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Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Ratings: 7,790
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rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.76%
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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 AleDrinkToThat
4.92/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This, my friends, is true craftsmanship. I'm still on the new side of Trappist Ales (I'm well versed in their history - Thanks, Mr. Jackson - but this is only my second tasting of the fruit of the Trappist breweries' labor.

Appearance: Deep copper/light brown hue under a three finger rocky off-white head.

Smell: Lots of complexity...fruity esters and lots of malt, along with the hops and the alcohol is definitely present...balanced ridiculously well.

Taste: To quote myself, "...balanced ridiculously well." Delicious toasted malt flavor, balanced with fruit that I couldn't completely pick out, other than plum and maybe a little grape. There were probably 5 other fruits present as well, somewhere in there. The hops added a welcome bitterness and the alcohol fumed all up in there. (It's a strong beer, folks.)

Mouthfeel: Such a full body on this beer. It's classified as a quadrupel, and to that, I'll agree. It's malty as all get-out. The alcohol warmed me up all the way from the tip of my tongue down my throat, and the hops only enhanced the grown-up nature of this Trappist ale.

Drinkability: It's the fullest-bodied Trappist I've had thus far. And it's absolutely delicious. It's worth every bit of the $8/bottle, so sip slowly and savor. I love Belgium.

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

Poured from a bottle a dark brown/burnt amber color with a light fizzy beige head.

Aroma of caramel, molasses, dark ripe fruits, spices, and booze.

The taste is warm and sharp. Dark fruit, spices, malts, red wine, and alcohol mingle nicely with every sip.

Medium mouthfeel, creamy, and sharply carbonated.

A great warming beer for a cold winter day. Very nice.

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

Served out of 33cl brown bottle. English text. I poured it into my Duvel tulip glass.

Pours with a large rocky caramel colored head that dissipates. The body is dark brown and opaque.

Smells of alcohol and some delicious spice.

Ooo it tastes smooth despite the high abv. It almost tastes a little sweet. Really quite fantastic.

I will pick this up whenever I have a chance.

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

Beer poured a deep, dense brown color with a half inch thick tan head into my Orval glass. The head receeded to a nice ring on the edge by the time I sat down to admire my beer. The beer had an aroma of toasted malt and caramel. The taste is malty sweet but hoppy and well balanced. The body is full of carbonation and the taste is slightly hot with alcohol but this is a very well balanced and full bodied beer that lives up to its billing.

Photo of IBUnit63
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like a good root beer - 2-finger frothy, velvety head with nice lacing. Good carbonation. Not so thick it's opaque, rather a little translucent.

Spice profile is surprisingly subtle - needs to warm/open up. Mellow molasses aroma mixes with yeast & malt. Some ginger emerges.

Everything on the nose comes out in a well-balanced, mellow package - a little ginger, hearty yeast and malt without any bitter taste or comforting stuff. Extremely well-balanced - like a warm blanket on a camping trip.

Feels like soothing ginger beer with very mild carbonation. Delightful, relaxing mouthfeel.

This is wonderful, easy-drinking stuff that's not too heavy for the style. Incredible quadrupel!

Photo of silver0rlead
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After a long absence in this market I finally saw some more of this stuff, with a best before date of 10/14/12 which i assume means it was bottled in October of 2007. Pours a nearly opaque mahogany with a thick cola head. The aroma has some intense dark fruit notes upfront, along with some candied sugar sweetness, bread like yeastiness, some spices (corriander, cardamom, anise), and a touch of alcohol. The flavor is similar to the aroma, with a big dark fruit (plum, grape, fig, blackberry) presence upfront, along with a burnt bread flavor, some spiciness (corriander and anise), a slight hint of floral hops, and a nice alcohol presence that isnt overwhelming. The mouthfeel is smooth with moderate carbonation and drinkability is excellent for the style. Overall an excellent quad, drinkable and complex...hopefully this one isnt as scarce around here in the future.

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

Dark brown, almost opaque black with small but lasting tan head.

Spicy aroma with notes of cinnamon and ginger. Plum and raisin notes in background.

Complex, dense flavor with notes of cinnamon, ginger, chocolate, toasted malt, raisin and plum. Red wine-like esters became apparent as temperature increased. Warm finish with lingering bitterness from alcohol, phenolic (spicy) notes and hops.

Effervescent, creamy mouthfeel from ample carbonation gave a ligher mouthfeel to the medium-full body.

Excellent beer.

Photo of Bierguy5
4.2/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz., 11.3% ABV. Lot 291111. Brown to mahogany in color. Tan fizzy head trickles to a thin collar pretty quickly. A few patches of lace.

Big powerful aroma. Dark fruit, and dark bread jump out. Yeasty, with a nose full of alcohol. A whif of spices in the background. Nice complexity in the nose.

Dark fruit and caramel up front. Lots of yeasty, and spicy notes. Some warming alcohol. Finishes pretty dry, but flavors linger forever.

Medium bodsy, with what I would call frothy carbonation. Very nice and warming.

Photo of trevorwideman
4.44/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to the MLCC for forgoing their usual government pigheadedness and getting one of the ultimates in.

Pours a rather thick, nearly opaque black, and even off a gentle pour ends up with about 1 inch of head that recedes slowly and retains a little lacing. Carbonation appears to be fairly zippy, as befits the style. Big raisiny aroma meets the nose, comingling with a massive alcoholic whoosh that goes straight to the brain. Roasted malts, hints of chocolate and coffee. Ripe plums and apples, vanilla, molasses, warm bready yeast, pepper, spices. Good God this is complex stuff, wow... brilliant.

First thing you notice, on first sip, is the booziness. Then the flavours start to happen, and they're pretty amazing. The alcoholic warmth comingles nicely with the bready malt and is comforting, then the sweeter fruity flavours start to happen: the plums and raisins and other dried fruits. Vanilla, anise, a little clove, black pepper and chocolate. Cocoa bitterness, earthy hops. So bloody complex. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light for a beer of this strength, and the carbonation is pretty zippy, which proabably explains the lighter feel to it. It slides down surprisingly easy, but you feel every sip, so you are aware of the danger. I want to see how this ages, my only complaint is that it still seems a bit hot. Exceptional brew, enough said.

After 1 year: pours with lots of vigour and carbonation, looks about the same. The aroma hits you with the vanilla more pronounced than before, and the dusty cocoa bitterness coming out more as well. The licorice is REALLY coming out in the flavour, deep and herbal. More brilliant than even half a year ago.

Photo of manleyphoto
4.64/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've never had Westvleteren, but hear this is like one step down from that.

If that's, in fact, the case I really need some Westvleteren.

This beer is really good. Malty sweet, with rum raisin, plum and fig notes and a luscious smooth caramel texture.

I love it and want some more... Now.

Photo of bort11
4.24/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle that had a loud hiss when the cap was cracked. There was even a small spritz that escaped as the cap was removed. Poured into a chalice, a thick tan head creeps to the rim of the glass. Great sticky chunks of lace cling to the glass. The color is a dark chocolatey brown with minute ruby highlights when held to the light.

I know I don't have the greatest sense of smell, but I was having the hardest time getting the smells to focus. What I could detect was a mildy sweet dark fruit and dark sugars. Taste helped recover for me. Very malty and thick, a bit of cloves and herbal spices. Strong alcohol warmth that leaves a lingering burn.

This is an absolute treat for quad lovers. Not one I would want all the time, just because it is so massive. I think it is something you should treat yourself to at least once a year.

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.31/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very pretty beer, dark brown with a light brown/reddish, foamy head that is several fingers thick. Leaves tons of lacing.

First taste is the standard maltly quad taste that is big but not cloying, followed by a slight molasses. Next is a warming alcohol punch that is very nice and balanced. Finishes with a very slight hop bite and some peppery yeast. Great sipping beer.

Appropriate carbonation makes the mouthfeel of this beer great despite the carbonation.

Drinkability is hampered by the high alcohol content and the need to sip very slowly. Still drinkable, just requires some patience.

Photo of IgnatiusReilly
4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle to snifter.

This Belgian quadruple pours a rich and deep brown/plum color. Massive tan head, bold and rocky on the pour, tons of lace on the side of the glass. The appearance alone shows that this is will be a high-class ale. All fruit in the nose, plums and raisins. The boldness of the aroma alludes to a very strong alcohol content. Taste is a complex blend of sweet fruit, plums, raisins, molasses, with an extra peppery kick at the end. Finishes with a big alcohol boldness that warms the belly and everything else going down. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and somewhat creamy, with an extra bit of fiz from the carbonation. Exceptionally drinkable.

This beer transports you straight to the old world. I got out the strongest cheese I could find in the fridge, some gorgonzola, paired the two together and just sat back and enjoyed it. Need to get working on planning that Belgian brewery tour.

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

Autumn leaves russet with dark cherry and orange highlights when backlit with sunshine. The sandstone colored cap is attactive, but it isn't the masterpiece that I was expecting. Perhaps the ABV has something to do with that. A few streamers of sea foam lace grace the glass in the end.

The aroma tells me that 10 will be one of the darkest quads that I've ever had. It's full of dark fruit (raisins and figs) as well as a dark rum-like quality that gives it both power and presence. It's also peppery and clovey in a kick-ass yeast strain kind of way.

Trappistes Rochefort 10 is excellent beer, even if it doesn't crack my 'top 10 of all-time' list. The aroma didn't lie. This has to be one of the 'blackest' quadrupels going. In some ways it tastes like a Belgian stout... without quite getting all the way there.

I'm amazed at the beer's boldness relative to how well-integrated the various components of the flavor profile are. Proper aging is the key, I'm sure. For reference, the date on my bottle reads '19 05 09'. As I understand it, the date listed is five years from the time of bottling.

The flavor profile includes dark caramel, dark rum-soaked plums, raisins, molasses, anise and cloves. Maybe a dram of Islay Scotch as well, thanks to a certain smoky, phenolic vibe. A perfect taste score is not out of the question.

The slightly louder than expected 'pffft' on crown cracking was worrisome. Sure enough, the carbonation was slightly too vigorous early and is slightly too laid back late, passing through the perfect zone relatively quickly. Still good, just not great.

Trappistes Rochefort 10 is outstanding beer that is pretty close to as deep and as complex as they come. I didn't get that undefinable *magic* quality that I look for in the best of the best, but it's an amazingly libation all the same. It's also every bit the equal of Trappist Westvleteren 12.

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

I had my weekly hops from my Pliny the Younger sample this afternoon, so now I need to balance it out with this quadrupel. I let this warm up before I served it. On to the beer:

I like what I'm getting into when I pou my beer into a chalice. The appearance is cola brown, and the head slowly faded (in part by the alcohol). There's a lot going on in the aroma. Dark ripe fruits, cocoa, and alcohol seem to be the most dominating.

Oh yummy yum yum! The carbonation provides a kick of pepper to this sweet treat. There's some phenolic action going on underneath the flavor of dark fruits. I can find unsweetened chocolate now. Alcohol warms the throat and goes down nicley. If the carbonation wasn't as hot, this would go down like silk. Ok, I'm nitpicking there.

Truly exceptional.

Photo of dsa7783
4.19/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My third and final installment from Brasserie de Rochefort, and out of all three of their well-known beers, I must declare that my favorite was the # 8... Their 10 pours a wonderful deep, dark, brown, mahogany appearance with an immense foamy and frothy head... chestnut-hue was very attractive with a faint aroma of figs and prunes... the smell wasn't as strong as I was anticipating... the taste was very good for a Quadrupel, but in my opinion, somewhat bland compared to the 8... their was an apparent thickness and richness in the flavor, which manifested itself with a nutty, butter, caramel, dehydrated fruit taste... good creamy, rich, and thick mouthfeel led to a good drinkability... although the alcohol wasn't detectable, the 11.3% ABV does eventually become noticeable with a warming feeling that slowly sinks in... Overall, a very good beer, a good depiction of the style... Definitely recommended...

Photo of beerphilosopher
4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decanted into a Rochefort goblet, the beer appears as a slightly hazy deep reddish brown color with deep crimson hues. A voluminous head emerges of a light sandy tan color that nearly spills over the rim of the goblet. An absolutely gorgeous beer in every way. The nose is an explosion of sweet tropical fruits (pear, banana, mango), some candy-like characteristics reminiscent of bubble gum and hard Christmas candy. Underpinning these notes, a solid caramelized malt base is evident. This is one of the most enjoyable beers to sniff you'll ever have the pleasure of enjoying, without a doubt. The palate is a myriad of complex flavors that wholly embody the essence of what a Belgian strong dark ale ought to be. Roasted coconut, spicy banana and pear, subtle floral hops, and a wonderfully rich, warm alcohol presence. Some rich chocolate-like flavors add to the incredible complexity of this beer. The mouth feel is no more than medium and not cloying in the least, even with the aggressive sweet candi and fruit elements. This beer contains a good amount of carbonation, leaving the finish clean and rather dry with some residual alcohol warmth lingering long. This is, without a single doubt, one of the finest beers I've ever sampled regardless of style or origin. This beer is the pinnacle of the Trappist brewer's art, in my opinion. Nearly perfect, the much sought-after Westvleteren 12 really has nothing on this beer. If you want to taste Trappist brewing perfection, you really can't do any better than the best of the Rochefort beers, and one of the best in the world, Rochefort 10.

Photo of lightindarkness
4.45/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Oooh, what a great way to end a long dumb week of work.

Pours a deep light sucking apple cider brown, cloudy with some sediment. A creamy full head bubbles to frothy film with a little smooth lacing.

Nose radiates malt and yeasty fruits with hints of spice. Big bright apple character is grounded with darker fruits and a more subtle breadiness and deeper malt notes. A light pumpkin-like spicy scent is carried on strong whiffs of alcohol. Overall lightly sweet enticing aroma. Even the smell is intoxicating.

Taste is full, but not with intensive depth. Complete, without being too heavy. Bright, slightly bubblegummy sweetness offsets darker fruits of raisin and plum, with nice malt character and a cleanliness about it. Hints of tobacco and richer malt emerge as it warms, adding to a nice depth of flavor. Alcohol definitely makes its presence known with some heat off the back end.

Mouthfeel is lighter/medium in body with a creaminess to it, enhanced by the tight full carbonation. Some alcohol astringency to the feel.

Drinkability is in question, as this is a lovable and highly palatable beer, but the buzz, oh the buzz from the 11.3%abv.

Photo of Proteus93
4.72/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A very murky brow, with some sediment floating about. Rich head, off-white, with a nice lip of lace.

S: Upon straight pour: soft malts, and some dark fruit esters. Swishing in the goblet released an intense, huge aroma. The same aromas already noted + some sweet fruits & some bubblegum-like smell that I would expect more in a hefeweizen.

T: A rich, almost wine-like quality. Soft, clean malts. Candied fruits, and again like the aroma, a bit of a bubblegum taste. That note seemed a little unusual, considering others don't appear to mention that. Becomes rather tangy as it warms a bit (though it wasn't given THAT long to warm). In terms of the alcohol that's also mentioned in other reviews, I don't detect it much - at least in terms of a brew of this ABV, strangely. It was far more sweet and rich flavours over peppery and 'alcohol-warming.'

M: Round & smooth... big, yet with a very clean body and finish.

D: Excellent to sip at. I started the bottle with a clean palate, for the sake of review. Being hungry, though, after half a bottle I paired it with baguette spread with a Brunet goat cheese. This was absolutely excellent, bring out some of the tangy sweetness in the ale. A wonderful abbey-ale, and something special to keep away for a special occasion or when the Westy is unavailable (like here!)

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

Pours a brownish red in color. Plenty of carbonation going on after the pour. A nice ring of froth around the perimeter of the glass. Aroma is dark fruits, mostly plum. But now I'm starting to get some spice in the nose as well.
Taste is luscious dark fruits, with plenty of carbonation. I'm going to let this one breathe and warm up a bit. I imagine it will only get better.
This thing is very good. The carbonation has died down a bit, and now there is some dark cherry notes coming through as well. This is a world class brew. I'm going to have to stock up and age a few of these.

Photo of IgotsHops
4.62/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It was $7.99 for an 11.2 oz bottle at my local Whole Foods. But it was pretty darn good and worth the price.

I poured into one of my snifters. I only poured like 5 ounces at a time, and both times there was 2.5" of a light tan head with nice lacing. The beer was almost completely black, very deep brown.

Nice aroma with lots of spicy fruit like dried cherries and currant,and molasses bread. Super smooth, nice warmth and bite (at 11+% ABV it should be warm) with dark Cherry flavors, caramel, toffee, currant, a little chocolate.

Super smooth and long standing mouthfeel. The more it warmed up (and I warmed up) the more I enjoyed this.

Overall a very drinkable Quad, a good introduction into really good Belgians.

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

Had a bottle at The Diamond in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Poured a deep dark brown with some reddish hints. There was a small head that rose up quickly, tan in color it didn't stay around long before it gave way to some suds on the surface.

Wonderful nose. Sweet and fruity with a strange "meaty" scent. At times is reminds me of a Ham cooked with pineapples. There are also some scents of cantaloupe, apple and pear. There is the slightest slightest touch of some toasty smoke. A wonderfully complex nose.

The taste is sweet and tangy with notes of Cantaloupe, with some bitter cocoa and a spiced apple flavor on the finish.

smooth and creamy with an active mouthfeel. Tight bubbled carbonation scrubs the tip of the tongue. Foams up a bit in the mouth.

This beer is phenomenal I am still totally in awe of it....wish I could have another right now.

Photo of Douglas14
4.88/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Holy moly...pours a rich mahogany color with a light tan head that is super thick with very fine bubbles that don't seem to be leaving anytime soon. The smell is of sweet candy malts, biscuits, wood and maybe slight citrus fruits (like orange peel?) and small berries and grapes....wonderful. The taste is near perfect...when I reviewed the 8 I had said that brewers strive to achieve the 8's quality...well, the 8 has been outdone by the 10. It is almost too perfect and too well done to put into words. What I can say, though, is that it taste of candied sugar, bread, wood, malt and very earthy with hardly any signs of the high ABV. It is silky yet light in your mouth and is extremely full bodied.

Geez...I'm still in awe of this beer...from now on when I purchase the Rocheforts, it will be the 10 an nothing else..this beer is godly.

Photo of aforbes10
4.73/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

bought a bottle of this once i heard they weren't shipping the 10 to the US anymore (which, apparantly, is not true). Anyway, glad i did because i'd only had the 6 and 8 before and it turns out i was missing out on the good stuff. Poured into my St. Bernardus goblet. dark chocolate ruby body with a, 0.5 in. light brown head, creamy and soft looking.

Odor is of cherries, sweet malt, dark chocolate. Hints of alcohol, some yeastiness. The nose on this beer was its least pronounced quality i thought, and that didnt appear to change as it warmed. just very subtle, almost a little too subtle, i thought.

Taste is hot with alcohol at first, and of sweet malt, held up by an amazing dark chocolate backbone. Spicy hops and alcohol warmth on the finish. Light notes of braised cherries mix well with the chocolate. Some yeastiness too.

Mouthfeel is awesomely smooth and soft. Full bodied and creamy.

This is a fantastic beer, lives up to its reputation. Fan-friggin-tastic. The best of the Trappists that i've had and its hard to imagine that the Westy 12 could be better than this.

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

Pour is deep brown with a modest white head on top. Notable amounts of sedimentation suspended, but most of it was kept in the bottle and out of the chalice. Good lacing. Intense light fruits on the nose, pears, earth, esters from the yeast. I can get where some are getting olive aspects even. Very interesting.

Taste starts out sweet and fruity, big dark fruit aspects, plums. A smooth malty underbody, lightly nutty, lightly spicy. A touch of alcohol on the finish, but not much. Good. Alcohol becomes more pronounced as it warms.

The mouth on this is a real highlight, most Belgians aren't motor oil, but this one is the best in its class that I've had. Very viscous, it coats the mouth well. Drinkability, solid stuff, I enjoy it, I wouldn't hesitate to pick it up again though it is touch pricey.

The bottom line: If you like Belgians, the Rochefort beers are must tries. I greatly enjoy both the 8 and the 10 and 10 is the biggest beer in their impressive arsenal. It loses a bit as it warms, which is unusual for the style though, as the alcohol becomes more noticeable.

Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
100 out of 100 based on 7,790 ratings.