Trappistes Rochefort 10
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Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #2
Ranked #94
4.55 | pDev: 9.45%
Brasserie de Rochefort
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Photo of Hooded
4.63/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Notes from 2/14/2020.
Poured from a 11oz bottle into a Teku glass.
The appearance is dark amber-brown, cloudy, and has three fingers of beige foam receding to 1/2 inch and then a nice cap with a large amount of moderately thick lacing. 4.75
The aroma is light in strength, and of cherries, plums, and raisins. 4.25
The taste is strong, and of cherries, red grapes, figs, light alcohol and light bitterness. 4.75
The mouth feel is just above medium in thickness, with light carbonation and a dry finish. 4.75
Overall, it's a strong beer in flavor and ABV. It's the most rich beer I have ever had. I will put my other bottle away until I am ready to experience this delicious palate-wrecker again. 4.75

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Photo of DaveMaciolek21
3.59/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This legendary beer disappointed me. Really great start--a deep brown-copper beer with ample body. Sweet malts and bitter hops and spices blended well. However, this quad became boozy once it warmed into the 55-degree range, which cost it in my ratings assessment.

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Photo of KooVee
4.78/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

330ml bottle, best before in 4.5 years so still young.

Not quite clear mahogany colour. Light ochre fluffy head that drops erratically, lacing the glass thoroughly.

Nose is an attack of sweet prunes, maybe figs, mixed with smooth alcohol like a sweet and very smooth licquor made with dried fruit. Floral, almost perfumey, spicey in a fragrant manner. Had to check there is no bee inside the glass enjoying the nectar.

Taste adds a medium plus body, and a coriander seed bitterness ..ah that's the fragrant spice... mixing with a bit of hop bitterness. The alcohol is still a bit raw hitting the front of the palate with some coarseness. The prune now pushes other dried fruit aside. The body reminds one of a lushy bock made lighter by well-judged amount of dark sugar. The aromas are not so Belgian. I can believe the recent DNA analysis that the yeast is related to British ones. It is all esters, no phenols. Like a mild on steroids.

Ever interesting, even if it is easy to memorize the basic taste and aroma. When tasting, there are always things you never noticed before.

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Photo of dwmdrums
4.82/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Much better than the 8. I was worried that due to the higher ABV this would be a harsher beer than the 8, but the alcohol in this is so miraculously well hidden that it drinks like something with far less gravity.

Rich dark copper color with finger-width head that only lingers on the rim. Wonderful fruity nose with moderate candy sugar essence. Mouthfeel is perfect. Effervescent without being overbearing or distracting.

Complex warming and invigorating flavor. Coffee, apricot, caramel, and cherry. Remarkably well hidden alcohol content. Was expecting this to be much more of a deal with it beer but was pleasantly surprised.

Exceptional beer. I was about to start a movie after pouring but had to stop and just experience this thing on its own with my full attention.

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Photo of highdesertdrinker
4.62/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tan, frothy head that dissipates quickly and leaves some lacing. It smells of raisin, plumbs, sugar and alcohol, has a flavor of dark fruit, raisin, sugar, a little banana that peaks through each sip, more prominent as it warms. Super smooth and luxurious like the corinthian leather seats on the Chrysler Cordoba, reminds me of an expensive red wine, but this is more to
my liking. It also ages exceptionally well if you can keep it socked away for a while. The best one I ever had was stored for a year and a half.

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Photo of WeissDavis
4.51/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Having my third or fourth Rochefort since November while working on a puzzle. The look of this beer is a deep amber brown that leans into it’s elbow to keep the sun from breaking through.
The smell of this Rochefort is not the best, because I let it’s temperature ride a rollercoaster these past few days; I know this is not indicative of what the brew truly is. The smell when kept well is wonderfully complex, lead by dark chocolate and a handful of raisins and plums. The taste follows the nose, with well balanced dark fruit that tries to be bitter but is kept at ease by the sneaky smooth tricks of this brew. Rochefort is full in the mouth, giving each tastebud a delicate and enjoyable tickle. Overall, this beer is super smooth for it‘s ABV, a crowd pleaser, and a magnificent introduction into craft beer for most anyone.

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Photo of AntonSWEXWUSN
4.78/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I only recently created a BA account, but I've been trolling the website for years. And due to BA I've pursued a lot of the top rated beers, the Rochefort 10 being one on the list.

At 36 years old, and a sailor for 15 of those years, I've been all over the world and consequently partook in drinking lots of beer. I am drinking this Rochefort 10 on the heels of another Japanese lager and Belgian quad, and it still resonates power. I had forgotten how strong it is, at 11%. But much like another favorite of mine, the Chimay Grande Reserve, the alcohol is masked so elegantly that it's simply poetry to drink. After a round or two of these beers, whatever edge you were holding on to will be gone, and all will feel right with the world. The flavor is insidiously complex, but very easy on the palate. And at 11% that is nearly unheard of. The color of my 10 is muddy opaque, a mystery really that mirrors the complexity of the brew. The smell is much like other quads, robust and earthy (think figs and chocolate) if you will. The taste is part nutty/fruity/alcohol, but it's a dance on the edge of what is acceptable as a beer. The feel is just right, thick and lasting, but not overbearing.

I don't need to get technical because because other, more qualified folks have already done it. I'm just here to pay homage to this brew. Like a fine blade on a samurai sword, this beer has been honed for centuries. You won't find a better crafted beer, but the strong ABV and full body may not be for everyone. It is definitely worth trying though, on a beautiful, cool winter/autumn midday or dark, cold night. Because they are very heavy, I recommend having one with an empty stomach or snacks.

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Photo of GarrettB
4.44/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

October 23rd, 2015 - Enjoyed with a good friend in a cozy setting, the Trappistes Rochefort 10 was so involved, so engaged, so magnetic, that I appear to have not recorded any notes at all, except that this particular bottle was best by September 10th, 2015. But I know this beer well, and the mellow sweet notes and unassuming complexity are familiar. It is still very much a nearly perfect beer.

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Photo of penguinsgoboom
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a massive head. Great foaming action. Under the light, it is a deep red maroon amber. Simply beautiful the way it transitions from light around the edges to dark in the center. It's a sunset in a cup.

S: Dark fruits abound with a sweetness that is curbed in by a chocolaty richness. Reminds me of being in a high-end chocolatier store. Definitely some elements of a big cabernet sauvignon.

T: Like a chocolate cake with dark fruit. Cherry, plumb, and date. Super complex.

O: A fabulous dessert beer. One of the best in the world. This is a course by itself. Had it with some pistachios, but it would likely go well with a cheese plate as well.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.47/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes 12/29/11: Pours a dark, cloudy reddish brown. The pour produces a single finger of beige, dense, short-lived head which leaves minimal lacing as it recedes. Aroma is vinous with notes of red grape, dark fruits, bubblegum, brown sugar, alcohol and very mild floral hops. Taste is very complex: dark malt and sugar, clove, banana, figs raisins, dark cherries, honey, molasses and faint chocolate; pepper and alcohol in the finish; alcohol intensifies in the aftertaste. With that let me say that the alcohol is superbly well hidden for an 11.3% ABV beer. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, moderate carbonation, creamy and a delight to the mouth. A pure delight.

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Photo of BeerMan247
4.8/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Smells of plum and chocolate, poured a frothy beige head. Cloudy and dark, mocha undertones are most apparent after sipping, while also minimally nutty. Good amount of sediment at the bottom of the pour, some rising to the top. Delicious complex flavor that changes throughout the sip.

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Photo of NeilSilber1
4.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours perfect dark with thick frothy foam and deep notes of fig andchocolate. Tootsie roll in a glass l, pure classic beauty. Lingers on the pallete with love. Oak and chocolate.

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Photo of PhillyEagles
5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the first beer I've ever had where it smacked me in the mouth with a WOW!!! My fav. beer. Weirdly the "8" is more to my liking but they're both phenomenal.

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Photo of jkblr
4.4/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle bb 11.09.2023 (presumably one year old) poured into Trappist Rochefort chalice at just above fridge temp 11.3% ABV. The beer pours mostly bright medium brown in color with a never ending tan colored head building in the center from the nucleated glass. Fairly complete lacing and excellent retention. The aroma is faint with dark fruit and brown sugar. The taste is rich Belgian malt & candi sugar with a not quite tart cherry/dark fruit overtone. The finish is moderately bitter and fairly dry, balancing the initial heavy malt presence. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with above average carbonation. No hint of 11.3% ABV in the taste or aroma. Overall, very good. An absolute classic and absolutely well made, but the taste and aroma are lacking in this bottle. I guess I'll buy a few more and sample as we approach 2023 to see if it's more to my liking.

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Photo of Lanas
4.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

In the first place i don't go very well with this beer because of some mistakes i made.. First of all is one special beer and you must drink it right.. On the back has some notes to how drink this beer. It says the drinking temperatures and also the right class..
In the first time i drink it very cold and that was a huge mistake. Also with some wrong class. This beer is very heavy and rich and if you drink it cold, then she hit you very hard in your mouth.. I remember how punchy was in my month when i drink it cold. So make sure to drink it at 12-14 Temperatures and not at 3-4 like some german beers.
After i fix my mistakes i try again and finally i can see the whole beauty and all the good ratings here.. This beer is really very special and unique.. Has one very weird taste and it flow very different in your mouth.. Your tongue embrace the beer with whole mouth and give yous a bitter and at the same time sweet taste.. You feel caramel, coffe, chocolate in the bitter way... Remind me little bit one of my favorites beers the "La trappe Quadrupel" but with the stronger way. And yes this beer is smooth but also very very strong.. She is very serious and you must prepare for it.. You must eat before drink it and also show some respect.. Drink it with the right way and she don't disappoint you in the end..
Overall one of the most balance beers out there for sure.. Very strong, very weird but also very special..

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.23/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours and smells like an Egyptian dreaming of a pyramid - like, I’m talking about perfection. Taste though, you know, I want to tell you, but I, I think... and it’s just that. I am lingering on the idea that this is not perfection as I expected. It’s a hell of a beer, like Spielberg has had a hell of a career. That being said, even the best are not without their (not duds) but just good, not great works. And when I sip on this, I am content like a kitten drinking milk, but I’m not in heaven. Ya feel me?

Life is beautiful. Live it.

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Photo of surovyi
4.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Wow, first time i see the beer rated 100. I would rate 4/5 or 90/100. (it seems to me i had better 4rupel in my experience). No matter, im sure every beer geek praise it fair.

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Photo of KentT
5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours mahogany. Has a very fine head, great lacing. Is very potent, very powerful. Notes of chocolate, raisin, fig, vanilla, malt, dark fruit. Rich., smooth, multidimensional in flavor, complex in the Belgian Quad manner. Mouthfeel never goes anything but smooth and rich, but demands to be savored slowly. The best of Abbey ale flavor and complex notes. Sad when you drink your last one. Never dull, always remembered fondly. 5 all the way, no other rating will do for this style. A reference in Belgian Trappist Ales.

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Photo of Snowcrash000
4.35/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very deep, dark mahogany, almost black, coloration with a large, foamy head. Smells of bready, caramel malt, toffee and dark fruits, with just a hint of chocolate, licorice and estery spice. Taste is a complex balance of rich, bready, caramel malt, toffee, brown sugar, chocolate, dark fruits: raisin, fig, plum, with lighter notes of chocolate, licorice and just a hint of vanilla and clove. Finishes bittersweet, with a light/medium bitterness and some caramel malt, dark fruits, licorice and clove lingering in the aftertaste. Full mouthfeel with a rich body and light/medium carbonation.

Quite a rich and complex Quad that still manages a good balance of sweet and bitter notes, even though leaning a little towards sweet and boozy as it warms. Really not too bad for the style though and there really is an impressive depth of flavor and complexity here.

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Photo of lastmango
4.35/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter. Deep brown with a hint of red. One finger tan head. Nose of vanilla, caramel and dark fruit with a punch of booze. Taste followed the nose with the standard Belgian sweetness. High carbonation and medium light body. This is a delightful sipper.

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Photo of FourthFloyd
4.87/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Incredible brown color and rocky, uneven head. Beautiful mix of scents including chocolate, spices, alcohol, and grain. Tastes just as astonishing as it smells only with a slight bitterness and delicacy. The fourth and fifth sips are gorgeously smooth.

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Photo of JohnFred4
3.7/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: people keep saying "reddish brown", but it's really mostly brown. Sediment at bottom

Smell: Spicy vanilla alcohol. Almost hints of rum, which makes sense given the fruity tastes that will come. I drank this right after a Bernadus Abt 12, and the alcohol fumes are much more present. Like trying to get drunk off of vanilla extract. It smells like it's going to be super boozy and a struggle to drink, which luckily isn't born out by the taste. Also: spice.

Taste: Oak, vanilla, cream, leather, raisins, chocolate/Guinness, molasses. Rye bread. Spice.

Feel: Light, effervescent.

Overall: Not nearly as humid, moist, yeasty as I've come to expect of quads. Spicy for sure. Like making s'mores, except it's rye bread and bakers chocolate and dark fruits.

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Photo of BayAreaJoe
4.48/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

BB 8/11/2021

Just about 3 year old bottle - sweet, rich slow-sipper. Caramel, toasty, roasty, malty, brown sugar blended with all kinds of dark fruits. The highlight is the med/full, very smooth feel. A terrific beer that's worth it.

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Photo of MaximalC
4.15/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours chestnut with garnet highlights, topped by nearly an inch of coarse, khaki froth. Muted aroma smells of raisins, caramel, apples, alcohol, and perhaps the barest whiff of nutmeg or other indeterminate spices. Shimmering swaths of lacing coat the glass as the beer recedes.

Big time flavor up front features toasted bread, raisins, caramel, nutmeg, warming alcohol, and perhaps even some allspice. Everything is nicely balanced and melds beautifully into a whole greater than the sum of its parts. Belgian yeast lends the obligatory character. Warming reveals notes of apple and cherry cough syrup. Medium-heavy body and fine, vivacious carbonation make for a lush, vigorous mouthfeel that supports the bold flavor profile with aplomb, while the dry finish resets the palate brilliantly.

While I wasn't blown away by the other Rocheforts in the series, this bad boy brings it big time. It manages to come off as refreshing and vital even as it flaunts its bold, complex flavor profile. While not especially distinctive in any particular regard, there's no denying this is brilliantly executed from top to bottom.

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Photo of BaconAndEggs
5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What can I say other than, this is my all time favorite beer. The smell and taste are wonderful, I love the dark fruits! I’m still new to reviewing beer but I can say without a doubt this is top notch quality. The price is a little high but worth every penny. I recently bought a chalice just for this beer. It’s not too hard to find here in MN, but it sells quickly at my local shop.

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Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 9688 ratings