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Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,167 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 7,167
Reviews: 2,543
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 518
Gots: 1,224 | FT: 49
Brewed by:
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 icemanrulz
5/5  rDev +10.9%

I have had this beer fairly frequently over the past 10 years but have never sat down to review it till now. I received a bottle as a gift and poured into my trappistes rochefort chalice. The color is a dark amber with about a half inch head, I pour the whole bottle so there is noticeable sediment. The smell is like Christmas morning, a sweet blend of clove, anise, dried fruit, and alcohol. The taste evolves with every sip, with a masterful blend of raisin, plum, clove, anise, among other spices, and a warming alcohol finish. It's truly one of the few beers that seem to evolve with each sip. The mouthfeel is soft and smooth, a little on the chewy side. The high alcohol content is expertly masked by all the sweetness and complex flavors. There is just so much to say about this beer and yet words really fail to do it the proper justice it deserves. To me, the Rochefort 10 is the gold standard by which all beers are measured, yet none can live up to. Drink in good health, friends. Prost!

icemanrulz, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of DwnTwnBwn
4.78/5  rDev +6%

A: Served in a goblet. Pours a thick brown color with a 3 finger head. Lacing is very thick. Perfect lacing as the drink goes down.

S: Smells of sweet bread and fig pudding. Yeasty notes enhance the strong sweet malt presence

T: There is so much flavor here in each sip. Each one brings a deep complex dark fruit of raisins and plums. Sewwt ness gives way to a slight spicy noble hop presences then melds back into a strong sweet malt finish.

M: Full bodied, but doesnt let on that it is. There is a presence of alcohol but onbly slighty warm.Very easy to quaff

O: This beer has to be the best widely available Trappist Quad out there. It is simply amazing every time I come back to it.

DwnTwnBwn, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.93/5  rDev -12.9%

This is probably the highest rated beer I have ever had to date. I had the Rochefort 8 yesterday and enjoyed it quite a bit. Here is my review of the 10:

A: Pours a murky brown color with a nice frothy tan head. Lacing is very thick. Head just sticks around. I think this one is a little darker than the 8. There is also quite a bit of brown sediment, not only in the beer itself, but in the head also.

S: Smells similar to the 8, but I get a much more pronounced red wine aroma. Lots of dark fruits. Alcohol is very pronounced as well. Kind of burns the nose a little.

T: First couple sips are quite overpowering. Tastes exactly like a red wine with a major alcohol aftertaste. But, once you get past that, there is some major flavor complexity here. For starters, this is on the sweet side. The first thing you will taste is the dark fruit, lots of currants, plums, cherry and figs. There are toffee notes in there as well. The spices are very prominent and intermingle with the major alcohol profile in the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Somewhat dry finish. Quite a bit of alcohol burn. Other than the alcohol in the finish, it is a very smooth beer overall.

D: This is a sipper. No question about it. Very rich and drinks more like a wine than a beer. This is a beer you only drink on special occasions. I couldn't imagine drinking this more than one or two times the whole year.

I have to admit, this is probably the most wine-like beer I have ever had. The alcohol astringency in the finish is probably the biggest deterrent for me. Other than that, this is probably one of the most complex beers around and is worth trying at least once. I personally found the Rochefort 8 a little more drinker friendly. Check em both out if you can. Recommended.

OldSchoolGamer, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of boxofepilepsy
4.9/5  rDev +8.6%

If this is not the perfect beer, it is quite close. Typical quad brown, lighter around the edges, with light lacing head. Nose is dominated by roasted caramel, chocolate, and loads of yeasty fruitiness. Sweet taste with milky chocolate and slight nuttiness over that glorious caramel. Warming alcohol is evident but adds to balance. If not for the inherent weight of the beer, I could drink this thing all night. My favorite beer? A good possibility.

boxofepilepsy, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of Klgkenny
4.13/5  rDev -8.4%

Poured from a chilled bottle into room temp goblet.

Pours a murky reddish-brown with a thin scrim of cream colored head. Lots of floaties in here. This is what the bottom of the nile looks like during flood season.

Aromas of plums and other dark fruits. Spices on top of faint fumes of alcohol. Esters and the faintest scent of cream (for some reason...)

Tastes like a great quad! Lots of dark fruit and wine-like goodness up front. A light but well balanced back end consisting of hops and alcohol. Faintly warming, but refreshing at the same time.

The mouthfeel is ok, but I would love to have just a bit more carbonation. That would fill out the body just a bit and really round this out for me. The tastes do a good job of lightly coating and not overpowering.

Overall drinkability is good for an imported quad. The only thing really keeping me from drinking this regularly is availability and price.

If you can find it, buy it and set it aside for a special occasion.

Klgkenny, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of EatsTacos
4.6/5  rDev +2%

Pours a dark chocolate brown with a creamy, thin head. Not a lot of lacing.

The aroma is a rich blend of spices with a chocolately malt. Fruits like banana, apple, pear, and dried apricots, raisins.

The flavour of this beer is the real spotlight. The alcohol is very well hidden, the most of any quad I've tasted. Much more fruity and less of a roasted/burnt flavour than a Westy or St. Bernardus. Complexity comes with the spicey character. Like baked banana bread, spicey gingerbread cookies. Chocolate. Expresso even. Bitter and dry in the finish.

Clean and sharp carbonation, with a medium body.

EatsTacos, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of SpruceFish
4.22/5  rDev -6.4%

A- dark brown almost opaque

S- wow this one is great candy sugar dark fruits (figs raisins dates) oak and some booze

T- very similar to the smell dark fruits candied sugar oaky undertones and some booze

M- smooth and creamy and good carbonations

D- is good but there is a boozy presence that takes away from it

SpruceFish, Jun 16, 2009
Photo of grayburn
4.53/5  rDev +0.4%

Finally got a chance to try this after some anticipation. She pours a mahogany brown with a nice haze. Two finger head that runs away too quickly. Lacing is nice and leggy.

The smell and taste are both representative of what seperates a quad from a belgian strong dark. This thick maltiness with a sweetness that doesn't hide behind, but rather plays beside, some nice abbey yeastiness.

The mouthfeel is perfection for the style, perfect amount of carbonation plays with the thick body to hide any presence of alcohol. Incredible.

The drink is as easy as any brew of this magnitude. Very nice. Well played sirs.

grayburn, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of coldmeat23
4.78/5  rDev +6%

GLASS: Tulip
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degres
BOTTLE DATED: 16/04/13 (Best Before)[Approx 14 months aged]

Pours a very dark garnet color. Three-finger head of light brown foam. Retention is very good. Lacing is thick, but slippery, leaving an oily sheen on the sides of the glass.

A beautiful nose, indeed. Big notes of brown sugars and caramel malts. Figs, dates, plums and cherries are among the dark fruits present in this glass. Light notes of vanilla, spices candi sugars and sweet molasses.
Very complex and appealing nose.

As far as I'm concerned, forget the 6 and 8. Rochefort 10 is where it's at. Damn, that's a great brew.
Huge dark fruit notes dominate. Raisins, figs, plums, cherries, and more. Every sip seems to bring something new. Wonderful malty backbone. Caramel, brown sugar, light molasses and toffees. Toasted nuts. Great spice presence. Belgian candi sugars. There's so much going on in this brew.
This is a flavor-bomb of a beer and that's just what I like. This is NOT for the meak!

Nicely full-bodied. Nicely creamy, yet very smooth and easy-to-drink. Medium, almost high, level of carbonation, which is just about perfect, for this one.

While the 11.30%ABV is noticed, in the feeling department, it certainly doesn't seem that big in the flavor department. This is such a well-balanced brew. Very drinkable, especially in the land of Quads. The high ABV keeps it from a perfect score for drinkability, but I wouldn't change a thing about this one.
One of my all-time favorites.

coldmeat23, Jun 07, 2009
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4.35/5  rDev -3.5%

Poured into a St. Bernardus Goblet from an 11.2 oz bottle.

A: Dark Mahogony with a slight brownish grey head that lasts the whole way down, very little lacing, some floaties

S: LET THIS BEER WARM UP! Dark fruits, green raisins, plums, dates and some apple esthers, very complex, I'm picking up some booziness at first which blends in nicely as it warms

M: Very highly carbonated but it smooths out over the palate, dry finish and slightly chalky with some alcohol warmness at the end

T: Earthy, grassy to begin with, but as it smooths out in the mouth, a very complex flavor profile; raisins, dark fruit and some bitter chocoalte.

D: I could drink a few of these. The alcohol is hidden so very well. A real pleasure to taste. However, I prefer the St. Bernardus Abt 12 to this one. It just seems a bit more chewy with more of a dark fruit and spice that I prefer. Overall this is still a world class Quad.

jdflyer06, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of Sean9689
4.1/5  rDev -9.1%

Poured from a bottle into my DFH snifter.

A - Dark brown/charcoal color with an ashy-grey head. Pretty sticky head that leaves some decent lacing along the sides of the glass.

S - Dark fruit, berries, sugars, malts, some alcohol booze as well. Overall, very sweet on the nose.

T - Not as sweet as the nose. Some dark fruits, roasted nuts, and malts. I can taste the alcohol, but not overpowering at all.

M - Light to medium in body, fizzy carbonation which works well with this beer, dry finish.

D - Easy to drink but probably just once in a while for me. I prefer the Westy 12 to this one, although this is a good Quad.

Sean9689, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.33/5  rDev -4%

11.2 oz single purchased at Whole Foods in Duluth, GA. Poured into a St Bernardus chalice.

A: Pours a dark brown color with a small tan head. The head does not last long before it settles into a thick outer ring with a few patches of bubbles that almost look like oil slicks on the surface. The bubbles try to leave some lacing but it just slides down the glass.

S: There is a big aroma coming from this brew. There is quite a big sweet dark fruit aroma that seems to be dominated by raisin.

T: The flavor packs a hell of a punch. Its big and aggressive. Loads of dark fruit flavor. Figs and raisins mixed with Belgian yeast and caramel sweetness. There is a bit of spice to it as well. It is a great tasting brew for those that like big flavors like me.

M: The carbonation is a little more aggressive than I would care for in this style at the initial sip. It mellows out relatively quickly, but then almost feels a bit watery instead of more of a medium body at initial sip.

D: This one is a sipper for sure. The ABV and huge flavor punch make sure that it is a brew that goes down slowly.

GatorBeerNerd, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of ThaBobfather
4.6/5  rDev +2%

Pours what I would describe as a murky dark brown with a mild sampling of brownish head.
Smells heavily with a variety of dark fruits, some sweet malts, and chocolate.
Taste resonates heavily with dark fruit, malt, a little yeast, and hints of some cherries.
Finish is crisp with a wonderful after-taste featuring cherries and malt.
Incredibly drinkable, the dark fruit really smooths out the 11.3%. Great drinker.

ThaBobfather, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of BeerStine
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%

11.2 once bottle poured into a wine glass.

Pours a dark reddish brown with an off-white active head. Smell is amazing. Smells of sweet malts with a fruity vanilla undertone. Taste is sweet malted goodness with great balancing hops. Mouthfeel is medium/heavy with surprisingly higher carbonation. Drinkabiliy is unmatched. I could one or many of these.

Overall this beer is great. I would drink it any day.

BeerStine, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of Stavage
4.6/5  rDev +2%

Poured into a Trappistes Rochefort chalice with a nice bubbly and sticky head. Liquid was deep dark brown with an almost ruby tinge around the egdes. Lacing stuck around til the end and was splendously sticky.

There was a full grainy sweetness to the smell like the smell of brown sugar or maybe even molasses though not too strong by any means. There was a pleasant spicy phenolic smell, a hint of berry and just a touch of chocolate. All in all very appetising.

Taste didn't dissapoint. Sweetness was hitting the tastebuds but it definitely wasn't overpowering. Had that molasses quality to it. Very nice dark malt flavours edging towards the chocolate side of things. The berry flavours mingled around coming in and out of perception and there was a spicy phenolic flavour which was noticeable but definitely not overpowering that became most noticeable towards the end and lingered for a while. 11.3% alcohol? Where was it? If it didn't make me giddy so quicky I wouldn't have guessed it.

Smooth, low carbonated in a good way, went down very easily. I guess you'd say it was medium bodied. The smooth creaminess dominates the mouthfeel.

I had to finish this beer in a rush as my company had to leave in a hurry. I got to enjoy maybe 2/3 of my bottle before I got rushed. You'd think it would be a task to rush an 11.3%abv quad but it wasn't the case, I just felt terrible as it seemed such a waste for such a fine beer. But this really went down so well, so smoothly and so easily with so many delightful and complex flavours. Nearly no bitterness but it got away with it, the malty flavours being dark and subtle enough to not really require that hops balance. Definitely going to be re drinking this when I have more time on my hands. A delight.

edit/ just tried this again in better circumstances, and sipping it slowly I find it amazing how smooth it goes down and how well the booze is hidden. Definitely the most drinkable quad I've come across so far.

Stavage, May 31, 2009
Photo of hardy008
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Appearance - Pours a dark brown color with a tan foamy 3 finger head which sticks to the side of the glass.

Smell - sweet aroma of candy sugar, plums, other fruit, and malt. Also has a strong aroma of alcohol.

Taste - Sugar, caramel, fruit and alcohol are the most dominant flavors. Has a sweet aftertaste. Is easy to drink even with the noticeable amount of alcohol present.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, creamy, full bodied with a sweet aftertaste.

Drinkability - Drinkability is great, but you don't want to session drink this due to the high alcohol.

hardy008, May 31, 2009
Photo of dublife1
4.72/5  rDev +4.7%

I finally got around to tasting this Quad masterpiece. Poured into my Duvel Tulip with a 3 finger head that lingers awhile. Smell is great with Dark fruits and sweet malts dominating. Taste is so very complex and wonderous. Raisins, plums, figs and spices are everywhere in a good way! Mouthfeel is similair to Abt 12 in this category. Drinkability is much better than expected from such a high ABV beer. You could definitely have more than one of these in a session!!!

dublife1, May 30, 2009
Photo of Foxtrot
4.78/5  rDev +6%

Wow. I can't believe I stumbled upon this lone bottle at my Bev Mo. Digging through some shelves of Westmalle and this pops up. What a treat.

Small 11.3 bottle poured into a snifter glass

The poured yielded a very dark brown with ruby hues around the edges. Pour also gave way to a beautiful 2 finger ivory cap that dissipated slowly to a small rim around the edges of my glass. This is alot darker than I had expected.

Aromas have a huge range with this one. It goes from cloves, pepper, and bready to plums, raisins, and dark sugar with heavy yeast scents present throughout the entire ride.

Now for the ultimate test...and it delivered in spades. Begins with a slight alcohol sting on the very tip of the tongue. Just enough to give me notice, but not so strong and overpowering. Now we move to plum and yeast notes tagging behind the prickly alcohol and carbonation accompanied by dark caramel, rum, and molasses. Finish was extremely smooth. Hides the alcohol presence very well.

Mouthfeel was full bodied and viscous creating a nice slick coat in the mouth. Some may disagree with me, but I think it was just a wee bit too carbonated. Regardless of that, it was still fantastic.

Huge props for drinkability. The abundant carbonation makes this beer harder to resist from just merely sipping.

All in all, this was a damn good Quadrupel and I'm thrilled to have tried this.

Foxtrot, May 29, 2009
Photo of stbfan
4.88/5  rDev +8.2%

opaque brown with a nice tan head.leaves a nice lace with every tilt of the chalice.

smells like chocolate/hops /bread/alcohol. very complex!

tastes sublime.so complex and warming.bit of pepper, bit of wood, hint of caramel(sugar)

alcohol fills the nasal cavity when it is in your mouth!nice heavy mouthfeel.

this is the real deal. what a beer!

stbfan, May 29, 2009
Photo of originalsin
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%

Picked this bottle up at a Wine and Beer shop not too far from my house--was quite happy to see it there.
Don't have a chalice or a snifter so I poured this into the closest thing I could find: a Bordeaux glass.

A: The pour is a beautiful dark-reddish brown that yields over half on inch of an incredible fluffy brown head that laces well and slowly fades to a slim film over the top of the beer that retains the whole way through. Certainly a good looking quad--my only regret is not having my Chimay goblet or even a more suitable one such as a Rochefort glass itself. Next time I'll be sure to do so. Additionally, there are some chunks of yeast sediment floating around.

S: The nose on this brew is relatively subdued. There's a noticeable alcohol undertone that briefly overshadows the dark fruit notes that eventually become more prominent. Raisin and date are certainly the most forthcoming. Dark roasted malts and chocolates make a brief appearance, too.

T: I think one of the most beautiful things about a great belgian quad such as this one is how, as it warms slightly, it grows more and more complex. I poured it far colder than I ought to have--pulling it from the fridge and letting it sit for merely 10 minutes before drinking. Initially the alcohol provides a backdrop for the brew, just as the nose advertises. As the beer warms those alcohol notes begin to disappear as they are overshadowed by mild spice notes and the obvious raisin, date, and dark fruit notes. Even dark chocolate makes an appearance. This is another great beer that reaffirms my love of belgian quads.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and the beer is lightly carbonated. Drinkability is far greater than I initially expected--it puts other belgian quads to shame, almost, in that regard.

All in all, this is a delicious beer--a spectacular belgian quad that I'll continue to purchase for years to come. If you haven't tried it: do.

originalsin, May 26, 2009
Photo of NCSUdo
4.2/5  rDev -6.9%

11.2 oz bottle

A: Dark black body under a small off white head. Even for a quad, I think this is an unusually dark body. Some decent lace and retention.

S: Fruity, boozy, bit of sour and tart character, sweet, vinous. The aromas there are nice, but a bit subdued. I like my quads a bit bigger in the aroma department. Good, but could be better for me.

T: Again, sweet, fruity and boozy up front. Very hot. Finish is a tad bitter but mostly a drying alcohol character. Malt is felt through out. Huge taste. Almost a champagne character to it. A bit overwhelming at first, but very nice.

M/D: Full body, but not very heavy. Carbonation is too high for my taste, too prickly and contributes to a bit of falling apart on the tongue. Drinkability is a little low for me, it's just such a big beer. Despite the huge booze presence, I can still appreciate this beer. The sample I had while in Belgium was much less bold then this sample.

NCSUdo, May 25, 2009
Photo of Jeffo
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%

Got this at the bottle shop down the road.

From a bottle into a Rochefort Chalice.

Note: Part of the Quad Showdown, including the Rochefort 10, St. Bernardus 12, and Westvleteren 12, in that order.

APPEARANCE: A cautious pour yields a thicker, fluffy looking tan head that fits the top of the glass perfectly. Colour is a nice opaque seal brown with some carbonation evident, which quickly dies off. Head has good retention and eventually fades to a decently thick film. Film remains until the end and leaves some nice lacing down the glass. The look of this beer is fantastic, and it looks like a piece of art in the beautifully crafted Rochefort glass. I'd almost rather take a picture of it instead.

SMELL: Mainly dark fruits, raisins mostly, with some grapes and dates as well. Spices in there too, such as cloves and coriander, along with some spicy alcohol. A touch of Belgian yeast underlines everything. Very nice, though I wish it were a little bolder.

TASTE: This is definitely bolder. Lots of dark fruits again, raisins, grapes and dates, alongside some spicy elements, much like the nose advertises. Spicy alcohol brings up the rear, which gives the whole a slight wine-like quality. A strong and long lasting aftertaste is full of spices, clove and coriander again, with some alcohol there as well. Not overly sweet or bitter, and the alcohol, though present, is well balanced and not overpowering. Delicious to say the least.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Nice and creamy on the palate, goes down creamy smooth with a bit of an alcohol scratch at the end and finishes with the right amount of stickiness. Solid here as well.

OVERALL: This one definitely lives up to the hype, and then some. It puts its little brothers, the Roch 6 and Roch 8, to shame. As part of the Quad Showdown, this was my favourite of the three by far. A thing of beauty in the glass and a real tasty treat, the Rochefort 10 is a real pleasure. Probably the most drinkable quad as well. Though one at a time is enough, this one will become a staple in the beer cellar.

Jeffo, May 25, 2009
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4.03/5  rDev -10.6%

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Quite a strong, dignified pour. A strong brown sugar brown with just a hint of translucence around the edges of the glass. The head does not form right away, but after a patient and proper pour, a healthy foam arrives. Gentle lace clings to the glass.

Smell: Strong malt and yeast character, somewhat caramelly but more vanilla and spice flavors. The alcohol can be subtly noted.

Taste: An extremely complex malt flavor greets the palette. Each sip, particularly with changes in temperature, reveal something new. Figs, vanilla, and caramel are the most obvious flavors, but I have gotten hints of nutmeg and raisins. The alcohol is well-hidden, but I get a little in the middle of the sip. I am left with a slightly tart and dry finish.

Mouthfeel: A smooth, balanced feel. Creamy and carbonated at once, and it has a little bit of an oily texture.

Drinkability: Considering the alcohol content, definitely a little bit too drinkable. I did not even think about it being 11.3% until I had breezed my way through my first.

Overall a great beer. Tough to go wrong with a Trappist though.

KickInTheChalice, May 24, 2009
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3.88/5  rDev -14%

A- Quite dark with brown undertones. Pours with a solid .25" head that doesn't go away. A healthy amount of lacing sticks to the glass.

S- Different hints of berry, grapes, caramel vanilla and malt.

T- Complex with a definite alcohol presence. Starts sweet and robust with bits of caramel and molasses. Slowly finishes with a tinny flavor. A dark bitterness resides on the tip of the tongue. After the beer warms the taste becomes more complex and the nuances of the beer come out.

M- A hardy dose of tingling carbonation throughout, finishing dry. A little dry for my tastes.

D- The carbonation makes this a little hard to drink fast, but this is a sipping beer anyway. Still fairly easy to drink the despite the high abv.

I've had this many times in the past and enjoyed it much more than today. I will have to re-evaluate this world class beer in the future and see if I rate it higher.

Spacegrass, May 23, 2009
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4.33/5  rDev -4%

wow! this stuff is good - huge head on every pour, having to wait for it to die down before i can sip - laces the glass thickly and fully -murky brown color - taste is very creamy smooth well balanced tasty malt - smooth mouthfeel as well - i could easily drink too many of these - exceptional brew.

JoeBloe, May 23, 2009
Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
100 out of 100 based on 7,167 ratings.