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Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Ratings: 7,768
Reviews: 2,611
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.76%
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Gots: 1,555 | FT: 52
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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 eduardolinhalis
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle served in its own chalice.

A: Pours a dark brown color forming a small, creamy, thin bubbled, and beige head. Lots of small chunks can be seen floating inside, in the bottom of the glass. Retention is medium and only few lacings are formed and left in the glass. A thin layer remains for very long on the top

S: Complex. Sweet, grainy, spicy and fruity. Strong notes of dark fruits, mainly figs, raisins and plums. It reminded me a port wine. Strong notes of toffee, caramel malts, candy sugar and Belgium bready yeasts. Strong notes of cereal in the end. Brown bread. A bit of alcohol can be felt in the very end

T: Complex as the smell. Sweet and very malty upfront. Strong notes of dark fruits, toffee, caramel malts, candy sugar, Belgian yeasts, brown bread and spices. Mild hops bitterness profile

M: Full, creamy, heavy and molasses body. Medium carbonation for a 11% ABV beer. Very fruity and malty aftertaste

O: Excellent drinkability. The definition of perfect beer for me

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

A: Pours a deep mahogany color with a massive beige colored creamy head. Retention is great, and a persistent cap of smooth looking cream remains atop. Lacing on the glass isn't as impressive, but it's still a great looking brew.

S: Aroma is lush and excellent. Fig and raisin, healthy dose of spices, bubblegum, hint of apple, and a rum-like alcohol presence. This is a fantastic aroma. It's not as sweet and vibrant as some others, but it's darkness and complexity are impressive nonetheless.

T&M: A burst of fruitiness, sweet candi sugar, caramel, and toffee start things out. Hops come in midway to bitter things out nicely, and then the finish shows off a delicate cocoa-like malt flavor replete with white pepper and clove spice flavors. This is a complex and wonderful beer. Body is full and creamy, with a subtle carbonation. Great mouthfeel.

D: A top-notch quad. It's massively flavorful and complex. Definitely a contemplative brew one should savor. Despite all that, it's still relatively easy to drink for a quad, as the carbonation level is ideal and the alcohol doesn't interfere with the flavor.

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

330ml bottle poured into Chimay glassware.

A- Dark brown color with a dense, huge head that dissapated after a good amount of time. Very thick head that left me with a nice white moustache. Very very nice to see.

S- I could smell this for days. Seems to change every second as it warms up. Loads of fig/dates, bready yeast, baking spices rounding it all out. The smells are great and you start to appreciate all the work that went into a beer like this, starting with the Belgian spring water and Belgian yeast which are unlike any other.

T- The Belgian yeast comes through right away and is absolutely delicious almost like a soda bread. Figs/dates, raisins, cherries/plums, fruitcake, candied fruits basically with like a oaky sweetness. Finishes with a nice baking spice taste, nutmeg/cinnamon.

M- High carbonation as I drank this right after purchase, however after 1-2 years cellaring I think this will be a almost perfect beer. Right now has tannins and high carbonation=less mouthfeel.

D- Definate sipper, you want to enjoy this beer as it warms/opens up. As it opens you notice that the flavors and smells become much more intense. The high carbonation hinders this beer but after cellaring I'm positive this will be an awesome beer.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.21/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. 11.3% ABV, 311213 08:24 (date?). Part two of the Birthday Beer Extravaganza!

A - Dark brown on the pour and virtually opaque black in the glass, it's crowning achievement is the monstrous, dense, cream-colored, three-finger head. Great retention but eventual descent lead to dense lacing all over the glass.

S - The nose smells primarily of gummy bears. No joke. Its muted at first but getting stronger. Now there is a musty funk to it. Lots of bready malts and a bit of yeast with a big nose of dark fruit esters. Its also exhibiting that "walk-in freezer" smell of cold metal on the end. It has some fantastic qualities to it but that mustiness and metallic funk sure bring it down.

T - A bread-like malty backbone with a dark candi sugar sweetness shows up first followed closely by a slightly woody booze flavor that is a bit fusel-like. Tons of fruit esters in this beer though. Dark cherries and blackberries with raisin and plum too. The complexities are almost overwhelming. The mind doesn't know what to explore first. A very slight bit of yeast is in the taste too. It ends in and interesting manner with a low but noticeable hop flavor. A spicy finish lingers on the tongue.

M - Almost full-bodied, this beer fools you slightly with it's carbonation. A little higher than expected, it gives it a sparkling feel. But rich and sweet however, it also finishes a bit dry and spicy. The feel mirrors the flavor in complexity. Also very smooth despite the sparkling feel. A great feeling brew!

D - The smell is constantly a bit off-putting through the beer and in regards to the flavor, I will say, "complexity does not a good beer make". With that said, I also think it's very well brewed but the flavors seem to clash just a bit to me. In the beginning they didn't fit at all but they grew on me throughout the rest of the beer. Still though, I've had more enjoyable quads but this one certainly is a beer to behold. Very, very good overall.

Photo of sweemzander
4.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz. bottle poured into a tulip. No recognized bottled date.

(A)- Pours a cloudy brown/mahogany color with red & purple highlights. Produced a gigantic & thick organic looking eggshell colored fluffy head that is sticking to every inch of the inside of the glass as it slowly dissipated.

(S)- Yeasty bread & biscuits with crisp banana, lemon, and assorted ripe dark fruits of plum & grape. There might even be a hint of clove or allspice coming through in the yeast. Simply gorgeous fruits on this smell.

(T)- Delectable plum & grape fruits with banana finishing the deal. Delicious biscuity flavors that morph into a light yeasty clay. Just wonderful complexity and layered goodness. Seamless flavors that make your tastebuds orgasm. Simply mouthwatering.

(M)- Great carbonation level that just barely fizzes on the tongue. An earth-shattering balance; so silky smooth feel. Definitely a multi-dimensional beer that my review (particularly in the taste category) does not even come close to giving it justice. This actually has a rather thick mouthfeel to it, but is so crisp, fruity, and seamlessly layered in those flavors and smoothness that it is barely noticed by myself. Where is the 11.3% abv? Expertly integrated alcohol. Crisp & refreshing.

(D)- A fantastic quad that defines the style. For me, it is the finest belgian I have ever had to date. Gorgeous fruits, body, feel, and balance. Definitely one of the most complex beers as well. The only thing holding me back from giving this perfect 5's is that after one of these kinda makes you feel full, not to mention the alcohol sneaks up on you too. Simply delicious stuff though.

Photo of abar22
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 11-22-09 notes.
Tasted in a Dogfish Head Signature Glass.
Rochefort 10 poured a dark brown that was lighter and muddy when held to the light. A one finger off-white head was the result of slow decanting. You can make a beast of a head if you so choose on this or damn near any belgian. The head left no lacing and settled into a thin, island cap.
In the nose the standout was dark grapes. Raisins were there as well along with a hint of alcohol and the ever present belgian yeast.
The initial sensation from the first sip comes by way of excellent carbonation. It assaults the palate and weakens its defences for what's to come. After that intial shock there is a familiar spicy, peppery note that gives way to a raisiny body. The finish brings the dark fruits from the nose back into play and also brings back some more peppery goodness. That along with the dry finish leaves the palate in awe of what it has experienced. Alcohol peaks its head in, in the finish, and continues to warm afterwards. There is depth here that I'm not equipped enough to hit on yet but it's enough for me to give this a perfect score on taste. Until I get my hands on Westy this is the standard by which all Quads will be judged.
Medium bodied, strongly carbonated, palate wrecking. Beautiful.
This is as drinkable as I would imagine an 11%+ beer to get. I could get in trouble quick with this one if my wallet would allow it. A beautiful beer that sets the tone for all Quads to measure up to.

Photo of slayer3604
4.69/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Coca-cola brown with orange on the outskirts of the rim, with a one finger head that settles to pretty much nothing except a patch in the middle of the glass.

S-Swaths of spice, raisin, rum, plum, all kinds of dark fruit, some nice effervescence as well!

T-Strong dark fruit and spice on this one, with a subtle caramel note! WOW!

M-Frothy, rocky, crisp, but finishes with a little malt cloy.

D-Pretty hot. If you had a year or two to sit this thing down it would have gotten a higher scorebut overall, great beer.

Photo of Vengeance526
4.32/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown color with a light foamy brown head that only lasts for a little while before slowly subsiding and leaving light lacing.

Spicy aroma upfront with hints of cinnamon and brown sugar along with black cherry and raisin at the end.

Taste strongly mirrors the smell but still doesn't seem quite as prominent. An initial hit of cinnamon and nutmeg is complimented by the dark fruit tone of sour cherries, raisins and plums Some brown sugar is present throughout, Belgian yeast and more spices come out in the finsh along with just a hint of alcohol.

Medium bodied and only lightly carbonated. The only low point for me was that the taste seemed just a little underwhelming, but that was only because the aroma was simply amazing...I obviously raised my expectations a little too high after that so I can't really complain. A great sipper for sure and I'll be interested to try this one with a little age on it.

Photo of thegodfather2701
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Dark brown with a nice thick billow white head that all but dissipates rather quickly. It leaves minimal cascading on the glass.

S-Nose is dominated by alcohol, then dark fruits and brown sugar. It smells very sweet with the faintest touch of spice.

T-Very sweet with dark fruits, brown sugar, and very boozy. The alcohol warms the throat and even my chest as it goes down, making this beer feel warm and inviting.

M-Thick, rich, and creamy.

D-Very drinkable even given the high abv. This is definitely a sipper.

Overall, honestly I am disappointed. I read a thread recently that talked about how great this beer was. I then checked its spot on the top 100 and it was in the low 20s I believe. I would say it belongs at about that spot. To me this beer lacks complexity and depth compared to St. Bernardus Abt 12. However, this is a must try for all lovers of the style.

Photo of muttyd
4.73/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown with a rocky/foamy tan head. Lots of floaters. Aroma is of yeast, molasses, brown sugar, dark fruits.

Flavor follows the aroma, but the dark fruits/brown sugar flavors take over. Very rich, thick and sticky. Alcohol is warming, but not overbearing.

One of my favorite beers of all time.

Photo of seand
4.32/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark opaque brown, near black, with a fairly thick foamy tan head. A reasonable layer retains pretty well and leaves pretty good lacing.

S: Yeasty, earthy spices, with a thick sweet malt background.

T: Complex but subtle. Starts sweet and yeasty, similar to the nose, but finishes dry with some chewy bitterness. The alcohol has a presence but I would not have guessed that the ABV is as high as it is.

M: Medium carbonation, smooth with small bubbles. Full bodied, long lasting finish.

D: There are no overpowering flavors, which lets this beer drink pretty easily. It should, however, be savored, both to experience the flavors and due to the ABV.

Photo of dpnelson1978
4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

$5.99 / ea.


S: Sweet red fruit and raisins. Not even a hint of -OH. This is my personal version of heaven.

A: Enormous tan head. Amazing @ 11.3% abv. Phenomenal retention that leaves beautiful rings of lace and a creamy cover over an opaque dark brown body.

T: Well balanced despite slight booze. Fruit and raisins are again at the core. The booze can be a distraction without food.

M: Medium body with low carbonation. A bit hot turning to cool as it seems to evaporate off the tongue.

D: Not a session beer, but a wonderful choice for steak and mushrooms. Demands to be savored and shared.

O: Great beer that gets better as it approaches room temperature. I would have given it a better score if the -OH was more hidden. The 11.3% abv. makes this completely understandable.

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.67/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice.

A- Loud fizzy carbonation doesn't really collect into a head at all. The bubbles are a deep tan, the beer is a murky, muddy red/brown almost purple. Lots of floaty yeasts (I think it got mixed up on the car ride home) no light is passing through this one, its about as clear as gravy.

S- Strong smell. I can smell it just sitting on the desk beside me. Its fruity like cherry and plum.

T- Sweetness of cherries and plums are in the taste too. Its well balanced though. There is some earthiness from the yeasts under everything. There is also a significant punch of alcohol. This is pretty complex and delicious.

M- Fairly thick, smooth with prickly carbonation. I feel like there is a bit too much carbonation. It finishes dry and hot.

D- This is a great sipper. Its really warming and full.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-deep dark brown, close to black, that lets just a hint of light through, big bubbly white head that lingers for a while leaving a tiny bit of lace

S-sweet ripe fruit, plums are present with nice black cherry and light spicey pepper at the end

T-not what i expected, very good even though I have never been a belgian fan. the dark black cherry taste mixed with plum makes it very good to taste. there is definitely some belgian yeast in there (althought very light) it has some spice towards the end with some black pepper hints.

M-so smooth and thick, hint of carbonation with a little warming from the alcohol

D-very tasty, makes me want to sip and i do, slowly (normally i'm a fast drinker). thick full bodied beer with a nice warming effect and great flavor

Photo of mfkr
4.97/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Really dark brown color, almost black. Small head that leaves little lacing.

S - Raisins, nuts, cherry, fruity, vanilla, alcohol, yeast.

T - The same as the smell, well balanced.

M - A really smooth feeling, pretty thick liquid and not that much of carbonation, slight alcohol burn.

D - A really great experience that makes you want to drink more and more of it.

Photo of SFLpunk
4.26/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Abriggs1 for picking this up in Simsbury, CT!

11.2oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Label stamped 01103 07:54.

Appearance: Deep brown with some thin red notes in the core. Head is fluffy like a cappuccino head and tan to match.

Nose: Medium-roast coffee with fresh cream, sour cherry, varnished hard wood, and sticky turkish-like sweets aromas.

Palate: Sharp up front on the tip of the tongue rounding out to roasted malts, dark sour cherries, tree bark, and some subtle wooly qualities out on the finish. Finish is long and focused on that cherry note.

Notes: A seriously tasty quad. Didn't expect the cherry flavors, but they are appreciated (yes, I know there's none added).

Photo of ltjska04
4.37/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into my snifter, this beer has a nice big, creamy head. It is a murky brown and when held to the light the edges reveal some particles, but of what I'm not sure. There is a lasting ring around the glass and some nice lacing. The smell is great- rich and chocolately with some dark fruit; kind of like a deeper, richer doppelbock. This is one of the best-smelling beers I've ever had. The taste is also chocolate with a slight bit of alcohol in the background. Although it doesn't burn for the amount of alcohol in the beer, I can feel it warming my stomach. Nice. As it warms I get a hint of skunk flavor. I'm not sure how long this has been on the shelf but it could be a bit light-struck. Mouthfeel is smooth on the tongue but carbonation is a little harsh as it goes down my throat. Drinkability would be pretty good on this except for the price and amount of alcohol. I would look forward to having this again.

Photo of dondeez21
4.3/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a Weyerbacher Tulip glass. This is the first Quad I have ever tried and am very impressed.
A: Deep reddish/brown with a very thin head with steady carbonation.
S: Sweet malt, candy dried fruits
T: Sweet Malt, raisons, dates, Figs almost candylike. I cant taste any alcohol at all. This could be dangerous.
M: Medium mouthfeel. Not exactly light but not heavy either. This falls perfectly in the middle
D: WWWAAAAYYYY to easy to drink. This beer is delicious. There is no taste of alcohol. No heat from alcohol. If I didnt know better I could easily get myself into trouble with this beer, it goes down very easy.

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

A- Poured from the bottle with a thin tan head, which quickly dissolved to a haze layer and some nice edge lacing. The body was a muddy dark brown color, heavily sedimented, with no visible carbonation.

S- The nose is surprisingly simple with very strong aromas of bread and yeast. Further inspection reveals much more subtle aromas of molasses and metal.

T- Wonderfully bold bready and yeasty flavors combine with some booziness, plus lesser molasses and metallic notes... and just a *HINT* of candy sugar. Finishes sweet and hot (alcohol), in a WONDERFUL way!

M- Nice firm body is wonderfully textured with yeast sediment and unattenuated sugar. The carbonation is effervescent, yet gentle.

D- This crowning jewel of the Trappist beers is surprisingly drinkable, despite the high ABV. Just lovely!

Photo of OlRasputin989
4.32/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice...

A: Dark brown murky brew with a fluffy white head. Alot of yeast floating in there. soon dissipates but leaves behind a blanket of bubbles. near the end of the drink the bubbles get a brown color to them.

S: Plums and cherry, chocolate cake

T: rich, belgian candy sugar, black cherry, plum and cocoa up front. finishes with dark fruits, spices and woody flavors.

M: a full bodied brew with a good amount of carbonation. entry is smooth and finishes dry. gives tongue a tingling sensation, likely from the high alcohol content

Overall, this is a complex and intriguing brew with rich aromas and flavors. Alot smoother than expected with the high ABV.

Photo of biophiliadude
4.44/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to pint glass

A: Dark brown, 2 inch head, lots of bubbles.

S: Fruits. As it warmed up = malt, biscuits, alcohol.

T: Malts and caramel mix well with alcohol tongue zing. Reminiscent of some heavy Scottish Ales I've had. (home brews - sorry!)

M: alcohol leaves itself on the tongue but the delicious malts smooth the palate over creating a refreshing and crisp drinking experience.

D: I could probably drink a six pack of these on a cold winter night out on the deck with the dogs, or by the fire, and be the happiest person in the world. A very well made beer.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.88/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I bought this as a reward for finishing a 4 hour training run and am drinking it as a reward for finishing my first 50 miler. I expect this beer to come out of the bottle tap dancing and singing ragtime baby.

Dark mahogany with ruby highlights--very Ron Burgundy. Large tan head and great retention for such an alcoholic beer.

Candi sugar, woody, herbal, cellar must mix with brownie batter and toffee. Alcoholic prickliness.

Dark candi sugar slides into a robust, warming caramel and chocolate cake finish. Subtle boozy kiss. Less fruity and more dessert like than many quads of my fancy.

Photo of darklordlager
4.21/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy medium brown with some yeasties floating about. Head reduces to nothing within a few seconds...

Smells of molasses, dark fruit, and vanilla. Alcohol is evident in there as well.

Taste is baking fruit bread, coffee cake. A little bit of dark fruit emerges as it warms, and the alcohol makes its presence known.

Mouthfeel is lighter than expected. Pleasant and not overpowering.

Much less dark fruit and body than both the Cuvee Van De Kaiser and St. Bernardus 12. Interesting vanilla notes.

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

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A. It was pretty dark. Almost like a Pepsi or something. A fluffy one inch head that shrunk into a small ring that stayed for the whole show.

S. Raisins. I smelled raisins. It smelled of malty sweetness. Like Christmas spices; cloves, ect.

T. Tasted like molasses or maybe brown sugar. And those darn raisins. Also tasted like alcohol. Also had hints of other dried fruits. Very tasty beer.

M. It was less carbonated than Westy 12 but still had a good amount. The alcohol is very warming, like brandy. The malt taste stays with you for a long time. Almost a syrup like aftertaste.

D. For how strong it is and how blatantly the alcohol presents itself, it is very drinkable. I finished one in about ten minutes and could easily have had a couple more. Excellent beer. Maybe the best quad that I have tried, which isn't very many.

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

Poured into a goblet.

A - Pours a nice dark brown color with a nice off white head that is very dense and recedes to a nice thin film with some lacing.

S - Raisins and brown sugar, nice alcoholic esters, some midl spices as well. Mild chocolate.

T & M - Nice alcoholic sweetness and warmness that develops as the bready and yeasty character coats every square inch of your mouth. Hints of raisins, chocolate as well. Whole wheat and sourdough bread tastes with nice brown sugar character. Some hop dryness at the end.

D - Not high. Have only one and sip it. allow it to warm.

Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
100 out of 100 based on 7,768 ratings.