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Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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7,322 Ratings
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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 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
Photo of alkchrios
4.3/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very excited about this one. Ive heard its really close to the westy 12. Initial pour gave way to a thicker head that dissipated rather quickly. Caramel color head over an almost non transparent amber colored brew. Smell of malts and brown sugar.. a very earthy aroma with undertones of the alcohol (not over bearing at all)
First sip..slight carbonation...smells a bit maltier than it actually tastes. Medium bodied, definite presence of alcohol. Tastes essentially how it smells, floral, malty, delicious

Cheers.

alkchrios, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of generalnotsew
4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: One of the best Quads I have seen. Huge 3 finger frothy slightly tanned head. Head is still there 10 minutes after pouring. This beer is quite dark. Almost black with a deep brownish hue and thick sticky lacing.

S: Smells strongly of sweet plum, fig and raisins. Also picking up some dried apricot and other candied dried fruit. I am a smoker so I usually don't pick so much in the nose but this is so intense it is impossible not to.

T: Actually getting a tad bit of hops upfront while sweet sugary notes ring out on the backend. Plum and apricot are prominent here. Quite stellar.

M: Pretty much spot on. Just perhaps a tad too warming on the throat.

D: I do like a good Belgian but alas most are too sweet for me to want to drink lots of. It eventually gets to you.

I am always torn whether I prefer the Dubbel or the Quad. Drinking this will make me prefer the Quad all the time. This is an exceptional beer. There is a reason why you will never find a better Belgian outside of Belgium.

generalnotsew, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of ipaequalslove
4.83/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite beers, and its very clear why...

A: A murky chestnut brown color, with a hint of dark auburn. A thick, but not overtly so, head.

S: Very fragrant, spicy...dates, brown sugar, pecans...

T: Very smooth and full of flavor, the dates and sugar smells are quite present in the taste, I also taste a very faint hint of citrus. The alcohol taste is present on the swallow, but otherwise is muted.

M: Thick and smooth...perfect!

D: A wonderful sipper. Paired with some dark chocolate, a perfect dessert :-)

ipaequalslove, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of cvstrickland
4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented lightly chilled and poured into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip, Trappistes Rochefort 10 is hazy burnt chestnut in color with four fingers of pale beige foam atop. The towering head recedes slowly into a misshapen pillow, its grainy bubbles consolidating themselves into larger spongiform masses that deposit drooping rails of fluffy lacing onto the sides of the glass.

The aroma is spicy-sweet, with pungent notes of brandy-soaked dried figs, sticky dates, brown sugar and savory ripe banana. A splash of citrus and a waft of fresh green grass freshen the dark sugariness of the profile.

The taste is silken caramel with hints of mushy dates and overripe figs. Cooling alcohol is mild and fruity and adds a drying edge to counterract an overarching sweetness that otherwise might turn syrupy, but contributes immediate liquory warming to the innards of the drinker. A touch of yeasty banana becomes increasingly evident as the brew warms further.

The drink is silky-smooth and a bit too lightly carbonated, but sports a rich medium-fullish body that coats the palate with lingering slippery efficiency. This tasty treat is quite an excellent sipper for a cool winter evening.

cvstrickland, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of TommyW
4.88/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Very dark body with some faint dark purple tints; thin white head.

S- Dark sugars with some very faint phenols.

T- Pleasant spiciness upfront mixed into the sweet profile of dark, caramel and dark fruit sugars. Phenols are not very noticeable, nor is the alcohol other than its warming effect.

M- Nice thick and smooth feel.

D- A wonderful beer to sip!

TommyW, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of Jethro6191
4.45/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark tea color with a thin tan head and a lot of yeast sediment. This beer has a wonderful sweet candy smell along with malt and spicy fruit aromas. The flavors are sweet and fruity, including Belgian yeast, malt, candy sugar, vanilla, figs, spices, and brandy.

I really enjoyed everything about this ale, the aromas, flavors, the creamy mouthfeel, and the warming alcohol finish.

Jethro6191, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of cosmicevan
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into Ommegang tulip

A - Opened with a POP and poured a deep dark ruby reddish brown with a generous bubbly head and lively carbonation. Lacing slipped down the glass with a little bit clinging to the side.

S - Dark fruit medley. Apples jump out first followed by grape, fig and malty sweetness with a hint of alcohol.

T - A very well balanced medley of spices with some dark fruit flavors. The flavor has a lot going on and is very complex, but very even tasting and the alcohol content is hardly noticeable compared to other quads I've had (although you can certainly tell that it is there). Really great example of the style...strong and subtle at the same time. I'm a big fan of Ommegang's 3 Philosophers and this beer is a little less in your face which is really nice.

M - Smooth and thick. Very rich and syrup like with good carbonation and a tingly moist bready after taste. The alcohol is hidden really well in this one.

D - Very nicely balanced quad...extremely drinkable and delicious.

cosmicevan, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of nkersten
4.15/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a murky dark brown with a thick cream colored head. Moderate lacing and head retention. Lots of murky sediment left in the bottle.
S- The smell of this beer is amazing. Caramel, fresh bread, some dark fruits and even ripe bananas. Some alcohol and phenol smell in the background, but dominated by sweet maltiness.
T- Very sweet malt presence, kola nut, bananas and caramel in the front, finishes with booze and cloves. Minimal bitterness. Becomes much more alcohol forward as it warms up.
M- Medium body with a lot of fizzy carbonation. Creamy finish.
D- A great beer for sure. A perfect example of a quad, although once it warmed up i did not enjoy it as much because the alcohol was that much more noticeable. As a side note, I used some of this bottle to replace the cognac in a steak au poivre sauce as well... a great pairing for sure.

nkersten, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of m1ked
4.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

trying out the pairing as per Food & Wine- the chef from the Fathers Office pairs asian cuisine with belgian beers.

A- Pours a huge 4 finger tan fluffy head to a ratio of 2 fingers of beer. The actual liquid portion is a clear root beer garnet.

S- Pretty cliche dark raisins, dates, plums, cola, some nuttiness, a touch of alcohol.

T- just like the nose...dark raisins, browns sugar, molasses, tobacco, cola, nuttiness & some rum like booze.

M- Moderate body with not sharp carbonation that works throughout the swallow. Some rsidual sugar on the tongue.

D- This is an excellant beer to be sure. Paired really well with the lamb too. While I couldn't drink too many of these...it is a real treat.

m1ked, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle served in a chalice.

Murky brown with a beige head that stayed as a light layer leaving a few bits of lacing.
The aroma is of dark fruits and red grapes, first sniff reminded me of a hearty red wine.
The taste is a good blend of sweet fruity flavors and Belgium yeast, very nice to sip and savour.
Medium/Full bodied with good carbonation that goes down very smooth.
A most enjoyable brew.

JoeyBeerBelly, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of guitarninja
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Bought this 11.2oz bottle in Dec. 2007 at City Beverage in W-S, NC. I've kept it in the cellar for a special occasion. After 3 years, I'm ready to imbibe. I'll be pouring into an official "Trappistes Rochefort" gold-rimmed chalice.

A: Upon popping the top, I hear the sound of CO_2 releasing, and a mist hovers around the top of the bottle for about 30 seconds. Pours perfectly with a dark reddish-brown hue and about a quarter inch rim of head, with plenty of little yeasty deposits at the bottom.

S: Dried dark fruit (something like prunes), malts, dark chocolate, and just a hint of the alcohol (but not overpowering)

T: A tiny spice to start, chestnuts, brown sugar, dates, white chocolate, then slightly burnt cloves, and banana to finish.

MF: Carbonation tingles at first touch, then creamy, and a smooth but acidic finish.

D: I'll definitely have another. Not tonight though - a perfect nightcap. Now I'm going to smoke my pipe. Life is grand.

guitarninja, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of pdoran10
4.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Couldn't find this beer for a while at my favorite liquor store. They only had 8 and 6, both of which I really liked. They finally had it in stock about a month ago and I picked up two single bottles.

Poured into standard pint glass. This beer is very carbonated! Got about a full inch of head with a normal pour. The smell is spices, dark fruit, and some sugary sweetness. Very inviting. The taste is amazing! very complex and smooth. Hard to describe all the tastes going on here, but I get many of the flavors in the smell, and others I can't identify. I am somehow reminded of cotton candy while drinking this, which is strange for a beer and doesn't sound good, but trust me it is. Mouthfeel is good, lots of carbonation, you will notice a bit of solid residue on your tongue once in a while. Drinkability is fine, definitely some alcohol taste going on though.

pdoran10, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of natelocc787
4.83/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice appearance with a crimson amber body and a light beige head. Some sediment is present but the beer is so good I don't mind.

The smell is very unique. It smells like you popped open a fresh bottle of cabaret. Complex and very, very wine-like the nose speaks complexity in a big way. Raisins, spice, figs, sticky dates and caramel are just a few of the aromas you can pull from this nose.

Cocoa and caramel play a prominent role in the taste as does raisins and wood. This beer is complex and I've barely tried it. Specifics include Cabernet casks, Brandy barrels, fermented grapes, cocoa powder, jammed apples and apricots and it goes on and on. Very powerful, complex, tasty Quad.

Mouthfeel is up there and almost perfect for the style. What a beer, plenty of bubbles yet creamy, crisp and fulfilling on the tongue.

Completely lives up to the hype, much better than ABT 12 and deserves all accolades. What a beer!

natelocc787, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of tuckevalastin
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Deep brown with a beautiful foamy head

S: Sweet, fruity, with a malty flavor. The smell is strong and has alot of plum/raison in it. A small hint of alcohol in the smell.

T: A nice strong dark fruit flavor that doesn't overwhelm. It's got abit of spice on the back end and there's no sign of hops. Taste matches the smell completely.

M: It's a rich, smooth, medium-full bodied beer. There's some nice underlying heat from the alcohol but not too much. Nice carbonation as well.

D: Easily the most drinkable beer over 10% I've ever had. This beer is no sipper and can be drank with relative ease.

tuckevalastin, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of bbkd3b
4.78/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've been dying to get my hands on one of these, and now it is time: I have officially poured this into a goblet.

A: Great looking beer. It pours a real deep brown, very dense. it has a 1-finger head that just... sits there. The lacing is pretty much "OMG!" awesome. It sticks to the glass, and it absolutely refuses to go away.

S: Hm... malty is the best way to put it, but it's far more COMPLEX than that. Sweeter smell of sugar meets sharper smell of dark fruits and the alcohol underneath. Good smelling, but nothing that makes me go "whoa."

T: Well, this made me go "whoa!" Super on every level. It's got depth... a lot of it, too. There's the sweetness of the sugar and cocoa, but there's so much more to it. There are dark fruits like plum, as well. The sweetness is so well-balanced... I don't know if I can call anything except perfect.

M: Good, thick body with nice carbonation. Complements the beer really well. The alcohol seeped in, though. I'm not going to complain, I'm to busy saying "om nom nom." Second one I tried, I didn't get that alcohol at all, making it perfect. Just perfect.

D: Why, oh why, did I only buy one bottle? Seriously, given the high content of the alcohol, I don't think I'll find a more drinkable beer out there.

Overall/notes: Monks rule. I don't even know if I have anything else to say. Anyone who can brew a beer like this deserves a hug... or at least a high-five. That's only if the hug isn't desired, though. I've seen the top of the beer, and it is Trappistes Rochefort 10, you beautiful brew, you.

bbkd3b, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of rfgetz
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a darker brown with a touch of haze, perfect head, great retention and lacing. Smell is a wonderful, perfumey blend of belgian yeasts, banana, clove, plum, wine grapes, slightly earthy. Taste melds all the components of scent into a dangerously silky smooth and complex concoction with well hidden ABVs. A great beer. I was expecting a big, bold and boozy bomb, but all i got was complexity, smoothness and pure joy.

rfgetz, Jan 17, 2010
Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
100 out of 100 based on 7,322 ratings.