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Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Ratings: 7,192
Reviews: 2,544
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 524
Gots: 1,234 | FT: 48
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Brasserie de Rochefort

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 11-06-2000)
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Photo of brewcrew76
4.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before 06/10/09

A – Dark murky brown with a thin tan head and a creamy ring of lace that remains until the end.

S – Rum soaked raisins, dark fruits, a bit of spice and a bready yeast aroma.

T – Sweet caramel and molasses with dark fruits, raisins, yeasty bread and rum soaked raisins.

M – Medium to full body and creamy with light carbonation. The alcohol is slightly warming.

D – Tasting the 6, 8 and 10 back to back the 10 is my favorite and does not taste as boozy as the 8 for the bigger abv.

brewcrew76, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of aerozeppl
4.68/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a glass

A: Nice thick head with some yeast evident. Very dark brown color. Slightly hazy.

S Yeast at first. Then some malt. Sine fruit notes then alcohol.

T: Wonderful. Slight chocolate yeasty taste. Wonderfully complex.

M: Just like the 8 it is perfect. Perfect carbonation. Medium body.

D: If this wasn't 8.99 for a 11.2 oz bottle I could drink this with freakish regularity. My GF said she actually preferred the 8 but I disagree. The 10 is the apex. The booze is there but hidden very carefully. There is a reason this beer is ranked so high.

aerozeppl, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of Trueant1
4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional pour. A massive 7/8 glass head that from the top looks like pancakes half cooked in a pan. Dark color beer that seems opaque. Sticky lacing left on side of glass as I wait for the head to slowly dissipate. ( Wating a long time to get past the head to try this great looking brew).

This smells heavenly. Sweet raisins and figs up front. Light sweet molassis abounds. A faint hop spiciness can be found in the nose.

Taste of raisons, figs, and toasted molassis. Alcoholic througout the pallet. Some hop bitterness ballances the extreme sweet and alcohol. Great balance. This beer tastes like it smells. Exceptional.

Moutfeel is thick, sweet and strong. Faint carbonation. A "sipper".
This beer is not for everyone. It is strong and full of character.
One of the best out there!

Trueant1, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of iconoklaztor
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bassmantin for this brew! Happy 22 to me!

Poured into a Trappist Westie glass (respects paid to Westie)

Massive three finger head! Good thing it quickly went away. The smell is good with hints of ginger, cherry, and raisin. The taste is great. This is my second trappist and it was fantastic. A great b-day brew to finish (aka start) with. The taste equaled the smell and didnt disappoint. I would love to sit down and have a six pack of this its that spectacular.

Overall: This trappist doesn't let you down. Its rich with flavor and smell. I would highly recommend this brew! Grab them, Drink them, Enjoy them.


iconoklaztor, Nov 06, 2007
4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I am often amazed at the huge head produced by Belgium brews and this is no defferent. Foamy and thick at 3 tan fingers tall. Body is a perfect dark murky brown. Nose is huge with tones of sweet malt, over ripe bananas, dark zesty fruit and spicey pie crust. At first sip the amazing complexity of this beer just explodes on the tongue with a wonderful malty zest. Dark fruit and rich nuttiness balances well together. Spicey feel carries this beer and gels well with the even consistant sweetness. Alchol is completly well hidden. A Belgium classic that is way to easy to drink. Mouthfeel keeps with the zesty, spicey sweet feel.

SPLITGRIN, Oct 30, 2007
Photo of franksnbeans
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky fig like brown with a big creamy head that takes forever to receed to a thin layer. Huge lacing throughout Smells of pears, dried fruit, fig, berries and a hint of banana. The multiple flavors in the scent present themselves in layers throughout the sip. Creamy in the mouth with a little medicinal finish as it warms. The nature of this brew is a sweet sipper but the ABV is very well hidden. Another classic Monkbrew.

franksnbeans, Oct 26, 2007
Photo of thierrynantes
4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 1999.

Appearance : dark mahogany color, clear (on yeast), beige foam fleeting, good saturation.
Smell : caramelized.
Taste and mouthfeel : mellow flavor, powerful, wide mouth, spicy, pungent and slightly acre. Fruity notes of ripe plum and cocoa.
Drinkability : a must (noble and elegant) beer, in the style Trappist .

thierrynantes, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of Homerbag
4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark red/brown at bottom of with thick head that laces perfectly down the goblet.
Smells of Belgian yeasts (dark fruit), candi sugar, some malt. Very warm and complex. The smell alone makes this worth buying.
Taste is unreal. Dark fruits, malts, candi sugar, and spice in perfect harmony with a pleasant alcohol kick at the end.
Mouthfeel. Perfect, coats the tounge like a dream, excellent carbonation.
This is really that damn good. The monks got it right.

Homerbag, Oct 24, 2007
Photo of DavidEddie
3.58/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle purchased from Binny’s in St. Charles. L110412 printed on front label.
Poured very slowly to a dirty dark brown, left most sediment behind in the bottle. Fluffy thick head that looks like lightly toasted marshmallows. After sitting to get the chill out, some lacing remains around the sides of my glass.
Smells of alcohol, grapes, dark fruits, light aromas of dark chocolate and black liquorish.
Tastes mild dark chocolate, dark fruits and mild acidic red wine like alcohol. Nothing over powering. Finishes kind of sweet but clean with alcohol well known. Very warming in my chest. Great for cool weather!
Mouth feel is extremely creamy and highly carbonated. Reminds me of a boozy dark chocolate moose.
Overall I found this beer was enjoyable but not thrilling. It was of good quality and fun to try, but I won’t be going out of my way to seek it out again. CHEERS!

DavidEddie, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of Stagi
4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown/red color with a white/tan head. lacing is nice.

Smell of fruit (cherry?), malt, and alcohol.

Taste has malt, fruit, and carbonation at first finishing with candy taste and alcohol which is covered nicely.

The mouthfeel has a much creamy feel to it, alcohol toward the end, complementing the yeast and malt.

I wish I had bought a 6 pack, great beer.

I had mine on the toilet, it was wonderful..

Stagi, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of jobyone
4.93/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep burgundy color with white head and some sediment. Smell is full of malt and sweetness. The taste has hints of fruit, malt, candy with a hint of alcohol although it is well hidden. Mouth feel is a bit creamy. Truly one of the easiest drinking high alcohol beers. A true great.

jobyone, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of srandycarter
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The standard tulip

A - Pretty dark, toffee color, light tan head. LOTS of lacing.

S - Dark fruit, alcohol, sweet with some spice. Fun.

T - Sweet malt attacks first with fair amount of carbonation. Lightens up with fruit, a bit yeasty and alcohol presence.

M - Full, complete feel. All you want in this style. Creamy fruit and alcohol back. Yeast and malt present in good balance. Unique beer.

D- Big and wonderful. Could take several in a night.

srandycarter, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of dankman38
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark muddy brown carmel is the single most potent part of the nose (it prepares you for what's next), fantastic carmel flavor accented with a wee bit of chocolate and malty hoppiness, a little heavy but fits well, the finish is just great without over-powering a good cheese. My single most desired beer to date.

dankman38, Oct 15, 2007
Photo of joepais
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured dark murky brown in my trappist glass it gave a nice tan head reduced to small amount of lace. Aroma's wonderfull fruit, malts and alcohol. Great full bodied thick mouthfeel .Well balanced flavors of fruits and spice. this ale hides it alcohol well . I will have to dink this one again

joepais, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of botham
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a goblet. pours a dark chocolate brown with a few fingers of light tan, dense head that dissipates slowly. no lacings.

aroma is fruity and grainy. fruit notes include apple and grapes. malts are sweet and consist of caramel and a bit of munich. no alcohol present, which is mildly suprizing.

taste is sweet and malty up front, with caramel presiding over others. ale yeast provides the same notes of apple and grape, and contributes a bit of sweetness. alcohol is mild upon finishing, never fully revealing the 11.3% APV. very well concentrated and proportioned.

mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with mild bites from CO2 and alcohol. these do not deter from enjoying the brew, however, and make for an excellent mouthfeel.

drinkability is great for a quadrupel. these brews are usually very high on alcoholic bite, but this one provides a presence of alcohol, while keeping it mild and subtle. very well crafted brew. cheers!

botham, Oct 12, 2007
Photo of irishkyle21
4.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a huge off white head that stays two fingers thick the whole way through. Great lacing and a dark purple color.

Smells of dark fruits, yeasty spices, caramel malt and a large amount of candy sugar.

The taste, mouthfeel and drinkability ate superb. Notes of plums and other fruits, mild spicing and a warming alcohol that hides it self well. I am glad to say I have one more ( but for how long).

irishkyle21, Oct 09, 2007
Photo of Overlord
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a muddy brown with some red highlights. Huge, huge tan head. Nice lacing and retained carbonation and a slight head throughout.

Smells of sweet molasses mixed with some definite fruit overtones. Taste is dark fruit and malt mixed with a tad too much alcohol. Figs, raisins, plums? Complex, with great yeast and malt strains. Gains in depth as it warms.

Seems to be getting scarcer. Twill be a pity when it's gone.

**I've had a chance to sample a few more bottles of this since my initial review. Really enjoy this brew. Wish it was just a bit cheaper.

Overlord, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of ccrida
3.73/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

The last of my informal countdown of cellar favorites leading up to my #300 review...It was going to be this, but I pushed it to #299 instead.

Poured the cellar temperature 33cl bottle into my 70s era Westmalle chalice, the 10 is a dark, deep murky mahogany, with a modest, but thick, creamy tan head that leaves light, scattered lace.

Aroma is like no other, really exceptional. Very thick and rich, sweet, boozy. Lots of brown sugar, molasses, dark fruits and vanilla.

Taste is also strong, but more roast then sweet dark fruit, which are raisins and prunes. Husky, with hints of peppercorn and smoke, this is way more astringent then I recall, with some plasticy phenols and a very boozy finish. It's interesting that this was the first belgian I'd ever had, in some cafe in Amsterdam, and it left such a huge impression on me, that I've always fancied it my favorite beer ever. The last few times I've busted it out for special occasions, I've come to realize that's no longer the case. Still, it's a monumental beer, and will always have a special place in my heart.

The mouthfeel is pretty light for the style, and very creamy and carbonated.

Drinkability is pretty low, not to knock the beer, but it's incredibly rich, strong, and generally expensive and hard to find. Your just not going to want to sit down and drink more then one or two of these in a sitting. In fact, I find myself really slowing down with this last 1/3, with the booze and astringency leaving a lingering harshness on the tongue and all the way down the throat, particularly tickling my uvula. Damn, I need to get back to Amsterdam!

ccrida, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of northernbrews
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had a mini quad tasting with HellsBells24 in April 07. Had this one after the Westy12.

Picked this bottle up at Top Shelf Liquor in Allen Park.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy brown color with a 1 finger tan head. Slightly red around the edges. There is a little bit of lacing on my snifter. This looks very similar to the others.

Aroma: Starts with some dark fruits, nice malts and a slight alcohol burn. There are some winey notes in this too which are very nice. This is followed by dark fruits, figs, roasted malts, and slight cherry. There is some nice yeasty and hop notes in the finish. The aroma is more pronounced as it warms. Can't wait to taste it.

Taste: The tastes are similar to the aroma, but not as noticable. Cherry and dark fruits from the start followed by warming alcohol and some spicy hops. There is a nice malt background that balances all these flavors. Very nice!

Mouthfeel: The dark fruit and malt flavors hang for a bit. This is pretty creamy.

Drinkability: This goes down too smooth for 11.3%. It should be a crime for something this strong to be this smooth. After a few of these, you will feel nice and buzzed.

Overall. This finished ahead of the rest, slightly above the Westy12, Abt 12 and Chimay Blue. The aroma and flavors were a little stronger in this one. Another truely a world-class beer (as were the others). I've had this with just the Abt 12 before and the Abt was better, but in this case this bottle was better. You'll have to see for you self, you won't be disappointed.

northernbrews, Oct 05, 2007
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3.58/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Poured into my Chimay chalice. Had this a few weeks ago and decided to post my notes today.

A- Dark cloudy brown body with bright red hues where the light strikes it. A beautiful tan creamy head fades rather quickly and does leave behind a nice collar. Some bubbles can be seen rising to the top and little to no lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Nose is strong of dark fruit-particularly grapes and cherries with hints of chocolate and sugar.

T- A well balanced dose of cherry, chocolate, grapes, and sugar is upfront with a big malt backbone. Very sweet and reminiscent of cherry cola or root beer with chocolate. The finish is as complex as the initial taste with a big phenolic taste added to the mix. What lingers is a big alcohol afterburn and some sugary sweetness.

M- Amazing and one of the best mouthfeels I have ever experienced. Medium carbonation with the creamiest body that has ever come across my palate.

D- This is overall a decent beer. Great complexity and mouthfeel but it isn't amazing like I thought it would be. I do like it but it is not one of my favorite brews and I was slightly disappointed by this. The big alcohol presence makes the drinkability average. This is borderline barleywine. I would have this one again but I am not in love with it.

PittBeerGirl, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of younger35
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

For my 99th and 100th review I decided to do a back-to-back tasting of Rochefort 8 & 10. Review number 99 was the 8 and this review, number 100, is obviously the 10. Comes in a 11.2 oz bottle stamped with the code L060612 07:59 (?). Drank out of my Rogue Überfest Pilsner glass.

Appearance- Pours a murky russet brown with hues of amber and yellow. HUGE tan head that spills out of the top of my glass. This thing is creamy, frothy, foamy and O so beautiful. Looks like a root beer float. Leaves a great cap the entire brew and foamy lacing randomly sticks all over the glass. Looks exactly like the 8 with a bit more head retention.
Smell- Lot’s of big fruit including hints of apricot, plum and pears. Seems to be a bit more fruity than the 8. Still has the same toffee sweetness from the malt and the farm like mustiness from the yeast.
Taste- Starts out lightly boozy but in the expensive, fine bourbon, top shelf kind of way. Very fruity but with more of a citrus (more hops for the extra ABV??) bite than the 8. Still has the same banana fosters features but with a tad more intensity. Hints of light chocolate and caramel hide in the background with traces of vanilla. Alcohol is covered quite nicely.
Mouthfeel- Has a bit more body and bite than the 8 but still super silky smooth.
Drinkability- This is also a fantastic brew (like the 8) that can be enjoyed at anytime. It’s so super drinkable it almost sucks that it’s over 11%. I think between the 8 and the 10 I like the 8 slightly more. It seems to have a bit more balance and is goes down a tad easier (which is saying a lot). They are both great beers and must be tried. I can see why this bad boy is currently #7 on the best of BA.

younger35, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of baos
4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drinking as I type.

11.2 oz. into my smaller Trappist glass.

A: Four finger sandy tan head. Head retention is some of the best I've even seen. Beer is an opaque dark amber.

S: Chocolate, coffee, raisins, rum and coke. Notes of vanilla bean and molasses.

T: Alcohol upfront almost a rum like flavor. Then bitter and malty. Notes of Unsweetened chocolate, bitter vanilla, burnt caramel. Leaves you with alcohol and a bitter bite that finishes very dry.

M: Very good, very creamy and full.

D: This beer is strong. I'm half way through an eleven ounce bottle and my face is warm and I have a bit of buzz. But this is a really good beer and as it warms a few more flavors arrive. A good beer to sip on.

baos, Oct 02, 2007
Photo of sessycuban
4.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Poured into a tulip glass. I'm getting a finger of tan head. The beer is a murky brown. This is some of the finest lacing and retention I've seen.

S: The beer smells of raisin, gum, melon, and surprisingly, rum. This one is very boozy, but the other aromas come through more prominently.

T: The beer tastes of raisin, pepper, chocolate, and licorice. I'm getting a slight nutty flavor, but it's subtle. The beer is so complex that it's almost not even worth it try and separate the flavors. Just sit back and enjoy this one.

M: The beer is full bodied and very creamy. Divine!

D: This beer is fairly easy to come across for a trappist beer and is a wonderful substitute for Westvleteren 12, so I'd snatch up as many of these as you can. Very drinkable with most sit down meals.

sessycuban, Oct 01, 2007
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4.83/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have sat on this beer for about 4-5 months and I can’t wait anymore to try it. Best by date of 10 01 13.

Pours a deep brown color with a decent amount of head; lacing and retention is great.

The smell is very complex; some cinnamon, nutmeg, raisins, molasses, chocolate, fermented grapes—it smells like freshly made bread. There is a slightly strong alcoholic aroma—like rum or barrel aged beer—but it is not distracting at all, it is lovely. The aroma is so intriguing that my senses are overloaded with the broad range of smells.

The taste is as complex as the aroma, easily the best quad I have ever had. Incredibly smooth considering the alcohol content. It has a nice warm and nutty flavor that reminds me of x-mas treats and winter holidays. What can I say about this beer? It is incredible all around. I really tried to find a flaw with it but I just can’t find one. I’m going to have to buy a few more to age and drink during the holidays as it seems like the perfect beer for the upcoming cold weather. Really, really close to a perfect 5 score.

I don't know how successful I will be in ageing these.

seaoflament, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of umustdrink
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just had the 8...it was pretty good.
Now for the 10

Served in a wine glass after about 2 hours in the fridge

A - Pours a very dark mahogany brown, much darker than the 8. Head is small, a few patches in the middle with a thick ring around the edge. Lacing is minimal.

S - Again, a big doughy yeasty smell, floury and sweet with fruitiness. Fruits are sweet and dark, plums and grapes and the like. A little bit of alcohol is detected.

T/M - A very rich texture starts us out, with medium carbonation, big malty and yeasty taste. A thick sweetness comes in with some dark fruitiness and then the finish: a warming alcohol sensation with a lasting fruity sweetness.

D - A very good beer, much better than the 8 and definitely worth the 5 bucks. May benefit from a good solid aging.

I think I prefer St. Bernardus 12 though.

umustdrink, Sep 29, 2007
Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
100 out of 100 based on 7,192 ratings.