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Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Ratings: 7,962
Reviews: 2,648
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.76%
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Gots: 1,681 | FT: 59
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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 tbeck
4.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a bottle of this at Casa Vino in Richland, WA. A new place up that is trying to get up and running with a good beer selection.

Pours a dark, thick brown with no light seeping through. A lot of chunks and has a thick off-white head. Aroma is off honey and fruit, slight maltiness. Taste is complex, some ripe fruits and malts, but on the sweet side. Texture is excellent, on the chewy side and is thick and heavy. A very good session beer, but with the high ABV and since it is on the sweet side no more than a couple at a sitting. Very enjoyable beer, one of my favorites.

Photo of Cresant
3.75/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 11.2 oz brown bottle into a Westmalle glass. Coded L210312. The body was the color of rootbeer. Dark with some sediment. The creamy white head faded fast leaving a tiny island that persisted.

Smell was raisin bread. Peanut skins. Strangely like a swimming pool (?).

Taste was cola like. Caramel sweetness and bitterness from the roasted malts. Well hidden alcohol.

Mouthfeel was zesty with tingly carbonation. Medium to full density. Somewhat hot in the throat.

Photo of alovesupreme
4.52/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with a tall head poured into a Chimay chalice.Sediments floating in the dark liquid. Looks like nutmeg on top of the head but no idea what it is.

Dark fruits, some spice, alcohol, dried plums, cherry.

Raisons, spice,alcohol very warming on the way down, a little leather, and a slight medicinal quality.

Very creamy, good carbonation, excellent.

For a quad of 11% very drinkable. I enjoyed this excellent beverage with some sharp cheese, a masterpiece.

Photo of Haybeerman
4.22/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy brown with a reddish tinge. Poured a brisk two inch creamy light brown head that persisted. Clear lacing, but was thin.

S: Loaded with dark fruits (raisins, plumes). Sugar and pronounced alcohol aromas too.

T: Very consistent with smell. Alcohol comes through clearly in the middle then to the finish. Very complex - this was my first Quadrupel. More complex and flavorful as it warmed.

M: Medium full body. Lively carbonation that settled as it warmed.

D: Definitely a beer to sip though no trouble finding my way to the bottom of the glass.

3.12/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ml. bottle poured into my new Duvel tulip.

A vigorous mahogany colored pour produced a short lived, mountainous 3 finger tan head that quickly collapsed to a bubbly 1/4" film & was finally reduced to a broken, soapy slick. The beer has the appearance of dirty brown pond water when back lit, revealing minute particles of sediment.

S ~ Sweet malts & (over) ripe dark fruit. Black cherries. Figs, plums, prunes, dates, raisins, with some sweet spices ~ maybe cinnamon, clove, allspice? A camouflaged note of cocoa or bakers chocolate with coffee & butter caramels. There is a mild essence of medicinal alcohol. Complex & somewhat difficult to separate clearly.

T ~ Primarily follows the nose. Banana & the aforementioned dark fruits. Sour yeast, with a hint of bubblegum, black licorice, toffee & vanilla bean. Spices both sharp & sweet. The big alcohol presence is well concealed in the mix. I noticed a dry, floral after taste that lingered at the back of my throat. A little edgey.

M/D ~ Softer & more carbonated than I anticipated or prefer. Slick, but a little watery. Not particularly full bodied. The carbonation diminishes the mouth feel (for me). The alcohol is briefly noted on the finish but not over powering by any means. A little hot on the swallow. This left me a little disappointed but not disgusted.
For my money & from these Monks, I think I'll stick with the Rocherfort 8.

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

Poured out of a 330 ml bottle. Served in a small chalice. Dark brown appearance with a good head and lacing. Had a raisiny, peppery nose. I thought the taste was excellent. Grapes, malt...alcohol comes through but I was not overwhelmed by it. I love this beer

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.16/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a wide mouth chalice style glass.

Very dark brown in the glass, showing just slight cloudiness when held to the light. A decent 2 fingers of foamy off-white head that had great retention. Lacing was beautiful.

Dark fruit, slight must, earthy, complex malts, and noticeable alcohol on the nose. Mysterious mix of aromas, but pleasant just the same.

The first good pull had a more subtle flavor profile than I expected, as if it had sat in the wood for a while. There was plenty of mild dark malt and something that gave me the sense of earthiness or peat. There were also light notes of dark fruit reminiscent perhaps of prunes. Carbonation was very fine and abundant, with a nice creamy texture. The linger is long and dry with noticeable alcohol warming.

This is definitely a beauty. Full bodied and complex with almost a sherry like warming. Not for the faint of heart but if you like abbey traps, you'll probably love this one.

Photo of brewdoc75
4.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've been anticipating this one for a while. I found some bottles on sale for 4 bucks each, so I grabbed a few.

The beer pours very lively in my Flat Earth snifter. Insanely vibrant carbonation. A dark, plum to brownish body with an ever present tannish head. It holds the carbonation and the head for a while. Very enticing, but I was able to wait 20 min before drinking to let it warm up. The aromas are very nice. Complex maltiness w/ plenty of fruits. Plums, raisens, and even a candy aroma. There is definite alcohol here. If the aroma of alcohol was so great, I'd give this a 5 on smell. The taste is immaculate. Plenty more of the plum and raisen fruitiness. There is great depth to the maltiness w/ some mild toffee flavors and a fruity, malty sweetness. I can't really tell if there are hops in this beer. This is exactly what I'd expect. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation is lively on the tongue.

Overall a definite top 10 beer. The flavors are so complex in this beer it makes it a treat. It is really quite sophisticated. For most, it wouldn't be considered a beer due to its complexity. For the beer geek it is bliss.

Photo of Bananaman
4.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rochefort 10, it took a while before I got to lay my hands on one of these bottles.

Very dark-brown color with some red notes.

Smells wonderful of raisins, basset's winegum's, malty and some coffee. A bit yeast to of course.

Taste is not as excellent as the smell, but it's still a really wonderful-tasting beer. Big notes of burnt sugar, fudge, coffee and a peculiar taste that's very specific for Rochefort. Nice mouthfeel, but a fresh bottle can be slightly thin.

Amazing beer!

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

very good beer. i do believe i like the triple more. poured dark with about two inches of head. nice carbonation. nice aroma of malts and yeast. high abv...be careful. nice flavor of malts and yeast. smooth with a nice crisp finish. i would like to dry draft and after about four i could go for a nap.

suckem up and movem out.


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

Poured from an 11.2ozer into my chalice

A: Raisin colored brown with a very haze look to it. The head is very creamy and pale white that lasts quite a while!

S: Tons of dark fruits (raisins, figs, dates), along with a good amount of yeas that I made sure I poured. Also tons of candi sugar and a minor alcohol scent. Fabulous

T: The taste is very similar to the smell with the exception that the alcohol comes through a tad more. But the complexity of this reminds me of all the other great Belgian Quads I have had

M,D: The lively carbonation did this one well and the drinkability is very high. The huge ABV is hidden very nicely.

Photo of stephens101
4.45/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark brown pour is topped with a hearty two finger rolling, dark tan head. Head retention is average and leaves behind an uneven lacing all around the glass. Sediment chunks float throughout and there's a dark swirly spot of something or the other in the middle of the head. Smells sweet with some licorice, chocolate and malts being most evident. A biscuity base is also evident. A panoply of chocolate, caramel and licorice candies light up the taste buds in the front with some grapes and apples in the middle all followed by some invigorating spice and hops. Mouth-feel is medium to full bodied and well carbonated while the alcohol is almost nondescript. This brew exudes quality, but there's a little something missing that keep it's from attaining godliness.

Photo of emerge077
4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2 year old bottle - 2006, served at 50º in a Westmalle chalice. BBD: 27 09 11

Bare skim of foam, ring around the edge. Deep mahoghany brown color. Banana, tobacco leaf, and spices in the aroma.

Very bready, spicy with rum, tobacco leaf, plum, and mild black forest cake sweetness. Deep earthy character as the glass warms up. Raisin and toffee, multi-faceted flavors. Feels robust yet smooth. One to sip and contemplate...

Original review: 4/2007
B+ / 4
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | drink: 3.5 rDev: -11.5%

BBD: 24 01 12

Just arrived at my local shop, this is the "freshest" 10 i've experienced...

Pours into a wide-mouth goblet, displaying a deep mahoghany brown tone. Foam remains for a good length of time. Fits the part of a Belgian Quad in the looks department. Minor lacing laps against the edges of the glass.

Aroma is peppery, overripe banana, and mild spice. The combination reminds me of spoiled fruit. Not especially enticing.

Various flavors flash across the palate, at first the banana and pepper, mixed with clove. There is an earthy hop bitterness that follows any sweetness, which is only mildly perceptible. Alcohol is there, disguised as pepper. Not very nuanced though.

Mouthfeel is effervescent, carried by the subtle bubbles present. If not for this, a fresh Rochefort 10 would slide towards being way too boozy. The alcohol precludes it's sessionability...

An aged bottle is preferred for my tastes, and i'll rate one again in the future...

Photo of philipquarles
3.45/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into the proper glassware, the 10 is a dark, very opaque brown with an off-white head. Not much foam and it doesn't really last. Lacing is not extraordinary. Smells of malt, caramelized sugar, alcohol, hops, and spices, along with a somewhat unappetizing fruit character that borders on rotten. Tastes quite malty up front, with plum-like esters, chocolate/toffee, spices, and some medicinal phenols. This is a fresh bottle, and the alcohol is quite brazen. Full bodied, but carbonation is a bit high. An interesting sipper, but certainly not very drinkable by nature, and easily the worst of the Rochefort beers.

Photo of TasteTester
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Deep brown. Little head on pour but it doesn't last. No lacing what so ever.

S-Wow...bananas, candy, alcohol, bitter, but overall sweet.

T-Explosion of flavor in my mouth. Bananas and candy with a hint of grapes somewhere between fresh and fermented.

M-Clean, crisp, smooth.

D-Would drink 100, but would be on the floor after 6 or so.

Photo of andrewm190
4.88/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perhaps the best beer I have put to my lips. Its really as simple as that. Smooth, balanced, tasteful. Definitely sweet tasting. I knock it down on the smell category simply because there wasn't much to smell; with clear sinuses I picked up almost nothing. But beyond a doubt, what it lacks in aroma is more than made up in taste, this is a special beer, and has even brought the entire style--Belgian ale--up to one of my favorites. Absolutely worth it. The cost is high, but you won't regret the splurge.

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

A-Poured into a oversized wine glass. This Belgian quad pours a dense, nutty brown color with an initial one finger, off-white head that too quickly dissipates, leaving a bit of lacing. However, a few swirls bring back the wonderful head.

S-One of my favorite aspects of Belgina beers - the aroma. This one doesn't disappoint. Profuse amounts of dark, dried fruits - fig, raisin, dates. Also a fair amount of bready yeast, sugary sweetness and finally a pungent alcohol aroma to finish it off.

T-Mostly the dark fruits to mirror the aroma. Some chocolately notes - very subtle. Hops are noticeable also but not until the end. And a nice warm alcohol finish.

M- A smooth and modestly carbonated mouthfeel. Not a dense and heavy as some quads I've had. Very nice balance on the tongue.

D-A wonderful Belgian quad - certainly deserving of it's ranking. Although it carries a high ABV, I wouldn't count that against it's drinkability. While not "sessionable" in the typical sense, this is definitely a quad that a person could have a couple of beers and really enjoy the experience of drinks one of the world's best beers.

Photo of naterock
4.82/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a tulip

poures a orangy brown with a thin sticky head. hazy and beautiful.
S: purple grape and fig, strong esters and alcohol. incredibly aromatic.
T: Rish maltiness flavor is very strong, alcohol comes through after the malt, figgy, smooth and incredibly balanced.
medium body fantastic drinkability. it's definitely a sipper though. there is a damn good reason this beer is in the top ten.

Photo of KeefD
4.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hmmm, I don't know where quite to begin with this one. Poured into a tulip glass a brownie batter brown with a nice, big creamed coffee head that left some nice lacing. The appearance of this thing was the last good thing about it. Smelled a bit grassy, sour, wafts of dirty feet, and all-around funky. Not like the sweet quadruple brews I'm used to. Taste was funktastic. Rotten fruit, stale malts, sourness in a not-so-good kind of way, a bit of bitterness. Not as bad as the smell, but to be completely honest, I made it through about half of the bottle and ran to the bathroom for a nice round of the Hershey squirts. This thing turned my stomach like no other. The mouthfeel wasn't all that bad, slightly creamy, and medium carbonation. The alcohol could be felt, a nice warming, but definitely heavy. I had to pour this out. Such a shame coming from such an expensive brew.

Consumed in July of '08 with a best by date of 2013. It couldn't have gone bad, as the best by date was 5 years away, and it seemed capped properly as it gave a nice hiss when opened. Maybe it needed to age a little longer? Not sure, but it was awful.

Probably the worst of the so-called "best" Belgians I've ever consumed. I probably would have liked it more if didn't make me sick. Not sure if I'll try this one again.

Old Scores: 4, 1.5, 2, 3, 2 with an overall 2.4


Updating this review. Let's see if another bottle gives me the shits

Pours a dark brown color with maybe some hints of crimson on the side, a decent tan colored head and good lacing. Cap sticks around. Wonderful aroma of chocolate, grass, caramel, dark fruits, and deliciously sweet. No hops. Taste is much better than I remember. Not as much weird earthy funkiness, but there's notes of apple skin, chocolate, plums, light raisin, and molasses. Yumm, this is much much better. This finish long with a yeast and minty herbal like quality on the back of the tongue. I can't even believe my old review. Mouthfeel is full but carbonation is a little high at first, but slowly mellows with some swirls. This bottle is about 2 years old, so it's holding up quite well. A very good beer and satisfied my recent desire for a quad.

Photo of jmmakare
3.86/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a coffee brown with about a finger of head, most of which disappears quickly. Nice lacing.

S- Chocolate and malt with a slight twinge of alcohol.

T- Lots of dark fruits after the carbonation gets out of the way. Finishes with some freshness from the hops.

M- Full-bodied. Sort of creamy after the carbonation/alcohol shock. Very interesting.

D- I'll have one any day, but not 2 with the 11.3 ABV.

Photo of SpecialK088
4.77/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Chalice

Its hard for me to review this beer cause im not sure i have the experiance yet to fully give it the review it deserves, All i can really say is that the complexities and balance on it are the best i have ever had. Very rich and smooth everything comes through with every drink you take. Perfect carbonation level and a very warming brew, i'll be setting 2 of these back for later and haopefully i'll be able to do a better review next time i have it

Photo of sholland119
4.52/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a murky deep brown with a nice brown head and some good lacing.

S-Excellent. Lots of dark fruit, a modest amount of alcohol and a brown sugary sweetness.

T-An outstanding complex flavor. Moderate sweetness with lots of raisin and a bit of bittersweet chocolate. A nice touch of alcohol warmth after the finish.

M-Creamy and delicious.

D-A very drinkable brew, admittedly one with a high ABV. Also a little too much residual sweetness lingers.

An outstanding brew, deserving of the rep and the hype.

Photo of JoeMayo
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A wondefully complex Belgian Quadrupel

A- Pours a dark copper color with a sturdy head. The glass had more lacing than I've ever seen when it was empty

S- So much comes through but I guess the dominant scents are bananas, coffee, chocolate, cloves, and other spices. Further in the background are notes of vanilla and dark fruits.

T- Just as complex as the smell: Chocolate, clove, banana, vanilla, stone fruits (plums?), coffee, and a slight sweetness imparted by the alcohol. My only complaint is the slight estery flavor in the aftertaste.

M- A little richer than a typical belgian and nicely carbonated

D- Very drinkable in spite of the alcohol content...although with a beer this delicious and complex, who'd want to rush?

Photo of Zadok
4/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Dark amber with a 1 finger head and nice lacing.

S-Dark fruits, dates and maybe even some chocolate covered rasberries and oranges. Malts and hops also loitering around.

T-Roasted coffee and toffee, rich malts with a semi bitter aftertaste.

M-Light body, meduim carbonation. Pretty smooth on the palete

D-High ABV make for a one in a setting brew.

Photo of Norse23
4.15/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great looking bottle. Classic. The beer itself has a great color. Nice and dark. It looks great in the chalice. I'd prefer a little more head on it, but other than that, the appearance is very pleasing.
I like the taste, but I felt a little more bite than some of the other top of the line belgians. It doesn't seem to hide the alcohol that well.
It is definitely a good beer, but I doubt I'd have more than one in a sitting.

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Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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