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Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,487 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 7,487
Reviews: 2,564
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 580
Gots: 1,363 | FT: 53
Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 11-06-2000)
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Photo of zeff80
4.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I drank this beer to celebrate my first ever day as a teacher! I needed it!

A - Poured out a brownish/black with a one-finger head. It left great lacing.

S - It smelled of nuts, alcohol, yeast and grains.

T - The taste was dynamic...it had a spicy, heat to it. It tasted of yeast of grains, too. The alcohol really began to come through as it warmed.

M - It is crisp and medium-bodied.

D - A great Belgian beer. It was my first quadrupel and it was outstanding. I need to have this one around for other momentous occasions.

zeff80, Aug 25, 2006
Photo of SacoDeToro
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a deep sepia brown with a foamy off-white head.

The aroma was of dark dried fruits, such as figs and raisins, Belgian yeast esters, dark caramelly sugars, and alcohol.

The flavor of the beer was immensly complex. It started out with a rush of figs, raisins, and a caramel sweetness. The warmth of the high alcohol helped the flavor flow into that of a nice port wine. The esters of the yeast gave the beer that distinct Belgian fruitiness. The aroma definitely had a synergystic effect with the flavor of this beer, more so than most other beers I've sampled. The high attenuation in this beer made it very smooth without any of the cloying sweetness that I believe detracts from St. Bernardus Abt 12.

The carbonation was fine and tight and appropriately high for this style. The mouthfeel was medium and satisfyingly creamy.

This is one of the most complex beers I've ever had. It never fails to disappoint me and my friends. This is one of those beers that has the ability to satisfy any beverage afficionado with its intricacy and can be enjoyed over a long session as it warms in the glass. Outstanding.

SacoDeToro, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of beckje01
4.22/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- very dark low head

S- Carmel and roasted malts very nice smell

T- Very tangy with strong sweet tones and just a touch of a smoke tase very nice over all

M- Slight tingle not much else

D- Just a sipper, nice beer but would like about half a bottle per sitting but really worth having and more so if you want to split between some friends

beckje01, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of Optimat0r
4.88/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

appearance - i could hav filled my glass with caramel and it would look the same.

smell - like a good belgian with all the dried fruits and spices and stuff.

taste - OH MY GOD! i take one sip and dont take another one for a full minute. DEPTH is the key word here. this is the most complex deep taste ive ever had in a beer, surpassing ayinger celebrator.

mouthfeel - no complaints here

drinkability - this is the strongest beer ive had at 11.3% but i cant even taste any alcohol! masked extremely well. but it hits you like a damn hammer after one bottle. but the taste and mouthfeel are incredible, cant get enough.

Optimat0r, Aug 22, 2006
Photo of A7Zulu
4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice dark amber color, 1 inch tan head, .25 inch lacing

Smell: Chocolate

Taste: Profound wood and nut flavours. Bitter hoppy aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Smooth, balanced carbonation, no profound alcohol bite

Drinkability: Very drinkable, not as robust as the Rochefort 8. The flavours are strong yet subtle, akin to the Chimay Grand Reserve.

A7Zulu, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of Budlum
4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle marked 040809.

Pours with plenty of natural carbonation producing one half inch of whispy, tan head simmering away after about one minute. Only a thin remainder of the head remains around the edges for the entirety of the drink. Deep brown and purple body with a slight cloudiness. Very deep red and orange tones are also visible. The pour requires some caution as to not disturb the copious amounts of sediment in the bottle.

Powerful and fruity on the nose. Loaded with a vast amount of fruit presence. Raisins, figs, bananas and sweet apples. Delightfully sweet, malty presence polished with vanilla and oak qualities. Big yeast presence reinforcing the banana characteristics and adding a few spicy qualities. Notable alcohol presence but very subdued for this high ABV brew. Excellent.

Huge rush of malty, sweet flavors. Loaded with prunes and dried figs. Slight toasted malt presence reinforces an oak and earthy flavor. Powerful yeast balances what could be an overbearing rush of flavors. Spicy notes suggesting nutmeg provides a tingly feeling on the tongue. Long-lasting finish with vanilla and oak from the yeast, sweet and candied sugar flavors from the malt and a kick of alcohol and spice.

Mouthfeel is supremely carbonated for a beer that can be kept for so long. Despite the very long finish, this beer leaves the palate unscathed and awaiting another sip.

Drinkability is good but nothing too special. Given the high ABV, it does go down easy. The spiciness and overall nature of this beer does take concentration to enjoy. If you're in the mood for a great beer this is certainly one. With that said, it demands respect and attention.

Budlum, Aug 19, 2006
Photo of mjd83goblue
4.78/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

33cL bottle poured into a tulip-like glass. Served after about 1 1/2 hrs in the fridge.

A: Pours dark dark brown with about 2" of white head. Still 1/4" of head well after 30 mins of pouring. This just looks like something special

S: Mixture of dark fruits like black cherry and others, spices, and more. The aroma carries like crazy, you can smell it anytime the glass is in your hand practically.

T: So much going on here. Starts off fruity, and then turns to chocolate milk. Then the spices come out (cloves?). An ever so slight taste of alcohol in the finish.

M: Rich, thick, and creamy. Unbelievable smooth for 11+%. Delicious.

D: Obviously a sipper, but I would sip one every night if I could.

Basically the only reason I'm not giving straight 5's is because I haven't tried Westy 12 yet. Amazing stuff that just gets better the closer to room temp.

mjd83goblue, Aug 19, 2006
Photo of HomerSimpson742
4.72/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Since I have yet to try the holy grail of Trappist Ales--Westvleteren, I would have to consider this one of the finest Trappist's that I have tried. I tried all three 6, 8, 10 and though I loved them all, I think 10 is the best of the three.

Appearance - Dark Brown

Smell - Dark Chocolate with a hint of spice

Taste - Chocolate with sweet fruity notes, which leads the to a hint warmth from the alcohol (though this barely scratches the surface of the complexity of tastes)

Mouthfeel - more carbonated than 6 or 8, but the carbonation tames yet compliments the sweetness of the ale.

Drinkability - Despite the higher alcohol content, the beer finishes rather nicely.

HomerSimpson742, Aug 16, 2006
Photo of jdoolin
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 33cL bottle, poured into a chalice

Appearance: very dark brown with a medium frothy, light tan head

Aroma: Very pleasant. Molasses, plum, fruity... and alcohol.

Taste: Wonderful flavor. Dark fruits, caramelized sugar, molasses... and alcohol. There is a definite alcohol presence that warms the back of the throat and prominent in the flavor. Silky smooth, heavy mouthfeel.

Notes: An outstanding beer. Great aroma and flavor, but the alcohol shows its presence a bit much compared to other quadrupels. But still, a wonderful beer that I will return to regularly. It paired excellently with a triple creme Brie.

jdoolin, Aug 15, 2006
Photo of expatsteve
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Big 1 inch head with lots of stick lacing left for later. Darkest brown with mahogany hues. No real visibility. Medium viscosity. Impressive in the glass.

Aroma: Booze, cocoa, molasses, and a little breadiness. Balanced, rich, and pleasant - some cream and peanut developments.

Taste: Toffee, brown sugar, dried plums and a real booze tingle the whole way through. A little breadiness - the bready malt developments, with some raisins too. I can't help feeling that the booze in this is a little too much.

Mouthfeel: Booze is fairly heavy, though the body is a little lighter and the carbonation is subdued if constant.

Drinkability: I'd probably enjoy sitting on one of these every now and then as a good, warming sipper, but I can't help feeling that this doesn't have the subtle balance of other trappist beers. Impressive, though the booze is a challenge.

expatsteve, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of dfried
4.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark in color, with some mahogany hues around the edges. Average size, caramel colored head, that lasted as a slight film through the entire beer.

The aroma is deep and fruity, brambles, raisins, plums, as well as some black liquorish and molasses. A bit yeasty, and noticeable phenols.

The taste started much the same as the aroma, dark fruits and dark sugar. It sweetened a lot as it warmed, with most of the flavor being ripe raspberries and strawberries. I thought this beer was comparable in flavor to a doppelbock, but with much more vibrant and readily available flavors (as you would expect from an ale v. a lager.) There was always a yeasty and phenol character to the beer throughout it, and some spicy-ness showed up as the beer went on, but the sweet fruitiness was the defining characteristic of this beer for me.

The mouthfeel was interesting. After I was about a quarter of the into this one, the top of my tongue started tingling for a while. I originally thought it was from a bit extra sparkling carbonation from the bottle conditioning, but as the spicy-ness showed up later in the beer, I thought that might have had something to do with it as well. The alcohol in this beer was awesome. About 20-30 seconds after a sip, a nice warming feeling would come from the belly. At no point was the alcohol off putting in this one, it was barely detectable besides the warming, which in turn makes this the definition of a dangerously drinkable beer at 11.3%. This beer exceeded my expectations which were high.

dfried, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of GPHarris
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a two fingers thick pillowy head into a brandy snifter. the head was a nice tan color w/ cinnamon-looking sediment in it. the color of the beer was a nice dark brown. significant lacing throughout the drink.
s - as soon as i open this beer i am hit with the aroma. fruity with hints of chocolate and vanilla.
t - this beer's taste is very complex and hard for me to figure out. vanilla is the most distinct flavor to me. the alcohol is slightly evident but in a pleasant way.
m - smooth and really coats the tongue.
d - this is a very pleasant brew. i drank this during a hot alabama august and probably should have waited until the winter. i'll be sure to stock up on this for then.

GPHarris, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of quasimoto
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Its a real muddy brown with a light tan head and massive bubbles.

S - Strong chocolates, brown sugar, maple, very fruity.

T - Since the yast was kicked back up, I think that it is yeasty than it should be but I love it. its very much like a chocolate bready flavor. Some vinous characteristics. So complex that pinpointing just on flavor is damn near impossible. There is a lot of alcohol, but it is so perfectly hidden, that its not a factor. I am also reviewing this I think a little too cold.

M - Sharp carbination bubbles hit the under rim of the front of my tounge, but then mellows out to a nice light creamyness.

D - ....do I really need to say anything about this beer? It should be categorized as one of the best.

quasimoto, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.22/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Round 6 of the 9-Round Trappapooza/Trappaganza '06 with expatsteve.

Pour: murky, almost opaque, save for a few mahogany highlights under 3 fingers of off-white foam that fades leaving spotty lacing to a sparse skim.

Nose: kiwi-tart booze, caramel, cocoa powder, vanilla malt, more tart booze, passion fruit-pineapple and caramel apple sweetness as it warms.

Taste: Wow. warming(later burning) booze with notes of gooey carame-toffee, vanilla bean, banana bread, granny smith apples, raisins and gasoline.

Feel: a little harsh to be honest. Not Old Ruffian territory, but every sip shoots alcoholic vapors up the nostrils. Body is yeasty rich, but thinned by the alcohol.

Drinkability/Overall: frankly, the 8 gets better marks for depth of flavor and drinkability. The great complexity I know this beer has is overshadowed by the booze. A few years would do this beer well. Just might have to pick up another bottle for cellaring.

Golden2wenty1, Aug 10, 2006
Photo of mfcohiba
4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It is hard to register this as what I used to call "beer" before my enlightenment. It has flavors far beyond my palate, a smoothness/richness that is so far unmatched to me. Drinkability at its abv is phenomenal, but you know what you're getting. Dark fruits, sweet malts, with a slightly bittersweet and long lasting finish that goes on and on. As it warms from my fridge the complexity deepens. This, so far, is my island beer.

mfcohiba, Aug 10, 2006
Photo of Foxman
4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a murky milk chocolate brown with two fingers of creamy beige head that slowly melt away. Falls of lacing cascade down the inside of the glass.

The aroma is a hefty haul of grain, malted and with cocoa, plum, dates, and toffee. A mellow spiciness combines with a doughy yeast note. An earthy tanginess just disguises a tendon of alcohol.

Upon sipping, there slinks forth the sweet duskiness of toasted grain, plush with coffee, sloe fruit, cocoa again, caramel, and the merest hint of cola. A complimentary caress of corander and clove rounds the grain and lends to an understated bitterness. Alcohol spikes potently in the middle, but it quicky dissipates to reveal a lingering finish of muted residual grain, tangy yeast, and gentle bitterness. It's complex, blended, classy, classic, and wonderful.

Medium bodied, it lays like silk on the palate, coating and tingling enticingly.

It's intriguingly complex, splendidly blended, and is obviously a stylistic statesman. It's a joy to behold on every level, and it gives up its bounty willingly, but mostly to an able palate. The ABV is right out front, but it's a warming product of its nature. It keeps your attention, and rewards your attention lavishly. That is a great way for a beer to be.

Foxman, Aug 08, 2006
Photo of ElGordo
4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the 330ml bottle into my Duvel tulip glass. Body is a deep dark brown with ruby red highlights, topped by a half inch of creamy light brown head that leaves some pretty lacing on the glass. Beautiful aroma is almost too complex to describe - notes of apricot, raisin, chestnut, sweet dark malt, lactose, and more than a little alcohol. Palate is simply wonderful - a huge smile came across my face with the first sip. Rich, sweet malt, dark fruit, a touch of spiciness, all mixing in perfect harmony. Beautifully creamy mouthfeel is just absolutely perfect - velvety smooth, without the thick, syrupy body that can overwhelm some of the stronger beers, along with a lightly dry finish. If not for the strength and the price, I might never drink anything else again.

ElGordo, Aug 08, 2006
Photo of yemenmocha
4.72/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark in colour, slightly hazy due to my inability to retain all of the yeast at the bottom of the bottle upon pouring. Thick lacey had that waffs the aroma up nicely.

Nose has a resemblance to anejo tequila, raisins, and baked desserts.

On the palate dark coca, roasted malt, tawny port (not to be confused with ruby!) and reduced calorie maple syrup. Body is a little on the thin side but it enhances the drinkability.

Finish is peaceful and gradual in flavor dissipation. I notice a caramelly and light cinnamony peppery sweetness that fades into a pleasant malt extract-like cloying sweetness. Nice.

yemenmocha, Aug 05, 2006
Photo of coltrane4me
4.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first review for BA, and seeing as this is my favorite beer to date, while also seeking a special occassion to drink the remaining one in my cellar, I decided to review it on this stormy afternoon.

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours a beautiful dark brown with a rich head that disappears quickly. Leaves a foamey lace in its wake.

Smells like heaven. Fruits- sugary figs and cherries with only a slight hint of the 11.3% alcohol it contains.

Taste is unparalleled. The alcohol is hidden amongst a variety of dark fruit and peppery tastes. The fruit hits you up front, but leaves a pleasant, almost chocolately aftertaste. A true pleasure to drink.

The mouthfeel is also superb. You would not expect such high carbonation from such a rich beer. Leaves a pleasant sensation, like having taken a sip of champagne

This Belgian gem may perhaps be the world's finest. My only regret is that I do not have another in my cellar to enjoy.

coltrane4me, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of JMD71
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Medium to dark brown with solid head which dissipates rapidly. The alcohol is visible towards the top of the glass as it separates. Medium carbonation.

Aroma: Brandy aroma dominates! Alcohol prominent along with notes of figs, raisins, & dates. Other dried fruits such as cherries also evident. Brandy butter & Christmas pudding....

Taste: Very tasty! Earthy fruits such as raisins, dates & plums. Alcohol prominent but not overpowering. Fruity, malty yet balanced out with the high ABV.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with medium to high carbonation. The carbonation leaves the mouth feeling crisp & clean. Not cloying at all.

Drinkability: Very slow sipper. Although smooth & clean, this has a high ABV & can deceive. The carbonation dulls the ABV% which makes it easier to drink.

Comments: I enjoyed this Belgian Abbey tremendously. Delicious! Even though it has a strong brandy flavor, and I don't enjoy hard liquor, I truly enjoyed this beer. Excellently crafted! Truly world class as I was expecting...

JMD71, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of wolffman17
4.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into a tulip, this pours a deep, dark brown. It's cloudy and opaque with plenty of sediment floating around. The huge frothy head slowly dissipates while leaving, not just lace, but chunks of foam on the sides of the glass. This is an elegant looking beer.
Smells exceptional. Dark fruits (mainly raisins) with some alcohol. The sweet aroma of the first few whiffs is extremely rich. A nice prelude of what's to come; my anticipation was growing.
Similar to the smell, it tastes of sweet dark fruit. There's also a nice chocolate touch. Some alcohol, but you wouldn't think it's 11.3%. Intense and complex, yet it manages to be incredibly smooth.
Effortless drinkability. The alcohol is very well hidden, and the taste kept me completely engaged.

Drinking Rochefort 10 was a memorable beer experience. It's elegant, refined, and demands respect. I love this line from their website: "To conclude still this: make no abuse of this gift of God."

wolffman17, Jul 30, 2006
Photo of barefootbrewer
4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a dark deep brownish color with a nice thick persistent head. It has a delightful malty smell. The taste is a deep delicious molasses/carmel type taste. Mouthfeel is full and chewy. As for as drinkability – I’m trying to figure out how to get this flowing through the pipes in my house!

barefootbrewer, Jul 29, 2006
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Geeez, this is the real deal right here!

11.2 oz bottle poured into an over-size wine goblet.

Dark reddish/ brown color, 2" thick mocha head dissipated to a thin but constant frothy layer with a circular "eye" of deeper brownish color directly in the middle of the glass.

Smells of Honey-like-malt sweetness, apricots, barley, some floral hints and cherry.

Taste: Wow, first hit is heavenly. Gives a nice honey sweetness and earthy-green and floral hop bite and a fruitieness, including: apricot and cherries. that is all seemingly well balanced with one another. Alcohol is slightly hot but warming in the taste. Starts sweet,malty and fruity, ending tart and bitter with complex yeast flavor profile.

Feels freakin' smooth yet very heady. Active and lively. Seems to simply evaporate on the tongue,a dancing light body, light feel...NOT light in flavor or any other aspect.

11.3 % ABV. Keeps this limited to only a few in one sitting but doesn't stop you from craving another...deceptive in it's ways.

GratefulBeerGuy, Jul 27, 2006
Photo of Estarrio
4.68/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a mysterious dark, cloudy color with lots of sediment. A very slight charcoal head lined the edge of the glass.

The aroma is an intriguing mix of bubble gum, sweet fruit and a suggestion of alcohol.

The body is slightly syrupy but very drinkable, considering the high alcohol content.

The complexity of flavors is overwhelming. Sweet malt, sugar, fruit, raisin, caramel all balanced by a slight bitter presence of hops.

This is a beguiling brew and an absolute pleasure to drink.

Estarrio, Jul 27, 2006
Photo of jwc215
4.28/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass chalice.
Poured dark brown - almost black - with a creamy off-white head with what looked like a small cinnamon swirl.
The smell was of caramel, spices, and alcohol. A bit thin - but present.
The taste was near-heavenly. The sugar candy, caramel and alcohol intermingled to make a divine taste.
It was sweet, a touch too much so, and full-bodied. The alcohol added to the taste, but almost over-powered it.
It was smooth and tasty - quite sweet. The alcohol and sugar lingered. A real "sipping" treat.

jwc215, Jul 27, 2006
Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
100 out of 100 based on 7,487 ratings.