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Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Ratings: 7,868
Reviews: 2,631
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 656
Gots: 1,620 | 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 spointon
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a skinny 11.2oz brown bottle into my St. Bernerdus chalice.

A= This ale poured a murky, dark cola-brown color with a 1/2" light tan head. The head retetnion was incredible, staying nearly full height all the way down the glass. Lots of active carbonation release. Moderate sticky lace present.

S= Lots of sweetness and complexity in the aromas of this one. I found sweet dark fruits, rum soaked raisins, brown sugar, carob, and a moderate yeasty funk.

T= There was an incredible malt presence in this beer, producing flavors of bakery sweetness, treacle, molasses, and carmelized sugar. The yeast added a slight funk as well as mildy fruity esters, raisins, and candied fruits. The finish was warm and boozy, in an incredibly good way.

MF= Medium to heavy bodied with all of that Belgian effervescence on fine display. Though the carbonation is relatively high, the mouth still feels delicate and easy on this one.

D= A world class sipper and still one of my top 5 favorite Belgian ales. Worthy of all the hype. Despite the ABV, I could happily drink a few of these in an evening.

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

Bout time I rated this beer. Pours a mostly hazy brown color with a ruby red hue throughout. A velvet while head with good retention and lacing. Though did hide to the edge of the glass.

The nose is rich with malt and nice phenolics and esters. To start with there is a huge sweet caramel note that I usually associate with Special B. Maybe a bit much but some kettle notes kind of balance it out. Some noticeable fruit notes. Bit plums and raisins. Noticeable bananas, pineapples, plums and bubblegum. Some yeasty characteristics as well as a light rose peddle on the back end.

The taste is more in balance. But there is a sweetness from the malt that is a bit strong even for a Belgian Strong. Super caramel with plums and raisin tastes. A hint of chocolate and some bready notes on the back end. Becomes more detectable as it warms. The yeast really comes out nicely and does a good job balancing the malt. Very nice phenolics with some cloves and a light banana. Nice figs and prunes. Some alcohol but not over the top. Some lighter vanilla and a

The body is big as expected. Very smooth overall with a silky texture. Great complexity. Carbonation is light for style but does allow all the flavors to come out. Some heat from the alcohol is a bit of a deterrent. Overall a great quad with some minor malt notes that IMO are off. Great yeast representation with a bit of heat but still very nice.

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

Pours a dark brown to burgundy color. A fair amount of visible sediment. 2 finger, light brown, creamy head. Pour this carefully cause the head is rather explosive. Very nice lacing, the head never really disappears, it just coats the glass all the way down.

Smell is amazing, so many aromas detected. From dark fruits like raisins, and a caramel nuttiness with a hint of vanilla to a very nice spiciness. Almost a buttery richness to the aroma. I can detect some alcohol on the end.

Much like the smell, this beer tastes fantastic! A very delicious caramalized malt flavor, rich in toffee figiness up front followed by a very mild alcohol taste which does nothing but warm your insides. The alcohol is so well hidden in this brew its scary considering the ABV.

This is a full bodied brew, a very rich and the awesome taste lingers in your mouth, begging for another sip. This is by no means a sessionable beer, however the drinkability on this is astounding.

Photo of Jerzdevil1116
4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle purchased at Joe Canal's in Egg Harbor Twp., NJ. Drank from a Chimay Chalice.

A: Opaque, very dark brown body. Three fingers of light tan head. Some lacing left on the glass.

S: Plenty of caramel and vanilla. Also noticible dark friuts; raisins and prunes.

T: Again, a presence of caramel, bready,and dark fruit flavors in the start. Gave way to some yeasty spice. Finished with a very noticible alcohol presence.

M: Lively carbonation bite. Medium bodied. Alcohol warmth.

D: A very enjoyable beer to sip on. The high alchol will limit the amount consumed at any one time.

Photo of LordofTime25
4.23/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a dark mirky brown with a dirty tan head that last till you are about done. A little sediment at the bottom.Very good lacing on glass.

You can definatly smell vanilla and some kind of fruit.

Crisp taste of fruit and yeast. Alcohal is very well hidden.

Has a medium body with medium carbination!

A very good beer!

Photo of midaszero
4.23/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle labeled 230113 08:04

A - Very dark brown with hints of red on the edges and three fingers of tan head

S - Vanilla and dark fruit

T - Crisp dark fruit mixed with spices and Belgian yeast. Alcohol is well hidden

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

D - Very good

Photo of rhinos00
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a snifter.

A- Pure brown with tints of dark red. Nice foamy head gathered and laced the glass as the beer was consumed.

S- Smell of dark fruits and malts were overpowering.

T- Tasted just like the aroma. A nice mixture of fruit (prunes, raisins, plums) and alcohol followed by sweet taste of malt.

M- Medium feel with a decent amount of carbonation. A nice smooth burn settled in the chest and stomach as the beer was consumed.

D- If it weren't for the 11.3% abv. it would be hard to put this one down.

This beer makes me question whether IPA/DIPA are my favorite style. The aroma and taste combined with the nice burn of alcohol truly give one hell of an experience.

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a snifter. 2003 vintage. Part 2 of rhinos00 vintage beer night.

A- Pours a dark amber. Had a semi-hazy appearance. Produces a fingers width of off white head.

S- Not as rich and potent as I had hoped for. Still, plenty of of raisin goodness to go around. Lots of sweet, burnt malts as well. Little bit of alcohol to boot.

T- Still a great tasting beer with 6 years on it. Not as dramatic of a change as I had hoped for. Raisins, plums and grapes all combine to give off a nice dark fruit flavor. As usual had a great malt backbone. Little flat in the finish.

M- Nice viscosity. Well carbonated, even after all these years. Not much to complain about here. Medium body feel.

D- Very drinkable indeed. You get a nice alcohol burn in the chest after a few sips.

Overall, I won't lie...I was expecting a little more from this beer. It still had an awesome flavor, but it did not improve from the most recent vintage I have had.

4.5/4/4.5/4/4 = 4.3

Photo of prsguitarsr4me
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

THIS is the best beer I've ever had the pleasure of drinking. I knew this as I smelled it - I hadn't even had a sip yet. It pours a beautiful dark ruby with a nice creamy head. This beer has so much flavor that its almost hard to handle. Strong fruits and malt - alcohol is strong and you definitely know its there but its blended well. I'm going to buy a few more of these so I can drink the last one in the fridge and same some for different special occasions. If you see this beer available near you, BUY IT.

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

Deep and somewhat murky ruby brown. A gorgeous tight and frothy head rises up with tiny little bubble and amazing retention. Leaves spots of sticky lacing down the glass and doesn't fade below a nice cap for the entire session. Smell is very lovely and something I couldn't quite get used to. A nice fruit scent along with rich malts. Figs and plum with lightly toasted caramel and toffee, also chocolate. It also has a distinct leathery aroma that I find appealing. Great taste as well. Nice spice and yeast that compliment the other flavors of this brew. Some brown sugar is added to the mix. Caramel is still there and the chocolate is also present. A superb mouthfeel that is so soft and creamy on the tongue. Silky smooth with a slight peppery spice to compliment the feel toward the end. Just the slightest warm dryness in the finish but a welcome one indeed, reminding one that this is a sipper to savor. I really like this one. Had it once before but didn't appreciate the experience so much. This is one to remember and definitely one I'll come back to with colder months ahead.

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

A- Pours a 1 finger head into my chalice. The body is dark ruby. There is ample sediment in the glass.

S- Figs, Dates, toffee, some bready, chocolate, and medicinal/menthol notes.

T- Starts out with a peppermint component that is pretty warming, also get notes of light alcohol, some green apple skins, a bit of melon, and just the faintest suggestion of orange.

M- Carbonation is high, probably due to bottle conditioning. The carbonation although isn't cloying for some reason. The interesting thing about this beer is the way the flavor develops on the finish. I enjoy that level of complexity.

D- This isn't sessionable but you shouldn't expect it to be. It's a quad for god-sakes. For what it is, a quad, the alcohol is pretty well hidden. I only got warming which is nice, so I can safely say this is drinkable.

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

Deep brown beer with a nice tan head. LOTS of yeasts in there.

Smells of brownies, dates and figs.

Taste like... heaven? Sugary-caramel, deep fruity taste that I would associate with dates. Strong finish, and a bit of alcohol to remind you that this beer is strong.

Excellent. Almost up to the St-Bernardus 12.

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

A- Dark brown opaque beer with a tan head.

S- Roasty caramel aroma, with a touch of spice (?) in the background.

T- Roasted caramel, with rich dried fruit; alcohol warmth is very present; smooth and lovely.

MF- smooth, rich feel; nice fluffy carbonation.

D- very drinkable; this is a great winter warmer or dessert beer.

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

The more elusive of the Rochefort brews.

Pours a deep dark purple color along the side of my snifter. After sitting the glass straight up, an angled line of foam stays behind. With a tad left, I swirl the bottle and pour the remains into the center of the glass. This leaves an egg shape foam mound 1/4" high that settles after the intense bubbles finish coming up from the bottom.

Smells of the darkest of dark fruit, plum, raisin, grapes, blackberry. There is also a sugary alcoholic smell of brown sugar and some molasses.

Definately molasses and with some burnt/very smokey caramel. Lots of plum and raisin. A very sweet brew indeed.

Nice light carbonation with a smoothness I've never felt in a quad. mmm...

This is a great beer and I feel like it has been a pleasure letting the alcohol sneak up on me.

Photo of bonbini26
4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Hazy with a huge rocky head over a reddish-brown body.

S- Extremely fruity with notes of plum and bananas, as well as a big chunk of fresh bubblegum.

T- The distinctively chocolatey flavor also comes through in a late, warming finish - accompanied by some vanilla, fruit and bready notes.

M- The body is light/medium and it has a somewhat zesty mothfeel.The flavor is expansive with a silky, fruity maltiness that fills the mouth revealing a faintly milk-chocolate character just before a charge of hops coats the throat. The alcohol is noticeable but not obtrusive.

An amazingly complex beer, one of my favorite it not favorite quads, i wish they bottled this in a 750ml bottle because 11.2oz is not enough

Photo of midnite2sixman
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: The 10 has that special brown haze and carmel tinge around the edge that you would expect from an exceptional quad.

Smell: Very subtle at first, you should take a little to let your nose adjust to the aroma. Its smell is a deep sugary carmel smell with figs and something else I can't quite describe.

Taste: Incredibly smooth. Touch of plums, buttery/carmel undertones. Sweet, a touch tangy, and a joy.

Mouthfeel: Tickles your tongue and seems to slide right down leaving a pleasant aftertaste.

Drinkability: If you like Trappist beer or Belgians for the most part, then prepare to make room at the top of your list for this one.

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

Pours with little to no head.
The color is an opaque dull brown or crimson.
Smells strongly of figs and something deep, rich, and sweet--a cross between malty and buttery.
The taste begins almost like a dry stout, with a bit of a smoky feel to it. This progresses into something much more sweet and tangy--a taste similar to the smell. The finish remains tangy but is also faintly reminiscent of a milk chocolate (not dark chocolate like many stouts, porters, etc.). Not a milk chocolate like Mackesons XXX, or anything that predominate, but still present.
Definitely hides the 11.3% abv well.
Would love to try it on tap.

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

Great perfume, some sweetness, dark rich balanced, great finish. It really has it all and you can enjoy a 12oz bottle yourself. Very complex malt, smoke, wood, roasted quality and great texture. Dark christmas spice with carmel. Really enjoyable and glad it is somewhat available all the time. Hail to the Trappistes!

Photo of larsee01
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into Chimay glass

A--Like Dad's root beer. High carbonation maintaining persistent creamy head and lacing.

S--Sweet. Floral and fragrant. Faint alcohol and spice.

T--First taste reminiscent of a porter's burnt nuttiness rather than a belgian ale...except sweet--not bitter. Alcohol/spice combo warming and prominent. Deep fruity esthers--plum? Extremely well balanced. Excellent.
Every sip better as it the beer warms and I warm from the non-boozy tasting potency.

M--Creamy and chewy but smooth. Tickles the tastebuds and linger complexly on palate.

D--Upon taste, wouldn't have guessed 11.3 ABV. But this is serious stuff. A warming sipper.

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

Poured a deep brown with reddish tint. A huge fluffy tan head formed and left tons of lacing behind. Excellent head retentions.

Tons of grape in the nose. Not like grape soda though. Like grape mixed with malt, chocolate and figs.

Taste follows the nose. Slightly more soda like qualities but it is faint and at the front of the palate. Super malty with lot of fig, grape, raisin, and chocolate.

Mouthfeel is lighter than I expected. Still very full, flavor just coats every inch of your mouth and makes it seem heavier than it is.

Alcohol let you know that it is there, but over all, very drinkable.

Photo of adamette
4.16/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle purchased at McNalty's Bier Markt in Cleveland although later I saw it for sale for less ($6.99) at World Wine and Liquor in Mentor, Ohio. None the less...

A Before I even open it...I see major sediment even near the top of the bottle. close inspection of the bottom (in strong light) revealed moderate to severe amount of sediment on the bottom. After opening...3 finger head over a deep, dark brown body which no light gets through.

S malty hops complex wonderfulness. Alcohol is perceptible.

T Initially a complex, malty, hoppy trappist with a wonderful malty, molasses sweetness just before there is this punch in the face of alcohol, reminds me of having a shot right after a beer (never had that but I am imagining). The aftertaste is more of the initial taste, a complex, hoppy trappist like I was expecting.

M Full, possibly one of the fullest not called a stout or a porter. The sting of alcohol is part of the mouthfeel.

D This is a complex, interesting beer but there is a bomb of alcohol in the mid taste that is unmistakable and drives down the drinkability.

Notes: I certainly respect this beer. It has an uncommon complexity that is rare. It has that great begginning and just before the punch of alcohol there is a wonderful sweet, malty taste but then that tremendous body slam of alcohol followed by a long aftertaste of complex malt and hops.

Photo of velkyal
3.93/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The 10 pours an exceptionally dark brown, which in a backlight has tints of ruby, topped with a light tan head that disappears fairly quickly. The nose of Rochefort 10 is at first very sweet, as is to be expected for a beer of 11.3% abv, with coffee and even banana notes. At one point I stuck my nose right into the glass and inhaled deeply, and while it took me four or five breaths to really work out the smell, it was a distinct tinge of nail polish remover or alcohol laced with molasses.

Drinking the ale was a delight, and I found it smoother than the Rochefort 8 yet with the same chocolate and cocoa flavours. Being so dark and full, the 10 is a very rich beer, and definitely not a beer that you would want to be drinking as though it was a run of the mill lager. Despite the smoothness of the beer, there is also a slight touch of bitterness adding a nice counterpoint to the sweetness, like burnt caramel. In the final taste though there was a distinct alcohol taste.

Photo of champ103
3.78/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a beautiful deep mahogany brown. A large beige head forms and sticks around. Lots of lace is left behind.
S: A complex fruit aroma with tons of malt. Grapes, figs, plums. A hint of chocolate.
T: A malty and fruity taste that follows the nose. Grapes and plums seem to dominate. Caramel and chocolate malt as well. A snap of carbonation and spice that do not mesh well for me.
M/D: This seems over carbonated for my tastes. It does not seem to have the huge coat of the mouth that 8 does IMO. Drinkability is good. Plenty of rum like alcohol to make this a sipping beer.

This is a very complex and well crafted beer. I enjoy it, but my heart lies with Rockefort 8.

Photo of erikm25
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a crimson and dark brown coloring with some slight ruby tinting during the pour. This ends up sitting in the glass a hefty and intimidating mahogany. Good luck trying to see anything on the other side of the glass. The golden tan head starts out fluffy then recedes more tightly and thinly sticking all over the glass. Amazing looking.

S: The aromas are beyond complex. Initially, there is a heavy presence of plum, figs, and grapes. Pepper and sweet sugars coupled with strong hints of lavender, coconut, yeast, and dark malts. As if black cherries took a warm cocoa and bourbon bath. The chocolate and toffee undertones are very mellow but highlight throughout. There is so much happening here that any scent of alcohol has been extinguished.

T: Again, just as complex as the smell. Warming caramel, maple, and peppers. A buttery tartness with raisin background. Darker fruits got doused in chocolate and then smoked over an oak and caramel fire. Buttery licorice charred with molasses soaked banana peels. The alcohol is so well hidden that I thought this was a dessert and not a beer.

M: Full bodied. Very rich, velvety, and creamy. Each sip warming and long lasting.

D: Delicious and beyond drinkable. Tough to even do this one justice.

Photo of PatronWizard
4.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Continuing my BA Top 100 quest. Glad to hit a quad or two...

Beer bottle brown. Head is just barely off white. Small bubbled. Yummy.

Smell is dark fruit with a slight alcohol burn.

Very pleasant taste. The alcohol is there but not over the top for the %. I like it alot.

Working my way up the quad ladder before trying a westy12 next year. This one is very good and I certainly like it a hell of a lot better than St. Bernardus 12.

Excellent feel to this rich thick creamy stew. Then the alcohol says hey buddy on the way down. Nice to know you're drinking 11.3%, which is absoulutely awesome in this beer.

Overall: very good

Photo of jamesm7485
4.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a dark golden honey color that swallows any chance of light coming through, a thing but very pretty white head forms right away and lasts awhile.

The smell is complex as hell figs, raisins, currants, black pepper, i could go one for awhile.

The taste is the same as the smell its gets much more dimensional and complex as it warms

The mouthfeel is very smooth but a tad thinner than most Belgium's im used to drinking

Despite being a sipper and 11.3 abv i could easily session this if i wasn't on a college student budget.

Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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