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Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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world-class

7,498 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 7,498
Reviews: 2,564
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 583
Gots: 1,370 | FT: 53
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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 billab914
4.45/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into my Rochefort chalice. It poured a dark reddish brown color with a thin quarter inch tan head. The head faded only to leave a creamy ring around the edges of the glass.

The aroma has raisins, plums and plenty of other dark fruits to it. It also has a slightly spicy, yeast aroma present along with a little bit of alcohol rum like flavors. Very nice appealing and complex aroma overall.

The taste is just as the nose let on, complex and delicious. It has caramel, raisins, plums all coming through in the sweet malty taste up front. It finishes with a little of the rum like alcohol flavor that were also found in the nose.

The mouthfeel is full bodied with a creamy smoothness and moderate carbonation. Drinkability is very good, it's an excellent tasting beer. Overall it's an excellent tasting and drinking beer that I really enjoyed.

billab914, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of DBoone
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased $6.79+ tax, thought it was a little strong, number stamped on bottle 260814, not sure if that is a bottling date.

A Straight Pour into a small snifter glass and a large tan head formed and slowly dropped to a 1/4 inch head. Lacing hanging in there.

S Fruits including raisins, plums?, and figs?. Good dark malts and maybe a bit of dark candi sugar.

T Figgy?, dark malty, just the right amount of sweetness. Delicious!

M For the full body-ness of this beer the mouthfeel is very silky, feels good on the tongue and cheeks. Nice malt, but not overdone

D Have one every so often, if you do not, you will be missing out on a high quality beer.

DBoone, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of kylehayworth
4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark and muddled...in a good way.

S: Very malty, has a great yeasty smell, with loads of dark fruits.

T: It has some spiciness to it, but also has some great fruity backdrops: bananas, and all the dark fruits I smelled.

M/D: I know this is a great beer, very complex. I would have to drink this more then I have to understand it all. Mouth feel is awesome, smooth and rich, as far as drink ability this one can be sipped for quite some time.

kylehayworth, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of Pdiddey3d
4.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally decided to grab this highly regarded brew @ Wegmans. Love Belgian beers but the quad is at the lower end of the spectrum for my taste.

A: Pours a dark brown/ molasses like color with a nice tan head that stuck around until I finished the beer. Some visible carbonation and some sediment chillin at the bottom of my glass.

S: I would say alcohol is the thing that jumps up front for me, some rich malts, prunes, raisins, caramel and honey. Pretty complex scents here.

T: Very complex flavors here. My amateur palate was spinning but I will do my best to decipher the code. Prunes, malty sweetness, some spiciness, possibly cilantro, slight burn from the alcohol and tang in the aftertaste. Alot going on here.

M: Medium bodied. Somewhat syrupy with mild carbonation. Very nice.

D: Not one I would tangle with more than once in a sitting. High abv and complex flavors makes this a one hitter quitter for me. Very delicious non the less. I can see where the hype comes from.

Pdiddey3d, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of digitalbullet
4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark mahogany with a thick head with small champagne like bubbles. No lacing present
Smell: Candi sugar, raisins, sweet malty goodness.
Taste: Damn good! Very complex. Candi sugar, raisins. Lots of malt, slight alcohol burn.
Mouthfeel: crisp carbonation, very champaign like
Drinkability: If this beer was cheaper I might be an alky. Very easy to drink. Much better as it warms.

digitalbullet, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of Wantbeer
4.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A masterpiece of a beer. A absolute treat, one of the true greats,has the perfect blend of malt and bitterness.Tastes of fruit and spice. Alcohol not that noticable in taste, but definitely in effect!Overall, this is a unique and incredible beer! This one poured a very large, foamy head which took a while to settle. Sweet and complex, a wonderful brew.Smooth, creamy, and as close to perfect as a beer can be.

Wantbeer, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of Avagadro
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served just under room temp and into a tulip glass. Was cloudy and dark in the glass with a large off-white head that stayed for about half of the glass. Malty smell, but not too much to the aroma. Taste was fruity and dry. Hints of apple and honey were present. There was a clean and foamy mouthfeel. This was a really enjoyable beer, but for $10 a single, I don't know if I'd buy it again.

4-23-2010:

A: mahogany in color and translucent, though dark, rochefort presents an impressive beige head with great retention.

S: bouquet is bold and extraordinarily complex, with notes of prunes, honey, caramel, just to name a few.

T: despite its strength, the alcohol is lost amidst the myriad flavors presented in this work of art. Caramelized sugar, prunes, honey, and a touch of coriander create an amazingly complex flavor profile.

M: full bodied and slightly syrupy, Rochefort 10 displays moderate carbonation.

D: after 4+ years, I decided it was overdue
that I revisit one of the most highly regarded ales in the world. I can easily say that it was a worthwhile effort. I'm not sure that in 2006, my first years in the beer world, I was able to truly appreciate the complex-yet-delicate nature of this outstanding ale. I stand with the masses and recommend this as one of the best brews available in the states.

Avagadro, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of tomParis
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark brown color, with a thin off-white head that disappears pretty quickly.

The most distinctive smelling and tasting quad around. Really tough to describe this one. It just tastes and smells like Rochefort. But I'll do my best. Smells of cocoa and some very pleasant and distinctive phenols, with hints of fig, rum, and vanilla. Alcohol is noticeable, but not overwhelming. Just enough to let you know it's there.

Taste is much like the aroma would suggest, but has a bit of a spicy (maybe coriander or cardamom?) zing to it that I didn't notice before tasting it. Also has some burnt sugar or molasses in the background. Very complex and amazing.

Mouthfeel is deceptive. The flavor and aroma suggest sweetness, but the beer is surprisingly dry (although it somehow feels creamy at times), with a pleasantly high amount of carbonation.

Very drinkable for an 11.3% quad. If I wasn't so concerned with savoring it, I could easily get in to trouble with these.

Overall, an amazing beer. There's really nothing like it around. Good enough to prompt me to write my first review in 2 1/2 years.

tomParis, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of SmasNadroj
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not gonna muck this one up with too much analyzing. Poured into a tulip

A: looks beautiful. Dark, murky and bubbly. Yes, bubbly

S: smells like malty, rich sourdough bread. I wanna eat it

T: warming from the alcohol, roasty and malty. Sweet but not too sweet, has a slight tangy sourness to it I didn't notice for a bit. Classic, understated, amazing.

M: I love the mouthfeel of this beer, its pretty different than most- it feels a little grainy (from the malt?) And very bubbly on the tongue.

D: great, I would drink another if I had one but the high abv takes a little away from this

I loved this beer. Seriously. Can't wait to have another

SmasNadroj, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of kjyost
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle marked "180314 13:21", whatever that means...

Poured into a Leffe chalice, where I had to hold back a bit in the pour to keep the head under the lip. Foolish glass choice on my part. Oh wait, and what is that? My dog's fur. Shit. Let's not get distracted though and enjoy this damn beer. Sure looks nice with its fluffy head that laces atop the dark brown ale... The head is so stiff well into the session it still hold some drops of yeast that made their way out of the bottle.

Aroma... Hmmmm... Initially it was "What aroma". I stuck my nose deep within the chalice and got nothing. It was only after sipping away at the beer that some fruityness comes to the nose. Quite nice, but sure doesn't make up for the start when I really want the aroma to play big on my sense.

Now for the most important part. Taste. Yum. A hearty malt body with a residual sweetness that is perfectly balanced leaving you wondering where the 11+% alcohol is hidden away. Raisin dominates with other fruity notes and a wonderfully soft finish that I can't describe. A creamy mouthfeel with a light and lovely carbonation. A great and easily drinkable beer, save for it coming back to pound you with its hidden booze.

kjyost, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of endovelico
4.97/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pouring into a La Trappe chalice, it forms a one finger head that collapses into a thick cap. This deep brown brew has decent head retention and lacing. Alot of floaties. No perceived carbonation.

Aroma: Medium intensity of the nose. Very complex. Strong marshmallow, rose, blueberry and mint aroma. Beautiful.

Taste: Very complex and layered. Candy, roses, blueberries on the front. Chocolate and mint on the midpalate. Coffee, smoky and earthy flavors on the back.

Palate: Silky, medium to medium full bodied. Low hop bitterness. Mild roasty finish. Lingering taste. Alcohol barely noticeable.

Drinkability: Truly remarkable. I was expecting a great brew and it exceeded my expectations. Its complex, unique, fits the style, sessionable (if you consider how hard it is to session a Quad) and very elegant. Will surely have again if possible.

endovelico, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of metter98
4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: It poured rather dark brown with a creamy beige head that took a very long time to settle down into a thin layer of bubbles. A moderate level of carbonation is visible, along with yeast particles floating near the bottom of the glass.
S: Alcohol is definitely perceptible in the nose, along with faint aromas of dark fruits and malty sweetness.
T: The taste is complex and very well balanced between flavors of malty sweetness, dark fruits and spices. A slight taste of alcohol is noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels both medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate.
D: For such a strong beer, it is relatively easy to drink, especially as it warms up.

metter98, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of Boto
4.97/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

33cl bottle: This one pours a dark caramel brown color. There was quite a bit of a tan head on it that lingers awhile. A bit of alcohol in the nose, but many other aromas present, all very subtle and blending together into something wonderful. Definitely some dark fruits, with a hint of raisin on top. An absolute taste explosion on the tongue. Some sweetness, with caramel and toffee in there. Maybe some vanilla and a host of fruits blending together. A great treat! Pricey, but I don't mind buying this one once in a while. Definitely one of the best.

Boto, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of Reaper16
4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz. bottler served into a Trappistes Rochefort goblet

Pours a cloudy, opaque even, mass of chocolate pudding looking brown. Whatever. The tight cap of beige head sits on top for ever and ever at 1/2 finger in size in this Trappistes Rochefort glass. It looks fine enough.

This beer isn't a looker, which is okay because it is a smeller. Dark fruits -- drunken raisins and prunes and figs -- explode into the nose. Some dark cherries too. Darkly toasted bread adds a solid backbone to all the fruit. There is alcohol present, as there always seems to be in Quads.

Rochefort 10 excels in taste. The smoothness in which all of the intricate dark fruits and yeasty flavors are blended into each other is remarkable. Raisin leads into vanilla leads into toffee leads into fig and they are all expressed simultaneously after the first few sips. The alcohol isn't as noticeable as I thought it was going to be. Its there on the back end but it mostly compliments the flush of cherry on the finish. This is malty delight; a beer of deserved renown.

For all of the strength of flavor that Rochefort 10 has the mouthfeel is pretty light. Its on the lighter end of medium-bodied. It carries all of the flavors pretty well; the smoothness of flavor is especially noteworthy considering that the body is not close to being creamy or anything. Drinkability is damn good compared to most other Quads I've had. The alcohol is barely noticeable on the tongue and the flavors are, again, so well integrated.

Trappistes Rochefort 10 is a world-class beer. You'd be hard-pressed to find a beer that better exemplifies the term "craft beer." This is stupendously crafted. A beer like this can only be the product of a wealth of knowledge executed over hundreds of years. I'd advise you to take advantage of its existence.

Reaper16, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of schleprock
3.83/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a very dark murky brown with sediment in the bottle so you get things floating and settling in the glass. Pours a gorgeous head but the lacing doesn't last very long.

S- Dark chocolate and roasted malts are found as well as some fruitiness.

T- I can taste dark fruits, dark malt and the alcohol does not seem to be as high as is indicated making it a devilishly drinkable beer for the alcohol content.

M- For it's darkness it surprisingly has a medium mouthfeel, no lingering bitterness or long alcohol burn, again making it easy to drink.

D- This goes down smoothly so it's probably one that sneaks up on you quick if you have too many.

schleprock, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of BS68280
3.75/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wanted to introduce myself to some of the better belgians before I finally try the Westy 12. I must admit these haven't been my favorite style of beer, none the less I look forward to trying this. Poured into DFH signature glass.

A: Dark brown color with a big dirty tan head. Takes it's time to dissipate.

S: Dark fruits dominate, with some bananas, cloves and maybe toffee also present. Complex... maybe some vanilla in there also. The smells better and better as it warms.

T: Pretty much follows the smell, but with a little hear from the alcohol in there also. Sweet dark fruits dominate with a little bitterness also. I kind of get hints of cotton candy too.

M: Medium bodied nothing really spectacular here.

D: Goes down easy for this high ABV.

This is a solid beer, not exactly in love with it like some of the higher rated beers I've had, but I think it is just the style. I will try to review it again after i have had some more like it.

BS68280, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of Wisconsinality
3.9/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into Chimay chalice.

A- Pours a very dark chocolate brown with a little bit of the sediment from the bottom of the bottle being poured into the glass. About a half finger's worth of head that sticks around for a nice cap and leaves some decent lacing on the side of the glass.

S- Dark chocolate, roasted malts and a little bit of dark fruits. A little bit of alcohol peaks it's head through but not much. Reminds me a little bit of a stout but with the added dark fruits in there. Throw in a small amount of dark licorice and the scent is pretty complex.

T- The taste is like the nose but the dark fruits are much more dominant in the mouth than in the nose. Some dark chocolate, roasted malts and a slight sweetness that I can't nail down. The alcohol is very well hidden in the background but still present.

M- A good medium to heavy body mouthfeel with a pretty decent amount of carbonation. A little more than with some other quads I have sampled. Small amounts of bitterness and a little bit of warmth from the alcohol.

D- This one is obviously a sipper with the high ABV but it goes down smoothly. A solid brew all around but I was expecting a little something more from this one.

Wisconsinality, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of Anthony1
4.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany brown, pretty hazy, big head forms and goes but leaves a metric ass tonne of lacing. Smell is amazingly complex; almost weissbier like banana/clove esters and phenols abound, grapefruit, oaky vanilla, lots of malt, slight hint of alcohol. Taste is crazy, banana and clove once again, alcohol, earthy, oaky vanilla again, tastes oak aged, honey, a little bitterness from the hops but those take a back seat. Almost an armagnac vinousity (word?) to it, amazing. Very full mouth, warms all the way down, thick and chewy, perfect carbonation.

Anthony1, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of AlexTheAleMan
4.72/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off i would like to say that i might be a little biased because I f-ing love this beer.

This beer has a deep brown color lightened up a tiny bit by the little specs of yeast floating around in it. Nice tan head that never disappears.

Smells sweet and alcoholic with many fruity tones in it that compliment the strong malt backbone. I get hints of cherries, plums, apples and maybe even a tiny bit of banana.

Tastes VERY smooth for the high alcohol content. No alcohol is noticeable until the very end. It has a very subtle hint of chocolate to the flavor along with some burnt caramel. The yeast is the star in this beer as it should be, but it does have to compete with the overwhelming presence of sugars and alcohols in the beer. The hops come through a tiny tiny bit in the very end and just finnish this beer up perfectly. It is extremely well balanced. I absolutely love it!

This beer has a very nice and surprisingly light mouthful compared to how strong it is. It fills the entire mouth with flavor and leaves a creamy feel in your mouth.

My hats off to the monks who brew this stuff for making this strong of a beer this drinkable.

AlexTheAleMan, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of ddebals
4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

That remains in my top5. Each time I drink it, it is just superb. It's a heavy beer, yes. The glass itself, well, not that remarkable. But the taste is so good. Sweet, but not siroup-sweet. Alcohol taste, but not too much (although :). Dark, very dark, but not too. Vive the trappists.

ddebals, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of Spineypanda
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown in color with a nice creamy tan head that lingers well on the sides of the glass.
Smell is quite crisp, with subtle notes of dates and dark fruits.
Taste is quite enjoyable. A large bouquet of flavors starting with the slightly acidic tinge on the tongue that mellows out to a good Mediterranean fruit medley and finishes with a great aftertaste of chocolate.
Mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy considering the amount of carbonation.
Excellent beer. Most Excellent.

Spineypanda, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of deapokid
3.7/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up all three Rochefort offerings for a side-by-side comparison. Here's review #3:

This intimidating Quad powers a dark taupe in color with a thin head and low carbonation. A beautiful white coat of lacing paints the side of the glass. This seems a touch more imposing than its baby brothers.

Alcohol power is evident, as is the tartness of cherries and a certain creaminess that presents a sweet and pleasant undercurrent. The aroma is extremely attractive.

The taste of cherry is the first flavor on display, which adds a certain acidic quality. This is followed by a distinct smokiness, bitter notes, fig and spicy nutmeg. As it warms, some roasted notes rear their ugly heads.

It's extremely surprising that such bold flavors are so well balanced. This could have been too strong to consume, but it never strikes a false note and presents the tongue with many a flavor to decipher.

Admittedly, this can be a bit of a powerhouse ABV wise, but it is still a rewarding experience. I think I respect it more than enjoy it and I'm under the impression that this will grow on me after the 9th, 10th and 11th tries.

deapokid, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of kirkpjr
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a St. Bernardus chalice.

A: Pours a huge billowing head making me leave out the last couple ounces in the initial pour. This head is going nowhere fast, but leaves some spotted chunky lacing. Very dark mahogany brown with the slightest amount of light getting through the bottom. The final pour gives way to several floaters.

S: Strong dark fruits - cherries, plums, and raisins. A sweet caramel or toffee maybe is also present in small amounts. No heat detected.

T: The smell follows through here completely. Dark fruits upfront with a faint sweet chocolate or caramel finish. Wonderful blend of everything that makes a quad great. A little heat detected, but alcohol is very well hidden.

M: Immediately the pour suggested high carbonation, but the feel is not so much. The sweet fruits and malts linger in the mouth but not for long. This was really the only flaw IMHO in this beer.

D: This and St. Bernardus are easily my favorite quads. The pricetag, however, are not. Easy drinkin, but I allow myself only one every so often with the price and alcohol to factor. Would love to have a fridge full of these.

kirkpjr, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of Kanebanger
4.83/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Dark brown, tan head that slowly fades, decent amount of lacing.

S - Faint smell of alcohol with hints of raisons and light buttery smell.

T - Malty with hint of raisons and a suprisingly sweet alcohol taste. All of the flavors blend together very well. The aftertaste is one of the cleanest and best tasting of nearly anything I've had before.

M - Smooth with a fair amount of carbonation. Very true to the style.

D - My only regret is that I only bought one bottle of this (price made me a little nervous). I will be going back and purchasing more the next chance I get. One of the most drinkable and best tasting beers that I have ever had the pleasure of trying.

Kanebanger, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of scott451
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a transparent ruby brown into a chalice after letting it warm up for about an hour from fridge temperature. The caramel head rapidly dissipated. Strong carbonation. Prominent fruity sweet smells. Alcohol is definitely there but still very smooth. Very drinkable, only the high alcohol keeps it out of session territory.

scott451, Apr 11, 2010
Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
100 out of 100 based on 7,498 ratings.