Trappistes Rochefort 10 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

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#164
Reviews:
2,964
Ratings:
9,629
pDev:
9.56%
 
 
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Reviews: 2,964 | Ratings: 9,629
Photo of DmanGTR
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Re-review from 9/9/09 notes. Bottle #230113 07:43.
A- dark currant brown, lightly cloudy, off white head, left a nice cap. Yeast was swirled and added. Lovely lacing.
S- Dark raisins, holiday spices, splash of spiced rum. Heavy caramel tones, touch of yeast. All wonderfully balanced. If they made this into a perfume, I'd make my gf wear it all the time.
T- Holy damn! Lots of rich toffee, caramel, and a touch of roastedness. Sweetness of black currants, buckwheat honey, and molasses. A myriad of flavors that meld perfectly to form a picture of perfect harmony. Spiced rum-soaked candy currant toffee cakes. Most divine.
M- Smooth and velvety, well carbonated. Not too thick, not thin at all. Full bodied and wonderfully smooth with a nutty, dry finish.
D- Good gravy, this is an elixir fit for an emperor of beer. Give me another bottle or three please.
5/5/5/5/5
5/5

Re-review from 5/23/09 notes. Bottle #230113 07:59 aged at least 8 months. Served at 45°F in a tulip and allowed to warm.
A - Poured a lovely dark brown with maroon hues in the light. Magnificent 2" tan head that retained forever with light spots of lacing. Swirled and added yeast, which settled to the bottom.
S - Raisins, toffee, and spiced rum. Light notes of black currants came through followed by sweetness of candi sugar. Vanilla too? A hint of tawny port rounds out the nose with a touch of alcohol. Impeccable.
T - A delicate sweetness of toffee introduces my palate to a hearty dose of dark malts, followed shortly by a blend of currants, dates, and dark chocolate bitterness. The sweetness lingers and beckons another sip, upon which realizes a toffee and raisin-like finish. The alcohol is barely noticeable, well hidden in a barrage of delicate and intricately woven flavors. Moste Excellente!
M - Medium/full bodied and well carbonated. Quite smooth and befitting for a quad. Carbonation is not sharp, but lends a creamy texture to the beer.
D - Extremely drinkable and quite a sipper. I could sip this all night and day.
Overall: This is undoubtedly one of the most top notch examples of the style and IMO, the best example. As it warms, the complexity increases exponentially and the resulting flavors and textures explode, enriching and enlightening the palate.
5/5/5/4.5/4.5
4.9/5.0

12/2/08
Got a few of these for a steal at Hegedorn's in Webster, NY. $6/each, can't go wrong. I bought all of them on the shelf (there were only 5 left haha)
A - dark garnet brown with a 1/2" tan head with excellent retention and nice Belgian lacing in a chalice.
S - caramel/toffee malts, some dark, ripe figs and currants. Slight yeastiness and strong spice. Hints of nutmeg as well. All bundled in a waft of alcoholic goodness.
T - Deep winelike bitterness with a sweet malty backbone. Some fresh hops, prunes, raisins, and... roasted nuts?! Very strong alcohol as well.
M - Medium bodied and well carbonated. Impressively smooth and warming.
D - Highly drinkable for a 11.3% beer. I had to exercise self control and only allow myself one of these gems while I let the others age.
Overall - This is truly a remarkable beer. I was skeptical when reading so many awesome reviews, thinking it was hyped up. Just when I expected another Belgian strong ale, it smacked me a few times and proved just how good it really tasted. A fine beer, no doubt. Truly one of the best beers I have ever tasted. The only thing preventing me from giving it a perfect 5 is that the taste was just a tad young. I wish there was a way I could rate the taste as a 4.75 instead of 4.5. Bottled in 2008, I think this will certainly benefit with age. Do yourself a favor and buy two of them and enjoy them with your best friend.
5/5/4.5/5/5
4.8/5.0

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Photo of artdob
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tonight's choice was either a cheap bourbon or this intriguing world class beer.

This beer pours a dark, dark brown with a modest creamy tan head. Served mine in a large snifter.

Nose: Even with a slight cold, the aroma comes through in a robusr way. Yeast, chocolate, port, dried fruits and dates, caramel ... Lots of good stuff here.

Taste: wow, wow, wow. This is ever so decadent, exotic, and well, sexy too. Chocolate black forest torte, cooked cherries, pumpernickel, holiday fruits, and stewed prunes. After a few sips, the finish evolves from a rich but tamed sweetness, to very, very light sour notes - though still retaining a sumptuous character.

Mouthfeel has light carbonation that doesn't get in the way of the taste profile. This one not only coats the mouth broadly with superb flavors, but the olfactory zone also gets a pleasant infusion with every sip.

High marks across the board. Monks hit a home run with number 10 of this edition.

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Photo of Microbrewtaster
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

330mL poured into CCB Snifter

A: A beautiful golden brown color, with a single finger of hear with a khaki color that dissipates in a few moments, nice lacing with this one.

S: Dried prunes, cherries, and just a tiny hint of alcohol when you look for it.

T: Sweet, much like the nose indicated, cherries and prunes rule the flavor but for some reason i taste a nice amount of milk chocolate. Alcohol is faintly noticeable, this has the alcohol taste of a 5-6% ABV beer.

M: Smooth, carbonated goodness, a slight tickle from the bubbles as it makes its way down to its resting place...at least for a few hours.

Overall: I have noticed that there are a fair amount of beers on this site that have been hyped to be better than they are, but this one is up there with ZD in my top 5. I may try aging a couple of these to see how the flavor changes with time.

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Photo of Darwood77
5/5  rDev +11.1%

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 DerbyDave35
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Almost anything you drink after a bottle of this , is probably going to disappoint . The masses will probably never have even heard of Rochefort 10 , let alone drink one ...tragic (for them), it is total joy , faultless .
Has a 100% rating ? , well its fully deserved

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Photo of rubicon1983
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've had many a Belgian ale and nothing comes close to this product except the Westvleteren. This beer is heaven in a glass. The smell, taste, head, lacing; they're all top notch.Bravo to the Rochefort monks. They're putting out an incredible product.If you get a chance to pick one of these up, do it. I just wish my budget allowed for more.

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Photo of Mikefriedman90
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours very dark with a bit of head. Surprisingly not heavy. Has distinct carbonation. Taste has a lot of malt but it doesn't overpower the other notes. Very flavorful for 11.3% abv. Terrific beer. Very drinkable.

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Photo of icemanrulz
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have had this beer fairly frequently over the past 10 years but have never sat down to review it till now. I received a bottle as a gift and poured into my trappistes rochefort chalice. The color is a dark amber with about a half inch head, I pour the whole bottle so there is noticeable sediment. The smell is like Christmas morning, a sweet blend of clove, anise, dried fruit, and alcohol. The taste evolves with every sip, with a masterful blend of raisin, plum, clove, anise, among other spices, and a warming alcohol finish. It's truly one of the few beers that seem to evolve with each sip. The mouthfeel is soft and smooth, a little on the chewy side. The high alcohol content is expertly masked by all the sweetness and complex flavors. There is just so much to say about this beer and yet words really fail to do it the proper justice it deserves. To me, the Rochefort 10 is the gold standard by which all beers are measured, yet none can live up to. Drink in good health, friends. Prost!

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Photo of hopsputin
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a: dark murky brown with some ruby red notes. a finger tan white head when poured that fades to a thin layer once it settles (which is to be expected)

s: its incredible. deep and dark. malty, roasted almonds, figs, plums, raisins, dark chocolate, clove, tobacco leaves, brown sugar, leather

t: its an intense beer. toasted malts, chocolate, figs, nuts, those roasted almonds, leather, tobacco, clove, plums, raisins, fresh dough, caramel, toffee, cola

m: medium - not as heavy as i would have thought, but the mouthfeel works nicely with the leathery/earthy flavors in here

o: nutty, roasty, dark fruity, perfect. for as high as the abv is, the alcohol is barely noticeable

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Photo of aleigator
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rochefort 10 cellared 3 years

Pours a dark brown color with a fluffy, fizzy, two finger sized head.

Fantastic aromas of ripe sour cherries among rock sugar and roasted malts, very intense on the nose. Almost a little boozy, but amazingly well integrated into the decadent sweet aromas, balanced by old wood and toasted walnut shell.

Has a very lively, bubbly carbonation, which makes the beer's heavy body unfold in a lighter manner on the tongue, also washing away its boozy peak, which is recognizable for just a split second, while leaving with a long lasting warmth down the throat.

Cherries from the nose are amongst the flavors from the very beginning, entangled into toffee, licorice, dried wood bark and autumn leaves. Malts have a toasty richness in this, which is heavy on the tongue, opening up the palate perfectly to the sweeter flavors, and makes it possible to integrate its warm boozy note so perfectly well. Nuttiness mingles into the warming alcohol, producing a cola sweetness, calmed by old earth and toasty malts, while finishing with a bubbly mineralic tone and dried plums.

I am blown away by this one, this tastes perfect. Love the dried, sugared, alcohol soaked cherry note, which blends into roasted, rich malts. All flavors are intense and well pronounced at the same time, creating an awesome balance, making it possible for the different components to pack such a huge punch.

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Photo of mmthompson33
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As one of the few best Belgian Trappists (maybe the best), this is one of those beers that deserves a place in the Hall of Fame just as Ripken, Henderson & Gwynn do. It's a classic, with a unique combo of strength and drinkability. It's one of those beers by which all others are measured.

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Photo of mithrascruor
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a Rochefort glass(!) at O'Brien's, San Diego.

Exceptional dark-brown color with a filmy tan head. Nice aroma of figs and other candied fruits, with a bit of caramel and spices. Lovely taste of dark fruits (and maybe some banana), spices with just the right amount of sweetness. Light bit of carbonation. Medium-bodied and very smooth. A very relaxing and enjoyable drinking experience.

Similar to the Rochefort 8, but a bit more subtle (and stronger). One of my favorites; highly recommended!

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Photo of steinlifter
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured a deep hazy brown, nice rich head with good retention, smell had alcohol presence, fruity melon, taste is rich and complex, chocolate, and fruity, spicy! mouthfeel is highly carbonated smooth and creamy, drinkability is fantastic! not a session brew but one that is not to be missed! Enjoy!
P.S...I'm editing and giving this a perfect score, cuz I believe this is THE most interesting, and best beer I ever had!...an ABSOLUTE MUST, in my book!

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Photo of rvdoorn
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've had this beer many many times in the past but never thought to rate it. Bottle from liquor shop around the corner. Poured into a WestMalle glass. Pours an opaque dark brown colour, with lively carbonation and a nice lasting white head. The sediment doesn't fall to the bottom of the glass, but stays in there floating. Funny.

The scent is, like most quads, very complex. A bit like sour cherry, alcohol, spicy yeast, and above all, fruits.

The taste is very similar to the smell, but went above and beyond. Incredibly complex. Wow wow wow. What a beer. Roasted and caramel malts, chocolate, fruits (plums, raisins and maybe some citrus??), mildly spicy yeast and some tones of alcohol (surprisingly low for a beer with more than 11% alcohol content). The taste is similar to, but much less sweet that the St. Bernardus 12.

The mouthfeel is fantastic too. Rich and creamy, impressively balanced. Medium-high carbonation.

Overall, one of the best quads out there! It is important though to let the beer warm up a bit, so all the flavours are fully released!

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Photo of shigg85
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased from the Seibu department store in Ikebukuro, poured into a 378ml glass goblet. I was so excited to try this brew, and it met every expectation and went beyond. The color is a beautiful dark hue that is 99% opaque except for a brilliant burgundy rim that appears if you hold it up to a light source. The scent was deep and nose-warming, and when I took it into my mouth, immediate sensations of dark berries and cherries took over. The swallow was accompanied by a flash of heat in my cheeks and throat, evidence of the 11.3% alcohol level. However, nothing painful about it... just concocted bliss. Half way done with the bottle, I enjoyed the changing flavors as it casually warmed in the room. I might have started it off too cold, or maybe the alcohol was affecting me, but I noticed as I drank and as it got warmer, the taste improved even more. I didn't serve it very cold, just maybe 20 minutes in the fridge after I returned home. Anyway, enough of this whole sexual experience I had with this brew. If I had three thumbs, they would all be up for this wonderful drink.

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Photo of bige2118
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What an amazing brew. The first I chose to review here on BA as well as on my own little review show I put together. Pours a great, dark creamy color with little lacing. Not very high on carbonation, which makes sense with the high abv, 11.3%. Lots of yeast floating around which is a beautiful thing. The taste is so nice yet, for a beer this strong, surprisingly mellow. Lots of dark sugars and sweetness, yet all of which is mellow. The smell was nice as well, but it did not have quite as much of a smell as you would think. Overall, a great brew, A+.

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Photo of STKPICR0720
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow just abosolutley wow. This beer needs its own category. The smell is full and smells of caramel. The taste is something that lingers but not in a bad way. Each sip is better than the last. This beer actually made me contemplate joining a monestary. Find one and cherrish every sip for if it was your last you can die a happy man.

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Photo of Killebrew
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Trappistes is ultimately one of my favorite brews. It’s difficult to find sometimes in my area, but man it’s like striking gold when you do find it. This is actually one beer that I cannot say anything negative about. If you’ve never tried it, get your hands on some.

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Photo of PhillyFoodie
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite beer on Earth for over 15 years and counting. Will leave a proper review some time, but for now just understand this may be the most complex and delicious beer you may ever get a chance to drink, and the only beer I have ever had that earns a perfect 5/5 BA score.

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Photo of Pegasus
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Deep amber in color, with a small off-white head, excellent broken lacing, with scattered patches of sticky foam. The head lingers reaching toward eternity. Best if used by date is 04-08-09.

Aroma: Quite pronounced aroma of caramel and toffee, hazelnuts, alcohol, and earth. The hazelnut character is quite pronounced. Somehow or the aroma other this vaguely reminds me of a 5th Avenue candy bar - in a quite positive connotation.

Taste: Once again, the hazelnuts seem quite dominant, there is also cocoa, and an earthy character. A rich malt character is present from start to finish. The close of the taste is tart and very, very dry, with a lingering earthy note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, rich, very full, almost syrupy, with only faint carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: An overwhelmingly superb beer, which challenges my powers of description. Quite likely the best beer I have ever had.

Thanks to HardTarget for generously sharing this stellar beer.

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Photo of Sigmund
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

(330 ml bottle). Pours with an enormous and thick light tan head, beer is cloudy, very dark brown colour. Heavenly complex aroma: oak, port wine, dried fruit and spices. 5.0 points for aroma/smell is not enough! Flavour is complex, spicy and oaky - toffee sweetness is well balanced with hops. Warming mouthfeel, otherwise the high ABV is well hidden. Long lasting aftertaste. Can't find any faults with the beer - therefore a straight 5.0. Does that imply that any "perfect" beer has to be as strong as Rochefort 10? Certainly not - but in the strong division, this one is in the lead, at least untill I have sampled Westvleteren... (But the price in Norway is outrageous: USD 9 for a small bottle - in the store!)

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Photo of GarethYoung1
5/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of midnite2sixman
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: The 10 has that special brown haze and carmel tinge around the edge that you would expect from an exceptional quad.

Smell: Very subtle at first, you should take a little to let your nose adjust to the aroma. Its smell is a deep sugary carmel smell with figs and something else I can't quite describe.

Taste: Incredibly smooth. Touch of plums, buttery/carmel undertones. Sweet, a touch tangy, and a joy.

Mouthfeel: Tickles your tongue and seems to slide right down leaving a pleasant aftertaste.

Drinkability: If you like Trappist beer or Belgians for the most part, then prepare to make room at the top of your list for this one.

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Photo of Svendozen
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I received this from a friend who recently came back from Belgium on business. Poured into a Boot glass from the same friend.

I have nothing fancy to say, no clever words, no witty observations...just try this beer. Go buy some now. Leave your kids home alone, for there is no time to call a baby-sitter. Don't wait for your spouse, just go...leave before they even get out of the shower...GO!

This beer changed the way I look at beers. I should really hate this beer, in all honesty, as it ruined many other beers for me. I had three of my favorite beers to follow this one with as they were all darker. Palo Santo Marron....meh. Founders Curmudgeon...rubbish. Old Rasputin...I've seen similar shades of brown on the "Stool Color Chart" at the Doctor's office.

I would gladly leave my beloved wife, and shave my head into a silly Tonsure to be able to craft this beer.

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Photo of Avagadro
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served just under room temp and into a tulip glass. Was cloudy and dark in the glass with a large off-white head that stayed for about half of the glass. Malty smell, but not too much to the aroma. Taste was fruity and dry. Hints of apple and honey were present. There was a clean and foamy mouthfeel. This was a really enjoyable beer, but for $10 a single, I don't know if I'd buy it again.

4-23-2010:

A: mahogany in color and translucent, though dark, rochefort presents an impressive beige head with great retention.

S: bouquet is bold and extraordinarily complex, with notes of prunes, honey, caramel, just to name a few.

T: despite its strength, the alcohol is lost amidst the myriad flavors presented in this work of art. Caramelized sugar, prunes, honey, and a touch of coriander create an amazingly complex flavor profile.

M: full bodied and slightly syrupy, Rochefort 10 displays moderate carbonation.

D: after 4+ years, I decided it was overdue
that I revisit one of the most highly regarded ales in the world. I can easily say that it was a worthwhile effort. I'm not sure that in 2006, my first years in the beer world, I was able to truly appreciate the complex-yet-delicate nature of this outstanding ale. I stand with the masses and recommend this as one of the best brews available in the states.

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Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
Beer rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 9,629 ratings