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Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Ratings: 7,859
Reviews: 2,627
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 653
Gots: 1,608 | FT: 54
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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 jdflyer06
4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a St. Bernardus Goblet from an 11.2 oz bottle.

A: Dark Mahogony with a slight brownish grey head that lasts the whole way down, very little lacing, some floaties

S: LET THIS BEER WARM UP! Dark fruits, green raisins, plums, dates and some apple esthers, very complex, I'm picking up some booziness at first which blends in nicely as it warms

M: Very highly carbonated but it smooths out over the palate, dry finish and slightly chalky with some alcohol warmness at the end

T: Earthy, grassy to begin with, but as it smooths out in the mouth, a very complex flavor profile; raisins, dark fruit and some bitter chocoalte.

D: I could drink a few of these. The alcohol is hidden so very well. A real pleasure to taste. However, I prefer the St. Bernardus Abt 12 to this one. It just seems a bit more chewy with more of a dark fruit and spice that I prefer. Overall this is still a world class Quad.

Photo of Sean9689
4.12/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my DFH snifter.

A - Dark brown/charcoal color with an ashy-grey head. Pretty sticky head that leaves some decent lacing along the sides of the glass.

S - Dark fruit, berries, sugars, malts, some alcohol booze as well. Overall, very sweet on the nose.

T - Not as sweet as the nose. Some dark fruits, roasted nuts, and malts. I can taste the alcohol, but not overpowering at all.

M - Light to medium in body, fizzy carbonation which works well with this beer, dry finish.

D - Easy to drink but probably just once in a while for me. I prefer the Westy 12 to this one, although this is a good Quad.

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

11.2 oz single purchased at Whole Foods in Duluth, GA. Poured into a St Bernardus chalice.

A: Pours a dark brown color with a small tan head. The head does not last long before it settles into a thick outer ring with a few patches of bubbles that almost look like oil slicks on the surface. The bubbles try to leave some lacing but it just slides down the glass.

S: There is a big aroma coming from this brew. There is quite a big sweet dark fruit aroma that seems to be dominated by raisin.

T: The flavor packs a hell of a punch. Its big and aggressive. Loads of dark fruit flavor. Figs and raisins mixed with Belgian yeast and caramel sweetness. There is a bit of spice to it as well. It is a great tasting brew for those that like big flavors like me.

M: The carbonation is a little more aggressive than I would care for in this style at the initial sip. It mellows out relatively quickly, but then almost feels a bit watery instead of more of a medium body at initial sip.

D: This one is a sipper for sure. The ABV and huge flavor punch make sure that it is a brew that goes down slowly.

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

Pours what I would describe as a murky dark brown with a mild sampling of brownish head.
Smells heavily with a variety of dark fruits, some sweet malts, and chocolate.
Taste resonates heavily with dark fruit, malt, a little yeast, and hints of some cherries.
Finish is crisp with a wonderful after-taste featuring cherries and malt.
Incredibly drinkable, the dark fruit really smooths out the 11.3%. Great drinker.

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

11.2 once bottle poured into a wine glass.

Pours a dark reddish brown with an off-white active head. Smell is amazing. Smells of sweet malts with a fruity vanilla undertone. Taste is sweet malted goodness with great balancing hops. Mouthfeel is medium/heavy with surprisingly higher carbonation. Drinkabiliy is unmatched. I could one or many of these.

Overall this beer is great. I would drink it any day.

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

Poured into a Trappistes Rochefort chalice with a nice bubbly and sticky head. Liquid was deep dark brown with an almost ruby tinge around the egdes. Lacing stuck around til the end and was splendously sticky.

There was a full grainy sweetness to the smell like the smell of brown sugar or maybe even molasses though not too strong by any means. There was a pleasant spicy phenolic smell, a hint of berry and just a touch of chocolate. All in all very appetising.

Taste didn't dissapoint. Sweetness was hitting the tastebuds but it definitely wasn't overpowering. Had that molasses quality to it. Very nice dark malt flavours edging towards the chocolate side of things. The berry flavours mingled around coming in and out of perception and there was a spicy phenolic flavour which was noticeable but definitely not overpowering that became most noticeable towards the end and lingered for a while. 11.3% alcohol? Where was it? If it didn't make me giddy so quicky I wouldn't have guessed it.

Smooth, low carbonated in a good way, went down very easily. I guess you'd say it was medium bodied. The smooth creaminess dominates the mouthfeel.

I had to finish this beer in a rush as my company had to leave in a hurry. I got to enjoy maybe 2/3 of my bottle before I got rushed. You'd think it would be a task to rush an 11.3%abv quad but it wasn't the case, I just felt terrible as it seemed such a waste for such a fine beer. But this really went down so well, so smoothly and so easily with so many delightful and complex flavours. Nearly no bitterness but it got away with it, the malty flavours being dark and subtle enough to not really require that hops balance. Definitely going to be re drinking this when I have more time on my hands. A delight.

edit/ just tried this again in better circumstances, and sipping it slowly I find it amazing how smooth it goes down and how well the booze is hidden. Definitely the most drinkable quad I've come across so far.

Photo of hardy008
4.73/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a dark brown color with a tan foamy 3 finger head which sticks to the side of the glass.

Smell - sweet aroma of candy sugar, plums, other fruit, and malt. Also has a strong aroma of alcohol.

Taste - Sugar, caramel, fruit and alcohol are the most dominant flavors. Has a sweet aftertaste. Is easy to drink even with the noticeable amount of alcohol present.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, creamy, full bodied with a sweet aftertaste.

Drinkability - Drinkability is great, but you don't want to session drink this due to the high alcohol.

Photo of dublife1
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I finally got around to tasting this Quad masterpiece. Poured into my Duvel Tulip with a 3 finger head that lingers awhile. Smell is great with Dark fruits and sweet malts dominating. Taste is so very complex and wonderous. Raisins, plums, figs and spices are everywhere in a good way! Mouthfeel is similair to Abt 12 in this category. Drinkability is much better than expected from such a high ABV beer. You could definitely have more than one of these in a session!!!

Photo of Foxtrot
4.77/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow. I can't believe I stumbled upon this lone bottle at my Bev Mo. Digging through some shelves of Westmalle and this pops up. What a treat.

Small 11.3 bottle poured into a snifter glass

The poured yielded a very dark brown with ruby hues around the edges. Pour also gave way to a beautiful 2 finger ivory cap that dissipated slowly to a small rim around the edges of my glass. This is alot darker than I had expected.

Aromas have a huge range with this one. It goes from cloves, pepper, and bready to plums, raisins, and dark sugar with heavy yeast scents present throughout the entire ride.

Now for the ultimate test...and it delivered in spades. Begins with a slight alcohol sting on the very tip of the tongue. Just enough to give me notice, but not so strong and overpowering. Now we move to plum and yeast notes tagging behind the prickly alcohol and carbonation accompanied by dark caramel, rum, and molasses. Finish was extremely smooth. Hides the alcohol presence very well.

Mouthfeel was full bodied and viscous creating a nice slick coat in the mouth. Some may disagree with me, but I think it was just a wee bit too carbonated. Regardless of that, it was still fantastic.

Huge props for drinkability. The abundant carbonation makes this beer harder to resist from just merely sipping.

All in all, this was a damn good Quadrupel and I'm thrilled to have tried this.

Photo of stbfan
4.87/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

opaque brown with a nice tan head.leaves a nice lace with every tilt of the chalice.

smells like chocolate/hops /bread/alcohol. very complex!

tastes sublime.so complex and warming.bit of pepper, bit of wood, hint of caramel(sugar)

alcohol fills the nasal cavity when it is in your mouth!nice heavy mouthfeel.

this is the real deal. what a beer!

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

Picked this bottle up at a Wine and Beer shop not too far from my house--was quite happy to see it there.
Don't have a chalice or a snifter so I poured this into the closest thing I could find: a Bordeaux glass.

A: The pour is a beautiful dark-reddish brown that yields over half on inch of an incredible fluffy brown head that laces well and slowly fades to a slim film over the top of the beer that retains the whole way through. Certainly a good looking quad--my only regret is not having my Chimay goblet or even a more suitable one such as a Rochefort glass itself. Next time I'll be sure to do so. Additionally, there are some chunks of yeast sediment floating around.

S: The nose on this brew is relatively subdued. There's a noticeable alcohol undertone that briefly overshadows the dark fruit notes that eventually become more prominent. Raisin and date are certainly the most forthcoming. Dark roasted malts and chocolates make a brief appearance, too.

T: I think one of the most beautiful things about a great belgian quad such as this one is how, as it warms slightly, it grows more and more complex. I poured it far colder than I ought to have--pulling it from the fridge and letting it sit for merely 10 minutes before drinking. Initially the alcohol provides a backdrop for the brew, just as the nose advertises. As the beer warms those alcohol notes begin to disappear as they are overshadowed by mild spice notes and the obvious raisin, date, and dark fruit notes. Even dark chocolate makes an appearance. This is another great beer that reaffirms my love of belgian quads.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and the beer is lightly carbonated. Drinkability is far greater than I initially expected--it puts other belgian quads to shame, almost, in that regard.

All in all, this is a delicious beer--a spectacular belgian quad that I'll continue to purchase for years to come. If you haven't tried it: do.

Photo of NCSUdo
4.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle

A: Dark black body under a small off white head. Even for a quad, I think this is an unusually dark body. Some decent lace and retention.

S: Fruity, boozy, bit of sour and tart character, sweet, vinous. The aromas there are nice, but a bit subdued. I like my quads a bit bigger in the aroma department. Good, but could be better for me.

T: Again, sweet, fruity and boozy up front. Very hot. Finish is a tad bitter but mostly a drying alcohol character. Malt is felt through out. Huge taste. Almost a champagne character to it. A bit overwhelming at first, but very nice.

M/D: Full body, but not very heavy. Carbonation is too high for my taste, too prickly and contributes to a bit of falling apart on the tongue. Drinkability is a little low for me, it's just such a big beer. Despite the huge booze presence, I can still appreciate this beer. The sample I had while in Belgium was much less bold then this sample.

Photo of Jeffo
4.49/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this at the bottle shop down the road.

From a bottle into a Rochefort Chalice.

Note: Part of the Quad Showdown, including the Rochefort 10, St. Bernardus 12, and Westvleteren 12, in that order.

APPEARANCE: A cautious pour yields a thicker, fluffy looking tan head that fits the top of the glass perfectly. Colour is a nice opaque seal brown with some carbonation evident, which quickly dies off. Head has good retention and eventually fades to a decently thick film. Film remains until the end and leaves some nice lacing down the glass. The look of this beer is fantastic, and it looks like a piece of art in the beautifully crafted Rochefort glass. I'd almost rather take a picture of it instead.

SMELL: Mainly dark fruits, raisins mostly, with some grapes and dates as well. Spices in there too, such as cloves and coriander, along with some spicy alcohol. A touch of Belgian yeast underlines everything. Very nice, though I wish it were a little bolder.

TASTE: This is definitely bolder. Lots of dark fruits again, raisins, grapes and dates, alongside some spicy elements, much like the nose advertises. Spicy alcohol brings up the rear, which gives the whole a slight wine-like quality. A strong and long lasting aftertaste is full of spices, clove and coriander again, with some alcohol there as well. Not overly sweet or bitter, and the alcohol, though present, is well balanced and not overpowering. Delicious to say the least.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Nice and creamy on the palate, goes down creamy smooth with a bit of an alcohol scratch at the end and finishes with the right amount of stickiness. Solid here as well.

OVERALL: This one definitely lives up to the hype, and then some. It puts its little brothers, the Roch 6 and Roch 8, to shame. As part of the Quad Showdown, this was my favourite of the three by far. A thing of beauty in the glass and a real tasty treat, the Rochefort 10 is a real pleasure. Probably the most drinkable quad as well. Though one at a time is enough, this one will become a staple in the beer cellar.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Quite a strong, dignified pour. A strong brown sugar brown with just a hint of translucence around the edges of the glass. The head does not form right away, but after a patient and proper pour, a healthy foam arrives. Gentle lace clings to the glass.

Smell: Strong malt and yeast character, somewhat caramelly but more vanilla and spice flavors. The alcohol can be subtly noted.

Taste: An extremely complex malt flavor greets the palette. Each sip, particularly with changes in temperature, reveal something new. Figs, vanilla, and caramel are the most obvious flavors, but I have gotten hints of nutmeg and raisins. The alcohol is well-hidden, but I get a little in the middle of the sip. I am left with a slightly tart and dry finish.

Mouthfeel: A smooth, balanced feel. Creamy and carbonated at once, and it has a little bit of an oily texture.

Drinkability: Considering the alcohol content, definitely a little bit too drinkable. I did not even think about it being 11.3% until I had breezed my way through my first.

Overall a great beer. Tough to go wrong with a Trappist though.

Photo of Spacegrass
3.87/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Quite dark with brown undertones. Pours with a solid .25" head that doesn't go away. A healthy amount of lacing sticks to the glass.

S- Different hints of berry, grapes, caramel vanilla and malt.

T- Complex with a definite alcohol presence. Starts sweet and robust with bits of caramel and molasses. Slowly finishes with a tinny flavor. A dark bitterness resides on the tip of the tongue. After the beer warms the taste becomes more complex and the nuances of the beer come out.

M- A hardy dose of tingling carbonation throughout, finishing dry. A little dry for my tastes.

D- The carbonation makes this a little hard to drink fast, but this is a sipping beer anyway. Still fairly easy to drink the despite the high abv.

I've had this many times in the past and enjoyed it much more than today. I will have to re-evaluate this world class beer in the future and see if I rate it higher.

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

wow! this stuff is good - huge head on every pour, having to wait for it to die down before i can sip - laces the glass thickly and fully -murky brown color - taste is very creamy smooth well balanced tasty malt - smooth mouthfeel as well - i could easily drink too many of these - exceptional brew.

Photo of Jtschupp04
4.69/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

looks like: okay so besides the amazing pour into a trappist glass and the very long retention of a few millimeters of head THE PARTICLES in this dark ruby delightfully looking desert are not spare whatsoever. I love me some unfiltered beer. It looks like someone sawed a 2x4 right over my beer, thank you carpenter.

smells like: malty raisins with other dark fruits with alcohol definitely in the background

tastes like: wow, so creamy. the creaminess shield some spice that tries to get through from the yeast. Im too distracted by the creamy smoothness to really detect anything more, yet the alcohol is very present.

feels like: delightful slightly thawed frozen cream puffs, mmmm.

drinks like: goes down very smooth but sits at the very top of the stomach almost center chest where it lingers to burn a warming hole. Definitely an amazing beer suited for the winter seasons.

this is by far a favourite, more so than the famed St. Bernie 12 that is so beloved to my heart and to so many others as well. A polite bow to the devoted Monks at Abbaye St. Remy.

Photo of n0315
4.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark hazy brown into a chalace. nice lacy effect around rim of glass.

Taste is amazing strong, a touch bitter, but full of flavor. Maybe even some fruity notes.

Mouth feel is just like any other quad, nothing different.

Drinkability is amazing. This brew makes you want to come back for more, but will knock you flat if you drink too many too fast.

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

A cautious pour creates a medium brownish head with very good retention. Body is a very dense extremely dark brown. Carbonation is fairly high, lacing is average but still have to give high marks overall. Good looking beer.

Aroma brings on wave after wave of dark fruit including plums, raisins, dates and figs. Also a fair amount of spice, alcohol, and hints of yeast.

On the palate the malty fruit complexity is met with even more spice than the nose. While it's obvious alcohol sweetness is going to make an appearance in a beer this strong I can't think of any other ale of similar ABV that comes across less boozy. In a sure mark of a great Trappist Quad the complexity masks it quite well.

Mouthfeel is incredibly delicate with the carbonation at just the right level for the style. Drinkability is as high as any 11.3 ABV beer can be.

Overall a world class beer. Been a long time since I've had sister beer Westvleteren 12 but from memory this stacks up quite well against it. I have a few bottles of Westy in the fridge and will review soon. I'm curious to compare the reviews.

Photo of jacobseyb
4.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A=poured a deep dark brown, with a slightly off-white quarter inch head that dissipated quickly and laced a little bit

S=notes of yeast and fruity notes of banana

T=sweet with malty notes and followed by the fruity flavors and the alcohol

M=deep with some thickness, medium aftertaste

D=average drinkability though i would rank it higher for the style

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

The full bodied Rochefort. I've had this on several occasions, now the review.

A: dark chestnut to brown colour, with a thick beige head, good lacing.
S: full complex smell of pleasant yeast, toffee, roasted grains and coffee, cream and chocolate, dried fruits, slight alcohol.
T: A robust flavour of yeast, caramel, together with coffee, slight chocolate, roasted grains and again dark fruits a great balance and complexity. This brew has pretty strong alcohol presence though.
M: Silky smooth, it lingers pleasantly and long.
D: It's easy and warming, but also alcoholic strong.

This beer has a lot of good aspects of both strong ales and stouts. It's certainly one you have to drink every once in a while, 1 or 2 bottles is enough for sure.

Photo of SleepyMonk
4.07/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle poured into a Rochefort branded chalice glass.

Appearance is a dark brown with red hues that almost moves it to a rust coloring. Thick head with good retention and lacing that sicks like sap.

Nose is brilliantly complex with deep malts, roasted dark fruits and nuts along with sweet notes that relate to brown sugar, coffee crystals and sticky date.

The taste sensation hits the plate with force. It's a complex mixture that holds malt as its focal point. Sweet malt sits comfortably alongside dry roasted malt which both ride a top of carbonated alcohol twang. Once again the unexpected sticky date pudding flavor pops up along with dark fruits and peppered spices.

Rochefort 10 grips the taste buds and and holds it as waves of flavor come forward until the continually persistent alcohol stands alone at the finish.

One great trappist quad howver only slight bettered by the Rochefort 8 which I consider to be slightly more rewarding, however only just and this is just my opinion

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

A- A nice dark opaque mahogany brown. Large head with big bubbles... forms a nice cap on top of it. Good retention, laces well.

S- Yeasty, some sweet malt notes, caramel, solvent, slightly vinous.

T- Whoa. Rich, rich malt. Slight alcohol, subtle spice. A real depth of flavor in the malt. Biscuity, bready, sweet (fruity--raisin?), slightly roasty. They're all there.

M- Velvety. Medium bodied. Soft and good.

D- Pretty high for the ABV. This is a good brew, definitely a great sipper.

Still not 100% sure which I like better--the 8 or the 10--I think the mouthfeel here puts the 10 over the top, although I think I like the style of the 8 better.

Photo of fff
4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Dark brown with a perfect head, lacing all the way down the glass.

S- Very, yeasty, malts, chocolate and toffee notes.

T- Very yeasty, sweet. Tastes almost like a chocolate bar was dissolves in a bottle of beer.

M- Very robust and heavy, not too carbonated.

D- Very sessionable, if expensive, brew. My favorite Trappist ale yet.

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

Served: In a bottle, poured into pint glass.

A: The body has a stained-wood opaque color. The one inch head stays with the beer, it's amazing. It's been 10 minutes and it's still there, without any fading.

S: Smells malty, slightly hoppy, and fruity. It's all faint, no smell is overwhelming.

T: The ale is moderately fruity. The malts are mixed in well enough so it doesn't give off any offensive taste. It's perfect really.

M: Smoothe, intriguing, and perplexing. These monks are good.

D: Considering this Belgian ale is 11.3% ABV, I would probably not venture into having a second, then again, I respect this beer too much to have more than one per sitting. It is a great Trappist brew and would recommend it to any beer connossieur.

Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
100 out of 100 based on 7,859 ratings.