Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Ratings: 7,672
Reviews: 2,587
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 613
Gots: 1,472 | FT: 51
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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 willjschmidt
4.22/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375 ml bottle into the appropriate Rochefort chalice. Bottle marked "10/01/11".

A: Pours a dark murky brown with a thin spider webbed head.

S: Some dark fruits, brown sugar, and a heck of a lot of alcohol.

T: All the complexity and wonderful flavors of the 8 with a big dose of alcohol at the end. It was almost like taking a shot with each sip. I felt that this took away from the beer in some way. The flavors felt at the beginning are brown sugar, molasses, and some thick dark malts.

M: Smooth with low carbonation.

D: Definitely a sipper and one to drink at the end of the night.

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

Pours a cloudy deep dark brown with over an inch of thick cream colored head. Long lasting retention with great silky lacing. Smells of dark fruits like raisins and cherry, molasses, bread, and alcohol. Reminds me of Rum Raisin. Taste is interesting and constantly changing, picking up spiced fruits like apples and bananas, a molasses/toffee backbone, some cocoa, dark fruits like raisins, prunes, and cherries, and the warmth of alcohol. Smooth and creamy with a nice carbonation that really only pops up in the finish along with the 11.3% alcohol it's packing. Definitely a sipping beer. Took me a few sips to grow accustomed to it, but I'll definitely pick more of this up for special occasions. Very flavorful with lots of different things coming out with every sip.

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

This beer is very good. It poured a deep golden color into my goblet glass with a good head about 2 fingers thick. The smell is very raisin-ey and plummy and sweet.

It definitely holds up with St Bernardus and Westy12, but has more alcohol in the mouthfeel with frothy carbonation. I think this beer will be outstanding when stored properly for at least a year or longer.

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

While in Belgium during a trip last year I discovered Rochefort and decided to bring back a bottle of the 10 (among a few others). I got some good news today so I decided to pop the bottle in celebration. This one has aged for about a year and poured into my chimay chalice a nice deep brown with a touch of ruby around the edges. The head rose to about 2 1/2 inches then slowly dropped to a solid layer of tight foam that covers the top. The smell is rich boozy raisins and other fruits giving great promise. The taste is rich with chocolaty notes along with sweet dark fruits. There is a very familiar flavor here that I cannot put my finger on but it is fantastic all around. Alcohol is present only in the background and as a slight warming at the end. The mouthfeel is smooth and lush, precisely what I would want in a beer that is extraordinarily complex and delicious. When I was in Belgium I drank a lot of the 8's and several 10's and I have to say that Rochefort is my favorite beer. There is something new to discover in every sip.

Photo of GJ40
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Sampled from a 330ml bottle purchased at Nikkis's in North Providence, RI.

A deep brown color with a moderate head that shrinks pretty quickly but remains fed by the constant rise of bubbles. It has a rich aroma with lots of brown sugar. The flavor is strong and rich but incredibly smooth. It has elements of brown sugar, raisins, dates and dried fruit. There's a slight sweetness and a nice warming sensation. The high carbonation lighten the mouthfeel but at the same time it's thick and substantial.

This is a very interesting beer with great depth and drinkability.

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

This poured a very dark, opaque brown with some tan head. It smelled of cherry and molasses, with a bit of alcohol. It had a well balanced flavor of cherry and hops and malt, creating an overall dark and complex flavor that lasted for a while. It was nicely thick and smooth with slight carbonation and slight alcohol warming. This is what I was hoping for from the Trappist monks. Overall it was powerful and delicious.

Photo of thirtysixbelow
3.8/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a - a dark hazy brown color with a very airy head. The head went away quickly and didn't leave much lacing. As I let it warm up a bit the head started to stick more.

s - dark fruits, plum, sweet, maybe a little caramel

t - dark fruit, yeast, caramel, alcohol. Starts off sweet and stays pretty sweet thoughout. Not much of a bite, but a slight spicy twang. Alcohol warmth sets in after a while.

m - pretty carbonated and bubbly.

d - I think I need to find out how to store beers for long periods of time properly. This one aged almost a year, but I am not too impressed. I was expecting this to be much more then it was. I will have to give this another shot.

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

Pours almost black and completely opaque with one finger of light tan head sitting on top. Aroma is fruity, dark ripe fruits and sweet malty tones. Taste is delicious. Dark fruits, caramel, toffee, spices, and yeast. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with excellent carbonation. Drinkability is moderate. Easy to consume due to great flavors, but higher alcohol limits consumption.

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

A- Dark chocolate brown with a picture perfect 3 finger foamy head.

S - Sweet toffee & caramel with alcohol as well.

T - Follows nose. Bready, caramel & toffee sweetness. Raisin or date as well. Followed by the ever present 11.3% alcohol. Delicious.

M - Effervescent, yet silky & smooth.

D - Easily the easiest drinking over 11% beer I've had. Sipper for sure.

I love this beer. Glad I can find fairly easily.

A world classic.

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

I enjoyed this classic in a Rochefort Chalice.

A-Opaque reddish brown with a one-finger firm head diminishing quickly to a very thin blanket that lasted for a long time.

S-Malty Rum Raisin with a slight hint of cloves.

T-Raisins, plums (prune), and rum. As the beer warmed over a period of 15 minutes the taste evolved into one of wonderful smokey-bananas, with a slight yeasty malt finish.

M-Smooth and silky with a lot of carbonation.

D-Very enjoyable by itself,...for some reason this one took longer for me to drink.
Not for the faint of heart.

Photo of grandq
3.3/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a muddy, deep dark brown with a thick two finger tan-canvas-tent head that stays rock solid for quite some time

S - raisin, pumpernikel, pepper, a teensy bit musty/woodsy. Surprisingly faint.

T - really having trouble pinning down the flavors here, they're so thoroughly blended. I'm getting caramel, banana, clove, prune, and strong alcohol in the finish. As it warms, some apple opens up, but so does more bitterness and fusel flavoring.

M - silky, yet with aggressive carbonation. Pretty much standard thick-but-effervescent thing I'm noticing as I make my way through the Trappists. Can't fault the beer in this dept.

D - I like plenty of boozy beers, but the aftertaste on this is dragging it down for me. Just a bit too hot. Overall not bad, but there's nothing wowing me in the flavor profile to make me want to lay a few down to quell the heat. It's been a bit since I've had it but I think i prefer the St. Bernardus 12

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

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Dark, thoughtful opaque brew with a thick, brown head of froth. Swirling it around it loses no head and sticks to the side of the glass. Elegant to say the least.

S - Rich, complex aroma of dark fruits, mostly plums and raisins. No hop tinge or alcohol is present in the nose.

T - Sweet yeasty body with a full malt backing. All the nice fruit notes come through and although the abv isn't really present in the taste profile, you can tell it's there due to the warming effects. Very tasty.

M - Full bodied, medium carbonation, dry finish with the slightest hint of alcohol in the aftertaste.

D - For it's potency, this is an amazingly easy brew to consume. Simply outstanding, stop reading these reviews and go try one!

Photo of pheggeseth
4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Upon opening, the beer foamed uncontrollably and zoomed out of the bottle. Very strange and scary, as invariably some beer was wasted. Hope it's not a portent of things to come. Anyway, poured into a goblet.

A: pours a cloudy reddish brown, settles in the glass to a dark cloudy brown, good sized head (when it finally went down), decent lacing

S: banana, spicy grape, clove, warming alcohol, overripe strawberry, subtle but complex

T: spiced banana again, overripe dark fruit in the middle, mixed with some caramel, creamy finish right at the end, alcohol only evident in the fumes coming up into my nose from the aftertaste

M: like most good Belgians, not overly heavy, but still rich and deep, understated carbonation

D: as others have said, very much like the "8", but stronger and deeper, almost more of an earthy quality, the Rocheforts are still the best Belgians I have had in my opinion

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

A - it is opaque in my wide snifter, but was quite red during the pour. Dense creamy head. Lace is good, but not outstanding.

S - Deep, deep notes of rum raisin, heavenly spice notes, and dark lucious boozy malt

T - absolutely smothered by rich, dark fruity malt, which finally gives way to a smooth chocolate finish.

M - tons of alcohol makes for a drying finish, but is otherwise subtle for the most part (well, as subtle as 11.3% can be). Not overly carbed like some Belgians, which is fine by me. It's got more body than your typical Belgian, but no one said this was typical... yet it is still highly digestable for a beer of it's size.

D - Everytime I crack a bottle of this, I am reminded of the Dave Barry quote, "beer is proof that God loves us and wants to see us happy."

An all-time favourite, it never fails to satisfy and amaze me. Incredibly drinkable for such a big beer, I don't have to take my time with this one quite like I do with say a Samichlaus or Expedition Stout. Delicious.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.05/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle to snifter, The liquid is a dirty brown with good carbonation. The head is a small 2 fingers, tan and leaves some lace.

The smell is good, yeasty mixed with dark roasty malt. A nice chocolate note along with some alcohol.

The taste is good but not outstanding, I like it plenty just not as much as the rest of the world. The dark fruit and roastyness is very good. The alcohol also makes it very warming.

The mouthfeel is very good, nice body, very creamy as is warms, and good carbonation.

The drinkability is good, at this price there are many other brews I would rather drink however.

Prosit, MK

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

Bottle poured into a Rochefort glass(!) at O'Brien's, San Diego.

Exceptional dark-brown color with a filmy tan head. Nice aroma of figs and other candied fruits, with a bit of caramel and spices. Lovely taste of dark fruits (and maybe some banana), spices with just the right amount of sweetness. Light bit of carbonation. Medium-bodied and very smooth. A very relaxing and enjoyable drinking experience.

Similar to the Rochefort 8, but a bit more subtle (and stronger). One of my favorites; highly recommended!

Photo of dalion037
4.68/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was the beer that got me into drinking Belgian beers. It you want a great Belgian beer and you do not have access to a Westvleteren 12 you should drink this beer because it is a great beer and you will not be missing much. I may be out of line but I think this beer is as good as a Westie.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this one on several occasions, including at 'La Gourmandise' in the village of Rochefort, BE, but it's been awhile... This is an 11.2 oz/330 cl bottle poured to a small goblet. Label shows 'L290812', which I assume means this it's 'good' until sometime in late August, 2012...

A: Fantastic look; deep, deep ruddy brown crowned with an immobile finger's-worth of sandy tan head. That thing is nearly a 'solid' and crackles noisily as it drops, ever-so-slowly, and is densely packed with the creamiest and tiniest of carbonation. There could not be a more 'perfect'-looking quadrupel than this one, in my opinion...

S: Aroma of rich leather, strong honey (maybe mead?), candied fruits (plums, figs, raisins) and chocolate syrup. Tingle of alcohol booze. Not necessarily strong, but gently full of spicy yeast and plenty of toasty malt.

T: A little cocoa, a liberal dose of spice, enough reduced caramel and some zesty fruit, with more bitter rind. The finish is dry, full of dark fruit, chocolate and some savory elements, like leather or cured & peppered beef jerky.

M: Incredibly smooth, satin-like really. A little carbonation prickle; ok, quite a bit (but it's not that cola-like 'crackle'). Medium-full mouthfeel; not sticky in the finish, but a little sneaky with it's alcoholic warmth.

D: One of my favorite Belgian beers of any style. It's been quite a while since I've tried this one, and at $6-7/bottle it's not cheap (oh, how I lament seeing those 4-packs in Belgium for under €4); but it's remarkably good and certainly 'easy to drink'. At any cost, it's a world-class beer worth seeking out.

Photo of bassmantin
3.98/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to iconoklaztor for letting me take a few sips of this one. Pours a dark purple/brown. With a fine clingy tan/white head. A nice looking beer. I poured a lot of yeast into the glass.

Smell is sweet/tart. A true original. I can't quite put my finger on the flavor, but it's quite sweet and unique. This is definitely a unique beer. My buddy is worried that it's going to give him a hangover, so he's giving me quite a bit of it. Lucky me.

A classic. Enjoy.

Photo of Scoobydank
3.33/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L: fomay two finger off white brownish head. A filthy dark syrupy brown color. Almost caramel like.
S:A sour smell right away that melts in to a slight banana bubble gum. A nice little banana spice on the end.
T:A smooth toffee sweetness that gives way to a alcoholy banana spice. Really hot alcohol at the end..
M:Sharp fizz on the front and top of the tounge.
D:The hotness of this brew is slightly off putting but disapears once you let it warm up a bit. Once that happens it is a very good beer. The caramel sweetness makes it a nice balanced beer

Photo of HotHabanero
4.97/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A wonderful aroma with fruit of banana and fig. Only complain is the little head.
Very nice brown colour. Flavour with burned carame and well balanced between sweet and bitter (is maybe to the sweet side). Lovely alcoholic bite. Sweet, alcohol and slightly bitter finish. Full bodied. My favourite trappist beer also compared to Westvleteren 12.

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

Rocky dense head that towers above the body like a mountain top. In addition, there were some deep brown yeasties that I had disturbed at the end of the pour. Instead of sinking down, it sat atop the stiff meringue head like a brown crown.

Dark ripe fruit. Honey and spicy desert bread. Liquor phenol alcohol in the nose too, but its very smooth and herbal, not astringent.

Peppery spice. Stong alcohol warming. Malty with an interesting fruity bitterness. Alcohol really warms the body as this beer warms itself up. Very satisfying, but not over the top.

I really enjoy this one. First of all, the label is no-nonsense. It doesn't even tell you what style (this ones a quad) it is. I love it.

It's below freezing outside, and this beer really hits the spot! A very well balanced and amazingly tasty beer.

Photo of csmiley
4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Looks dark brown with some light that comes through around the edges. The head is generous and retention is beyond words. Lacing is also very good.

S - Sweet caramel aromas dominate. I could detect some bitter fruit and alcohol in the background. There is also some spiciness in there as well. Could be allspice.

T - Sweet caramel is also primary in taste. The spice comes through more in the flavor and is peppery and sharp. That gets balanced by a fruity citrus flavor. Alcohol is present throughout but really does not show any real strength until the aftertaste.

M - Medium to full bodied. Very good carbonation. Very warm finish.

D - Drinkability is good. The beer is complex and plays the part of the sipping beer very well.

Photo of rochetremens
4.78/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Exceptional!!!

Its smell is great and the taste is amazing.

It's strong and heavy. Its contains in alcohol

is very high, but its not an impediment.

One of the best beers in the wolrd, I think.

Obligatory to taste.

Ciao tutti!!!

Beer is the great think humans has discovered!!!

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

Appearance: This one pours a murky brown color topped briefly by a little more than a finger of a foamy tan head.

Smell: The nose has notes of syrah, roasted malts, maple syrup, plumb, fig, clove, cinnamon, and Belgian yeast.

Taste: Sweet caramel malts, brown sugar, and cinnamon kickoff the flavor profile. Roasty malts come in as the beer settles in the mid-palate. It's as if the beer fairy swooped in and spilled two ounces of porter in my quadrupel. Plumb, raisin, fig, and apple take over for the roasted malts before phenols, Belgian yeast, and clove swoop in, joining sweet caramel malts and spiced rum for the finish. I'm on the fence between 4.5 and 5.0.

Mouthfeel: This is medium-bodied and smooth with a sticky, lingering aftertaste. No shortage of carbonation in here.

Drinkability: This is a fantastic quad and it's uniquely roasty for the style without deviating too far from the style guidelines. Quaffability suffers as the alcohol becomes very noticeable at the finish as the beer warms, but it does contributed positive characteristics to the taste. Fantastic beer overall. Well worth a try.

Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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