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Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Ratings: 7,878
Reviews: 2,634
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.76%
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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 codewarrior
4.39/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330mL Singleton (030215 09:52), poured into chalice

L: Murky dark brown, virtually no head.

S: Sweet and boozy.

T: Caramel apples. Amazing finish. This beer goes on and on, and I'm quite happy that it does. Phenomenal.

F: Luscious. Thick. Beautiful.

D: Less bubbly than 8, and all in all more agreeable to my palate.

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

Appearance -- Pours a murky dark brown with a slim spongy beige head and what appears to be cinnamon floating atop.

Smell -- Prune, red grape, cinnamon and nutmeg, a little bit buttery.

Taste -- Dark fruits at the fore: prunes, raisins, and figs. Pear and crisp green apple are also present, but to a much lesser extent. Lots of spice in this one, specifically cinnamon, anise, clove, and black pepper. A spiced rum richness is also present. Finish is quite spicy with cinnamon, black pepper, and a hint of alcohol bite. Overall, the alcohol is frighteningly well-hidden.

Mouthfeel -- Medium to full in body, coats the mouth. Carbonation is bubbly, fluffy and mild. Very satisfying.

Drinkability -- For the style, this is about as drinkable as it gets. Very satisfying. This is the kind of beer I want to kick back with after an awful day at work. A very nice quad. Can't speak for Westvleteren 12, but I think I may like St. Bernardus a hair more.

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

In tulip

A: Deep brown body with modest large bubbled head.
S: Prunes and nuts.
T: More prunes, with some marmalade, booze, burnt caramel, bark, licorice, nut hulls and leather. Just enough yeast and hops to mellow the sweets.
M: Some heat as expected, medium bodied in terms of effervescence.
D: Quite drinkable but not a chugger. Share a bottle.

Photo of Aviar7495
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Great black/amber look, dark in color.

Smell: Very sweet smelling

Taste: Great concentrated taste with full, complex flavor

Mouthfeel: Carbonated start with flat finish

Drinkability: Smooth, sweet and delicious

A great Overall Belgian Beer!!!

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

Ah, here we go. Finally getting around to trying one of the more highly regarded Quads out there. Let's see if it lives up to the hype!

A - Pours a deep, dark brown color with nice, tan colored head that gives way to a thick, bubbly lacing. Visible yeast chunks can be seen floating around. This beer means business.

S - Very strong dark fruit notes! I'm detecting plums, cherries, prunes, and even a bit of apple (ok, not a dark fruit, but it's there!), as well as a red-wine like scent. Amidst all this complexity is molasses, brown sugar, belgian yeast/candi, and a bit of alcohol (to be expected at 11.3% though). This is one of the most complex smelling beers I've come across.

T - So many flavors, where do I begin? The flavor profile is very much similar to the smell. Bready malts with notes of molasses, brown sugar, yeast, spices, and candi, with lots of fruity overtones, namely plum, cherry, grape, and some red-wine characteristics. This quad is quite big on the fruit flavors, almost bordering into Strong Dark Ale territory (but then again, the two styles are somewhat similar). Alcohol is amazingly well hidden, given the strength is approaching wine territory. I've had 9% beers that can't hide the alcohol this well.

M - This is one area I was expecting to be big and full bodied. It's actually more along the lines of a medium body. Carbonation is very light, and the overall feel is bubbly. Overall, I like a bit more body, and creamier feel in my Quads/BSDA's, but this is still excellent.

D - Way too easy to drink for 11.3%. Savor and sip this one. I'm only knocking a point off due to ABV, and price ($7.59 per bottle).

Overall - I'm going to have to have some St.Bernardus Abt 12 and Chimay Blue again to decide which my favorite Belgian ale is again, but this is one of the top picks for sure. Then again, one thing I love about Quads and BSDA's is the wide range of flavors and interpretations out there. You can try two different examples of the style, and they may both taste pretty different. But enough rambling! If you're a big quad fan, and have some extra dinero laying around, this is a must-seek.

Photo of mrunseen
4.82/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Rochefort chalice.

One of those beers that I've had so many times, but never thought to write up a review. Here we go, from notes and memory.

Appearance: Dark brown in color with a pillowy head with tightly packed bubbles. There is some sediment present in this beer, which I choose to leave in the bottle.

Nose: Smells of brown sugar, dark fruits, figs and raisins. For me, this beer has a very appealing nose to it, however, it can be a bit boozey.

Taste: Wowza, what can I say. This is one of my favorite beers. Smooth, sweet ... tastes of the brown sugar that was hinted at in the nose. Absolutely delicious. Raisins, molasses ... there is a lot going on in this beer! The taste of alcohol can be detected, but it's still a very smooth, sippable brew.

Mouth: Not overly hearty, but very smooth. The the right amount of carbonation is present.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, although, I generally keep it at one per session ... it packs a punch.

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

Poured from bottle to Rochefort glass.

A: Just like the 6 and 8, the appearance on this one lives up to the quad. Very dark, molasses in color.

S: Very sweet smelling. Like making caramels, the sugar melting. Love it.

T: I get so much from the Rocheforts. This one is a strong caramel and slight hits of fig. Nice sweetness without being too overwhelming; perhaps my favorite of the three.

M: Slight carbonation on my tongue, but very smooth. All the flavors come together nicely and make this an exceptional beer.

D: Have to be careful with this one, it tastes so good that you can't really tell (at least me) that it's ABV is so high.

The quad's are perhaps my favorite style of beer and this ranks up with the best of them. Would recommend this to anyone and it's becoming extremely easy to find. Usually in the $5 to $7.50 per bottle range in most of southern Illinois and Paducah, KY.

Photo of case4816
4.67/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into my Snifter dark brown, woody in colour. Somewhat Cloudy. Nice creamy head with Decent Lacing. Thick look to it as it poured but it did not pour thick which was unexpected.

S- Earthy, very natural smell to it. Can really pick up the malts they smell very roasted. Very Dark caramel, almost sweet hints with some Vanilla. Can pick up the hops in the back as well they smell very floral. Very Enjoyable

T- Wow, so much flavour in one drink. Very sweet taste to it. The Malt flavour is so wonderful, very roasted but not overpowering at all. The Dark Caramel flavour comes out here very much, but the flavour is perfectly balanced with the hops. They are full of flavour here, floral and earthy with very little bitterness. As I drink flavours of dried fruits (Raisins, Apricots) comes through. Very nice to detect very little Yeast flavour. As the drink warms I can also taste alcohol is isn't surprising cause it's 11.3%. Also as it warms a nice bitterness becomes prevalent which compliments the sweetness it started with very well.

M- Very very smooth and creamy. Wonderful to swirl around and let it sit in my mouth. The warming from the alcohol is also very invited and makes the whole experience very different, but I like it.

D- I love this beer. Way different than what I was expecting so that was nice. Everything about this beer seems to compliment it. The sweet and bitter, the colour, smell. Everything is in balance with the beer. As it warms the feeling changes to going from the sweet to the bitter and warming more and more. One of the best beer experiences I've had as of yet.

Photo of velosuds
4.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a clear pint glass. Paid $7.99 at Capital Market. This is the highest priced (per ounce) beer I have bought.

A-Pours a hazy mahogany-amber hue with a three finger, beige head with good retention, but only scant lacing. The hiss from thousands (well, too many to count) of tiny bubbles popping as the head receded to a thin cap sounded like soda pop. I have never observed this from a beer.

S-Fruity, malty, sweet, and sour (in a pleasant way - from the yeast I suspect). Nice aroma is dominated by dark dried fruits like raisins, figs, and dates. Fruitier than sweet.

T-Prominent flavors include brown sugar, black cherries, rum-soaked raisins, and toasted toffee malts. Best enjoyed by sipping and rolling this around the tongue and mouth before swallowing. All of this leads to a long-lived spicy, cloves finish. Taste is also fruitier than sweet. This is outstanding.

M-Very smooth for 11.3% ABV. Carbonation level is spot on.

D-Drinkability is awesome for a beer this big. I was prejudiced because of the hype. But, my only regret is there only remain a couple more sips in my glass and no more bottles in the fridge. Rated slightly lower due to cost.

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

This beer pours a slightly cloudy brown color that is reminiscent of cola (lots of ruby highlighting.) However, it's got some haziness and some bigger yeast chunks floating around. Creamy tan head fades rather quickly other than around the edges where it lasts quite some time. The smell is pretty sweet dominated by dark fruits. There's raisins, dates, brown sugar, chocolate, pears, banana, and spice. Lots of sweetness once it hits your mouth along with a warming alcohol. There's some sweet breadiness as well as a molasses component. The raisins and dates also make a reappearance in the taste. Mouthfeel was slightly different than expected. Although it was creamy, there was a bit thinner feel at first. The creaminess then wiped this out. I'd enjoy a little less carbonation. Only my personal taste, but there are other quads out there I've like better.

Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.71/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: This beer has a blackish-brown body with red highlights. The head is a creamy texture, ivory in color, and about 1/2 finger. Very little to no lacing, but it's definitely mostly lasting. Visible carbonation.

S: A sugary sweet aroma mixed with dark fruits (raisins) & nuts. Reminds me very much of a port except there is a small hint of Belgian yeast.

T: An amazing and complex flavor of dark fruits (dates, raisins, apricots), candy sugar, and rich creamy malts. No hops are detected and the flavor is very similar to a port which hides the high ABV well.

M: A big and creamy mouthfeel with a silky smooth texture. Medium body (my husband thinks it's med-full) witl light carbonation.

D: LOVE LOVE LOVE this beer. Will definitely be drinking this again!

Photo of snogglethorpe
3.38/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The appearance of this is a harbinger of the taste -- very dark but not "thick-looking", with a thin but intense-looking head.

Smell and taste are largely synonymous, the expected dark fruit, raisins, no real yeast, and of course, extremely boozy. It doesn't even seem to make an attempt to hide the alcohol, and that dominates the taste. It's maybe a little more dry than sweet, but basically somewhere in between.

Not bad, but I think highly overrated. If you like quads you'll like this, but it doesn't seem a particularly great beer.

To summarize: Meh.

Photo of JackieTH
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured an inviting deep muddy brown with hues of amber and ruby. A large cap of khaki-colored foam which lingers leaving nice lacing.

Smell: Yeasty and nutty like toasted pecans with a nice assortment of candied fruits. Plums, raisins, apricots. Very nice but a bit too subtle.

Taste: Wow. Ripe plums, raisins, dates. Yeasty bread. Slight peppery notes. Subtle sweetness like molasses throughout. Even a hint of smoke. Slight warming alcohol. Thick and complex but so smooth it's a pure delight.

Mouthfeel: Phenomenal. Full, creamy, thick, smooth. It's obvious that great care was taken in crafting the mouthfeel. Perfectly carbonated to deliver the flavor.

Drinkability: Exceptionally deceptive in it's delivery of 11% ABV. Very very good.

Photo of r0nyn
4.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into my Chimay goblet.

Pours a dark, dark almost opaque brown, with a creamy tan head that dissipates rapidly, leaving a bit of lacing coating the inside of the glass. As always, there's also quite a bit of that Belgian yeast gunk hanging out down at the bottom, but that's to be expected. Smell is phenomenal. Full of dried fruits and malts, with a slight hint of alcohol. Very appealing.

The initial sip is full of malts and a figgy kind of breadiness that permeates the entire drinking experience. More flavors quickly make themselves known, including a hint of brown sugar and caramel, followed by some raisins and dates. Towards the end, a mild bitterness shows up, and the 11.3% ABV makes an appearance in the form of some alcoholic warming. Neither are obtrusive, however, making the taste all the more enjoyable. The entire palate of flavors lingers into the aftertaste, which is really impressive. Mouthfeel is smooth, though it does seem quite a bit more carbonated than the Rochefort 8. Medium-bodied and substantial, it really feels pleasing on the tongue.

At 11.3% ABV and a small serving size, you've really got to pace yourself when drinking this. It's damn tasty and easily quaffable. The booziness becomes a bit more pronounced as you let it warm, so it's definitely a sipper. Another beer that absolutely deserves all the accolades it gets.

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

Exceptional overall beer, great taste, great smell, great drink. Nice to enjoy with a great cut of filet's. One of the best beers I have tried.

Very smooth yet very tasty with a taste of fruit dark and thick. Alcohol content on the higher side yet blends nicely with the fruit and content

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

Pours a dark dark brown, with hints of dark amber, and red. The head is offwhite, and starts out quite large but settles down to a thin layer on top.

The aroma is very appealing. Very fruity, I can smell raisin, plum, apricot, and candied sugar, as well as some of the traditional belgian yeast smell.

The taste has many of the same elements as the smell, but with more breadiness, and more of a prominent yeast flavour. Loads of dark fruits like raisin, dates, and figs in the flavour. The beer almost has a port quality to it. The alcohol is noticeable in this beer, but it is not unpleasant (refer to portwine quality).

The beer has a great mouthfeel, quite creamy, but the carbonation is sufficient so the beer does not feel flat.

Not difficult to drink, but at 11.3 abv, this is not a beer you would want to be pouring back in any great quantity.

Photo of pmlondrigan
4.17/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had the 8 last night, 10 tonight. Deep brown with ruby highlights, light tan head that fades to a ring around my chalice. Smells like candied dried fruit and toasted pecans plus rasins, plums, dark candy sugar and special b malt. Kinda sweet and complex, definatly fruity and rich with many specialty malts adding complexity. Alot of flavors here from the yeast. Slightly spicy but alot more round than the 8.
Really big mouthfeel, rich, thick, perfect carb. Wow, for such a big beer the alcohol is well hidden, but it is a little cloying so I'm gonna dock it half a point.

Photo of BMan1113VR
4.21/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a large, ultra creamy, beige head covering a murky brown body. Thick lacing and good retention; this is what a beer should look like. Aroma is floral with rich fruits, currants and sweetness, but the aroma isn't very strong/pungent. Alcohol is noticeable in the taste, aftertaste is salty and yeasty. Dark fruits abound. A solid beer.

Photo of NODAK
4.02/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is very rich. Dark fruit, plums, brown sugar, molasses....oh, and alcohol. It's a very boozy and deep aroma.

The initial taste I get is of sweet dark fruit...raisins....even some grapes. This is followed by a very thick brown sugar/molasses taste that goes through the body and into the finish. The high ABV is certainly noticeable on the finish, but could certainly be worse considering what the ABV is. It does cause a bit of astringency on the swallow, though. Some sweetness hangs around after the swallow, but all in all seems pretty dry.

Photo of Chaney
4.23/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sometimes it's tough to review a legendary beer after you have not had it in awhile. Questions like: Tastes change over time, and what if I don't like it? are very commonplace - at least in my mind. Anyway, I picked this up over at the Arlington Whole Foods today because...it was there.

I poured this into a sniffer.

A: Dark brown, muddy water pour, that adds up to this beautiful fully cabonated (almost champagne-like), dark brew that has the foamiest head I've seen in a long time - unfiltered obviously.

S: VERY subdued, but equally pleasant. I was expecting this big flood of dark fruit to start beating me up (like Raison d'Etre), but much to my amazement - no. Sure, I'm getting the fruit, but I smell chocolate.

T: Sweet licorice right off the bat, then dates. VERY sweet. I actually think age will mellow this out. Not many fancy spices at all - just good old fashioned malts and sugars. Earthy and then some!

M: Creamy as hell, with the intense sweetness being part of the brew's charm. Lots of foamy lacing on the glass.

D: 11.2 fl. oz. was plenty. Because the stuff has an ABV of 11.3, I'm feeling pretty good!

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

A- a dark dirty brown with hints of red , khaki head.
S- pretty muted , sweet vanilla and chocolate notes ,candied dark fruits figs n raisins n some brown sugar , with just a hint of the 11.3% abv
T-a real delicate mix of all the qualities of the nose with a certain floral character , very bready and sweet with the booze ridiculously well hidden
M- syrupy smooth and thick
D- very drinkable one of the most deceptive beers ive drank

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

The classic 10!

You have to savor this for the huge cost, and you want to for the huge taste.

Extremely sweet smelling and sugary, but this does not represent the much more balanced taste. Thick mouthfeel and deep taste, just pure delight. And you can not mess with it for the huge 11.3 abv, while you could never detect that. A powerhouse.

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on my 40th birthday, and had cellared it for about a year.

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a snifter. Bottle no. was 290414.

Pours a cloudy dark mahogany. Has a tan head that catches flecks of dark yeast. The thick, sweet head sticks to the sides as I swirl the glass.

Sweet smelling, with raisins and other dried fruit smells predominating over darker hints of toffee and roasted malt.

Taste is bold, warm and sweet with currant, blackberry and dark raisin tastes. Malty, slightly yeasty, and complex. Extremely smooth in taste, almost like a liquer.

Mouthfeel is full and smooth.

This one had intimidated me for a while, but now that I've had it, I intend to get this again. Very sippable, like a desert rather than something to be consumed.

Photo of aepb1
4.15/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Special thanks to vapodge for sharing
Poured into a Dogfish Head goblet

A- dark, dark red/brown with a tannish head that sticks around the entire time

S- Malty bread with some alcohol again, more than the 8

T- dark sugars, fruit and it warms up from the alcohol

M- medium-bodied, a bit heavy on the carbonation but still balanced

D- this seems great for dessert

Photo of philosobeer
4.82/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 330 ml bottle, no intentional aging here. Bought it the same week I drank it (and I would like to try it aged sometime.) I tasted part of it at around 40° and then let most of the glass warm up ten or fifteen degrees for the rest.

Appearance: Nice, dark, chocolate body. A pretty light tan head. Fairly thick and hazy. Little bits of red orange colors the edges, and the foam persists throughout the glass.

Smell: Malty, with some phenol to it, some dark fruit notes -- fig, plum, cherry -- but the dark malty notes also bring out out candied sugar and real dessert flavors. Chocolate, I think.

Taste: Out of this world, really incredible. Those dark candied sugars, and then a fruit following it up. It's more complex than I can hope to describe here. It dries up a little with some herbal and anise like flavors in there. This is fairly sweet, and as such for me, I like it after a meal, almost like a dessert.

Mouthfeel: This is malty and big, but it really is nicely crisp once you consider the sheer size of the thing. I never once felt like I was drinking beer syrup.

Drinkability: It's alcohol and size make splitting a small bottle appropriate, but this is a beer I want to sip over a long time. It's as drinkable as it should be.

Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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