Trappistes Rochefort 10 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium
trappistes-rochefort.com

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 11-06-2000

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Avg:
4.47
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Reviews by cvstrickland:
Photo of cvstrickland
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented lightly chilled and poured into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip, Trappistes Rochefort 10 is hazy burnt chestnut in color with four fingers of pale beige foam atop. The towering head recedes slowly into a misshapen pillow, its grainy bubbles consolidating themselves into larger spongiform masses that deposit drooping rails of fluffy lacing onto the sides of the glass.

The aroma is spicy-sweet, with pungent notes of brandy-soaked dried figs, sticky dates, brown sugar and savory ripe banana. A splash of citrus and a waft of fresh green grass freshen the dark sugariness of the profile.

The taste is silken caramel with hints of mushy dates and overripe figs. Cooling alcohol is mild and fruity and adds a drying edge to counterract an overarching sweetness that otherwise might turn syrupy, but contributes immediate liquory warming to the innards of the drinker. A touch of yeasty banana becomes increasingly evident as the brew warms further.

The drink is silky-smooth and a bit too lightly carbonated, but sports a rich medium-fullish body that coats the palate with lingering slippery efficiency. This tasty treat is quite an excellent sipper for a cool winter evening.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.95/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.79/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.32/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of Mike-Harms
5/5  rDev +11.9%

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.

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Photo of Fear4Beer
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
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!

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Photo of Darwood77
5/5  rDev +11.9%

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?

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Photo of Slymtt
5/5  rDev +11.9%

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

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Photo of CanadianBacon
4.81/5  rDev +7.6%
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!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
1.06/5  rDev -76.3%
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.

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Photo of V-RAM
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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Photo of tectactoe
4.12/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very bold pour, producing a creamy off-tan head that retains well and leaves a little bit of lacing along the tulip glass. The color is a deep, dense, hazy brown color, very dark, almost with a gray-hue as well. The nose is very reminiscent of red wine, full of dark red grapes, figs, sweet brown sugar, burnt caramel, licorice, raisins, plums - so much going on here, it's quite wonderful. The taste is full of the same, with a slight alcohol warmth, grapes, plums, sweet malts and caramel, and just a touch of floral notes in the background. Heavy mouth and extremely creamy with a nice and welcomed carbonation bite.

It's easy to see why this beer is so popular. A great quad with a huge aroma and flavor complexity, nice alcohol warmth but masked well for 11.2%, making it very easy to drink. Truly a great brew here.

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Photo of Jason
4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of Cburnette23
4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The smell just made me laugh (or giggle). It's got sort of a 'wet' but sweet smell, that's so inviting. In my opinion, the taste is somewhat defining of the classic Belgium beer. It's light on the pallet, yet complex on the flavor with notes of fruit, prune, honey, and caramel. Oh-so smooth and delightful, a beer I should be fond of drinking especially in the summer-time. Of course, it is Autumn where I am, and still enjoyable, however I should think in warm weather the beer would excel. The taste brings you to the wooded nature, in my own experience, and almost is reminiscent of trees and sunshine. Certainly let this one linger on the back of your tongue before swallowing, as it will bubble the subtle flavors up before dispersing. Absolutely delicious and a real delight! If you are a value buyer, you may look elsewhere, for example Luganitas or Central Waters, but hey - every now and again indulging in this is a service to your inner being.

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Photo of mtvolkens
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best beer I've had so far. Poured into a Belgian Goblet, about 3in of head from pour, 2in staying after first sip. Smells caramelly sweet, tastes a strong burning alcohol, with a sweetness of dates upfront, and a caramelly finish. Sooo strong and complex yet soooo smooth and tasty. Just absolutely everything you could want.

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Photo of safphoto
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Many people will tell you that Westvleteren XII and St Bernardus Abt 12 are the best. I beg to differ. I would rate Rochefort 10 higher. The only beer I like as much as this one is Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel.

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Photo of ABabbidge
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of EMH73
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of Hanga1986
4.81/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of nfarhadi
4.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I've had this beer maybe 20 times now so I think I can give a review a go. It's very easy to find in my area (SF Bay Area, CA). My local craft beer shop, Whole Foods, and a few other shops carry this year round.

This is definitely the best Belgian beer in my opinion, if not the best beer I have ever had. I've had Westy 12 twice before and I have to say that Westy 12 and Rochefort 10 deliver a very different experience. Even beers like St. Bernardus 12 (which is a gold standard of quads in my book) are very different than this beer. It is difficult to compare them. Personally though I would take Rochefort 10 over Westvleteren 12.

Taste is like raisins and molasses. While the beer is slightly on the sweeter side, it isn't overpowering. It's actually one of the most balanced beers I have ever had.

I can't really get too much more into the taste, smell, and look of this beer. You just need to try it.

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Photo of Vitruvius
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Not quite as good as the La Trappe quad. Similar though

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Photo of NAPO
4.9/5  rDev +9.6%

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

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Photo of Taybeh
4.29/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I don't drink quads very often and the style is usually more boozy and more sweet than I prefer, but sometimes February in Minnesota seems like a good time for one, and this is supposed to be a paradigm, so...from a single into a Chimay chalice. Pours a dark swampy brown with a little sediment sinking to the bottom, and a frothy khaki crown that has fairly good retention. The nose is pretty amazing, with layers on layers of dark fruit, sweet and pungent spices, some dark chocolate and even some tannins. Taste follows, but man, this is boozy and sweet...and there's some rum-like notes that I didn't get in the nose. For the abv, the feel is probably spot on but...it's a little too much to be ideal for me. I'm rating to style, on the whole, and I can see why this has so many fans. It's a real treat, but for me it will be a rare one.

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Photo of Marcoxx626
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've found it....the perfect beer (in my opinion).

Look - pour a beeaaautiful brown color with a large 2 finger head. Nice half inch layer of foam sitting beautifully on top after settling
Aroma - plum, caramell, raisin, malts....amazing
Taste - follows the smell very well and has just the right amount of maltiness.
Feel - Smooth with the perfect amount of carbonation. 11.3% alcohol is hidden VERY well...
Overall - this is my holy grail of beers and I would drink this like water if I could. If you like belgian beers you cannot go wrong witht his one...if you can get it, DO IT.

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Photo of chicagobeerguy
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: A dark brown amber, massive head with great lacing, does not dissipate quickly either
S: A bready, sweet vinous, honey soft flowery smell
T: A fine blend of dark fruit with sweet bready honey flavors, bold and strong flavors. Nothing overwhelming, very nice
F: A crisp and smooth beer, low to medium carbonation, very gentle
O: A great beer for kicking back and relaxing at the end of a good night with some Miles Davis playing in the background. Gentle flavors and a nice blend of sweet and slightly bitter flavors make this a pleasant beer that is worth having.

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