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Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,047 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 7,047
Reviews: 2,532
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 503
Gots: 1,173 | FT: 49
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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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Redwood21

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev -9.1%

Let me say this is a re-review, i tried this beer early when i didn't have a quite acute palate, or well experienced...however you want to put it. I think that these Belgian ales take some time to love, but once you do , you get it, i am leaving my old review below as context:

A: still agree with below great!
S:smells like a strong red wine, berries and fruit that have been macerated are pronounced, very distinctive in the "Belgian realm"
T: ok i must have been on crazy pills or something, this beer is very great and complex, im still not the biggest fan of belgian ales, to wine like, not "beer" enough as odd as that may sound. this beer is wine like, its sweet, smooth and delicious, i cant knock it for tasting like another beverage, its delicious my original review added up to 3.7, but i believe i was wrong and glad i dropped the money to try again this is a good beer

Ok so im not a huge belgian fan to start, but based on the hype of this beer, and others like it i was sorely dissapointed. that said it has its strong points.

A: Strong point. nice dark wood brown color with a sticky creamy head that was great. must admit i was impressed

S: alcohol and cough syrup...not so great imo

T: also very alcohol and syrupy there are some subtle flavors maybe a roasted coffee(very faint). one thing that i can say is the flavors are layers and pop out from behind corners(so to speak) however i just didnt really liek them.

M?D: not great, i like strong beers but not a fan of this beer to be honest. obviously im in the minority so give it a try to see what you think, maybe belgians just arent for me.

05-19-2007 05:05:16 | More by Redwood21
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brendan13

Australia

3.68/5  rDev -18.4%

Poured into chalice a dark mahogany with a 1/2 inch head that slowly reduces down to a thin whisp on top.
Very complex aroma but mostly I smell chocolate & caramel & some dark stewed fruits. There is also a very faint uncooked cookie dough aroma.
The alcohol comes through a lot more in the taste, as well as some spice. The malty & fruity flavours are there too.
I didn't find the mouthfeel as heavy as what I was expecting, but good none the less. Taste lingers.
Quite a decent beer but you have to be ready for the quite strong alcohol taste. This is the only thing that would put me off drinking this on a semi-regular basis.

05-18-2007 12:00:14 | More by brendan13
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JackWeizen

Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev -14.6%

Pours to a nice strong "chocolate milkshake" head, that slowly shrinks, but never disappears. The color is very dark amber with a bit of haze. Aromas of banana, alcohol, and caramel come through with a light undertone of brettomyces culture. The taste comes through to me as dark whole grain toast with some sweet, but very dark rum/molasses notes. I get a very strong yeasty flavor that I associate with homebrew. This beer is very dry, and very well carbonated. It will linger after each sip and reveal new sensations. For what it is, it is very well crafted, but I find it a bit too much for my tastes.

05-18-2007 00:38:25 | More by JackWeizen
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genog

Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +0.9%

Can't believe I have never submitted a review for this beer: It is one of my favorites.

Pours a rich mahogany dark color that leaves a tan head that remains throughout most of the sitting.

Smell is of roasted malts. Very subtle dried fruits?

Taste is where this is always an experience. I have had about 4 of these in the past year, and I always find a different subtle note I did not remember from previous tastings, chocolate, dark, and sweet, fruits, malty, I could go for another one right now

This is a very carbonated, mouthfeel that lingers on my tongue.

I usually try to keep two of these in my cellar at all times.

05-17-2007 20:20:05 | More by genog
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rallison

California

4.58/5  rDev +1.6%

A: Cloudy dark brown with a 1 finger semi-fizzy off-white head that kind of sticks around.

S: Dark fruits, caramel and yeast.

T: Nice. Sweet-ish dark fruits, raisins and caramel. Nice Belgian yeast kick, with just a bit of wheat character. A bit of rum in the background. Altogether, nicely balanced.

M: Nice and lively. High-ish carbonation keeps this relatively light, especially considering the alcohol.

D: Extremely drinkable. This drinks like a 6-7% beer.

Highly recommended. A classic.

05-17-2007 06:57:17 | More by rallison
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SaltyLime

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -21.7%

I found myself dissappointed again after reading the reviews and then finally finding this bottle and eagerly taking it home.

Appearance - dark brown, thick and hazy like a broth with a bubbly head.

Smell - very fruity and lively. light malty background.

Taste - to me, it was strongly reminiscent of banana taffy, except mixed with a cognac. weird and unique flavors, would like to try another bottle to compare.

Mouthfeel - smooth, and creamy full body.

Drinkability - Easy drinking, does not feel like a 11.3 ABV at all.
Would like to try again.

05-14-2007 16:43:44 | More by SaltyLime
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flexabull

California

4.55/5  rDev +0.9%

Pours a dark brown color with a big fluffy white head.

Aromas are spicy, bright, floral, sweet, and bubblegum like. This beer has a very complex and interesting nose.

For such a huge beer, this surprisingly light in flavor, but still quite complex. Up front, the flavor is bright and crisp, with excellent carbonation noted. Beer then settles into a malty creamy backbone, with a baked apple flavor, and bready biscuit notes. Finish is tart, but also a bit sweet and dark sugary.

Mouthfeel is excellent, carbonation is about as good as it gets.

Drinkability is unbelievably good for such a high ABV beer. It is so tasty, light, yet complex, and super easy to drink. Wow... what a great beer! With that said, I still have to give a 4.5, because it is still a beast.

This one came to me from nathan15 in the BIF race. Thanks!

05-13-2007 06:41:03 | More by flexabull
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Delerium

Maine

4.45/5  rDev -1.3%

This is a big beer. It's well balanced, and when poured into a snifter, it presents a huge head with wonderful lacing. Dark, dark redish brown colour, full of mollases flavour, a bit of spice and fruit notes, with a delicate hop-tone to it. Perfect balance of carbonation which extends to the pleasant mouthfeel of this beer. Five stars for sure, highly recommended. Chris

05-12-2007 20:36:54 | More by Delerium
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KingG

California

4.97/5  rDev +10.2%

Relatively fresh bottle.

Served at cellar temp and poured into my Olg Guardian 10oz glass.

Appearance is very good. Dark brown beer with a fluffy, thick, sand-colored head. Ton of lacing in the glass. Visually inviting.

Smell is exceptional. A lot going on here. Banana, bubblegum, walnuts, sugary malts, Belgian yeast, pepper, figs, sweet dates and ripe guava. Amazing smell.

Taste is exceptional. everything i smelled i tasted as well but with much more in the figs and sweet malt department. One of the most complex beers i've ever had.

Mouthfeel is exceptional. Rochefort 10 dances all over the tongue and cheeks greatly. Carbonation is perfect; lively but not overly so. Finishes warming.

Drinkability is exceptional. Never has a beer with 11.3% been this easy to drink. I could drink this all night without a second thought.

Overall:
Possibly my favorite Belgian beer. If you haven't had it yet, what are you waiting for?

05-11-2007 03:47:58 | More by KingG
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jmalex

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +2%

Yesterday I had the 8, but today is the piece de resistance! I've been sitting on this for about 6 months, and for my birthday, I get to drink it (though 3 days late). Best by date: 10 08 10

APPEARANCE: Pours an opaque deep brown with barely any highlights. The 2-finger light beige head is large-bubbled and shrinks to a solid cap. The head now has tremendous staying power and is something to marvel at.

SMELL: What the 8 lacked in aroma, the 10 has in waves. The heat of the alcohol is very apparent but not the most prominent. Belgian malts, caramel, and especially brown sugar dominate the nose. A bit of fruitiness is present and even some citrus as it warms, but yeastiness is hard to find. Big and impressive. It lets you know you're in for one heck of a treat.

TASTE: Yeasty, dark, and powerful leads into sweet and fruity. The finish is slightly hot and dry but very clean. Truly a masterpiece. I imagine this beer as one with the strength and power of a championship fighter, yet with the dexterity and grace of a ballet dancer. Simply stunning.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-full bodied with a perfect carbonation. The dryness at the finish is the only detractor.

DRINKABILITY: Amazing. Yes, it's obvious there's alcohol in here. You can smell it, you can taste, but you can't feel it. It's very hard to believe it's as high as 11.3%. What a wonderful beer to sit down with and relax. I'm in no hurry tonight

The monks know their stuff. There's no doubt about that. I'm incredibly thankful that I was able to drink this tonight - especially since hearing that it's becoming harder and harder to find.

05-08-2007 23:31:18 | More by jmalex
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Erdinger2003

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Pours a thick syrupy dark dark dark brown, almost black. The head gets up to 1/4 inch with some good hard pouring towards the end. The head mostly goes away, but the lacing stays around and it's a good strong lacing. The smell is very sweet smelling and lots of dark fruit smell. The mouthfeel is very carbonated and the alcohol presence is noticeable, but not off putting. Flavors of candy sugar and sweet sweet plum greet you with a medium-full body. The mouthfeel is still smooth. Overall, this is a favorite friend of mine that I will have always.

05-05-2007 02:32:06 | More by Erdinger2003
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BretSikkink

Mexico

4.45/5  rDev -1.3%

Reviewed shortly after Rochefort 8. Interesting to note that 8 is 7.5% and 10 is 11.3%. Consummate quadrupel, black hole of a beer with a big foamy tan head. Only shows signs of being brown when held to light. Good retention, lacing is immaculate. Overall a marvel to look at.

Major spicing, big dark fruit aromas, some lighter estery character and some serious alcohol featuring a phenolic bite. The yeast is soft, full, and inviting, offers up aniseed and a little bitter chocolate.

Okay, seriously, 11% is serious business. But underneath the sharp peppery bite of alcohol is a smooth operator. Huge sweet malt (rum alcohol here), raisin flavors on the palate, smoked as well as caramelized malt, just like the 8 also has some minty dextrin action. Holy complexity, it's hard to get everything from the tongue to the internet. Full, herbal mouthfeel, offers some clove, more of the liquorice from the nose, molasses or something similar, huge warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel is smoother and creamier than the 8, full body with high viscosity. Perfect. So rich and decadent.

You could bring anything you want to the table with this boy, but it will bring down all but the richest of flavors. I threw some fresh Wisconsin sharp cheddar at it, cut a couple of rectangles of seriously funky Chimay cheese, and
pulled out some aged Danish blue; none of them came close to overwhelming this quadrupel. Very impressive brew all the way around, must-try for a wide demographic of beer drinkers.

05-02-2007 05:59:46 | More by BretSikkink
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letsgopens

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +4.2%

Trappistes Rochefort 10 Quadrupel embodies all that a Belgian Ale should be. The dense tan head holds very well, leaves a nice lace and it's deep cloudy, woody-brown color possesses cider-like qualities. When held to the light red/amber highlights are revealed.

The bouquet gives off a summery fruity (light and dark) aroma with strong hints of citrus and apple. This quadrupel has incredibly complex flavor elements including citrus, prune, date, apple, malt, molasses, vanilla, and an understated (in a good way) bitterness.

The mouthfeel is full and smooth with a nice bite and an earthy pulp like quality than makes for a very enjoyable texture. It's hard to describe just how good this beer is: phenomenal. A must try.

05-01-2007 05:17:26 | More by letsgopens
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Gmann

New York

4.43/5  rDev -1.8%

Pours a deep murky brown color with a short tan head that left a solid ring as it dissipated.

The aroma is of prunes and fig and a heavy caramel scent. Almost smells buttery. Some solvent notes in the end.

The taste is bold, nice roasted malt flavor up front. Kind of has a pumpernickle breadiness, some dark cherry sweetness, earthy undertones, almost a cigar type flavor. Noticable caramel and toffee flavor going on. A bit of a boozy bite in the end.

The feel is well bodied with active carbonation, leaves a bit of a twang on the tongue. Creamy feel. Sweet on the palate though has some earthiness to it to help balance.

A very good quad, I could be able to drink a few, though the alcohol will get me. Nice and interesting balance.

05-01-2007 00:40:08 | More by Gmann
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dickieb

Rhode Island

4.6/5  rDev +2%

I was quite happy to come across this one. Poor’s a deep cloudy mahogany, with very little light passing through and a big almost soda like head. A sweet smell with spicy and banana tones. A very complex taste that I cant even pretend to understand with a pleasant bite of alcohol. This was worth the $6 I paid for it, and certainly one of the best I have ever had.

04-29-2007 17:11:14 | More by dickieb
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Backer2004

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev -5.1%

The easiest of the trappist beers to find here, so why not drink one that's been cellared for a year? Pours a deep mahogany color with solid cream lacing, more brown with the end yeast sediment poured in the glass. Lots of plums, fruit, caramel, a bit hot (could cellar even longer to mellow out with no problem). Great smell as it warms. Worth the five bucks, no doubt.

04-29-2007 03:13:59 | More by Backer2004
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John_M

Oregon

4.72/5  rDev +4.7%

Easily one of the best beers I've ever tasted. The price tag for this beer seems to revolve between $8 and $13, depending upon where you buy it. Despite the high price, there are times when just nothing esle will really do. I have had this beer on a number of occasions now...

The beer pours a rich, thick, luxurious dark brown color, with excellent head retention and fabulous lacing. On the nose.... oh my, where to begin. Chocalate fudge, caramel, cherries and port all combine with Belgium spice to make one exotic, incredible aroma. On the palate... mmm... so rich, so smooth... satin and silk with a heavenly mouthfeel. This beer is pretty sweet, but is not the least bit cloying IMO. The flavors replicate the nose, with lots of cherries, caramel and chocolate. This beer is very rich and very long, with a very long, lingering finish. This beer is a real sipper, which only makes sense given the abv. (which is well disguised.... you would never guess the abv. is that high) However it's so rich and viscuous, there's no way to just gulp this down. An absolute taste treat.... easily one of the 5 best beers I've ever tried. Delicious.

04-25-2007 15:58:21 | More by John_M
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wcudwight

North Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +4.2%

As soon as I popped the cap, the beer came gushing out all over my counter. My poor wife is going to be wondering tomorrow why her kitchen towel smells like beer.
Dark brown to mahogany in color. Excellent 3 finger thick creamy tan head that holds better than duck tape. A thick sheet of lace almost covers the entire glass all the way around. This beer has a nice sophisticated look.
Brown sugar, pipe tobacco, autumn leaves, with mild spice and fruit in the aroma.
A thick and full, brown sugar malty backbone leads to a cornicopia of flavors that includes. Bananna, some smokeyness,molassas, fresh whole leaf tobacco. There's a subtle hop bitterness in the middle and a slight taste of alcohol in the finish which reminds me that this beer is 11% and I shouldn't have another bottle.
This beer taste as sophisticated as it looks. It is full of class and would be perfect to show the wine drinkers just how much class a beer can have.
I've tried St. Berny's Abt 12 and I think I like this one better. This is a bold beer in a subtle way. Blunt, but with a lot of tact.
Mouthfeel is full, creamy, smooth, dry, but with some kick to it.
I wanna drink a few of these, but I know I shouldn't. The alcohol becomes more noticable about half way through the glass, and I started at cellar temp.
I'm afraid a lot of BA's are like me: They search thier beer stores for the newest and latest beers, and leave this one on the shelves. IMO this was a mistake. My favorite Trappist beer so far.

04-22-2007 04:27:21 | More by wcudwight
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dvotypka

New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +0.9%

Rochefort 10 is undoubtedly one of the finer beers in the world. I base this review off of many servings at various bars in the NY/NJ area, as well as a rare find of several bottles sealed since 1996.

The young Rochefort is a rich, flavorful beer, slightly sweet, quite smooth, and full of wonderful flavors found in darker beers, but rarely found all in one beer such as this.

The 10+ year old version is incredibly complex and full of flavors that make you sit and ponder, trying to track all the fine tastes going through your pallette. This certainly rivals a 2004 Westvleteren 12 I had the pleasure to sip.

Ya can't go wrong with this beer and if you enjoy triples/quadrupel, consider yourself fortunate any time you find it for sale.

04-18-2007 19:52:08 | More by dvotypka
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david131

California

4.58/5  rDev +1.6%

A- Poured very slowly into a tulip. After how long I had been letting this sit, I was surprised at how cloudy this was. A very interesting looking beer to say the least. Murky brown at first glance, but upon further inspection, is more ruby around the edges. When I try and look straight through the center, it is impossible to see the other side- the only way I can describe it is a crystal ball effect. A beautiful off-white pancake of a head forms and maintains itself for the entire drinking experience.

S- Absolutely unbelievable. Some cherry, brown sugar, sweet bread, oakiness... Everything blends together so well for a very aromatically rewarding experience. I also detect some hints of fig, apple, malted milk balls, and vanilla. My mouth waters just smelling it.

T- Cherry, and sweet bread right off the bat. Some brown sugar and oak. The alcohol is definitely apparent. A little bit nutty with some associated nut bitterness. Hints of vanilla. Definitely not as sweet tasting as the aroma. Strange. Not as similar to the St. Bernardus as I remember.

M- Very smooth on the palate, but upon swallowing, the alcohol leaving a very cloying dryness to the mouth. The alcohol definetly becomes a bit numbing. I found it to be unique how the alcohol was not apparent until the liquid had been swallowed. What I originally thought was some metallic flavor to this I soon realized was just some sourness.

D- The smell and taste are enough to override the excessive alcohol dryness. I wish this was just a tad sweeter and the booze was a little more subdued...

This is world-class for sure. I don't seem to remember the alcohol being this apparent the other time I tried it. Perhaps this could use some more time to sit.

04-16-2007 01:57:42 | More by david131
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geexploitation

Indiana

4.85/5  rDev +7.5%

Pours a dark, fudgy brown color with a khaki head that leaves lots of lacing on the glass, and maintains itself in a thin cover over the liquid. Smells very rich -- chocolate, that familiar Rochefort yeast, and raw alcohol. Some faint fruit notes in the vein of figs or dates. On the palate, rich, malty mocha notes overlaid with figgy fruits, phenols and spice. The flavors are huge, refined, and are lent a boozy intensity by the raw alcohol that comes out in the mid-palate and burns through the finish. Mouthfeel is very full with alcohol, carbonation and smooth malts that are a huge step up in thickness from the Rochefort 6 and 8. Overall, this is a phenomenal beer. All the different elements are in balance, and all those elements are compelling in and of themselves. Even aspects of the beer that are normally detractions, like the raw alcohol note, contribute here positively to the overall experience. Wow. What a beer.

04-15-2007 23:54:40 | More by geexploitation
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westweasel

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams "Super Glass". The beer poured out a hazy dark brown hazelnut color, with an orange tint and an inch of tan head. I also got a few dark brown spots in the foam from the yeasty business in the bottom of the bottle.

The smell was very interesting. I smell caramel, chocolate, butterscotch and alcohol.

The taste was fantastic and complex. I can taste caramel, chocolate, clove, and banana. I can also taste some alcohol.

The mouthfeel was somehow extremely smooth. The body seemed about medium.

The drinkability is excellent. This beer is so smooth and easy to drink. It would be easy to drink tons of this.

04-15-2007 22:23:48 | More by westweasel
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HumuloneRed

Oregon

4.08/5  rDev -9.5%

The appearance is a nice brown red color. Not much in the way of head. Sweet in the nose with some spice and maybe some fig/fruit. Lots of plum with an alcohol burn at the finish. I like the beer but I think it can be better. I will try it again but put some more age on it.

04-15-2007 11:41:28 | More by HumuloneRed
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Bugsey

District of Columbia

4.78/5  rDev +6%

Definitely one of the most amazing beers I've every had. It's a great beer to simply sit and marvel at the complexity of flavors present. Very sweet, marlty. Hints of banana, bread, and toffee, or burnt caramel. Carbonization is moderate (less than the comparable St. Bernardus).

Don't share this one. And don't drink it fast.

04-12-2007 15:48:17 | More by Bugsey
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YankChef

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -16.9%

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a fortified wine glass.

Appearance: deep, dark amber-brown with a fluffy off-white head that clings to the glass very strongly

Smell: Smell is of red grapes, brown sugar, leather and a little currant

Taste: Taste is very smooth of red grapes and actually a quick hit of bitterness. Leather and oak are also prevelant. Linger dry flavor of leather. Alcohol is there but doesnt come through very strong.

Mouthfeel: quick spritzof carbonation but certainly not very carbonated. Very smooth.

Overall: Certainly a good beer and one of the better quadrupels i have had. Very smooth and easy to drink for the 11.3% a/c. That said, im not overly impress with this brew. I think the ridiculously high rating is a bit much and there are a lot more beers i would put ahead of it. Perhaps i just havent tasted enough beers.

04-12-2007 04:01:36 | More by YankChef
Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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