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Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Ratings: 7,865
Reviews: 2,629
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 653
Gots: 1,611 | FT: 54
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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 biegaman
4.72/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nebbiolo grape and black cherry; Rochefort 10 appears considerably more dark and foggy since I chose to include the sediment. There was enough carbonation that I could see and hear bubbles crackling and yet when all had finally settled, there still rest a creamy, full finger's worth of head! Assuredly, it is capable of enduring well beyond the liquid that lay beneath it.

There may be no better smell to ever grace this Earth; certainly not my nasal passage anyhow. It is a calming, mellowed perfume of candy apple, juicy wine grapes, spiced holiday bread, exotic teas, and a full garden of fragrant, blossoming flowers. This bouquet takes words like "ambrosial", "luscious", "blissful" and completely diminishes their worth. From now on 'Rochefort' should be the new adjective in describing things celestial and deific.

The real mystique about Belgian beers like this one is the cultured, time-tested, antique generation yeast that has adapted itself to the brewery and to the beer through generations of evolution. This certainly tastes like the monks must have a secret concoction of far-away spices but they don't. The only trick up their sleeve is the magic of yeast!

Ginger glazed squash, plum pudding, coriander spiced pink fish, sticky toffee pudding, vintage Italian reds, cinnamon tortes, Madeira port, peanut brittle, lavender tea... the list can go on and on and on. It doesn't define flavour - it suggests it. It permits the imagination to take liberties and the palate to pair it with its meal. Given the entwined history of monasteries and brewing, surely we can believe beer like this is a gift from the heavens!

I didn't fully appreciate Belgian Quads when I first encountered them. (Granted, I thought I could, even despite not really liking the way they tasted). But over the years I've come to recognize their subtleties, acknowledge their distinctiveness, be cognizant of their disposition and have developed a better understanding of just how they not only symbolize, but quite literally are, the result of generation upon generation of skilled and devoted monks. Wow.

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

33 cL bottle tried 15 Mar 2009. Dated 241109. Courtesy of ygtbsm94, thanks!

Poured in a 0.4 L Steiner Pils snifter. Medium sized fluffy tan head. Fairly well carbonated. Cloudy dark brown color, almost opaque. Aroma is floral, sweet, hazelnuts and chocolate, ethanol, like a Ferrero Rocher candy and sweet cherries. Flavor is similar, chocolate and sweet dried fruits, toasted hazelnuts. Tastes of rum and bourbon, warming. Chocolate is lingering in the aftertaste. Heavy milky smooth body, slight tingle on the tongue. Alcohol is warming in the throat.

Another good Trappist quad everyone should try.

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

In my continued quest to drink (and review) all the Trappists, I decided to open Rochefort 10 tonight.

Poured into a tulip glass a dark brown cloudy fluid with a full foamy light tan head that literally climbs the glass. The head is actually creating a discernable bowl shape at the top of the glass. The fluid neither reflects nor conducts light.

The smell is rather present with notes of raisins, figs, and caramel with hints of black licorice and other dried fruits. There is also a slight spicy note in the smell as well, a brightness reminiscent of star anise.

The taste is big, dark, and malty up front with the majority of the dark fruit flavor coming through. The flavor then morphs through a maply sweetness to a dry, somewhat champagne like finish. The aftertaste has notes of dark caramel, coffee, and a touch of burning alcohol masked by the lingering carbonation.

The mouthfeel is complex with fairly high carbonation blended with a full body.

Drinkability is good, but not great. The level of carbonation and alcohol in the finish might turn a few people off.

Photo of jnn4v
4.57/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown, mahogany color. Almost milk chocolatey in shade, but not quite opaque enough to describe it that way. Still, a significant haziness prohibits light from filtering through anywhere but the edges of the glass. Very mild head.

S: When served at about 45 degrees, scent was alcohol followed by yeast followed by toasted chocolate malts. Caramel and molasses came out next along with some candied ginger. Very complex and rewarding scent.

T: Sugar, chocolate and fruit malts all rush to the tip of the tongue and swirl around while being quickly escorted down by a strong alcohol burn. At cellar temperature, there is some bitterness on the sides of the tongue toward mid-taste. Even sweeter, smoother and more rewarding as it warms.

M: Shockingly carbonated initial mouthfeel (gave my tongue a brief jolt), especially given the near total lack of head when poured gently. Otherwise, a thinner body than expected, but overall still pleasant.

D: Starts out moderately drinkable, but ends as one of the more drinkable beers on the market.

4.57/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very dark brown with about a fingers worth of tan head.

S: Alcohol right away, then moves to dark fruit, raisins, plums, ripe banana. Very inviting. I've found this needs to be around 60 degrees to really open up.

T: As with the smell let it warm up to around 60. Man, what a taste. Dark fruit, just like the smell. This beer has many layers that you can slowly dissect
M: Smooth and almost no sign of the 11% alcohol!

D:great beer, no doubt. I use this beer as a treat to myself!

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

Poured from bottle to goblet.

Appearance - Very dark in color, thick consistency, darker than a cola. Can not see any light through it. 4 finger frothy head, light brown in color that stays and stays.

Smell - The smell is great, figs, caramel, other fruit and alcohol is evident. Really dark smell.

Taste - It is amazing, soo smooth. Fruits and figs apparent, pear is the main fruit i taste, starts malty, ends with an alcoholic burn, really really nice. Great for its abv. Really really smooth. I really like the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Really smooth and surprisingly light for its color and abv. Just the right amount of tingle on the tongue. Perfect mouthfeel.

Drinkibility - I could drink this until my wallet could not support my drinking of it, a really great beer. For its abv it is splendid.

This is a great great beer. I only wish I could get a Westy 12 now to pair it against that monster. No doubt in my mind this is one of the best beers I have ever had.

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

A - Poured very dark, not translucent but around the edges of goblet. Good carbonation, nice sized head, which is lasting, but with no lace.

S - Dates, a hint of licorice, sweet.

T - Starts with a licorice taste, but not too strong, becoming more spicy with lots of dark fruit. The became an alcohol taste, not unpleasant, with the chocolate and licorice taste dominating the finish.

M - Tickles the tongue as it hits with carbonation and alcohol. Nice warmth, although it feels like there is some nice sugars still present, the alcohol takes front stage with the tingle up front, warmth and it sits, and almost a burn as it goes down. You know you are drinking a quad!

D - Surprising drinkable for a quad of such high alcohol. Although a beer your want to drink slowly and savor, it would not be a chore to have more than one.

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

Poured from 11.5oz bottle to snifter.

A: Pours a cloudy brown with a nice large off-white head with perfect retention but almost no lacing. The head covers the body for the entire drink.

S: Smells fruity(both light and dark) strong yeast and some vanilla hints.

T: Nice fruit flavors such as; apples, plums, pears, and figs. Some earthiness and spice to it. The obvious Belgian yeast flavor adds to the complexity. Strong malty brown sugar flavor with caramel. Interestingly there's also a bit of a vanilla hint. However the flavor overall is in a way too mellow, although it's complex it's not the best I've had. The alcohol doesn't come out much, impressive for a >11%

Overall: Good quad but I don't feel it lived up to the hype. The mouthfeel is great it's nice and creamy with just the right amount of carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good considering the style and alcohol content. As I said very good quad, but I feel that for the price I'd go with St. Bernardus 12 over this.

Photo of BarrelO
4.73/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Very dark brown, almost black. Could be mistaken for an imperial stout at a distance. Starts with a good head that provides a nice cushion but never threatens to take over the glass.

S: Heavy notes of plum pudding and spicy yeast.

T: Almost too complex for words. I feel like I can't provide descriptions, only fleeing impressionistic takes. I can detect plums and other dark fruits, chocolate, anise, nuts, alcohol, and a bunch of other stuff I can't quite put my finger on.

M: Creamy, rich, and smooth, like a decadent dessert.

D: Absolutely awe-inspiring. In fact, it's kind of humbling to know that the art of brewing can be taken to such heights. To paraphrase Samuel Johnson, "when a man is tired of Rochefort, he is tired of life." Of course, if you possess enough wealth and leisure time to drink Rochefort to the point of tedium, I'll hardly be shedding any tears on your behalf.

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

I may have to drop my ratings on a few other beers after trying this one. Dark, muddy brown with a huge, fizzy head.

Smooth chocolate aromas with notes of sweet fruits and brown sugar. Taste is noticeably sweet, but not overwhelmingly so. Blueberries, bananas, and other fruit flavors blend nicely with the caramel and cake-like tastes. It's hard to imagine these flavors describing a beer, but it works so well.

By far the smoothest beer I have ever had. Creamy and full bodied. The sweetness would make it difficult to have more than one bottle, but at 11.3% you don't need much more.

Photo of webmanspidey
4.72/5  rDev +4.7%

Poured into a chalice. Dark purplish brown with a large fizzy tan head. Very sweet smell of plums, grapes, licorice, and pepper. Similar flavors in the taste... definitely some sugar, grapes, dates, and pepper. A strong dry and bitter alcoholic finish. Mouthfeel is very fizzy and carbonated. Very smooth and drinkable. While this is still amazing, I had it before while in Belgium and remember it being even better.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

G: 12-ounce Chimay goblet. Bottled on January 23, 2008.

A: Pours a thick, finger-and-a-half head that is cream colored and has a medium number of carbonation bubbles visible on top. The color is a very dark brown.

S: Dark sugars and fruits; mild alcohol.

T: Very sweet with fruity flavors on the initial sweep. A mild raisin flavor, filled with cream and perhaps a touch of caramel.

M: Smooth a creamy, eventually revealing slight alcohol warmth, which really hits the back of your throat on the swallow.

D: Quite good. Even with the additional alcohol feel, I think this is more drinkable than the Rochefort 8.

Photo of abfraser
4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark, dark brown with slight red undertones. Good-sized beige frothy head on pouring that dissipates to a thin cap. A little lacing.

S: Caramelized sugar, but doesn't smell overly sweet. Big notes of dark, dried fruit: raisins, prunes, etc... Slight notes of cinnamon and clove. Nice malty undernotes

T/M: Excellent. Amazingly well balanced, with all the aromas and smells reduced to an intense mouth-filling experience. Sugary dark dried fruit is prominent. Love the carbonation. It really balances out the intensity of the flavors. Can taste the booze a bit.

D: A sipper for sure, but a remarkably balanced beer that's easy to drink.

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

11.2oz bottle poured into a St. Bernardus wide mouth glass trying to be as authentic as possible.

A- Rochefort 10 pours a dark murky dark brown to mahogany color. A bunch of sediment was seen going in to the pour but i can't help that. Getting some dark ruby highlights. Bubbles are seen rising which leads to a minimal coating of frothy tan head. Minimal lacing.

S- A very sweet smell from far away, even sweeter up front and center. Dark fruits with dates, figs, raisins. Sweet sugar and i get some honey as well. Spices such as nutmeg. Dark roasted malts and some alcohol with warming.

T- Not as sweet as expcted but still up there. Getting the dark dried fruits up front with raisin flavor coming through. Some red grapes and pear are there and apple as well. Maybe some prunes. The spice character is great with nutmeg and clove. Sweet Belgian candy comes to mind. A nice dose of hops as well but not bitter at all.

M- First sips the carbonation is present on the mouth with a crispness up front. I can feel and hear it fizzing as it stays put. i just let this quad do it's thing as it sits on the palette. Medium bodied with some alcohol seeping through. Not as thick on the mouth as I'm used to in some quads.

D- Very drinkable while not being overly sweet like some in the style. This is well balanced with a warming quality on the way down. 11.3% is quite high but what the hell i would drink a few, you only live once right! A great quad at a fair price with good availability, what more can you ask for.

Photo of Graham21
4.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

So I thought it was about time I review this Quad classic. I poured this dark beauty into a big fat oversized wine glass. The color is dark brown with a nice tan creamy frothy head that doesn't dissipate, and big chunks of yeast throughout. The nose is very rich and caramel like with toasty nutty, and earthy undertones.
The first thing to hit the tongue is the strong carbonation. The flavors and complexity are so simple yet so brilliant. I taste earthy and dusty flavors up front like mold or mushrooms then later; wood, vanilla-oak, and toasty, smokey, raisins, burnt malt flavors. It finishes dry and crisp with a butterscotch sweetness in between. Great drinkability- alcohol is almost unnoticeable and the rich carbonation makes it a pure pleasure and a light drinker for such a strong well defined quad.

Photo of Aenema
4.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a deep, dark brown with a 2.5-3 finger head. The head settles to a thin cap with blotches of lacing.
Smell - Fantastic, deep aroma. Dried fruit, raisins and banana stand out.
Taste - Similar to how it smells, dark fruit and raisins are most prominent though there is a little heat to it at the end.
Mouthfeel - Silky smooth with fine carbonation.
Drinkability - Very drinkable for such a strong beer, though one bottle was plenty.

Photo of madtowndmb1
4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very dark brown with about a fingers worth of tan head.

S: Alcohol right away, then moves to dark fruit, raisins, plums, ripe banana. Very inviting. I've found this needs to be around 60 degrees to really open up.

T: As with the smell let it warm up to around 60. Man, what a taste. Dark fruit, just like the smell. This beer has many layers that you can slowly dissect while you drink it.

M: Smooth and almost no sign of the 11% alcohol!

D: It's a fantastic beer, no doubt. I use this beer as a treat to myself!

Photo of ThePeskyDingo
4.59/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking these beers with my friend mothman tonight. We are pretty excited for this beer.

Appearance: Dark somewhat cloudy color, lots of sediment in the beer. 2.5 finger head.

Smell: After the initial pour it smelt like it was a skunky beer, but that went away within 30 seconds. Afterwards i smelt roasted malts and fruits. Overall it became a very good smelling beer.

Tastes a lot like the smell, of roasted malt and dried fruits. very good. The alcohol is apparent, but not overwhelming.

In my mouth it gives me a warm feeling. Low carbonation, but not too low... almost a perfect balance. taste lingers in my mouth, which i dont mind at all!

very drinkable beer, I don't find the alcohol too overwhelming by any means. kind of expensive for 11.2 ounces, but that is expected i guess for a beer of this prestige.

Photo of mothman
4.24/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by July 16- 2013. Me and ThePeskyDinko are enjoying these tonight.

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass.

Color is a dark dark burnt copper. 3.5 finger dark tan. Leaves some lace ring.

This is weird, but it started out smelly very skunky, but then it went away. I was quite shocked. Smell is very complex. Raisins, dark dried fruits. Banana notes. Slight earthy hopes.

Taste is very complex as well. Alcohol is noted as it is 11.3% abv. Very fruity. Some zests. Banana. Raisin is deep. Pretty tasty stuff.

Mouthfeel is creamy, a little bitter, smooth. Leaves a pretty clean aftertaste. Well carbonated.

Overall, this being number 12 overall, I was a little disappointed. It is an amazing beer, but I have had better. I really enjoyed the smell. The alcohol was a little overwhelmng. I do recommend though!

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

11.2oz bottle poured into a Rochefort goblet (or chalice). The best by date is 100913, so September 10, 2013.

A - very dark brown, nearly black color. When held to the light, the bottom most portion of the bowl (at the stem) is slightly ruby, but other than that, it's dark stuff. A slight 0.5cm head formed on the pour, but it dissipated very quickly into a halo of carbonation around the meniscus of the beer. So far the beer seems to look just like Pepsi or Coke.

S - As soon as the beer was opened, I'm hit with a pungent alcohol smell and a slight metallic aroma. Closer nasal examination reveals cherries, apples, raisins, bananas, caramel, and very sweet malt. As the beer warms, the metal aroma fades. I can longer smell it

T - The taste begins with chocolate, banana and raisin which leads into vanilla, toffee, with a finish of some of the same fruity esters the nose suggested and a vanilla and alcohol finish. The finish is very reminiscent of bourbon, albeit nowhere near as strong and waaay more smooth. As the beer warms, there's a slight dryness to the finish, almost hoppy, with hints of dark chocolate, Dr. Pepper (strange, but it's probably the cherries) and a slightly medicinal aftertaste. Banana begins to come through in the end as well. Wow! This is a really, really complex beer. There's also a touch of molasses in the finish that provides an acrid flavor.

M - perfectly carbonated.

D - this beer is definitely a sipper, but I could sip this all day long if it wasn't for the price.

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


A: Very, very, dark brown with a finger-sized head.

S: Toffee, Molasses, Ripe fruit, Spices, Sugar and roasted malts.

T: Candy sugar, Dark caramel, Toffee, Spices, Ripe fruit, Raisins and alcohol.

M: Very smooth and sweet with a bit of pleasant burn from the alcohol.

One of the best beers in the world. Period.

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

Pours very dark with a tan head that dissipates fast, leaving a thin layer of foam and lace on the sides of the glass. It performs like the classic Belgian ale it is.

Smells of dark fruit, prunes, raisins, candy sugar, and a bit of ginger. Very integrated and refined aromas, like an excellent Christmas pudding or cake.

Very well balanced tastes of sweetness balanced by hops, with prominent raisins, prunes, and ginger. Pardon me, but some Coca-cola flavors are there especially with a little metalic vibe, at first sip, but they are taken to a higher level with a huge coffee/tofee and hop ride, then turning to a lovely numbing ginger aftertaste. The alcohol is noticeable, dark rum-like in taste. This beer gives the entire palate a roller coaster ride.

Very full and creamy mouthfeel. Sweetness and dark fruits at first, resolving into a hoppy, gingery aftertaste that I quite enjoy.

This is a huge, delectable beer, and I could make a habit out of drinking this, except the price and the alcohol limits my consumption. But if your goal were to be driven insane and poor by beer consumption, I'd choose this as the way to go. A Rochefort 8 would also do, but the 10 will get you there quicker.

Photo of br3wmeister
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- The beer is a super dark red, almost black in color with, a nice bubbly off white head with good retention but minimal lacing.

S- Lots of deep fruit aromas, plum, raisins and dark cherries. Some caramel, toffee and hint of chocolate are also present in the aroma. I light earthy yeast note and a touch of alcohol.

T- Very complex fruity flavors, some plum, raisin, and pear present. Also some good caramel, brown sugar and almond notes, with a nice herbal spice present throughout the taste. Some light bitterness and alcohol in the end.

M- This is a full bodied beer that sticks to your taste buds. Some alcohol bite but nothing to overwhelming. I little more carbonated then I like but still pretty good.

Overall- This is a complex and magnificent beer, great aroma and flavor. If you are into Quads this is a beer you must try.

Photo of brokenleadedcask
4.62/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip

A- Deep dark brown body with lots of head that mellowed to 1/4 inch and stayed until finished

S- Yeast, rich malt, raisins and melon

T- Perfectly caramelized malts, fruits like raspberries and grapes, and a very slight hop to it

M- Slight tingle on the center of the tongue from carbonation. Velvet smooth and gentle release of complex flavors, it's so good they don't need to punch you in the face with it.

D- If I paced myself I could drink this all night. The combination of subtle fruits and no ego makes this one a must have on hand

Photo of Rayek
4.62/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep chestnut with active carbonation. Soapy cream colored head starts out strong, then quickly settles to a 1/4" cap that sticks the whole way down. Leaves patches of lace.

S: On the sweet side. Fruit aromas of raisin and apple can be smelled as the beer exits the bottle. A closer inspection reveals maple, clove, anise and even a touch of bubblegum. A very complex aroma profile to say the least.

T: Very warm right off the bat, but the flavor isn't dominated by alcohol. Instead, the aromas from the nose transition beautifully into the beer's flavor. Sweet/bitter balance is excellent. Some yeatiness is present in the form a mild sourdough flavor.

M: Medium body is rather dry and has the right level of carbonation.

D: I'm really glad I finally had this beer. It was a very nice experience that I hope to have again.

Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
100 out of 100 based on 7,865 ratings.