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Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Ratings: 7,763
Reviews: 2,610
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.76%
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Gots: 1,548 | FT: 52
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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 PerzentRizen
4/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Let me first say that I like this beer but I must admit that it is and will remain in the shaddow of St. Bernardus Apt 12. This beer has a wonderful mouthfeel and presentation but in the end it is both overly sweet and overly alcoholic for my preference.

Poured into a Brasserie de Abbaye des Rocs glass at around 45 degrees this beer has a beautiful brown to purple color and a lovely head that refuces nicely to a nucleated lacing reminiscient of so many great Belgian ales.

The aromas upfront include but are not limited to wood(unfinished cedar it seems), Spanish Rioja wine, acid (almost like vinegar), and dried apricots. As the beer warms and the first taste is taken more aromas take over leaving the first impressions behind. There is a deep malty grain almost breadlike smell and an aroma that reminds me of fresh fig preserves.

The first taste is extremely sweet and acidic with touches of pepper, and an almost mushroomlike heartiness that cannot be ignored. The dried fruit picks up and the finish is of sweet toasted grain, alcohol, and spicy peppercorns.

The mouthfeel is extremely creamy and amazingly robust. Is this a quad or an IRS you might find yourself wondering. The creaminess passes quickly and you are ready for the next sip - and believe me it should be a sip.

At 11.3% abv and 6-8 bucks for an 11.2 ounce bottle I think we can agree that this beer is not exactly the ideal session beer. Keeping that in mind I think Rochefort did a great job when they came up with this beer (ages ago). For me this beer is a sipper and not one I will necessarily seek out again.

I have one more bottle in the cellar and I think that will sit for ten years plus just to mellow out the alcohol and give the sugars a chance to degrade a bit. My goodness it's like eating pure sugar cane!

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

Poured this beer from the oh so slim Trappist bottle into a Chimay goblet. Let this guy sit in the fridge for about 35 minutes or so before I poured it. Ya'll got yeast in dat bottle?

A: A nice dark opaque dark Belgian brunette. Very thin 1 cm head, not a very aggressive pour. Pleasing, the darker the beer the sweeter the...uhhh I don't know.

S: It's malty and for some reason I always envision raisins and plums with a quad, not too far off. Slight alcohol presence in the nostrils. Also sweet.

T: Oh how sweet it is to meet you? Upfront sweetness, dark and fruity, I can feel my tongue becoming a sponge to the all this alcohol. Mid swallow it's still dark/sweet, more malt and the yeast is apparent. There is a sweet cocoa, and alcohol. This beer has a mild hop/spice that doesn't stay it's welcome, very short-lived.

M: Mouthful is about right, moderate carbonation, medium bodied, though you can't really the carbonation, but it's evident as there is always a good 1 cm cap on the top of the beer.

D: Very good tasting beer, still have the 6/8 sitting in the basement, but chose the goliath of these trappist beers. High ABV would keep me from drinking too many. Great sippin Belgian, way to go monks.

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

I'm comparing this to Columbus by Brouwerij 't IJ as they seem to be similar in flavor, and display.

I'm really getting the acohol through the drink and at first this was a little dissapointing, but then when I think about it, this is 11.3%. With that in mind this is exceptional.

I'm getting lots of wood, vanilla, bourbon. Lots of warmth in the aftertaste. This is a sipper. This is something that can be used to keep warm in these cold Minnesota winters.

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

Beautiful light tan head sits atop black liquid with some reddish tones in the light. Some of the tightest lacing I've ever seen.

Sweet, wonderfully complex aroma of apricot, alcohol, and who knows what else. More intensity would warrant a 5.

Powerful on the palate. Roasty, fruity (apricot, cherry), chocolatey, rummy, raisiny, and oh so much more. Mild banana esters balanced by rich (but not medicinal) phenolics. Bracing bitterness in the finish.

Alchol is present in a very positive way; this beer wouldn't be the same without it.

Warming, dry and special. Delicious.

Highly carbonated. Really opens up on the palate. Incredibly drinkable for the abv and intensity.

This is one awesome beer, and well worth the $6 price tag. I want more. Every bit as good as the uber-hyped Westvleteren, but very different.

Photo of SykDoc
4.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. It starts with a several inch head that reduces moderately quickly to a nice lacing. It pours a deep brown and is opaque in the middle and brown at the edges when held to the light. Some sediment was present at the bottom and very dark.

The aroma includes a nice mixture of alcohol and apples and fruit, as well as a pleasant malty sweetness, like brown sugar.

The taste is what really struck me the best. It is a unique combination of sweet malts and pear, which is quite good. There is another flavor which to the best of my ability seems like brown sugar. The hops are quite disguised but present.

The mouthfeel is also very good. It is medium body with a very good level of carbonation, which accents the flavor. It does leave a dry sensation on your tongue and a mildly spice taste on the soft palate.

Overall, I am very impressed by this beer. I am not a huge belgian ale fan, but this is very good. I will definitely have this again and likely turn a few of my friends onto it. A very interesting beer.

Photo of BZero007
4.88/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance was a bronze brown with hints of red int he mix.The head leaves the beer at a slightly quick pace and leaves a dreamy lace on the glass.

Smell reminds me of someone baking with brown sugar in the Kitchen during the holidays. Also with hints of fruit lingering the background of the aroma.

Taste Reminds me of a Holiday drink with caramelized brown sugar and fruits lingering in the background. The flavor of the beer comes threw in a big way, subtle but very remembered.

Mouth feel - Full body beer for sure with a good amount of carbonation that ensues your mouth to dance.

This beer hides it's alcohol level masterfully and is something that my friends and I are able to continue drinking and relaxing with on a long night.

Photo of turamarth
4.15/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured my newer smokestack glass.

Appearance: Dark cloudy brown, poured an off white head the went away quickly, to a film of bubbles.

Nose: A wine-like booziness is present in the nose. Spice, leather, dark red grapes, yeast, cherries, very yummy nose.

Taste: Taste is pretty similar to the nose. A winey booze is there, along with a red wine fruitness. Almost reminds me of a Shiraz that has some nice chocolate covered cherry flavors. There is some toasty biscuity yeast flavors. Fruity malts and esters. A little spice. Alcohol is very present in the taste, if you have a sore in your mouth, (like me I bit my tongue just before in dinner) you'll feel the booze.

Mouth: The carbonation is pretty harsh here. Though it could be a mix with the level of alcohol. There is a bit of yeast sediment that could be a bit much. Though it does leave the mouth pretty clean.

Drink: The high ABV and sharp carbonation makes this a very slow drink. One 12oz bottle is quite enough.

Photo of Arbitrator
2.33/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: An opaque brown with reddish highlights when held to the light. A nice light tan-colored head that pours 1 finger high and recedes slowly into a significant film on the top, leaving some lacing behind.

S: Sour apples, raisins, figs, and cocoa. A very noticeable alcohol nose that is reminiscent of the aroma of cheap spirits in plastic bottles.

T: The initial taste is dominated by sour apples, figs, raisins. Chocolate comes in the mid-taste. The finish is all alcohol burn, reminding me of bottom-shelf vodka. Normally, I consider how well-hidden the ABV is to factor into the mouthfeel, but it's so prevalent and strong here that I can't even enjoy the flavors.

M: Full-bodied with active and energetic carbonation -- too carbonated, even for the style. It seems to attack the mouth instead of blending with the flavor.

D: A very good flavor, but the alcohol smell and taste are an absolute deal-breaker. There are similarly complex brews that do a better job of masking the burn. I will try the Rochefort 8, but I have no intention of purchasing the 10 again. A very undrinkable brew.

Photo of Casey10
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served from a 330ml bottle into a St. Bernadus chalice.

Apperance - warm, brown, sticky lacings on the chalice after the pour.

smell - fantastic, grapes, sugar, ginger? smells great!!

taste - again warm, delightful, grape?, sugars, raisons, very nice.

drinkablity- very high you don't need to drink a lot of these to know what I mean,

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into chalice.

Pours a murky, rich dark purplish-brown, with a magnificent, pillowy two-finger khaki head on top. The head reduces to a thick, creamy khaki cap that leaves substantial lacing. Very nice.

Nose is hard to get a grip on - nutty, bit of cocoa, primarily brown sugar, spicy dark fruit, and doughy yeast. What's there is fantastic.

Taste is full, rich, complex, and yet perfectly in sync with itself, if that makes sense. Notes of cocoa and spiced brown sugar, raisins and dates, doughy, spicy yeast, with a mild earthy bitterness coming out to join the fray right before the finish. Finish is sweet, spicy, yeast with some sweet raisin notes. Fairly short finish, warming, just a bit of alcohol underneath. Subtle but big in flavor, all while being very approachable.

Mouthfeel is creamy and fluffy, perfectly executed, full mouthfeel without being syrupy.

Almost no hint of the alcohol in this one. Even at 11%, I'd have no problem drinking several bottles of this. Masterful.

Photo of sweetbrew82
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

330 ML into a snifter/ best before 4-16-13

P: Silky brown from the bottle, deep purplish-brown in the glass. 1 fingered light tan head of medium sized bubbles disappeared quickly to a thin halo. Minimal lacing left on the glass.

A: Port alcohol, candied sugar, figs, raisins, and a hint of yeast. Pretty good power to the nose, which gives me a good feeling that I'm going to like this...

T:...And I do! This is everything I thought it would be, plus some. Pretty much follows the nose with port-like alcohol being present throughout, but never overpowering my palate at any time. Delicious flavors of dark candied sugar, caramel, figs, raisins, plums, ripe apple, muted chocolate wafers, and a spicy Belgian yeast are hypnotizing me as we speak. This is a full-flavored powerhouse to behold.

M & D: Full-bodied, rich, and silky smooth with a nice prickly bite on the way down. Drinkability is great, but this alcohol deals a lethal blow! I can't believe that big of a punch was packed into that small of a bottle. Damn!

Notes: Trappistes Rochefort 10 is a great beer. It's a sweet and spicy, rich and complex, well-made Quad that delivers quite the headslap to those who imbibe. Excellent! Highly recommended

Photo of KBoudreau66
4.72/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P- pours a dark brown that will look darker red if you hold it up to a light. It has a nice tan colored head that will last throughout and leave lacing.

S- It has a lot of different smells going on. Very fruity with but the strongest smells are Figs and raisin. You can also get the strong alcohol smell, but this comes as no surprise with an ABV over 11%.

T- The taste more or less matches the smell, very fruity you can really taste the figs, raisins maybe a small hint of chocolate. Like the smell you can taste the strong amount of alcohol, but it is still very well balanced.

M- very full-bodied and thick with a refreshing carbonation.

D- This is an excellent beer that is extremely well balanced. It bursts with fruity flavor and washes down with it's strong ABV. If it were any stronger it would be overwhelming, but it is just about perfect in my opinion. Does not dissapoint.

Photo of wheatyweiss
4.45/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a chalice.

Pours a deep cola with an immense head that settle quickly to a nice lace and web.

Aroma is of fruit. Dates and figs and intense aromas of raisins that grab you from across the room. Bread and sugar, this has an intense aroma.

Flavor is of boozey rum and raisins. Bubblegum and pheolic alchohol from the grains. There is way more ABV here than is represented in this taste. There is a unique heaviness to this brew that makes it unforgettable.

Mouthfeel is thick and oily, with a soft carbonation typical of long time bottle conditioned brews.

Awesome , I don't know what else to say.

Revisited 06/16/09.

Photo of gonzo46and2
4/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with a touch of red. A long lasting head forms and sticks to the edges of the glass.

Smell is spicy with dark fruits like plums and raisins, bready malts and a touch of chocolate.

Taste is a bit boozy and mostly reflects the characteristics of the nose.

Big body and nice carbonation.

Drinkability is nice for a sipper.

Photo of thekanna
3.95/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a gorgeous deep brown which turns to red when held towards the light. This is capped off with a nice, tall, tan head.

S: Plums, raisins, black cherries, dates... generally dark fruits, with a molasses likes sweetness that has overtones of coffee, spice and rum-soaked fruits (like those in stollen).

T: Dark fruits and dark chocolate. Yeasts are very prominent and kind of unexpected for this style of brew. Somewhat similar in taste to the St. Bernardus Abt 12 except that the alcohol has a lot stronger presence: it persists through the taste and goes straight to the head, resulting in a quick buzz.

M: Oily and slick; very smooth.

D: For sipping purposes only.

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

Rochefort 10 has a very impressive pour. Gorgeous deep dark ruby body, with flowing strands of ample carbonation and a nice thick solid off-white head.

Amazing nose on this one. Fruit esters of raisin, plum, dried cherry, fig and prunes. All held against an aggressive rich malt base that dominates the aroma. Medicinal phenols give a peppery spicy edge.

Taste is actually better than the nose. Deep aggressive dark malts with a succulent and mouth coating booze soaked richness. Lots of rich and vibrant dark fruit notes pop out all over. The balance is wonderful, with a dry maltiness sweeping the palate. Complexity is awesome, and this one finishes as flavorful as it began.

This Quad hits the marks. Not quite as good as Westy 12, but this one is glorified in it's own unique flavor. A bit more dark fruit endowed, and a bit more smooth. This is one very, very fine beer.

Photo of sevopie
4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance - A very muddy brown with a decent tan head. Laces very little and sporadically.

Smell - Very sugary smell to it, with some fig notes and a lot of spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, clove)

Taste - Alcohol is present, but subdued by the sugary sweetness thats still present in the taste. The spices serve to accent the alcohol rather than add to it, and they are present through the finish.

Mouthfeel - Somewhat dry, but nicely thick. A lot of carbonation to it, but creamy at the same time.

Drinkability - Easy to get lost in considering its 11%. Still not perfect, but its very smooth and palatable.

Photo of phantomwyse
4.13/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark, muddy, almond brown with milk chocolate highlights. Tightly packed tan two finger head. Classic Belgian lace.

S: Dark, dark fruits--plum, grape, along with licorice and a muddled alcohol presence, anejo rum.

T: Dark fruits, again. Raw alcohol infused plums, grapes, and apples with the malts producing a bitter chocolate and toasted caramel character. Musty yeast mixing with the ever present alcohol at the end.

M: Full, yet soft and creamy.

D: If you wanted a reminder that beer is, indeed, and alcoholic beverage, this brew will call that to mind. Albeit, it does so with plenty of complex and crafted flavors. However, if you're drinking a quad, you know what you're getting into, should expect, and enjoy it. So, it's expected and enjoyably drinkable, slow sippin'.

Photo of Yesac
4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured entire bottle into a Rochefort goblet. Awesome glass. Let this one warm up.. you'll get so much more out of it.

A - Pours solid caramel brown. Small head slow fades to a thin layer. Some thick bubbled uneven lacing on the glass.

S - Very sweet up front and over all. Sweet dark grapes, brown sugar and hints of caramel and alcohol. Splendid aroma, earns a 5.

T - Dark and sweet grapes are up front.. in comparison are that of a quality grap-wine taste. The middle is a small dash of caremel and slight burn of the 11.3%. Finishes so nicely with a fading sweetness of brown sugar and bready malt notes.

M - Medium carbonation. Nice even medium coating that leaves the palate semi-dry and sticky.

D - An excellent sipper here. A fine dark grape sweetness makes it an easy drinker, but be careful a well hidden 11.3% lies underneath.

Photo of bonkers
4.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I poured from a 11.2 ounce bottle into my SA pint glass. It pours a deep caramel with a pretty white head and lots of lacing. The aroma is laced with sweet fruit an alcohol. The flavor hints at dates, and alcohol with a finish that lingers. It is a full bodied with a wonderful creamy mouthfeel that you sip over the course of an hour.

Photo of erz316
4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this sit out of the fridge for a good 45 mins, poured from a 33cl bottle into Westmalle goblet

A - amazing! poured a perfect 33cl with fluffy head into the goblet. head is the color is a light chocolate milk, you know: if you add too much milk or not enough syrup in. the body is solidly opaque, though I can still tell it is a brown and not a black, like a old ale. most beautiful indeed.

S - a nice spicy aroma, with lingering ethanol in the back. some residual sweetness from the malts,presenting me with a dark molasses scent, and a nice fresh bitter green scent from the hops.

T - well, there is no escaping the alcohol in this beer, it is pervasive in all the steps of drinking. right during the swallow there is a great prick of frutiness, much like plumbs, prunes or other very sweet ripe fruits. this seres to effectively dull the harsh effects of the alcohol, and does it quite well. after the finish, before the true aftertaste, has a strong alcohol taste running up through my nose, like taking a shot of warm vodka. the after taste is slightly sweet from the malty sugars, and it leaves my mouth numb.

MF&D - exceptionally smooth, and easy to drink. the feel is perfect. not too thick or thin, just right and allows all the nuances of flavours to come out. the bluntness of the alcohol is the only thing that impedes the drinking process.

Photo of GarthTaargus
4.72/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle (11.3 oz) into Chimay chalice, at roughly cellar temperature.

Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany, darker than any Quad I have seen before. Also noteworthy is the almost impenetrable opacity; I did not pour the yeast, so this was surprising. Head is khaki colored with medium-sized bubbles, eventually settling into a cream which did not dissipate throughout the drink, lacing in a homogenous curtain fashion. A good looking beer, like what they drink in medieval cartoons.

Smell: Alcohol, medicinal, caramelized sugars, fresh cut apples, with a touch of vanilla and an slight underlying scent of earth.

Taste: First wave of taste is caramel and sugars, giving way to rum and dark fruits, especially plum. Finishes with a buttery alcohol note which dries the mouth and leaves a final note of french bread on the exhale.

Mouthfeel: Creamy yet very carbonated, with that perfect belgian crispness, then finishing fairly dry for such a sugary beer.

Drinkability: Very inviting, a romantic coupling of mouthfeel and scent, with a seductive alcohol. I would consider this one a sipper, as I felt the glow after half the glass. This hampers drinkability a it, but for the style it is plenty appropriate.

This beer is fantastic. I will happily splurge on this beer many more times, although I do prefer the Trappistes Rochefort 8.

Photo of Biggness
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours an incredibly dark and cloudy brown with a 1 fingered light tan head and some lacing. The smell is of raisins and molasses. The flavor is big, there is no shortage of malt in this beer, and certainly alot of dark malts, certainly the darkest quad I have ever tried. There are big hints of raisins and plums int he flavor backed with an enormous malt base... also this beer is quite sweet. The mouthfeel is decent with a rather low carbonation level and for an 11.3% abv beer this beer is HIGHLY drinkable :)

Photo of Stimack
4.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a dark brown cloudy color with a perfect sized (fit the glass perfectly) medium tan head that has good legs, leaving sheets of lace down the side of the chalice. This is a very good looking brew. The aroma has a warming alcohol smell, rum or brandy? Dark sugar, could be adding to why I feel it has rum like characteristics? Different fruit, apple and/or pear and cherries. What a fantastic and inviting mixture of aromas. The taste is simply fantastic, again going with the rum aspect, I pick up rum cake. Has a wood like flavor that seems to linger for a bit then disappears. The fruit does come out, but not as the apple/pear I noticed when I was first taking a whiff, with fig / date / prune flavors. Medium spice flavors that mix, oh so well. I know that a lot of folks say that they get banana when they drink this one, not for me as I can't pick up that flavor one bit. The feel of this one does not come close to the 11.3% alcohol level as it is very smooth and well hidden behind all of the interlaced flavors, though as this brew warms the alcohol esters do seem to come out a little more but in a way that is a complete complement to this brew. Very easy brew to drink even though it should be a sipper, but it is damn good and goes down quickly. Give this brew a try as it is simply a delight.

Photo of raoulduke37
4.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful Rochefort chalice from Father's Office. I was pleased to see it here. I have to say that I'm a little surprised as to how high this one is on the Best of BA

A - Beautiful dark quad, looks like raisins and beautiful lacing when first poured, which quickly dissipates.

S - Hard to detect anything too strong, definitely malts, ripe red/purple fruit.

T - Very good Quadrupel - hops are hidden, nice malt introduction with some cinnamon.

M - Good carbonation here, balances the sweetness.

D - A great sipping beer, for a special occasion.

Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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