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Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Ratings: 7,959
Reviews: 2,648
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 671
Gots: 1,679 | FT: 59
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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 AccidentalKate
4.19/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark Walnut Brown with a really nice head. Strong.

Aroma: A bit of a tang, along with a small bit of a soapy smell.

Taste: Strong nutty taste to start, and then evolves into a bit of cola taste, before ending on a nice milk chocolate taste on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Coats the tongue nicely, and it's not afraid of being bold. Very nice.

Drinkability: A definite beer. One that should be tried.

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

First experience with this beauty.
A - Poured into Duvel glass. Holy smokes, the head is insane. This is the most careful pour I've ever done in my life and the head threatens to spill out the top of the glass. Finally under control now. The beer itself is a dark ruby with a slight soil brown as well. The head is very white. This is the first time I've seen the head of a beer act like a living organism. It's fading in different regions, disappating at its own pace. There are mountains and valleys all in this now, leaving spider webs all acros the glass.
S - Wow... where to begin? First thing that I get off of this is some strong sweetness. Some prune, little bit of tobacco, very bready. Like strong rye/whole grain bread. There are some other general fruity flavors that I can't place right now. Slight estery alcohol as well, but fits in nicely.
T - Again, I am astounded. Extremely complex flavor here, my mind is going crazy trying to pinpoint all of the flavors. All right, there's definite malt breadiness turned sweet, some very nice fruit also in the form of fig, prune, slight banana and strawberry, light tobacco aftertaste, bit of botterscotch, warm alcohol, nice tannins, slight hop bittnerness. Each flavor just rolls into the next, layers upon layers of depth here.
M - This feels better on my tongue than anything else. Very soft, velvety, creamy, leaves mouth begging for more but also somewhat satisfied. This is what liquid bread is all about.
D - This was very easy to put back, very smooth, but if you put many of these down, it would put you down.

In short, this lives up to the hype. Best trappist I've ever had, period.

Photo of Beernoisseur
4.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My last review was DFH 90 minute. This #10 for my 100th review seemed fitting. On April 10th, which is the 100th day of the year. I'm all about seizing opportunity. Thanks to superfantastic for the idea.

This is the first Quad that I have had the opportunity to try. I've enjoyed Rochefort's other offerings, and I am sure that this will be no different.

The first thing that I am struck by is how eagerly the ivory head developed in my snifter. (I wanted to enjoy the big nose that I am expecting). It's retaining and lacing very nicely as well. To say that the head is developing its own landscape is an understatement. Rugged mounds of froth are basically doing what they please in a tectonic display of power. There are little nuggets of yeast floating around, despite my careful pour. That's a little bit of a turn off, but no major problem.

Nose is dominated by sweetness. There are only subtle hop qualities. As it warms up I am getting butterscotch, and other toffy like aromas. Much more pronounced than I am used to. There's definitely a fresh baked rye bread aroma, almost salty. Very very interesting.

As for the taste, the hops are on the light side, yet present. I also get the flavor of prunes and phenols. spicy, peppery, and the taste of buttered dark multigrain bread. You know, the kind with rolled oats on top? There are fruity qualities. There's a very hearty food-like quality to this beer. It's incredible. I've never experienced anything like it. Warming in the mouth, the throat, stomach...

The feel of this beer is sublime. It's like what angels would feel like if, somehow, you could drink them. Full bodied, this is one of the softest beers I have ever had in my mouth.

The drinkability is going to score a little lower, because this beer is REALLY intense. Drinkability over the period of a week or a year? Incredible. Drinkability over the period of a single night? Um....less.

Notes:
My experience with Beeradvocate.com is literally shaping who I am as a human being. I can't wait for the next 100, and I can't think of a better beer to celebrate my centennial. #10 is one of those that I have always wondered about, and now will always think of longingly. What an excellent beer. Thank God for the Catholic church, and for putting men in monasteries for so long that they literally had no choice but to create some of the finest beers on the planet to pass the time.

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

1st Review. Poured from a 330mL bottle into a snifter.

Very dark amber in color and the head was tan with nice retention. A nice lace is left on the glass

The aroma was a deep fulfilling one of dark chocolate, and nutty with a apricot sweetness.

The taste was full bodied with a nice balance of bitterness you wish to find in a dark beer. Toasted and chocolate with a nice maltiness. it has a nice, intense, sweet aftertaste that doesn't linger longer than you want it to. The bitterness fades out and your left with all the beauty of the undertones.

Smooth and creamy with a nice balanced level of carbonation.

This is a beautiful beer that should be savored. Nicely comparable to the Pannepot Grand Reserva but with a richer history and nicer aftertaste.

Photo of chiguy2420
4.3/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Review #2. Poured into St. Bernardus trappist glass.

A: Nice thin light khaki head. Light lacing. Deep dark amberish color almost like sap.

S: Faint fruitiness but nothing too strong. Traditional smell of dates/raisins is apparent.

T: Good taste. Notes of a sweet and ever so slightly bitter brown sugar taste with mixed fruits. Not blowing my socks off but for sure a nice treat.

M: This is a strong performance beer. Holds up great while sitting in my mouth. This is the part that begins to impress me the most. Definitely a burn at first but nothing to shy away from. I actually loved the mouthfeel the most.

D: This is right up there as beers go for drinkability. Truly a treat worth having. Obviously not meant to be a session beer but I can see this working out if you grab a few for the night.

Must say I am impressed. While Westvleteren really is the creme de la creme in the Quad class. One can see why this is the runner up.

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

pouerd this out into a wastmalle trappist goblet .

Appearance:a dark rich brown with a thin head of froth that sticks around .it`s got alot of yeast floating that gathers at the bottom of the glass.

Smell:dark fruits and malt very pleasing to the snout .the fruit ,figs and raisins ,smoky sweet malt and yeast all working together.

Taste:nothing in this beer is off balance and the flavor is no exception .i thought the alcohol would be too strong,or the fruit and yeast too bitter, but to my (not too)sweet surprise this is a good beverage .

mouthfeel:what dances on this stage? a bitter song of alcohol and a fine selection of yeast and that just performs deeper as the show goes on.

Drinkablility: this brew give a fantastic performance. it just grabs your palate and tells you who is in controll it linger on stage to long prehaps by it knows what it`s doing.

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

Poured into an oversized wine glass

Appearance: Dark brown with a nice big fluffy off white head.

Smell: Dried fruits, with a nice bready backbone, absolutely awesome.

Taste: There are those dried fruits again (plum?), and an absolutely amazing yeasty/bready finish. This is definitely the best tasting belgian I've ever had.

Mouthfeel: Heavy yet pretty crisp.

Drinkability: I can drink this stuff for breakfast lunch dinner and dessert, I absolutely love it. Plus there really isn't that much of an alcohol bite to it.

Notes: Beautiful, truely amazing. I'm a huge Belgian fan and this one just ousted St Bernardous out of my number one. I saved this for a special occasion and it did not let me down at all!

Photo of UA8
4.27/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nearly opaque brown with a thin tan head.

S- Candied figs, molasses, biscuity yeast, and warm alcohol.

T- Leads with dried dark fruits of plums and blueberries. Molasses notes lead into a blast of warming alcohol, finishes with notes of heavily malted barley and wheat.

M- This thing has legs the tasting experience just goes on and on.

D- This is a sit by the fire and contemplate life while you sip slowly away type beer. Very interesting and subtle in its presentation.

Photo of regspeir
4.67/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass
A: chocolate brown, almost looks like cider. large head, calms quickly and sticks to the side of the glass.
S: light fruit, malt and molasses or toffee
T: warm, sweet, caramel, with good carbonation.
fruity, peppery finish which lasts
I was aware of the alcohol, but not matching the expectation, given the ABV.
M: medium. some burn but not overpowering
D: except for the price and my wimpiness (ABV), gimme, gimme, gimme!

overall: go NOW and have one!

Photo of jwolfie70
4.28/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown, with a thin white head. The smell if very complex with hintsof dark fruits, candied malt and chocolate. The taste is even more complex than the smell, with alternating flavors of dark fruits, chocolate and roasted malt.

A truly great beer. I was lucky enough to be gifted with two cases of this beer, which I have been slowly drinking over the last year. When this supply runs out I may actually cry into my last beer (and then proceed to go out and buy another stash).

Photo of gameface23
3.72/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark, murky, prune juice brown with a tan head.

S: Aroma is of sweet brown sugar/molasses and raisins.

T: Taste is raisiny with alcohol and other dark fruits. The high ABV warms as it goes down.

M: Pretty good. Not thin, not ultra thick.

Photo of Rennpferd
4.94/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It poured dark brown. It had a two finger head that slowly retreated into a one finger head. There was some carbonation present, and an unfiltered appearance.

It had a great scent. Well balanced and mild. The malt and hops blended perfectly. I actually salivated.

It had quite a zing. The alcohol was present but tempered. It was spicy and floral at the same time. The malt was rich and tasty. It was medium bodied in a velvety way.

It is drinkable. I like it a lot.

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

A: Rich espresso brown body.. khaki head theat lingers and leaves thick lacing behind.

S: Mostly caramel, raisins, alcohol, dark cherry and coffee.

T: Similar to the nose but much more complex and discernible. Large dose of caramel, chocolate, and coffee. Accented by raisins, plums, dark cherries and a healthy dose of alcohol. Yeasty tones are throughout.

M: Rich flavoring in a creamy-smooth presentation on the tongue. Moderately carbonate. A nice finish with lingering belgian yeastyness.

D: Spot on for a huge quad.

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

A deep brown pour, initially with a thick creamy tan head but soon it turns into a thin film which leaves a sheet of excellent lacing in it's wake. One of the better looking brews.

A somewhat sweet aroma, with some dark cherry and grape.

Tasted like a very well balanced mixture of the above, along with some licorice. The alcohol was there, but blended in much better than most beers of this strength. Very nice.

Mouthfeel was near perfect, yet just a small notch below the very best. Medium/thick and smooth, and with a nice tingle.

This is certainly one of the best beers of it's style. I really liked how it wasn't too over the top with the dark fruit taste or alcohol. Everything meshed together very well to create a wonderful beer to sip and admire.

Photo of projectflam86
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours dark caramel brown color with a thick tan foamy head with nice lacing. You can just make out the bubbles when held up to the light.

S- Rich malty nose with some spices and subtle fruit scents. Slightest ester and fig smells as well.

T- Strong malt flavor. The alcohol is fairly present but not too overpowering. There are some coffee and chocolate flavors that come through a bit along with some tart fruit and yeast tastes. Not much in the hops department although maybe a little hoppy bitterness in the finish.

M- Smooth and creamy full body with sweet and bitter tastes balancing well.

D- Nice brew that should be sipped and savored.

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

Seriously, how can you not like a Trappist beer of this caliber...

The Rochefort 10 is one of the strongest quad beers out there, you can't find 11.3% ABV everyday.

It looks terrific, even in its dark bottle, but you realize what a masterpiece this is once you pour it in the special Trappist glass. The color is dark, the foam consistent. You see small dark (colloidal?) particles dancing around. A sign of a great abbey beer.

Smell it... ahh, GOOD SWEET HEAVENS! I'm sure the monks say something like that when they sip to control their limited production line. You can even sense its strong content in alcohol, this IS a dangerous potion afterall!

First sip, second sip... if you like sweet syrupus beers you will love this one. The alcohol is there though, carefully masqueraded behind this dense sweetness. The mouthfeel is great as always due to the viscosity.

By the time you finish it you have drunk the equivalent of half a bottle (750ml) of a Retsina wine. Would you have another one? Thankfully, the Rochefort 10 is much more accessible than its cousin the Westvleteren so you can have another one, albeit the price.

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

Lightly chilled and poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. Freshness date is 011013 which means it was bottled on the 1st of October in 2008 and is just 6 months old. (Which the monks say on their website is the prime age for drinking this beer.)

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brown (almost black) color with a 1" off white head that recedes fairly quickly to leave a rim of foam, a thin surface cover and strands of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Rich and smooth with few distinct aromas to that stand out clearly. There is clearly sweetness from the malt, and no detectable alcohol. The aroma reminds me of a fine port with hints of fruit and spices. But what fruit? Possibly a hint of banana but this is so complex there is much more here but it is so well integrated that nothing stands out clearly... All I can think of is a mixed basket of fruits or a rich holiday fruitcake.

Taste: The taste is incredibly complex and built around a firm malt backbone with not even a hint of alcohol. It is complex and fruity but as with the aroma I can't really identify which fruits, except perhaps a touch of ripe pear and no shortage of other fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is full and soft from the light, continuous carbonation. The finish is long and malty with hints of chocolate and a dry ending.

Drinkability: For its ABV this is extremely drinkable (sippable actually), but I doubt I could or would want do more than one a night. But each sip leaves me wanting yet another. I now understand why there is so much praise for this beer. This just too complex and well integrated to be broken easily into identifiable elements.

Note: I'll be trying this beer again in a few weeks and will try to improve on this description.

Photo of iasanlee
4.06/5  rDev -10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 vintage. Blind tasting next to 2005 Westvleteren 12.

Pours a deep amber brown with a huge rocky tan head leaves thick coating of lacing. Beautiful.

Aroma is of sweet caramel malts and imitation grape candy.

Flavor is of rich sweet malts and again imitation grape candy. Dark stone fruits and alcohol.

Medium in body with moderate carbonation feel. Hot.

This is a fine beer, but lacks the depth to be the top of it's class. I love the availability, always a pleasure to drink.

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

In a snifter:

Pours deep brown with garnet notes. Tons of head; four fingers in my snifter, which is off white, creamy and billowy. Settles very slowly. Alcohol is obvious in the nose. Notes of raisin and dark fruit, a touch of toffee and citrus. Tastes pleasantly tart maltiness flush with plum and raisin. Finishes
with a significant and complex fruity bitter. The aftertaste is
wonderfully sweet and lingers for a substantial amount of time. Strong in body. Carbonation is high, but in line with the style;
fine, and brings out flavor quite well. Rochefort 10's drinkability is somewhat diminished by its high carbonation. Other than that, this is a brew I'd gladly enjoy a couple bottles of.

Overall: It's so nice to have such a great beer available all the time. If you haven't tried this one yet, do so.

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.

Photo of JCAMPBELL
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.

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Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
100 out of 100 based on 7,959 ratings.