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Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Ratings: 7,879
Reviews: 2,634
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 656
Gots: 1,627 | FT: 56
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Brasserie de Rochefort

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 HURTemHIZZY
4.27/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 330 ml bottle into a snifter.

Pours a deep brown with some sediment in the glass. Pour produces a one finger deep cream colored head that has solid retention but leaves only slight lacing down the glass.

Smells of over ripe fruits primarily, with some underlying tones of caramel with some booze preset.

The flavor is delicious, but I could see how this brew could benefit from some aging. The alcohol was very noticeable, at times making it hard for the fruit in the flavor to shine like it really should. Don't get me wrong, the flavor was delicious. My only quip is that the fruit tasted great with the small bit of caramel present, and at time the alcohol made it less noticeable. I'm sure if it were aged for a bit this issue would not be present, and this beer would be truly spectacular.

Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.13/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

ruby red/ purple brown color with an tan bubbly head. unfiltered hazy. can see the yeast bits in there.
smells like dried fruit. a little alcohol.
tastes of dried fruits. alcohol is barely present in the taste although its quite warming.
mouthfeel is quite exceptional. warming and creamy, and the carbonation is on the money.

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

A: Richly colored, with a big, thick head.

S: Not as strong as, say, a Bernardus Abt. 12. Bread, raisins, cherries, some alcohol.

T: This one sneaks up on you. Spice hits up front, with a fruity/alcoholic finish.

M: I love the way the flavor just hangs there for ten seconds after you take a swig. Only gripe is the extremely high level of carbonation.

D: I couldn't drink these all day since they are heavy, but all beers of this type are heavy. There's nothing particular about this one that makes it more appealing than others of its type.

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

Pours a deep reddish brown color with a thin dark head that fades fairly quick leaving a decent amount of lacing.

Smell is of plum, rum, fruit that is far to ripe.

Taste is very much like the smell. Very full body. I've had this bottle aging in my cellar for about a year and the booze on this one is still a bit to much. I think 3-5 years would be more in line for this beer. Heavy sweet fig flavors. Still a slight medicinal hint, but not nearly as bad as when fresh.

This is a very heavy rich beer, that has some alcohol heat. In my opinion it's a little harsher than other quads and not as well balanced, but that makes it a perfect aging candidate. There are some harsh medicinal notes that I think would mellow out and blend well with the beer over time. No doubt a good beer though.

Photo of TheJollyHop
4.41/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vibrant, winy scents of grapes and fruity esters perceived as cherries and blackberries. Notes of baked bread and mild, musty oxidation. Meticulously crafted with two large, beautiful fingers of deep tan mousse-like head (great retention), leaving behind trails of sticky lace on top of a deep purple nearly black body; a perfect appearance.

Medium to high carbonation and exhibiting a tongue coating character that accentuates the sweet grain and candi sugar finish. Faint alcohol warmth with flavors of sugary dark bread with raisins. Medium bodied with low to medium perceived bitterness.

Well balanced and simply deliciously drinkable; a heavenly brew.

Photo of bsp77
4.72/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Extremely dark brown with thin, but lasting, cream colored head.

Smell: Loads of figs, raisins and plums, with a strong combination of musty yeast and alcohol.

Taste: Pretty similar to the smell - plum, figs and raisins, with an intoxicating mix of the musty and sweet. Can't really explain why this tastes so damn good.

Feel: Low carbonation, thick chewy body. Very smooth and a little warming.

Drinkability: Wow, an 11% abv beer that is very easy to drink. Just fantastic.

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

Appearance: Pours with a good deal of active carbonation forming a foamy head that takes a while to dissipate. Very dark caramel color.
Smell: Bready aroma with light and clean fruit tones. This aroma is amplified as the beer warms a little.
Taste: Ultra smooth bready taste with a little bit of caramel and candi sugar thrown in. Fruity tones blend in and appear adding a second dimension to the tasting. Warming alcohol begins to build at the end and persists.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and ultra smooth in texture.
Drinkability: Giving it a 4.5. Very drinkable IMO, but may be a little much for the average beer drinker. Does not mean it's poor by any means- just a beer to work up to.

Overall- Enjoy it slowly. A top-class beer that's a real treat. Would hate to have this too often, as I would not want to get too used to the quality of this kind of beer.

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

Poured into a DFH snifter with the yeast left behind.

Pours a deep brown akin to a cider with a super fluffy, yet fine three finger tan head. Just huge, beautiful, and supremely dense. Moderate lacing on the glass.

Aroma is of candy sugar, apricot, belgian yeast with some earthy notes. A very sweet aroma! The fruits and breadiness of the yeast dominate overall. Smells delicious...

Taste is wonderful.. and follows the aroma closely. Fairly sweet, the fruits and yeast take over as does the ABV. Some earthy bitterness rounds out the sweetness and brings a great balance. This may be a relatively fresh bottle as the last time I had rochefort 10 I don't recall it as being as in your face.

Mouthfeel is chewy and viscous. There's lots of carbonation to round everything out.

Drinkability is good. I would never drink more than one in a sitting though.

Between this and Orval, I'd have a hard time picking my favorite beer.

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

A: Nice strong brown color with a very thick head and good lacing. There also appears to be some floating large brown particles/chunks... so I don't know what to make of that...

S: Nice smell, great balance of sweet to malts.

T: The taste is surprisingly sweet. But the stongness of the beer trumps the sweetness to balance it out nicely. Great blend of malts and whatever makes the beer so sweet.

M: Decently thick. The beer has a good amount of chew, but I was expecting a little more.

D: Drinkable - Yes. But at 12%, I wouldn't recommend sluggin back too many of these. The beer is very good, and obviously very drinkable.

Overall: Overall the beer did not disappoint. This is a fancy beer, and tastes very good. The only thing that is throwing me are these brown chunks that are floating in the beer. I'm not sure if it's from the specific bottle or something else. If anyone knows, please send me a BA beer mail. Thanks.

Photo of jpittman80
4.09/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Coffee brown with about two fingers of off white head. Doesn't last as long as other Belgians I've had. Unfiltered, so chucks of (what I hope is) goodness suspended throughout.

S - Very complex. Definitely prunes and apples, a little chocolate and a little alcohol.

T - Happily this is where the beer really shines. Same complex flavor that's present in the nose. Really beautiful balance and the Belgian yeast is prominent, lending that familiar biscuit quality to support the other flavors. A little alcohol, but not as much as the ABV lets on. Very nice.

M - Nice medium body, but I think the carbonation is a little too forward.

D - Very good for this ABV and style, which means one bottle will be fine, thanks.

Not really my favorite style (I prefer Belgian tripels) from the abbeys, and not my favorite in the style either. That said, it's a pretty tasty brew, and I'm having fun drinking it. My wallet isn't as happy, though...

Photo of glazeman
4.62/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a goblet.

A: dark brown with an organish tint. one finger tan head with good retention. Nice lacing. Unfiltered.

S: This is one great smelling brew. A unique smell...the first thing I thought of was granny smith apples, then some prunes mixed in.

T: Very clean, yet complex. Every sip is refreshing and reveals a new layer to peel back. I get a small amount of hoppiness to start but then the dominating flavor is of sweet raisins, brown sugar.

M: smooth, medium viscosity. The level of carbonation is just to the point where it adds something to the overall experience, but is not overpowering.

D: I could drink this all day long. Perfect balance.

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

A- pours a deep dark burgundy with shreds of rosewood highlight at the bottom of my tulip. the head is loud and fizzy and foamy, light beige in color, with flecks of chocolate colored yeast. the first 50% of foam settles rather quickly but the second half retains quite a long time for such high abv. in fact it never loses its dense soapy ring and film of tan foam, even to the bottom of the glass after a half hour review.

S- an insanely complex combination of clove, banana, milk chocolate, fig, prune, vanilla, roasted pear and plum, black grape, molasses, and some wood stone and soil notes. there's no wonder this is a paradigm of trappist excellence. it's taking me back to the first time i cracked a chimay.

T- at damn near 55 degrees, the flavor is so robust and leveled that it becomes hard to describe. starts off with a bit of floral alcohol bitterness that weaves its way in and out of the other flavors throughout the entire flavor profile. this in combination with a light vinous hop bitterness sets the stage for wonderfully spicy phenolic yeast and delicious sweet roasted and caramel flavored malts. peppercorn, banana, clove, bubblegum, plums, pears, figs, dates, and apricots all somethered in a cognac and candi sugar reduction and poured hot over a well worn leather jacket. malt flavors of chocolate covered raisin sweetness tease out a very light orange tartness with sugared strawberries and diluted coffee. earth. granite. peat. oak barrels. vanilla. very very light anise and cinnamon. sweet and delectable but in no way cloying or sugary. a divine 5 way balance between sweet bitter spicy fruity and earthy. the finish is lingering and thought provoking and i contemplate why there are visions of sugarplums dancing in my head.

MF- on the first sip, carbonation sizzled on my cheeks like water on a hot skillet. once the beer opened up, the texture became smooth as a velour jumpsuit, smooth as the jazzy crooning of the velvet fog himself. note: it was the warming effect of the alcohol in my chest that made me associate this beer with mel torme. it's luscious. it's carbonated yet not carbonated. all at once having a tannin texture of grape juice, the creaminess of whole milk, and the consistancy of melted chocolate. it leaves the lips sticky but the cheeks clean and dry thanks to the booze.

D- so, me and my buddies put the other 3 bottles into the beer bong and... joking. put the torches and pitchforks away. for such a sippin' brew this one cannot be put down. literally and figuratively. it is all around perfection. trappist brewers are geniuses of their trade and this may be the finest i've had thus far. in this case i saved the best for first and quadfest 2010 has kicked off to a glorious start.

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

Trappistes Rochefort 10 poured into what else, a Trappistes Rochefort goblet. Legendary brew. Got to respect this wonderful elixir:
"The Abbey of St-Remy, in the southern part of Belgium, was founded in 1230, and the monks began to brew beer sometime around 1595. The beautiful small brewery in the abbey, Rochefort Trappistes, is one of only seven Trappist breweries in the world and makes full-bodied, deeply flavored dark ales. They are bottle-conditioned and among the world's most highly-respected beverages."
appearance: I try to avoid 5's especially with less than a hundred reviews under my belt, but...damn, I can't imagine a better looking beer. Dark brown with big creamy tan head.
smell: port like, spicy, malty.
taste: As advertised by the nose but unbelievably mellow. The more I taste, the better this gets.
mouthfeel: carbonation, silky, creamy.
drinkability: Goes down like a very good session beer. Unbelievable.

Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a St. Bernardus chalice

Appearance: red/brown in color, high carbonation, murky with sediment, 1/4 inch head that disappates quickly

Smell: caramel, candied dark fruit, and rum

Taste: oak, brown sugar, candied dark fruit, toffee, bread, and alcohol

Mouthfeel: sweet with an alcohol burn, medium body with medium/high carbonation

Drinkability: I do want this again. My favorite still remains the 6, but I was blown away by the complexity of this beer. I like the toffee and fruit taste. A sipper that I want more of.

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

bottle into a snifter.

This is one of my favorite beers and I finally came across a few so I figure it's high time to review one.

A - Very dark, with lots of carbonation and a finger thick head that remained a long time. Gobs of lacing in the glass. The only thing I dislike about this beer is the amount of yeasty crud in the bottle, I usually pour carefully to avoid getting any in my glass but always end up with a few floaties.

S - this beer has a spicy, deep aroma that I've never smelled anywhere else.

T - stupifyingly good. coffee, figs, dates, cloves, brown sugar, and alcohol. It has an amazing depth.

M - Well carbonated with a heavy, solid feel to it.

D - I would drink this beer until I fell out of my chair, though the 11% ABV and the $7-8/beer cost makes me think twice about it. Nevertheless, I covet every drop in the glass.

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

Poured from bottle into a Sam Smith's beer glass.

Nice dark looking beer with a great head. Nose is definitely classic Belgian yeast smell. Love that smell. Taste is a bit sweet with some great fruity esters. I get raisins, plum and figs. Its difficult to relay the rush of flavors because its much more complex than just that. Slight bitterness on the back end. Slight viscous mouth feel but very pleasant. Slightest hint of alcohol that is pleasantly warming. It may have also been phenols at the end as well.

Just a great Belgian Quad from a master brewery.

Photo of larryi86
4.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A nice dark brown, almost black, with a huge tan head.

S- Different and hard to pin-point. Has a raisin/fruit like sweeten with hint of roasted coffee. Really just something you have to smell for yourself.

T- Taste hits everywhere. Starts with a sweet hint of fruits, grapes. Finishes with a dark roasted coffee taste mixed with hint of the 11.3% ABV. Underneath everything there is a nice smooth malt taste that bring everything together.

M- Smooth, full bodied, and heavy.

D- Very good and easy to drink. I really could not see myself drinking more than one in a night, but a great sipper to enjoy.

Photo of MarvinSnyder
4.64/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

5-10-10 - poured into a Chimay chalice - 330ml capped bottle

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with red/garnet highlights. A thin, creamy head emerges with areas that look like sugar/cinnamon swirls on the top. Lacing is sporadic.

Smell: A candied sugar and caramel malt aroma hits the nose immediately, along with the scent of bananas, bread pudding and dark fruits(particularly plum and raisin).

Taste: This beer features sweet roasted malt, brown sugar, dark fruits(especially plum), bread pudding and a hint of anise. It finishes with the slow warmth of alcohol and a spicy, pepper zest.

Mouthfeel: Nice amount of carbonation. Smooth, very rich and creamy, it washes a fine, silky coating over the tongue.

Drinkability: A high ABV does not necessarily dissuade you from drinking another. However, it is clear from the first sip that this beer should command respect and is truly worthy of your time. Thus, this beer is to be enjoyed slowly and methodically as its complexity will be exposed as it slowly warms.

Comments: A topnotch example of the Quad style. It shares many of the qualities of a fine brandy.

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

330ml bottle poured into my Smuttynose Big Beer glass (thanks Bruisin Ales!). Pours a rich mahogany, with ruby highlights when backlit. A frothy, 3 finger cream head with areas of almost cinnamon "swirls", receded after a few minutes to a thin layer with moderate lacing.

Smell is intriguing. Initially it is fruity, raisins and plums, but I also detect a slight almost sour apple. As it warms, a mild breadiness comes in to play, as does toffee, chocolate, and sneaky alcohol.

Taste is outstanding. The fruits are there, as is a pleasant roasted malt, followed quickly by a warming burn. Has a slight medicinal quality, but not in a bad way.

Mouthfeel is fantastic. More carbonation than I was expecting, and it has maintained a very lively, prickly feel throughout the glass. Coating to the mouth, sour apple lingers on the tongue.

Drinkability is also very good. High ABV, but I could very easily reach for another. I would guess it is at 60 degrees or so as I write this and it is only getting better. Two of these stretched out over a few hours would make for an enjoyable evening. Wish I had purchased two.

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

Pours a muddy apple cider color into a Duvel tulip. Around three fingers of robust, slow-receding head. Little lacing to speak of.

Some distinct raisin and dark fruit aromas mixed with a pleasant boozy warmth.

Amazing rush of flavors with lots of carbonation; incredibly dry on the palate. A warm alcohol kick at first followed by rich raisin, molasses, vanilla, and toffee notes with a rapid finish reminiscent of dry champagne that blossoms into a lingering and mild maltiness.

One to sip and savor, for sure! Not overly sweet or boozy, this is a wonderful and complex Belgian, though I prefer the flavor profile of the Rochefort 8 just a bit more.

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

Poured into Duvel tulip.

This is a deep mohogany color with slightly reddish hues. A tan head rose 3 fingers and had great retention. Lace is thin and spotty, but the spots hang hard.

Smells of coffee and English toffee... With loads of dark fruits- figs, plums, and dates. The taste hits all these notes, and adds a nice toasted nuttiness, maybe almond, towards the finish. There is also a great Belgian candy sugar sweetness. This coats your teeth with a thickness that isn't really representative of the thickness of the body. The body seems thinner than the finish suggests.

The level of carbonation is pretty good, this is really creamy as it slides across your tongue. Full body is smooth and really quite tastey.

There is an almost brandy like quality as this warms up. Very pleasant.

Overall impression- absolutely worth drinking.

Photo of Naugros
4.27/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color of coffee, but held to the light it is more of a deep, dark garnet. The head is tan and well-structured and dark brown floats on top in some places giving the impression that someone sprinkled cocoa onto your latte.

The smell is amazing! Coffee, not cheap American coffee or Starbucks over-roasted, but a complex Venetian brew, with bittersweet chocolate and maybe a shot of Grand Marnier. I'm loathe to taste this as I doubt it will live up to the smell.

The taste does disappoint from what you smelled, but only in so much as it does not match the nose. I taste prunes, a little alcohol on the roof of the mouth with a remnant of the chocolate and coffee at the back palate. You'd expect more alcohol taste from the 11.3% ABV, but it is well delivered.

A little lighter than expected due to the carbonation that lasts throughout the glass. There is heat, but it is subtle for its strength. There is a little bit of an earthy aftertaste, but it's not unpleasant. It does tend to linger on the tongue.

Not a beer to guzzle or gulp, but to quaff and enjoy. It's 11.3% APV makes it impossible to pound these down with some bros, but I can see having another. This beer could just as easily be served with a steak as it could being used as an after dinner digestive.

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

My 100th review. Poured into a small German wine snifter.

A: Pours initially with two fingers of bountiful and smooth cream, which settles into an even creamier layer of head over the course of a few minutes. Fantastic lacing and staying power for the head. Body looks like liquid fossilized amber; a beautiful blend of deep plum, ruby, and crystal amber hues. Columns of tiny bubbles rise to sustain the crown.

S: Just about every incarnation of malt in beer can be detected in the nose of this monk's brew. Rich, sweet, toasty, caramel, and roasted. Every type of malt except the darkest roasted malts found in stouts and porters. Some sticky 'old' slightly sour notes cling to the edges of all this malt... as it should be for a Trappist beer. Some sweet plum, grape, chocolate and port lurks beneath the array of malts.

T: A near perfect balance of many flavors is the character of this beer. The initial flavors are of deep dark fruits; currants, plum, and grape come to mind. These rise to a crescendo, at which point the alcohol prickles nicely as the characteristic malts surge delicately to finish out the flavor experience. This beer is fine, never course. Always balanced, always deliberate. Subtle- this ale is not in your face. Glowing, rich, complex... truly worthy of its reputation and title.

M: I am drinking this at 55 degrees and it is warming as I sip to write the review. At this temperature, the mouthfeel is sublime. Smooth and full, with just the right amount of alcohol prickle and warmth, but less than could be expected. So rich, creamy, sticky, and smooth...

D: High marks here as well. The alcohol is hidden just enough, but not too much. A delightful sipper.

Overall: A beer of the ages this is... with true craftsmanship and art infused into its flavor and feel. A must have at some point in your life if you are a lover of fine ale. My highest regards to the monks who craft this ale...

Photo of Banger530
4.62/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A deep almost opaque brown. Ample brownish white head. A very inviting pour.

S: A complex aroma that invites you to investigates further. Mostly a raisin hue but other fruity aromas presents.

T: A malty fruity flavor up front. Like the aroma suggested, mostly a raisin and a sweet malt. A boozy taste at the end that invites one to keep drinking.

M: A medium to full body. Nice and heavy to let you know what you are drinking. Light carbonation gave the beer a nice texture that accentuates the flavor.

D: Alcohol flavor is some what hidden making the beer very drinkable. I could put a few back without any problem, which is what I did.

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


Dark brown, beautiful in the glass with long living head.

Smell: Strong with exotical fruits, strong sugar, tiny bit of vanilla.

Taste: Great coordination with the smell. Dark fruit with hidden malt. The combination of spicy and sweet flavours is very complex.

Mouthfee: Soft medium body with good carbonation.

Drinkability: Awesomeness. Alcohol is hidden, so watch out.

Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
100 out of 100 based on 7,879 ratings.