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Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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100
world-class

7,859 Ratings
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Ratings: 7,859
Reviews: 2,627
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 653
Gots: 1,608 | FT: 54
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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 Noctilucus
4.88/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought at Drankenhandel Geers.

Very pleasant "discovery" and rightfully so voted as one of the top beers around the world.
Heavy, solid, black-brown trappist with plenty of candy sugars and accordingly sweet (though definitely not overdone), a hint of something roasted or bitter "fondant" chocolate and a very long-lasting aftertaste, though one would only wish it stayed forever.

This one easily waltzed itself into my personal list of favourites and once again it's only confirmed by thousands of other beer enthusiasts around the world.

Photo of schuyhigh
4.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reddish-brown with a bit of head. Smells delicious with fruits, figs and spices noticeable. Tastes just as good and the alcohol is definitely present. The fruits and spices are in abundance, yum! Very enjoyable and drinkable but as is with any 11.3% - proceed with caution.

Photo of derekmorris7
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I went out to find this beer specifically. A little shocked to find it at 7.49 a bottle (11.2 oz). My first dive into the top 10 in the world. haha.

A > Nice dark color with a very nice tanish head, about 1 finger.

S > Very fragrant with a good old fashioned beer smell to it. nothing bad about it.

T > Very nice flavor, there were some sweet coffee notes, with some almost chocolate like burnt caramel notes. Sweet in overall taste.

M > Nice cling but not too much. Light alchol sting near the end, but very good.

D > Would only want 1 or 2 of these but would enjoy every minute of it.

Very happy with this tasting!!

Photo of jaymesbawned
4.57/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 bottle to a duvel tulip glass.

A: very dark with a beautiful creamy head.

S: This is probably the best smelling beer I have ever had. It smells better than most of my favorite wines.

T: This is the best tasting beer I have ever had. period. I am new to the BA and craft beer world, so I don't have a lot of experience, but it is glorious. nicely balance sweet and malty with a well-masked alcohol.

M: A beer that you don't want to swallow right away. feels smooth.

D: Very solid drinkability for it's high alcohol. definitly a sipper and not a session beer by any means, but very good.

Photo of BeerCon5
4.52/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark ruby-brown color with about one fingers of fluffy tan head that disappeared relatively quickly.

The scent is of sweet sugars, licorice, notes of cocoa.

The taste is of sweet sugars, dark fruit, bread, spicy pepper, bold malts, licorice, notable alcohol presence.

Medium bodied, smooth and creamy, moderate carbonation.

This was a very tasty beer, there is so much flavor it is difficult to experience it all in just one beer. I will definitely look for this again.

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

Someone told me that this is the type of beer you need to sip slowly to enjoy, but you will want to gulp it down. Boy was he right. It poured a very very dark brown with a light 1 finger head. The smell as a bit fruitier than I was expecting. When you sip it, you notice immediately that it coats your entire mouth, but it is not heavy at all. I know others have commented on the alcohol bite, but I did not notice it at all -- something quite exceptional for a beer with this ABV. The taste is complex but not overbearing. I do get some dark fruit notes, but everything is balanced exceptionally well. It has a short finish but it is satisfying. I was surprised at complex this was without hitting you in the face. In a word: subtle. It scores a perfect 100 when it comes to drinkability. I can't imagine anything this wouldn't compliment and I couldn't imagine a time of day (or night) when I wouldn't enjoy one of these. Top notch.

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

12oz bottle from Abe's of Bethlehem, PA. Poured carefully into a St. Bernardus chalice.

A- Perfect opaque dark leather color. Fine creamy head. A healthy layer of yeast resides in my bottle where it belongs. Head fades to a thin layer leaving nice lacing.

S- Complex dark fruit and chocolate flavor.

T- Complex plum, melon, raison, grape, fig flavors. Kind of reminds me of a fine chocolate fruit cake? lol. Very unique and distinguishable.

M- Very nice carbonation and taste profile lends to a very nice mouthfeel. To earn a 5.0 it would require just a little bit heavier mouthfeel.

D- This is a fine sipper and truly a world class beverage.

Photo of beerprovedwright
4.92/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Crap this is good beer. One finger head of medium brown hue. Thick lace, with little cling. Color is a 33 on the SRM beer color chart. Smells of melon, raisins, plum, peach, molasses, grapes. Flavor is one of the best I have sampled. Figs, plum, peach, pear, melon, molasses, caramel, chocolate. The more I taste the more flavors I find. Rich and creamy in my mouth. I would like to drink this all day, but with the price and the ABV or almost 12 percent, I don't think this will happen. This is a really good beer.

Photo of alleykatking
4.28/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 11oz bottle.

A- Pours a dark brown color. One anda half finger tan head shows great retention. Web style lacing left on the sides of the glass.

S- Tons of sweet caramel malts with large hints of candy sugar toward the front of the aroma. Darker fruits (mostly raisins) dominate right after the initial hints from the front. Nice belgian yeast also comes into play toward the end. Alcohol notes in the ending come into play just for a short second.

T- Toasted toffee malts in the front of the beer. Brown sugar is a big flavor right after the toasted malts. Darker fruits in the beer shine toward the middle with black cherries, prunes, raisins, and anise. Spicey belgian yeast in the background of the later half of the beer itself. Alcohol comes through the ending of the beer as well with light medicinal tones.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was good for the style. Toffee malts with darker fruits left on the palate. Aftetaste is mostly sweet alcohol, darker fruits, and belgian yeasts. This beer is balanced almost perfect. No real off flavors were present. Medium alcohol drying on the palate.

D- This beer is a fantastic example of the style. The ABV doesn't really seem to be there in aroma and taste. I would recommend this beer to anyone who wants a good trappist beer without paying an arm and a leg for another one that you can't get in the states ;)

Photo of jayhawk73
4.88/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a black w/ a perfect off white 2 finger head. It looks perfect in my Chimay glass, thus the rare 5 on appearance. The smell is fantastic- dates, walnuts, malt, spice, very complex smell. I wish I didn't have a cold right now, because I'm having a hard time picking up all the smells- still great though. The taste: One word comes to mind when I take my first sip- "WOW!" I don't know where to begin. Caramel, dates, raisin, malt, and alcohol hit the taste buds. Each mouthfeel is like eating a loaf of bread- but still smooth. Slight burn w/ the alcohol aftertaste. What a great beer. At 11.3%, it's a sipper, and you wouldn't want more than one in a sitting. World class all the way. This is definitely one of my favorite quads, and one of my favorite beers period.

Photo of Wegomlegging
4.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a large beautiful off-white head. Special care must be taken to stand this one up for awhile before enjoying, and when it's poured unless you want to chew it you need to keep a close eye on the neck of the bottle and pull back when you see that healthy sediment start to slide down. Unique and wonderful smell of malt and banana. Flavor is fantastic, a malty plum-like flavor that is dry and yeasty. Soft mouthfeel despite the healthy carbonation. Goes down nice, with flavor to the end. Finishes dry and complete. An outstanding beer that I personally enjoy with some nice aged gouda.

Photo of samie85
4.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a dark brown into a chalice with two fingers of light brown head.

S-Smells of dark plum with some alcohol and brown sugar on the finish.

T-Reminds me of Samichlaus at first with dark fruits and has some noticeable alcohol and finishes with a slightly bitter and mildly hot alcohol finish.

M-Mouth-coating and rich without being full-bodied, but closer to light side of medium bodied with a warming mouth- and throat feel.

D-Pretty easy drinking for high of an ABV this one is. I couldn't see having more than a small bottle of it due to the richness of it though.

Photo of mryuk
3.91/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark unfiltered brown. very little light passes through except at the edges. Smallish light brown head.

Smell comes through with lots of sweet malt.

Taste again has lots of malt and sweet. I get some subtle licorice hints and overall quite alcoholic although I would say not at its 11.3% level.

Mouth is a bit thick with a lot of alcohol. decent carbonation.

Drinkability was only OK for me. I know quad Belgians are not my favorite but I was expecting a bit more from this beer. It was OK but I will not go out of my way to have it again. Nothing really stood out to me as exceptional.

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.67/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a small (11.2oz?) bottle into a goblet.

A: Dark caramel with a thin white head that sticks around for a while.

S: Caramel, rock candy, cloves, figs...Ok, its pretty damned complex, everytime you give it a smell, it seem like its changed on you.

T: Taste is truly remarkable. Dark fruits and yeast funkiness come first, but musty hops, caramel sweetness and cognac twang finish.

D: Drinkability is ridiculously high. It isn't hot or unbalanced in the least. It has a tight, prickly carbonation that is almost perfect.

Overall: An incredible beer. So much complexity and depth. This is truly a world class brew. Recommended!

Photo of MadCat
3.82/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark brown with a small brown head that does not last. No lacing. Poured in a tulip.

Smell: Noticeable alcohol smell here. Behind it are plums and grapes/raisins and other fruits.

Taste: Again, noticeable alcohol. More plums and raisins, with some other fruit. Has a finish that reminds me of dark rum, strange, but not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel: Nice and thick. Crisp carbonation, but feels a little bit different from other Belgians, was hoping for that perfect Belgian carbonation I've seen other places.

Drinkability: One and done. Its all from the upfront alcohol taste and smell. It does not invite you to drink more. And its a sipper.

Overall: I'm honestly disappointed. For a top 10 beer, I expected more, especially a top ranked Belgian. I was most surprised by the strong alcohol smell and taste, most good beers of this abv hide that. Now, my only other quad experience is Ommegang Three Philosophers, so I'm not a quad expert. I might get another bottle to age and see if that improves it. My guess from the date stamped on the label is that this was bottled 4/14/10, so it would be 10 months old, so it might need more time on top of that. I'm also curious about how other reviews either highlight the alcohol presence, or talk about this wonderful, complex, amazing beer. Will update if I get another one.

Photo of CyR
4.69/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Color black, beautiful brown foam.

S: Coffee, black fruit, hard liquor

T: Fairly strong, good alcohol, fruit macéréset good finish

M: Rest well on the palate, good aftertaste.

D: Beer Tasting, to savor.

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One of the best beers I've tasted a classic Quadrupel.

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

Appearance: Cloudy with a deep brownish-red color

Smell: alcohol with yeast, deep fruit

Taste: A perfect balance and complexity. Slightly sweet and malty.

Mouthfeel: bubbly and well carbonated. smooth and creamy

Drinkability: could take two. not nearly as heavy as the ABV would lead on.

This is possibly the most amazing beer I have ever tasted

Serving type: bottle

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

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A: Very Dark red almost brown in color. Beautiful two finger head that slowly dissipates leaving light lacing. The head never fully leaves. It glistens on top.

S: Figs, cherries, sweet fruits, and alcohol. Not a lot going on with aromas.

T: Sweet, with lingering alcohol.

M: Nice medium carbonation. Slightly bubbly in the mouth. medium body.

D: very smooth. Alcohol is present and strong, but is dulled by the sweet fruit presence.

Photo of Khazadum
4.3/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- The traditional pour creates a work of art. This starts off wonderful. Fluffy and creamy all at once. The center is extremely carbonated while the edges have that shaving cream pharmaceutical grade elegance you need. Not sticky enough to have a full blown lacing, but a minor amount pleases me. The extremely dark brown body does reveal the microscopic cascades of carbonation up the sides of my snifter.

S- Nicely alcoholic with some dark fruits and cream. Something sweet and custard like to it. Smells of plums, dates, raisins, and simple syrup. Definitely has that ethanolic characteristic on the outflow that is sharp, but not painful.

T- First impressions are a hit of alcohol with big sweetness. Tons of malt body with molasses coming out strong. Some dark fruits following that are mostly of the raisin type. Ethanol dipped bread. Biscuit but... interesting bread. Like a toasted wheat. Finish is ethanolic with a minor bitter nature. Some hints of biscuit as well.

M-Mild bodied, creamy, crisp, bubbly. Nice lingering burn from the alcohol that is more tingly than anything else. Flavors don't really stick around anywhere.

D- I really enjoy this beer. It has amazing flavors and aromas. It feels a bit lacking, and for something this alcoholic it drinks incredibly easy. I'd love to do this one again. Very good example of the style.

Photo of haydukeqc
4.71/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Impenetrable mahogany with hints of red on the sides of the bradysnifter.
S: Alcohol followed by mild orange-cream notes.
T: Smooth and well rounded in every way. Molasses, prunes, caramelized malt... all surrounded by a sourdough crust.
M: Creamy!
D: Good thing this is a pretty chunk per bottle, or else the 11.3% would sneak up on me, you can taste it... but you don't really care about it.

Photo of IanH84
4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled in June '09. Split a bottle with my brother (Zodijackyl)
Pours dark with a thin and lacy head. Presents itself well in a short goblet.

Aroma begins with a full-bodied yeasty smell. It also presents an aroma of rich caramelized grains after smelling it for a few seconds, demonstrating the complexity of the brew. Hints of nuts and a touch of fruit underscore the smell.

As I take my first sip, I taste a subtle and not unpleasant tinge of ethanol on the front. That alcoholic taste quickly fades to a subtle wave of nutty, almost earthy, mildly metallic (but not in a bad way) taste that fades over the back of the tongue to a pleasant, purely nutty taste as the overtones fade.

Mouthfeel of a world-class beer. The flavors don't all present immediately but don't linger, and inspire you to hold a mouthful as long as you continue to find new subtleties within the taste.

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

Finally I decided to take this out of my stash and try my first Rochefort!

11.2oz bottle poured into a Rochefort chalice

A: Pours dark brown, opaque, very thin head that quickly dissipates.

S: Dark fruits (plums, raisins, maybe dates and figs), slight prune, molasses, alcohol.

T: The dark fruits are there, but are completely enveloped in a huge amount of malty sweetness. Tons of light molasses and brown sugar lend to a massive malty body that almost hides some of the dark fruit. The slight tartness of the plums and raisins just poke in and out of the malt. Alcohol has a nice warming throughout and is slightly peppery and phenol.

M: Carbonation seems fairly light. The body is medium to full, however the huge depth of malt make it seem massive. It's unbelievably smooth, syrupy, and velvety. At the same time it's damn chewy with seemingly endless layers of malt.

D: The alcohol is definitely there and can catch up pretty quick, but the tastes and body is too darned good to spend long nursing.

Overall this is a damned good beer, right there with St. Bernardus Abt 12, though I did enjoy Pannepot Reserva '08 a bit more.

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

A- Impermeable. cloudy. dark brown goodness topped with a 2 finger tan head. The bubbles are extremely fine and head retention is magnificent, leaving globs sticking to the side of the glass.

S- Dark toffee, molasses, apricots. It's only slightly fuming alcohol.

T- Initially cake-like malt smooths in gently, giving way to a torrent of warming alcohol, coffee notes and a barely noticeable whisp of hops playing in the back of the tongue. Fruit esters resembling plum and apricot are secondary to the experience and reside mostly in the last moments of swallowing and the aftertaste. The aftertaste is grainy and dry.

M- Because of the carbonation and general weight of this quad, the mouthfeel is brilliantly smooth, substantial, and rather chewy. I would readily volunteer to fast if this brew was available.

D- I wouldn't have more than one, at very least not in a row. But at 11,2 percent, you wouldn't need much more to satisfy a pensive beer geek such as myself.

Photo of Vierenner
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

OMG, the head is amazing! Has the look of luxury. Tastes a tad sweeter than Trappistes Rochefort(8), but maintains all the other great qualities of that beer. I actually like this beer better. Primary flavors for me are banana and raisin, but they are not overwhelming. Delicious!

Photo of Rickythejeweler
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Murky, dark mahogany, 1 finger off white khaki head, decent lacing, yeast sediment floating around.

S - Wonderful and strong; raisons, plums, alcohol, faint hint of hops.

T - Wow! Delicious waves of raisons and plums crash your palate first, next the alcohol and brown sugar settles in mid sip, aftertaste lingers heavy with raisons and belgian yeast flavours.

M - Smooth, somewhat creamy, perfect carbonation.

D - My favourite beer I have ever had, it is 11.3% abv and it drinks well, but shows its strength just like I would hope it would!

Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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