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Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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7,331 Ratings
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Ratings: 7,331
Reviews: 2,551
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 552
Gots: 1,297 | 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 OskarL
4.3/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-Bye

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

330 mL bottle.

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

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

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

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

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

Bottle into a chalice.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mouthfeel is luxiurous and smooth with very light belgian carbonation.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FYI, this is my first beer review...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

330ml bottle poured into a chalice.

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

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

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

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

appearance - very dark , small tan head, light lacing

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

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

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

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

Zaplt, Feb 06, 2010
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
Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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