Trappistes Rochefort 10 | Brasserie de Rochefort

Trappistes Rochefort 10Trappistes Rochefort 10
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Trappistes Rochefort 10Trappistes Rochefort 10

Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 11-06-2000

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Photo of thingsBEER
4.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of utahgiebs
4.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Durge
4.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark mahogany colored liquid with slightly rosy edges and a major stack of light tan colored foam on top. Chunky lacing follows. The nose enjoys spiced yeast that hints at delicate cinnamon allspice and spruce vinegar. Smooth and so tasteful. The flavor ushers in a remarkably smooth creation that is such a beautiful blend that it's really difficult to identify any individual flavors. There's a light molasses/brown sugar and spruce/ juniper idea with a bit of Chardonnay and a touch of nutty maple whiskey. This probably isn't doing this fine world class beer any justice at all but it's a unique and wonderful blend. Carbonation in this solidly medium bodied brew is quite mild yet so proliferated as to convey a fairly lively, yet generally velvety feel. Quite a treat and definitely more refined than the "8" which I had last week. Ultimately these aren't my favorite flavors, but if they were, it could be a "5"!

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Photo of Arch578
4.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of delta490
4.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown murky like a swamp with a short lasting tan head. The aroma is big dark fruits, toffee and alcohol esters. The flavor just takes that to another level. The body is surprisingly light, with a nice mouthfeel and spa smooth finish. Everything you want from a quad.

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Photo of Wiener_schtnizel
4.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rtaps
4.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very merky brown with a nice light khaki head that had very good retention and leaves a good amount of lacing behind

Sweet and dark malts, a little beady, not as much alc as I got in the 8

It's bready, almost has a sour kick at the end you can tell its 11+% but the alc is by no means overpowering its kinda sweet when it first hits the pallet

Med-light bodied, high carb wet mouth feel

Overal man this is good could drink it anytimes

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Photo of C_Pel
4.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of PlinyRyan
4.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of shnsajax
4.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BWED
4.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle poured into a Chimay chalice.

A- Pitch-brown with some yeast sediment floating around. Nice one finger light tan head, stays put the entire drink. Speckles of lacing appear on the glass.

S- Chocolatey caramel-covered fruit/cherry.

T- Spiced caramel with a subtle chocolate taste. Sweet and smooth.

M- Rich and full bodied, but so smooth and creamy. Alcohol is not very detectable ini taste or feel.

O- Delicious. Sweet, flavorful, and creamy. Beautifully crafted.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75


Pours a cloudy dark brown color. The head is around three fingers high and lighter khaki in shade. It features a bubbly texture typical of a good well as the underwhelming duration of retention. Small patches of lacing stick to the glass.

This has a wonderfully malty smell. Malty, but NOT overbearingly sweet. There's a wonderful candied sugar note fluttering around, giving great nuance to the additional notes of pumpernickel bread, brown sugar, plums, apricots, peaches, cherries, and dark chocolate. It's a hair hoppier than other big-name quads, but it adds wonderful dimensions of tobacco and grass instead of an overbearing, imbalanced bite. Even my words utterly fail at describing just how complex this beer is, except they just did right now. Even better, the depth is delicate and perfectly balanced instead of scattershot.

It's every bit as complex as the aroma indicated. Some intense fruity notes open it up - lighter and stone fruits hit immediately (apples, pears, peaches, apricots), which then trail off into dark fruits around the middle (plums, raisins, figs). A heavy malt presence also fills out the mid-taste with some pumpernickel bread, candied sugar, salted caramel, and toffee. It ends with a one-two punch of light tobacco and a bit of booze. This is a fresher bottle than the one I initially reviewed - as such, both the hops and the alcohol are more assertive here. Nor is it as perfectly integrated as said older bottle. It's still wonderfully balanced considering how intense everything is.

The mouthfeel is very well carbonated, helping to fill the mouth with a dense chewiness. Despite the big feel, and the malty sweetness, it's almost as dry as a 6% Belgian blonde. That's the masterstroke of this beer. There's enough carbonation and enough hoppiness to cleanse the palate beautifully.

In my head, when Motorhead wrote "The King of Kings", they wrote it for this beer instead of Triple H. Make no mistake, this beer is a damn near 5/5 with a little bit of age on it.

4.56/5: Amazing fresh, yet there's even more room for improvement aged

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Photo of South2NW
4.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BowmanR
4.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kingcurio
4.56/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of rudylaw
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It pours like an autumn day with a big fluffy, tan head.

Smells of grape wine. Very nice indeed! There's a hint of caramel and maple creme here too.

It has a nice chocolaty taste to it... then I get a little of that wine in the aftertaste.

This is an extremely drinkable beer. As you would expect, the carbonation helps with this as well.

At $7/bottle, you expect the moon and receive the galaxy. This is eons better than the 8 which is one of my favorites.

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Photo of watermelonman
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pouring to a very dark brown, this one had a nice big head that shrank to a thin layer but never disappeared. There's a few lines of lace.

The smell is deep and full of dark fruits. Dark malts dominate the front of the taste, and are taken over by fruits and eventually hops. The mouthfeel is solid but incredibly smooth and creamy. Drinkability is very good.

Fantastic stuff here.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Geeez, this is the real deal right here!

11.2 oz bottle poured into an over-size wine goblet.

Dark reddish/ brown color, 2" thick mocha head dissipated to a thin but constant frothy layer with a circular "eye" of deeper brownish color directly in the middle of the glass.

Smells of Honey-like-malt sweetness, apricots, barley, some floral hints and cherry.

Taste: Wow, first hit is heavenly. Gives a nice honey sweetness and earthy-green and floral hop bite and a fruitieness, including: apricot and cherries. that is all seemingly well balanced with one another. Alcohol is slightly hot but warming in the taste. Starts sweet,malty and fruity, ending tart and bitter with complex yeast flavor profile.

Feels freakin' smooth yet very heady. Active and lively. Seems to simply evaporate on the tongue,a dancing light body, light feel...NOT light in flavor or any other aspect.

11.3 % ABV. Keeps this limited to only a few in one sitting but doesn't stop you from craving another...deceptive in it's ways.

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Photo of diamondlie
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of uberabr
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very dark brown with mild head that leaves good lace. Carbonation is exquisite.

S: Very strong in the nose. Crisp green apples and a nice sugary malt with hints of orange peel and cinnamon. Plum, apricot and fig linger. Very pleasant.

T: A tart bite followed by a nice sugary sweetness. Raisins and brown sugar. Tastes lighter than it looks. The alcohol is definitely noticeable and is complemented quite well between the tart fruit and sweet malt.

M: Just about perfect for me. Light and sufficiently full with a crisp but bubbly, champagne effect. Very nice.

D: This is a very drinkable Belgian. You can definitely taste and feel the alcohol but for such a high ABV the “quaffability” is superb. I could easily down a bomber of this beer on my own over a meal. It’s so light and sweet. Really a pleasure. A little pricey, but probably worth having again for a special occasion.

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Photo of abar22
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 11-22-09 notes.
Tasted in a Dogfish Head Signature Glass.
Rochefort 10 poured a dark brown that was lighter and muddy when held to the light. A one finger off-white head was the result of slow decanting. You can make a beast of a head if you so choose on this or damn near any belgian. The head left no lacing and settled into a thin, island cap.
In the nose the standout was dark grapes. Raisins were there as well along with a hint of alcohol and the ever present belgian yeast.
The initial sensation from the first sip comes by way of excellent carbonation. It assaults the palate and weakens its defences for what's to come. After that intial shock there is a familiar spicy, peppery note that gives way to a raisiny body. The finish brings the dark fruits from the nose back into play and also brings back some more peppery goodness. That along with the dry finish leaves the palate in awe of what it has experienced. Alcohol peaks its head in, in the finish, and continues to warm afterwards. There is depth here that I'm not equipped enough to hit on yet but it's enough for me to give this a perfect score on taste. Until I get my hands on Westy this is the standard by which all Quads will be judged.
Medium bodied, strongly carbonated, palate wrecking. Beautiful.
This is as drinkable as I would imagine an 11%+ beer to get. I could get in trouble quick with this one if my wallet would allow it. A beautiful beer that sets the tone for all Quads to measure up to.

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Photo of generalnotsew
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: One of the best Quads I have seen. Huge 3 finger frothy slightly tanned head. Head is still there 10 minutes after pouring. This beer is quite dark. Almost black with a deep brownish hue and thick sticky lacing.

S: Smells strongly of sweet plum, fig and raisins. Also picking up some dried apricot and other candied dried fruit. I am a smoker so I usually don't pick so much in the nose but this is so intense it is impossible not to.

T: Actually getting a tad bit of hops upfront while sweet sugary notes ring out on the backend. Plum and apricot are prominent here. Quite stellar.

M: Pretty much spot on. Just perhaps a tad too warming on the throat.

D: I do like a good Belgian but alas most are too sweet for me to want to drink lots of. It eventually gets to you.

I am always torn whether I prefer the Dubbel or the Quad. Drinking this will make me prefer the Quad all the time. This is an exceptional beer. There is a reason why you will never find a better Belgian outside of Belgium.

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Photo of elvisnj
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a Sam Smith's beer glass.

Nice dark looking beer with a great head. Nose is definitely classic Belgian yeast smell. Love that smell. Taste is a bit sweet with some great fruity esters. I get raisins, plum and figs. Its difficult to relay the rush of flavors because its much more complex than just that. Slight bitterness on the back end. Slight viscous mouth feel but very pleasant. Slightest hint of alcohol that is pleasantly warming. It may have also been phenols at the end as well.

Just a great Belgian Quad from a master brewery.

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Photo of andrewh995
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L: Dark mahogany with a 2.5 finger head (even with a very gentle pour) consisting of large bubbles.
S: Wine, dark fruits, and a hint of alcohol
T: The alcohol is definitely apparent but not at all in a bad way. Wine, dark fruits, some sweet notes, and finishes very dry with little after taste if any
F: Oh man is this smooth. The feel is essentially perfect for me. A very high alcohol beer going down like nothing. The carbonation feels great as well. Even though the alcohol is apparent in the flavor, it's barely noticeable in feel.
O: This is my first Belgian Quad and I fell in love. I love wine and this very much reminds me of it. I have nothing to compare it too since I've never had a Quad before, but I can vouch for it being an incredible brew.

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Photo of Tdizzle
4.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Hi-Time in Costa Mesa. Bottle code: 290812

A- Poured into a Chimay chalice, this beer pours an opaque, dark reddish-brown color with a dirty white head that settles to a thick layer. The head sticks around for the duration of the beer, leaving barely any lacing on the glass, which was surprising.

S- The aroma is full of malty sweetness that's supported by dark fruits, spicy Belgian yeast, maple syrup, burnt carmel, and substantial alcohol.

T- Sweet flavors of dark fruits and sugary malts abound with a fruity, yeasty finish. The alcohol is noticeable in the taste, and there is a slight burn as this goes down.

M- A medium-bodied feel with mild carbonation.

D- For 11.3% ABV, this is very drinkable; but the sweetness of the taste and the high ABV makes this a beer that is best enjoyed slowly, sip by sip.

One of my favorite Belgian beers thus far. Highly recommended.

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Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
Beer rating: 96.5% out of 100 with 9,268 ratings
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