Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort
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4.3/5 rDev -4.7%
Review #2. Poured into St. Bernardus trappist glass.
A: Nice thin light khaki head. Light lacing. Deep dark amberish color almost like sap.
S: Faint fruitiness but nothing too strong. Traditional smell of dates/raisins is apparent.
T: Good taste. Notes of a sweet and ever so slightly bitter brown sugar taste with mixed fruits. Not blowing my socks off but for sure a nice treat.
M: This is a strong performance beer. Holds up great while sitting in my mouth. This is the part that begins to impress me the most. Definitely a burn at first but nothing to shy away from. I actually loved the mouthfeel the most.
D: This is right up there as beers go for drinkability. Truly a treat worth having. Obviously not meant to be a session beer but I can see this working out if you grab a few for the night.
Must say I am impressed. While Westvleteren really is the creme de la creme in the Quad class. One can see why this is the runner up.
04-10-2009 02:39:59 | More by chiguy2420
4.6/5 rDev +2%
pouerd this out into a wastmalle trappist goblet .
Appearance:a dark rich brown with a thin head of froth that sticks around .it`s got alot of yeast floating that gathers at the bottom of the glass.
Smell:dark fruits and malt very pleasing to the snout .the fruit ,figs and raisins ,smoky sweet malt and yeast all working together.
Taste:nothing in this beer is off balance and the flavor is no exception .i thought the alcohol would be too strong,or the fruit and yeast too bitter, but to my (not too)sweet surprise this is a good beverage .
mouthfeel:what dances on this stage? a bitter song of alcohol and a fine selection of yeast and that just performs deeper as the show goes on.
Drinkablility: this brew give a fantastic performance. it just grabs your palate and tells you who is in controll it linger on stage to long prehaps by it knows what it`s doing.
04-08-2009 17:12:05 | More by goblet
4.83/5 rDev +7.1%
Poured into an oversized wine glass
Appearance: Dark brown with a nice big fluffy off white head.
Smell: Dried fruits, with a nice bready backbone, absolutely awesome.
Taste: There are those dried fruits again (plum?), and an absolutely amazing yeasty/bready finish. This is definitely the best tasting belgian I've ever had.
Mouthfeel: Heavy yet pretty crisp.
Drinkability: I can drink this stuff for breakfast lunch dinner and dessert, I absolutely love it. Plus there really isn't that much of an alcohol bite to it.
Notes: Beautiful, truely amazing. I'm a huge Belgian fan and this one just ousted St Bernardous out of my number one. I saved this for a special occasion and it did not let me down at all!
04-07-2009 03:21:08 | More by BigIrishman
4.25/5 rDev -5.8%
A- Pours a nearly opaque brown with a thin tan head.
S- Candied figs, molasses, biscuity yeast, and warm alcohol.
T- Leads with dried dark fruits of plums and blueberries. Molasses notes lead into a blast of warming alcohol, finishes with notes of heavily malted barley and wheat.
M- This thing has legs the tasting experience just goes on and on.
D- This is a sit by the fire and contemplate life while you sip slowly away type beer. Very interesting and subtle in its presentation.
04-05-2009 00:49:15 | More by UA8
4.65/5 rDev +3.1%
Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass
A: chocolate brown, almost looks like cider. large head, calms quickly and sticks to the side of the glass.
S: light fruit, malt and molasses or toffee
T: warm, sweet, caramel, with good carbonation.
fruity, peppery finish which lasts
I was aware of the alcohol, but not matching the expectation, given the ABV.
M: medium. some burn but not overpowering
D: except for the price and my wimpiness (ABV), gimme, gimme, gimme!
overall: go NOW and have one!
04-01-2009 21:40:25 | More by regspeir
4.3/5 rDev -4.7%
Pours a dark reddish brown, with a thin white head. The smell if very complex with hintsof dark fruits, candied malt and chocolate. The taste is even more complex than the smell, with alternating flavors of dark fruits, chocolate and roasted malt.
A truly great beer. I was lucky enough to be gifted with two cases of this beer, which I have been slowly drinking over the last year. When this supply runs out I may actually cry into my last beer (and then proceed to go out and buy another stash).
03-31-2009 23:43:12 | More by jwolfie70
3.75/5 rDev -16.9%
A: Pours a dark, murky, prune juice brown with a tan head.
S: Aroma is of sweet brown sugar/molasses and raisins.
T: Taste is raisiny with alcohol and other dark fruits. The high ABV warms as it goes down.
M: Pretty good. Not thin, not ultra thick.
03-31-2009 17:06:07 | More by gameface23
4.95/5 rDev +9.8%
It poured dark brown. It had a two finger head that slowly retreated into a one finger head. There was some carbonation present, and an unfiltered appearance.
It had a great scent. Well balanced and mild. The malt and hops blended perfectly. I actually salivated.
It had quite a zing. The alcohol was present but tempered. It was spicy and floral at the same time. The malt was rich and tasty. It was medium bodied in a velvety way.
It is drinkable. I like it a lot.
03-31-2009 03:41:43 | More by Rennpferd
4.4/5 rDev -2.4%
A: Rich espresso brown body.. khaki head theat lingers and leaves thick lacing behind.
S: Mostly caramel, raisins, alcohol, dark cherry and coffee.
T: Similar to the nose but much more complex and discernible. Large dose of caramel, chocolate, and coffee. Accented by raisins, plums, dark cherries and a healthy dose of alcohol. Yeasty tones are throughout.
M: Rich flavoring in a creamy-smooth presentation on the tongue. Moderately carbonate. A nice finish with lingering belgian yeastyness.
D: Spot on for a huge quad.
03-30-2009 14:50:36 | More by callmemickey
4.5/5 rDev -0.2%
A deep brown pour, initially with a thick creamy tan head but soon it turns into a thin film which leaves a sheet of excellent lacing in it's wake. One of the better looking brews.
A somewhat sweet aroma, with some dark cherry and grape.
Tasted like a very well balanced mixture of the above, along with some licorice. The alcohol was there, but blended in much better than most beers of this strength. Very nice.
Mouthfeel was near perfect, yet just a small notch below the very best. Medium/thick and smooth, and with a nice tingle.
This is certainly one of the best beers of it's style. I really liked how it wasn't too over the top with the dark fruit taste or alcohol. Everything meshed together very well to create a wonderful beer to sip and admire.
03-29-2009 22:13:01 | More by JBogan
4.4/5 rDev -2.4%
A- Pours dark caramel brown color with a thick tan foamy head with nice lacing. You can just make out the bubbles when held up to the light.
S- Rich malty nose with some spices and subtle fruit scents. Slightest ester and fig smells as well.
T- Strong malt flavor. The alcohol is fairly present but not too overpowering. There are some coffee and chocolate flavors that come through a bit along with some tart fruit and yeast tastes. Not much in the hops department although maybe a little hoppy bitterness in the finish.
M- Smooth and creamy full body with sweet and bitter tastes balancing well.
D- Nice brew that should be sipped and savored.
03-28-2009 23:16:45 | More by projectflam86
4.58/5 rDev +1.6%
Seriously, how can you not like a Trappist beer of this caliber...
The Rochefort 10 is one of the strongest quad beers out there, you can't find 11.3% ABV everyday.
It looks terrific, even in its dark bottle, but you realize what a masterpiece this is once you pour it in the special Trappist glass. The color is dark, the foam consistent. You see small dark (colloidal?) particles dancing around. A sign of a great abbey beer.
Smell it... ahh, GOOD SWEET HEAVENS! I'm sure the monks say something like that when they sip to control their limited production line. You can even sense its strong content in alcohol, this IS a dangerous potion afterall!
First sip, second sip... if you like sweet syrupus beers you will love this one. The alcohol is there though, carefully masqueraded behind this dense sweetness. The mouthfeel is great as always due to the viscosity.
By the time you finish it you have drunk the equivalent of half a bottle (750ml) of a Retsina wine. Would you have another one? Thankfully, the Rochefort 10 is much more accessible than its cousin the Westvleteren so you can have another one, albeit the price.
03-25-2009 10:45:01 | More by Kensai
4.6/5 rDev +2%
Lightly chilled and poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. Freshness date is 011013 which means it was bottled on the 1st of October in 2008 and is just 6 months old. (Which the monks say on their website is the prime age for drinking this beer.)
Appearance: Pours a deep dark brown (almost black) color with a 1" off white head that recedes fairly quickly to leave a rim of foam, a thin surface cover and strands of lacing on the glass.
Smell: Rich and smooth with few distinct aromas to that stand out clearly. There is clearly sweetness from the malt, and no detectable alcohol. The aroma reminds me of a fine port with hints of fruit and spices. But what fruit? Possibly a hint of banana but this is so complex there is much more here but it is so well integrated that nothing stands out clearly... All I can think of is a mixed basket of fruits or a rich holiday fruitcake.
Taste: The taste is incredibly complex and built around a firm malt backbone with not even a hint of alcohol. It is complex and fruity but as with the aroma I can't really identify which fruits, except perhaps a touch of ripe pear and no shortage of other fruit flavors.
Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is full and soft from the light, continuous carbonation. The finish is long and malty with hints of chocolate and a dry ending.
Drinkability: For its ABV this is extremely drinkable (sippable actually), but I doubt I could or would want do more than one a night. But each sip leaves me wanting yet another. I now understand why there is so much praise for this beer. This just too complex and well integrated to be broken easily into identifiable elements.
Note: I'll be trying this beer again in a few weeks and will try to improve on this description.
03-22-2009 02:25:04 | More by drtth
4.05/5 rDev -10.2%
2007 vintage. Blind tasting next to 2005 Westvleteren 12.
Pours a deep amber brown with a huge rocky tan head leaves thick coating of lacing. Beautiful.
Aroma is of sweet caramel malts and imitation grape candy.
Flavor is of rich sweet malts and again imitation grape candy. Dark stone fruits and alcohol.
Medium in body with moderate carbonation feel. Hot.
This is a fine beer, but lacks the depth to be the top of it's class. I love the availability, always a pleasure to drink.
03-21-2009 16:39:01 | More by iasanlee
4.35/5 rDev -3.5%
In a snifter:
Pours deep brown with garnet notes. Tons of head; four fingers in my snifter, which is off white, creamy and billowy. Settles very slowly. Alcohol is obvious in the nose. Notes of raisin and dark fruit, a touch of toffee and citrus. Tastes pleasantly tart maltiness flush with plum and raisin. Finishes
with a significant and complex fruity bitter. The aftertaste is
wonderfully sweet and lingers for a substantial amount of time. Strong in body. Carbonation is high, but in line with the style;
fine, and brings out flavor quite well. Rochefort 10's drinkability is somewhat diminished by its high carbonation. Other than that, this is a brew I'd gladly enjoy a couple bottles of.
Overall: It's so nice to have such a great beer available all the time. If you haven't tried this one yet, do so.
03-21-2009 15:12:55 | More by schroederm
4.7/5 rDev +4.2%
Nebbiolo grape and black cherry; Rochefort 10 appears considerably more dark and foggy since I chose to include the sediment. There was enough carbonation that I could see and hear bubbles crackling and yet when all had finally settled, there still rest a creamy, full finger's worth of head! Assuredly, it is capable of enduring well beyond the liquid that lay beneath it.
There may be no better smell to ever grace this Earth; certainly not my nasal passage anyhow. It is a calming, mellowed perfume of candy apple, juicy wine grapes, spiced holiday bread, exotic teas, and a full garden of fragrant, blossoming flowers. This bouquet takes words like "ambrosial", "luscious", "blissful" and completely diminishes their worth. From now on 'Rochefort' should be the new adjective in describing things celestial and deific.
The real mystique about Belgian beers like this one is the cultured, time-tested, antique generation yeast that has adapted itself to the brewery and to the beer through generations of evolution. This certainly tastes like the monks must have a secret concoction of far-away spices but they don't. The only trick up their sleeve is the magic of yeast!
Ginger glazed squash, plum pudding, coriander spiced pink fish, sticky toffee pudding, vintage Italian reds, cinnamon tortes, Madeira port, peanut brittle, lavender tea... the list can go on and on and on. It doesn't define flavour - it suggests it. It permits the imagination to take liberties and the palate to pair it with its meal. Given the entwined history of monasteries and brewing, surely we can believe beer like this is a gift from the heavens!
I didn't fully appreciate Belgian Quads when I first encountered them. (Granted, I thought I could, even despite not really liking the way they tasted). But over the years I've come to recognize their subtleties, acknowledge their distinctiveness, be cognizant of their disposition and have developed a better understanding of just how they not only symbolize, but quite literally are, the result of generation upon generation of skilled and devoted monks. Wow.
03-19-2009 04:25:57 | More by biegaman
4.53/5 rDev +0.4%
33 cL bottle tried 15 Mar 2009. Dated 241109. Courtesy of ygtbsm94, thanks!
Poured in a 0.4 L Steiner Pils snifter. Medium sized fluffy tan head. Fairly well carbonated. Cloudy dark brown color, almost opaque. Aroma is floral, sweet, hazelnuts and chocolate, ethanol, like a Ferrero Rocher candy and sweet cherries. Flavor is similar, chocolate and sweet dried fruits, toasted hazelnuts. Tastes of rum and bourbon, warming. Chocolate is lingering in the aftertaste. Heavy milky smooth body, slight tingle on the tongue. Alcohol is warming in the throat.
Another good Trappist quad everyone should try.
03-16-2009 02:46:43 | More by htomsirveaux
4.38/5 rDev -2.9%
In my continued quest to drink (and review) all the Trappists, I decided to open Rochefort 10 tonight.
Poured into a tulip glass a dark brown cloudy fluid with a full foamy light tan head that literally climbs the glass. The head is actually creating a discernable bowl shape at the top of the glass. The fluid neither reflects nor conducts light.
The smell is rather present with notes of raisins, figs, and caramel with hints of black licorice and other dried fruits. There is also a slight spicy note in the smell as well, a brightness reminiscent of star anise.
The taste is big, dark, and malty up front with the majority of the dark fruit flavor coming through. The flavor then morphs through a maply sweetness to a dry, somewhat champagne like finish. The aftertaste has notes of dark caramel, coffee, and a touch of burning alcohol masked by the lingering carbonation.
The mouthfeel is complex with fairly high carbonation blended with a full body.
Drinkability is good, but not great. The level of carbonation and alcohol in the finish might turn a few people off.
03-15-2009 01:35:57 | More by ahalloin
4.55/5 rDev +0.9%
A: Dark brown, mahogany color. Almost milk chocolatey in shade, but not quite opaque enough to describe it that way. Still, a significant haziness prohibits light from filtering through anywhere but the edges of the glass. Very mild head.
S: When served at about 45 degrees, scent was alcohol followed by yeast followed by toasted chocolate malts. Caramel and molasses came out next along with some candied ginger. Very complex and rewarding scent.
T: Sugar, chocolate and fruit malts all rush to the tip of the tongue and swirl around while being quickly escorted down by a strong alcohol burn. At cellar temperature, there is some bitterness on the sides of the tongue toward mid-taste. Even sweeter, smoother and more rewarding as it warms.
M: Shockingly carbonated initial mouthfeel (gave my tongue a brief jolt), especially given the near total lack of head when poured gently. Otherwise, a thinner body than expected, but overall still pleasant.
D: Starts out moderately drinkable, but ends as one of the more drinkable beers on the market.
03-14-2009 02:36:18 | More by jnn4v
4.6/5 rDev +2%
A: Pours a very dark brown with about a fingers worth of tan head.
S: Alcohol right away, then moves to dark fruit, raisins, plums, ripe banana. Very inviting. I've found this needs to be around 60 degrees to really open up.
T: As with the smell let it warm up to around 60. Man, what a taste. Dark fruit, just like the smell. This beer has many layers that you can slowly dissect
M: Smooth and almost no sign of the 11% alcohol!
D:great beer, no doubt. I use this beer as a treat to myself!
03-11-2009 11:59:35 | More by JCAMPBELL
4.6/5 rDev +2%
Poured from bottle to goblet.
Appearance - Very dark in color, thick consistency, darker than a cola. Can not see any light through it. 4 finger frothy head, light brown in color that stays and stays.
Smell - The smell is great, figs, caramel, other fruit and alcohol is evident. Really dark smell.
Taste - It is amazing, soo smooth. Fruits and figs apparent, pear is the main fruit i taste, starts malty, ends with an alcoholic burn, really really nice. Great for its abv. Really really smooth. I really like the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel - Really smooth and surprisingly light for its color and abv. Just the right amount of tingle on the tongue. Perfect mouthfeel.
Drinkibility - I could drink this until my wallet could not support my drinking of it, a really great beer. For its abv it is splendid.
This is a great great beer. I only wish I could get a Westy 12 now to pair it against that monster. No doubt in my mind this is one of the best beers I have ever had.
03-10-2009 23:13:28 | More by cvaypai
4.28/5 rDev -5.1%
A - Poured very dark, not translucent but around the edges of goblet. Good carbonation, nice sized head, which is lasting, but with no lace.
S - Dates, a hint of licorice, sweet.
T - Starts with a licorice taste, but not too strong, becoming more spicy with lots of dark fruit. The became an alcohol taste, not unpleasant, with the chocolate and licorice taste dominating the finish.
M - Tickles the tongue as it hits with carbonation and alcohol. Nice warmth, although it feels like there is some nice sugars still present, the alcohol takes front stage with the tingle up front, warmth and it sits, and almost a burn as it goes down. You know you are drinking a quad!
D - Surprising drinkable for a quad of such high alcohol. Although a beer your want to drink slowly and savor, it would not be a chore to have more than one.
03-09-2009 23:41:50 | More by steelerguy
4.08/5 rDev -9.5%
Poured from 11.5oz bottle to snifter.
A: Pours a cloudy brown with a nice large off-white head with perfect retention but almost no lacing. The head covers the body for the entire drink.
S: Smells fruity(both light and dark) strong yeast and some vanilla hints.
T: Nice fruit flavors such as; apples, plums, pears, and figs. Some earthiness and spice to it. The obvious Belgian yeast flavor adds to the complexity. Strong malty brown sugar flavor with caramel. Interestingly there's also a bit of a vanilla hint. However the flavor overall is in a way too mellow, although it's complex it's not the best I've had. The alcohol doesn't come out much, impressive for a >11%
Overall: Good quad but I don't feel it lived up to the hype. The mouthfeel is great it's nice and creamy with just the right amount of carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good considering the style and alcohol content. As I said very good quad, but I feel that for the price I'd go with St. Bernardus 12 over this.
03-08-2009 07:04:25 | More by AdmiralDiaz
4.78/5 rDev +6%
11.2oz bottle poured into a goblet.
A: Very dark brown, almost black. Could be mistaken for an imperial stout at a distance. Starts with a good head that provides a nice cushion but never threatens to take over the glass.
S: Heavy notes of plum pudding and spicy yeast.
T: Almost too complex for words. I feel like I can't provide descriptions, only fleeing impressionistic takes. I can detect plums and other dark fruits, chocolate, anise, nuts, alcohol, and a bunch of other stuff I can't quite put my finger on.
M: Creamy, rich, and smooth, like a decadent dessert.
D: Absolutely awe-inspiring. In fact, it's kind of humbling to know that the art of brewing can be taken to such heights. To paraphrase Samuel Johnson, "when a man is tired of Rochefort, he is tired of life." Of course, if you possess enough wealth and leisure time to drink Rochefort to the point of tedium, I'll hardly be shedding any tears on your behalf.
03-08-2009 01:24:30 | More by BarrelO
4.68/5 rDev +3.8%
I may have to drop my ratings on a few other beers after trying this one. Dark, muddy brown with a huge, fizzy head.
Smooth chocolate aromas with notes of sweet fruits and brown sugar. Taste is noticeably sweet, but not overwhelmingly so. Blueberries, bananas, and other fruit flavors blend nicely with the caramel and cake-like tastes. It's hard to imagine these flavors describing a beer, but it works so well.
By far the smoothest beer I have ever had. Creamy and full bodied. The sweetness would make it difficult to have more than one bottle, but at 11.3% you don't need much more.
03-07-2009 20:39:52 | More by ElGrecoVerde
Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
100 out of 100 based on 7,104 ratings.