Trappistes Rochefort 10
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Style:
Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #2
ABV:
11.3%
Score:
100
Ranked #96
Avg:
4.55 | pDev: 9.45%
Reviews:
3,010
Ratings:
9,761
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Brasserie de Rochefort
 
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Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
100
World-Class
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SirElton from California

5/5  rDev +9.9%

Apr 02, 2014
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Undoubtedly one of the best beers ever made. Such complexity, flavor, boldness, and so much togetherness; this beer ranks right there with the Westvleterns and St. Bernardus Abt. 12's of the world.

The murky brown liquid pours into the brandy snifter with a turbulant and froathy pour. An airy, lightly tanned head shows sprinkles of yeast and spices. The beer settles with a half-inch head and laced well as the beer magically disappeared. Despite the rusty and sediment rich pour, the beer has a nice appearance.

Cotton candy sweetness hits the nose with a lot of fruitiness, spiciness, and with a chocolatey, vineous hint that keeps my head spinning. The nose promises complexity immediately.

Malty richness of barley sugars, caramels, and toffee set the tone. Quickly a toasty, chocolatey flavor accompanies the malts and a rich concoction of sweetness begins to emerge. Fruitiness of berries, grapes, dates, figs, plumbs, and apples quickly give a balance and needed variety to the sweet malt taste. A light hint of barrel aged woods make a minor impact later with mild tang and mustiness on the mouth. A confectionate and complex reward to the tongue.

Initial powder-sugar textures develop quickly into a well-malted, well-rounded beverage. Full and suculant textures allow the acidic fruit notes and light hop bitterness to settle the beer and calm the sweetness. Finishes with a dry, well-attenuated, airy finish. For such sweetness, the beer leaves very little residual sweetness on the mouth.

Certainly a desert beer, but not one that relies soley on sweetness. The beer continues to develop with each successive sip and as the beer warms. Remarkably easy to drink seeing how malt dominant the beer shows. A magical beer that defies modern brewing logic.

Sep 29, 2005
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

4.32/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 33cl Euro-style brown bottle. A freshness date of March 23, 2005, but it'll last much longer. Original Beglian label, no Enlgish. Brought over from Belgium. The (10) denotes it's strength, not abv, amongst a series of beers. They also brew a (6) and an (8).

Appearance: Dark, deep, rich rustic brown with a creamy tan tight lace, which is semi-sticky.

Smell: Spicy alcohol, ripe fruit (raisin & plum) and sweet ripe tropical melon aromas.

Taste: Upfront is an immediate prickly alcohol that rides upon a layer of tingly carbonation, making it smooth. Alcohol is extremely warming on the palate, throat and face. The malt is big, sweet & fruity, like ripe plum that melds with a spiciness that brings English Christmas Pudding drizzled with rum to mind. Some spicy pepper notes (from the yeast), some sweet sugary peppermint, almost medicinal to a certian point. Did we mention that this beer is alcoholic?

Notes: Beer like this gives us a reason to live.

Nov 06, 2000
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RoyalT from Ohio

4.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – The body is very dark brown, cloudy to the extent that no light in my house can put a dent in the color. I controlled the head at the pour, but it was still big and left a filming layer on top of the ale.

Smell – The sugars jump right out of the glass. The generous cane is the first one I caught. This was followed by crumbly brown and sandpaper raw. The heavenly fruits came next. The apricot led the way followed by overripe pears, Bing cherry juice, an orange wedge or two, a little banana, some figs, a piece of star fruit, and finally a quality red apple.

The alcohol notes and mature malt bring up the rear. This is a very complex bouquet.

Taste – Man, is this good. The sweetness comes out in force at the tongue. It seems like a drop of vanilla has been added to give it even more smoothness. I thought the malt might wimp out at the taste, but it stays its ground (an amazing accomplishment).

Mouthfeel – Very lightly carbonated and smooth, smooth, smooth. The alcohol calls attention to itself at some point, but after the first sip or two you just don’t care.

Drinkability – This defines “creamy Belgian Ale.” It’s just beautiful to hold in the mouth and the flavors will keep you busy all night long. What a treat.

Update – I have this occasionally and decided to re-review for 2004. I was able to pick up some tobacco at the nose to go along with all of the wonderful fruits. It seemed a little more boozy though then I remember so I shaved a half point off of the MF.

Oct 07, 2003
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Mike-Harms from California

5/5  rDev +9.9%

This is one amazing beer. Unbelievably good. All the complex character of the best quads, this is a prize specimen of the Quadruple Ale family. I just can't hold back a perfect score, because this is one of the few whose flaws I just cannot find.

It's got your belgian-quad banana flambé right at the intro, in the nose and on the tongue. And so smooth for this big a beer.

Too easy to drink fast when it's right out of the fridge, this is a beer to savor. Let it warm up so the transcendent experience lingers as long as possible. As with all perfect score beers, this one just gets better as it approaches room temperature.

Shame I've only found it in these little 0.33L bottles. I would hoard magnums of this baby if they sold them. This is Bond Villain quality beer, if you serve this to someone who is a true beer lover, you will gain major beer cred.

Oct 13, 2014
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Darwood77 from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +9.9%

The legend is true. This is THE BEST BEER I've ever had. I was expecting to be underwhelmed. It took effort to find. It was all worth it. Can Westvleteren possibly be even as good as this?

Dec 08, 2014
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CanadianBacon from Canada

4.81/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - This beer pours a beautiful deep brown with 2 fingers of soft white head. The head seems to stick around well.

Aroma - Dark fruits and im talking Prune, Dates, raisins, they are all there giving it a sweet arome up front. Rich toffee follows this giving a nice bittersweet smell , Roasted nutty malts and than belgian yeast giving off that beautiful fresh bread aroma. This is a beautiful smelling beer forsure!

Taste - This is probably the first 5 I have ever given for taste but wow it kicks your palate. All the dark fruits hit your tongue first delivering a sweetness almost unheard of in beer. followed by some roasted almost burnt nuts and toffee to balance that, then you get hit with a boozyness followed by some nice fresh bread to wash it down. This is delicious!

Feel - This is a medium bodied beer with the percentage I almost expected it to be thicker. The carbonation is creamy creating a very smooth drinking experience for 11.3%.

Overall - This beer along with its price point is not a beer to be drank daily. Its going to beat you up a little with flavor and high abv% and after one your probably going to be close to finished for the day. With that said the aroma's and flavor and appearance mesh so well it will be an unforgettable experience. Get your hands on this one!

Apr 15, 2016
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Slymtt from Florida

5/5  rDev +9.9%

Color: Dark Amber, almost a brown in color. Lots of Carbonation
Taste: Black Cherry, Dark Fruits. The carbonation really opens your palate to these tastes. Very Strong complex flavors with a sweet malt backbone.
Smell: Black Cherry, raisin, a hint of pomegranate
Overall: This is the best quad I've ever had, maybe the best beer I've ever had. Drinking this was almost a sad experience, since I knew I would finish the glass soon enough and not be able to drink more. 5/5

Sep 30, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

1.06/5  rDev -76.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a murky dark brown with a 2 inch beige head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. No lacing forms on the drink down. Smells of dark fruits, fermented raisins, spices, and yeast. There is a bit of a funky smell coming out of the glass too. Taste is very spicy and surprisingly funky. Lots of fermented dark fruits and super dark brown sugar. However, there is a definitely an off flavor here as I am tasting dirty gym socks. It's to degree where it's not very dominant but it's enough to be noticeable. The beer is pretty flat and combined with the taste it's a chore to even sip on this one. Overall, I need to get another bottle of this to rereview sometime because I think there is something wrong with this one.

May 24, 2011
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Fear4Beer from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is the Gabourey Sidibe of beers. It is dark, ugly, but it is surprisingly good. :-D

The appearance is interesting. It has a nice head, the color looks nice, but MAN look at all that sediment! I've never seen that much sediment in a beer. It is everywhere. I looked in the bottle and there is a ton that didn't make it into the beer glass. It would have been worse. The look is not appealing at all. I have no problem with sediment but this is on a whole 'nother level!

The taste is wonderful. It is a little boozy but it is 11.3% ABV. The flavor is mysterious. I saw another reviewer give a taste profile of "rum" and I'm totally getting that. There's a rum taste, dark fruit (raisin, cherry, prune), and malt. I love these sort of beers. The totally opposite of hoppy beer (YUCK!). No hop presence, just sweet maltiness. Delicious!

Jul 16, 2014
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V-RAM from Connecticut

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

All other quads pale in comparison...this is the Standard

Jan 17, 2015
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EricVonStein from Canada

4.49/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally saw the Rochefort 10 come through a local LCBO and picked up a few as they've been hard to come by in these parts. If its as good as Ive heard Ill be happy to have the extras hanging around.

Pours out an opaque dark brown with date coloured hues coming through where the light penetrates on the side. Fervently carbonated, a big 3+ finger head jumped up before settling down fairly quickly to a covering of light coffee coloured head. Carbonation continues to stream toward the surface - looks very alive.

You can tell from the aroma how well ripened this one is. The dark pit fruits come through less sweet and more musty, almost tart/sour on the nose. Also picking up tomatoes and baking spices. The booze is also detectable.

Damn. This is good. Starts with a beautiful prune and date spiced cake flavour that builds quickly into a more fermented raisin that is slightly tangy. The tangyness lingers as the fruits fade to the back and the spice and warming booze become more prominent. Underneath is a strong sweet malt character, like the base for a christmas fruit cake or a sweet dark rye. Med-full bodied and the effervescent carbonation helps this beer stay light and nimble on the tongue. Great mouthfeel.

Overall this is clearly a great beer, as good as Ive heard about. Not much more to be said that hasnt been already, really. I was a bit surprised at the slightly tangy, slightly over fermented old fruit notes, that were present in the taste. One thing, I felt that something had toned down the powerful fruit flavours just a bit. It may have been slightly oxidized, though Im no pro at detecting it. Regardless, certainly as good as billed and a treat.

Sep 09, 2015
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Jason from Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Brown bottle with no label or freshness date, only the cap denotes the type of Rochefort it is.

Appearance: Maximum stickage as the head leaves a dreamy looking lace as well as a pancake of head in the middle of the glass. Bold brown hue with bright ruby highlights, warm looking.

Smell: Dark sugars, perhaps a thick dark brown sugar, some herbal phenolics that are soft and hints of liquorice and cocoa in the nose as well.

Taste: Medicinal, peppery and warming. Thick maltiness with hints of light grade molasses and dark bread. Phenolics are soft but are dug in deep into the taste buds. Hops are mild and weathered with a leafy character. Faint detection of caramelized sugar and a ghost like smokiness. Esters are there but very mellow. It takes a while to take notice the strength of the alcohol as it warms the body.

Mouthfeel: Heavenly smooth and oh so creamy, solid medium to full body. Care has been taken to bring forth such a lush mouth feel.

Drinkability & Notes: Definitely a sip and savour brew and better to pair up with some different cheeses. I opted for a meat and cheese plate and it play well with this tall standing brew.

Dec 19, 2002
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tmcclamroch from Oklahoma

4.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light tan head with moderate lacing and retention. The color is a dark golden brown. Compared to St. Bernardus 12, I feel the flavors are more subdued and harmonious. Dark fruit flavors are dominant but not overpowering, and the alcohol taste is hard to find. I'd prefer this beer in the mid-afternoon without a food accompaniment, whereas St. Bernardus 12 would be better suited with a heavy meal. This is a beer I'll come back to as a great example of a well-crafted quad and one that I could enjoy outside of winter.

Dec 31, 2017
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MoreBeer4me from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's very, very good.....but not great. Heavy carbonation, thick head, sweet and fruity with a slight taste of cola. It's a bit sloppy and not as clean and crisp as say a Chimay Blue. The beer is also overpriced. If not $6.50 per bottle, I'd likely buy a few every so often. For those who never had this, think of a strong, semi-sweet Scottish ale, then add a shot of booze along with a bit more carbonation. If that flavor profile arouses your tap, and $6.50 - $7.00 for a bottle sounds good, then this beer is for you! I prefer St. Bernardus 12 over this one.

Aug 26, 2018
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srv33 from Michigan

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

Appearance: Pours a beautiful dark brown with a light tan head. Gorgeous head that lingers long after pouring, very fine bubbles, wonderful lacing. A very pretty beer.

Aroma: Very complex aroma of dark fruits, with none specifically overwhelming, very balanced scent. More dark fruits, perhaps a bit of cherry, raisins, brown sugar, bread, even a hint of grape. No alcohol on the nose, beautifully balanced creamy scent.

Mouthfeel: Unbelievable, smooth as milk. Thick and creamy. Very light carbonation. Top marks here.

Taste: Raisin, fig, vanilla, wine, beautifully balanced. The alcohol is hidden exceptionally considering its ABV. It has a gorgeous creaminess that is reminiscent of a nitro. The taste has a mellow lingering taste that gives hints of chocolate, cherry, honey, vanilla, and rye. Very mature and exceptionally balanced taste.

Overall: This beer absolutely deserves its rating. It is a gem and potentially one of the best. Its spot on depth and balance turn it into something ephemeral. This was part of a taste test including St Bernardus 12 and La Trappe Quad, and this won. It was more balanced and had a better mouthfeel than St Bernardus 12, and has more depth than La Trappe Quad. So, If you have not tried this beer, do so. If you only try one Quad let this be it.

Jun 27, 2017
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Rago from Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottling Date: September 16, 2014

Appearance: Dark brown and red and looks opaque until direct sunlight is behind it. Just a few tiny bubbles and particulates. Rocky, barely toffee colored head with a creamy and frothy off white top.

Aroma: Bready and yeasty plum and fig with caramel and bananas and sugary dates. Such a strong sugary yeasty smell with only a hint of alcohol.

Taste: Follows the aroma. Plum, fig, dates, yeast and bananas, toffee and caramel all mixed together with such a smooth sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth smooth smooth. On the light side of full bodied, meaning it's not thick but just smooth and substantial. Leaves a light sugary slickness in the mouth and a little spice.

Overall: Damn good. As described, the aroma and taste are almost identical, but the aroma favors the spice and the taste favors the sweetness.

Aug 11, 2016
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Hanga1986 from Denmark

4.81/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Rochefort 10 is my favorite beer so far, although there are other highly rated quadruples that I have not tried.
The first time I tried this beer was in Brussels at a random pub, without knowing it's fame and popularity. I'm relatively new in the "beer world" :P But I loved this beer instantly.

Rich flavour with many layers. Quity fruity but still greatly balanced. Despite the high ABV it's still very smooth.

Mar 24, 2016
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stoffystouts from New York

4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love stouts (ya think?). And I'm learning that I'm a malt guy. A malt-head... Mr Malty? Not really up on the lingo but I'm realizing I can't just drink RIS's for the rest of my life. Thus it was time to start diving into the Belgian end of the pool... and just by reading reviews I knew I was going straight for the QUAD...why mess around right?

I was nervous... but it took only one sip to be hooked! I loved the way it looked in the glass... dark ruby/brown with a beautiful head...mmm smells great.. a lot going on

A slow sipper, good mouth-feel... and man just one of these knocked me on my A**. Def going to share it with a special someone next time.

Btw, do these monks add psychedalics to this beer or what... I feel weird :)

May 13, 2017
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marcbosch from Netherlands

4.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Deep mahogany red, surprisingly less opaque than expected. Head was relatively small but I may have been too careful pouring it.
Smell: Malt, caramel/toffee, some plum.
Taste: following the mouth. Sweetness of malt, caramel, and dry fruits. Honeyed. Alcohol is present but smoothly so. I'd describe it as brandy-like, for some reason.
Feel: bodied and alcoholic. Carbonation is medium to high and "prickly". Not strongly astringent but the aftertaste is not too sweet as well.
Overall: extraordinary. Enjoy every sip of it... with care.

May 19, 2018
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60sFolks from Texas

4.62/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with a generous, creamy head. Has the nose of a fine, fruity brandy. The mouth is full, boiled prions come to mind. One of the top three beers I have been blessed to imbibe.

Aug 14, 2016
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NAPO from Massachusetts

4.9/5  rDev +7.7%

My favorite Quad of all time. This one every beer person should have it once in their life.

Oct 26, 2014
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EMH73 from New York

4.59/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium to dark brown, clear, quarter inch head that dissipates fairly quickly and left almost no lacing. Smells of booze, almost like it was barrel aged, dark fruits, malts and a sweet quality. Tastes incredible with booze at the forefront (whisky or bourbon), malts, raisins, molasses and sweet cherries. Well carbonated, medium bodied, slightly astringent and finishes on the dry side. Absolutely incredible beer.

Feb 19, 2017
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threeviews from Florida

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

Poured from a 33cl bottle at cellar temperature (Best By Date: 23 May 2022...Packaged 23 May 2017) into a La Trappe Trappist Goblet

A - Pours a ruddy, deep mahogany color with a pillowy, 2-Finger kahki colored head. Conservative retention is suggestive of the 11.3% ABV. (5)

S - Chocolate, Plum, Rasin, Caramel and hints of sweet Cherry make for quite a complex and impactful aroma. Absolutely no alcohol in the nose...quite impressive. (5)

T - It's like drinking a liquid Tootsie Roll. You are first engaged with sweet flavors Caramel and Chocolate followed by some juicy dark fruits. No perceptible warming in the chest even after it has warmed to room temperature. (5)

M - With only a Medium+ body, it drinks much lighter than most other beers clocking in at over 10%. It possesses both a creamy carbonation and finishes quite dry enhancing its drinkability...you will be reaching to take another sip much more quickly than one would think. (5)

O - This is my first experience with Rochefort 10 and drinking it in Belgium for 2.28Euro from the grocery store is pretty epic. Although better than Saint Bernardus Abt12 but ever-so-slightly less impactful than Westvleteren 12, this is an absolute worthy alternative (not to mention supreme accessibility). I can find no fault with this Quadruple and think it is one of the benchmarks for the style. Very much worthy of a perfect score. (5)

Sep 10, 2017
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ABabbidge from Kansas

4.35/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

L: Cloudy dark brown with a large head that becomes a sticky lace.

S: Sweet fruity notes predominant. Some notes of chocolate and brown sugar as well.

T: Sweet malt with lots of fruit and spices mixed in. There is so much going on it is hard for an amateur like me to really dissect the flavors in this one.

F: Very smooth and creamy with a pretty full body. The flavor is good but the mouthfeel is my favorite part of this beer.

O: My first Trappist beer. Very complex flavor but very good. Different from anything I have had before.

Sep 11, 2016
Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 9761 ratings