Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.98%
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Brasserie de Rochefort

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

A- Pours a murky dark brown with a thick cream colored head. Moderate lacing and head retention. Lots of murky sediment left in the bottle.
S- The smell of this beer is amazing. Caramel, fresh bread, some dark fruits and even ripe bananas. Some alcohol and phenol smell in the background, but dominated by sweet maltiness.
T- Very sweet malt presence, kola nut, bananas and caramel in the front, finishes with booze and cloves. Minimal bitterness. Becomes much more alcohol forward as it warms up.
M- Medium body with a lot of fizzy carbonation. Creamy finish.
D- A great beer for sure. A perfect example of a quad, although once it warmed up i did not enjoy it as much because the alcohol was that much more noticeable. As a side note, I used some of this bottle to replace the cognac in a steak au poivre sauce as well... a great pairing for sure.

Photo of m1ked
4.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

trying out the pairing as per Food & Wine- the chef from the Fathers Office pairs asian cuisine with belgian beers.

A- Pours a huge 4 finger tan fluffy head to a ratio of 2 fingers of beer. The actual liquid portion is a clear root beer garnet.

S- Pretty cliche dark raisins, dates, plums, cola, some nuttiness, a touch of alcohol.

T- just like the nose...dark raisins, browns sugar, molasses, tobacco, cola, nuttiness & some rum like booze.

M- Moderate body with not sharp carbonation that works throughout the swallow. Some rsidual sugar on the tongue.

D- This is an excellant beer to be sure. Paired really well with the lamb too. While I couldn't drink too many of is a real treat.

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

11.2oz bottle served in a chalice.

Murky brown with a beige head that stayed as a light layer leaving a few bits of lacing.
The aroma is of dark fruits and red grapes, first sniff reminded me of a hearty red wine.
The taste is a good blend of sweet fruity flavors and Belgium yeast, very nice to sip and savour.
Medium/Full bodied with good carbonation that goes down very smooth.
A most enjoyable brew.

Photo of guitarninja
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Bought this 11.2oz bottle in Dec. 2007 at City Beverage in W-S, NC. I've kept it in the cellar for a special occasion. After 3 years, I'm ready to imbibe. I'll be pouring into an official "Trappistes Rochefort" gold-rimmed chalice.

A: Upon popping the top, I hear the sound of CO_2 releasing, and a mist hovers around the top of the bottle for about 30 seconds. Pours perfectly with a dark reddish-brown hue and about a quarter inch rim of head, with plenty of little yeasty deposits at the bottom.

S: Dried dark fruit (something like prunes), malts, dark chocolate, and just a hint of the alcohol (but not overpowering)

T: A tiny spice to start, chestnuts, brown sugar, dates, white chocolate, then slightly burnt cloves, and banana to finish.

MF: Carbonation tingles at first touch, then creamy, and a smooth but acidic finish.

D: I'll definitely have another. Not tonight though - a perfect nightcap. Now I'm going to smoke my pipe. Life is grand.

Photo of pdoran10
4.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Couldn't find this beer for a while at my favorite liquor store. They only had 8 and 6, both of which I really liked. They finally had it in stock about a month ago and I picked up two single bottles.

Poured into standard pint glass. This beer is very carbonated! Got about a full inch of head with a normal pour. The smell is spices, dark fruit, and some sugary sweetness. Very inviting. The taste is amazing! very complex and smooth. Hard to describe all the tastes going on here, but I get many of the flavors in the smell, and others I can't identify. I am somehow reminded of cotton candy while drinking this, which is strange for a beer and doesn't sound good, but trust me it is. Mouthfeel is good, lots of carbonation, you will notice a bit of solid residue on your tongue once in a while. Drinkability is fine, definitely some alcohol taste going on though.

Photo of natelocc787
4.83/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice appearance with a crimson amber body and a light beige head. Some sediment is present but the beer is so good I don't mind.

The smell is very unique. It smells like you popped open a fresh bottle of cabaret. Complex and very, very wine-like the nose speaks complexity in a big way. Raisins, spice, figs, sticky dates and caramel are just a few of the aromas you can pull from this nose.

Cocoa and caramel play a prominent role in the taste as does raisins and wood. This beer is complex and I've barely tried it. Specifics include Cabernet casks, Brandy barrels, fermented grapes, cocoa powder, jammed apples and apricots and it goes on and on. Very powerful, complex, tasty Quad.

Mouthfeel is up there and almost perfect for the style. What a beer, plenty of bubbles yet creamy, crisp and fulfilling on the tongue.

Completely lives up to the hype, much better than ABT 12 and deserves all accolades. What a beer!

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

A: Deep brown with a beautiful foamy head

S: Sweet, fruity, with a malty flavor. The smell is strong and has alot of plum/raison in it. A small hint of alcohol in the smell.

T: A nice strong dark fruit flavor that doesn't overwhelm. It's got abit of spice on the back end and there's no sign of hops. Taste matches the smell completely.

M: It's a rich, smooth, medium-full bodied beer. There's some nice underlying heat from the alcohol but not too much. Nice carbonation as well.

D: Easily the most drinkable beer over 10% I've ever had. This beer is no sipper and can be drank with relative ease.

Photo of bbkd3b
4.78/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've been dying to get my hands on one of these, and now it is time: I have officially poured this into a goblet.

A: Great looking beer. It pours a real deep brown, very dense. it has a 1-finger head that just... sits there. The lacing is pretty much "OMG!" awesome. It sticks to the glass, and it absolutely refuses to go away.

S: Hm... malty is the best way to put it, but it's far more COMPLEX than that. Sweeter smell of sugar meets sharper smell of dark fruits and the alcohol underneath. Good smelling, but nothing that makes me go "whoa."

T: Well, this made me go "whoa!" Super on every level. It's got depth... a lot of it, too. There's the sweetness of the sugar and cocoa, but there's so much more to it. There are dark fruits like plum, as well. The sweetness is so well-balanced... I don't know if I can call anything except perfect.

M: Good, thick body with nice carbonation. Complements the beer really well. The alcohol seeped in, though. I'm not going to complain, I'm to busy saying "om nom nom." Second one I tried, I didn't get that alcohol at all, making it perfect. Just perfect.

D: Why, oh why, did I only buy one bottle? Seriously, given the high content of the alcohol, I don't think I'll find a more drinkable beer out there.

Overall/notes: Monks rule. I don't even know if I have anything else to say. Anyone who can brew a beer like this deserves a hug... or at least a high-five. That's only if the hug isn't desired, though. I've seen the top of the beer, and it is Trappistes Rochefort 10, you beautiful brew, you.

Photo of rfgetz
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a darker brown with a touch of haze, perfect head, great retention and lacing. Smell is a wonderful, perfumey blend of belgian yeasts, banana, clove, plum, wine grapes, slightly earthy. Taste melds all the components of scent into a dangerously silky smooth and complex concoction with well hidden ABVs. A great beer. I was expecting a big, bold and boozy bomb, but all i got was complexity, smoothness and pure joy.

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

Poured into a duvel tulip.

Appearance: Deep dark brown color with an incredible head and beautiful lacing.

Smell: Plum, Currant, and other dark fruits, sweet. Slight alcohol smell.

Taste: Immaculate. Tastes just as it smells, that's what I love. There is a minimal alcohol bite, but that's fine with me.

Drinkability: Even with the high alcohol I could easily put down a couple of these.

Side Notes: This is one of my all time favorite beers, its always a pleasure to drink one of these.

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

Brasserie de Rochefort: 10, Quadrupel (Bottled: 01/23/08)
12 oz. Bottle, poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Dark brown, almost opaque with a tiny amount of coagulated protein & yeasty dandruff floating. Head is composed of extremely tiny, tighly packed bubbles, it rises about a quarter inch high and stays put. Lacing is nearly solid.
Odor: Spice from the yeast, soft perfumy fruity alcohol, complimented by plum-like dark caramel malt aromas.
Consistency: Solid carbonation makes this beer feel light and airy on the palate, with some slight acidity around the edges, though there's definitely a medium-ish bodied feel to this beer.
Flavor: Snappy yeast derived pepper comes in waves, holding back the sweetness, dark fruit, carob and fill out the background. Alcohol nips at the tongue ever so slightly, finish is dry and clean, leaving a some fruit and soft chocolate flavors behind.

Classic for a reason. They've had years to develop their recipe/technique and it shows. Mouthfeel/carbonation is delightful, allowing the richer qualities not to overwhelm the palate. The spice notes from the yeast do their part in balancing. even in this two year old bottle of beer.

Photo of dstc
4.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an extremely deep murky brown with a beautiful foamy tan head. Head falls nice and slow leaving clingy lace hugging the glass.

Deep malt aroma. Full of spices and sweetness.

Just a wonderful taste. All malts, dark fruits, sweet and glorious.

Full mouthfeel, velvet like.

Perfect beer. One of my favorites.

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

Strong Dark Belgian ale, type Trappist. Quad seems not to be a recognized style. Anyway not a style for newbies and maybe not for everyone.

A: excellent head retention, nice creamy 1.2 inches of head even with the yeast poured into the glass. Sadly many do not know how to serve this beer, or even how to correctly pour it. Lucky for me I seen in done first hand many times. Dark candy in color a true caramel in color, I do not have any yeast in mine yet.
The lacing sticks to the glass when you take a drink. Its as great as Trappist Westvleteren.

S: so complex, so rich in a mix of great blends of plum like aroma, you can get a bit of candy sugar. as it warms you get the sweet malt, and some alcohol as it warms even more. Its a strong beer so if you not used to or do not like alcohol well don't drink this beer. You have to develop not only a taste for this semi sweet strong brew, but it helps if you can drink and enjoy whiskey straight up, of course its not that strong a brew, but I remember my first, it hit me strong, but I was lucky the alcohol was a big turn on for me. Anyway the beer is so good and while its slightly different from a westy its just as good, its just different.

T: well I love this blend of plums, grapes, so complex the great malt sweetness is so good. it has no hops detectable which means a perfect balance. great beer. rich in taste, warms you up in winter time or anytime. Its my go too beer thank goodness you can buy it in any grocery store for less than 2 euro usually. nothing better than being able to drink this everyday, for not allot, in the states this is 6 plus in stores, if you can find it. this beer also ages well, but I really do not care to wait.

m: rich, medium body, some alcohol warming to the back of the mouth, throat. very enjoyable.

D: strong beer that is easy to drink, but its almost criminal to drink too many of these at 1 time, though I have kicked back 4 to 5 before. So its easy to drink, heck keep them semi cold and you can get hammered in no time. I would not recommend it, but some days in Belgium its fun to get a nice buzz, its always a easy walk back. anyway enjoy this.

I think this and even the pannepot to be the best in this style, that to rank 1 above the other is just silly imho.

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

appearance: darker than 8. deep dark brown-copperish tint color. some yeasty floaties, nice head rentention

smell: loads fof brown sugar, dark breads, sublte dark fruits and that typical belgian yeast aroma. Some heavy alcohol, bourbon like

taste: smooth and easy for over 11 abv. The bite only hits on the back. pleasant. I think I like the 8 the best.

mouthfeel: nice carbonation... medium bodied

drinkability: overall, very solid

Photo of Throckmorton
3.8/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark, dark brown, yeasty, creamy off white head that only lasted a minute or so.

s - caramelized/burnt sugar

T - slight sweetness, slight alcohol, pleasant currant-prune taste that lingers. some spicy tones like Mace or dried coriander. Finish stays and stays, very nice.

M - warming due to alcohol content I suppose, thicker.

D - for me, sipping brew, good for colder days and nights. One is just right.

Photo of Brad007
4.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brown color with a reddish tint and a thick head of foam that fades down to leave some lacing. A bit darker than the 8.

Aroma is very sweet with raisin and plum as the dominant aromas. Just a hint of alcohol warmth. It's a bit similar to the 8 in regards to how appealing the aroma is.

Taste is sweet with a hint of caramel, plum and raisin flavors. Very subtle and delicious.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering plum and raisin. The most surprising thing is that this beer is 11.3% and doesn't even taste like it.

What can I say? I probably shouldn't review the 8 and 10 back to back but I believe that the 10 is even better than the 8, despite a slight deviation in style. It's even more deceptively drinkable and proof that the monks know what they're doing. Pick it up!

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

Pours very dark brown with a thick, creamy head.

Aroma is dark fruit and candy sugar. Leather. Generous caramel malt. Banana and orange citrus.

Taste is roasted caramel malt up front. Surprisingly woody with plenty of tobacco. Rum soaked dark fruit - notably plum, fig, and raisin, along with apple and pear. Pleasant dry oak quality offering a nice bit of vanilla. Finish is rather chocolatey, with plenty of yeasty spices.

Mouthfeel is thick and full. Very soft and smooth.

Overall a great beer. So many flavors for the pallet to discover. A rich and enjoyable dessert beer.

Photo of Mora2000
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle provided by thirdeye11. It is beer No. 999 that I have tasted.

Pours medium brown with a beige head. Aroma is some alcohol with dark fruit. Also get some brown sugar. Flavor is alcohol, dark fruit and some brown sugar. An outstanding quadrupel and one that I will seek out again.

Photo of ThaCreep
4.2/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

The color is almost black, foam the beer tasted chocolate. The nose, the flavor is recalled, and berries. In the mouth, body, heady, sweet as strongly for the Rochefort 8, but it feels even more the presence of fruit soaked in alcohol and at times one begins to think of a port. Some notes accompanying fruity flavor. The finish is long but a slight lack of balance in relation to the Rochefort 8 is noteworthy. Beer complex.

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

For all its acclaim, Trappistes Rochefort 10 is a slight disappointment. It is, in all respects, a very good beer. But it is only unbelievable, phenomenal in one regard, appearance. And in my opinion, appearance is the least significant of the criterion.

A – Deep chestnut brown, perfect cream-colored head. This beer looks absolutely perfect.

S – Cinnamon with no sugar, slight lactic, surprisingly mellow on the olfactory, overall.

T – Raisins and figs, richness and smoothness as an overwhelming quality, then a warm alcohol and slightly bready and fruity ester, with a clean bitter hop finish. A bit of a vodka aftertaste. Still, not top-of-the-world status, not even T.O.N.Y., likely. But I like it. Its just not worth $6 a beer, in my opinion.

M – Warm, bordering on hot. Medium-thin body with a clean, dry finish.

D – Too expensive to justify the cost / benefit ratio. But it drinks well.

Photo of argock
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2oz brown bottle into a Chimay chalice. Best by 05/27/14 on label. Single purchased at Market Street Wine Shop (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.50.

A: Dark, woody brown with wispy, creamy cap of beige head. Leaves uneven lacing around the goblet.

S: Oaky, nutty, fruity, yeasty, and herbal all at once. Dark fruit aromas meet nutty yeast with some woody, herbal hops aromas. There is a tickle of alcohol on the nostrils.

T: The nose reflects the flavor profile pretty solidly as dark fruits like raisin, dark cherry, and dates combine seamlessly with nutty yeast flavors and finish with earthy, woody, herbal hops notes. Alcohol is not detectable except for the fruitiness of this brew. Surprising for the freshness of this bottle.

M: Thinner than imagined with active carbonation. Drinks very easily because of the smaller body. Aftertaste is dark fruit and nutty, woody notes.

D: Drinkability and smoothness are off the charts for a beer with such a high ABV that is so young. The malt complexities in the aroma and flavor are staggering, and it is a complete brew in that yeast, hops, and malt all get their day.

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

A foray into a class of beers I am just beginning to truly understand, but already love.

This poured majestically with a nearly uncontrollable head, highly laced and tan in color, glistening almost. Deep mahogany color in the beer with just a slight touch of reds around the edges of the glass.

Aromas of fig, black cherry, highly alcoholic nose. A little spicy, peppery even.

Rich, complex flavor. Very spicy and malty, with a resonating cherry flavor. Slight, if not unnoticable bitterness from hops. The finish is..settle down, 10!!! The alcohol just burns on the finish, relegating a fantastic flavor into an orgy of over-alcoholed tastebuds.

The feel is explosive, bubbly and crisp, creamy all at the same time.

I truly believe that while this is a fantastic beer, there is just a line crossed of too much alcohol presence and not enough hiding. And to drink this is a task. Not a chore, but a task.

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

11.2 oz bottle poured into my over sized St. Bernardus goblet.

A dark opaque brown that leaves a small off-white head that laces moderately in clumps, but dissipates quite quickly. I had the hardest time discerning a particular scent I was picking up, but then I read through a few reviews and then finally the Bros review and there it was, melon. It has a clear, clean, and fresh melon scent to it, along with a sweet sugary smell, and just a slight bit of alcohol in the back.

I think I may have hurt myself, this one is really making me think. Unlike the Rochefort 8 that just had me saying, "wow," this one is great, but in a different way. I think the extra abv may mask some of the flavors you'd find in the 8 or in other BSDA's. The alcohol is a bit more present in this brew, but it's still a deceptively easy beer to drink. It's velvety smooth, with just the right amount of carbonation. It's a bread like, malty beer. A bit medicinal due to the high abv, but that imparts a slight, very very slight smokiness. Some fruity esters, produces a bit of a grape flavor.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is crisp, strong, fruity and malty with just a whisper of sweetness. It pours a hazy, barely translucent, dark coppery brown with a very thick and pale tan head. Flavor is malty and fruity with a hint of caramel and a fierce but not overwhelming alcohol bite. Texture is very smooth, yet quite fizzy and tingly, leaving a satisfying and lip-smacking finish with fruity and caramel hints as well as a touch of sweetness.

Photo of scottyb88
4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a cloudy dark brown with a slightly tan head that lingers; poured into a chimay chalice, didn't have much lacing at all

S-rum covered fruits, toffee, nuts, malt, brown sugar, a little bit of honey

T-brown sugar and candied fruit sweetness upfront with a warming alcohol at the end of the sip, a nice toasty pecan or something flavor comes through sometimes; has the slightest amount of hops at the end along with the alcohol--the nutty flavors, for me, are more apparent as it warms

M-best mouthfeel i've ever had in a beer, maybe any type of drink. very smooth and velvety

D-at 11.3% it's a strong beer and it's expensive; for me it's a once-in-awhile type beer usually saved for special occasions and with its alcohol content, one in a night is enough for me

Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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