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Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Ratings: 7,326
Reviews: 2,551
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 552
Gots: 1,293 | FT: 51
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Brasserie de Rochefort

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 vacax
4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Side-by-side tasting with Rochefort 10, St. Bernardus Abt 12, and Westvleteren 12.

Pours with loads of head, good retention and lace. Very dark brown liquid with some red to it. Smells of fig, raisin, pie crust, grapes, and lots of floral scents. Intensely aromatic. Superior in aroma.

Tastes of grapes, raisins, fruity esters, slightly earthy, and the midpalate showcases some alcohol presence. Finish brings earth and sugar. Quite good. Full bodied with a medium and smooth carbonation. Very well rounded.

As far as quadrupels go, this is undoubtedly top notch, taking first place in my little tasting. If they only sold this at the monastery it would be #1 on every beer website. The very solid A it has, however, is very fair indeed.

vacax, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of Mavajo
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep, dark brown/black. Held this up to the light, but it didn't do any good - mere light was no match for this brew. Frothy light brown that bloomed on top of this year and retained exceptionally well. Even after sitting for a while, there's still a nice layer of head on top. Great lacing.

The smell is so complicated. It's hard to pick out individual characteristics, but I seemed to pick up a buttery, plum, malty scent. Taste is equally complicated - again, plum, buttery, malt - slight hints of dark fruit in general, with maybe molasses. Mouthfeel is very good - silky, creamy, with fairly heavy carbonation. Leaves an after-feeling in the mouth that isn't dissimilar to syrup.

The alcohol is very noticeable with a distinct warming sensation - especially as the beer itself warms. The alcohol is blended well enough so as to not be offensive, but it's definitely there. Medium bodied.

All in all, very drinkable if you can handle the complexity and alcohol.

Mavajo, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of TheKingsOfHop
4.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass:

A: After an aggressive pour, there is two fingers of froathy head which slowly dicipated to a thin coating of a gorgeous off-white foam with what looks like nutmeg and cinnamon dashed over it as a topping. The body is a pitch dark brown that resembles a black coffee. After agitating this brew it left a beautiful lacing on the sides of my glass.

S: Banana nut bread, hints of molasses, cinnamon, and nutmeg. This smells so delicious without any alcohol present, which is very surprising for such a high ABV.

T: So complex! These flavors are blended so well together that it's hard to depict each one. On the front of the palate its spicy like ginger with a sweet buttery banana like flavor throughout. Notes of other spices are noticed like nutmeg and cinnamon. The back of the palate is a delicious molasses flavor. Once again the alcohol is hidden so well and is absolutely stunning!

M: Lightly carbonated and extremely smooth and creamy like a glass of milk. There is very little warming from the 11.3% ABV.

D: We are totally blown away by this brew! We need to get stocked up with Trappistes Rochefort 10. We think you should do the same.

The Kings Of Hop

TheKingsOfHop, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of fropones
4.15/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice dark brown with some sediment and about a finger of khaki head. Smells of dark fruits, some brown sugar, and alcohol. Taste is warming and malty. Some plums. A good sweetness. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy. Smooth, full body. Nice and drinkable for the amount of alcohol. My first trappist beer, and all in all, I wasn't terribly impressed. It was good, don't get me wrong, but not as good as I thought it was going to be.

fropones, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of TheFlern
3.53/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown almost black. Lots of creamy head that retains.

Smell: Lots of bready barley notes. Some alchohol

Taste: Follows the smell but even more of an alchohol taste. Also some spice that doesn't quiet show through in the smell. Low bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very malty which make it sweet instead of dry.

Drinkability: The ABV keeps pretty much anyone from having more than 3 without getting wasted. Its like a bong hit in a bottle.

TheFlern, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of beertunes
3.85/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into Rochefort goblet. Poured a deep reddish-brown color with a thin tan head that had little retention or lacing.

The aroma was typical for the style, rich, full, earthy, slight fruit notes. The expected yeasty spice scents were very subdued, almost unnoticeable. The flavors followed along as expected. A smooth fruityness was the most noticeable, followed bt a slight alcohol taste. Again, the anticipated yeasty spice was not present.

The body was good, a little thin for the style. It flowed over the tongue smoothly and wasn't at all sticky. Drinkability was very good, typical for the style, but a little thinner and smoother than most.

Overall, a very good beer that everyone should try and try repeated times. A smooth easy drinking example of the style.

beertunes, Oct 11, 2009
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4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a very rich dark brown color that lets almost no light in. The head quickly dissipates, almost like a poured soda would, but eventually settles to a thin ring. Just a little lacing.

S: Some fresh fruit and citrus come to the nose. Also some roasted malts and caramels.

T: Big caramel and malt flavor that warms as it goes down. Very slight bitterness that leaves the tongue tingling and wanting more. I almost feel like I'm drinking a fine brandy rather than a beer. This initially confused my pallet a little, but I got over it quickly. Really amazing taste overall!

M: Nice full body with light carbonation. Warms all the way down and a nice warm feeling stays in your chest for a long time.

D: So smooth and goes down really easy. I cannot believe how well the alcohol is covered. I love the warm feeling it leaves in my chest. This has the characteristics of a sipper, but I could definitely drink more than one (and pay for it in the morning!).

MrDanno96, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of DerBayer
4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is not quite as good as the Aventinus Eisbock, which is what I look for in a strong beer but yet a close conteder.

The colour is cloudy dark brown with an orange tinge and the smell is of comlex malts malts malts with caramel and cherries. The taste is nothing short of it and only the mouthfeel is slightly lacking in creaminess.


DerBayer, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of adrianwallbridge
4.97/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favourite beer of all time. Bottle aged to at least 7 months preferably. I just love the fruity esters and earthy qualities of this beer. Dangerously drinkable! I make it my aim to have some in stock all year round, along with the equally delicious Rochefort 8.

adrianwallbridge, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of stevenseg
4.78/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ok. So I picked up a bottle of the Rochefort 10, a Quadrupel Trappist beer, the strongest ale of the Rochefort line. I am hoping for a yeasty and sweet trappist with a bite. Rochefort has been doing it right for over 400 years The Rochefort brewery opened in 1595 and is the oldest Trappist brewery by 250 years. Think about that. Kings and nobles from the Renaissance drank Rochefort ales. Amazing...

Many Belgian beers are very champagne-y. Trappistes, however tend to have a fuller body than typical Belgains, which is my draw to Trappistes. The Rochefort 10 pours a deep amber color with a huge sticky head, which is consistent with Trappist viscosity and their traditional bottle conditioning.

Rochefort 10 smells of a deep cider. I love the sweetness of Trappistes and I can definitely smell the sweetness of the subtly roasted malts, but not much yeast, which is surprising given the prominence of Belgian yeasts.

Mmmm...the Rochefort 10 is very thick, but not so syrupy that it is too rich to handle. Monks have been doing this stuff for hundreds of years, so I am not surprised at all that this thing is spot on.

The bottle conditioning many times leaves a harsh carbonation that overpowers the flavor. Not so in this case. The malts are perfectly roasted and steeped to give a great thick consistency and the carbonation is just gentle enough to perfectly accent the body. I don't usually give Belgians a high mark on mouthfeel, but Trappiste brewers never fail to let me down.

Overall, this Rochefort 10, the crown of the Rochefort line, represents the essence of Trappist brewing. But then all 7 Trappist breweries really hit the nail on the head. Rochefort has been doing it right for over 400 years The Rochefort brewery opened in 1595 and is the oldest Trappist brewery by 250 years). Apparently practice makes perfect.

stevenseg, Oct 08, 2009
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4.08/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle->chimay chalice
bottled: Oct 1 2008
a-great hazy chocolate colored body with a big 3 finger head. this beer just looks like it should taste great.
s-not a huge nose on this one. some nutty aromas mixed with a sharp fruit tone. maybe black cherry and figs. minor sour notes go along with the fruit.
t-this beer has so many individual flavors but deconstructing this beer is not what it deserves. this beer is at its best when you drink a big sip and let the multitude of flavors melt together perfectly. the ultimate harmony of flavors.
m-the 11% doesn't let itself be know until now. the minor burn along with the chewy nature of this beer are superb.
d-I am really enjoying this brew. I've had this a few times but this is the oldest bottle at one year. could definitely have more than one

PALMEJ1, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of brownbeer
4.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 1-23-08

A- Poured into a Chimay goblet. Deep brown with maroon hues and a thin, almost non-exsistent tan head that actually retains nicely.

S-rich nose; caramel, raisin, amaretto, bread, and lactose.

T&M- Dried fruit, chocolate, brown sugar, and finishes dry with a firm alcohol presence. Full bodied with a lovely medium carbonation.

D- Considering the heartiness and strength of this beer, it is very easy to drink in small quanities. I love cool weather, it makes beers like this really shine.

brownbeer, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of ritzkiss
4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle bought from Buffalo, best before date of 2013, making this a 2008? Pours a dark russet brown hints of pumpkin/autumn orange on the highlights, lots of sediment in the glass. Thin khaki head that recedes to a thin leopard print pattern and then to swirls, easily agitated by the swirling of the glass, small patches of lacing stick to the glass.

Nose is lots of dark, ripe fruits - specifically grapes, figs, some raisin too but more grapish than some. Lots of fruity caramel malts, hints of spice.

This is a superbly balanced brew, probably the best quad I've had to date. Caramel, grapes, raisins, earth, biscuits, cloves, pepper, banana, hops, cocoa, and toffee. Pretty dry, which leaves it feeling more refreshing for a big brew. A touch sparkly on the carb but instead of a sharp carbonation it is more sprightly, aids the drinkability but is perhaps a touch much - if only a touch.

Superbly drinkable for a brew this size. Very complex and engaging, makes for a nice combination in most any situation. Top notch.

ritzkiss, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of thepeter
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy to the point of being Murky. Dark brown and a very cool yellow and brown when held up to light.

S - Molasses, brown sugar, oatmeal raisin cookies, yeast, alcohol, musty grapes, and chocolate malt balls (whoppers, Maltesers)

T - Dark fruit, candy sugar, anise, chocolate brandy, roasted caramel malt. Wonderful taste at the back end, dry, yeasty, dark bread with a hint of pepper and some alcohol to warm the soul. Very complex and wonderful from start to finish.

M&D - decent Carbonation that tickles the throat, smooth but lighter bodied than I expected. Even with it's strength I could easily drink more than one and feel great about it.

thepeter, Oct 03, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark nutty brown with fuzzy ecru head. Fantastic retention.

Scent is figs, spice, tangy yeast.

Taste is spicy with a long astringent finish. Notes of chocolate, spice, peppery notes, figs and dark fruit. Mildly vinous grape . Plums. Brown sugar?

Mouth is rich and luxurious.

Drinkbility is very good.

Rich, warm, complex. Sublime.

sethmeister, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of Docer
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I bought both the "8" and "10" at the same time, and am having them back to back... well spread apart.... as I do not like to get plastered anymore.

- This is much darker and solid than #8.... A&W RootBeer brown, not nearly as much sediment on the bottom... though visible in a bright 100 watt light.. Lovely frothy mocha head... didn't see this with the yeast used on the "8". This IS a different beast!

- Ester, grape, fig, and balancing hops... a fruity estery hoppy blend with a sweet fig malt...

- So well balanced with ester, sweet light malts, fig, some spice, herb, and booze... how is this as strong as it is? What a blend! What a classic!

- Dry is one way, but slightly chewy, and aromatic.. the breathe is left waiting for a punch that isn't coming.

- This is a top-notch ale that is to be reckoned with! Very smooth, hardly strong, and very fine. Something to be had with a fine red meat, and lots of veggies. I am impressed, and have never had anything like it ever in the U.S. Worth the buy over and over!

Docer, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of Dspohn
4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A. Beautiful mahogany brown color with a big rocky tan head. Awesome looking.

S. Smells of delicious dark candied fruit (plums, raisins, figs). Also sweet delcious malty alcohol smell with a peppery note at the end.

A. Damn this beer is crazy complex tasting. I definitely can't pick out all the little nuances. Dark sweet malt and a variety fruits that taste as though theyve been engorged with brandy (plums, black grapes, bananas, maybe even some sweet pineapple). Wonderful pepper tone also with a noticeable alcohol ester feel and warmth.

M. Amazing, carbonation is perfect on a nice big body.

D. Delicious and dangerous, but so big and complex I dont think I could drink a bunch

Dspohn, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.22/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a small snifter

A: Poured a vigorous 2 finger creamy light caramel course head with great head retention. Brew itself was a dark brown with patchy lacing.

S: Chocolate, ripe purple grapes, Belgian yeast, brown sugar, alcohol

T: Deep chocolate beginning with grape sourness and unripened green fruit starting to peak through in the middle along with brown sugar. Finishes strong alcohol with a strong warming sensation. No real strong taste stands out, but rather a blending of everything.

M: Medium bodied but smothering and warming. Feels a little too carbonated but finishes clean.

D: Enjoyable. Not my favorite style but the balance is very appreciated.

SpeedwayJim, Sep 27, 2009
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3.85/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A--Huge head...at least 3 fingers of mauve foam, heavy lacing. A bit of sediment.

S--Dark fruit, yeasty funk, some woodiness. Interesting undertones.

T--Good, but I get a lot of wood on this, in addition to the usual yeasty and chocolaty tones.

M--Nice mouthfeel. Like the 8, a surprising amount of carbonation and a light weight.

D--High ABV, yes, but it's the slightly off taste that would keep me to one of these. Well made, tasty, but a little off. Could be this bottle. Would try again.

Procured at Beverages & More, Valencia, CA

Spiderhouse, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of FloppyDog
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Duvel glass. Extremely deep burgundy beer with a 3-inch thick off-white/tan head. Bits of yeast sediment in the glass even though I poured it carefully.

Aroma is of dark fruit and sweetness. Some belgian yeast funkiness, with a hint of spice and mixed with significant alcohol.

Taste is of strong fruitiness (dates, plums, etc.) and alcohol. The dark fruit is much more pronounced in the taste than in the aroma. Very enjoyable, with basically no detectable hop presence.

Mouth feel is full-bodied and coats the tongue. It is balanced with a very mild prickliness that gives the beer a great feel and drinkability, especially for 11.3% abv. Overall, another quality trappist ale. I am a fan.

FloppyDog, Sep 25, 2009
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4.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Though the styles are basically the same, the 10 is superior to the 8 in my opinion. Tons of sweet spice and a combination of green and ripe fruits are abundant. There is so much going on here. Only a slightly hot alcohol bite keeps me from rating this one higher. I've never had St. Berny 12 or Westy 12, but I am a big Chimay Blue fan and I think this one trumps it.

joshuadlight, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of DeathbySexyBT
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Rusty brown (think wild west cowboy leather) with a sticky lace (think spiderman's webbing if it were light coffee colored) left clinging to the Satan snifter I am using.

S: Rasins and honeydew melons which are beaten into submission by the spice of the booze. You do get a hint of licorice on the nose, but the rest of the hues are so negligible that I am not sure if I was imagining them.

T: Starts peppery. Most quads eventually offer that gentle warming sensation. Not this one. Nope, it goes balls deep with that right off the bat. Mellow esthers and hops, but still present. Smoky sugars and big malts that offer a fruity sweetness that follows the nose. The only detraction is a slight medicinal air to the beer.

M: Full bodied like a trappist milkshake. Smooth as silk, though.

D: When I want a quad, I will reach for this. Or at least I would if it were available in Texas...dammit.

DeathbySexyBT, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of ledemie
4.78/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Trappistes Rochefort 10. Belgian Trappist Ale. Serve Between 55 F.

Appearance: Deep chocolate brown, head quickly recedes to nothing. Lots of floating yeast, nice head.

Smell: Sweet,raisin a hint of fig, alcohol and a dash of chocolate.

Taste: nice raisin to licorish .

Mouthfeel: nice well balanced, full body, warming going down, superb and complex, wine like character

Drinkability: Tastes great, will drin once in a wile, superb.

Pairing: asiago cheese, all wheat bread,roasted bell pepper. dry cured meats...

ledemie, Sep 22, 2009
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3.8/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Poured rather fizzy with a lot of carbonation and a lot of head. Dark brown in color with lots of sediment and flakes floating around. Smell was bold fruitiness with a noticeable alcohol presence. Taste was dark fruits, plums, malts, and a little bit of butterscotch taste as it warmed up. A little hard to drink at first due to all the carbonation, wasn't very pleasant at first until it settled down. Noticeable alcohol heat when drinking. Overall pretty good though.

jdskinns, Sep 21, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a dark brown with a one finger beige head that fades quick and leaves decent lacing.

S-Figs is what I smell right away. Some raisins, bananas and yeast smells good.

T-Fruit and sugar are prominent with some malts and spice (what spice, I can't put my finger on).

M-Medium body with a bit of a harsh carb bite, but a bit creamy with a surprisingly somewhat dry finish.

D-Not bad at all, but to be honest, I prefer the 8 over the 10. I can't see myself having more than one of these.

Lerxst, Sep 16, 2009
Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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