Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Ratings: 7,666
Reviews: 2,586
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 612
Gots: 1,467 | FT: 51
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Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: Todd on 11-06-2000)
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Photo of brownbeer
4.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 1-23-08

A- Poured into a Chimay goblet. Deep brown with maroon hues and a thin, almost non-exsistent tan head that actually retains nicely.

S-rich nose; caramel, raisin, amaretto, bread, and lactose.

T&M- Dried fruit, chocolate, brown sugar, and finishes dry with a firm alcohol presence. Full bodied with a lovely medium carbonation.

D- Considering the heartiness and strength of this beer, it is very easy to drink in small quanities. I love cool weather, it makes beers like this really shine.

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

11.2 oz bottle bought from Buffalo, best before date of 2013, making this a 2008? Pours a dark russet brown hints of pumpkin/autumn orange on the highlights, lots of sediment in the glass. Thin khaki head that recedes to a thin leopard print pattern and then to swirls, easily agitated by the swirling of the glass, small patches of lacing stick to the glass.

Nose is lots of dark, ripe fruits - specifically grapes, figs, some raisin too but more grapish than some. Lots of fruity caramel malts, hints of spice.

This is a superbly balanced brew, probably the best quad I've had to date. Caramel, grapes, raisins, earth, biscuits, cloves, pepper, banana, hops, cocoa, and toffee. Pretty dry, which leaves it feeling more refreshing for a big brew. A touch sparkly on the carb but instead of a sharp carbonation it is more sprightly, aids the drinkability but is perhaps a touch much - if only a touch.

Superbly drinkable for a brew this size. Very complex and engaging, makes for a nice combination in most any situation. Top notch.

Photo of thepeter
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy to the point of being Murky. Dark brown and a very cool yellow and brown when held up to light.

S - Molasses, brown sugar, oatmeal raisin cookies, yeast, alcohol, musty grapes, and chocolate malt balls (whoppers, Maltesers)

T - Dark fruit, candy sugar, anise, chocolate brandy, roasted caramel malt. Wonderful taste at the back end, dry, yeasty, dark bread with a hint of pepper and some alcohol to warm the soul. Very complex and wonderful from start to finish.

M&D - decent Carbonation that tickles the throat, smooth but lighter bodied than I expected. Even with it's strength I could easily drink more than one and feel great about it.

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

Pours dark nutty brown with fuzzy ecru head. Fantastic retention.

Scent is figs, spice, tangy yeast.

Taste is spicy with a long astringent finish. Notes of chocolate, spice, peppery notes, figs and dark fruit. Mildly vinous grape . Plums. Brown sugar?

Mouth is rich and luxurious.

Drinkbility is very good.

Rich, warm, complex. Sublime.

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

I bought both the "8" and "10" at the same time, and am having them back to back... well spread apart.... as I do not like to get plastered anymore.

- This is much darker and solid than #8.... A&W RootBeer brown, not nearly as much sediment on the bottom... though visible in a bright 100 watt light.. Lovely frothy mocha head... didn't see this with the yeast used on the "8". This IS a different beast!

- Ester, grape, fig, and balancing hops... a fruity estery hoppy blend with a sweet fig malt...

- So well balanced with ester, sweet light malts, fig, some spice, herb, and booze... how is this as strong as it is? What a blend! What a classic!

- Dry is one way, but slightly chewy, and aromatic.. the breathe is left waiting for a punch that isn't coming.

- This is a top-notch ale that is to be reckoned with! Very smooth, hardly strong, and very fine. Something to be had with a fine red meat, and lots of veggies. I am impressed, and have never had anything like it ever in the U.S. Worth the buy over and over!

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

A. Beautiful mahogany brown color with a big rocky tan head. Awesome looking.

S. Smells of delicious dark candied fruit (plums, raisins, figs). Also sweet delcious malty alcohol smell with a peppery note at the end.

A. Damn this beer is crazy complex tasting. I definitely can't pick out all the little nuances. Dark sweet malt and a variety fruits that taste as though theyve been engorged with brandy (plums, black grapes, bananas, maybe even some sweet pineapple). Wonderful pepper tone also with a noticeable alcohol ester feel and warmth.

M. Amazing, carbonation is perfect on a nice big body.

D. Delicious and dangerous, but so big and complex I dont think I could drink a bunch

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

Poured from a bottle into a small snifter

A: Poured a vigorous 2 finger creamy light caramel course head with great head retention. Brew itself was a dark brown with patchy lacing.

S: Chocolate, ripe purple grapes, Belgian yeast, brown sugar, alcohol

T: Deep chocolate beginning with grape sourness and unripened green fruit starting to peak through in the middle along with brown sugar. Finishes strong alcohol with a strong warming sensation. No real strong taste stands out, but rather a blending of everything.

M: Medium bodied but smothering and warming. Feels a little too carbonated but finishes clean.

D: Enjoyable. Not my favorite style but the balance is very appreciated.

Photo of Spiderhouse
3.85/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A--Huge head...at least 3 fingers of mauve foam, heavy lacing. A bit of sediment.

S--Dark fruit, yeasty funk, some woodiness. Interesting undertones.

T--Good, but I get a lot of wood on this, in addition to the usual yeasty and chocolaty tones.

M--Nice mouthfeel. Like the 8, a surprising amount of carbonation and a light weight.

D--High ABV, yes, but it's the slightly off taste that would keep me to one of these. Well made, tasty, but a little off. Could be this bottle. Would try again.

Procured at Beverages & More, Valencia, CA

Photo of FloppyDog
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Duvel glass. Extremely deep burgundy beer with a 3-inch thick off-white/tan head. Bits of yeast sediment in the glass even though I poured it carefully.

Aroma is of dark fruit and sweetness. Some belgian yeast funkiness, with a hint of spice and mixed with significant alcohol.

Taste is of strong fruitiness (dates, plums, etc.) and alcohol. The dark fruit is much more pronounced in the taste than in the aroma. Very enjoyable, with basically no detectable hop presence.

Mouth feel is full-bodied and coats the tongue. It is balanced with a very mild prickliness that gives the beer a great feel and drinkability, especially for 11.3% abv. Overall, another quality trappist ale. I am a fan.

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

Though the styles are basically the same, the 10 is superior to the 8 in my opinion. Tons of sweet spice and a combination of green and ripe fruits are abundant. There is so much going on here. Only a slightly hot alcohol bite keeps me from rating this one higher. I've never had St. Berny 12 or Westy 12, but I am a big Chimay Blue fan and I think this one trumps it.

Photo of DeathbySexyBT
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Rusty brown (think wild west cowboy leather) with a sticky lace (think spiderman's webbing if it were light coffee colored) left clinging to the Satan snifter I am using.

S: Rasins and honeydew melons which are beaten into submission by the spice of the booze. You do get a hint of licorice on the nose, but the rest of the hues are so negligible that I am not sure if I was imagining them.

T: Starts peppery. Most quads eventually offer that gentle warming sensation. Not this one. Nope, it goes balls deep with that right off the bat. Mellow esthers and hops, but still present. Smoky sugars and big malts that offer a fruity sweetness that follows the nose. The only detraction is a slight medicinal air to the beer.

M: Full bodied like a trappist milkshake. Smooth as silk, though.

D: When I want a quad, I will reach for this. Or at least I would if it were available in Texas...dammit.

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

Trappistes Rochefort 10. Belgian Trappist Ale. Serve Between 55 F.

Appearance: Deep chocolate brown, head quickly recedes to nothing. Lots of floating yeast, nice head.

Smell: Sweet,raisin a hint of fig, alcohol and a dash of chocolate.

Taste: nice raisin to licorish .

Mouthfeel: nice well balanced, full body, warming going down, superb and complex, wine like character

Drinkability: Tastes great, will drin once in a wile, superb.

Pairing: asiago cheese, all wheat bread,roasted bell pepper. dry cured meats...

Photo of jdskinns
3.8/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Poured rather fizzy with a lot of carbonation and a lot of head. Dark brown in color with lots of sediment and flakes floating around. Smell was bold fruitiness with a noticeable alcohol presence. Taste was dark fruits, plums, malts, and a little bit of butterscotch taste as it warmed up. A little hard to drink at first due to all the carbonation, wasn't very pleasant at first until it settled down. Noticeable alcohol heat when drinking. Overall pretty good though.

Photo of Lerxst
3.75/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a dark brown with a one finger beige head that fades quick and leaves decent lacing.

S-Figs is what I smell right away. Some raisins, bananas and yeast smells good.

T-Fruit and sugar are prominent with some malts and spice (what spice, I can't put my finger on).

M-Medium body with a bit of a harsh carb bite, but a bit creamy with a surprisingly somewhat dry finish.

D-Not bad at all, but to be honest, I prefer the 8 over the 10. I can't see myself having more than one of these.

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.75/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle poured into a tulip.

A-Murky dark brown beer, allowing little light through. Big, fine-bubbled frothy dark-tan head on top, which sustained quite nicely.

S-Fruity, a hint of cola/Dr. Pepper, malty sweetness, which seemed to mix well with an almost souring fruitiness.

T-Big maltiness is the focus of this brew, but the malt sweetness also worked nicely with some easy, spicy nuances. Don't get me wrong, though; bitterness has its time to shine in this brew. Smooth alcohol flavor appeared in the finish initially, but became more apparent and more harsh/out of balance as I continued drinking this brew. Otherwise, the finish is pretty calm, bitter and semi-sweet.

M-Very fine-bubbled, smooth but excitingly prickly carbonation, which I found to be enjoyable. This seemed to distract me from the high ABV for a time, which made itself known largely by it's huge warming on my palate.

D-Pretty decent brew. I could see the beer's drinkability decreasing as the alcohol became more apparent, likely the result of the beer warming, to the point it became harsh, no longer smooth. I think this detracted from this brew overall.

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

A- dark, cloudy brown. Poured very cloudy, even though it's been sitting still for a month.

S- this is really sad, apparently my seasonal allergies are kicking in, because I='m missing most of the nose. I get some spice and some very clear roast notes, with yeast and fruit, but it isn't as clear as it should be, or as pungent as I'm sure it really is. 4 because next time I have this, it will smell like a 4.

T- alcohol is almost the first thing to hit the palate, but that flavor quickly changes to estery complexity, and is joined by clove and nutmeg flavors. The swallos is slightly yeasty, and the thick, malty aftertaste carries us into longing for the next sip.

M- creamy, not too thick. Good. Carbonation is pleasent, but not especially high.

D- 11.3%? I won't have 2, c'mon. But it is delicious, and I will be looking forward to buying more.

Photo of theghost3
4.3/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, cloudy dark brown with some floating sediment. 2-finger beige head is very bubbly. Lots of lacing.

The smell is complex--caramel is prevalent along with yeast, dark fruits (particularly figs), and spices. The taste is strong of caramel, malty, but the spiciness gives it a nice balance. There's some alcohol warming, but it's subdued. Mouthfeel is thick overall with some biting carbonation.

This is a drinkable beer that should be drunk slowly given the high ABV that is covered up so well. Nice balance in the flavor.

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

11.2 oz bottle, BB date 31/12/13, into a Duvel tulip; the culmination of an evening with 6, 8, and 10. This one has been sitting out the whole time, so it's pretty close to room temp. Here we go!

A: Simply impeccable: 11.2 oz fills the oversized tulip glass up to (and just over) the brim; the body is nearly pitch black (just the faintest hints of ruby at the bottom, and then only when held up to direct light), and is topped with a beautiful, huge, frothy, rocky, tan head with chunks of brown yeast suspended in it here and there. Lace coats the glass as the head settles into a solid cap. Beautiful.

S: Big, bold, and complex. Huge, sweet, fruity malts take center stage (raisin, plum, and maybe even apricot), followed by a wave of spicy yeast aromas: cinnamon is #1, followed by clove and perhaps cardamon. A bit of alcoholic heat at the tale end. Superb.

T: Amazingly balanced; the fruity malts and spicy yeasts coexist in perfect harmony, backed up with the dry warmth of the alcohol on the finish. I'm not getting quite as much complexity as I did in the aroma, but this is simply a delicious brew.

M: Medium bodied (a bit thinner than I was expecting - certainly no thicker than the 8), with light, smooth carbonation. Good, but not the best feeling beer of the style.

D: Not bad at all for being over 11%, but this is still definitely a sipper. EDIT: I originally gave this a 3.5 for Drinkability, but am now changing that to a 4.5 for Overall; this beer is terrific.

Notes: I really need to have this head to head with St. Bernardus ABT 12; both beers impressed me, and I gave them pretty similar scores (although this one does better on appearance and aroma, while the St.B did better for mouthfeel and drinkability). This strikes me as a distinctly dryer example of the quad style, and I love both types; I'm just not sure which is my favorite. All in all, this has been a great evening having all three of the Rochefort lineup; the 10 definitely took the gold metal, followed by the 6 and then the 8 (in a near tie). Great beers all.

Cheers!

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

Poured from a 330mL bottle into my Trappistes Rochefort chalice. Finally getting around to reviewing this (after drinking at least a dozen of them over the years).

Bistre liquid with russet and chocolate highlights. Small wheat colored foam subsides to a large collar with half a head. Globules of chocolate yeast form little islands on top of the foam. Minimal lacing, thin sticky legs.

Rich, lightly roasted malt, sweet sourdough starter, golden raisins, figs, brown bread, clove, allspice, apricot stones, and more in the nose. Estery alcohol as well. When allowed to warm up a bit, it becomes superlative.

Malty yet tart on the palate, with a rich bready funk. Sour-cherry, prunes, leather, bittersweet cocoa, and brandy appear as well. The finish is both sweet and dry, and the potent flavors imparted by the alcohol persist for some time.

Somewhat viscous (though not sticky) medium body, with moderate carbonation.

With the intensity of flavor, and the high ABV, this is a sipper and makes for a rustic yet equally fine replacement for several varieties of wine.

While great on its own, this ale really comes alive when served with a good cheese (anything from aged Mimolette, to an oozing Taleggio) or roast poultry (e.g. game hen). A revelation the first time I tried it, this ale catalyzed my search for ever-more intense flavors and craftsmanship in the beer universe. While I no longer find it to be mind-blowing, there is nothing disappointing about this ale - it remains one of the most mature (if not sacred) examples of the style and of the potential of beer in general.

Photo of wknight167
4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apearance - Pours a hazy dark brown with a half finger, tan head with relatively large bubbles that don't stick around for long.

Nose- Yeast, Banana, Molasses, Figs. Very subtle scents make it hard to pick them out, but makes for a hopefully balanced beer.

Palate- Molasses, fig, cherry, raisin, spicy. Just like the nose, the flavors blend together very well. Alcoholic warmth keeping with the syle.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied, but the carbonation level keeps it from being too heavy.

Drinkability- Scarily drinkable for the ABV.

Overall- A definite nuance beer. I could (and would love to) spend many many nights trying to unravel it.

Photo of punkrkr27
4.63/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep hazy brown with a thick, frothy off-white head. Heavy smells of fruit, banana, and brown sugar, and molasses. Light scent of hops. Moderately yeasty. Creamy and softly carbonated mouth feel. A bit oily at first. Deliciously sweet flavors of fruit, molasses, malts with a nice balance of hops. Warming and earthy, hides it's high alcohol quite well. Coats the mouth in a nice flavor that lasts. Definitely lives up to it's reputation.

Photo of bump8628
4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a chalice with a pinkie of loose tan foam that recedes pretty quickly. This ale is chocolate brown in color with clumps of yeast that stick to the sides and bottom and of the glass.

The beer smells of figs, plums, molasses, earth, and perfumy coriander. Alcohol notes also become apparent as it begins to warm.

Taste follows suit with dark fruits, burnt sugars and a light coriander and hop spiciness. A pleasant warming alcohol hangs around on the back of the tongue and trails down the throat after each sip. A warning to the actual strength of this beer.

While the mouthfeel is full, this beer certainly isn't overly-thick, syrupy, or sweet. It finishes semi-dry as do all of the great Trappist quads and strong dark ales. This, and the creaminess from bottle conditioning are the real keys to their wondrous drinkability.

Overall, a world-class beer and one that I would put head-to-head with any wine in the world as a complex, sophisticated drink, to pair with a fine cheese or meal.

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

Pours dark brown with an inch of white head. Smells and tastes like spicy fruitcake, apples, grapes, and candi sugar. Body is medium with finely granulated carbonation. Highly drinkable beer that conceals its high ABV quite well. This is my first time drinking a Rochefort 10 Didn't realize I had such a tasty Belgian brew so easily accessible.

Photo of nickd717
4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from BevMo in Mountain View. Awesome beer!

A - Pours dark brown with a large, lasting beige head.

S - Sweet caramel malt, candi sugar, Belgian yeast, and dark fruits.

T - Flavors of caramel, candi sugar, raisins, dates, overripe berries, yeast, and alcohol. Fairly sweet for a Trappist beer.

M - Full and incredibly creamy and smooth with soft carbonation.

D - Pretty high, although it gets to be a bit much relative to Westy 12, which I can down like water.

Photo of krunchie
2.1/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Really I don't get the fuzz about this beer. It really isn't the 15th best beer on planet earth...

Served in a Chimay glass at 11.1C (52F).
A: First off i noticed the giant yeast cake on the bottom of the bottle. I poured carefully, hoping it wouldn't come loose and get into the glass, but it came loose immediately and voilá: I had a glass of expensive beer with yeast globs swirling around in it. I waited for it to settle, as much as possible that is, and reviewed the appearance before I tasted it.

It's a thick, dark-red-brown to tar colored liquid with a slightly beige head. The head is quite thick and creamy and makes it look pretty good. Nice head retention and nice CO2 level.

S: Dark malts and dark sugars. Quite spicy: I got some cardamom and cinnamon for sure. Molasses. Quite fruity, but more like old fruit, like the smell of an apple that's turned brown of age. Some estery yeast smell, but not too much. I also got a slight vegetal, funky smell that reminded me of the smell of trub that's been in the brew kettle for a while after the wort's been transferred. Being a homebrewer I know that smell...and I don't like that smell in beer.
Good potential but it's not worth more than a 2. Once again, this beer is very highly rated so most people would probably not agree with me, but it's what I think and that's the score I'd give any other beer if it had these properties.

T: Very intensive. Dark, high cocoa-percentage chocolate, some hop bitterness, plums and spicy, almost chili-like flavors and aromas that make this beer quite hot. And the alcohol is not very bitter, but it tastes like vodka. You know that spicy, hot taste of pure vodka - well, it's there! A bit resiny too and some burnt sugar.

M: Creamy and full, nice CO2 but my overall feeling about this brew makes me want to give it no more than a 3.

D: The vodka-like alcohol tones, the trub-like aroma and the unpleasant bitterness that struck me in the back of the mouth and quite hard on the palate makes it very hard to drink.

Summary:
It's not like other trappists, even the other Rocheforts which I like, that just takes a long time to drink because they are so full-bodied and instensive with their rich flavors.
This beer takes a long time to drink because it just isn't good. It's no good and I don't recommend it....and I NEVER thought I'd say that about a trappist beer! But there you go. And I deeply and sincerely mean it. Go buy the 8 instead if you like trappists, it's MUCH better!

Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
100 out of 100 based on 7,666 ratings.