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Trappistes Rochefort 10 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#98
Reviews:
2,895
Ratings:
9,350
pDev:
9.56%
Bros Score:
4.4
 
 
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Photo of DHarv
4.57/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ScottyTheBeerGuy
4.57/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EatsTacos
4.57/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chocolate brown with a creamy, thin head. Not a lot of lacing.

The aroma is a rich blend of spices with a chocolately malt. Fruits like banana, apple, pear, and dried apricots, raisins.

The flavour of this beer is the real spotlight. The alcohol is very well hidden, the most of any quad I've tasted. Much more fruity and less of a roasted/burnt flavour than a Westy or St. Bernardus. Complexity comes with the spicey character. Like baked banana bread, spicey gingerbread cookies. Chocolate. Expresso even. Bitter and dry in the finish.

Clean and sharp carbonation, with a medium body.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.57/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled 05/18/11.

Emptied (minus the decanted waste) the bottle into the goblet so gently and sacrificed the head... damn. The sliver there was has fallen and is now not. Deep purple-brown in color with some translucency.

Cocoa powder, plum, fig, medicinal phenols, bing cherry pits, orange pulp, light booze, pie crust, toffee, and pinot. One of the most complex noses on a beer that you will ever come across.

Figgy and roasty with delightful dark fruit notes of grape, black cherry, plum, candied orange, and nectarine. Malty and rich with fanciful swatches of dusted cocoa, pumpernickel, and oozey pecan pie filling. Rusty booze prickles the tongue. A far-from-balancing, but appreciated, dose of bitterness in the middle-to-end with a faint kiss of hops. Medicinal flavors shadowingly twist and contort into a more herbal finish. Godly good.

Medium-to-full body with a lot of carbonation. Booze is right where it should be for a royal sipper. Lively action on the tongue and warming comfort in the gut.

The 'War and Peace' of beers. A quad that only has competitors; which is to say, Rochefort 10 is in the upper-eschelon of all beers. Looking back on eight years of enjoying great beer, this was definitely my first quad and one of my first loves. I, and probably you as well, do NOT buy this beer enough, or as often. Overall, perfect.

***

Rochefort 10. Best by April 14, 2015. 2010 vintage. Poured into its Rochefort goblet.
Nice hiss crack. Pours a burgundy color with dark red hues in the light. The head remained somewhat diminutive to what I normally remember, but it still crowned for minutes before reducing to a thick ring and a large organic foam island on the surface. 4

Hugely vinous aroma with rich raisin and dried date notes. The usual semi-bitter clove phenols have been tamed. Mega fruitiness with a Merlot grape, prune, and plum intensity. Still has that brown bread maltiness, but somewhat sweetened and caramelized. 4.75

Amazing four-year Rochefort quad. Rich, stewed grape, winey flavors with dark bready malts, transformed candi sugar, plum, prune, raisin, red grape, and a mild phenolic note. Mildly tannic with the only bitterness that's left behind. Aged gracefully well. Superb. Out of this world. So rich and full. The body is a soupy dream. Mega full with that sparse carbonated chew diffused within. 4.75, 4.75, 4.75

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Photo of jdoolin
4.57/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 33cL bottle, poured into a chalice

Appearance: very dark brown with a medium frothy, light tan head

Aroma: Very pleasant. Molasses, plum, fruity... and alcohol.

Taste: Wonderful flavor. Dark fruits, caramelized sugar, molasses... and alcohol. There is a definite alcohol presence that warms the back of the throat and prominent in the flavor. Silky smooth, heavy mouthfeel.

Notes: An outstanding beer. Great aroma and flavor, but the alcohol shows its presence a bit much compared to other quadrupels. But still, a wonderful beer that I will return to regularly. It paired excellently with a triple creme Brie.

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Photo of Act25
4.57/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The best Rochefort by far. What I have been waiting for!

Amazing beer. As good as any wine. in my top 10.

Maybe one of the best beers ever made. up there with St. Bernardus Abt. 12.

A: The murky brown liquid pours with a turbulent smokey, rusty pour. A gravity defying, airy, tan head shows peppering of yeast, spice and sediment. The beer takes a very long time to settle with a half-inch head and lace specked with sediment.

S: Syrupy candy sweetness with fruitiness, spiciness, smokiness,and with a chocolate, tarry, treacle, brandy complexity.

T: Follows smell. Malty richness of dark sugars, caramels, and toffee melded with charred, toasty, chocolatey flavors. Fruitiness of a fall orchard of berries, grapes, dates, figs, plumbs, and apples - all slightly overripe and raisening. Next barrel aged woods with tang and autumnal, churchy mustiness.

F: Bold, full feel. The powder-sugar textures develop into a well-rounded beverage. Full, succulent textures balance the acidic fall fruit notes. Finishes with a dry, airy finish.

"A magical beer that defies modern brewing logic." as one reviewer wrote. A top 10!

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Photo of cratez
4.57/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle at Chancey Smith's.

Pours a dark ruby brown with a creamy tan head that subsides to thin ring of fizz. Strands of lacing cling to the goblet.

Smell and taste are a beautiful symmetry of vinous, port-like aromas, fruity Belgian yeast, blueberries, pie crust, plum, toffee candy, chocolate liqueur, currants, and an elegant, red grape sweetness with plenty of warmth going down.

Mouthfeel is rich, full-bodied, syrupy, somewhat sugary (but not overly so), delicate spiciness, sticky and powdery dryness to finish. Soothing.

Overall, Rochefort 10 is a gorgeous Trappist ale that compares to the best of them, including Westy 12. It's packed with complex flavours and literally glides across the tongue while drinking. Don't let the wider distribution fool you: this is a world class beer that's well worth the money. An exemplary quadrupel.

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Photo of Ryno3031
4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kaiyote
4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tmappin
4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fullmetal1381
4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark amber, with a thick, pillowy tan head that took ages to recede, despite the high alcohol presence.

Smell: Apples. Call me crazy, but I smell apples here, kinda reminiscent of Delirium Nocturnum. Faint rum raisin undertones. Wisp-like traces of V8.

Taste: Oh. My. Goodness. Sweet enough to make your dentist slap you. Malty as heck; you might be tempted to market this as a health food supplement. This is a clinic on how to hide high ABV; be warned, it's as easy to drink as table beer. Nice brandy-soaked fruit finish.

Mouthfeel: Docking it a bit because it's not creamy as some reviews have said it is, yet keeping it high because it's still really darn good. Think Remy Martin.

Overall: You're still reading? Get this beer!

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Photo of al_al1357
4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of philbe311
4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A little over two years as a BA, and I have reached my 500th review and I couldn't think of a better beer for the ocassion...

A - Three fingers of light cocoa head quickly retreats in an intriguing and hipnotysing fashion leaving a full frothy creamy lacing with a couple of large chunky bubbles mixed in... Deep murky mahogony brown color mixed with aubergine... A wee bit of light leaks in through the top of the glass when held up to the light... A slight film and some lacing coats the glass...

S - Loaded with sweet dark fruits... Plums... Raisins... Figs... Hints of cherries and raspberries... A touch a vanilla... Just the most sublte hint of booziness and spice...

T - Plums, raisins, and figs abound... Vanilla... A sublte touch of spice... A touch of alcoholic warmth on the finish...

M - Uber smooth... Rich and creamy, and still remarkably light... Just a slight kiss of gentle carbonation...

D - Definately a world class offering... Sophisticated... Stellar all the way around... Insanely drinkable considering the 11.3% ABV...

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Photo of Brolo75
4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle poured into a Belgian tulip

A: Dark brown, with an off white creamy head, lots of tiny bubbles in the head, some carbonation streaming off the bottom, some minor lacing.

A: Dark fruits, raisins, figs, yeasty aromas, it's a big Belgian yeast bomb, slight alcohol on the nose, malts definitely come through, smells really big.

T: Toffee sweetness, dark fruits, Belgian yeast, malts, nice slight caramel sweetness on the back end, very complex, some heat, but for 11.3% very drinkable, world class flavor.

M: Nice medium mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O: Very impressed, very complex, changes as it warms, very drinkable. I avoided imports especially Belgian beers because I think there are great beers made in America, but, there is something special about Belgian beers, and in my humility, I must admit that this is a world class beer, a must try if you want to taste something outside your comfort zone.

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Photo of vandemonian
4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rochefort 10 is a magnificent beer: delcious and very drinkable. One of the worlds best. Good work Brasserie de Rochefort!

A: Very dark brown colour and huge 2 cm head that lasts a long time. This is an amazing looking beer, especially considering the ABV. 5

S: The smell is very yeasty with hints of toasty caramel. There is the tinciest hint of funkiness, like slightly rancid butter. 4.0

T: Taste is sweet with notes of raisins. The the roasty malt flavour is always present. The finish is buttery with a hint of alcohol. This is a delicious and surprisingly subtle beer. 4.5

M: Foamy and surprising light. 5

O: This is an amazing beer: delicious and very drinkable. 5

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Photo of Preismj
4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: dark murky brown/plum color with an offwhite head. Fluff retreats quickly and leaves moderate lacing. looks syrupy

s: roasted hazelnut, fig, plum, dates raisins...dark sweet fruit in general. Hints of roasted malts, but sweet nutty roasted malts, creep in at the end. sugary creamy smell reminiscent of toasted marshmallow seals the deal. mild booziness.

t: fig, raisin, plum, date. this taste mildly like fig newton. hints of toasted walnut, hazelnut or pecan bring this together nicely with the lovely taste of yeast. mild booziness like the nose. sweeter than expected, but not overly sweet.

m: popping bubbles make for a nice feel. still retains a creamy texture despite the fizz. good thickness to it that coats the mouth well and leaves you just dry enough to be ready for the next sip.

o: very good brew with a wonderful dark fruit taste and sweetness while being perfectly balanced with some of my favorite malty flavors. would get this again, and will definitely be interested to compare this with my westy 12.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark brown with a quickly dissipating tan head. There is a decent amount of carbonation. The smell has notes of alcohol, yeast, caramelized sugar, plums, raisins and anise. The taste is a bit malty and sweet with licorice and plums. The carbonation tingles the tongue and the finish is grassy and slightly bitter. This is a delicious quad.

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Photo of aufie
4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Skippy5403
4.56/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Poulate
4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of spmiller86
4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer lives up to the hype, although the price could have been better... for $6.50 a bottle, this is what I would call a special occasion beer. It pours a nice deep brown, with about a inch to inch an a half beige colored head. First blast of flavor is from the alcohol, and at over 11%, it gives you that almost hot sensation no matter how cold the beer is. Also ,as a side note, I would not suggest serving this beer ice cold. To really get it's nuances, serve it a little warmer around 40-45 degrees. After that there is a taste of caramel and pure heaven. The mouthfeel is very light. I will surely be enjoying this gem again.

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Photo of Tschude
4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jsparrow34
4.56/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of maxcoinage
4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rapax
4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Small off-white head that disappears quickly, leaving very little lacing. Dark copper to reddish brown color.

Smell is dried fruit coupled with caramel sweetness. A little earthy and a german style hop character. Spicy notes that can only be descibed as "Rochefort".

Dark, dried fruit come again in the taste. Sweet for sure, but not overwhelmingly so. A small nutty character and some chocolate. Again the typical and unmistakeable Rochefort taste.

Feels perfect in the mouth. No overcarbonation and despite the sweetness no heavy-weighter.

A true masterpiece. A perfectly balanced beer that stands out with its own truly unique taste.

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Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
Beer rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 9,350 ratings
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