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Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Ratings: 7,857
Reviews: 2,627
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 653
Gots: 1,607 | FT: 54
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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 MasterSki
4.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'll admit that I'm a bit partial to this beer, as it's the one that got me into good beer in the first place - but hey, it's a classic for a reason. This review is somewhat of an aggregate of numerous experiences in a way (regarding how it ages).

330ml poured into a chalice. Best before July 16th, 2013 @ 7:44am (I love the specific hour!) - so recently bottled.

A - Dark brownish-red color with three-fingered tan head. Definitely unfiltered as you can see the sediment floating about in the glass. The head takes forever to dissipate and leaves a very attractive lace behind.

S - Roasted malt barley, dark fruits, raisins & prunes, caramel & molasses. It's also initially a little smoky and understated, but sweetens and comes alive as the beer warms up. I think it's a touch boozy - probably a bit too hot at such a young age.

T - Sweet - mostly malt character and raisins. Not as boozy as it smells, but retains the same depth of flavors. There's a little bit of oak character at the top of the palate, possibly from the high ABV.

M - Smooth, but only medium-bodied - a little watery for my tastes. There's a stickyness that corresponds to the sweet flavor, and the carbonation is just enough.

D - Not drinkable in mass quantities due to the ABV and the sweetness, but a fantastic brew in all other respects.

This one never lets me down, even after all these years (first had this in 2003).

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

Pours a deep brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is fruity sweet with currant and caramel. Flavor is very fruity and roasty to a lesser extent. Alcohol is noticeable, particularly going down but not nearly as much as the abv would suggest. Medium to heavy bodied, chewy texture. This is real beer, the way it is supposed to be made.

Photo of Vendetta
3.1/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Original Rating Date:
September 19, 2008

Strong pruney raisin smell. Smells very vinous. Taste is strong -- lots of dry raisin and dark grape. Darker taste. Similar to St Bernardus Abt 12, but overall I didn't find nearly as much complexity in this brew. This is one of the most overrated beers on both this site and ratebeer. Still very enjoyable, however, especially if you like the Belgian Abbott/Quadrupels. I'm also not that big of a fan of the style, so that may sway my view as well. If you like quadrupels, you'll love this beer either way.

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

11.2oz bottle into 8oz snifter.

Opaque mahogany hue with a two finger light tan head that slowly settles to a thick cap.

Creamy aromas with a little bit of dark fruit. A touch of spiciness. Some licorice is in there as well.

The spicy licorice is in full force in the flavor, along with a bit of raisin. Some phenols appear in the middle. Full bodied. The licorice lingers for a while.

A very nice and drinkable quad. Low on the phenols and high on the licorice. Probably one of my favorite quads to date.

Photo of Asgeirr
4.44/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Trappistes Rochefort 10 pours a dark brown-to-burgundy red colour along with a thick, creamy, but rather short, beige crown that persists for a great amount of time.

Smell: Much like cherries or plums soaked in cognac, notes of dark bread can be hinted along with some pears.

Taste: Oh sweet Zombie-Jesus! Mellifluously corresponding to the taste, we get a cognac-meets-cherry accompanmied by a tad of maltiness along with some vanilla/chocolate ice cream; finished of with plenty of alcohol in the aftertaste.

Now, in nine times of out ten times I would've found a high amount of alcohol in the flavour to be disturbing the equilibrium of the tasting experience. However not in this case, how come? I mean, sure, here the alcohol gives itself away more than usual, but it does so in such a sophisticated manner that it moreso completes than it dominates the taste (see 'Mouthfeel').

Mouthfeel: Rather full and creamy, medium-low in carbonation and with a great feeling of warmth (because of the alcohol) that spread through the palate pleasingly, much like in the case of a great cognac or bourbon!

Drinkability:
Q; Rich? A: Yes!
Q: Complex? A: Sure!
Q: Astonishing? A: Darn straight!
Q: Inebriating? A: ...
Q: Recommended? A: YOU BET!

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

A: Poured from 330mL bottle into chalice. Pours a nice dark mahogany color with thick 2-3 cm thick dark tan head. Interesting dark speckles pour out from the bottom of the beer and sit upon the thick head...yeast!
S: Malty raisin, yeasty bread, belgian spice...perfect!
T: Raisin, malt, cinnamon, yeasty bread...follows the aroma well.
M: Very smooth on the tongue. Coats well and lingers nicely.
D: Dangerously drinkable! The high ABV is hidden perfectly...can't tell it's there until the warmth washes over you half way through the bottle.

Photo of Bung
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick brown pour, fluffy creamy head. Malty, raisin aromas, dark alcohol. Lost of different sweet tastes, malt, caramel. Some dark fruit at first. This definetely improved as it warmed. Mellowed and became a little more sweet malty like an old ale. Pretty warming, I don't find the alcohol that offensive or even that present. Some lacing throughout. The best quad I've had for sure.

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

Bottle served at room temp in a goblet

A - dark brown brew thick tan head stacks high requires

S - alcohol, dark fruit, like plum, not quite raisiny , peppery spicy.

TM - peppery, slight alcohol notes, yeast hints, maltiness comes through in the beginning. carbonation well expected for the type. good great and splendid. creamy delicious made me forget that As i crack it, it splashed on a new white shirt. (it was worth it)

D- Sipper but not because it's too heavy but something I want to savor. high alcohol gives it some knocks however There may be the only complaint although its not really a complaint

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

Dark brown beer, with a little cloudiness from the yeast. The head was thick and heavy, and barely diminished while I drank the beer. It smelled of figs or raisins with some maltiness. Tasted the same with a little sweetness. I detected a little hop bitterness. The beer felt like cream in my mouth. I did notice a little alcohol bite to it.

Photo of colts9016
4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep oily brown color, cloudy some sediment. The earthy aroma is wrapped with leather and sweet yeasty bread. There are hints of spices . There is a thin tan head . The taste is earthy and figs on the front, leather and oak on the end. This is a very thick chewy beer. The finish is sweet yeasty bread. This complex beer is very balanced.

Photo of Chelsea1905
3.94/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a wine glass.

Looked like instant coffee before you add milk, head was bubbly and porous, that fizzed away quickly.

While the head was there I got scents of vanilla, but that soon gave way to a malty backbone, then grape, apple and sherry.

Hint of a burgundy wine in there, strong alcohol content, hint of maltyness to finish it off.

Very effervescent, exploded on the tongue like something you'd see in an adult film!

Pretty belchy, but enjoyable even with strong alcohol content

Scott

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

Thanks to Brad for a 2005 Bottle of this!

Pours a beautiful dark brown sugar color with a perfectly forming right creamy tan head. Excellent retention and lacing.

Wow, smells awesome. Pears carmelized in brown sugar. Rich malts. There is a slight hint of oxidation that has manifested itself in the form of a coca-cola flavor with a hint of peppermint. Some booze soaked dates and Raisins.

Oxidation a little more present in the taste - maybe a bit of a rusty metallic note, but not dominating. A lot of the same flavors, but a bit more fruitiness. Rich malts and stewed dark fruits. Brown sugar. Nicely carbonation as the appearance indicated, creating a very satisfying medium-bodied mouthfeel. Very drinkable for its abv and the level of complexity is very high. A definite winner, fresh or aged - I really wouldn't see a need to push it more than 5 years though.

Photo of magictrokini
4.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours darker brown (than the 8) with some sediment. The head is just as big, but thinner and dissipates quickly. Nose is heavier in the malt, with toffee and alcohol prominent. Lighter mouthfeel than the 8. Malts, dates, and currants dominate the taste. Kind of a light cognac finish that comes out as the beer warms, unfortunately so does the alcohol. Both are great, but I like the 8 better.

Photo of brewbucker
4.92/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Initial review was (May 30 2006) from RB. Just starting to move some ratings to this site.

I first tried it years ago while I was in the military in Europe. I recently bought 12 bottles directly from Belgium. Shipping was a killer but still worth it. Everything about this beer is near perfect. Very strong but alcohol is hidden very well. Deep dark color with a nice tan head. Smells like heaven. The trademark Belgian spiced malts and rich fermented fruits is just fantastic. This one really warms ya up.

Photo of cindiwindi1025
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark copper colored pour, nice 1/2 finger head that recedes and holds onto a nice lacing.

S: Smells of coca cola and alcohol. Not meant in a bad way.

T: Sweet...lightly brown-sugar spiced, sweet figs, plums, toffee, cherry....a roasty molasses lingering as the taste settles....tastes kind of hot after a few seconds.

M: Light, prickly carbonation, a light roasted/milky/fruity mouthfeel...it's delicious and leaves you wanting more.

D: The tastes in this beer are quite complex as is typical with Belgian's....this is classicly Belgian with an ABV that will kick you right in the crotch in a heartbeat. I find the alcohol isn't quite as blended in with this one, it's lurking it's biting head. One glass is about the extent of any indulging of this one. Tastes wonderful, just too strong in the alcohol department.

Photo of corby112
4.88/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice dark brown with a frothy tan head. Aroma of dark fruits and malty caramel. Extremely smooth tating beer whcih is surprising given the high abv. Hints of dark fruit, caramel and chocolate with a slightly dry finish. This is my favorite beer.

Photo of mugglesandhops
4.02/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this as an extra from a awesome trader.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a chalice.

A- Murky very brown body with a great 1 1/2 finger head.

S-Lots of going on here. Dark fruits, prunes, fig, some cherries maybe.

T- Prunes again, especially in the after taste. Some nuttiness in the after taste also

M- Carbonated feel, bubbly mouthfeel

D- A little alchohol burn toward the end this is still a fresh bottle so I'm sure it will mellow with age but I couldnt wait to drink this gem.

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

Poured from a 330mL bottle into a wine glass. Dark brown with a huge tan head. Intensely malty and dark fruits with hoppy undertones. Taste is mainly dark fruits, with a bitter finish. Very full bodied and smooth. Alcohol presence increases drastically when as it warms, hurting drinkability a bit.

An excellent beer all around, but this could perhaps benefit from some age.

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

pour a murky mahogany with nice beligan light chocolate foam. nose has been boozy at times. when good smells like nothing but pilsner hop at first. beligan sugar yet smooth... preserve like. plum, fig, pumpkin seed, leather, apricot, and brown sugar. excellent volume. no alcohol detected in a good bottle. palate is everything the nose is and gradually. smooth with a like hop wit h a nice leather malt finish. has a lamb meat quality. astringent hop. peppery and clove like. would recommend obviously with lamb. fantastic for game period.

Photo of GeoffM
3.38/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Opaque dark brown, excellent head with wonderful retention and lacing.

Smell - Alcohol is strong and overwhelms most everything else. Dark fruity malts are in there somewhere, grapes and plums from what I can tell.

Taste - Sharp malt bitterness up front, tastes much like wine. Mellows out very nicely for the finish, all sorts of fruits swirl around on the palate. Full-bodied, very nice texture and mouthfeel. Alcohol is not well-hidden at all.

Overall - Frankly it's just not my thing. The complexity of the beer and the prowess of the brewery is undeniable, but for me it's near-undrinkable.

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

11/22/08- Purchased at Jackson's Wine and Spirits in Lafayette, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle, best by 2009. Poured into my Rochefort chalice. Has been aged for 3 years or so.

Appearance- Murky brown caramel colored pour. Average amount of yeast settles to the bottom of the glass. Leaves some light trails of lace. Smaller 1/4 inch head...which is a bit off white.

Smell- Sweet notes of milk chocolate, alcohol soaked dark fruits and some roasted malts. Caramel as well.

Taste- Sweeter than Westy. Caramel flavor comes through during the whole beer. Alcohol is not really noticable. Dates and figs add to the high level of sweetness with a small amount of chocolate flavor.

Mouthfeel- Lower carbonation with a definite full mouthfeel. Lasting sweetness and sticky caramel coating.

Drinkability- I'm kinda wishing I would have tried one last year. I think the aging has affected it for the worse. I've had a few fresh and they were a bit better than this. Still an excellent beer, but prefer them fresher.

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

Appearance: Black with dark brown at the edges. No light shows through. The head is tan and thick with a combination of creamy foam and large bubbles. The head has good retention. The lacing is minimal, but where it does hang, it hangs in clumps.

Aroma: Sweet and fruity with plenty of maltiness, maybe some licorice hints. The alcohol is obvious in the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a lot of creaminess. The carbonation is light and perfect for my tastes.

Taste: Definitely malty with a caramel and pepper present. It has bite, but it doesn't TASTE of strong alcohol, though it definitely warms as it goes down. The hops are very subtle and seemingly only there for balance.

Overall impression: This was not what i was expecting to be honest. I have not loved many Belgians. This one, however, I like quite a bit. It is definitely a sipping beer and at the prices they go for here, probably one I'll sip infrequently. Though, when i do, I'll enjoy it!

Photo of JayQue
4.27/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Chimay goblet. Pours a dense mahogany brown color with a lot of light coming through when held to a light. Reddish highlights and a small white head. Head retention is brief, a result of the 11.3 abv.

Smell is great. Dark fruit, Candi sugar and a hint of alcohol. Very inviting.

Taste was a bit of a disappointment. I was expecting more complexity from a top rated beer. This beer semed more basic, some sweetnessand spiciness up front and a little bitterness at the end. The alcohol was well hidden

Mouthfeel was good, nice and rich. Drinkability is good. The lack of harsh alcohol taste and the smoothness make this very drinkable despite the abv.

I still like St Bernadus abt 12 better as a Quad.

Photo of bobsy
4.27/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at the Only Cafe in Toronto. Poured a deep clouded mahogany, with a finger of smooth, creamy off-white head. It is very similar in appearance to the 8, but leaves far less lacing. Very dark nose, with lots of phenols and yeasty spiciness. Certainly less oak than the 8, and more sweeter aromas. Luxurious layers of chocolate and caramel in the flavour make this almost more like a dessert than a beer, and definitely contributing to a full-bodied, filling experience. There's also dark fruit in abundance, particularly candied dates, and a nice Belgian spiciness from the yeast strain. Extremely smooth in the mouth...almost creamy. A minor complaint would be that the carbonation was not ideal, and its moderation did make the mouthfeel a little too heavy, which was reinforced by the richness of the flavours.

This is an extremely complex beer, and one that all Belgian lovers should endeavour to try. I did enjoy it a lot, but did not find it to be a stellar leap over other classics, and in fact I though the Rochefort 8 was superior in terms of appearance and mouthfeel. In terms of quads, this kicks almost all of them into touch, and from the ones I have had, only St. Bernardus would beat it in my eyes.

Photo of sgoodship
4.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had the 8 and now for the 10!

A: Very dark red brown and exceptionally hazy. Lovely fluffy finger head that looked like someone sprinkled cinnamon on it. Nice spotty lacing.

S: Strong phenols, rum, dark fruit and sweet malt.

T: Wow. Not what I expected. Lovely creamy sweet malty taste with a subtle rum. Some sweet chocolate and some dark fruit. A little medicinal with warming alcohol of course - what would you expect with this ABV! The alcohol developed more wallop as the drink progressed.

M: Incredibly creamy and smooth - a little sharp alcohol at the finish. The sharpness probably has hops too but with this much alcohol, it's hard to pin point it. Medium body.

D: This drink plain scares me. I have had beers at a third of the ABV that were harder to drink. This is such a decadent beer. It makes you feel special. It makes you remember that beer is not a drink to pound down or at least not always. Amazing. Quite an experience. You have to try it.

Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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