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Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Ratings: 7,770
Reviews: 2,611
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.76%
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Gots: 1,557 | FT: 52
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Brasserie de Rochefort

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 naterock
4.82/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a tulip

poures a orangy brown with a thin sticky head. hazy and beautiful.
S: purple grape and fig, strong esters and alcohol. incredibly aromatic.
T: Rish maltiness flavor is very strong, alcohol comes through after the malt, figgy, smooth and incredibly balanced.
medium body fantastic drinkability. it's definitely a sipper though. there is a damn good reason this beer is in the top ten.

Photo of KeefD
4.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hmmm, I don't know where quite to begin with this one. Poured into a tulip glass a brownie batter brown with a nice, big creamed coffee head that left some nice lacing. The appearance of this thing was the last good thing about it. Smelled a bit grassy, sour, wafts of dirty feet, and all-around funky. Not like the sweet quadruple brews I'm used to. Taste was funktastic. Rotten fruit, stale malts, sourness in a not-so-good kind of way, a bit of bitterness. Not as bad as the smell, but to be completely honest, I made it through about half of the bottle and ran to the bathroom for a nice round of the Hershey squirts. This thing turned my stomach like no other. The mouthfeel wasn't all that bad, slightly creamy, and medium carbonation. The alcohol could be felt, a nice warming, but definitely heavy. I had to pour this out. Such a shame coming from such an expensive brew.

Consumed in July of '08 with a best by date of 2013. It couldn't have gone bad, as the best by date was 5 years away, and it seemed capped properly as it gave a nice hiss when opened. Maybe it needed to age a little longer? Not sure, but it was awful.

Probably the worst of the so-called "best" Belgians I've ever consumed. I probably would have liked it more if didn't make me sick. Not sure if I'll try this one again.

Old Scores: 4, 1.5, 2, 3, 2 with an overall 2.4


Updating this review. Let's see if another bottle gives me the shits

Pours a dark brown color with maybe some hints of crimson on the side, a decent tan colored head and good lacing. Cap sticks around. Wonderful aroma of chocolate, grass, caramel, dark fruits, and deliciously sweet. No hops. Taste is much better than I remember. Not as much weird earthy funkiness, but there's notes of apple skin, chocolate, plums, light raisin, and molasses. Yumm, this is much much better. This finish long with a yeast and minty herbal like quality on the back of the tongue. I can't even believe my old review. Mouthfeel is full but carbonation is a little high at first, but slowly mellows with some swirls. This bottle is about 2 years old, so it's holding up quite well. A very good beer and satisfied my recent desire for a quad.

Photo of jmmakare
3.86/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a coffee brown with about a finger of head, most of which disappears quickly. Nice lacing.

S- Chocolate and malt with a slight twinge of alcohol.

T- Lots of dark fruits after the carbonation gets out of the way. Finishes with some freshness from the hops.

M- Full-bodied. Sort of creamy after the carbonation/alcohol shock. Very interesting.

D- I'll have one any day, but not 2 with the 11.3 ABV.

Photo of SpecialK088
4.77/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Chalice

Its hard for me to review this beer cause im not sure i have the experiance yet to fully give it the review it deserves, All i can really say is that the complexities and balance on it are the best i have ever had. Very rich and smooth everything comes through with every drink you take. Perfect carbonation level and a very warming brew, i'll be setting 2 of these back for later and haopefully i'll be able to do a better review next time i have it

Photo of sholland119
4.52/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a murky deep brown with a nice brown head and some good lacing.

S-Excellent. Lots of dark fruit, a modest amount of alcohol and a brown sugary sweetness.

T-An outstanding complex flavor. Moderate sweetness with lots of raisin and a bit of bittersweet chocolate. A nice touch of alcohol warmth after the finish.

M-Creamy and delicious.

D-A very drinkable brew, admittedly one with a high ABV. Also a little too much residual sweetness lingers.

An outstanding brew, deserving of the rep and the hype.

Photo of JoeMayo
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A wondefully complex Belgian Quadrupel

A- Pours a dark copper color with a sturdy head. The glass had more lacing than I've ever seen when it was empty

S- So much comes through but I guess the dominant scents are bananas, coffee, chocolate, cloves, and other spices. Further in the background are notes of vanilla and dark fruits.

T- Just as complex as the smell: Chocolate, clove, banana, vanilla, stone fruits (plums?), coffee, and a slight sweetness imparted by the alcohol. My only complaint is the slight estery flavor in the aftertaste.

M- A little richer than a typical belgian and nicely carbonated

D- Very drinkable in spite of the alcohol content...although with a beer this delicious and complex, who'd want to rush?

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

A-Dark amber with a 1 finger head and nice lacing.

S-Dark fruits, dates and maybe even some chocolate covered rasberries and oranges. Malts and hops also loitering around.

T-Roasted coffee and toffee, rich malts with a semi bitter aftertaste.

M-Light body, meduim carbonation. Pretty smooth on the palete

D-High ABV make for a one in a setting brew.

Photo of Norse23
4.15/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great looking bottle. Classic. The beer itself has a great color. Nice and dark. It looks great in the chalice. I'd prefer a little more head on it, but other than that, the appearance is very pleasing.
I like the taste, but I felt a little more bite than some of the other top of the line belgians. It doesn't seem to hide the alcohol that well.
It is definitely a good beer, but I doubt I'd have more than one in a sitting.

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

Poured into a chalice.

A - Pours a dark brown, with reddish tones. Head quickly settled to a thin layer and ring around.

S - Fruity.

T - Fruity with slight alcohol warming in the finish.

M - Creamy, high carbonation that feels good on the tongue.

D - Oh my, this is one VERY good beer. The ABV is well hidden.

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

Bottle purchased from Once Upon a Vine in Richmond. Poured into a St. Bernardous chalice.

Appearance: A deep brown body with garnet overtones, a huge, immaculately beautiful head (tarnished only the bit of yeast I let escape from the bottle), and tons of gorgeous sheets of lacing that cascade down the sides of the glass as the liquid flows away from them. Marvelous.

Aroma: Tons of dark fruity esters - golden raisins, figs - sweet alcohol, and great roasted malts. Molasses and brown sugar are heavenly here.

Taste: Let's see, how to break this down ... we'll start with the malts. Half-city coffee is noticeable, but so is buttery, caramelized toffee and the aforementioned brown sugar/molasses duo. Next up is the fruits - those same raisins and figs, and a few more complex though more faint esters. There's a citrusy twang in the finish, and a sweet, spicy, warming alcohol throughout. A very complex mouth.

Mouthfeel: Even softer than the Westy 12!? Impossible. I'll have to do a comparison tasting ... this one's divine, though, has that perfect "instant evaporation" feel, and is perfectly even once it puffs up in your mouth.

Drinkability: Well what's not to love about this one. A dangerously tasty and well-crafted beer, and well worth the ~$7.50 I paid for it. Alcohol is high but never harsh or chemically, and the sheer complexity of the beer makes every percentage point worth it. Highly recommended ... but I didn't need to tell anyone that, now did I?

Photo of gford217
4.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a dark, dark brown that looks a bit tea-like when held up to light. The head is big and rocky and dissipates fairly quickly leaving little lacing. The smell is hugely complex and dominated by dark fruits and spices - plums, grapes, cinnamon, pepper. The taste is much like the aroma but has a much bigger Belgian yeast flavor that then gives way to huge dark fruit flavors along with a bit of brown sugar and caramel. The mouthfeel is full bodied with big carbonation that dance over the tongue. This is one helluva well-crafted beer and extremely drinkable despite the ABV. Highly recommended!

Photo of corey0212
4.22/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep mahogany color, beautiful, dense (looks like you could float a quarter on this thing!) sand-colored head rises, fades slowly, and leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass. Smell is spicy, dark fruit, rich malty textures...one of the better examples of a beer where the smells become much more pronounced as it warms. Taste delivers on the dark fruit, I'm getting some fig, spicy alcohol, some molasses, somewhat nutty. Really creamy mouthfeel, great warming alcohol, lots of lingering spiciness. This is excellent.

Photo of PhxHorn
3.45/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy medium brown color with fluffy tan head. Smells mildly of raisins, figs and tastes mildly of raisins, figs, plums, some cinnamon, but the whole thing was spoiled by a hint of vinegar. The flavors just aren't very strong, and the vinegar flavor ruined it for me. Doesn't compare with St B at all, nor with Westy.

Photo of stemcell001
3.85/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured smooth from the bottle. I had this after the Rochefort 8 and immediately noticed the heavier malts and fruity esters. There is plum and raisin along with a nice malt. Head left fine lacings down the glass. I liked this beer very much, but I couldn't see having more than one in a sitting. I recommend giving it a try.

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

This beer definately lived up to the hype for me....anybody wanna trade?

A: Pours a nice dark brown with a moderate white head, you know you're in for a real belgian treat.

S: Fruit, lots of it. Dark belgian candy sugar, belgian yeast, and did I mention dark fruits?

T: Notes of plums, brown sugar, raisons, absolutely delicious. It doesn't get much better than this folks....

M: Creamy and smooth.

D: For the alcohol content, I could drink this stuff all night. I keep trying to cellar this beer but I'm unable to stop drinking up my stock.

Photo of atsprings
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark murky brown with a thin head that lasts as a thin layer. Aroma was an abundance of burnt caramel, dried fruits and molasses. Taste is an absolute plethora of all good things you could imagine in a beer; caramel, toffee, maple, dried fruits, slight bitter chocolate, coffee, the could go on and on! The beer is full bodied, but not overpowering at all, actually very smooth. This is certainly one of those truly special beers that is worthy of the BA top ten, I'll definitely have this one again.

Photo of Atron67
4.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pretty dark, can't see through, although it looked a dark ruby while pouring into the glass. big fluffy tan on top which hadmedium retention without much lacing left behind, though it did clingto the glass as it fell. brown copper around the edge of the glass.

S- figs, raisins, a variety of more subtle dark fruits underneath. malty base, slightly sweet, hops aren't present. molasses. very nice. yeasty character finish instead of the light hops.

T- onslaught of light malts and slight spiciness along with loads of dark fruits, delicous all over. the fruit comes in waves where one flavor will pick up, then another ad almost infinitum, the longer you hold it in your mouth the more flavors you notice. yeasty finish, where the molasses plays a good role in keeping the yeasty dry finish from being too dry.

M- surprisingly light body, but probably a medium body overall. what you would want and expect for the style.

D- great sipper, solid very enjoyed

Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.3/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown, root beer color - very cloudy. It has a 1/16 inch, off white head. Smells of toasted malts, nuts, and herbal hops. First sip is creamy, smooooth, complex - almost chewy. This beer blows my mind. It tastes strong as the 11.3% ABV is not hidden - it is in your face, yet it tastes kind of light and somehow this brew is so damn creamy.

Photo of ruckzuck
4.82/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally getting around to reviewing one of my favorites and one of the greats. Into my Chimay chalice

A - a dark brown body with a lovely beige head

S - a lot going on. Dark fruit, hints of alcohol, spice, caramel, and lots of others

T - dark fruit, spice, caramel, hints of alcohol, malt and yeast seem the most obvious to me

M - smooth, delicious mouthfeel with some carbonation. Goes down quite well

D - a shame it's not a bit colder outside as the ABV is certainly a bit warming. Is this beer drinkable? It's Rochefort, so yes! A truly worldclass beer. Drinking brings back many fond memories of my introduction to good beer through Belgians when I was younger. A true joy that every BA should experience.

Photo of DrDogbeer
4.57/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured bottle into a affligem goblet. Pours a murky dark brown with a thin off white head. The head dies quickly and beer seems to have little carbonation. Smells are amazing. Lots of sugary malts, burnt sugars and some alcohol. Some dark fruit in there too. Taste is complex. Lots of different flavors but everything works flawlessly. Some raisins and dark fruit. Some alcohol, yet finishes crisply and dryly. Still finishes sweetly too. I cannot believe how easy this 11% is to drink. I finished the beer and was completely upset that it was gone. Can't wait to have another!

Photo of hoegaardenhero
4.15/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: murky dark purple brown with light-off-white head

s: strong alcohol with dark fruits and cinammon/peppery spiciness; dust; rum; some dark chocolate

t: lots of dry grain; pepper and spice; rum; light coffee; sweet and tart fruits

m: smooth and creamy; maybe a little heavy on the carb followed by light flatness

d: it was a good quad with some complex flaves but i was a little disappointed;
18 months in the cellar; let's see what's up?

a: beautiful brown with slight ruby highlights; very minimal foam at this point;

s: rum raisin; spices; sweet syrup; semi-sweet chocolate; caramel; warm alcohol

t: warm chocolate; rum raisin; pepper/spiciness; alcohol; banana; dark fruits

m: very mellow carb; smooth; medium body

d: still good; better and more mellow than before
3 years in the cellar. i am excited!!!

a: dark chocolate brown with a few visible tiny bubbles floating quickly up to a ring of off-white head with tiny bubbles and a splotchy bit of foam in the middle; there is some mild sediment but i left the big clumps in the bottle

s: raisins are the predominant scent; some light sweet alcohol in the nose; i smell more of a dry grain note than i remember in the past; mild but complex

t: very grainy i really taste that digestive biscuit wheatiness; some slight sour rummy abv; raisins and prunes tastes; spiciness; very mild

m: smooth with surprisingly agressive carb from the tiny bubbles; still nice silky medium body

d: still a great beer; not better or worse than fresh - just mellow and different

Photo of ianranderson
1.24/5  rDev -72.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Had been looking forward to trying this beer for a while now. Boy was I disappointed. I honestly cannot think of one redeeming quality about this beer. It started off well. The appearance was a very nice copper color. The smell was awful. It smelled like rotten fruit and upon drinking it did not get any better. Very bitter and sour tasting. Not pleasant at all. By far the most disappointing beer I have ever had. I am hoping that I just had a bad bottle but after talking with others it seems that this is the norm now for Rochefort.

Photo of brewdogmrb
4.67/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle of goodness travelled all the way from southern Belgium, where it is brewed by one of the only Trappist Breweries in the world. Rochefort makes three Ales -- the 6, the 8, and the 10. I recently purchased a 10 at New Beer in Manhattan and aside from having sampled a large number of high powered Trappist ales in Antwerp over the summer, this is the most intense and amazing beer I've ever had, period. This is one of the few brews that I have had which are deserving of the "Life is Beautiful" tag. Whenever there's a beer that there's not much more to say about other than "if you haven't had this, you haven't had beer," I'll just tag it like that to keep it simple. Rochefort 10 is full of amazing flavor like dried fruits and other dark and mysterious things. There's a ton of alcohol at almost 11.5% ABV, and you can taste it. But it doesn't matter, because you're literally swimming in a full bodied, complex, ocean of a beer that is the very blueprint for hundreds of imitators. Seek Rochefort now and seek it often. Reviews of the 6 and 8 are forthcoming.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.52/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark dark brown in color. Thick creamy brown head with light retention. Decent lacing.

S - Warm, spicy alcohol aroma. Also a smell of dark fruits and a dark sugar sweetness.

T - Spicy, warming alcohol kick greets you up front. Quickly fades into a spicy sweet dark fruit taste of plums and raisins.

M/D - Smooth, creamy mouthfeel that is well carbonated bringing it to life in your mouth. The alcohol is very high, but it is so darn smooth and easy drinking.

Photo of pinotboy007
4.36/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Washington Street Purveyor, Lexington, VA

A - Guinness-like, only with a better, rocky head and excellent lacing.

S - Raisins, caramel, banana, a touch of mocha and malt.

T/M - World class in every respect - outstanding. Very complex, especially as it warms. Dark fruits, cocoa powder, a touch of earth; light, supportive carbonation that pull it together perfectly. Wow! Soft creaminess that straddles density and being light without being either. "Balanced."

D - Very drinkable but given its ABV one would be quite limited. This isn't the type of ale to have out on the deck in summer heat, but it would be splendid pretty much any time, anywhere.

Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
100 out of 100 based on 7,770 ratings.