Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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100
world-class

7,662 Ratings
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Ratings: 7,662
Reviews: 2,586
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 612
Gots: 1,465 | 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 Meerkey
4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Rich brown, opaque. Beige head. Intricate tracing.

S: Dark fruit, honey, alcohol, sweet malts. Also the faintest hint of spoiled cream, which has not been present in other bottles I have had, so I'm counting it as an anomaly.

T: Damn. Not as good as previous bottles I've had, but still incredibly delicious. I love this beer. Dark fruit (cherries, figs), candied sugars, honey, a little spice, malts.

M: So very sweet, but it avoids being cloying. Heavy flavor that doesn't leave your mouth sticky. Carbonation gives it a delightful kick.

D: I love this. Go get one.

Photo of ms11781
4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours a murky, dark brown with a 1 and half finger light brown head initially that quickly fades to a thin off white cap.

Aroma is very strong with a lot going on. Sweet malts and yeast are present, as well as some dark fruits, cherry, plum. A light alcohol scent seems to be in the background as each new aroma presents itself. Spicy as well (cinnamon?). Brown sugar and/or molasses are here too. As noted before, really a lot going on here.

Taste is just as complex as the nose. Initially some dark fruit flavors up front followed by a candied sugar/brown sugar punch in the middle. Some spices, nose still gives a cinnamon aroma but it's not here in the taste. Some yeast and sweet malts. Sweet all the way through really. I get a lingering fruitiness on the tongue, almost in the same way bitter hops stick to the tongue with an IPA. Alcohol warmth at the back of the throat that gets stronger as the beer warms.

Medium to full bodied with a good amount of carbonation that feels prickly and tingly on the tongue. Even with the prickly and tingling sensations it somehow feels smooth all the way through.

Very enjoyable beer to drink. At 11.3% ABV you're only going to have one but it's takes a while to sip it anyway. Different flavors in each sip, even more as it warms in the glass. Definitely one to enjoyed over an extended period.

Photo of KomodoDragon
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally broke the bank and decided to try this strongly recommended belgian ales. Worth every penny!

A - Poured a deep brown with red hints and a voluminous brown head.

S - Even on the pour, the rich burnt smell came thru. On closer examination, a vanilla and brown sugar aroma surfaced.

T - It starts very smooth, and then a burst of roasted malts and warmth of alcohol emerges.

M - Heavily carbonated, but not overpowering.

D -This is one to sip. But each sip packs such a punch that it makes this a brew to be reckoned with. I'm not always a big fan of high ABV brews, nor all that Belgium has to offer, but this one's a keeper. YUM!

Photo of BamaViper1
3.85/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle into a chalice.

The Rochefort 10 pours dark brown into the chalice, forming a 1/2 inch off-white head that leaves whisps of lacing along the surface of the glass

The beer has a nose of Belgian yeast and caramel malt. There is also an oily/alcohol smell that can barely be detected.

It opens with a rich caramel malt rounded out by the hints of the Belgian yeast. The beer is sweet, but not cloyingly so, as it has a crisp, dry finish. The presence if the alcohol is noticable; however, it does not overwhelm the beer, even with the 11.3 ABV.

This beer is medium/full bodied with a whole lot of carbonation. The sweetness of the malt lingers in the finish cleanly without leaving an oily film over the tongue.

This beer is very drinkable and gets better as it warms... Even with it's high ABV, this beer goes down well. 10 cheers for Rochefort.

Photo of boudreaux
4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - opaque; dark walnut; pours a full tan head, 1.5 fingers thick; head eventually settles to leave a sticky, thin layer of lattice on the beer and glass; the fermentation makes the beer a bit hazy when held up to the light

S tangy up front; followed by deep candied maltness and dark fruits; truly complex and almost intimidating to try to describe; I've honestly never found a beer that produces all the aromas at once

T - deep fruit and alcohol immediately after tasting; a touch of nut and fig, maybe a bit of sweet chocolate and coffee; again, candied sweet malts are present throughout; again, a very complex beer

M - coats the tongue nicely; bold, but not in a bad way; very nice

D - goes down smooth and pleasantly; leaves me satisfied and content after just one, but still wanting more; in fact, I may have to grab a few the next time a go out, to cellar a couple

Photo of prdstmnky
4.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on date: 12/31/08

Ive had this 2 year old in my fridge for a while, and this seemed like a good time to drink! Poured this one into a nice sized tulip. A cloudy, muddy brown color that lets not light through at all - very dense looking. I got just under 2 fingers of light tan head that settled to a creamy layer of foam that hung around during consumption.

First whiff brought lots of darker fruits, mainly plum and raisin. Also get some sweeter malt aromas, some chocolate notes, and a pretty strong alcohol presence. Those darker fruits are the upfront flavor in this quad, a nice fig and plum character. Also get a big dose of alcohol (i thought it may have subdued over 2 years in the cellar but that isn't the case from what I remember). The finish seems to have a nice dark / semi-sweet chocolate touch that does leave a nice aftertaste.

This quad is on the lower end of medium bodied (bordering on light), with a nice level of carbonation. A nice beer for a cold winter night, a fireplace, and a good book / movie.

I haven't had this in about a year, and that was fresh. Although I like the 10 alot, I prefer some of the other similar beers a bit more.

Photo of CruisaC
4.63/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this one hanging out in the cellar for 6+ months

Poured into my New Belgium glass

Pours a dark, dark brown but not completely opaque. There is a couple inches of light tan head that settles to a couple of mm's.

Smell is interesting. Slightly sour, a little bit of sweet grape and rum. I had a stone RIS last night and I have to say I prefer this smell profile.

Immediately you get the raisin, plum, and rum sweetness that good quads showcase. There is a hint of the sweet grape as well and a bit of the sour flavor towards the end. Absolutely delicious.

This beer has a tendency to just coat the mouth in a nice way while still managing to be quite carbonated. The carbonation doesn't really hit until the end, so you're able to enjoy the way the beer hangs around the mouth.

I tried this one fairly early in my craft beer drinking career. This was probably my fifth, and oldest (although certainly could handle a couple of years without problem), and on par with previous bottles. It probably is one of my top 3 favorite beers and really exemplifies why this style is currently my favorite. It will be interesting to try it next to my recently acquired Westy 12. If it wasn't $6 a bottle I could drink it weekly.

Photo of DuncanIdaho
4.2/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First review on BA and then I review what to some is the holy grail of Belgian brewing. Talk about taking the bull by the horns...

A: Deep dark brown colored beer, creates a neat 2 fingers of brownish foam. (poured in a Kasteel Trappist chalice)

S: Smokey flavor, slight hint of citrus fruit.

T: Very full flavor, a little bitter but fruity too. Hop is very noticeable. Well rounded saturating beer.

M: Light carbonation, chocolate aftertaste.

D: Full flavor, the alcohol is hardly noticeable, this is a serious beer so I would not drink more then 2 at a time, this will blur the taste of lighter beers.

This is the type of beer that I would like to drink with a nice steak, the flavor is very powerful so it can be enjoyed next to other strong flavors.

Photo of cheftasia28
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Trappistes Rochefort 10 poured into a Chimay Goblet.

A: A warming dark brown with a small light brown head that is short lived. When held up to light a golden brown is scene on the outer edges. Mild lacing.

S: Ohhhh. Sharp and delicious. Deep dark fruits paired with an intoxicatingly sweet maltiness. Rich.

T: Everything I hoped it would taste like! The dark fruits paired with a perfect malt balance. Not to be overpowered by the notes of alcohol. The flavor stays with you, clinging to your pallet. It is just heavenly. I am amazed about how sweet it is; and yet, it is still such a full bodied bombardment of rich "quadness." Worth every penny of the 6 bucks i paid for one bottle.

M: Light carbonation with a slightly dry finish.

D: Well, all things being said, this beer s at the top of my list. I could drink maybe two of them, but that would be a heavenly two drinks. After that I would want to move on to something a little less good as to not adulterate the quad with drunken haziness.

Photo of amcmaho1
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes...

Appearance: Great fig-date brown coloration for the body, holding a big frothy white head which quickly dissipates. Little lacing

Smell: Very "winelike" with lots of dark fruit esters. As it warms a sweetness increases, but the nose stays relatively balanced.

Taste: Lots of the same fruity esters as were on the nose. Very little to no alcohol heat, which is strange for a beer at 11% ABV. The taste remains sweet, but not cloyingly so.

Mouthfeel: Definitely not syrupy or thick, this beer remains very light for the ABV, and has a nice amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Where i was nervous at first, looking at the "11%," i found this to be a wonderful beer, and extremely drinkable. For the mere history behind this beer, it's worth checking out, but upon the first taste, you find an incredible beer which was artfully crafted and meant to be slowly enjoyed. I'll be putting more of these in the beer fridge for future consumption...

Photo of jds1469
4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very good beer from start to finish. Drank from a sniffer glass.

Appearance was dark brown with a small tan head. Laced well down the side of the glass.

Smell was almost perfect, very woody with hints for fruit, spices, breads and floral odors. The only thing that kept this from a 5 was that this bottle that I used to rate almost smelled like the first bottle from the batch. Almost like they should have let another gallon go before processing into bottles.

Taste was absolutely perfect, rich deep flavors of chocolate, fruits and yeast. No alcohol flavor to speak of at all.

Mouthfeel was great to start with but falls of pretty fast. I like how thick it feels to start with but the longer it goes the thinner it starts to feel.

Drinkability is great. This is a good on to drink either really cold or room temp.

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.93/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.30% ABV. .33L bottle poured into a dimple glass. Pours a clouded brown color with a quickly dissapating tan head. Sweet, fruity, bready aroma, with a hint of alcohol. Great body, well carbonated, chocolate, caramel, creamy almond smoothness. No alcohol on the palate, easy drinking quad. I prefer the Rochefort 8 over this one here.

Photo of mdquigley
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My first Rochefort, poured from a 330 ml bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Deep brown with a hint of deep purple. Head starts creamy white and rather thick, dissipating to an uneven, thin covering which holds together well. Some sticky lacing.

Smell: Sweet - candied fruits and brown sugar. I associate this sweet of a smell with warm pecan pie. Behind the sweetness is alcohol, which was not obvious until the beer warmed slightly.

Taste: Very strong sweetness. Deep brown sugar bordering on molasses. Tastes like the holidays. Moderate alcohol burn midway through, but rounds out soft and pleasant. Warm alcohol on the way down with lingering licorice, dry cocoa, and a certain nuttiness. Occasionally tart on the tip of the tongue.

Mouthfeel Very full and smooth. Carbonation is low enough to allow the taste of the beer to settle on the tongue. It's just fantastic brew!

Drinkability: Sipped from a chalice, this beer is beyond pleasing. Warm, inviting, and intoxicating. Over 11%, but the rich sweetness is ever so luring. Best enjoyed on a couch or similar area, far from motor vehicles and heavy machinery!

Photo of elgiacomo
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle, best by May 16, 2012, this has about 3.5 years under its belt. Served at cellar temp.

Pours murky brown with a fair fizzy-looking off white/tan head that holds a small cap but doesn't leave much lacing.

Aroma is a lot of dark fruits, raisins, plums, figs, currants, grapes, good caramel along with toasted bread, yeast, some chocolate, a bit of molasses, candi/brown sugar. Very good strength and I seem to pick up something new each time I take a whiff.

Flavor is a rich combination of dark fruits, plums, figs, raisins, black currants, as well as chocolate, toffee, brown sugar, caramel, molasses, toasted bread and yeast. No real alcohol in the taste, but a touch of heat as it goes down. A bit of sweetness, not much bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy and lush, medium carbonation. Drinks all too well for such a big beer.

It's been a few years since I've tried the 10 and to be honest I wasn't blown away the first time...felt it was a bit on the watery side but this bottle certainly isn't. Very rich, complex and delicious. Definitely holds up well to some age.

Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

appearance; hazy dark brown with a hint of red, almost a dark purple under the proper lighting. Tan head that dissipates quickly, leaving slight lacing. Foam collar around the edge of the glass and film in the center.

smell; very aromatic sweet plums and rum balance nicely with unique yeast and alcohol spice. Some cherry juice in the back end of the sniff after the alcohol spice fades out. Very complex and powerful, odors are all well represented and work well with each other...Perfect!

taste; pretty much like the smell. Upfront smooth plum and cherries. Some sourness that quickly becomes bitter in a rum-like sweet way. Aftertaste of mild citrus rind hops, before it mellows out to a delicious lactic and warm yeast. Walnuts soaked in warm spiced plum wein with candied ginger come to mind.

mouthfeel; like a cotton filled velvet pillow case. Prickly but with a classically burning alcohol, yet very gentle and soothing in a creamy way. Light and fine carbonation. All factors combined make a chewy yet medium bodied drink. Very smooth.

drinkability; not so much crisp and refreshing like most highly drinkable beers but so damn tasty and the high alcohol content is well hidden...quite a classy drink!

Photo of johnwarne
4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer haiku for you:

"Rochefort--you da' bomb!
A Belgian worth savoring.
World class, top shelf beer".

Rochefort--consistently probably the best beer family in the world. Not one have I ever had that was not an "A" offering, and their scarcity means when you find one [or more] that you snatch them up and savor them when you get a free moment.
If you don't find this a world beater--I will take your leftovers!

Cheers!

Photo of jporf911
4.93/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into an oversized snifter. The bottle has a code that says 030215. A little research revealed that this means it was bottled March 2nd, 2010 and will be good for five years past that date (though it would probably age even longer under the proper conditions).

Appearance- 4.5 out of 5. Pours a deep, dark brown like a medieval monk's robe. The formidable tan-brown head quickly fizzles away into nothing. Once it subsides, there is a little lacing left sticking around the edges. Be warned that there is a thick yeast cake sticking to the bottom of the bottle that will plop into the glass if you don't pour carefully. Once the sediment intrudes, the beer becomes cloudy and somewhat thicker.

Smell- 4.5 out of 5. Sweet malt and dark fruit leap out of the glass and tickle my nose with a thousand subtle nuances. Red grapes-- almost like wine, figs, plums, and vanilla swirl in an olfactory orgy. Cocoa and caramel linger afterward. Hops are nowhere to be found, but in this case, I don't miss them. The alcohol is evident at first whiff but not unpleasant-- just a bit spicy. This is a fairly fresh bottle, so it would likely mellow with age. Not quite as enticing as La Trappe Quadrupel, but damned close.

Taste- 5 out of 5. This is one of those beers whose scents blissfully match its flavor profile. Sweet caramel malt, dark bread, and fruity esters roll through my mouth like moat waters in a storm. It's like a feast from the Dark Ages bottled and sequestered away in a dusty castle alcove, saved for me to enjoy today. Everything from the smell translates into the taste but manifests more powerfully. The alcohol is strong and spreads warmth across my face; the sedimentary yeast adds a spicy, peppery note to balance out the vanilla and fruit sweetness. Only the faintest hint of herbal hops crosses my tongue, quickly washed away by an aftertaste that reminds me of port wine. The red grape taste is strong in this beer. The banality of "mouth-gasm" seems entirely too weak for this beer; "tongue-fuck" is more appropriate.

Mouthfeel- 4.5 out of 5. Moderate to full-bodied. The port wine comparison is again applicable. Creamy and smooth except for a bit of an astringent phenolic bite on the back of the tongue. The only disconcerting note is the intense tingling on my tongue like a Fizzy Lifting Drink from Willy Wonka's factory, but that fades after a few minutes in the glass.

Drinkability- 5 out of 5. If I could drink this beer on a nightly basis, I would be a rapturously happy man. It's probably good that this beer is somewhat rare; widespread availability would irrevocably spoil our palates. I could easily drink three or four of these, but keep in mind that it's a beer better sipped than gulped. As it is, the review is concluding just as the glass is almost empty, and I want to shout like Captain Jack Sparrow, "why is the beer gone?!". La Trappe Quadrupel is still probably by favorite Quad of all time, but this one definitely gives it a run for its money. World-class. If you see it, buy it; budget be damned.

Notes: Be sure to leave this beer out of the refrigerator for at least ten to fifteen minutes before pouring it. The ideal serving temperature is around 50 degrees Fahrenheit, and the flavor profile won't fully develop unless you let it reach that level of warmth. Don't cheat yourself.

Photo of JT2875
4.95/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a- Pours a dark brown with a red hue. Mild one finger brownish/white head that slowly fades.

s-Wow, smells delicious and complex. Dark malts and dark fruit. There are some caramel vanilla chocolate note as well.

t- Excellent, the smell didn't let me down! Flavor is just like the smell with a mild alcohol warming the throat.

m-Mild carbonation and a thick body.

d- This is a beer you pour after a hard or even good day. It just rewards you for buying it! While the price is steep I plan on getting some to put in the cellar. Excellent!

Photo of Gtheroux
4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pour careful!!

If I would rated this beer this first time I drank it it would have been one of those rateings you get when you look at the low reviews... I poured it to fast and got most of the sediment in my glass, the first time...I acctually didn't finish it...the second was a different story completly

You can't ask for much of a better aperance when your drinking this style with the dark chocolate look. 4.5 for still and
Little to much haze and sediment

I have issues smelling a beer after I've tasted it so I acctually had to convince my self that it would taste better then it smelled 2 minuites later...

And it the taste follows the smell remarkable well with flavours that as a rookie will take years to figuir out.... But wow, if Belgium beer need a rep, I've found one to compare all other belgiums to.. Complex, complex chocolate, coffea and malty flavors( anything dark)... With a little more acholar flavour then I like I couldn't believe it was masked like it was... But careful, one may be enough

Feel was matched by the look... Smooth feel with perfect carbonation

Careful, it drinks wayyy to easy for this abv.... Little, and I mean a little to much alcohol taste for me hense it not being a 5 here

Noted: i will buy more of these and this beer is the reason I started my cellar... This is a good beer for beer... All reviews are done on the iPhone because i make notes on it... Spelling won't be great :)

Photo of leakyfaucet12
4.97/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a- Beautiful beer. Dark body that just looks complex and a foamy brownish white hear that slowly goes away.

s- tons of complexity. I smell malts and dark fruit. There are some caramel vanilla chocolate tones as well. Smells damn tasty

t- woah does the smell transist into the taste. The boozy flavor is perfect while warming the throat it also is very faint almost like no alcohol at all. The fruits and the caramel are very dominant but the malts round it off perfectly. So complex. So good.

m-alot of carbonation and a thick body. Perfect

d- This might be the highest I have ever rated a beer. I cannot believe that there is a quad or even a beer that is considered to be better than this one. BRAVO

Photo of micromaniac129
4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my LaTrappe goblet for this special occasion. Pours a dark mahagony color with average foamy head. Appears nicely carbonated, so much so that it produces a nice little foamy mound in the center of a wispy foam ring around the glass. I did happen to notice that while pouring this beer, it appears to have a rather large amount of yeast sediment.
Smells dark and menacing with a rich complex malt bill followed by fruit and alcohol.
Sweet tasting malts, stewed plums and dates.
Big alcohol tatse that hit me hard.
I also can taste a nice sutle bread or grain aspect to the taste.

Mouthfeel lighter then I would expect.
I noticed while I sampled this great beer that my tongue and lips seem to be coated with a sweet tastiness similar to powered malt when brewing a beer, I cant't explain it.
This is a powerful beer and I had a hard time just finishing the bottle. One is plenty for me since I am not a big fan of hangovers.
None the less its a good tasting beer that shows different nuiances as it warms.

Photo of dugaldh
4.45/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I've never really tried anything else like this, so I don't really have anything to compare it to.

A-Extremely dark brown which lets very little light through, with a thick brown head. Decent head retention, and a little bit of lacing.

S-Malty notes, fruity aromas, faint hints of alcohol.

T-Strong sweet caramel malts, along with hop and fruit flavours, intense warming alcohol which becomes more predominant as the beer warms up.

M-A little carbonation, very full bodied.

D-Too rich to have more than one, especially with the strength of the alcohol. However as I said, I haven't had anything like this before, so it could just be that I'm not used to the style.

Photo of Snamnoum
4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - kind of murky brown very reminiscent of pond water. A small head of tan foam which dispersed rather quickly but left some sticky lace residue. Rather average looking quad.

Smell - on looks alone it wasn't doing to hot but here's where you get a hint that a truly awesome beer is in store. Rich bready malt and sweet fruit accompanied by a massive amount of alcohol.

Taste - An this is where you realize your nose was right and you're in for a treat. At first you get yeast and bready/graham cracker like malt followed by huge amounts of dried fruits (plumbs, apircots, and figs), then things get slightly dry and bitter. Just enough to keep the unfermented sugars from making this overly sweet. The finish is boozy and bourbon-like warming your throat and stomach as you swallow.

Mouthfeel - heavy bodied with out a doubt and well carbonated despite the lack of a large head. Chewy feel with out being abrasive somewhat creamy.

Drinkability - I had one in about 2 minutes and I'm about to fall asleep this is definitely a sipping beer but hell why would you want to throw this back its pure heaven. A great beer from a world class brewery well worth a try. Got to thank the guys at Hops City for this one.

Photo of kojevergas
4.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An amalgam of notes from: 1)Bottle into real pint glass in high altitude Denver, CO, and 2)Bottle into La Trappe Goblet in Belgium.

A: Pours a dark tan with a three finger head featuring yeasty dregs. Wonderful cream and thickness. Good retention.

Sm: Musty, yeasty, hoppy. Alcohol is very apparent. Chocolate, caramel, and nuts. Complex. A light strength scent, excepting the alcohol.

T: Sour. Lots of yeast. An injection of the alcohol complements the notes from the nose, particularly the nutty hops. Creamy. Hoppy. Balanced and good. Excellent for the style (is there a truly bad quadrupel?). There's almost a note of milk.

Mf: Too smooth until the climax. Creamy, delicately soft. Complements the notes in the body.

Dr: Doesn't hide its ABV as well as their other offerings. In Denver, I'd have it again, but its price is quite high. In Belgium, it's easily affordable.

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05.10.14: truncated re-review. Side-by-side with an Abt 12 and a Westvleteren 12.

A: Pours entirely foam - gorgeous creamy pale khaki goodness. Great fluffy frothy head overall. Excellent (~9 minute) retention. Body is a nontransparent dark reddish brown. Floating yeast is visible in the body.

Gorgeous looking beer overall.

Sm: Delightful dark fruit with impeccable subtlety. Plum, fig, dates. Dark Belgian malts. Damn good aroma for a quadrupel.

Mf: Almost perfectly coarse and dry to coax out the flavours. Near perfectly carbonated. Texture complements the taste very well. Still, it's not as delicate or fragile as the best quad.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

T: Dark fruits are the star here - plum, fig, dates, prunes. Belgian dark malts. Cream. Great balance and build. I'm digging it. Good depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Amazing subtlety. Near gestalt build.

O: One of the best quads out there, definitely. But not the best. Certainly deserves to be on any Top 10 quadrupel list. They don't make 'em much better.

A-

Photo of RodneyX
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a brownish beer with tinges of purple that bubbled up with a small brown head and then left a sticky film on the sides of the glass. It smells a lot like prunes and raisins and brown sugar. It tastes very much the same, with some alcohol adding a rough edge and cutting through the sweetness. Very thick, with natural feeling carbonation. I like this a lot but it got me buzzed really quickly so I couldn't drink ton of it.

Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
100 out of 100 based on 7,662 ratings.