too much alcohol.

I was hoping that this readily-available quad would beat out the much harder to acquire Westy 12. Unfortunately, this could not compete. By comparison, the Rochefort 10 seemed almost like an extreme beer. It definitely had a better, stronger aroma. But unfortunately the taste was a bit too strong with an excessive alcohol presence. Despite being aged for 9 more months, this did not mellow out enough to be a close enough in comparison to the much softer Westveltern 12. It is a decent beer, but not something I will seek out very often.

PrinceDarren, Jul 02, 2010
Photo of Surly87
4.63/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep brown-red with a small off-white head that fades pretty quickly but leaves some good lacing.

Aroma is of dark sweet caramel malts, lots of dark fruits like plum and raisins and a good share of alcohol comes through too.

Taste is of brown sugar and caramel with lots of plum lingering on the palate. Strong alcohol, with many complex nuanced flavors coming though.

Mouthfeel was quite good. Very smooth, not very much carbonation.

Very strong, warming beer with incredible complexities. Just an amazing beer, and it is very easy to see why this is considered one of the best in the world.

Surly87, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of bogus564
4.2/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

At first sight, this is a nice, darkly colored beer. The color itself is a nice dark chocolate, with a light tan head. The head, when poured slowly into a tulip glass, takes up one third of the glass' volume. After a few minutes, I see a bit of lace.

As I give it a good long smell, I'm inclined to say Holy Cow, that's malty! If you are into malty beers, I can't imagine you not loving this one.

The first taste sensation that hits me is sweetness, but from what? I'd guess that this would be the roasted malt. I'm trying to determine if this is a chocolate taste, or a brown sugar taste. I'm leaning toward brown sugar; it's quite terrific. Hiding behind all that sweetness is the orangey citrus feel and nice carbonation. There's also a hint, or perhaps a strong suggestion, of spice in the aftertaste.

This is a powerful Jedi as beers go, so I wouldn't take it on too often. I definitely wouldn't drive after more than two of these; mercifully, I'm enjoying it from my place of residence.

This beer requires something strong to stand up to it food-wise; perhaps ribs done well, or a really well-prepared steak. Tasty!

bogus564, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of ATSJer
4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark caramel coloring, moderate particulate floating, head builds quickly with a medium to light density even with a fairly soft pour. The head is ivory white and fades to a thin layer fairly quickly. The brew is cloudy and only allows light to penetrate on the edges, something I would expect from a stout more than a Belgian Ale. The brew looks to have at least a moderate level of carbonation.

Smell: light spices, some fruity sweetness, maybe mild bananas or raisins

Taste: very fruity but not heavy, floral hops with a light bitterness. Not a real present malt flavor. Flows on the tongue smoothly then begins to tingle with the carbonation. The floral hops is really the dominant flavor, but it finishes with a flash of mild fruits that were evident in the aroma. A tinge of hoppy bitterness at the finish. Well balanced favoring the floral hops but not over powering. Surprisingly there is little to no alcohol burn nor taste even with the 11.3% abv.

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, medium body, smooth in the mouth and on the tongue, tingly with the carbonation.

Drinkability: Not a session beer by any stretch, but certainly drinkable as an even sit down brew, I don't think I'd have this with a meal.

ATSJer, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of wyattshotmaker
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a chalice, nice head and deep russet brown. looks good.

smells rich with dark fruit, rum, molasses, bit of a medicinal hint.

taste is equally rich. plums, raisins, rum. sweetness all throughout. bit of a restrained medicinal phenolic character in the finish. not hot and not super sweet. not much bitterness but hey it's a belgian quad.

carbonation provides the illusion of body. pretty drinkable other than the high abv. more or less a prototypical quad.

wyattshotmaker, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of jbowers56
4.88/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, swampy murky brown with a more than ample head. The head sits around like a cushion. Lacing isn't amazing, but it's certainly there.

The nose is unbelievable. I get raisins, plums, molasses, pear, sweet pudding notes, banana and some alcohol. Incredible.

I find this beer incredibly hard to fault. It is a work of art. The flavour lives up to the nose and more. Comes across even sweeter, richer and juicier. So much sweetness and richness but the spicy and phenolic aspects of the yeast profile always keep it in check, along with what i assume is a very modest bitterness (i have trouble perceiving it in this brew).

It feels like sliding in to a freshly made set of sheets in a 5 star hotel bed. I don't normally wax lyrical in my reviews, but the smoothness of this is incredible. I want to sing about this.

The drinkability is amazing for a beer of this strength. I could easily and comfortably get through this in 5 minutes, though I certainly wont.

jbowers56, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of bigfnjoe
4.97/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330 mL bottle into a Chimay goblet. Bottled 8/26/09, so this puppy has nearly a year of age on it

A- pours a dark brown, near black, with a 2 finger light mocha colored head. Head fades rather quickly and laces gorgeously.

S- very sweet malt smell with a nice bit of that beautiful alcoholic smell you like once in awhile. I'm actually getting a slight hint of -- dare I say -- banana bread in there too. Quite interesting and complex.

T- heaven. Pure, unadulterated heaven. Its so mild, yet so flavorful...hints of alcohol shoot through your tongue, but they're not overwhelming at all. There is a good bit of sweetness, but as I mentioned...its not overwhelming. Very malty as well. Beautiful

M- feel is wonderful...body is upper medium on the spectrum, and mine is heavily carbonated. It almost feels like you're drinking a soda...without any of the nasty preservatives and artificial sweeteners

D- insanely drinkable. The alcohol doesn't smack you upside the head at all, though I wouldn't want to pound these back for the hell of it. Just tastes so amazing. Perfect beer to celebrate my 24th birthday and 100th review with.

bigfnjoe, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of sisuspeed
3.9/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

August 2009 Vintage (260814)

Poured into an oversized red wine glass. The body is a red-hued dark brown with a thin, off-white, bubbly head on top. Most of the sediment is left behind in the bottle. Gentle waves of lacing.

Sugared dates and figs on the nose. Lots of bready malt with a touch of alcohol. Damp, wet, malt. A little yeasty. Seems somewhat lacking, but is still pleasant.

Bready malts with a dash of plum and fig on the tongue. Slightly astringent alcohol. Almost has a faint solvent like characteristic to it. A touch of graininess. Mostly bready malts, a bit of sugared sweetness and some alcohol.

Mouthfeel is smooth, small/light carbonation and a decent amount of warming alcohol. Slight creaminess.

Drinkability is pretty good, especially for an 11% quad. One bottle is plenty for me. The alcohol seems a bit too strong in the flavor for my taste and there seems to be this solvent like quality that takes away from the overall enjoyment. Also, the complexity seems lacking compared to other Belgian quads I've had, which doesn't bring me back to my glass as quickly.

Overall, the Rochefort 10 is a decent quad, but does not even come close to the St. Bernardus 12 or the Westvleteren 12. I've had the 10 before and each time it just seems like a bit of an alcohol bomb without much going on. The 8 in my opinion is a much better beer from Rochefort. However, I've still got two more 10's in the cellar, so I think I'll put another 5-10 years on those before I touch them.

sisuspeed, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of ryno09
3.7/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a deep red/light brown with a good two and half finger head. It's bottle conditioned and thus unfiltered. I went ahead and dumped most of the yeast into the beer since it's a Belgium Quad. A nice light brown head leaves good lacing. It smells of sour fruits and earthiness with a lot of yeast esters and alcohol.

I get a lot alot of alcohol warm immediately with dark fruit flavors that have a bit of sweetness. But this is my no means a sweet beer, there is enough bitterness in the back end to keep it balanced. This is my first Quad so I don't have much to compare it to. Carbonation is on the high side, giving it bit of a champagne-like quality. Definitely a dry beer that doesn't leave much after it's hit the tongue.

ryno09, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of chalsk
4.72/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very delicious beer. Roasty, floral aroma. Great thick chocolate like appearance, with a thick foam. Malty flavor with hints of caramel, roast, malt, sublte coffee notes. More of a flat feel on the palate, but still full, with a long malty finish. A unique beer that warms you.

chalsk, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of Gobzilla
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark brown with brown highlights with a finger of head that left good sticky lacing.

S: really boozy and brown sugar aromas hints of malts caramel but the booze really over powers the nose. There's also faint yeast notes.

T: sweet fruits lots of booze and brown sugar flavors with belgian yeast presence with good candy sweetness.

M: medium to full body with good amount of carbonation that had a sweet boozy finish.

D: really good quad that I've had a couple times now and is always tasty. It definitely deserves to be in the top 100. I also enjoyed how robust the beer was.

Gobzilla, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of berpwillie
4.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a opaque brown color that is heavily particulate. extra large tan fluffy head sticks around for a while. excellent lacing remains as beer recedes. strong caramel raisin nutty smell, taste is the same with molasses, and toasty burnt hints. long flavor duration that finishes heavily bitter. alcohol very apparent but not overwhelming. creamy sticky texture. all around very good brew. alcohol will creep on this one.

berpwillie, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of HopBacchus
4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Extremely sticky head that does not want to go away. Lacing is Extreme! This is a deep brown beer. The light sends ruby streams through it. Yummy!

Chocolate, brown sugar, raisins and some candied flavor i can't quite pin down.

No lack of flavor here. Delicious dark roasted malts assault the palette along comes molasses, pepper and other Belgian spices. A slightly smokey taste with a pleasant hop finish. Alcohol is very well masked. Its only until you are fairly buzzed that you realize how strong this thing is.

Smooth and creamy. Its on the heavy side of medium bodied.

Get your hands on some delicious meat and cheese and take your time with this beautiful brew.

HopBacchus, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of perrymarcus
4.95/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2oz bottle served in a st bernardus oversized wineglass.

pours a murky, deep mahogany tone; finger, finger and a half of creamy beige/off-white head with solid retention and nice walls of lacing; fair amount of sediment.

the nose is a big, rich bouquet of raisins, figs, belgian yeasts, caramel malts, brown sugar, and booze. smells deliciously complex.

more of the same pull through in the taste; a nice and very tasty balance between the dark fruits, caramel sweetness, belgian yeast, spices, and warming alcohol which ensues - relatively well hidden considering north of 11% ABV... as the beer warms, the flavors really emerge. utterly delicious.

i'd put the moutfeel at little above medium-bodied; a bit of chew to it, creamy with average carbonation and dangerously drinkable.

IMO, in the final analysis this is simply a world class beer. when i first began drinking quads i started on this guy, and then worked my way around a fair bit (westvleteren 12 still to go), sampling some great beer, but in the end nothing has come close. every time i return to rochefort 10 i'm reminded why it stands alone - hype or no, this is probably my favorite beer of all time. well done, monks of the brasserie de rochefort. well done.

perrymarcus, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of thagr81us
4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into a Chimay goblet. Pours a nice dark brown with a nice three-finger head that lingers througout with a dusting of brown sediment on the top. Lacing is excellent throughout. The aroma is comprised of fruit and alcohol. The flavor is full of fruit, malt, nuts, and big alcohol notes. It was medium on the palate with high carbonation. Overall I am glad I got to try this and am happy it is readily available to myself. The aroma and flavor of this brew is nothing short of awesome. Definitely try this given the opportunity if you have not yet.

thagr81us, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of Adamdc
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into tulip. No bottled-on date info.

A: Dark brown cloudy pour with lots of foamy dark tan carbonation. It took about 5 minutes to fully pour it due to the head.

S: Bready, figs, maybe cherries, molasses and some mustiness. Very nice aroma!

T: This beer tastes very nicely! So much going on--lots of dark fruit, caramel/bready maltiness with some mustiness in there. The alcohol is slightly warming.

M: Very full mouthfeel with an almost prickly finish.

D: As always, due to an abv over 11%, drinking a few of these might end the night early however....the taste and mouthfeel are great and I would gladly crack another one if I had it.

I feel very fortunate that this quad is widely available in the Boston area along with St. B Abt 12. Are these 2 quads on par with the 'legend' Westy 12?? I don't know but they're pretty darn good. I haven't had a lot of quads but I've had a lot of beer and this Rochefort 10 is great!

Adamdc, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of Amalak
4.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I need to try the Rochefort 8 side-by-side with the 10. But I loved the 8 and rated it an A+, 4.7 I think. I have to give this a slight bit less solely because this was off the cask at Muggs in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It has a beautiful sour vegetable taste. Crisp and nice hops. Wonderful brew.

Amalak, May 29, 2010
Photo of HURTemHIZZY
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 330 ml bottle into a snifter.

Pours a deep brown with some sediment in the glass. Pour produces a one finger deep cream colored head that has solid retention but leaves only slight lacing down the glass.

Smells of over ripe fruits primarily, with some underlying tones of caramel with some booze preset.

The flavor is delicious, but I could see how this brew could benefit from some aging. The alcohol was very noticeable, at times making it hard for the fruit in the flavor to shine like it really should. Don't get me wrong, the flavor was delicious. My only quip is that the fruit tasted great with the small bit of caramel present, and at time the alcohol made it less noticeable. I'm sure if it were aged for a bit this issue would not be present, and this beer would be truly spectacular.

HURTemHIZZY, May 27, 2010
Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.13/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

ruby red/ purple brown color with an tan bubbly head. unfiltered hazy. can see the yeast bits in there.
smells like dried fruit. a little alcohol.
tastes of dried fruits. alcohol is barely present in the taste although its quite warming.
mouthfeel is quite exceptional. warming and creamy, and the carbonation is on the money.

JordonHoltzman, May 27, 2010
Photo of DarrinRasberry
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Richly colored, with a big, thick head.

S: Not as strong as, say, a Bernardus Abt. 12. Bread, raisins, cherries, some alcohol.

T: This one sneaks up on you. Spice hits up front, with a fruity/alcoholic finish.

M: I love the way the flavor just hangs there for ten seconds after you take a swig. Only gripe is the extremely high level of carbonation.

D: I couldn't drink these all day since they are heavy, but all beers of this type are heavy. There's nothing particular about this one that makes it more appealing than others of its type.

DarrinRasberry, May 26, 2010
Photo of weissbierdrinker
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep reddish brown color with a thin dark head that fades fairly quick leaving a decent amount of lacing.

Smell is of plum, rum, fruit that is far to ripe.

Taste is very much like the smell. Very full body. I've had this bottle aging in my cellar for about a year and the booze on this one is still a bit to much. I think 3-5 years would be more in line for this beer. Heavy sweet fig flavors. Still a slight medicinal hint, but not nearly as bad as when fresh.

This is a very heavy rich beer, that has some alcohol heat. In my opinion it's a little harsher than other quads and not as well balanced, but that makes it a perfect aging candidate. There are some harsh medicinal notes that I think would mellow out and blend well with the beer over time. No doubt a good beer though.

weissbierdrinker, May 26, 2010
Photo of TheJollyHop
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vibrant, winy scents of grapes and fruity esters perceived as cherries and blackberries. Notes of baked bread and mild, musty oxidation. Meticulously crafted with two large, beautiful fingers of deep tan mousse-like head (great retention), leaving behind trails of sticky lace on top of a deep purple nearly black body; a perfect appearance.

Medium to high carbonation and exhibiting a tongue coating character that accentuates the sweet grain and candi sugar finish. Faint alcohol warmth with flavors of sugary dark bread with raisins. Medium bodied with low to medium perceived bitterness.

Well balanced and simply deliciously drinkable; a heavenly brew.

TheJollyHop, May 26, 2010
Photo of bsp77
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Extremely dark brown with thin, but lasting, cream colored head.

Smell: Loads of figs, raisins and plums, with a strong combination of musty yeast and alcohol.

Taste: Pretty similar to the smell - plum, figs and raisins, with an intoxicating mix of the musty and sweet. Can't really explain why this tastes so damn good.

Feel: Low carbonation, thick chewy body. Very smooth and a little warming.

Drinkability: Wow, an 11% abv beer that is very easy to drink. Just fantastic.

bsp77, May 23, 2010
Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
100 out of 100 based on 7,322 ratings.