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Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,167 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 7,167
Reviews: 2,543
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 518
Gots: 1,224 | FT: 49
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Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium

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 jhu1995
4.47/5  rDev -0.9%

Pours a deep, rich brown with a tan head and not alot of lacing. Good but not great. Smell was sweet and fruity with nearly no alcohol, which I thought was impressive, given the alcohol content. Taste was malty sweet with some fruity notes. Alcohol makes a nice subtle appearance in the taste - very warming and slightly medicinal. Some spiciness contributed by the yeast. Hasn't been the fullest bodied beer I have ever tasted, but not weak in this category either. Stands up well to the alcohol. Very drinkable for the alcohol content but is definitely a beer to sip and enjoy.

jhu1995, Jun 17, 2006
Photo of mclanem
4.45/5  rDev -1.3%

Appearance: This beer is certainly a true belgain beer unfiltered, nice amount of sediment on the bottom. dark frothy head

Smell: a great smell, fermented apricots and a very fresh spiced smell.

Taste: Very spicy flavor can taste the alcohol but it fades quickly very unique.

Mouthfeel: great, great carbonation. love the feel of this beer.

Drinkablity: I like this beer would love to have them frequently but it is expensive but this doesn't effect the drinkablity rating just FYI.

mclanem, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of Drew966
4.03/5  rDev -10.6%

Trappistes Rochefort 10 pours a chocolate brown color with an off white head and chunks of yeast from a less than perfect pour from a 33cl bottle. The aroma is somewhat fruity and alcohol is noticeable. The alcohol is noticeable in the taste too, not in a bad way though. Some dark fruit flavors are present. Chocolate comes to mind too, but its not really chocolate or chocolatey tasting, just an aspect of the flavor. I'm not sure I appreciate the style as much as others do. Definitely an interesting beer and quite good to boot. I think I may have to revisit this again sometime.

Drew966, Jun 13, 2006
Photo of barleyman
4.28/5  rDev -5.1%

Poured from the brown 11.2 oz. bottle with the best by date of 08.07. Forms very little dark white head which dissipates quickly. This is a Belgian Trappist Quadruple, and as such, numbs the tongue with alcohol. Slight smell of bread, malt, clove, cinnamon and yeast. The taste includes all of the smells with the addition of piney resin and hop. The mouthfeel is very thick, but just what one would expect of the style. The drinkability is quite good considering this is not the sort of beer you will be drinking all day. Summation: The monks at Abbaye St. Remy are doing what other brewers the world over should be trying to do, hitting the mark, without overdoing it.

Just a thought,

barleyman

barleyman, Jun 11, 2006
Photo of ghostwalker
3.78/5  rDev -16.2%

Dark brown body with frothy rocky tan head. Has that authentic bottle conditioned look.

Nose is spicy, tangy, boozy. A little sharp, not unpleasant.

Flavor is sweet, spiced caramel malt with a distinct alcohol presence on the finish. Plenty of interesting flavors, but overall not as complex as the 8.

Mouthfeel is medium, with plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I prefer the 8.

ghostwalker, Jun 08, 2006
Photo of Bitterbill
4.6/5  rDev +2%

Poured from 33cl bottle(best by 08/09) a cloudy dark brown with a large head of foam that dissipated slowly leaving just a fine layer with lots of lacing.

The smell is all sweet and fruity and yeasty with strong notes of plum. A very nice nose indeed.

The taste is very sweet up front; I note molasses & fig(?) with just a touch of the plum that I noted in the smell and no yeasty flavour at all. The alcohol is not a factor in the taste but does create a bit of a warming feeling...nothing wrong with that but I know that 1 of these is all that I could handle at 1 sitting. ;^)

Bottom line: I had this brew a couple of years ago and I have to honestly say, I didn't care much for it at the time but now, after expanding my palate's horizons, so to speak, I find this brew a definite winner and certainly a world class product. I thoroughly recommend it!

Bitterbill, Jun 04, 2006
Photo of mcowgill
4.78/5  rDev +6%

A - hazy reddish brown with sediment floating all around.

S - toffee, dark fruits, toasty aroma

T - Raisins, chocolate, spice, alcohol, malts. Very complex and magnificent.

M - Great creamy mouthfeel

D - A sipping beer to be sure. One of the best Quads I have ever had.

mcowgill, Jun 04, 2006
Photo of BeerManDan
4.83/5  rDev +7.1%

I find this Ale in apperance, smell and taste the same as "Trappistes Rocefor 8", but a little softer. Even if the alcohol content is higher. That is

It has toasty fruity, toffee/carmel nose with layers of soft malt and hops. Also, a lively mouth feel that is extremely well-balanced.

BeerManDan, Jun 04, 2006
Photo of goochpunch
4.08/5  rDev -9.5%

Poured out a ruby-hued dark brown with a somewhat thin head that looks like steamed milk. With each sip, I get lacing down the glass that remind me of Rorschach ink blots. I smell some fruity esters as well as some yeasty characteristics in the forefront; with alcohol and malt further back. With the taste, the phenolics drop off a bit, but they are still well represented. I taste mostly the fruity esters, along with the dark malt, and some candy sugar. To put the flavors in a more readable way, this tastes like sweet bread, apple juice, banana milkshake, and Welch's grape soda. Flavors are incredibly soft. Mouthfeel is fantastic. Like liquid velvet. Just enough carbonation to keep it from being a syrupy mess. Perfect. This is way too drinkable, but it doesn't get a perfect mark, because my head is starting to spin. I can't believe this is 11.3%.

A really soft, and complex, version of a quadrupel. I like it.

goochpunch, Jun 03, 2006
Photo of dogfooddog
4.18/5  rDev -7.3%

Bottle dated 27.05.08 This beer is a few days over 3 years old. served 50f.

Pours 15% head in a Kasteel chalice.

Nose is powerfully sweet coriander-like syrupy dark notes.

Taste if anything is underwhelming. The aforementioned notes appear in the taste, with a malty background which becomes dominant in the aftertaste. In a way it is disappointing, the taste seems understated compared to the promising aroma.nose...Going to let this warm a bit more....it is disappointing to score this so low because I have had much better examples of it even this year, but spicy syrupy beer this was, missing something.

all said, a really unique beer, i like westveleteren products more, but it is a special drink and the complexity has improved greatly over time.

dogfooddog, May 31, 2006
Photo of Phocion
4.74/5  rDev +5.1%

Poured into a Rochefort goblet. Very dark brown, with a trace of red, almost black. Beautiful hazy light head, which leaves a beautiful understated lacing around the glass.

You can tell just from the smell that this thing's gonna be good. Very complex. Rich molasses, caramel, and fruity hops, plus a half dozen other flavors I can't quite place.

First sip - incredible. This is an incredibly complex beer. The malty flavor is the strongest; brown sugar, molasses, caramel. Nice fruity flavor to balance the taste out, particularly raisin. The alcohol is not overpowering at all, considering this thing is closer in ABV to wine than beer. This thing is incredible, and it's hard to imagine anything that tastes better than this.

Thick, creamy, full-body, yet not too heavy. This is heaven for your palate.

The ABV is the only thing keeping me from giving this a 5 as far as drinkability. This stuff is just so smooth; it drinks like something with half the amount of alcohol.

Phocion, May 30, 2006
Photo of weeare138
4.88/5  rDev +8.2%

A 3-4 year old bottle...
Appears a hazy dark caramel brown with a small light tan head that fades into a mild, dissipating cap and collar. Little bits of yeast are in the bottom of the glass with tiny bubbles slowly rising to the top of the beer.
Smell is of dusty caramel, brown sugar, raisins, molasses, cocoa, bananas, with dark fruits, and berries.
Taste is of the same aromas in a fine, fine mix that is like an outstanding milk shake with well blended sweetness and rum.
Mouthfeel is rum filled with a banana & cocoa shake mixed with a dash of caramel, raisins, and brown sugar that is evenly balanced with a touch of alcohol....reminds me of a drink I got on my honeymoon that was a banana mashed in a blender with rum and cocoa syrup. These beautiful flavors coat the tongue and palate with a pleasing dessert like enjoyablilty that makes you forget that there is over 11% abv.
A sipper for the most part but it doesn't get much better than that. This is a world class beer.

weeare138, May 27, 2006
Photo of roblowther
5/5  rDev +10.9%

Pours into the glass with a thick, rocky head. Extremely small bubbles & gorgeous lacing. Almost black in color with a tan head that settles into bands of varying thickness & color. Smell is rasins, licorice, and dark chocolate. The taste is as divine as the origin of this Trappist. Truly exceptional. Sharp at first, makes the tongue tingle. The spices fade and the sweet, almost plum-like flavor takes over. Then that fades and a crisper aftertaste with noticable alcohol. Finally, if you wait, a resurgance of the spice with a hint of nutmeg?

Out and out one of the VERY best beers I've ever tasted. I hesitate to rate anything all 5's but I just can't come up with anything to argue about.

roblowther, May 20, 2006
Photo of Mitchel
4.58/5  rDev +1.6%

Trappistes Rochefort 10 pours a very dark brown with just hints of ruby. The head is thick, foamy and holds for an extremely long time. The lacing is great and leaves beautiful rings on the glass. It smells like dark sugars and lightly phenoly smell. Almost a hint of chocolate. Perhaps just a faint hint of cookie dough.

The taste is….oh my god! Great!It is very warming and peppery. There is a nice fruitiness to it which is similar to raisins and plum. The yeast is very light and the malt is fantastic. The carbonation is high, but it just doesn’t seem to matter. This is incredibly smooth on the palate.

This is a fantastic beer, no way of getting around it. It has many superior qualities which are executed in an excellent manner. Check this beer out. It is most certainly worth the money.

Mitchel, May 20, 2006
Photo of mcallister
3.93/5  rDev -12.9%

What an odd looking brew. A murky brown concoction very opaque and dirty looking. A heavily carbonated tan head of a good half inch with thick sticky lacing.

Spicey nose with a big thick malt aroma, fig, mollasses, brown sugar, caramel, brown sugar, some earth and other dark fruits.

Complexity is the first thing that comes to mind with this beer. Agressive thick chewy malts, with enough hop character to balance. Big fig, brown sugar, maple, other baking spices, cinnamon, good amount of alcohol burn in the chest.

Nice smooth thick creamy mouthfeel. With a good 30 second finish. A very good beer. Drinkability suffers a little because of the burn in the chest in throat.

mcallister, May 19, 2006
Photo of Matthew
4.33/5  rDev -4%

Pours a dark brown type color with red around the edges. Small head, tannish with slight covering. Very little yeast setiment.
Very sweet aromas, big raison smell, light chocolate, brown sugar, sort of smells like raisonettes. No signs of alcohol in the nose.
Big warming alcohol character mixed with tart sweetness, raisons, light brown sugar, and some licorice. Very smooth, very rich and creamy, flavors compliment one another very well. Flavors are niceley in balance of each other. Alcohol is very perceivable but not exactly abbrassive.
Nice creamy big mouthfeel, minimal to medium carbonation.
A great brew to sip and savour, its so damn tastey you can certainly have 2.

Matthew, May 19, 2006
Photo of CharlesRiver
4.65/5  rDev +3.1%

33cl brown bottle with standard Rochefort lable. This is the last beer in my Rochefort 3 pack. Dark brown in color with a big, off white head that lasts. Smell is big and bold. Cocoa and raisins as well as something sour that hits the back of my nose. As you hold it up to the light, you notice the effervesance.

Taste is similar to the smell only bigger and bolder. Chocolate and dates in the beginning give way to something dusty and earthy. Aftertaste is a lot of alcohol, much more than I expected. Chalky and dry in parts as well. Takes a few sips to get used to it but it does mellow out. This is a sipper and should be treated with respect.

CharlesRiver, May 18, 2006
Photo of Beauregard
4.4/5  rDev -2.4%

Last night I opened a brand new bottle of Rochefort 10 along with one that was about 3 years old (based on the best-by date and older label style). I've always been a big fan of this beer, and the style, and I wasn't disappointed by either of the samples. They were both complex and sweet, with a slightly fruity alcohol taste, excellent body and mouthfeel. Aroma and flavor abound with hints of prune, date, and wonderful Belgian yeast esters. As much as I enjoyed the new bottle, aging for 3 years brought the beer close to perfection. The 10's alcohol bite isn't bad for a strong beer, but the older bottle was far smoother, balancing things out better and allowing the more complex flavors to be tasted. Either way, I'd drink this beer anytime, and perhaps every time, given the chance.

Beauregard, May 17, 2006
Photo of Absumaster
3.95/5  rDev -12.4%

I bought this beer after raving reviews and now there is chalice in front of me with a nice dark red/brown beer and a small head.
The smell was wonderfull, very mild with mocha and chocolate, slight burned malts, and very little alcohol.
Taste was completely different, lots of alcohol, maltbitter, raisins and very unsubtle with a thin body and a boozy feeling in my throat. This burns a hole in my body! Aftertaste is dry and maltbitter, and I feel that this is the Rochefort 8 with an extra amount of sugar added. I am having an internal conflict about this beer, on the one hand it is very unsubtle and everything revolves around the strong alcoholic character of this beer, which leaves every other taste to be in second place.
On the other hand, it is a nicely created beer, in which you can taste the authenticity of the beer and the love for the end product.
I think I will lean more towards the first impression, but it is still a great beer.

Absumaster, May 13, 2006
Photo of KyleVick4
4.35/5  rDev -3.5%

330 mL bottle

A: Pours with tremendous head that over flows into a beautiful cone shape. leaves wonderful lacing down the sides. Cloudy molasses color with sediment on the bottom.

S: Brown sugar, dark bread very yeastie. Can distinguish a bacteria like ester from the yeast. Smells like molasses. Not superb but very good aromatics.

T: This is one hell of a beer. A spicy maltiness that is unsurpasses by any other belgian I have ever had. Hints of chocolate are hidden behind a strong liquorice base. Brown sugar and molasses are evident. Awesome.

M: This is the best body I have ever had. It is silky smooth and creamy but not overkill. It is full bodied and not heavy, but close. The carbonation perfectly matches the body. I cannot say enough good about the mouthfeel.

D: I am constantly returning the glass to my lips. A slow drinking beer, but no hint of the 11% abv.

KyleVick4, May 12, 2006
Photo of haz77
4.78/5  rDev +6%

A - Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a tight tan head which sits a finger thick through most of the drink.

S - Sweet, syrupy, fruits, mild phenols, alcohol, bit of chocolate.

T - Big, sweet and slightly spicy malt up front. Some fruit and phenols in the background. Liquorice and alcohol warmth come through and remain in the after taste. Alcohol is well masked given the strength of this beer. There's a lot going on here.

M - Silky smooth and full-bodied with low carbonation. Sublime.

D - Certainly drinkable given the ABV, although I probably wouldn't have more than a couple of these.

Edit: 30 May 08

Revisted many times since my initial write-up, so time for a re-review and revised score.

A - Pours a very dark reddish-brown with almost no light coming through. An initial couple of inches of frothy tan head drop to a finger thick cap. Head is very active and easily refreshed.

S - Chocolate, date, fig, cherry, molasses, cinnamon, very mild clove, leather. Definitely more in there, but can't quite distinguish it.

T - Initial flavour of slightly burnt sugar before the dates/figs arrive, and then the cherries. The spices noted in the nose then appear along with a little liquorice. Finishes with dark chocolate and a lightly drying aftertaste. Some pleasant light alcohol warmth in the aftertaste, but not even close to what would be expected from the ABV - very well masked throughout.

M - Phenomenal. Very smooth and silky. Full bodied and softly carbonated - a highlight of an already great beer.

D - Just an outstanding beer which I'll drink time and again. Drinkability? Given the 11.3% ABV it's far too easy to sip.

haz77, May 07, 2006
Photo of DaveFL1976
4.63/5  rDev +2.7%

I bought this beer as a present to myself for completing my final final exam of my MBA. Unfortunately I don’t have a big Belgian-style glass to pour it into, so I’ll drink it out of the bottle. Just kidding! It’s going into a wide-mouthed red wine glass. That should work.

This beer pours with a solid three-finger’s worth of big, chunky tan foam that sits atop a mahogany-brown beer. It’s darker than I expected, and only the smallest bits of light come through the sides of the glass.

The smell is mostly sweet. Maybe brown sugar or some rum-like sweetness. The alcohol smell is not as pronounced as I would have expected for an 11.3% brew.

The first impression of the taste is a little creamier mouthfeel than I anticipated. Wow, that’s well balanced. Maybe some raisins or plums in the taste. Also perhaps a little coffee or cocoa? It’s dry, and silky smooth, and easy going down. This is 11.3? This hides it so much better than, say, a Delirium Tremens, and does so without the medicinal taste. This is much smoother than I expected. Quite complex. Different (and fantastic) flavours linger in your mouth after swallowing. A fine beer, and my first ‘5’ on the taste. Drinkability is good, and you'll want another sip. Again, it lacks that harsh medicinal taste that's common in a lot of strong Belgiums.

A=4.5, S=4, T=5, M=4.5, D=4.5

DaveFL1976, May 07, 2006
Photo of Boolshot
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%

Pored a deep black. Thick creamy head, with thick layer of foam. Chewy chocolate and spice at the first sip. I let every mouthful linger as long as possible, it was a real treat. So many flavors and an awesome texture, but without the expected alcohol aftermath.

Boolshot, May 07, 2006
Photo of wl0307
4.53/5  rDev +0.4%

BB 30/11/2010, served cool in a large Burgundy bulb wine glass.

A: pours a dark brown colour with ruby glows, the off-white beer head comes thick but dissipates quite fast to a thin cap, leaving uneven sheets of tight lacing; lively carbonation.
S: bouquet-perfumy and syrupy fruitiness dominates the nose--suggestions of sweet black cherries, cranberry-jam, dark candy sugar, treacles+caramel, creamy dark malts, thick fruit esters, hints of licorice+coconut-flakes+faintly cinnamon, with touches of alc. lingering in the background... all elements of aroma are rolled in one, within a syrupy and perfumy coating--very intense and focused, albeit a touch too sweet for me.
T: a flow of dark candy-sugary and dark maltiness upfront, quickly radiating lots of sweet preserved dark-fruits, fig-jam and dried dates to all corners on the palate; soft bready malts linger at the back, mixed well with a light tinge of peppery spiciness, profound fruit esters, and more treacle-ish sweetness to result in a vibrant, bitter-sweet, long aftertaste; a slightly sticky aftertaste, like fortified wine, is left in the very end, but the alc. touch hides just brilliantly.
M&D: a heavy-weight beer with 4 more years to go before its self-imposed BB date, its mouthfeel is simply sublime--mellow yet softly-carbonated to provide reasonably refreshing mouthfeel, full-flavoured with but a quiet presence of soothing alc., vertically-structured and approachable... All in all, this is a beautifully-crafted beer with great drinkability, by which I mean it deserves careful appreciation once in a short while, not having more than one bottle at a time. There's so much more to explore in this beer, I'm sure, once my experience of beers is further broadened...

wl0307, May 05, 2006
Photo of cheers2beers
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Appearance: Pours a dark brown almost black liquid. The creamy tan head stacked up quite nicely and maintained about a quarter of an inch. Nice amount of laceing can be found and if you look hard through this beer you can find a few columns of beading.

Smell: The aromas are awesome!! A sweet bready character, cinnamon, licorice, some yeasty notes, and a potent alcohol. Fruits are restrained in the aroma. Can detect some berry hints such as cherries and cranberries.

Taste: The flavors, like the nose, are just simply amazing. Layered malts galore. Starts sweet then comes this wonderful doughy,bready flavor. Think it like bread fresh out of the oven. Im getting some nuttiness out this as well. Dark fruits are restrained but are there along with an almost acidic alcohol potentency. Complex at the very least.

Mouthfeel: Slick and oily substance with a heavy carbonation with a medium body. Almost spritzy but not quite. Alcohol again in the finish.

Drinkability: This was a most exeptional quaff. A MUST try. A complex beer to get your mind wondering and at the same time a beer to just take the edge off in 60 secs or less.


Cheers2Beers

cheers2beers, May 04, 2006
Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
100 out of 100 based on 7,167 ratings.