Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Ratings: 7,667
Reviews: 2,586
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.98%
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Gots: 1,468 | FT: 51
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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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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!

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

My first one ever.
Dated:211014, I am going to assume that is a 5 year date stamp and say this was bottled in 09. Poured into a chalice.

Appearance- Pours a deep brown with a two finger light khaki head. Fades to a thin layer a top the beer with some spotty lace. When held to the light some faint ruby highlights.

Smell- Dark fruits (plum, grape, cherry). A brown sugary sweetness with some caramel and chocolate notes. A subtle earthyness as well. This even smells complex, I can't wait to put this inside me!

Taste- Getting the fruit notes right up front on the palate. Getting a black licorice taste from this to. The earthy malt characteristics really shine on the back end. This is 11%? Could have fooled me. Alcohol goes virtually unnoticed.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and carbonation. Goes down smooth, highly drinkable.

Overall- Glad I finally got around to trying this one. It did not disapoint. I am really starting to appreciate Quads.

Photo of BigMike
4.2/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date 211014

A: Pours the darkest color before you reach pure blackness. No light coming through. A gorgeous fluffy off white head of three fingers that clings tightly to the glass.

S: Tons and tons of dark sticky fruit. Rum soaked raisins, dates and prunes. Brown sugar and molasses. Belgian yeast and some anise.

T: Initial chocolate gives way to some grape bubble gum. The finish has a light coffee componant.

M: Typical beautiful Belgian mouthfeel. Pillowy soft with tongue tingling carbonation. Not much alcohol presence.

Overall: I kinda figured this would be an amazing beer and it didn't disappoint. Doesn't crack my top 10 but this is definitely great beer!

Photo of Blanco
4.22/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark reddish brown color with a white head that quickly fades to a film on top. Very strong sweet caramel notes coming from the smell, belgian yeasts. The caramel is there, but not nearly as strong in the taste. slight burn from the alcohol is there as well, but nothing terribly overpowering. Very nice malt taste as well. There is a lot going on here. The mouthfeel is great. It feels thicker but light at the same time, slips down the throat with some zip on the tongue. feels like a party in my mouth. This is a very drinkable beer especially given the ABV. I like this beer. I'm glad I tried it and will rate it highly because it is crafted with as much artisanal skill as any beer I've ever had. That said, it's not going to be a go to beer for me, but rather a once in a while treat and not one I would have more than one or two (if I had a 750) of in one night.

Photo of jneiswender
4/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a small chalice. Served cool.

A-light cola like body and a very thick tan head

S-strong malt smell, I mean I smelled this beer from several feet away, some grass and caramel

T-candy, plums and booze.

M-full and highly carbonated

D-somewhat coarse tasting compared to others in this style but still a very good beer to sip. I would drink this beer again.

Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.72/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Unfiltered deep mahogany brown with a dense/creamy very light tan head. Lots of lacing and can see some carbonation on the sides up the glass.

S - Still a little cold but lots of phenols (candied dates, raisin, plum, dark fruit). A little medicinal, slight sour yeast funk. Pretty complex

T - Wow, flavors all over the place. Big plum sweetness, figs, candied sugar, dark sweet bread. Uber complex and wonderful.

M/D - Medium heavy body with a sweet finish. Very lightly carbonated and has a velvet-like texture. Waaay too easy to drink and the complexity of the flavor begs for another sip.

I now see why this beer is in the top 10.

Photo of ykncornelius
4.68/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a relatively young bottle, given the date printed on the front, so I was interested to see how it compared with the more aged tastings I've normally seen for TR10.

Poured a rich rich brown held up to light, with glints of amber and flashes of garnet. In the glass it's nearly opaque, with a big frothy thick tan head, which left very little lacing on my glass--a credit either to the alcohol or the condensation, as I'm pouring it right from the fridge.

The aroma hit me with 1) figs 2) rum 3) alcohol...though the alcohol smell was so distant and well-masked I would've believed this thing was 8%. Other smells are in there as well, subtle and enticing: malts and sugary sweetness. Really can't wait to sip.

And so I sip. The nose didn't lie; I'm tasting dark fruits in all their sweetness and glory. Given the age of this bottle, I'm also not surprised that the booziness is showing through a bit. It hardly detracts--it feels like sipping Port or Calvados. Do they even put hops in this brew? This is figgymaltsugarbooze heaven.

The bubbles are as fine as champagne and feel just slightly effervescent, contributing to a rich and decadent mouthfeel. It's perfect. The substantial yeast adds another texture element.

This thing is so complex, so well-made, so perfect for aging and enjoying for years. It's the kind of beer you don't fully appreciate until you've sampled hundreds of lesser breeds (this Bud's for you) and realize you've arrived at the pinnacle of a style.

I want another.

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

Appearance: dark mahogany brown, some head develops but quickly dissipates to a crown and some bubbles, slight haze

Aroma: richly fruity and sweet, deep notes of prunes and clovey spice, quite phenolicy, also an usual guava scent

Flavor: a lovely full maltiness with a rum-raisiny undercarriage, fairly sweet initially, then the peppery alcohol takes over, then a pleasant hop bitterness, finish is semi-sweet w/ a pruney aftertaste and some residual bitterness, very complex

Mouthfeel: full bodied, terse carbonation, blooming alcohol warmth w/out burning

Overall Impression: What a great beer! The flavor just BLOOMS in your senses. Also has a wonderful cognac-like essence. Rochefort is truly one of the best Trappist breweries. World class!

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

A: Dark brown color with a big light tan head good retention.

S: Coffee,dark fruits and bread.

T: Malty sweetness with good balance; earthy hops; Raisin, plum, cherry notes. Very complex.

M: Excellent smooth creaminess!!!!

D: Drinks like a wine; must sip and savor the wonderfullnes!

Serving type: 330 ml bottle dated 030215

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

Shared with a friend; poured into an 8 oz glass. The label says 290414, meaning this was bottle on April 29, 2009.

A: Dark brown with a small frothy, tan head. Quite cloudy with plenty of sediment at the bottom of the glass; this was a turn off. Lacing throughout with the bubbles creeping up.
S: This smells like sweet fruit and malts.
T: The various dark fruits are noticeable from the get-go. This brew has a very complex flavor; I taste raisins, figs, candied sugar, chocolate malt, and some spices as well. A warming aftertaste lingers after each sip.
M: Full feel, yet smooth. Almost ideal.
D: This is too hot for me. The alcohol is barely hidden at all. One is enough for me.

This pales in comparison to St. Bernardus 12, but is still an excellent brew.

Photo of yapi
4.72/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, I'm drinking them in a lot of Bruges' Pubs, like the Estaminet or 't Risico, they are usually one of the most expensive beers on the beer menu, with prices being average op 4,50 euro a bottle.

L: "she's got the looks..."

S: Malt, fruit, some candy, smells like a plate of buttermilk filled with 2 big spoons of brown sugar. Childhood memory!

T: Sweet, and I love sweet, reminds me of some barrel proof rum, and the taste has also notes of that delicious plate of buttermilk with 2 big spoons of brown sugar! Yes, just incredibly good! Dark fruit, raisins. Plums. And of course the caramel comes back once in a while... this would pair very good with a ramon allones specially selected, or a por larranaga petit corona. First one has a honey tone, last one a good caramel taste...

F: Feels great, a bit thick, but I love that.

All round: my favourite beer at the moment, that I refuse to drink all weekend long, just too good in hiding the ABV...

I'm drinking my first Westy 12 in 2 days... I hope it can rival...

Photo of RickS95
4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For the style, it's an amazing looking beer; never seen a Belgian so dark. It's very dark brown sitting under a huge tan head with good staying power. No light is coming thru this drink and there appears to be some particulates suspended in the beer.

Again, for the style, I've not smelled anything like it. It's got a champagne-like scent early on, but as it warms, notes of chocolate and malt come thru. There seems to be a smokiness smell as well.

There's a trend here, I've had no Belgian like this before. It has a chocolatey, cola taste to it. Spices are present, but subdued, mostly pepper.

Mouthfeel is complex. It's sweet at the start and the sweetness stays throughout. In the finish you'll pick up some bite from the spice and that last part of the swallow brings a hint of warmth from the alcohol. Nothing is overpower, it's just enough to let you know it's there.

For as strong as the beer is, 11.3% ABV, it's very drinkable. Having said that, the alcohol is present, but hides in the background while you're swimming in all the flavors. It's noticeable, but only slightly. The only thing preventing me from having another is I know the alcohol is too much, and the cost. Everyone must try this at least once.

Photo of brazilhead
4.22/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice brown color with a big light tan head that persists moderately.

S: Coffee notes with dark fruits. Alcohol increasingly present in aroma after first sips.

T: Malty sweetness that is nicely balanced with earthy hops. Raisin, plum, cherry notes. Very complex.

M: Somewhat syrupy and heavy, but not in a bad way.

D: Just a bit too much alcohol and mouthfeel.

Photo of ccahoon22
4.63/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer pours a dark brown with an small off white head.

S - Smells of malt and some sort of fruit.

T - Upon tasting this sets off a variety of different flavors with a definite sweetness. This all culminates into an amazing beer which doesn't taste as dark as it looks. You can taste the alcohol but seems to be more like a 7.5% than an 11.3%.

Notes - This beer is absolutely amazing.

Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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