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Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Ratings: 7,768
Reviews: 2,611
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 634
Gots: 1,555 | FT: 52
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Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 11-06-2000

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

A- Pours a deep dark caramel, frothy bone colored head that recedes quickly.
S- Grapes, black cherries, honey and yeast. Has some woody tones to its scent.
T- Earthy, woody and big alcohol up front. Burnt coffee and some really deep, complex bourbon throat warming characteristics at the end.
M- Frothy, bubbly. Slick in the end.
D- The 11% does not hide itself, one or two max.

Photo of pioppo
4.17/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown. Dark, quite fine and quite persistente beige foam.

S - Roasting malt, figs and prune. In a second time comes liquorice aroma. Finally there's something of winy marked by ethylic aroma.

T - The taste of ethylic is predominant. It seems something like Porto.

M - In mouth there's a great body!! Sweetness is covered by alcool that is very high!!

D - The right beer in this evening spent at home watching snow outside the window!!

Photo of smakawhat
4.12/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nice chalice. Even upon pour the aeration provides a giant fig smell. Minimal head, but it forms actually nicely, maintains ring throughout glass. Giant dark red/brown indian red color. No lacing whatsoever.

Smell is a predominant giant fig bomb, even off the pour. Literally a giant dominant fig bouquet. Heat, characters of a dry table wine, dry toasted faint clove spice. Fascinating mouthwatering.

If you like figs this is your beer. Giant fig taste with some big body, smells more like a dry table wine, sweet fig comes in slow then in the middle a giant punch of sugars, honey taste on the finish, not a big alcohol bomb, dry in the mouth upon finishing on the palate. Incredibly warming in the stomach after a few sips.

Drinkability is highly desired.

Photo of beerenjoyer1
4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Rochefort 10 is very nice in deep brown color with tiny hints of burgundy. The foam full but thin and dispersing alittle over time. The smell is malty with slight raisin overtones, and the taste is really good with a full malt flavor and and mild fruit flavor. There is a hint of alcohol, especially the longer the beer is tasted. There is some carbonation, and the beer has very nice taste and super mouthfeel. I would really enjoy this beer as it has great flavor and it is strong. As always, be responsible when enjoying beer, etc.

Photo of CheckmateBrew
4.59/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rochefort red cap #6 is my #1 favorite beer, so I have high hopes for the blue cap #10.

Appearance: Small head and dark brown cloudy. I would rate it higher for a larger head and a bit clearer, but this would be my biggest knock against the beer.

Smell: Dark carmel, maybe raisin and brown sugar, there might be some cocoa in the nose as well. A very complex wonderful smell that does not get any better than this!

Taste: MMM outstanding flavor that hides much of the high alcohol. The alcohol is there but under a lot of other flavors. Sugars, fruit, malt all there all fighting for your attention....very nice.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth to full body. this is a nice lightly carbonated beer.

Drink: This one is going on the Xmas List for both gifts and please Santa, can I get a few in my stocking! But this is a beer to enjoy, not slam down. I would say second best behind the #6, but still an outstanding brew.

Photo of kfsv034
4.49/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a brownish red with minimal head and light lacing.

S - Dark fruits, plum, grape, fig, prune. Smells sorta like a grape airhead. Hint of Alcohol. Love the nose on this one.

T - Lots of dark fruits. Plum, grape, fig and prune. Again i get that Grape airheady flavor. Dark sugars, carmel, slight toffee. A woody/vanilla flavor. Definitely some alcohol on the back end.

M - Medium to full bodied

D - at 11.3% this beer is incredibly easy to drink.

Photo of SurlyMe
4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into duvel tulip

A - Pours a dark amber/brown color with a 2 finger khaki head. The head thins down fairly quick leaving very little lacing.

S - dark fruit, cherry, caramel, sugar, vanilla, bourbon barrel, light woodyness, very light booze scent

T - WOW, simply amazing, complex with alot more to it than i could pick out from the nose, figs, plum, light chocolate, vanilla/bourbon barrel, slightly nutty, just so much going on here!!

M - feels great, just the right amount of carbonation, medium to light in body, slightly silky, creamy, nice residual flavor and feel on the finish.

D - The alcohol is covered very well and with how complex it is, you just want to keep on sipping to try and figure it out.

Overall, this is a phenomenal beer!! I will most defiately be purchasing a few bottles of this to cellar and drink in the future. It's spendy at ~$5/11.2oz bottle but totally worth it IMO.... I have never had something so complex yet well rounded and TASTY!!!!

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

This deservedly-renowned beer has a rich, dark colour. It pours with a little viscosity. The head forms quickly... it needs a slow, easy pour. Suprisingly, since it starts out like beaten egg whites, the also-pop-like head is gone before I can have a sip, and leaves no lacing. The sediment / yeast is nearly black! I didn't think it would be so dark.

In the smell is... root beer is what I actually get first! Cinnamon rolls, molasses, orange, an almost minty smell, and some chocolate. There's an awful lot going on in there.

The flavour? Wow. Information overload! It's so complex, I don't know where to start. It's earthy. The exhale is nice. There is a strong taste of figs / dates, and still a bit of root beer (that sweetness coming out). It's slightly woody, maybe even walnutty, in a way, with a blood orange aftertaste... almost gets a bit tart as it nears its end... similar to a mincemeat or raisin tart.

The fizz feels a bit strong at first... it seems you can feel it go down your throat, but that's probably the 11.3% alcohol it has in it, although the taste of it never really enters into your mind. It's smooth overall, with a bit of a viscous finish.

Overall, it's a sipper, and a great one at that. It's very complex, but not so rich or dense as to put you off it.

Photo of OlieIPA
4.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a stone Vertical Epic glass

A: Pours a dark brown hue that exhibits hints of burgandy/red when held up to any light source. A cream colored head develops quite nicely soon after the pour and lasts throughout the entire drinking session, as does the lacing. This beer also displays a good amount of body when swirled around within the glassware.

S: Tons of grape and dark fruit qualities that remind me of welch's grape juice...in a good way of course. Caramelized and brown sugar qualities are prevalent in the aroma as well. Some oak-like character is detectable at the tail end of the smell, but could be contributed to an some oxidation from aging.

T: Again, imagine Welch's grape juice with tons of complexity attributed to residual sugar and fig-like flavors. Some alcohol burn, but not enough to distract from the robust...yet delicate flavor this beer exhibits.

M: Light carbonation, creamy during the middle with a a slightly dry finish.

D: Basically finished a whole bottle within a 20 minute session...it's that good!

Overall: This is as good, if not better than Westy 12! I've never been a huge Quad guy, but this has cracked my top ten of favorite beers all-time. This will be a constant in my cellar for years to come! A must try! Cheers!

Photo of jkpm
4.05/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle
Pour is brown and copper.
Similar head as Roch 6 and 8
Smellsweet with yeast as well as some dark fruits
Hints of very dark chocolate and caramel notes
Good complexity with decent finish.
Nice bubbley mouthfeel
Good punch of alcohol and carbonation

Photo of BruceWineworks
4.77/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Dark brown in color, with a tan bubbly head.

S: Fresh fruit and malt scents.

T: Sweet, malty, and spicy with some apricot flavor and a light chocolatey covering.

M: Fizzy and creamy on the palate. Savory.

D: Complex and overall fantastic Belgian beer. The Trappistes know how ot do it. This is one of the best.

Photo of chchchchia
4.08/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasting from a bottle smuggled in my backpack from Belgium since we don't get any many their great beers here. Poured into a Chimay Goblet (don't tell the Belgiums I did this, they're awful particular about their glassware), taking care to INCLUDE the yeast and sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

A - Dark cola like appearance, opaque. No head or lacing to speak of.
S - Starts off sweet, honey, dark fruits, and definitely alcohol - though you really have to swirl the beer and stick your nose into it to get them. It does open up somewhat as it warms.
T - raisins, currants, berries, and wonderful malt (I'm not a malt person, either). No real hop bitterness to speak of, though it ends with a alcoholic bite and something like a tartness or sourness (not in a bad way at all).
M - low carbonation, with that alcoholic bite
D - The alcohol and sweetness makes this a real sipper.

This beer only improves as you let it warm. Give it time (and if you don't want to end up under the table, you will), and you will be very satisfied. A lovely beer to have on a cold evening, but not one I'd reach for impulsively, though this is the best quad I've ever had.

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

Poured into a belgian snifter. This is the second time I've had Rochefort 10 but the first time that I have singled it out to review with a fresh palate. Date on bottle 030215.

appearance - pours a dark raisin tone, head has strong carbonation bubbles, very silky in appearance, thin and spotty lacing

smell - bold dark and sweet malts, aromas of berries and dark fruit, raspberry, apple, fig

taste - dark fruit and malts permeate the senses, alcohol burn and light alcohol flavor in the finish, complex fig/raisin/date/apple flavors, perhaps some dark berry as well, a bit hot, this is massive beer

mouthfeel - medium body but heavily carbonated which gives the impression of a huge body, some burn

drinkability - this one is quite the sipper, with an 11%+ abv and major complexity going on, it's a beer for taking your time and savoring, one of the best to do it with i might add!

Photo of stoepsel
4.77/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dark brown body -nearly opaque- with a caramel coloured head.
Smell is somewhat fantastic somewhere between raisins and hazelnuts.
The taste goes from portwinelike slowly to a rather malty phase being heavy and smooth at the same time.
The 11% alcohol leave a comfortable warmth in the throat.
An amazing beer!

Photo of RDHerm
4.11/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark brown with light brown highlights. Has a thin khaki colored head that dissipates pretty quickly, leaving a nice ring that lasts throughout and leaves pretty good lacing.

Surprisingly faint aroma. Notes of roasted malts, dark fruits, and alcohol

Strong flavors of dark fruits and malts, with notes of yeast, spice, dark chocolate, and just the slightest hint of vanilla. There is an ever-present alcohol warmth that really intensifies at the finish. This beer really shows is alcohol content.

Light/medium body, higher carbonation level. The mouthfeel is excellent. Very smooth, with just a little effervescence that gives it a certain crispness.

Good taste and a perfect feel make this a very drinkable beer, but with the high alcohol content, you're going to want to take it slow with this one.

Photo of heebes
3.87/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle

Pours a dark brown with a thin fizzy head, which doesnt stick around. The nose is sweet with dark fruits, bready malt. Taste is fairly smooth, easy on the palatte experienceing much of what it smells like. Rasins, dried fruits...Heavy mouthfeel, ends chewy and dry. ABV is well hidden but noticeable as it warms.
Overall, not as impressed as the hype led me to believe to be honest.

Photo of goalie33
4.12/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into 13oz tulip glass.
A: Very dark brown with a thin layer of off-white head. Some carbonation.
S: Dark fruit and malts.
T: Dark fruit with some taste of alcohol. Hints of breadiness and yeast.
M: Medium body, good carbonation that you feel in the mouth.

This is a very good beer, well made and complex, but the dark fruit flavors don't really do it for me. Nevertheless, this is definitely a top notch beer.

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

Had this on 2012-05-04 in Columbia, PA

A - Opaque ruby/dark brown with a chocolate 1-finger head that fades quickly. Some floaties from the sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

S - Rich malt, figs, prunes, touch of chocolate.

T - Barrel-aged figgy pudding with turbinado sugar and ginger. Sweet and rich tasting. Definitely some warming alcohol. Hint of leafy hops.

M - Medium body and carbonation. A bit sticky but also creamy and easy to drink. A soft mouthfeel.

O - Quite nice. It's along the lines of a De Struise Pannepot, which I like better.

Initially had this on 2010-11-26 at The Library in Pittsburgh.

A - Brown and dark red. The head fades quickly but leaves good lacing. 4.0

S - Smells of plums, brown sugar and anise. 4.0

T - Pretty complex. Tastes of plums, figs, molasses, bread and medicinal herbs. Mild hops bite. Moderately sweet, which helps disguise the alcohol. A little sourness to the finish too. 4.5

M - Thick body and low carbonation. Clingy but not overly so. 4.0

D - A definite sipper. Take the time to savor this delicious brew. 4.0

Notes- from 2012-12-31 After tastings of the (arguably) top four Belgian Quads, I would rate them in this order for my personal taste preference:

1 = Pannepot
2 = Westvleteren XII
3 = Rochefort 10
4 = St. Bernardus Abt 12.

Of interest, my wife would rate them in this order:

1 = St. Bernardus Abt 12
2 = Pannepot
3 = Westvleteren XII
4 = Rochefort 10

Quads aren't my favorite style, but I/we enjoyed everything about this beer and the others mentioned above. For the two of us, it came down to a style preference. I like a challenging brew and she likes a well-balanced, un-assuming brew.

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

Phenomenal beer! If you want simple then sip and swallow. If you want complex then let it sit for a while and notice the fruit notes of pear, Jicama, plum and star fruit (yes! star fruit) try it! Slight subtleties of nutmeg as well. Well balanced AMAZINGLY drinkable. This beer is at the top of the list for a reason. I look forward to going to this brewery and trying it on draft!

Photo of mudbug
4.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark brown into a chalice formed a dense one inch head, lots of sediment noted.
Aroma of dank fruit, figs, raisins, and of course a yeasty component.
Taste is sweet figs, malt and Belgium yeast complex and changing as it warms, alcohol is barely noticeable, texture is chewy but not overly so.
Very glad I finally tried this, would revisit anytime.

Photo of bskrtz
4.87/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served cold 11.2 ounce bottle into glass beer challis

A) An awesome Quad. Dark chocolate brown with off white head that settles quickly. Very thick and opaque with yeasties and sediment at the bottom. Ample carbonation is suspended in this soup.

S) Wow! Sweet caramel dipped candy apple. Hint of ginger, apricot, citrus -- it's all there.

T) If you are a quad lover, your search is over. Sweet caramel, burnt chocolate, dark fruit - dates, raisons, figs. It's all there and in correct proportion.

M) The head dissipates quickly but plenty of fine carbonation lasts and lasts. Very smooth, refreshing & complex. The alcohol is well masked but you'll know you got what you paid for as you stumble (and mumble) around...

D) An outstanding quad -- perhaps the zenith of quads. If this is the style you prefer, look no further.

Photo of ryantaussig
4.87/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Excellent nut brown color with a creamy tan head that creates an excellent lace at the start. Dissipated more quickly than I had hoped, but left a nice half finger remaining for the remainder of the glass.

S: Exceptional aroma to this beer. The malt character is extremely complex covering dark brown sugar and slight notes of coffee. Some fruit comes through--grapes mostly. Alcohol is mild on the nose.

T: Also very complex. The malts range from caramel to some earthy molasses notes. Lots of alcohol at the very start and very end, giving it a certain heat. Fruits, especially golden raisins come through. Yeasty esters give a slight spice.

M: Exceptionally smooth and full bodied. Excellent feel from the start to the medium finish.

D: Excellent sipping beer. I'd stick to two because of the full body. It fills you up. The price tag is forbidding in terms of drinking it all night as well, so I don't mind.

Photo of SkunkWorks
4.37/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. I can't really tell when the date is. My understanding is that they date it 5 years from the bottling date, so this would've been bottled September 2010.

Look: opens with some smoke lurking out at the top of the bottle. Dark cherry color, with some muddy ruby highlights when held up to a light. The head is fairly thin despite an aggressive pour. Its a sandstone color, which is something I've never seen, and I like it. There's a little carbonation visible despite the darkness. This is the darkest quad I've seen, which doesn't say much since I haven't had that many.

Smell: dark fruit, especially purple grapes, raisins and figs really pop out. There's also some rum qualities to it and the alcohol aroma is clear. There's some yeasty aromas and some spices like pepper as well.

Taste: thus far, this is the best quad that I've had, but keep in mind I think this is only my third. It follows the nose well with dark fruit like grapes, raisins, and figs popping out to me the most, some rum alcohol tastes coming through as well with some spices lurking in the background.

Feel: full bodied, some carbonation, some alcohol warmth, not much bitterness.

Drink: nicely drinkable and went with my meal nicely. I wouldn't have this all night but, at 11.3% ABV, if I tried I might die.

Overall, this is my first trappist quad and I really liked it. I wasn't sure if I should age it or if I should just drink it fresh and ultimately decided to drink it fresh. Next, I'll try and find an aged one or age one myself and compare. This is clearly worth its reputation. Cheers!

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

Had this in a 11.2 oz bottle in a Great Divide balloon glass. Thanks mom!

This beer pours a dark, dark brown inth a rocky off-white head. The head died down pretty fast (I think my mom recently washed her glass with a bit too much soap, sigh), but it was excellent while it lasted. Very tight bubbles. As the head dies down, the light is able to penetrate thhe beer and it shows some orange tinge to that brown. Nice. The only real problem is that I accidentally purée a bit too much into the glass and ended up with some yeasty sediment. Oops.

The smell is dominated by dark fruits soaked in rum. Not too different from the Trois Pistoles that I had last night, except a bit less spicy. Not quite as magical as I would have expected from it's reputation.

The flavor is complex and fruity. Definite rum bite from the booze, but it doesn't linger and gives a generally pleasant aftertaste. Not as spicy as I would have expected. Definitely has enough depth and character to give me a slightly different impression every time I take another sip.

The mouthfeel is excellent, definitely in line with every other excellent trappist beer I've had. The tight bubbles give way to a smoothness and richness that is just heavenly.

The drinkability is very good, but I'm not knocking people over to get more of it. I guess I expected more from the beer given its reputation, but now that I've had it, I think I'll just stay with my St. Bernardus that I can acquire much easier down in Texas.

Photo of claspada
3.42/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aromas of sweet dried fruites (a boat ton of raisins, figs and prunes) with burnt caramelized malt brown sugar. The alcohol is definitely present on the nose.

The tastes are not quire as dark and not how I expected given the nose. The malt and yeast do a lot of the talking here. taking over. The fruits are a little more acidic, and much juicier, not as dried, on the palate. The plum flavor really comes through. The body is full with light, but somewhat stinging carbonation and a long fruity and burning finish. I really do not enjoy how hot this drinks right now. Will have to reinvest and lay this down for a couple years.

Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
100 out of 100 based on 7,768 ratings.