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Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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100
world-class

7,634 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 7,634
Reviews: 2,578
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 604
Gots: 1,446 | FT: 52
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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 therica
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured for me in a brauhaus in Leuven Belgium.

A= thick red-prune-juice colored with mild red-white head. In some ways it looked more like a wine-grog or something.

S= alcohol very evident; fruity-malty mix.

T= does it matter? If you find this stuff, just drink it. Nice malt and liquor when first poured cold, and more evident prune as it settles to room.

M= slightly numb but very happy.

D= an absolute requirement for ultimate sainthood, but then again in reverently-savored smaller quantity.

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

This one pours a deep mahogany into my tulip glass with a 1-finger off-white head that lingers and laces. There is a "deepness" to the appearance of this ale.

Aroma is of ripe plum, raisin, figs. Can't wait to taste this one.

Taste is deep and complex. Very nice. There are the aforementioned dark fruits, sweet and cloying. A hint of ripe cherry, a tinge of toastiness. A bit of a nutty finish. Walnuts.

Mouthfeel is clean and peppery, sort of dances on the tongue for a moment and then lingers around for a bit.

A wonderful experience and one I'll be sure to repeat.

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

330ml bottled poured into a red wine glass.
Appearance: Opaque dark brown. Persistent thin lace of head. Not much fizz.
Smell: Yes, rather like raisin but maybe even like brandy. Strangely reminds me of antique furniture.
Taste: Like caramel, like brandy, a pleasant wine taste as it is warming.
Mouthfeel: Bubbly in the mouth become creamy.
Drinkability: A sipping beer, a reminiscence beer. This beer always leaves a wonderful warm feeling in my tummy. The best beer I have tasted.

Photo of Tilley4
4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Let me begin this review by saying that I am not a big fan of the Belgian beers at all. I just haven't found that many that I really enjoyed. This one was different....

Poured a dark murky brown with a huge bubbly head and some carbonation as well...

Smelled very sweet, a lot like raisins and dates and other dark fruits. I also smell the alcohol in this but what can you expect at 11%? Smells very pleasant.

I was pleasantly surprised with this beer. It seems to be very highly thought of by all who try it and now I know why. It has a wonderful sweet taste with lots of fruit, some spiciness, and also some alcohol.

Yep, this is my favorite Belgian so far. By a long way. The alcohol is very prevalent so this is a sipper but this is actually one Belgian that I will get again and enjoy again.

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

A- Pours a nice and rich dark brown with a 2 finger head that is soft and tan after a medium pour. Lacing sticks around and the film on the surface of the beer is constant.

S- Dark fruits, cherries, figs, plums, dates. Also milk chocolate and vanilla are there. Citrusy fruits (lemons) are present in the nose, especially after a soft swirl of the glass. The alcohol burns the nose, but the alcohol smell is not strong at all.

T- Molasses, milk chocolate, vanilla and warming alcohol taste. Also, it is somewhat woodsy and oaky. The roasted malts and toffee is there too. I do not pick up the fruity tastes though that I picked up in the nose.

M- Medium thickness and high carbonation. Love the mouthfeel of it.

D- Very high, but the alcohol taste/content keeps you honest.

Overall- While it is complex, I feel that it is not AS complex as I imagined. I am going to age the other one I have for a while and revisit this brew. Nice brew though; it is obvious why it is rated so highly. Sticks to the style and represents it very well.

Photo of DIM
4.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a: This beer is a dark brown color, no hint of amber. Pours with a minimal tan head.

s: Huge and complex nose on this one. Warming sherry notes dominate, with some dark fruits (plums?) and sweet vanilla malts.

t: There is an awful lot going on here as well. Alcoholic plums that suggest sherry start things off in a big way. Sweet vanilla, smokey peats, and perfumed hops round things out.

m: This beer is amazingly thick and viscous. A minor complaint would be a lack of carbonation.

d: Thanks to my buddy Scott for splitting this with me. They aren't cheap but I just might have to get some more of these.

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.2/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

True deep, dark brown color, with small 1 finger head. Not much lacing to speak of, but that's to be expected.

Smell is nice and complex. Raisins, figs, dark chocolate, alcohol.

Deeper, darker flavor than the nose suggests. Retains a fraction of the ripe fruity hints of the 6 and 8, but more heavy on the maple syrup, with much more pronounced dark chocolate flavor. Finishes with a smokey aftertaste.

Good carbonation, actually more than I expected from this style. Leaves a relatively thick, but sweet coat on the tongue.

Good sipping drinkability. Excellent example of a Quad. Glad I found this.

Photo of BeerLover729
4.28/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer is a an opaque brown with a beautiful creamy head that subsides to a laceing. The beer smells of toasty roasty chocolate and crystal malt and tastes very similar. The taste is smooth with creamy roasted malt finish. A caramel flavor with Belgium yeastyness is noticeable. The mouthfeel is soft with a smooth maltyness, light medium body and delicate carbonation. Wonderful taste but alcohol is present, although an important part of the complex balance of flavors, making it less drinkable. Damn good beer.

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

It pours like an autumn day with a big fluffy, tan head.

Smells of grape wine. Very nice indeed! There's a hint of caramel and maple creme here too.

It has a nice chocolaty taste to it... then I get a little of that wine in the aftertaste.

This is an extremely drinkable beer. As you would expect, the carbonation helps with this as well.

At $7/bottle, you expect the moon and receive the galaxy. This is eons better than the 8 which is one of my favorites.

Photo of papat444
4.63/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to plucier for this one!

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

Appearance: deep, dark color, almost mahogany. Massive 3-4 finger head, unrelenting with active carbonation & tiny bubbles keep rising.

Smell: Wood-like character with some berries & malt.

Taste: Wow, Malty, creamy taste with a lot of sweetness in there. Fruit-like in body also.

Mouthfeel: The taste lingers a bit in the mouth, very smooth & the finish is semi-sweet. Very complex flavors that i'm sure i am missing some.

Drinkability: Wonderful sipping beer with a alcohol that kicks in about mid-bottle.

Overall: You can't go wrong with this one. Lots of flavours blended in & as it warms, it's even better. My only complaint is that i didn't have more! A must for Belgian lovers.

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

Pours an extremely dark brown with quite a bit of head that recedes fairly quickly. Smell is of a thick sweet malt. Taste is extremely sweet. The flavor drops off a bit quickly...but not drastically so. It stays on your tongue for a while and you get a alcohol taste that disappears before all the flavor does as well. Mouthfeel is not as thick as I would expect. Drinkability is high. Though you will feel this one fast.

Photo of adamdotson
3.65/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Brews' an Ales' Asheville, NC. Thanks Jason, Julie, and Chris!
Blind tasting out of the bottle being paired against Westy 12(year old), St. Bernardus 60th(over a year old), and Southampton Abbot 12(also over a year old).
The order of the beers between my brothers and I(all nuts for quads) was.
1.Southampton 2. Westy 3. ST. Bernardus 4. Rochefort
It was however completely unfair as the Rochefort was far to young and all the othes had matured a bit in the bottle over the year.
ANyways my review for this beer having it blind was this: Very pretty beer, dark copper color with a tan head, nice legs and head retention in general. Some lacing. Smell actually reminded me of Avery The Reverend a bit. Rich caramel, lots of candied sugar in the nose. Esters reminscent of cherries and bubble gum. A hint of apple also. But m main issue with this bottle of Rochefort was the fusel smell/taste. Some heat flaring up my nostrils.
Taste wasrich with caramel and some berries. The smell was sweeter than than the taste. Again, this beer was very hot(fusels). I think I actually detected some hop bite in the mouth which would lose it points with BJCP folks, but again this is a product of its age, not the true potential of this magnificent beer. Not that this is incredibly surprising to any one, but buy this and try after a year or more, otherwise you are in for an adoloescent beer experience. Beer brewed in 07'. Cheers.

Photo of AaronHomoya
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally found a bottle of this and man, am I glad I did. Restored my faith in great beers after a string of mildly disappointing big beers I've had.

Dark brown color with red undertones. Really nice, tan-colored head. Fantastic retention on this, especially for a high gravity beer. Nice lacing along the sides of my chalice.

Aroma is very fruity with apples, caramel and spices apparent. Wonderful and complex.

Taste is amazing! A smooth, rich flavor that blends perfectly from initial sweet, almost tangy fruitiness to rich malt and toffee flavors and then to a great finish that has hints of earthy hops.

Nice, rich mouthfeel. Carbonation was pleasant and the finish was nice and slightly dry.

Very drinkable, as I found myself wishing I had more at the end. The 11.3% ABV was very well hidden (I would have guessed 8%), though I could feel it at the end. The best beer I've had in a long time, and certainly in the top 5 or so all-time.

Photo of Beerzebub
4.88/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque dark brown, tinged red at the edges. Big fluffy head. Great sticky splotchy lace.

Huge wonderful smell of fresh white grape and tropical fruit, dark chocolate, spicy yeast, and raisin, with touches of pine forest, mint, and alcohol.

Tastes just like it smells. Great balance between fruity winy sweetness, complex chocolaty malt, spicy yeast, and alcohol, with minty herb and pine notes in the background. Fruit gradually fades and dark chocolate intensifies. Long chocolaty, yeasty finish.

Superfine carbonation gives it a creamy smooth texture. Very drinkable.

A classic.

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

Appearance – Dark brown, tan head with moderate retention, nice sticky lacing, easy on the eyes.

Smell – Sweet ripe dark fruits, a bit sugary of dark sugars. A bit spicy and herbal. Slight alcohol in the nose.

Taste – Pleasant warming in the throat. Again dark fruits, maltiness, and dark sugars. Mild hop flavors and a bit spicy. Yeast lends a hand adding that little extra. Tastes excellent clear thru till the end. Alcoholic warming starts at the tongue and continues on down.

Mouthfeel – Good solid full body. Very smooth. Absolutely wonderful in this category.

Drinkability – This one is defiantly a sipper. I sat on this bottle for awhile until I finally broke down. Well worth the wait though. Highly recommended if you can get your hands on one or several of these. Words cannot begin to explain this beer, so you will just have to see for yourself.

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

Review 100! Poured into chalice, pours the darkest shade of brown you can imagine, all but pure black. Thick, really thick, off-white and creamy head with great retention and lacing. The overall look in the cup is amazing. Smell is good but a little too much alcohol in it, but I guess thats to be expected with such a high ABV. Also some chocoalte, roasted grain, raisin, and touch of rum in the smell. Taste is wonderfully complex. Tingles at first and then lead to a nice caramel and chocolate taste on the tounge and leaves a raisin like warming sensation as it goes down. The first sip was amazing I must say. As it warms I started noticing more alcohol and some sweet sugar. I would say mouthfeel is medium with a nice aftertaste and somewhat thick presence left behind. Drinkability I can only give a 3.5 due to the cost and high ABV. Overall a tremendous beer, while not my highest rated beer of the first 100, its probably in the top 10, just as it is in the Top 100 list. Enjoy this beer slowly.

Photo of Beaver13
3.88/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle. Pours a murky brown with a huge fizzy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is strong harsh alcohol (rum) with fruit cake, dark fruits and some sugary caramel malts.

The flavor is dark fruits, wood, sweet caramel and toffee with some bitter alcohol in the finish which nicely balances the sweetness but becomes a little harsh as it warms. The mouthfeel is medium to full with velvety carbonation.

Overall, a very fine beer with lots of complexity and nice balance.

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

First off, Take your bottle and roll it on your table gently so the yeast that settled on the bottom of the bottle lifts off the bottom and intrudes the rest of the bottle. Pours a nice brownish/red with a massive amount of yeast. (awesome) Smell is fruity like cherries and other dark fruits. Taste is definately almost a wine. Class is close to a barleywine in my opinion. Very sweet though with little to no noticeable hops to finish off the palate. A very different type than I'm used to, but I very much appreciate the craftsmanship put into this superb brew. Very pleasant and light. A very drinkable but sipper of a brew. Elegance at it's best.

Photo of RiekerStarBrew
3.85/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I let this one age in the bottle for about a month. I read somewhere that the monastery that produces this fine beverage puts it in the bottle right after fermentation, so I didn't want to review it being so "green". The beer poured into my Chimay goblet had a dense, dark brown color. The head that sat atop the brew was a soft, pillowy white. The aroma had a lot of fruity esters resembling raisins. There was a slight hint of sour in the aroma as well. The scent of toasted grains comes through nicely. The alcohol was definitely present in the aroma, but it had a sweet, belgian candi sugar quality that made it pleasant. There was no hop aroma. The flavor was a very intense maltiness. The flavor of dark, dried fruits was barely present. There was a great alcohol warmth with every sip, coupled with the carbonation, giving the beer a great mouthfeel. There were really no hop flavors that I could detect. The beer finished very dry, leaving a bread-like feel in your mouth. This was a very, very good beer. As to be expected from the Trappists. My only suggestion would be to age this beer longer, two or more years perhaps.

Photo of Quej
4/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A dark opaque brown with huge fluffy cream-coloured head. Some visible carbonation. Very nice looking beer.
S - Heavy smells of Belgian yeasts, the fruity smells of sweet malt and a fair amount of cocoa. Quite a powerful smelling beer.
T - Lots of strong tastes of Belgian yeasts up front, strong dark chocolate and dark fruit tastes in the middle, notably, cranberry and cherry. Very little alcohol taste is noticeable, except in the warmer stages.
M - Rather heavy and malty, yet at the same time quite tingly. A good combination to prevent the malt from turning it to syrup.
D - Too strong to have many of, but very enjoyable by the bottle (or even two).

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

this beer is a gem. It pours dark brown with lots of yeast. The nose is very spicy, almost vinous and with dark fruits. The taste is of dark dried fruit with an intense abbey taste. great sugary residue on the finish. refreshing and smooth this is a belgian classic! I would love it if it were just a bit cheaper, the 8 is also fantastic, maybe better. Man I love these monks and their eat off the floor clean brewery.

Photo of Lupe
4.72/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep brown with ruby highlights when held to the light. Pancake sized tan head that settles to a thin froth, leaving behind some lace.

Aroma reminds me of toasted cinnamon-raisin bread. Spicy alcohol with dark and tropical fruit. Dark brown sugar, slightly herbal with caramel and cocoa as well.

Lots of roasted caramel, cocoa shells, and little spice. Thick maltiness with molasses and toasted dark bread. Mild herbal hops, but lots of spicy alcohol. Light banana notes with a peppery finish.

Medium-full in body, incredibly smooth and so creamy. Very luscious mouthfeel. Way to drinkable for a sip and savor beer. This will knock you down before you know it. Excellent.

Photo of AlexLMS
3.5/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: very deep brown. Very cloudy, full of sediments. The head is brown and low with poor retention and a nice lacing.
Aroma: sweet malts, ripe fruits and alcoholic vinous.
Taste: strong alcohol, sweet caramel, brown sugar and nice hops presence.
Mouthfeel: unctuous and mouthcoating, good carbonation, highly alcoholic (11,3%) and a full body.
Finish: starts very sweet but gradually turns to a tart aftertaste.

Overall: Very complex and well balanced one. It is too alcoholic for my taste.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz picked up at the Boise Coop for about $6... cellared for about 6-7 months... poured into my red wine glass while listening to Sasha's Involver mix.

Big chunky lite tan head that dissolves to sticky lacing and a nice collar. A very careful pour left a slightly hazy walnut wood colored brew.

Aroma is tawny port.. raisins prunes... lite banana.. low chocolate and brown malts.. notes of catcher's mitt leather and lightly smoked jerky... a little flat cheap cola smell... nose-hair raising alcohol is only there at the last bit of the very warm glass... maybe some earthy hops that could easily get lost in the mix. sorta reminds me of the inside of a cigar humidor.

Great lite to medium body! Persistant little bubble carbonation that keeps all flavors intermingling very well. Flavor is complex dried fruit that plays into the Belgian yeast fruitiness. Figs and dates... curicao... a smidge of chewy leather in mid palate... a little warm lite roasted coffee.. yummy and rummy as it warms.... Mouthfeel is smooth as silk.. big and delicate at the same time.

I am going to be honest here.... I really tried to find all the little nuances in the Rochefort 10.. and I feel like I did a good job.. but I can't with a good conscience rate it that high. There is something in the back of my mind that is telling me it needed a gentle touch more maltiness/sweetness to tie everything together... don't get me wrong, to this point, this is my most highly rated beer, but I still think it needs more. Every time I've had this brew, I've put it up against another quad (or 4)... but every time, I've found things I "really" appreciate about the other quads that the "10" just does not have... but still, Tonight.... I am reviewing my highest rated beer to date.

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

Pours a deep yet flat brown, but looks mahogany with light through it. two fingers of dark cream colored head. Bubble columns large and obvious when looking through the glass.

Dark caramels on the nose, roasty...almost a hint of a game roast. Barest hint of chocolate. Bready malts.

Taste is superb. Heavily roasted caramels, cocoa again, a little spicy. Alcohol noticeable, but blends in so perfectly.

Mouthfeel is nearly perfect. Plenty of carbonation, body and flavor up front, smooth and silky going down, and a bit warming.

11.3% will get you stupid, but other than that this beer sits perfectly on your stomach. Sip and savor.

Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
100 out of 100 based on 7,634 ratings.