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Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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world-class

7,630 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 7,630
Reviews: 2,578
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 604
Gots: 1,439 | FT: 52
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Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 11-06-2000)
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Photo of JamisonM
4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy deep dark brown with a tan head

S: Dark fruit, figs, raisins and plums sweet smelling malts here no alcohol in the nose

T: Dark fruit with a nice sweetness complex and deep a light tang to balance the sweetness

M: med to high carbonation with a med mouth

D: very drinkable

overall: a great beer what a beer this is! one of the best Quads on the planet!

Photo of Chronofied
4.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Around 55°F, served in a Chimay goblet.

Appearance - A quite dark brown, fading towards black. Murky, with lots of visible sediment swirling about. A nice, thick mocha colored head that sticks around quite reliably, and leaves behind moderate lace.

Smell - Strong yeast smells abound, with roasty malts underlying. Hop smell is a little bit spicy but is nearly occluded by the yeast and malt. Esters present a slight cherry and slighter banana smell at the end of the nose.

Taste - Sweet cherry notes riddling the rich, roasted malty character of the brew. Hovering somewhere between medium and full bodied, the carbonation really opens the sweetness and fruit on the tongue. Alcohol burn doesn't wait to announce itself. You know it right from the get go, and it doesn't leave until after a slight caramel taste comes out in the sweetness on the finish. A small hop bitterness mitigates the sweetness, keeping it from becoming cloying. Aftertaste is pleasant, with the caramel emerging more, and remains for some time.

Mouthfeel - Simultaneously creamy and bubbly. The carbonation really opens up the taste, and the creaminess really enriches it, allowing it to stick on the tongue. Alcohol produces a bit of burn but not unpleasantly so.

Drinkability - The richness and sweetness of this beer, along with the slight burn of alcohol, make this a beer that does not lend itself well to sessioning. However, these qualities also make that first glass, and perhaps the second, a quick and thrilling journey. Moderately drinkable.

Photo of emmasdad
4.15/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich, dark, opaque brown color, with a thin, light brown head, that quickly dissipates. Aromas of freshly baked bread, molasses, dried fruits and chocolate. On the palate, this on is medium bodied and nicely balanced, with prunes, brown bread, raisins, chocolate and sweet sugars, and a little alcoholic punch. A very good beer.

Photo of revolt914
4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I must say all quads have a drinkability like no other beer. I don't prefer quads all that much but I must say when they go down they simply go down.

A: Deep and rich brown color with a creamy tan lace, with some stickiness to it.

S: Spicy raisin and plum smell to it.

T: Semi alcoholic taste to it... lost of that rasin and plum in the taste as well... interesting quad.

M: Rolls over the tongue like it was nothing but a juice.

D: Beers like this make me wonder why they don't like children drink beer cause it's so damn easy to drink.

Just kidding on the children thing.

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

Glad to get this again. It never disappoints. Poured from bottle into a Chimay goblet. Nice deep, dark brown nutty color with a slight head and a little light lacing. The aroma is not overpowering but inviting. Sweet smell of dark fruit, some malty aroma, with a hint of alcohol.

Amazing taste. Dark fruit, raisins, chocolate and I sense coffee, but more likely a roasted toffee-like taste. Very complex, but you can almost pick out a new flavor with each sip.

For the high ABV, the alcohol seems even more masked in the taste than in the aroma. Very enjoyable to sip and the flavors seem to come out more as it warms up. I expected a world class beer and this did not disappoint.

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

A- Chestnut with slight head. Tons of yeast. Slight carbo.

S- Slightly malty. A bit of booze but very minimal considering it's 11.3%. Hints of plum and raisin.

T- Plums and raisin. Dark fruit. Slight yeast notes. Very fruity. Some bubblegum. Little bits of sugar. Breadiness and buttery afteraste.

M- Full body. Creamy and smooth. Carbo is just right.

D- Very drinkable. Light and easy (especially for 11.3%). Great example of style.

Photo of JayS2629
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So far, my favorite beer ever. I may edit and revise later, but who knows.

A- Like coca-cola. Nice fizzy one inch espresso head. Deep rich coffe black.

S- Weet with brown sugar and notes of caramel. The most dominate flavors are chocolate and dark cherry with notes of vanilla.

T- Deep velvety chocolate with high notes of dark cherry and honey. A slight vanilla mixed in. A littel bit of toffee.

M- Thick and velvety. I know I already used velvety once, but its a velvety beer. Smooth with a well balanced body. Slight carbonation. Nice on the tounge.

D- Very strong yet smooth. Definitely a sipping beer. Liquid dessert. Rich and dark. Savor each sip. Long finish of delicious chocolate and dark cherry.

Photo of nas5755
4.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice brown beer with a tan head and a little smooth lacing. The nose has subtle raisins and dark fruit with some malts and touch of alcohol. Very complex taste, full of subtleties ranging from raisins, dark fruits, sweet flat cola, dark sugars, very little anise but it's there mixed with the rest of the flavors and some alcohol. A very nice carbonation which is on the minimal to medium side, the bubbles are tiny. A very complex and interesting quad that everyone should try.

Photo of hopstorm
4.13/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a beer that I have come to love over time. Every time I have it I taste something different than the last. What is it about the monks that make them brew such magical offerings such as this? You can really tell the difference between the water used in this beer vs. other quads/belgians. I think thats what does it, well, that and the years of this yeast being developed. I have read reviews where they say the alcohol is sharp. I don't think so. It is well hidden, for 11.2%. The appearance is what I would expect, dark with lots of sediment. A nice sticky head that sticks with it. Mmmm, the sediment is an added treat IMO. Smell is wonderful, I get raisins, bread, dark currents, and something else I can never quite put my finger on. Taste is fantastic! I like to pour it cold and let it sit for awhile before I taste it. Then I sip on it as it warms, letting my palette really warm up with it. If you tried this cold, then tried another one warm, it is completely different. I prefer it somewhere in the middle. The mouthfeel is good as well, kind of chewy but not too thick. Drinkability is also good, but I would never dream of slamming it. This is one to be savored. Probably in my top 5 favorite beers.

Photo of tewaris
4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle with a freshness date of February 03, 2015, poured into a 25 oz snifter on October 26, 2010.

Appearance 4/5
Clear mahogany brown with dark sediment at the bottom, this ale pours with a big light tan colored head; the head retention is average, and lacing minimal.

Aroma 4/5
Dark fruit, sweetness, sharp alcohol, fresh baked dessert, perhaps chocolate? Too much alcohol at warmer temperature that distracts at times, but never gets solventy.

Taste 4.5/5
The taste is poetry when the beer gets warm, and warm is the best temperature for this one: beginnings are humble, just slightly sweet and fairly easy on the palate. It's towards the end when it turns massive, or should I say sublime? Vinous tannic astringency makes its presence felt and leaves raisin-ous notes on the palate, while chocolate and toffee like flavors take over the nose, and stay all along the warm, long finish that is never cloying. Some toastily malty notes in the aftertaste, and sweetness on the lips. Cold as this beverage is at room temperature, the impression is of a warm dessert after a satisfying meal.

Mouthfeel 5/5
The body is medium, but its presence immense.

Drinkability 5/5
In general I take alcohol into account while rating drinkability but for Belgian ales I make exceptions. I feel greedy for this one, what else can I say?

Other
This beer might make me revisit Chimay Blue and Trois Pistoles, that I rated lower, but I can clearly see how they were similar in character, if not at par in merit.

Photo of jlmarshall
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a murky brown with no head. Quite a bit of sediment at the end of the pour.

S - Sweet with scents of yeast, malt, clove, dark fruits, and autumn spices.

M - Full, bready, thick, syrupy, sticky, a little bubbly on the tongue, and sticky. A little warm.

T - Tastes a lot like it smells. Sweet with a taste of dark sugars. Kind of like dark rum. Dark fruits like raisins. A little spicey with some clove.

D - This is a fantastic beer and the only think would keep me from drinking it too often is the 11.3%.

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

A - Deep murky chocolate in color with fluffy 1inch tan head. Maybe I wasn't careful enough in handling this one, but there is plenty of chunky white yeast floating around.

S - Dark red grapes and port wine are the first things that come to mind. There are other fruits that make an appearance too - dark cherries and plums. There is also a distinct sharp alcohol note that reminds you this is going to be a powerful beer.

T - The sweet Belgian candi balances perfectly with rich red grapes, dark cherries and raisins. There is also a bit of a toasted toffee and caramel from the malts that I wasn't expecting. This is a fantastic beer. The flavors are so deep and rich. It's hard to imagine that this is an 11.3% beer.

M - Medium body with just enough carbonation to keep things interesting.

This is definitely the best of the Rochefort series, and a fantastic example of a Belgian Quad. This beer is so deep and rich! The beer was a little pricey, so I think this will be an every now and then type beer, but I'm sure glad that I had the opportunity to drink this one.

Photo of socon67
4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had the pleasure of sharing this with CTSparky while homebrewing.

A - This pours a caramel brown into a snifter. After a minute or so the color darkens to an intense brown. There is some lacing and active foam.

S - Smells like the candied fruit you get around the holidays. Very complex; candied cherries, oranges, and plum. Wow!

T - Malty and a sweet caramel with notes of fruit. The finish has a little burn of brandy but it is done extremely well.

M - Done really well. Not too syrupy and not to light. A perfect sipper.

D - You could actually have more than one, but sharing a bottle was plenty. This is probably the best Quad ever. And surprisingly the price is not outrageous. I'm keeping another to see if some age makes this even better.

Photo of Mdog
4.88/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Dark brown, huge head, nice streams of bubbles through the beer.

Smell: Sweet, bready, raisins, cherry.

Taste: Very complex and very tasty. Fruit dipped in caramel-but not too sweet. Some spiciness. Sweet bread. A little citrus tang at the finish.

Drinkability: Strong, but no boozy taste and goes down really easy. Not super expensive.

After having some New Glarus Abt, I wanted to get a Trappist Quad to compare it against. Rochefort knocked this out of the park. Absolutely delicious stuff that is easy to drink despite being a strong beer. Awesome!

Photo of weatherdog
4.15/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330mL bottle poured into a Westmalle chalice. Bottle dated 270514 so this beer is 17 months old. Drank at the same time as a 6 and 8.

It pours a deep murky mahogany. A cappuccino colored head tops the beer and lingers throughout the whole drink.

The nose is mostly plum and alcohol. The alcohol isn't harsh but definatly present

Taste has some raisins, coupled with some sweet sweet malt. Classic Belgian yeast character, even though it finishes pretty dry it still seems sweet on the back end. A conundrium if there is one but it has happened in this beer. Alcohol is present as it warms from fridge temp but not too harsh as for me to downgrade it.

Absolutely great mouthfeel just what i want from a quad. Carbonation helps the drinkability a lot and for a beer of it's strength it's highly drinkable to the point where I can see myself getting in trouble if I had a few of these in a night.

Photo of SolomonGrundy
4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Oh my, new Man-Eating Tree vinvly shows up from Finland, new song and video from Dreaming Dead pops up in the fB feed, and this gets opened...I'm in for something special. The bottle had to be carefully opened to preserve the carbonation and head as it wanted to spill out. Pours a super-cloudy mahogany, head was huge and quickly dissipated into a tiny hint of a rim. Excellent carbonation still. Enormous, complex and robust aromas: caramel, vanilla, brown sugar. Smells very sweet...Awesome so far. Flavor is...it's unimaginably rich. Initial burst is sweet, but well balanced by the carbonation. The sweetness of the malt wants to overpower you, but is quickly subdued by the carbonation. This beer is like the fight between Inigo Montoya and The Dread Pirate Roberts from "The Princess Bride": two masters competing with each other for dominance, with the malt barely winning out in the end, but agreeing that he met a master of nearly equal capacity. The flavor evolves through a cavalcade of briefly met opponents - fig, brown sugar, even maybe some overripe black cherry peeking his head out for a brief instant but returning to hiding in light of the malt's prowess. The finish sees the ultimate foe - alcohol - rear it's head but, although noticeable and potent (11.3% ABV - whoa), can't defeat malt's intricate skill. Fantastic, and painfully expensive ($6.49/11.2oz. bottle), beer that has to be tried to be believed. A touch below some others like Bernardus ABT 12, but still world class and a must try.

What I like most: The malt power and massive ABV (which feels like it's even higher than stated)

What I like least: The price and alcohol heat at the finish.

Verdict: Powerful and wonderful beer - a must try and worth every ludicrous penny.

Photo of ivanwatling
4.3/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark brown with a creamy head

Smell: Sweet and strong

Taste: Wonderfully full bodied, similar to a barley wine. Very warming sensation.

Mouthfeel: Thick and cloying

Drinkability: I could drink this all night, but at 11% that would be rather silly.

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

Pours dark brown with a very light head. Aroma has hints of coffee and chocolate along with the roasted malts. Flavor has much of the same with lots of other flavors I can't recognise. You can taste the strength but not in a bad way. Simply awesome.

Photo of lovetranquillity
4.28/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, light fluffy head, the head stays for a very long time. Looks exceptional.

Smells lightly fruity and alcohol. Smells almost like a red wine, some hints of grapes.

Fruit, yeast, alcohol, spices, very balanced in flavor.

Very smooth, medium carbonation, medium body, some stickiness.

Good drinkability, alcohol is noticeable when swallowing but not too harsh. Pretty easy drinking.

Photo of nomomentwasted
4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this beer a number of times, and every time I do, it has been long enough for me to forget two things: one, that is absolutely scrumptious, and two, the yeasties in this beast are strong. I'll leave the rest for you to read between the lines on that one.

Appearance: Swampy dark brown-gold-red with the occasional yeast chunk flying about. No matter how delicate the pour, I always seem to end up with some in the glass. No matter, as it lends itself perfectly to that true Belgian Quad style: heavy, mythical, and occasionally chunky. Laces very well, and has a zealous little tan head that grows on the pour.

Smell: Really a fantastic example of everything right with Quads. Earthy, dark fruits with a rum-like booziness to it. Anise, black-strap molasses, and Trappist yeast all have their say as well before it's all finished. Rich, fruity, and dark. Inviting.

Taste: Rum-raisin, fig, bread, licorice, booze, and slight sweetness, finishing with a powerful final grape-licorice pull on the aftertaste. As it warms up (and it does get better as it warms), the sweetness does tend to make its way through a bit more, but stops short of cloying. It holds its own against Abt 12 for certain, but falls just short of Westy 12. If I had to rank those as top threes, this would probably be third, but only by thismuch to the Abt 12. And that is saying something, as I love both of those beers.

Mouthfeel: Full, rich, and slightly boozy. Not overly dry, but maybe just a touch of too much carbonation. That may just be me splitting hairs at the end of the glass, but such a flavorful beer, while needing carbonation, also needs to be able to shine in the body just a tad more. Again, splitting hairs. But when compared to its other two world-class Quads, it is just a tad below.

Drinkability: Tasty, for sure, but every time I drink it, I am satisfied exactly where it finished. I wouldn't crave much more. I've never had this beer on tap, but I'd love the chance, as I've found Abt 12 to be consistently better on tap. This beer may be no exception. Definitely a very tasty Quad, and while the Westy reigns supreme, this is definitely not a huge step down in quality.

Photo of joesc230
4.88/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent beer. Quite strong, but very tasty. I've only had it via bottle, but have to say that for some reason I thought it tasted beer when I had it in Brussels than when I had it in NYC. Dark color, deep and fruit-filled taste. I'd highly recommend this one.

Photo of Cheesemoose
4.45/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into my St. Bernardus chalice. 1 Finger of head that dissipates quickly leaving a faint film on top. Murky brown, near black, very similar to a light coffee color. Khaki head.

Smell starts with a rich, mild roasted malt. Fruit from the get go. Prunes/plum smells coming through strongly. Bit of sweet chocolate. Dried fruit is the predominant smell that shines through though. Alcohol comes through at the end, giving the smell of rum soaked raisins. Delicious.

Touch of malt hits front, with a tart roasted character, followed immediately by raisins/plums. Smooths out with a grassy/herbal hop character. Very mellow through the finish, though you get a nice alcohol warming. Definitely a sipper, though each sip is as magical and complex as the last. Avoid the yeast, as it mellows out the flavor rather than add anything new.

Mild carbonation, great mouth feel. Kinda tingly on the tongue, though not from the carbonation. the flavors resonate well after the swallow.

For 11.2%, this thing is dang drinkable. You definitely get a nice warming effect from the beer and it is well worth tracking down one.

Photo of korguy123
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle into Lost Abbey Tulip.
Best before date of 14/04/2014

A- Opaque raisin hued pour. Finger width light tan head that settles to a quarter inch ring around the top. Very faint carbonation bubbles rising to the top. Lacing is great.

S- This thing smells like toast! It's amazing how that aspect alone just impresses the hell out of me. belgian spices and yeast. Figs and prunes. Sweet toasted malts make this also have a cooked marshmellow presence. Alcohol is there but very well hidden.

T- Sweet figs and plums, brown sugar, vanilla. Alcohol is little more present but not overpowering or off putting. Toasted malts and yeast and spices.

M- Medium to full bodied, chewy. Alcohol warming on the way down.

D- Very smooth and enjoyable. One bottle was enough for now. Very interested to see what some time will do to this bad boy!

Photo of cbutova
4.45/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes, bottle dated 12/31/08. Figured it would be perfect for review #400.

A- Dark cola brown with a big tan head that has great retention. Tons of thick, creamy lace.

S- Burnt brown sugar, strong raisins and good old caramel malt. Huge loaf of bread comes through with great yeast notes.

T- Similar to the nose. Dark raisin fruit, stale caramel malt (nice way), vanilla. Alcohol comes into play (which I have noticed everytime with this beer) but adds to the experience. Brown sugar makes it feel a bit like rum, tons of bread again.

MF- Crisp creamy body with low end carbonation allowing the flavors to shine. Certainly warm from the alcohol.

DB- A classic of the beer world, I think almost anyone would agree. I prefer 2006 Pannepot over this for Quads but this is still a very good beer.

Photo of KAP1356
4.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 11.2 fl oz. bottle dated 140415 (Bottled 4/14/2010) into a Duvel tulip...

**EDIT - I have had several bottles of this lately of various vintages, and have concluded that it is truly an exceptional beer. As such, I have changed both the taste and overall scores to a 5 to reflect my thoughts.**

A - Pours a rich, murky mahogany brown with a nice one finger tan/khaki head that slowly recedes to a slight lacing of the same color.

S - Dark sugary fruits right up front. There are raisins, figs, dates, prunes, and a slight cherry note as well. The aroma of brown sugar and malt really tie everything together nicely. Also getting some slight caramel or molasses like aromas.

T - Dark, sticky fruits right up front like in the nose. Raisins, dates, figs, and brown sugar make up the rest of the flavor profile. The malt and candi sugar are there which really brings this one home. There is also a slight bubble gum like taste to this which is really nice. Quite complex and wonderful flavors.

M - Smooth, creamy and a nice, moderate carbonation. Very nice and rich on the palate.

D - Overall this is a great beer. The alcohol is disguised quite well which makes it very easy to drink. This is without a doubt my favorite Belgian beer and absolutely my favorite Quad. Those monks sure do know what they're doing!

Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
100 out of 100 based on 7,630 ratings.