Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort
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4.58/5 rDev +1.6%
The more elusive of the Rochefort brews.
Pours a deep dark purple color along the side of my snifter. After sitting the glass straight up, an angled line of foam stays behind. With a tad left, I swirl the bottle and pour the remains into the center of the glass. This leaves an egg shape foam mound 1/4" high that settles after the intense bubbles finish coming up from the bottom.
Smells of the darkest of dark fruit, plum, raisin, grapes, blackberry. There is also a sugary alcoholic smell of brown sugar and some molasses.
Definately molasses and with some burnt/very smokey caramel. Lots of plum and raisin. A very sweet brew indeed.
Nice light carbonation with a smoothness I've never felt in a quad. mmm...
This is a great beer and I feel like it has been a pleasure letting the alcohol sneak up on me.
10-09-2008 04:27:23 | More by RixBeer
4.58/5 rDev +1.6%
A- Hazy with a huge rocky head over a reddish-brown body.
S- Extremely fruity with notes of plum and bananas, as well as a big chunk of fresh bubblegum.
T- The distinctively chocolatey flavor also comes through in a late, warming finish - accompanied by some vanilla, fruit and bready notes.
M- The body is light/medium and it has a somewhat zesty mothfeel.The flavor is expansive with a silky, fruity maltiness that fills the mouth revealing a faintly milk-chocolate character just before a charge of hops coats the throat. The alcohol is noticeable but not obtrusive.
An amazingly complex beer, one of my favorite it not favorite quads, i wish they bottled this in a 750ml bottle because 11.2oz is not enough
10-03-2008 13:35:17 | More by bonbini26
5/5 rDev +10.9%
Appearance: The 10 has that special brown haze and carmel tinge around the edge that you would expect from an exceptional quad.
Smell: Very subtle at first, you should take a little to let your nose adjust to the aroma. Its smell is a deep sugary carmel smell with figs and something else I can't quite describe.
Taste: Incredibly smooth. Touch of plums, buttery/carmel undertones. Sweet, a touch tangy, and a joy.
Mouthfeel: Tickles your tongue and seems to slide right down leaving a pleasant aftertaste.
Drinkability: If you like Trappist beer or Belgians for the most part, then prepare to make room at the top of your list for this one.
10-03-2008 04:40:21 | More by midnite2sixman
4.6/5 rDev +2%
Pours with little to no head.
The color is an opaque dull brown or crimson.
Smells strongly of figs and something deep, rich, and sweet--a cross between malty and buttery.
The taste begins almost like a dry stout, with a bit of a smoky feel to it. This progresses into something much more sweet and tangy--a taste similar to the smell. The finish remains tangy but is also faintly reminiscent of a milk chocolate (not dark chocolate like many stouts, porters, etc.). Not a milk chocolate like Mackesons XXX, or anything that predominate, but still present.
Definitely hides the 11.3% abv well.
Would love to try it on tap.
09-30-2008 06:04:49 | More by lhaqq
4.43/5 rDev -1.8%
Great perfume, some sweetness, dark rich balanced, great finish. It really has it all and you can enjoy a 12oz bottle yourself. Very complex malt, smoke, wood, roasted quality and great texture. Dark christmas spice with carmel. Really enjoyable and glad it is somewhat available all the time. Hail to the Trappistes!
09-29-2008 23:01:41 | More by paytoplay
4.78/5 rDev +6%
330ml bottle poured into Chimay glass
A--Like Dad's root beer. High carbonation maintaining persistent creamy head and lacing.
S--Sweet. Floral and fragrant. Faint alcohol and spice.
T--First taste reminiscent of a porter's burnt nuttiness rather than a belgian ale...except sweet--not bitter. Alcohol/spice combo warming and prominent. Deep fruity esthers--plum? Extremely well balanced. Excellent.
Every sip better as it the beer warms and I warm from the non-boozy tasting potency.
M--Creamy and chewy but smooth. Tickles the tastebuds and linger complexly on palate.
D--Upon taste, wouldn't have guessed 11.3 ABV. But this is serious stuff. A warming sipper.
09-28-2008 01:48:40 | More by larsee01
4.35/5 rDev -3.5%
Poured a deep brown with reddish tint. A huge fluffy tan head formed and left tons of lacing behind. Excellent head retentions.
Tons of grape in the nose. Not like grape soda though. Like grape mixed with malt, chocolate and figs.
Taste follows the nose. Slightly more soda like qualities but it is faint and at the front of the palate. Super malty with lot of fig, grape, raisin, and chocolate.
Mouthfeel is lighter than I expected. Still very full, flavor just coats every inch of your mouth and makes it seem heavier than it is.
Alcohol let you know that it is there, but over all, very drinkable.
09-24-2008 02:32:12 | More by brantadid
4.18/5 rDev -7.3%
Poured from a bottle purchased at McNalty's Bier Markt in Cleveland although later I saw it for sale for less ($6.99) at World Wine and Liquor in Mentor, Ohio. None the less...
A Before I even open it...I see major sediment even near the top of the bottle. close inspection of the bottom (in strong light) revealed moderate to severe amount of sediment on the bottom. After opening...3 finger head over a deep, dark brown body which no light gets through.
S malty hops complex wonderfulness. Alcohol is perceptible.
T Initially a complex, malty, hoppy trappist with a wonderful malty, molasses sweetness just before there is this punch in the face of alcohol, reminds me of having a shot right after a beer (never had that but I am imagining). The aftertaste is more of the initial taste, a complex, hoppy trappist like I was expecting.
M Full, possibly one of the fullest not called a stout or a porter. The sting of alcohol is part of the mouthfeel.
D This is a complex, interesting beer but there is a bomb of alcohol in the mid taste that is unmistakable and drives down the drinkability.
Notes: I certainly respect this beer. It has an uncommon complexity that is rare. It has that great begginning and just before the punch of alcohol there is a wonderful sweet, malty taste but then that tremendous body slam of alcohol followed by a long aftertaste of complex malt and hops.
09-23-2008 00:34:03 | More by adamette
3.93/5 rDev -12.9%
The 10 pours an exceptionally dark brown, which in a backlight has tints of ruby, topped with a light tan head that disappears fairly quickly. The nose of Rochefort 10 is at first very sweet, as is to be expected for a beer of 11.3% abv, with coffee and even banana notes. At one point I stuck my nose right into the glass and inhaled deeply, and while it took me four or five breaths to really work out the smell, it was a distinct tinge of nail polish remover or alcohol laced with molasses.
Drinking the ale was a delight, and I found it smoother than the Rochefort 8 yet with the same chocolate and cocoa flavours. Being so dark and full, the 10 is a very rich beer, and definitely not a beer that you would want to be drinking as though it was a run of the mill lager. Despite the smoothness of the beer, there is also a slight touch of bitterness adding a nice counterpoint to the sweetness, like burnt caramel. In the final taste though there was a distinct alcohol taste.
09-22-2008 08:40:44 | More by velkyal
3.73/5 rDev -17.3%
A: Pours a beautiful deep mahogany brown. A large beige head forms and sticks around. Lots of lace is left behind.
S: A complex fruit aroma with tons of malt. Grapes, figs, plums. A hint of chocolate.
T: A malty and fruity taste that follows the nose. Grapes and plums seem to dominate. Caramel and chocolate malt as well. A snap of carbonation and spice that do not mesh well for me.
M/D: This seems over carbonated for my tastes. It does not seem to have the huge coat of the mouth that 8 does IMO. Drinkability is good. Plenty of rum like alcohol to make this a sipping beer.
This is a very complex and well crafted beer. I enjoy it, but my heart lies with Rockefort 8.
09-20-2008 19:42:03 | More by champ103
4.5/5 rDev -0.2%
A: Pours a crimson and dark brown coloring with some slight ruby tinting during the pour. This ends up sitting in the glass a hefty and intimidating mahogany. Good luck trying to see anything on the other side of the glass. The golden tan head starts out fluffy then recedes more tightly and thinly sticking all over the glass. Amazing looking.
S: The aromas are beyond complex. Initially, there is a heavy presence of plum, figs, and grapes. Pepper and sweet sugars coupled with strong hints of lavender, coconut, yeast, and dark malts. As if black cherries took a warm cocoa and bourbon bath. The chocolate and toffee undertones are very mellow but highlight throughout. There is so much happening here that any scent of alcohol has been extinguished.
T: Again, just as complex as the smell. Warming caramel, maple, and peppers. A buttery tartness with raisin background. Darker fruits got doused in chocolate and then smoked over an oak and caramel fire. Buttery licorice charred with molasses soaked banana peels. The alcohol is so well hidden that I thought this was a dessert and not a beer.
M: Full bodied. Very rich, velvety, and creamy. Each sip warming and long lasting.
D: Delicious and beyond drinkable. Tough to even do this one justice.
09-18-2008 04:24:54 | More by erikm25
4.18/5 rDev -7.3%
Continuing my BA Top 100 quest. Glad to hit a quad or two...
Beer bottle brown. Head is just barely off white. Small bubbled. Yummy.
Smell is dark fruit with a slight alcohol burn.
Very pleasant taste. The alcohol is there but not over the top for the %. I like it alot.
Working my way up the quad ladder before trying a westy12 next year. This one is very good and I certainly like it a hell of a lot better than St. Bernardus 12.
Excellent feel to this rich thick creamy stew. Then the alcohol says hey buddy on the way down. Nice to know you're drinking 11.3%, which is absoulutely awesome in this beer.
Overall: very good
09-13-2008 20:15:07 | More by PatronWizard
4.6/5 rDev +2%
The beer pours a dark golden honey color that swallows any chance of light coming through, a thing but very pretty white head forms right away and lasts awhile.
The smell is complex as hell figs, raisins, currants, black pepper, i could go one for awhile.
The taste is the same as the smell its gets much more dimensional and complex as it warms
The mouthfeel is very smooth but a tad thinner than most Belgium's im used to drinking
Despite being a sipper and 11.3 abv i could easily session this if i wasn't on a college student budget.
09-13-2008 05:13:04 | More by jamesm7485
4.33/5 rDev -4%
A -- deep brown, one finger of head disapates quickly.
S -- love that belgian smell, figs, candy licorice. The alcohol smell is quite apparent
T -- Sweet, and complex at first, alcohol burn in the finish.
M -- Thinner than I thought it would be, but good.
D -- Can't drink this all night (but that is not the point is it). Maybe two and call it good.
09-12-2008 20:12:14 | More by aqsprint
4.72/5 rDev +4.7%
My 100th review! I thought I ought to celebrate this BA milestone with something special.
It opens with a loud hiss and pours from the 330ml brown bottle into a globe glass. It has a very dark brown, somewhat murky appearance with lots of head. The head settles into a 2" layer on top and diminishes very slowly. Almost no lacing left behind.
The aroma is spectacular - rich in fruits, nuts, spice, and alcohol. Many times I go just for a sniff instead of a sip.
The taste is exceptional as well. So much depth and so many layers to it. The list of fruits goes on and on: cherries, figs, raisins, currants, bananas, etc. There's spices galore, mostly ones that remind me of Christmas: cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and pepper. Then there's that distinctive Belgian yeast and, of course, lots of alcohol. It's all very well balanced and enjoyable as a slow sipper of a beer. It almost seems a shame to call it "beer" when it's clearly much more than that.
Mouthfeel is okay given the style but it's high in carbonation and ABV so it's not the gentlest thing on the palate. Drinkabiliy suffers for the same reasons.
This is an incredible beer and one that shoots straight to the top of my favorites. I can't think of anything else I've tried that has so much going on. It's simply magnificent.
Edit: A year later to the day (completely by accident) I am revisiting this beer and enjoying it as much or more than the first time. Dated for the last day of 2013, this is still reasonably fresh. Mouthfeel is better than I remembered being much softer on the palate. Still one of my favorites.
09-11-2008 22:26:01 | More by GilGarp
4.58/5 rDev +1.6%
Appearance: Nice large head that slowly faded in to a nice lace that stayed. Deep rich glossy brown.
Smell: Fuity with subtle notes of roasted malt and slight undertones of alcohol.
Taste: rich, sweet malts with subtles tastes of molasses or some other sweetener. Smokey undtertones and faint medicinal alcohol in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Full in body and creamy.
Drinkability: I love this quad, it's not an everyday beer obviously but one very drinkable quad.
09-09-2008 14:22:54 | More by mbenthall
4.33/5 rDev -4%
This beer pours a hazy dark brown/reddish hue with a small creamy off-white head. The nose is a combination of dark fruits like raisins and figs, candy sugar, slight banana, fruity esters, and you can smell the alcohol in this beer as well. The taste is quite complex with the main players being banana, dark fruit, caramel sweetness, vanilla, and some peppery spices. A really nice combination of flavors and they work really well together in this Quad. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite smooth with moderate carbonation, and I certainly get the warming alcohol on the mouthfeel as well. The drinkability is really quite nice for a beer that is 11.3% ABV, but it is a sipper and not your everyday type beer.
09-08-2008 20:09:38 | More by TheodorHerzl
4.55/5 rDev +0.9%
I've just bought a new Rochefort glass (the one with the writings and top profile in gold) so I could not dispense myself to have a Rochefort 10.
The appearance starts from the bottle, so simple and so impressive: Trappistes Rochefort is written in a font that arouses respect, with that pale yellow backgrounfd and the big dot that says "10"... and then the beer: so brown and dark , but still luminescent, with that tick, dense foam that stays there forever, the right thing in the right place, like the cord on the tunic of the monks.
Smell is of dark sugar, liquor, choccolate, cocoa and something toasted, more pungent than other quadrupels. Great.
Taste is a bit herbal, bready, peppery, again something toasted. Mouthfeel is where Rochefort 10 gives its best: the little carbonation leaves a hint of water that suddenly gives place to a smooth and creamy sensation that finishes with a very well balance on the taste side, not dry, not bitter, not sweet, a little tart.
Drinkability.... you can have just one and be very happy, or still want for more. This is a serious beer, I prefer have one and meditate on how great it is.
09-07-2008 23:02:33 | More by Voss
4.45/5 rDev -1.3%
Poured from a 11.2oz brown bottle.
Pours a murky dark brown color. Very nice 3 finger dark head. Nice semi-foamy lacing too. Sediment in the bottle too which I like.
Very nice aroma on this one. It is sweet with the smells of raisons, flowers, fruits, caramel like smells, malts, etc. Hard to pin anything specific down as it smells very complex.
Taste is very good. Lots of nice malts, semi sweet tastes too, raisons and caramel. There is also some coffee like tastes and some bitterness too. As others have said, it does almost have a medicinal taste to it as well. The finish tastes very medicinal and is very strong and somewhat tingly. Very nice mouthfeel, and drinkable.
Overall this is a very good beer. The Trappist's really know how to make a good one.
09-06-2008 01:05:23 | More by NHGrafx
4.3/5 rDev -4.7%
I bought a bottle of this at Casa Vino in Richland, WA. A new place up that is trying to get up and running with a good beer selection.
Pours a dark, thick brown with no light seeping through. A lot of chunks and has a thick off-white head. Aroma is off honey and fruit, slight maltiness. Taste is complex, some ripe fruits and malts, but on the sweet side. Texture is excellent, on the chewy side and is thick and heavy. A very good session beer, but with the high ABV and since it is on the sweet side no more than a couple at a sitting. Very enjoyable beer, one of my favorites.
09-05-2008 00:51:06 | More by tbeck
3.78/5 rDev -16.2%
Poured this 11.2 oz brown bottle into a Westmalle glass. Coded L210312. The body was the color of rootbeer. Dark with some sediment. The creamy white head faded fast leaving a tiny island that persisted.
Smell was raisin bread. Peanut skins. Strangely like a swimming pool (?).
Taste was cola like. Caramel sweetness and bitterness from the roasted malts. Well hidden alcohol.
Mouthfeel was zesty with tingly carbonation. Medium to full density. Somewhat hot in the throat.
09-04-2008 12:31:14 | More by Cresant
4.53/5 rDev +0.4%
Dark brown with a tall head poured into a Chimay chalice.Sediments floating in the dark liquid. Looks like nutmeg on top of the head but no idea what it is.
Dark fruits, some spice, alcohol, dried plums, cherry.
Raisons, spice,alcohol very warming on the way down, a little leather, and a slight medicinal quality.
Very creamy, good carbonation, excellent.
For a quad of 11% very drinkable. I enjoyed this excellent beverage with some sharp cheese, a masterpiece.
09-04-2008 03:38:03 | More by alovesupreme
4.22/5 rDev -6.4%
A: Hazy brown with a reddish tinge. Poured a brisk two inch creamy light brown head that persisted. Clear lacing, but was thin.
S: Loaded with dark fruits (raisins, plumes). Sugar and pronounced alcohol aromas too.
T: Very consistent with smell. Alcohol comes through clearly in the middle then to the finish. Very complex - this was my first Quadrupel. More complex and flavorful as it warmed.
M: Medium full body. Lively carbonation that settled as it warmed.
D: Definitely a beer to sip though no trouble finding my way to the bottom of the glass.
08-29-2008 00:02:13 | More by Haybeerman
3.1/5 rDev -31.3%
330 ml. bottle poured into my new Duvel tulip.
A vigorous mahogany colored pour produced a short lived, mountainous 3 finger tan head that quickly collapsed to a bubbly 1/4" film & was finally reduced to a broken, soapy slick. The beer has the appearance of dirty brown pond water when back lit, revealing minute particles of sediment.
S ~ Sweet malts & (over) ripe dark fruit. Black cherries. Figs, plums, prunes, dates, raisins, with some sweet spices ~ maybe cinnamon, clove, allspice? A camouflaged note of cocoa or bakers chocolate with coffee & butter caramels. There is a mild essence of medicinal alcohol. Complex & somewhat difficult to separate clearly.
T ~ Primarily follows the nose. Banana & the aforementioned dark fruits. Sour yeast, with a hint of bubblegum, black licorice, toffee & vanilla bean. Spices both sharp & sweet. The big alcohol presence is well concealed in the mix. I noticed a dry, floral after taste that lingered at the back of my throat. A little edgey.
M/D ~ Softer & more carbonated than I anticipated or prefer. Slick, but a little watery. Not particularly full bodied. The carbonation diminishes the mouth feel (for me). The alcohol is briefly noted on the finish but not over powering by any means. A little hot on the swallow. This left me a little disappointed but not disgusted.
For my money & from these Monks, I think I'll stick with the Rocherfort 8.
08-24-2008 07:00:30 | More by TATTORSO
4.43/5 rDev -1.8%
Poured out of a 330 ml bottle. Served in a small chalice. Dark brown appearance with a good head and lacing. Had a raisiny, peppery nose. I thought the taste was excellent. Grapes, malt...alcohol comes through but I was not overwhelmed by it. I love this beer
08-23-2008 04:42:33 | More by DWA
Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
100 out of 100 based on 7,056 ratings.