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Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,172 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 7,172
Reviews: 2,543
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 520
Gots: 1,227 | FT: 49
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Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 11-06-2000)
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Photo of davidchollar
4.85/5  rDev +7.5%

very dark. nearly black, brownish on the edge when held to the light. big beige head settles quickly, but remains a nice thin layer. such a simple, unassuming little bottle, boring plain label, normal-looking dark beer. amazing and hard to believe this is my highest-rated beer, currently number 5 on the best of BA list. and also the most expensive beer i've ever bought.

huge belgian smells. fruity, yeast, alcohol ...s'mores? smells very sweet, complex, hard to describe. raspberry chocolate, plum wine. some hints of malted milk, whoppers. maybe even a tiny hint of coffee roasty stout malt. wow this is one serious mother quaffer.

taste brings more surprises, including a dry bitter finish. high abv is very obvious, but works with the flavor, isn't too distracting. big, full-bodied chewy mouthfeel. this is way more intense than the couple of quadrupels i've had so far, and a great example of a beer being so solid and powerful it can stand on its own. i'll take one of these with nothing else. no food or smoke, just a bottle and a glass, this beer kicks ass.

davidchollar, Mar 05, 2006
Photo of shroompod
4.63/5  rDev +2.7%

Appears brownish red when held to the light. It pours with into an Orval chalice with a rocky uneven head that disapates rather quicky . Leaves a fair amount of lace

Smells slightly sweet, very faint hop smell.

Taste is complex , fruity esters, apples?.. Finishes with some malty bourbon flavors.

Feels balanced , nice carbonation, great hop/malt balance.

This one holds up well to any food/cigar combo I can think of. It's drinkability is only held back buy the alcohol% and price.

shroompod, Mar 02, 2006
Photo of Billolick
4.68/5  rDev +3.8%

11.2 ounce bottle, pours cloudy brown with some yeasty sediment floating around, excelent retention shown on the tan head, loose, puffy, with world class thick lacing. Nose of rum soaked raisins, and yeasty goodness. Tasty and strong brew, notes of dark rum, ripe fruits, figs, ginger, bready yeasts. Yum. Heady, complex, classic belgian,world class sipper, well worth seeking out and enjoying. If only the price was more in the realm of affordability.

Billolick, Feb 28, 2006
Photo of supernaut
4.83/5  rDev +7.1%

A - A thick 2+ finger head and a deep deep reddish-brown color. A host of sediment is visible on the bottle of my snifter, and that pillowy head just seems to stay there forever...significant lacing as well...pretty darn nice looking beer. Very old school belgian.

S - A very flowery nose. A range of sweetness and a slight yeastiness is evident.

T - Citrusy at times with malt and banana everpresent. Some subtle spicy and alcoholic tones present themselves as the taste lingers. A bit of caramel as well. Nothing dominates, just pleases....so well done.

M/D - Significantly smoother than beers of the same style. An incredibly balanced mouthfeel leads to a substantially clean finish.

O - A great beer worthy of any praise given. I wish had a bit more beer money to stock up on more of this...

supernaut, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of kevin62
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

This beer poured out a dark,reddish brown with a beautiful large sparkling head.There was hints of raisin and chocolate in the smell as well as taste.This is an exceptional Belgian beer,probably one of the best.Do yourself a favor and run out and get this beer now!

kevin62, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of stacey14
4.83/5  rDev +7.1%

This is good (and rather easily found) comparison to Westvleteren 12. I think I could probably drink it every day for the rest of my life without getting tired of it. It poured out to a beautiful brown color with a fair amount of lacing and the smell was incredible and took me back to Belgium with every inhalation. But I think that the most memorable aspect of this beer was how incredibly smooth and creamy it was. A far cry from the 8, which is good while the 10 is exceptional.

Six packs for all!

stacey14, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of BillyB
4.63/5  rDev +2.7%

Pours opaque brown but when held up to light becomes a dark copper/amber. Two fingers of thick tan foam leave nice lacework on the glass.
Aromas of sweet malt, caramel, chocolate and dark fruits like raisins, plums.
Taste is a good balance of sweet and bitter.
Full bodied, smooth, velvety mouthfeel with slight carbonation and nice alcohol warmth.
Very drinkable, just make sure you take it easy. The strength is deceiving in this excellent beer.

BillyB, Feb 25, 2006
Photo of jmz62565
3.93/5  rDev -12.9%

This pours a clear very dark reddish black with a large two finger foamy head. The smell has a real dark fruit and alcohol aroma with a hint of brown sugar. The taste has brown sugar, figs,prunes or raisins, and a lot of alcohol. The m/f is heavy or even "chewy" with a complex mix of dark fruit and sugar flavors, alcohol,and alot of carbonation. This is a very good beer,yet I think it may be a tad overrated.

jmz62565, Feb 25, 2006
Photo of djeffbee
4.68/5  rDev +3.8%

Again - Thanks to Red, White and Brew - Mount Holly, NJ!

33cl bottle - looks like something from the 1800's. Served in a Chimay chalice.

A - deep brown body with a big creamy caramel head that last and last. lacing with each sip. Nearly opaque.

S - Figs, rasins, nuts, cherries, caramel and dark brown sugar. Yum.

T - Malty, sweet, bready, fruity- a meal in a bottle. This is the best beer to date for me.

M - Creamy and warm, sipping and holding, sipping and holding..

D - Smooth - you don't realize this is 11.3%. An exceptional experience.


I think this is my new #1.

djeffbee, Feb 21, 2006
Photo of mjc410
4.1/5  rDev -9.1%

Poured into my Westy chalice, which is MUCH easier to find than any of their actual ales...

A:
Opaque brown, except when held up to a bright light: this gives a warm, deep glowing amber color. The two-finger head is very static, and has almost the same color as the label on the bottle. It leaves thick rings in the glass that gradually form tight lacing.

S:
Sweet caramel. Dark malts. Not much else comes to mind. Not bad, just undistinguished.

T:
Somewhat drier than the nose indicates. Finish is reminiscent of tobacco somehow, followed by warming alcohol. Leaves a pleasant, mildy acidic taste behind. As it warms, the ale becomes sweeter and more palatable.

M:
Smooth, slightly tingly carbonation. Gradually begins to feel more viscous.

D:
Very high, so long as you take small sips, and space them well. I learned this about halfway through. If you don't, the alcohol builds on your palate and hurts the taste.

mjc410, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of JohnfromDublin
4.28/5  rDev -5.1%

Tasted this at Christmas 05, but reviewed this bottle on 18th Feb 06.
Poured (into a Chimay chalice) a brown cloudy soup (is there a touch of purple there?) with a decent head considering the alcohol.
Smell is of malts, figs (?), really good.
The taste is very complex, there is so much going on that I don't know where to start; malts, fruits (plums), resin, phenols. Each sip reminds me of something different, - a real conversation stopper!

This is a serious sipping beer, I can feel the alcohol warming! To be partaken of on special occasions, a real treat!

JohnfromDublin, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.8/5  rDev -15.7%

After hearing this beer described and referenced a lot as of late I decided to pick up a bottle to decide for myself. Thsi was a very nice quadruple.

The smell is honey, citrus and oak blended very invitingly.

The color is a nice reddish brown. Some sediment at the bottom of the bottle, some in the bottle. I'd say that was due to the 60 mile trip and not enough time to let things settle down. Hard to wait to long on this brew.

Taste is a nice mix of apple, peach, cinamon, robust malt and belgian candy. Definitely a warming feeling from the alcohol but not a bad addition to the taste, let's you know it's there.

$8 for a 12oz bottle. A very nice treat, but the price is a bit high to make it more than an occaisonal treat. Aside from the price I would definitely recommend this to anyone who would like to sample a good begium quadrupple.

barleywinebrewer, Feb 13, 2006
Photo of beveragecaptain
4.88/5  rDev +8.2%

330 ml bottle. Rochefort 10 pours out an impenetrable dark brown color with a large head that fades to a thin layer of foam. Rich, malty aroma. Amazing aroma come from this brew as it warms: chocolate, toffee, dark fruits, hazlenuts, grapes. The flavor is quite malty and spicy, but not overpowering. The subtle flavors are still able to come through. Pears, grapes, chocolate, bread, and hazlenuts. Little bitterness. Alcohol is noticable, but this is way more drinkable than any 11.3% beer deserves to be. Mouthfeel is creamy. Great complexity and flavor. This is one of the best beers in the world.

beveragecaptain, Feb 09, 2006
Photo of Hutson
5/5  rDev +10.9%

This is the greatest beer in the world. The flavor profile is so complex, with chocolate, fruity, spicey notes all going on, but yet perfectly balanced. I first had this beer in a cafe in Brussels, and it was perfect. I have since had it here in the United States many times, and it makes the journey pretty good, although it is better when handled and stored properly over its life. It is very consistant from bottle to bottle.

Hutson, Feb 07, 2006
Photo of orfeu
4.88/5  rDev +8.2%

33 cL bottle poured into an oversized wine glass. Thick, opaque cloudy coffee. Fizzy grayish yellow head that quickly settles to a thin cap. Aromas of cherries, figs, raisins -- all drowining in cognac; caramel malts and a suggestion of anise. Big, alcoholic brandy flavor. Cherry cordials and date sugar sweetness. I kept thinking that this is what I'd expect a Belgian Barleywine to taste like. Viscous mouthfeel, oily and creamy at once with fluffy carbonation. This is absolutely one of the best beers I've ever tasted. An indulgence worth every penny.

orfeu, Feb 07, 2006
Photo of Birdiebeagle
4.53/5  rDev +0.4%

Bottle Pours a cloudy dark brown with a big creamy light tan head. The lacing is excellent and the head lasts well. Aroma is very pleasent with hints of plum, wood, and cola. Has a soft sweet aroma. Taste is excellent. Carbonation is perfect, the mix is awesome goes down with total ease. I could drink this anytime anyplace. This is a full bodied beer with an oily alcohol texture. Has a touch of a sweet finish, but its very good. I love this beer.

Birdiebeagle, Feb 05, 2006
Photo of EvilKeith
3.83/5  rDev -15.1%

Pours a murky, particle-filled deep brown color with a tan head that retreats quickly. The appearance might put some people off but, I on the otherhand, tend to like the murky cloudy brews.

Initially the smell is alcohol with an earthy, nutty feel. As it warms the scent becomes more complex. The alcohol gives way to fresh breads, ripened fruit and a toffee-like sweetness.

The taste is similar to the smell, with the sweetness being less prevalent in the flavor. A slight bitter finish with the warming feel of alcohol as it goes down.

At 11.3% ABV this is a sipper or nightcap for me.

EvilKeith, Jan 29, 2006
Photo of danielharper
3.93/5  rDev -12.9%

Purchased from Strong Bros. Liquor, Fayetteville, TN.

Pours a dark woody brown color, so opaque that it almost turns to black. Thick slightly off-white head that sticks around for the count tops the beer in this goblet. Very nice presentation.

Very nutty aroma, cold, dark, and inviting. Slight woodsy impression.

Flavor mostly fruity and nutty, with a strong astringency and alcoholic phenols. As the beer warms, the alcohol fades into the background and aftertaste, leaving a fruitier and nuttier profile. Very pleasant to drink.

Mouthfeel thick. Low carbonation, but the strong alcohol flavor leaves the palate with quite a punch. No hops present, but it's a nice kick to the teeth.

Overall drinkability pretty high, especially for a beer this high in abv. At seven dollars a bottle it's not going to be a staple of my beer diet, but it's a really good beer that I will be drinking again. Makes me want to try some more Quadrupels, that's for sure.

danielharper, Jan 29, 2006
Photo of Iguana
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

Appearence - Poured a deep mahogany with a 1.5 inch head into my goblet.

Smell - Smell's simply amazing, like fruitcake with a hint of alcohol in it. No other way I can describe it. The fruit scents mesh with a slight bready scent and its great!

Taste - Tastes like ripened dark fruits. A nice bitter finish to it. As it warmed up slightly bready taste came out. The alcohol is noticeable in the finish but its pleasent.

Mouthfeel - Rather smooth and warming. Tingly from the carbonation and alcohol.

Drinkability - I wouldnt have more then 1 of these in a night since it is a bit spendy to stock up on, but the one I have is goin down really well. I've been lukewarm on many belgian beers, but this one is unlike any other quadrupel I have ever had. Really drinkable.

Iguana, Jan 29, 2006
Photo of bruachan
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%

at the peninsula winking lizard at my stop in belgium on the world tour

bready baking chocolate fits right in to the line of other Rochs. it's bigger and badder but it's clearly the older brother: super complex. totally drinkable, though

esters are subdued, with malt characteristics in the fore

it's possible i still prefer the 6, but hella tasty this is

bruachan, Jan 26, 2006
Photo of maggotbrain
4.4/5  rDev -2.4%

After a careful pour (to keep the black clumps of yeast in the bottom of the bottle), a deep red bordering on a plum colored beer with a thin tan head fills the glass. The film-like head is sticking around as I drink, leaving a little lace on the sides of the chalice.

The aroma of this beer is quite rich with dark fruit and vinous alcohol.

The taste is very similar to the smell. The fruitiness is very apparent; I’m reminded of grapes and figs. There is an alcohol spiciness that is much more prominent in this beer than in other Quadruples I’ve tried. Something about this beer seems very wine-like. Very good and very unique.

The mouth feel is adequate. It’s a bit thinner than I expected. It doesn’t have the creaminess of, say, St. Bernardus Abt 12.

The drinkabilty of this beer is excellent—so rich and delicious, after one sip I immediately want another.

maggotbrain, Jan 23, 2006
Photo of waldowin
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%

As soon as the cap was cracked, the room filled with the smell of malts, raisins, maple syrup, and cherries. Wonderful!

Pours out at 100% foam. No joke. Poured out maybe 1/10th of the bottle, and the *entire glass* was foam, it took a few minutes for liquid to appear as the foam slowly subsided. And I do mean slowly, this is one thick head. Eventually faded to a murky, ruddy amber.

Taste is extremely complex. Hints of toasted malts and sourdough, with some cinnamon, raisins, and rum throughout. Wonderfully made.

Mouthfeel is syrupy and slightly astringent, but immediately explodes in carbonation, leaving a tingle all along the tongue as it foams its way back. Leaves a sweet aftertaste.

With the complexity, richness, and ABV of this beer, one bottle is good enough for me. But it will make an excellent 'special occaision' beer.

waldowin, Jan 20, 2006
Photo of beermanbrian
4.88/5  rDev +8.2%

Review #100

Decided to make #100 something special, and Rochefort 10 seemed to be a good choice.

Dark brown cloudy in color. The tan head has the creamiest texture I've ever seen on a head.

Smell is where things start to get interesting. Smells from all over the place, bready malt, sour yeast, plums, raisins and other dark fruits, alcohol and just tons of other stuff.

Taste, ohhhh so good. What a solid beer. Bread and biscuit backbone with some yeasty overtones and then the fruit comes through in the end. The alcohol is well hidden but warms you as you drink.

Smooth is the best way to describe mouthfeel. Any aftertaste that is present is enjoyable and makes you want to take your next sip.

This is a classic and lives up to its hype. A must try for anyone who really wants to learn to appreciate what beer can be. Just a great drinking experience that is enjoyment from the first sniff to the last swallow.

beermanbrian, Jan 18, 2006
Photo of DogFood11
3.65/5  rDev -19.1%

Poured into a tulip it forms a huge mountainous head that slowly fades to some ring lacing. Dark brown in color and tons of super fine carbonation. Serving as a nightcapper this perfectly clear Monday night.

On the light side of things it has some orange citrus taste to it, on the darker side of things its candied and almost farmhous like, It has a bit of an odd musky side that really makes this unique. The sweetness is well balanced and kept in check. Alcohol comes through bigtime in the finish....warming is huge.

One of my best friends favorite beers. If its on the menu this brew is in her glass. I tend to think this beer is one of the more "overrated" beers on BA but don't take that the wrong way. Its a fine brew but to my taste buds its an above average Quad.

DogFood11, Jan 17, 2006
Photo of PatYoda
4.8/5  rDev +6.4%

Appearance is perfect - murky brown with suspended yeast particles - I poured about half the yeast in just for the hell of it. The head is a never ending cream colored affair that doesn't even dissipate enough to let me see the beer through the top of the glass. That's amazing.

Smell is deeply indulgent - exotic spices, banana, rum, and cookie dough are in there along with some medicinal alcohol.

On the first sip, the incredible smoothness is what strikes you first. It's also surprisingly effervescent which mean this never gets sticky or bogged down, even as I'm finishing the bottle (sadly).

The taste is perfection in a bottle - every sip is different. At first the peppery spiciness stands out. Then the malt really opens up and the deep dark fruit (plum) tastes come out along with some brown sugar. At times this tastes like pumpkin pie. Spiced rum is always in the background, but the alcohol doesn't make much of an appearance in the taste. Just spectacular.

Overall, this is one hell of a beer. I will be purchasing much more, even at $6+ per bottle.

PatYoda, Jan 17, 2006
Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
100 out of 100 based on 7,172 ratings.