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Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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7,951 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,951
Reviews: 2,647
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 671
Gots: 1,676 | FT: 59
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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 TheSarge
4.64/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours perfectly with massive amounts of light tan head, which sticks around for a good spell. The body is dark brown and murky, also does not allow light to pass through at all. Lacing sticks well all the way through to the end of the 33cl serving.

Aroma is sweet and bready. A slight hint of lemon hops character is moderately detectable.

Taste wise it's a medley of flavors just like its weaker sister. Dark fruits such as prunes and raisons are immediate. A little citrusy in the middle and a blunt finish from the high ABV incorporated into this brew.

The mouthfeel is full in body and prickly with all of the carbonation. It's a little syrupy all the way through and finishes with the typical alcohol warmth.

This si a very complex and thought provoking brew, nice to sip on and relax with a fine peaceful evening.

Photo of snpub540
4.08/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown that was mostly opaque unless held up to the light. Very clingy 1/4" head that left some nice lacing the whole way down.

Smell was fruity and earthy. Pleasant, but I was hoping for more.

Taste was exceptional. Raisins, and other vinous tastes. A spicy almost red bell pepper taste is evident as well as a little kick of warming alcohol. The sweetness of candy sugar is also there but only for a moment.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied. I definately can't drink more than 1 of these without feeling the buzz. Another good beer I'll have to try again.

Photo of kaseydad
3.85/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter and I am greeted with a massive three finger beige head with major lacing as it subdues. The color is a dark milk chocolate brown.

The aroma consists of floral, dark fruits and raisins. Very well done.

Whoa! I was expecting a sweet taste but am met with a somewhat bland bitter taste. I don't taste much of what I smelled. There is almost a numbing after the swallow on my inner gums. Pepper-ish characteristics as well. Warming alcohol is noticable.

Creamy mouthfeel with a little foam on each sip.

Drinkability is somewhat low as it would be extremely difficult to consume much more than one because of the high alcohol.

I was really, really hoping for more from this beer as it rates so high from other consumers. I was fairly disappointed by the taste when the smell was so pleasing. I would get again but at almost $8 a pop, my money would go elsewhere first.

Photo of BierFan
4.17/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Tan head on a dark brown/black body. Carbonation is nice, more than I expected.

Smell: Pungeant mess of fruits. Raisins, plums, melons.

Taste: Yeast gives it a nice spiciness, and also gives it a little bit of doughy flavor in my opinion. The fruits that are present in the smell aren't as big in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Prickley carbonation and warming alcohol.

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

I've been drinking the #8 for quite some time and absolutely love it. I've come across the #10 in the store but never picked it up, but after seeing it was rated the #1 beer in the world by this fine website and magazine, I just had to try it.

Appearance: Dark brown, almost black with tints of red. Light tan head that doesn't stick around.

Smell: Lots of dark fruits on the nose with just a small amout of sweet malts. Maybe even a hint of candied sugar...damn i'm excited to drink this!

Taste: Now I know why this incredible brew was rated of #1! Once again lots of dark fruits, sugary raisin flavors mixed with sweet malts, plums and even a hint of fresh grape, with just a slight hint of alcohol on the backend.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, easy drinking, surprising for a Quad.

I am so glad that I finally drank what can only be descibed as a "nectar of the gods". When I die and if there is a heaven and for some reason St. Peter opens the pearly gates for me, I can only hope that this beer is available. But if I have to head in the opposite direction for eternity, maybe the ruler of the underworld will have a few cellered that he would be willing to part with.

Photo of cavedave
4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Approx. 55 degrees, in a snifter

A gentle pour produces a two finger head of lather-like foam above a nearly opaque, reddish brown, thickly made, beauty of a beer. The head recedes very slowly and leaves clouds of lace on my snifter.

The nose is a heavenly vapor of alcohol, caramel, dark fruit, mild spice, subtle bitter, and other wonderful aromas for which I lack the palate to describe. It's not as strong a scent as ABT 12, but at least as delicious.

The taste is a remarkable invasion of delicious flavor. It is an alive explosion of caramel, plum, earth, sweet alcohol warmth, mild yeast notes with a subtle, pleasing sourness, and a plethora of spicy, bitter, perfectly chosen and balanced undernotes that dance through it all, and round it into a spectacular finish of fruit, alcohol, herbosity, and bitter. It is complex, and wonderful, what a marvelous brew.

Judging mouthfeel for style I would say this is the benchmark. Full bodied and resinous for a looong finish, very clean, clears out, light in the mouth, even refreshing for a beer that is a sipper.

Drinkability, considering style, is spectacular. I have finished the 11.2 ounces in the time it has taken to form this review.

Photo of johnd513
4.63/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours dark brown in color with a three finger head and nice lacing. The smell is sweet with plums and raisins. Tastes of dark fruits and finishes with a spicy and hoppy flavor, similar to the taste that gingerbread leaves in your mouth.. I can taste many similarities to red wine. The mouthfeel is silky and smooth and is perfectly carbinated. Drinkability is limited only by the high abv. I wish I would of not started drinking this quite so cold this just keeps getting better. A must try.

Photo of ericduran
3.92/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I think this beer is a bit overrated, but the last two times I've had it it was so bad I decided to hold judgement.

You have to drink this one just under room temperature, else it is like syrup. Then it tastes right.

A - Black with candy brown at the edges. Really too dark for a quad, which in my opinion should be a nice translucent candy brown, like brown sugar. Don't forget the floaties, either, which i don't like in my beer. They look like fond, the little burnt bits that get left on a skillet, which indicates a pretty killer decoction mash, or if they are bits of husk, sloppy sparging. In spite of some zealous carbonation, the slightly starchy, milk chocolate-like head disipates quicky.

T & S - It almost approaches a "beer liquor" in terms of taste and smell, indicating an excessive amount of the monk-famous candi sugar used, probably 15%-20% of the fermentables. You've got your industry standard dark fruits and spices in there, dry maltiness, and stale hops (not a bad thing for this style). Muted and a bit cheesy, I'd say Styrian Goldings and some Hallertaur. Close your eyes and you can imagine the minute amounts of corriander they've said they put in there. This all wafts up thru your nose carried on warm, undulating wings of alcohol. Feels like you're holding a shot of cheap toffe-flavored liquor up to your nose at times, if not for the complexity of the whole thing.

M &D - Thick and syrupy on the one hand, and paradoxically thin on the other. The tons of carbonation really bring this beer to life, otherwise it's like a flat, beery brandy or whisky. Which is unfortunate because it all escapes VERY fast (probably at least in part due to the beer needing a warm serving temperature) so you're kind of forced to choke this 11.5% fucker down. Drinking it becomes a race against equilibrium thermodynamics. I wish it would stay around longer, I was starting to enjoy it. Mabye it would benefit from a chilled glass.

The guys at Rochefort really should let this one age for awhile before shipping it out, they are really shooting themselves in the foot by shipping it out so young. I read that this one goes from grain to bottle in 3 weeks! All the elements of a great beer are there but they are just so disseperate that it's a little like trying to piece together a puzzle.

Photo of icemanrulz
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have had this beer fairly frequently over the past 10 years but have never sat down to review it till now. I received a bottle as a gift and poured into my trappistes rochefort chalice. The color is a dark amber with about a half inch head, I pour the whole bottle so there is noticeable sediment. The smell is like Christmas morning, a sweet blend of clove, anise, dried fruit, and alcohol. The taste evolves with every sip, with a masterful blend of raisin, plum, clove, anise, among other spices, and a warming alcohol finish. It's truly one of the few beers that seem to evolve with each sip. The mouthfeel is soft and smooth, a little on the chewy side. The high alcohol content is expertly masked by all the sweetness and complex flavors. There is just so much to say about this beer and yet words really fail to do it the proper justice it deserves. To me, the Rochefort 10 is the gold standard by which all beers are measured, yet none can live up to. Drink in good health, friends. Prost!

Photo of DwnTwnBwn
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Served in a goblet. Pours a thick brown color with a 3 finger head. Lacing is very thick. Perfect lacing as the drink goes down.

S: Smells of sweet bread and fig pudding. Yeasty notes enhance the strong sweet malt presence

T: There is so much flavor here in each sip. Each one brings a deep complex dark fruit of raisins and plums. Sewwt ness gives way to a slight spicy noble hop presences then melds back into a strong sweet malt finish.

M: Full bodied, but doesnt let on that it is. There is a presence of alcohol but onbly slighty warm.Very easy to quaff

O: This beer has to be the best widely available Trappist Quad out there. It is simply amazing every time I come back to it.

Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.93/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is probably the highest rated beer I have ever had to date. I had the Rochefort 8 yesterday and enjoyed it quite a bit. Here is my review of the 10:

A: Pours a murky brown color with a nice frothy tan head. Lacing is very thick. Head just sticks around. I think this one is a little darker than the 8. There is also quite a bit of brown sediment, not only in the beer itself, but in the head also.

S: Smells similar to the 8, but I get a much more pronounced red wine aroma. Lots of dark fruits. Alcohol is very pronounced as well. Kind of burns the nose a little.

T: First couple sips are quite overpowering. Tastes exactly like a red wine with a major alcohol aftertaste. But, once you get past that, there is some major flavor complexity here. For starters, this is on the sweet side. The first thing you will taste is the dark fruit, lots of currants, plums, cherry and figs. There are toffee notes in there as well. The spices are very prominent and intermingle with the major alcohol profile in the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Somewhat dry finish. Quite a bit of alcohol burn. Other than the alcohol in the finish, it is a very smooth beer overall.

D: This is a sipper. No question about it. Very rich and drinks more like a wine than a beer. This is a beer you only drink on special occasions. I couldn't imagine drinking this more than one or two times the whole year.

I have to admit, this is probably the most wine-like beer I have ever had. The alcohol astringency in the finish is probably the biggest deterrent for me. Other than that, this is probably one of the most complex beers around and is worth trying at least once. I personally found the Rochefort 8 a little more drinker friendly. Check em both out if you can. Recommended.

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

If this is not the perfect beer, it is quite close. Typical quad brown, lighter around the edges, with light lacing head. Nose is dominated by roasted caramel, chocolate, and loads of yeasty fruitiness. Sweet taste with milky chocolate and slight nuttiness over that glorious caramel. Warming alcohol is evident but adds to balance. If not for the inherent weight of the beer, I could drink this thing all night. My favorite beer? A good possibility.

Photo of Klgkenny
4.15/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a chilled bottle into room temp goblet.

Pours a murky reddish-brown with a thin scrim of cream colored head. Lots of floaties in here. This is what the bottom of the nile looks like during flood season.

Aromas of plums and other dark fruits. Spices on top of faint fumes of alcohol. Esters and the faintest scent of cream (for some reason...)

Tastes like a great quad! Lots of dark fruit and wine-like goodness up front. A light but well balanced back end consisting of hops and alcohol. Faintly warming, but refreshing at the same time.

The mouthfeel is ok, but I would love to have just a bit more carbonation. That would fill out the body just a bit and really round this out for me. The tastes do a good job of lightly coating and not overpowering.

Overall drinkability is good for an imported quad. The only thing really keeping me from drinking this regularly is availability and price.

If you can find it, buy it and set it aside for a special occasion.

Photo of EatsTacos
4.57/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chocolate brown with a creamy, thin head. Not a lot of lacing.

The aroma is a rich blend of spices with a chocolately malt. Fruits like banana, apple, pear, and dried apricots, raisins.

The flavour of this beer is the real spotlight. The alcohol is very well hidden, the most of any quad I've tasted. Much more fruity and less of a roasted/burnt flavour than a Westy or St. Bernardus. Complexity comes with the spicey character. Like baked banana bread, spicey gingerbread cookies. Chocolate. Expresso even. Bitter and dry in the finish.

Clean and sharp carbonation, with a medium body.

Photo of SpruceFish
4.22/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- dark brown almost opaque

S- wow this one is great candy sugar dark fruits (figs raisins dates) oak and some booze

T- very similar to the smell dark fruits candied sugar oaky undertones and some booze

M- smooth and creamy and good carbonations

D- is good but there is a boozy presence that takes away from it

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

Finally got a chance to try this after some anticipation. She pours a mahogany brown with a nice haze. Two finger head that runs away too quickly. Lacing is nice and leggy.

The smell and taste are both representative of what seperates a quad from a belgian strong dark. This thick maltiness with a sweetness that doesn't hide behind, but rather plays beside, some nice abbey yeastiness.

The mouthfeel is perfection for the style, perfect amount of carbonation plays with the thick body to hide any presence of alcohol. Incredible.

The drink is as easy as any brew of this magnitude. Very nice. Well played sirs.

Photo of coldmeat23
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Tulip
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degres
BOTTLE DATED: 16/04/13 (Best Before)[Approx 14 months aged]

Pours a very dark garnet color. Three-finger head of light brown foam. Retention is very good. Lacing is thick, but slippery, leaving an oily sheen on the sides of the glass.

A beautiful nose, indeed. Big notes of brown sugars and caramel malts. Figs, dates, plums and cherries are among the dark fruits present in this glass. Light notes of vanilla, spices candi sugars and sweet molasses.
Very complex and appealing nose.

As far as I'm concerned, forget the 6 and 8. Rochefort 10 is where it's at. Damn, that's a great brew.
Huge dark fruit notes dominate. Raisins, figs, plums, cherries, and more. Every sip seems to bring something new. Wonderful malty backbone. Caramel, brown sugar, light molasses and toffees. Toasted nuts. Great spice presence. Belgian candi sugars. There's so much going on in this brew.
This is a flavor-bomb of a beer and that's just what I like. This is NOT for the meak!

Nicely full-bodied. Nicely creamy, yet very smooth and easy-to-drink. Medium, almost high, level of carbonation, which is just about perfect, for this one.

While the 11.30%ABV is noticed, in the feeling department, it certainly doesn't seem that big in the flavor department. This is such a well-balanced brew. Very drinkable, especially in the land of Quads. The high ABV keeps it from a perfect score for drinkability, but I wouldn't change a thing about this one.
One of my all-time favorites.

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!!!

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Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
100 out of 100 based on 7,951 ratings.