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Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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7,170 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,170
Reviews: 2,543
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 519
Gots: 1,225 | FT: 49
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Brasserie de Rochefort

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 11-06-2000)
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Photo of moulefrite
4.47/5  rDev -0.9%

Don't get much prettier no sir! A black hole of a brew, yet with a very faint, and I mean faint dollop of amber at the bottom of the glass. The head and lace are concrete structures. Aromas are very ripe and fruity, with melon at the forefront. Some botrytis aromas appear as well. The mouthfeel is very enjoyable-at once enveloping the entire mouth with warmth and bursts of barnyard flavors. Flavors are redolent of Blue Cheese-funky, moldy, fruity, yes very much blue cheese esc. I'd bet it would pair like a dream. A sweetness in the way of coffee with heavy cream and sugar adds to the complexity. All in all very wine like in flavor with great depth of flavor. The ever present fruity funkiness will not be for everyone, straight off that is. Yet, this is one that will grow on you for sure. I will re-edit it each time I taste it. Superior Stuff!

moulefrite, Nov 05, 2003
Photo of leeenglewood
4.72/5  rDev +4.7%

Appearance was dark brown with a creamy white head that held on to the last drop. Smelled of brown sugar and bruised apples. Tasted like dark roasted malts and had quite spectacular ester profile of sweet fruits and real sun dried raisins to go along with a slightly yeasty flavor. The mouthful was thick and creamy with a slightly oily tinge to the tongue. One of the first truly unique beers I’ve ever had so many flavors intermingle to tantalize the pallet. Very hard to describe just how excellent this beer truly is.

leeenglewood, Oct 16, 2003
Photo of grynder33
4.3/5  rDev -4.7%

Dark amberish color,huge head that disappeared slowly, sweet fruity aroma,the chocolate coffeeiish taste comes through in a gust. Mouthfeel is not very smooth, alittle too much carbonation, but otherwise very special stuff.Taste got a little bitter at the end.

grynder33, Oct 12, 2003
Photo of Brent
4.33/5  rDev -4%

This bottle had been lurking in the back of the beer fridge for quite a while - one I had been saving for a special occasion, but the time never seemed right to break out his beer. Finally, some good news justified liberating the beer. Although my happy frame of mind would no doubt contribute to enjoyment of any beer, this was still a tall order to fill - the beer had better be good.

And fill the order it did. Poured a murky cola brown. Aroma and flavors redolent of dark candied fruit - sort of like fig and rice crispy balls from childhood Christmas. Alcohol was there in force, but the flavoring level was not overdone and lent some pepper bite. Quite drinkable for the abv heft.

Brent, Oct 07, 2003
Photo of beergeek279
5/5  rDev +10.9%

Served in the 11.2 oz. bottle. The color is a dark amber, with a bubbly, creamy white head. The smell is malty sweet, and also smells of alcohol. The taste is quite sweet, with hints of nut and raisins, with a malty aftertaste; the alcohol is clearly present, but rather than detracting from the beer, it adds to the relaxing, warming sensation of the beer. Mouthfeel is as creamy as possible. Drinkability-wise, despite the over 11% ABV, I would certainly enjoy drinking as many of these as I could afford!!

When everyone speaks of Trappists, they talk about Westvleteren, and rightly so. However, Rochefort is every bit as good, and I think I enjoyed it even more!. A very underrated beer, and definitely a new favorite on my list!!

beergeek279, Sep 27, 2003
Photo of Ianhockey91
3.4/5  rDev -24.6%

Deep caramel like color at first pour, when i say caramel, i mean like butrnt caramel. The aroma is cinnomeny, sweet and fruity all rolled into one, cant quite put my finger on it. The taste is very very sweet, like many strong ales out there, btu more malty and sweeter, also very little hops, and the alcohol makes itself known.

Looks much like a coca-cola when poured into a glass. This isn't a candid camera stunt, is it? It is dark brown, with a brown, head that starts fizzy but turns almost creamy and it maintains itself forever. Ahh, the initial aroma; this is no soda. There are the earthy-yeast notes that seem to be evident in any well made triple, along with candy apple. I am surprised that this ale's strength is not noticeable.

This brew tastes initially like a traditional english nut brown ale with hints of malt, but then overwhelms with sweetness. As it warms, notes of fruitiness and malt become more prominent and the sweetness takes on a whole new life.

The alcohol warming is prominent.

Ianhockey91, Sep 19, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Deep black color, lacy head, big malty aroma. Malty and expansive. Candy sugar and alcohol. Fruit and spices. Complex flavor, but alcohol predominates. Warms the tummy well. Smooth taste. Excellent flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is malty and dry. Aftertaste is malty and slightly bitter with a definite alcohol bite. Great beer.

beerguy101, Sep 17, 2003
Photo of bditty187
4.28/5  rDev -5.1%

Dark brown with dried blood highlights, near opaque. The off-white head is massively fluffy, solid as a rock, excellent retention… lots of unorganized lace. Eye candy in my goblet! Mellow nose… bubblegum esters, ripe bananas, light spice/pepper, alcohol. It is inviting but not that potent. Very tasty palate with loads of alcohol spiciness (upfront) that sizzles the tongue… a pleasant pain! Peppery, lightly funky-medicinal… the amount of bitterness is great. The maltiness is not as pronounced as I though it should be, lightly sweet like candied sugar. Exotic fruitiness. There are plenty of subtle complexities… so delicious to drink! Medium body, firm carbonation… yet the mouthfeel is slightly creamy. Long finish, “more-ish” aftertaste. This one is great and I wish I had more. Very Recommended!

bditty187, Sep 11, 2003
Photo of Rocko
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%

Murky brown colour, nice big head which leaves a solid lacing.

Fruity nose, banana and raisins mostly...slightly alcohol too. It smells really nice. The taste is fresh and fruity, mosltly I sense raisins and esters. It combines both sweet and sour tastes, with a slight bitter aftertaste, of course it also tastes a bit of alcohol but I don't really mind that.

The mouthfeel is really good, it's silky smooth and perfectly carbonated. However whopping in at this high abv. it might not be the most drinkable of them all.

Rocko, Aug 22, 2003
Photo of Sixpack595
2.85/5  rDev -36.8%

What a dissapointment. Medicinal, sour and bitter. I really don't see what all the hype is about. I hope this was just a bad bottle, but at 7 bones a pop I won't be giving it a retry any time soon. It looked nice, it smelled nice, but it tasted like cough medicine served in an ashtray after you just brushed your teeth. The beer did get better as it warmed, and the alcohol did make it a bit more palatable, but all in all I think it was a bad beer. After trying all the great Unibroue beers this one fell far short.

Sixpack595, Aug 20, 2003
Photo of Sigmund
5/5  rDev +10.9%

(330 ml bottle). Pours with an enormous and thick light tan head, beer is cloudy, very dark brown colour. Heavenly complex aroma: oak, port wine, dried fruit and spices. 5.0 points for aroma/smell is not enough! Flavour is complex, spicy and oaky - toffee sweetness is well balanced with hops. Warming mouthfeel, otherwise the high ABV is well hidden. Long lasting aftertaste. Can't find any faults with the beer - therefore a straight 5.0. Does that imply that any "perfect" beer has to be as strong as Rochefort 10? Certainly not - but in the strong division, this one is in the lead, at least untill I have sampled Westvleteren... (But the price in Norway is outrageous: USD 9 for a small bottle - in the store!)

Sigmund, Aug 14, 2003
Photo of clvand0
4.05/5  rDev -10.2%

This beer pours a murky dark brown color with a decent head and some lacing on the glass. The aroma was very fruity and malty. Very pleasant. Much like the Rochefort 8, this was a good beer. The alcohol is much more apparent in this one as opposed to the Rochefort 8, so I have to say that I think the 8 is a little more smooth and easy to drink. The flavor represented the aroma well - fruity, malty, and laced with alcohol. Another great Belgian beer.

clvand0, Aug 14, 2003
Photo of BierReise
4.1/5  rDev -9.1%

Appears deep auburn brown but when held up to bright light appears a deep redish amber color. A really beautiful looking beer. Head is creamy tan and very tight settling down to about a quarter inch and resting there. Aroma is a complex one. Very fruity and raisin like aromas, alcohol also present. A bit earthy as well. A rich strongly flavored beer which is fruity and malty with a good kick. Has a very smooth and delicate mouthfeel with just a bit of a bite to it near the finish. Nice warming effect creeps up on you. An exceptional ale.

BierReise, Aug 05, 2003
Photo of SheepNutz
4.33/5  rDev -4%

11.2oz. bottle poured into a Rochefort Chalice. It pours a dark brown color with 3 thick fingers of dense, rocky, light tan foam. The head stays along for the ride the entire time, and there is lots and lots of lace left on the glass. The smell is rich in chocolate and raisins, with a little hint of alcohol. Not really as big of a smell as I was expecting. The taste is fairly malty with raisins and plums coming right out. There is some hops and alcohol to the finish. The mouthfeel is strong, yet this is a super smooth brew. The drinkability is pretty good for being 11.3% abv. Yet another fine Belgian!

SheepNutz, Jul 25, 2003
Photo of ecoboy
4.65/5  rDev +3.1%

I tried to put a piece of white paper behind the glass to reveal it's true color, but to no avail: dark reddish brown, like molasses with a towering big-bubbled head.

Aroma reminiscent of the best things about New England Brown Bread: raisin sweet mixed with sweet dark bready notes. Just enough alcohol and phenol in the nose to say "I'm going to be a monster."

And then: hey! Not overly carbonated or aggressive in flavor. More gentle in its maltiness and hoppiness than I would have expected, bringing the drinkability and mouthfeel ratings way up for the style and the alcohol content. A rich cake flavor with notes of molasses, chocolate, raisin, dried apple and floral hops. Not sugary sweet; some spice notes in the finish. Would love to have aged it some, but I'll start with a raw review and go from there.

ecoboy, Jul 17, 2003
Photo of Amdahl
4.45/5  rDev -1.3%

This beer poured deep brown with a red tint and 2 fingers of head. There were carbonation bubbles coming up from the bottom. Lace is minimal. The aroma is mainly of sugar and fruit. The taste is malty and creamy. It is very sweet and complex in flavor. I really like the flavor of this beer, but I cant pull out any distinctive tastes. Medium bodied beer that leaves you craving for another.

Amdahl, Jun 27, 2003
Photo of Realale
3.05/5  rDev -32.4%

Pours a cloudy, mostly opaque dark reddish brown. Very fine tight beige head settles quickly to a thin, rocky complete cap.

Nose is very spirity (rum/whisky) over substantial sweet raisiny malt. It shows a bit more fruitiness with time, and a touch of yeastiness, but its not particularly complex or pleasant.

Very rich in the mouth, pushing the limit of acceptable sweetness for me. Its quite fruity, and there is a ton of rich bready malt. Some yeastiness as well. The tiny, constant streams of fine carbonation rising throughout the pint keep it from being ponderous. The alcohol is a readily apparent, and not particularly pleasant, component of the palate.

Realale, Jun 23, 2003
Photo of euskera
4.78/5  rDev +6%

Poured out a raisin colored brown with a nice head that lingered. Aroma was of malt and a hint of figs. Taste is extraordinary; complex and layered, which keeps the alcohol from taking over. Hints of fig and raisin with a sugary overtone that's quite pleasing. Malt and a bit of hop were also evident. Simply superb. Easily one of the best things I have ever tasted. Will return again and again..

euskera, Jun 22, 2003
Photo of TheDM
4.35/5  rDev -3.5%

This brew poured a large head of light brown creamy fins bubbles and an opaque cloudy dark brown yeasty slightly carbonated body. Its receeding head left a most excellent lacing and was very long lastibng. It has a strong caramel malt aroma with a complex flavor of roasted malt, spivces and caramel notes. The alcohol content was noticeable, but still well hidden. What a most excellent treat for Father's Day! We also had a Westvleteren 12 on the side for comparison. The results were:

Appearance: Westy
Aroma: Rochfort
Flavor: Westy
Palate: Westy
Overall: Westy
Bottle design: Rochfort
Bottle cap: Rochfort

All in all we thought the Westy was better based mostly on its smoothness and better flavor!

TheDM, Jun 22, 2003
Photo of hotstuff
3.58/5  rDev -20.6%

First of all, thedm and I compared this to the Westy 12 and I very, very much like the Westy 12 over this brew. I just could not acquire a taste for this brew as I was hoping to. That said, it poured a large invigorating tan head with fine-small bubbles into my glass. The lacing was good on all sides of my glass. It had a sweet aroma to it and a cloudy brown body. There was carbonation observed with this brew. It kept leaving me with a tingly, burning sensation in my throat that was not to my liking. Give me a Westy 12 anyday!!

hotstuff, Jun 15, 2003
Photo of Jon
4.72/5  rDev +4.7%

Here's one of those dangerous Belgian brews. This one pours a dark ruby color with a sturdy beige head that laces extremely well. A sweet chocolate aroma presents itself, as notes of nuts and yeast are subdued but present nevertheless. Taste is sweet, nutty, yeasty, alcoholic, and overall delicious. Mouthfeel is smooth and this beer is very well balanced. For a beer of its ABV, this one drinks way too easily and can put one on his ass if he is not careful. Certainly a classic, and well worth its acclaim.

Jon, Jun 14, 2003
Photo of Popsinc
4.72/5  rDev +4.7%

Dark brown with a huge foamy head. Very appetizing.

The taste was big and malty. The beer started dry with earthy and spicey notes (nutmeg, pepper & cinnamon) and then became more complex and flavorful with hints of chocolate, molasses, brown sugar and maybe even some plum & fig notes to it. I liken it to a big Tootsie-Roll in a bottle.

A very warm beer both in appearance and in taste. Complex. More refined and mature than Rochefort 8.

This was a great drinking experience. A true classic of the beer world!

Popsinc, Jun 12, 2003
Photo of daledeee
4.85/5  rDev +7.5%

No wonder it is rated high. Primo stuff. Poured it into a fluted glass and got about half an inch of head that went away quickly. Some floaties. Very dark color. The smell is strong(to go with the alcohol). Banana, plum, cocoa, medicine all present in nose. The alcohol is not real prominent, surprisingly. Only a little warm going down. I would recommend the 52-58F serving temp stated on the bottle. Only a little carbonated bite. Really wonderful mouth feel. Fruit, malt, fig or plum. You can wait for several minutes between sips, the taste sticks around!! There are very few beers that even come close to this quality and enjoyment. Price is the only hold back ~$6. Worth it for a special treat

daledeee, May 25, 2003
Photo of jcalabre
4.65/5  rDev +3.1%

Originally sampled 11 March 2002 at Pizzaport's Belgian Beerfest on draught. Rochefort 10 is a world class wonderful beer. The explosion of flavors in your mouth aren't to be missed. It has very light hop notes, but the plum, raisin & other flavors are gorgeous.

jcalabre, May 20, 2003
Photo of mickeymac
4.78/5  rDev +6%

After passing this by numerous times because of the price, I finally sprung for a bottle and am just amazed at how good this beer is. The head foams up a bit fluffy off-white and looks like a layer of pudding sitting on top of the beer. The head dimishes a bit but sticks around to the end, leaving lace all the way down the glass. It's a beautiful, deep ruby. The smell is ripe fruit, most notably raisin and cherry, and a bit of spice. Ripe fruit and peppery flavors come through with just a hint of licorice. The mouthfeel is a creamy miracle. This is the ultimate sipping beer and a must for a special occasion.

mickeymac, May 14, 2003
Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
100 out of 100 based on 7,170 ratings.