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Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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7,319 Ratings
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Ratings: 7,319
Reviews: 2,551
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 551
Gots: 1,290 | FT: 51
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Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium

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 ommegangpbr
4.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The only downside to this one was a slightly soapy smell (yes, the glass was clean). Aside from what I took as a soapy smell this wasn't as fragrant as other brews of the style.
Thick, sticky head and lacing... beautiful deep color to this critter.
A ripe to carmelized banana thing going on in the flavor; Chocolate/coffee milkshake with banana added.
Very, very smooth with a medium mouthfeel.
For a quadrupel that's 11.3% this is extremely drinkable.
This would make for an expensive habit as I paid $6 for an 11.2 ounce bottle... I find St. Bernardus and La Trappe (even Ommegang's Three Philosophers) make nearly as good or as good quadrupels; with money as a consideration they are much better choices.
Everything considered, this should be tried at least once.
Maybe twice.

ommegangpbr, Jul 23, 2005
Photo of andjusticeforale
4.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

People will review this beer by saying, "it has hints of blah and a touch of blah..." I can't do that with this one. That is all too subjective.
Lets look at the bigger picture.

We are raised on Budweiser and "Macro swill light" and all other ungodly crap. But to the average person, a big 11+ proof beer Is simply ludicrous. Say to the average Joe... "Have one of these... it tastes like port wine mixed with scotch, is as filling as possible, has free floating particles and has so many flavors that it changes on every sip... oh yeah, and it costs about $7 a bottle..."----And the average person says.. "I'll have a Miller light please."
But... I had a bottle of terribly bad Zinfandel not too long ago that cost $10.99- I ate a flavorless breakfast sandwich that had 750 calories, not to mention a lifetime of beers that I have looked at and said, "why the hell am I drinking this?"(as I drank ten of them...)

With that in mind... If you drink beer to pair with pizza or to get drunk or to be social in the local nightclub, This is not for you! This is a big, better-when-its-warm, drink out of a medieval chalice, pick stuff out of your teeth, don't need to eat for three days, if you drink two- you will surely have an unforgettable experience kind-of-beer.

The stuff is darker than pepsi, smells like bubblegum, tastes like a big smooth latte, has no aftertaste and conceals the alcohol better when it is warm. I have never had Westvleteren 12; that being said, this is the best I have ever had. ALl beer snobbery aside, in my mind, you can keep the strong scotch ales and imperial stouts. This is the beer for real men.(and women).

andjusticeforale, Jul 22, 2005
Photo of karst
4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Rochefort has three beers identified as six, eight and ten in the old system of Belgium degrees. Saw this Trappist 10 Belgium beauty at Highland Liquor Stop while there to pickup a "trade" arranged while visiting Three Floyds in nearby Munster, In. Best by 18 03 08 it is nicknamed " the Trappist beer for real men" and love by women and men around the world.

Best served in 54°-58° and sips great as it warms to room temp. With the quietest pour possible from a undisturbed 33cl bottle I left the heavest part of the yeast slurry behind. I was happy to find the carbonation and head staying well within control - unlike some Belgiums- as I poured this murky dark brown Quadruple into Stone barleywine rastal that it topped with its dense tan head and thick curtain of lace that showed good retention for 11.3% abv.

A cornucopia of aroma and flavors - light tropical fruity esters (pear, apple, mango, bananna sweat tangerine and more) , mellow chocolate, carmelized fruit (pruness, raisons, figs and dates) with spicy alcohol and yeasty spicyness. Flavors shift like the patterns of a calidescope as the glass warms and the alcohol shows itself.

Medium full body with a smooth velvetly mouthfeel. Flavors well blended and were supurb - little aftertaste (the Styrian Goldings and German Hallertau Hersbrucker hops are very subdued anymore bitterness would be out of place) nothing cloying in the slightly dry finish. So drinkable! How did Michael Jackson overlook this in his Great Beer Guide of 500 Classics? Alas, he covers it well in his Beer Companion's chapter on Trappist Beer. Poor Mr. Jackson. So many beers. . .

The perfect end of a marinated grilled chicken meal with all the trimmings! Cheers from Mid.-Missouri Carpe diem.

karst, Jul 21, 2005
Photo of Viggo
4.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing deal at Volo, $9 for one of the suckers. Pours a dark mahogany brown, pretty hazy, big head forms and goes but leaves a metric ass tonne of lacing. Smell is amazingly complex; almost weissbier like banana/clove esters and phenols abound, grapefruit, oaky vanilla, lots of malt, slight hint of alcohol. Taste is crazy, banana and clove once again, alcohol, earthy, oaky vanilla again, tastes oak aged, honey, a little bitterness from the hops but those take a back seat. Almost an armagnac vinousity (word?) to it, amazing. Very full mouth, warms all the way down, thick and chewy, perfect carbonation. This is one killer beer.

Viggo, Jul 20, 2005
Photo of sacfly
4.3/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

061009 code on bottle

Pours a dark brown with a hint of red. Nice small to medium bubbles. Got yeast in the glass even with a careful pour and leaving almost an inch in the bottle. It seems the yeast jumped into suspension when the bottle was opened due to the heavy carbonation. Sweet grape/pear, sherry, and yeast in the nose. Taste resembles the nose with the sherry flavor standing out over the others. Not overpowering, but distinct sherry overtones. Dry finish, slightly tart. Nice blend of flavor. The head is ever replenishing and maintains throughout drinking. Zero lacing on the glass…? Looks can be deceiving on this one. Ignore the chunks of yeast and enjoy this one.

sacfly, Jul 19, 2005
Photo of fisherman34
4.2/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep, dark brown in colour with minimal head. Notes of caramel, raisins, and nuts. Flavors are more powerful with elements of port wine, prunes, chocolate, and dark berry fruit. Perhaps there’s just a touch of alcohol flavor in there as well. Probably too rich for more than one bottle at a time, or even one bottle per week, but this is still a masterpiece of brewing.

fisherman34, Jul 18, 2005
Photo of TurdFurgison
2.63/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz bottle.

Appearance: Deep reddish brown with perfect head.

Smell: Sweet esters and fruits.

Taste: Completely overpowering sweetness, kind of sickly to me. I know this is supposed to be top-shelf, but I honestly cannot stand the flavor. Reminds me somewhat of medicine.

Notes: This is a highly rated beer that many other people evidently appreciate more than me. I guess it just comes down to personal taste...

TurdFurgison, Jul 16, 2005
Photo of numenor1
4.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours dark tan with a very quickly dissipating head that leaves lacing down the glass.

Smell: The smell is great, smells of spices, coriander perhaps black pepper, and dark fruits and alcohol.

Taste: Quite complex with everything very well integrated. For me the alcohol hits first then the sweet malts start to take over. I pick up definite prunes, and walnuts (ala nocino, a italian walnut liqueur made from unripe, green walnuts). Actually the whole brew smacks of nocino. A malty far more balanced nocino. Anyhow. There's also strong caramel and molasses overtones with everything dissolving away into a lingering spicy, alcoholic finish.

Mouthfeel: It's decently smooth and creamy, but nothing phenomenal for me.--Ok, i thought i had it warm enough, but i did not. After warming mouthfeel is a thing of beauty, very thick and rich.

Drinkability: It drinks like a wine, eh not quite so well.

I haven't been overly taken with the quarupels and tripels, but still, this is impressive.

numenor1, Jul 15, 2005
Photo of connecticutpoet
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my St. Bernardus chalice. It had a two finger head, but was very fizzy, and it dissipated rather quickly to a thin layer of foam. It was a deep brown in color, and slightly hazy.

Aroma was molasses, rich dark fruits, and a little spiciness, with a touch of alcohol at the end. However, strangely, it was a light aroma... not as heavy as one would expect from a beer this dark and high in ABV.

The taste was rich and complex, with dark fruits to the fore, followed by a blend of spices... subtle pepperiness and coriander. I didn't pick up any of the chocolate some people have mentioned. A sweetness came in toward the end, as the alcohol warmed my mouth. A little bit of a hoppy bitterness seemed to linger.

Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy, just right for the flavor. Not heavy or overbearing.

Drinkability... excellent beer. I would have it again. Not the absolute best quadrupel I have had, but very high up there.

connecticutpoet, Jul 09, 2005
Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.88/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A thin layer of faintly brown tinted bubbles sits atop a cloudy, cocoa-colored brew full of suspended sediment.

It's a little too cold to pick up a strong aroma right now, so I'll hold off a bit on that and go ahead and have a taste.

Mmmm....smooth, creamy and simply sublime. Deep, soft sweetness full of complexity--molasses, dark brown sugar, the faintest touch of cocoa, and a thousand other things.

The mouthfeel is tremendous. Creamy, smooth, wonderful.

I'd drink this until I burst...

RockyTopHeel, Jul 09, 2005
Photo of carln26
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured from the bottle a slightly hazy medium brown/dark amber in color. It was topped by a thick, clumpy tan head that retained for more than 10 minutes in my glass. The nose has bread dough up front followed by spice (coriander/allspice a hint of white pepper). It has layers of citrus (grapefruit/orange/lemon), and is finished by figs and dates from the malt. The taste has more of the bread dough followed quickly by the spice and citrus. The citrus combines with the malt in the flavor to produce red wine like flavors. Dark berries, plums, accompanied by slight alcohol warming. Wow! Amazing flavor, much more than even the nose indicated. Slick, lightly heavy mouth feel, decent drinakbility.

carln26, Jul 04, 2005
Photo of arizcards
4.88/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 33cl bottle back in March for $7.42. Been saving the Trappistes for awhile now and it is now go time!

Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights with plenty of yeast sediment. Head is tan and initially large but quickly turns to a small sustained head. Nose is a medley of sugar, spice and everything nice including dark fruits and chocolate. The taste is one of the most complex beers I have ever had. The flavors are all over the board. Flavors noted include candied sugar, bananas, hint of pepper, dark fruits, finishing with a nice dry hop. Mouthfeel is creamy and full with a high amount of carbonation to light up the palate even more. Overall drinkability is near perfect. The only mark against this brew is the high ABV warms me up a bit too much after each taste. But nonetheless this is the 2nd best beer I have sampled yet!

arizcards, Jul 03, 2005
Photo of Beersignal
4.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The beer is deep rich chocolate brown colour with faint ruby highlights when held to the light. Light strains to get through the hazy liquid and the yeast in suspension. A generous spongy foam head built up initially only to leave in a hurry, however, leaving behind sizeable spots of brussels lace.

As would be expected of a Belgian Trappist, the yeast and its byproducts dominate the aromas. Fruity and peppery notes strike up front and slowly move aside to let mild spice, malt and breadlike aromas surface. The entire aroma profile is gentle and very harmonious.

Very round and fleshy (??) brew leaving the drinker with the impression that he has just eaten rather than drank the beer. That is how full bodied this beer seemed to me. Flavours mimic the aromas and are dominated by fruity and yeasty notes. However, the malt permeates much more in the flavours than it does in the aromas, lending the beer more balance. Hints of spices and cocoa do manifest themselves near the end along with a mild alcoholic bitterness, giving the beer a balanced and complex flavour profile that is as harmonious as the aromas.

This is one of my favourite trappists along with Orval.

Beersignal, Jul 02, 2005
Photo of mdagnew
4.72/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl Bottle from www.onlyfinebeer.com

Poured a dark red / brown colour. Quite a thick head with fine beading - creamy / brown in colour. Nice thin layer lasted until the end...

Aroma of candied sugar, caramel, cookies and prunes. Smell of alcohol quite noticable too..

Taste – Raisin, liquorice, plum, dark fruit and black treacle. Nice warming kick from the alcohol..

Mouthfeel - very smooth - quite creamy. Not too heavy...

Overall - an exceptional brew. Would be in my top 10...

mdagnew, Jun 27, 2005
Photo of JackTheRipper
3.03/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I almost feel bad, the beer I reviewed before this one was the mighty Westy 12, so my review may be a bit skewed as I'm still thinking about that heavenly brew...
A: Dark brown, maybe some faint ruby highlights. Thinnish tan head. Lots of sediment in the glass, even with an uber careful pour.

S: Poured this into my Chimay chalice, I think I may have done it a disservice, seems like a tulip glass might better bring the nose out. Smells, hmm. Spicy. Strong smell of alcohol at first. There's a nice smell like a kitchen where sugar cookies are finished baking. That's nifty. Strong rum soaked fruit. Darkly rich malts (I don't know what that means, either, but that's the phrase my brain spewed forth).

T: Hot alcohol flash. Spicy. I don't know, this doesn't seem to be all that great. Leaves a bit of an unpleasant lingering whiskey-like aftertaste.

M: Too hot. The alcohol warmth of the Westy was like a light kiss on the cheek, this beer's warmth is like an angry school marm cracking my knuckles with a ruler. Moderate to high level of carbonation. Full body.

D&N: I gotta say, this one isn't doing anything for me. This one is fairly easy to get a hold of for me, but I don't think I'll be buying this one again.
Edit: D/199

JackTheRipper, Jun 25, 2005
Photo of palma
4.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Second review of this beer. Virtually no head this time around. Odd. Same pour, same glass. Still, a good Belgian lace develops.
Just as flavorful and robust as I remember. Cherries, prunes, banana, and dark chocolate are the most prominent flavors this round. This beer scores a solid 4.5 for taste and double 5's for mouthfeel and drinkability. Simply a wonderful brew. Only disappointment is the lack of initial head.

palma, Jun 22, 2005
Photo of mportsch
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cL bottle dated 04-08-09 into a snifter. Swirled the bottle and added the yeast.
Appearance is dark brown with a nice thick head that dissipates into a thin layer after a few minutes. Looks awesome.
Smell is dark molasses, spice, dark fruits. A bit of candied sugar comes through.
Taste is spicy alcohol at the forefront, followed up with roasty malt bitterness. Very dry in the finish.
Mouthfeel is nice and thick, with low carbonation.
Goes down very easy, despite the high alcohol content.
All in all, an outstanding beer. Enjoyed it with some Cotswold cheese and was not disappointed.

mportsch, Jun 22, 2005
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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark cloudy chestnut with a wide frothy head that settles into a thin ring. Aroma has a lot of elements of raisins, candy sugar, toasted malts and a very light fruit. Swirl the snifter and the head reconstitutes with a trace of banana.

Taste is a sticky, sweet malt rum. Elements of dark macerated fruit, tea and some sharp hop bitterness, a variety of which I'm uncertain. Dry caramel malt, dark grainy, bready flavors like a whole rye or pumpernickel. Finish is dry with slight shades of yeast and a little apple or pear. (Fresh fruit elements become more noticeable as it reaches room temperature.) Not a trace of alcohol in the profile.

Mouthfeel is medium with enough biting carbonation to keep it clean. Reminds me more of a Belgian strong dark ale than a quad. I would love to try this fresh on tap, my rating would probably be higher than the small bottle. Many thanks to futaboots for rescuing a bottle for me.

assurbanipaul, Jun 20, 2005
Photo of GarethYoung1
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rochfort has sweet aromas of brown sugar and ripe fruits- plums and dates- I also detect some chocolate and liquorice there and the alcohol you would expect of a beer of this strength. Full bodied and lightly spiced with a dry vinous finish. alcohol well concealed. this gets better every time i drink it, it completely blows me away. My first perfect score.

GarethYoung1, Jun 18, 2005
Photo of 3Vandoo
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark brownish ale with a shy tiny midget head, not much of retention at all!

Smell is simply fantastic, long time I did not have a beer with such complex nose. Very fruity, cherry, malty, caramel notes, shy notes of chocolate, with a finish touch of alcohol.

Her taste is very fruity, very cherry actually, the alcohol is present and you can taste it, quite smooth, a sourness is present that comes with the cherry like flavours and a tiny bit bitter.

It was nice !

3Vandoo, Jun 18, 2005
Photo of mentor
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle obtained from John's Grocery (Iowa City) in June 2005 and consumed later that evening. Pours a 1 finger light-brown head over a dark ruby red liquid. Smells sugar sweet, alcohol, caramel, raisin...all this just during the pour. To the nose I get chocolate, toffee, raisin, pera, coriander, gentle orange, and the alcohol is very mild. My word that was amazing. How about a taste. Licorice, toffee, chocolate with a nice alcohol sting that is in line with the sweet and works well with the plethora of flavors that assault my mouoth. Rummy and caramel, brown sugar. Tastes like a warm sweet muffin with melted brown sugar trickled on each bite. Thick mouthfeel and mildly carbonated. There is no lacing on the inside of the glass, but there is a thin film of head that lasted all the way to the very last taste.

Phenomenal. Truly the most incredible and complex beer I've ever had. Just an amazing barrage of flavors, each standing noticable, but none towering over the others dominantly. The flavors work well together, chasing each other and blending into each other, only to re-emerge as a subtly redefined version of their prior selves.

mentor, Jun 17, 2005
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4.13/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App: Deep brown with fluffy chocolate colored head. Laced entire glass.

Smell: Phenols, and malt. Light coffee and molasses. Caramel also with a healthy dose of alcohol.

Taste: Deep and very malty and phenolic. Alcohol very present, almost out of balance. Brown sugar and molasses taste with a nutty aftertaste. Very good, but a little heavy in the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Seemed a bit lighter than other quads, and carbonated a bit more, but it worked.

Drink: Just alright at 11.3% abv.

Overall: I thought this beer was definitely solid, but it wasn't as great as I thought it would be. To me I prefer St. Bernardus. I thought the alcohol was a bit out of balance in this beer and that caused me to downgrade it slightly. Believe me I like high abv. beers as much as anyone, i just thought it "stuck out" to me above all other flavors. I may have served it on the warm side though, so I'll give it another shot soon. I'd still recommend it though and would search it out to try it.

ejquin, Jun 09, 2005
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4.88/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply, a wonderful beer, and by far, my favorite to date. I am very sensitive to carbonation and this delicious brew has just enough for flavor, feel and complexity, but not too much to mess with my system.

I started with a purchase of two, which I've drunk in only four days. I am ordering twelve more, yes expensive, but well worth the pleasure.

I find this beer similiar to St. B's Abt 12, which is also one of my favorites.

I am quite new to the "high-brow" beer drinking experience, and am very grateful for everyone's insight here.

Thanks!

TPSReports, Jun 03, 2005
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4.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet a dark brown haze, heavy in suspended particulates, very pale brown at the edges in the light. Nose is brown sugar, raisins, and malty alcohol. Taste is malt and alcohol. I love these big beers that have a sweet whiskey feel on the tongue. Dark fruit, molasses, and an alcohol finish make this a delicious concoction. Mouthfeel is a little thinner than I would like, but doesn't detract from the experience. If it weren't for the damned ABV, I'd sit and drink beers like this all night. Excellent.

pentathlete, Jun 03, 2005
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4.97/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This king of Quads gracefully fills my goblet with a deep chestnut brown brew, the densely thick off white head retains very well, eventually settling to a lacey veil that will remain to the end. Lacing is as thick as it comes.

The aroma is a Heavenly perfume ripe with notes of black cherry, apricot, pear, gingery spice, and dried fig. It is filled with dark caramel, toffee, and brown sugar sweetness and has a hop note of floral and spice. As others have noted, there is a distinct nuttiness to it that melds well with the creamy caramel in it. This is one of those beers that you must breath in for a full five minutes before sampling, wow.

A sip reveals a superbly crafted ale overflowing with flavors of dark cherries, apricot, tropical fruit, toasted almonds, coconut, berries, cocoa, molasses, yeasty spice and floral hops. There is so much going on here I can barely keep up.

The mouthfeel is absolutely lush and creamy with a huge body supported by fine trickles of carbonation. Each sip gets better than the one before, amazing. This is by far the best Quad I've ever had and one of the finest beers period. It just doesn't get any better than this.

As always, thanks for sharing Gabe.

AlexJ, May 30, 2005
Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
100 out of 100 based on 7,319 ratings.