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Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Ratings: 7,965
Reviews: 2,649
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 675
Gots: 1,685 | 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 srroos
4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330mL bottle into a wine glass. Dark brown with a huge tan head. Intensely malty and dark fruits with hoppy undertones. Taste is mainly dark fruits, with a bitter finish. Very full bodied and smooth. Alcohol presence increases drastically when as it warms, hurting drinkability a bit.

An excellent beer all around, but this could perhaps benefit from some age.

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

pour a murky mahogany with nice beligan light chocolate foam. nose has been boozy at times. when good smells like nothing but pilsner hop at first. beligan sugar yet smooth... preserve like. plum, fig, pumpkin seed, leather, apricot, and brown sugar. excellent volume. no alcohol detected in a good bottle. palate is everything the nose is and gradually. smooth with a like hop wit h a nice leather malt finish. has a lamb meat quality. astringent hop. peppery and clove like. would recommend obviously with lamb. fantastic for game period.

Photo of GeoffM
3.38/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Opaque dark brown, excellent head with wonderful retention and lacing.

Smell - Alcohol is strong and overwhelms most everything else. Dark fruity malts are in there somewhere, grapes and plums from what I can tell.

Taste - Sharp malt bitterness up front, tastes much like wine. Mellows out very nicely for the finish, all sorts of fruits swirl around on the palate. Full-bodied, very nice texture and mouthfeel. Alcohol is not well-hidden at all.

Overall - Frankly it's just not my thing. The complexity of the beer and the prowess of the brewery is undeniable, but for me it's near-undrinkable.

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

11/22/08- Purchased at Jackson's Wine and Spirits in Lafayette, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle, best by 2009. Poured into my Rochefort chalice. Has been aged for 3 years or so.

Appearance- Murky brown caramel colored pour. Average amount of yeast settles to the bottom of the glass. Leaves some light trails of lace. Smaller 1/4 inch head...which is a bit off white.

Smell- Sweet notes of milk chocolate, alcohol soaked dark fruits and some roasted malts. Caramel as well.

Taste- Sweeter than Westy. Caramel flavor comes through during the whole beer. Alcohol is not really noticable. Dates and figs add to the high level of sweetness with a small amount of chocolate flavor.

Mouthfeel- Lower carbonation with a definite full mouthfeel. Lasting sweetness and sticky caramel coating.

Drinkability- I'm kinda wishing I would have tried one last year. I think the aging has affected it for the worse. I've had a few fresh and they were a bit better than this. Still an excellent beer, but prefer them fresher.

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

Appearance: Black with dark brown at the edges. No light shows through. The head is tan and thick with a combination of creamy foam and large bubbles. The head has good retention. The lacing is minimal, but where it does hang, it hangs in clumps.

Aroma: Sweet and fruity with plenty of maltiness, maybe some licorice hints. The alcohol is obvious in the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a lot of creaminess. The carbonation is light and perfect for my tastes.

Taste: Definitely malty with a caramel and pepper present. It has bite, but it doesn't TASTE of strong alcohol, though it definitely warms as it goes down. The hops are very subtle and seemingly only there for balance.

Overall impression: This was not what i was expecting to be honest. I have not loved many Belgians. This one, however, I like quite a bit. It is definitely a sipping beer and at the prices they go for here, probably one I'll sip infrequently. Though, when i do, I'll enjoy it!

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

Served in a Chimay goblet. Pours a dense mahogany brown color with a lot of light coming through when held to a light. Reddish highlights and a small white head. Head retention is brief, a result of the 11.3 abv.

Smell is great. Dark fruit, Candi sugar and a hint of alcohol. Very inviting.

Taste was a bit of a disappointment. I was expecting more complexity from a top rated beer. This beer semed more basic, some sweetnessand spiciness up front and a little bitterness at the end. The alcohol was well hidden

Mouthfeel was good, nice and rich. Drinkability is good. The lack of harsh alcohol taste and the smoothness make this very drinkable despite the abv.

I still like St Bernadus abt 12 better as a Quad.

Photo of bobsy
4.27/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at the Only Cafe in Toronto. Poured a deep clouded mahogany, with a finger of smooth, creamy off-white head. It is very similar in appearance to the 8, but leaves far less lacing. Very dark nose, with lots of phenols and yeasty spiciness. Certainly less oak than the 8, and more sweeter aromas. Luxurious layers of chocolate and caramel in the flavour make this almost more like a dessert than a beer, and definitely contributing to a full-bodied, filling experience. There's also dark fruit in abundance, particularly candied dates, and a nice Belgian spiciness from the yeast strain. Extremely smooth in the mouth...almost creamy. A minor complaint would be that the carbonation was not ideal, and its moderation did make the mouthfeel a little too heavy, which was reinforced by the richness of the flavours.

This is an extremely complex beer, and one that all Belgian lovers should endeavour to try. I did enjoy it a lot, but did not find it to be a stellar leap over other classics, and in fact I though the Rochefort 8 was superior in terms of appearance and mouthfeel. In terms of quads, this kicks almost all of them into touch, and from the ones I have had, only St. Bernardus would beat it in my eyes.

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

Had the 8 and now for the 10!

A: Very dark red brown and exceptionally hazy. Lovely fluffy finger head that looked like someone sprinkled cinnamon on it. Nice spotty lacing.

S: Strong phenols, rum, dark fruit and sweet malt.

T: Wow. Not what I expected. Lovely creamy sweet malty taste with a subtle rum. Some sweet chocolate and some dark fruit. A little medicinal with warming alcohol of course - what would you expect with this ABV! The alcohol developed more wallop as the drink progressed.

M: Incredibly creamy and smooth - a little sharp alcohol at the finish. The sharpness probably has hops too but with this much alcohol, it's hard to pin point it. Medium body.

D: This drink plain scares me. I have had beers at a third of the ABV that were harder to drink. This is such a decadent beer. It makes you feel special. It makes you remember that beer is not a drink to pound down or at least not always. Amazing. Quite an experience. You have to try it.

Photo of dasenebler
4.69/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into chalice. Nice look to this one: deep mahogany brown. Thick, off-white head.

Incredible aroma unlike any beer I've sniffed before. Loads of fruity sweetness: grapes and raisins mainly, along with caramel. Alcohol is very well disguised.

Taste is just like the aroma. There is a warming effect, but this beer does not taste close to 11.3% abv. There's even more caramel in the taste, and the feel is silky smooth and delicious. Really buttery (a tad odd but delicious) and fruity. A bit of roast and chocolate in the aftertaste. Dark fruits come through as well. Carbonation is high and effervescent but also very smooth.

Outstanding. One of the best I've ever had.

Photo of erok
4.69/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Dark reddish brown, almost black when not held to the light. Poured with thick, creamy white head.

S- Fruity, sweet, and alcoholic. Perhaps a slight earthiness, perhaps from the yeast.

T- Malty sweet, very similar to Chimay blue, but with less yeastiness and more alcoholic warmth, especially after it's been swallowed.

M- Coats the mouth. Some carbonation on the sides of the tougue.

D- At 11. 3% ABV drinkability is subjective. But for this level of alcohol it's as drinkable as it gets.

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

This Quad lived up to all the potential that has accumulated on this site. It was and 11oz bottle poured into a large wine glass (my snifter was on loan to my neighbor). I must admit drinking from a large wine glass proved to be a great drinking experience. It allowed to the nose to hold in the glass and the head to maintain longer than I have heard.

It poured a dark coffee brown, with a white-ish caramel colored head. The head maintained within a 1/4 inch from original pour throughout drinking, and left remarkable lace. The nose was robust and full of earthiness, figs, other dark fruits, with a touch of alcohol and spun sugar.

The drinkablity it amazing. The smooth fullness could easily lead to a fast drink, but be patient, the taste is exceptional. It is not as sweet as you would think from the nose but the perfect balance between the alcohol, wheat, sugar, dried fruit, and carbonation prove to be a great taste and feel combination.

Everyone should enjoy this beer at some time before they die.

Photo of sprucetip
4.63/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

From 11 oz bottle into Midnight Sun goblet at appropriate temp. Amazingly available from the one and only liquor store in the tiny (800 folks in the winter) Alaskan town where I live. Thank you Robert (manager of liquor store). And, no, we can't see Russia.

The large, vigorous tan head settled quickly. Minimal lacing. Medium/dark brown, corffee like, hazy and thick. A little chunky. Inviting. UPDATED: Beauty. Thick tan foam, with plenty of lacing.

Heavenly aroma. This would ultimately be the strongest category for this beer for me. Complex, malty sweetness with dark dried fruit accents. Relatively faint alcohol in the nose, considering the size of the beer.

ORIGINAL REVIEW:Taste is malty base with alcohol and and dark dried fruit blending, but without as much complexity as in the nose. Some sort of bitterness intersects with these other flavors, but I don't think it is hops. Maybe this flavor is a dryness from all the fermented candy sugar? It finishes dry. This beer did not taste as sweet as I expected, nor was it as full and satisfying as some other quads that I may like better, but are not as revered.
UPDATED: RIch, sweet, malty, dark fruity, and yeast. Wicked complex. World class.

Some tingly carbonation and moderate warming, especially toward the back of the tongue. Not as full as I expected, and, again, as some other quads. UPDATED: Must have been an older bottle before, as this is plenty full bodied. Still a bit on the hot side.

This goes down way too easily for something that is such an expensive treat. Very balanced with a modestly dry finish.

Surely a great beer, but I'd probably get a Koeningshoven or a Quadrium before this one. In deference to the beer and brewer, who knows how this beer has changed since in left Belgium for Alaska. I think I like Pannepot better, but this is a world class brew.

Photo of mnj21655
4.3/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a chalice

Pours a dark reddish brown with about a finger of light tan head that exhibits fairly good retention. Smells pretty good, some nice malty sweetness, some dark fruit esters and a complex alcohol aroma. The aroma here is very vinous with lots dark fruits such as plums, figs, and dark cherries. Alcohol aroma is both spicy and a bit like perfume. Taste is much like the aroma. Initially its fairly malty but sweetness quickly builds. The dark fruit esters are a constant and lurk just beneath the sweetness. As this brew warms a bit the flavors actually seem to come together a bit more; they mellow a bit and this becomes much more balanced. Mouthfeel is pretty good, medium-light+ in body with high carbonation. There is a very prominent alcohol presence here but its not overwhelming or harsh as the alcohol takes on perfume like characteristics. Drinkability is pretty good. I had expected a bit more out of this beer but it was enjoyable none-the-less.

Photo of bigkahunas4
4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33CL bottle into a tulip shaped chalice

Appearance: Raisin brown body, with some nice tan film. Lacing is by far the best I've ever seen - as it just coats the glass.

Smell: Brown sugar nose, with notes of fig and alcohol.

Taste: Big malt character which primarily tastes of fig, moves to a big alcohol backdrop. However, it's executed perfectly and extremely welcomed. Lots of sweet sugar cane come through, as well as some peppery spice. Near the top of the tastiest quads in my book.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth - luscious. Really enjoy the

Drinkabiltiy: With the high alcohol - this guy is a sipper, and the alcohol makes it a bit tough to knock down. That said, paired with some nice artisanal cheeses and candied fruits - and you have yourself an enjoyable experience.

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

Presentation: 11.2 oz/330ml. bottle into a snifter.

A- Deep, murky brown. Pours with ~1 finger of tan/white head, which fades rapidly, leaving a thin ring. A look through the light reveals a profound mixture of sediments. No lacing noted.

S- Alcohol odors mingling with a fruity/port/raisiny mix.

T- Slightly sweet fruitiness followed by a slight alcohol bittering/warming effect. Grows increasingly more delicious throughout consumption. Aftertaste is fantastic.

M- Has a nice "tiny bubble" infusion feel. A smooth sipper.

D- Considering the high ABV, this one seems surprisingly drinkable.

Future outlook: I'm sure that this beer will meet again with my mouth somewhere down the road....

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

Served from a 330 cl bottle into a glass.

A: pours dark brown with a light highlight, opaque, with a tan tightly-beaded head. good lacing as the beer is consumed.

S: chocolate, caramel, light raisin but dominated by the caramel

T: starts with a chocolaty flavor that moves into a fig, prune-like taste, with slightly warm alcohol at the finish mixed with raisin/prune/dark fruit. Caramel and molasses also present in the flavor, joined by toffee and hints of licorice; little to no hop presence and a somewhat sweet finish balanced by the alcohol.

M: medium body to the beer, with sweetness contributing to a sticky, viscous feel. carbonation light and helps bring out the flavors.

D: A very flavorful and complicated beer, if you concentrate you can pick out its various characteristics. would love to be pairing this with a desert as it seems lonely to consume all on its own.

Photo of jjanega08
4.77/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A= dark thick head, decent lacing
S= great smokey smell, fig, raisins, very much like a wine. You can smell the alcohol deep in it
T= great fig taste, very sweet alcohol towards the end, lots of malt and maybe very very very subtle hops toward the back
M= great smooth with a bit in it tingley on the tounge. Very warm in the belly
D= great but the abv is so high you would get sloppy very quickly

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

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a snifter.

Appears very dark brown and hazy with a one inch off-white head that gradually sinks to a centimeter thick skim. Some spotty lacing is left behind.

Aroma is full of candi sugar, dark fruits, some spiciness, brown sugar, also a bit of creaminess that I can't quite place other than to say it's kind of like sugar cookie dough.

The taste starts off with lots of sugary sweetness up front with flavors of raisin, fig, plum, caramelized sugars, and a very small touch of chocolate. Towards the end it gets more yeasty and spicy with a light earthiness in the linger along with some warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium-light but very creamy and soft on the palate. Very nice carbonation level. Very drinkable for being 11.3% ABV.

Probably the best Quad that I have had to date. Still got a Westy 12 to drink soon though so we shall see if that stands.

Photo of paco1029384756
4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark ruby brown color with a nice off white head.

Scent of dark fruits, alcohol, robust buttery malts, yeast and candi sugar. Excellent stuff, velvety smooth, strong as hell, full and rich.

Taste of rich, buttery malts with dark fruits to balance, alcohol is apparent, but adds a nice strength to the beer. Alcohol burn lingers throughout the taste giving a nice strength which balances very well with the flavor. Finishes dry with some marshmallow, dark fruits, and earthy malts.

Mouthfeel is perfectly smooth with a huge bite from the alcohol, and even with that it is quite drinkable.

As far as I'm concerned, this is on par with Westvleteren 12, and seeing as I have immediate availability to this beer, I prefer this one.

Photo of benclimbs
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass, big black with huge creamy head, tons of lacing and really active bubbly carbonation viewable through the blackness.

A little mocha, alcohol and malt on the nose

Alcohol cooks off the nose as it sits, lots of espresso, some licorice and a bit of dry cocoa... Very good and super multigeared, finishes bitter with a little alcohol still.

Great mouthfeel, dances on the tongue.

Notes: awesome example of the style.

Photo of johnnybravo
4.26/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Maybe it's not the greatest beer in the world but it's absolutely one of my 'always in stock' beers and the one I grab in a pub if there's nothing else really interesting. Especially at the end of a great evening. It's a pity that it's less spicy than it used to be and has become sweeter as well according to the general trend. But still. A well balanced, very flavourful, great looking and easy going beer for such high ABV.

Photo of nrbw23
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a murky brown color with a nice creamy tan colored head. The head has great retention and becomes a bubbly layer on top of the brew and leaves a tremendous amount of lacing. I could also see a few floaters in there of yeast.

S- Pretty laid back here but I could pick tons of sweetness (maybe brown sugar), dark fruits (plums), a touch of alcohol and some malts.

T- This is a really tasty brew. Bread crust, dark fruits, and some chocolate raisins. Alcohol appears in the finish.

M- Medium in body, a little high in carbonation but goes down really smooth.

D- This is a really solid brew, easy to drink and very dangerous. Highly recommended on this one.

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.

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Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
100 out of 100 based on 7,965 ratings.