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Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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100
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7,331 Ratings
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Ratings: 7,331
Reviews: 2,551
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 552
Gots: 1,297 | FT: 51
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Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 11-06-2000)
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Photo of DWA
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

DWA, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of SIRIUS2
4.2/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a wide mouth chalice style glass.

Very dark brown in the glass, showing just slight cloudiness when held to the light. A decent 2 fingers of foamy off-white head that had great retention. Lacing was beautiful.

Dark fruit, slight must, earthy, complex malts, and noticeable alcohol on the nose. Mysterious mix of aromas, but pleasant just the same.

The first good pull had a more subtle flavor profile than I expected, as if it had sat in the wood for a while. There was plenty of mild dark malt and something that gave me the sense of earthiness or peat. There were also light notes of dark fruit reminiscent perhaps of prunes. Carbonation was very fine and abundant, with a nice creamy texture. The linger is long and dry with noticeable alcohol warming.

This is definitely a beauty. Full bodied and complex with almost a sherry like warming. Not for the faint of heart but if you like abbey traps, you'll probably love this one.

SIRIUS2, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of brewdoc75
4.83/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've been anticipating this one for a while. I found some bottles on sale for 4 bucks each, so I grabbed a few.

The beer pours very lively in my Flat Earth snifter. Insanely vibrant carbonation. A dark, plum to brownish body with an ever present tannish head. It holds the carbonation and the head for a while. Very enticing, but I was able to wait 20 min before drinking to let it warm up. The aromas are very nice. Complex maltiness w/ plenty of fruits. Plums, raisens, and even a candy aroma. There is definite alcohol here. If the aroma of alcohol was so great, I'd give this a 5 on smell. The taste is immaculate. Plenty more of the plum and raisen fruitiness. There is great depth to the maltiness w/ some mild toffee flavors and a fruity, malty sweetness. I can't really tell if there are hops in this beer. This is exactly what I'd expect. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation is lively on the tongue.

Overall a definite top 10 beer. The flavors are so complex in this beer it makes it a treat. It is really quite sophisticated. For most, it wouldn't be considered a beer due to its complexity. For the beer geek it is bliss.

brewdoc75, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of Bananaman
4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rochefort 10, it took a while before I got to lay my hands on one of these bottles.

Very dark-brown color with some red notes.

Smells wonderful of raisins, basset's winegum's, malty and some coffee. A bit yeast to of course.

Taste is not as excellent as the smell, but it's still a really wonderful-tasting beer. Big notes of burnt sugar, fudge, coffee and a peculiar taste that's very specific for Rochefort. Nice mouthfeel, but a fresh bottle can be slightly thin.

Amazing beer!

Bananaman, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of giblet
4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

very good beer. i do believe i like the triple more. poured dark with about two inches of head. nice carbonation. nice aroma of malts and yeast. high abv...be careful. nice flavor of malts and yeast. smooth with a nice crisp finish. i would like to dry draft and after about four i could go for a nap.

suckem up and movem out.

giblet

giblet, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of treyrab
4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2ozer into my chalice

A: Raisin colored brown with a very haze look to it. The head is very creamy and pale white that lasts quite a while!

S: Tons of dark fruits (raisins, figs, dates), along with a good amount of yeas that I made sure I poured. Also tons of candi sugar and a minor alcohol scent. Fabulous

T: The taste is very similar to the smell with the exception that the alcohol comes through a tad more. But the complexity of this reminds me of all the other great Belgian Quads I have had

M,D: The lively carbonation did this one well and the drinkability is very high. The huge ABV is hidden very nicely.

treyrab, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of stephens101
4.45/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark brown pour is topped with a hearty two finger rolling, dark tan head. Head retention is average and leaves behind an uneven lacing all around the glass. Sediment chunks float throughout and there's a dark swirly spot of something or the other in the middle of the head. Smells sweet with some licorice, chocolate and malts being most evident. A biscuity base is also evident. A panoply of chocolate, caramel and licorice candies light up the taste buds in the front with some grapes and apples in the middle all followed by some invigorating spice and hops. Mouth-feel is medium to full bodied and well carbonated while the alcohol is almost nondescript. This brew exudes quality, but there's a little something missing that keep it's from attaining godliness.

stephens101, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of emerge077
4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2 year old bottle - 2006, served at 50º in a Westmalle chalice. BBD: 27 09 11

Bare skim of foam, ring around the edge. Deep mahoghany brown color. Banana, tobacco leaf, and spices in the aroma.

Very bready, spicy with rum, tobacco leaf, plum, and mild black forest cake sweetness. Deep earthy character as the glass warms up. Raisin and toffee, multi-faceted flavors. Feels robust yet smooth. One to sip and contemplate...

Original review: 4/2007
B+ / 4
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | drink: 3.5 rDev: -11.5%

BBD: 24 01 12

Just arrived at my local shop, this is the "freshest" 10 i've experienced...

Pours into a wide-mouth goblet, displaying a deep mahoghany brown tone. Foam remains for a good length of time. Fits the part of a Belgian Quad in the looks department. Minor lacing laps against the edges of the glass.

Aroma is peppery, overripe banana, and mild spice. The combination reminds me of spoiled fruit. Not especially enticing.

Various flavors flash across the palate, at first the banana and pepper, mixed with clove. There is an earthy hop bitterness that follows any sweetness, which is only mildly perceptible. Alcohol is there, disguised as pepper. Not very nuanced though.

Mouthfeel is effervescent, carried by the subtle bubbles present. If not for this, a fresh Rochefort 10 would slide towards being way too boozy. The alcohol precludes it's sessionability...

An aged bottle is preferred for my tastes, and i'll rate one again in the future...

emerge077, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of philipquarles
3.45/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into the proper glassware, the 10 is a dark, very opaque brown with an off-white head. Not much foam and it doesn't really last. Lacing is not extraordinary. Smells of malt, caramelized sugar, alcohol, hops, and spices, along with a somewhat unappetizing fruit character that borders on rotten. Tastes quite malty up front, with plum-like esters, chocolate/toffee, spices, and some medicinal phenols. This is a fresh bottle, and the alcohol is quite brazen. Full bodied, but carbonation is a bit high. An interesting sipper, but certainly not very drinkable by nature, and easily the worst of the Rochefort beers.

philipquarles, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of TasteTester
4.28/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Deep brown. Little head on pour but it doesn't last. No lacing what so ever.

S-Wow...bananas, candy, alcohol, bitter, but overall sweet.

T-Explosion of flavor in my mouth. Bananas and candy with a hint of grapes somewhere between fresh and fermented.

M-Clean, crisp, smooth.

D-Would drink 100, but would be on the floor after 6 or so.

TasteTester, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of andrewm190
4.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perhaps the best beer I have put to my lips. Its really as simple as that. Smooth, balanced, tasteful. Definitely sweet tasting. I knock it down on the smell category simply because there wasn't much to smell; with clear sinuses I picked up almost nothing. But beyond a doubt, what it lacks in aroma is more than made up in taste, this is a special beer, and has even brought the entire style--Belgian ale--up to one of my favorites. Absolutely worth it. The cost is high, but you won't regret the splurge.

andrewm190, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of ballenc
4.2/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Poured into a oversized wine glass. This Belgian quad pours a dense, nutty brown color with an initial one finger, off-white head that too quickly dissipates, leaving a bit of lacing. However, a few swirls bring back the wonderful head.

S-One of my favorite aspects of Belgina beers - the aroma. This one doesn't disappoint. Profuse amounts of dark, dried fruits - fig, raisin, dates. Also a fair amount of bready yeast, sugary sweetness and finally a pungent alcohol aroma to finish it off.

T-Mostly the dark fruits to mirror the aroma. Some chocolately notes - very subtle. Hops are noticeable also but not until the end. And a nice warm alcohol finish.

M- A smooth and modestly carbonated mouthfeel. Not a dense and heavy as some quads I've had. Very nice balance on the tongue.

D-A wonderful Belgian quad - certainly deserving of it's ranking. Although it carries a high ABV, I wouldn't count that against it's drinkability. While not "sessionable" in the typical sense, this is definitely a quad that a person could have a couple of beers and really enjoy the experience of drinks one of the world's best beers.

ballenc, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of naterock
4.83/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a tulip

poures a orangy brown with a thin sticky head. hazy and beautiful.
S: purple grape and fig, strong esters and alcohol. incredibly aromatic.
T: Rish maltiness flavor is very strong, alcohol comes through after the malt, figgy, smooth and incredibly balanced.
medium body fantastic drinkability. it's definitely a sipper though. there is a damn good reason this beer is in the top ten.

naterock, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of KeefD
4.13/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hmmm, I don't know where quite to begin with this one. Poured into a tulip glass a brownie batter brown with a nice, big creamed coffee head that left some nice lacing. The appearance of this thing was the last good thing about it. Smelled a bit grassy, sour, wafts of dirty feet, and all-around funky. Not like the sweet quadruple brews I'm used to. Taste was funktastic. Rotten fruit, stale malts, sourness in a not-so-good kind of way, a bit of bitterness. Not as bad as the smell, but to be completely honest, I made it through about half of the bottle and ran to the bathroom for a nice round of the Hershey squirts. This thing turned my stomach like no other. The mouthfeel wasn't all that bad, slightly creamy, and medium carbonation. The alcohol could be felt, a nice warming, but definitely heavy. I had to pour this out. Such a shame coming from such an expensive brew.

Consumed in July of '08 with a best by date of 2013. It couldn't have gone bad, as the best by date was 5 years away, and it seemed capped properly as it gave a nice hiss when opened. Maybe it needed to age a little longer? Not sure, but it was awful.

Probably the worst of the so-called "best" Belgians I've ever consumed. I probably would have liked it more if didn't make me sick. Not sure if I'll try this one again.

Old Scores: 4, 1.5, 2, 3, 2 with an overall 2.4

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Updating this review. Let's see if another bottle gives me the shits

Pours a dark brown color with maybe some hints of crimson on the side, a decent tan colored head and good lacing. Cap sticks around. Wonderful aroma of chocolate, grass, caramel, dark fruits, and deliciously sweet. No hops. Taste is much better than I remember. Not as much weird earthy funkiness, but there's notes of apple skin, chocolate, plums, light raisin, and molasses. Yumm, this is much much better. This finish long with a yeast and minty herbal like quality on the back of the tongue. I can't even believe my old review. Mouthfeel is full but carbonation is a little high at first, but slowly mellows with some swirls. This bottle is about 2 years old, so it's holding up quite well. A very good beer and satisfied my recent desire for a quad.

KeefD, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of jmmakare
3.93/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a coffee brown with about a finger of head, most of which disappears quickly. Nice lacing.

S- Chocolate and malt with a slight twinge of alcohol.

T- Lots of dark fruits after the carbonation gets out of the way. Finishes with some freshness from the hops.

M- Full-bodied. Sort of creamy after the carbonation/alcohol shock. Very interesting.

D- I'll have one any day, but not 2 with the 11.3 ABV.

jmmakare, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of SpecialK088
4.78/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Chalice

Its hard for me to review this beer cause im not sure i have the experiance yet to fully give it the review it deserves, All i can really say is that the complexities and balance on it are the best i have ever had. Very rich and smooth everything comes through with every drink you take. Perfect carbonation level and a very warming brew, i'll be setting 2 of these back for later and haopefully i'll be able to do a better review next time i have it

SpecialK088, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of sholland119
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a murky deep brown with a nice brown head and some good lacing.

S-Excellent. Lots of dark fruit, a modest amount of alcohol and a brown sugary sweetness.

T-An outstanding complex flavor. Moderate sweetness with lots of raisin and a bit of bittersweet chocolate. A nice touch of alcohol warmth after the finish.

M-Creamy and delicious.

D-A very drinkable brew, admittedly one with a high ABV. Also a little too much residual sweetness lingers.

An outstanding brew, deserving of the rep and the hype.

sholland119, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of JoeMayo
4.45/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A wondefully complex Belgian Quadrupel

A- Pours a dark copper color with a sturdy head. The glass had more lacing than I've ever seen when it was empty

S- So much comes through but I guess the dominant scents are bananas, coffee, chocolate, cloves, and other spices. Further in the background are notes of vanilla and dark fruits.

T- Just as complex as the smell: Chocolate, clove, banana, vanilla, stone fruits (plums?), coffee, and a slight sweetness imparted by the alcohol. My only complaint is the slight estery flavor in the aftertaste.

M- A little richer than a typical belgian and nicely carbonated

D- Very drinkable in spite of the alcohol content...although with a beer this delicious and complex, who'd want to rush?

JoeMayo, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of Zadok
4/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Dark amber with a 1 finger head and nice lacing.

S-Dark fruits, dates and maybe even some chocolate covered rasberries and oranges. Malts and hops also loitering around.

T-Roasted coffee and toffee, rich malts with a semi bitter aftertaste.

M-Light body, meduim carbonation. Pretty smooth on the palete

D-High ABV make for a one in a setting brew.

Zadok, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of Norse23
4.13/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great looking bottle. Classic. The beer itself has a great color. Nice and dark. It looks great in the chalice. I'd prefer a little more head on it, but other than that, the appearance is very pleasing.
I like the taste, but I felt a little more bite than some of the other top of the line belgians. It doesn't seem to hide the alcohol that well.
It is definitely a good beer, but I doubt I'd have more than one in a sitting.

Norse23, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of tedpeer
4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice.

A - Pours a dark brown, with reddish tones. Head quickly settled to a thin layer and ring around.

S - Fruity.

T - Fruity with slight alcohol warming in the finish.

M - Creamy, high carbonation that feels good on the tongue.

D - Oh my, this is one VERY good beer. The ABV is well hidden.

tedpeer, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of CrellMoset
4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Once Upon a Vine in Richmond. Poured into a St. Bernardous chalice.

Appearance: A deep brown body with garnet overtones, a huge, immaculately beautiful head (tarnished only the bit of yeast I let escape from the bottle), and tons of gorgeous sheets of lacing that cascade down the sides of the glass as the liquid flows away from them. Marvelous.

Aroma: Tons of dark fruity esters - golden raisins, figs - sweet alcohol, and great roasted malts. Molasses and brown sugar are heavenly here.

Taste: Let's see, how to break this down ... we'll start with the malts. Half-city coffee is noticeable, but so is buttery, caramelized toffee and the aforementioned brown sugar/molasses duo. Next up is the fruits - those same raisins and figs, and a few more complex though more faint esters. There's a citrusy twang in the finish, and a sweet, spicy, warming alcohol throughout. A very complex mouth.

Mouthfeel: Even softer than the Westy 12!? Impossible. I'll have to do a comparison tasting ... this one's divine, though, has that perfect "instant evaporation" feel, and is perfectly even once it puffs up in your mouth.

Drinkability: Well what's not to love about this one. A dangerously tasty and well-crafted beer, and well worth the ~$7.50 I paid for it. Alcohol is high but never harsh or chemically, and the sheer complexity of the beer makes every percentage point worth it. Highly recommended ... but I didn't need to tell anyone that, now did I?

CrellMoset, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of gford217
4.83/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a dark, dark brown that looks a bit tea-like when held up to light. The head is big and rocky and dissipates fairly quickly leaving little lacing. The smell is hugely complex and dominated by dark fruits and spices - plums, grapes, cinnamon, pepper. The taste is much like the aroma but has a much bigger Belgian yeast flavor that then gives way to huge dark fruit flavors along with a bit of brown sugar and caramel. The mouthfeel is full bodied with big carbonation that dance over the tongue. This is one helluva well-crafted beer and extremely drinkable despite the ABV. Highly recommended!

gford217, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of corey0212
4.22/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep mahogany color, beautiful, dense (looks like you could float a quarter on this thing!) sand-colored head rises, fades slowly, and leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass. Smell is spicy, dark fruit, rich malty textures...one of the better examples of a beer where the smells become much more pronounced as it warms. Taste delivers on the dark fruit, I'm getting some fig, spicy alcohol, some molasses, somewhat nutty. Really creamy mouthfeel, great warming alcohol, lots of lingering spiciness. This is excellent.

corey0212, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of PhxHorn
3.45/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy medium brown color with fluffy tan head. Smells mildly of raisins, figs and tastes mildly of raisins, figs, plums, some cinnamon, but the whole thing was spoiled by a hint of vinegar. The flavors just aren't very strong, and the vinegar flavor ruined it for me. Doesn't compare with St B at all, nor with Westy.

PhxHorn, Jul 19, 2008
Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
100 out of 100 based on 7,331 ratings.