Trappistes Rochefort 10 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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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 The_Kriek_Freak
4.57/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the absolutely best beers I have ever had. Amazing head (and retention), lovely color and aroma but it's the flavor and mouthfeel that are absolutely top notch.

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Photo of BigJarv79
4.57/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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

Pours a deep, dark murky brown with lots of yeasty floaties and a nice beige head. aroma of alcohol, raisins, plums, pears, prunes, and the list goes on. tastes mostly like the smell minus the alcohol is well hidden until the somewhat burn of a swallow. notes of vanilla, flavored malts, and figs also. wonderfully balanced and super smooth. lives up to the hype for sure!!

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Photo of m_hall
4.57/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip. Very dark mahogany brown, topped by one finger's worth of tan head that quickly falls to a thin film in short order. Spotty lacing.

Aroma presents sweet malts, dark fruits, and spicy undertones, and an almost medicinal hit of alcohol.

Flavors come in sweet- toffee, dark fruit (raisin, plum), along with a sharp (but not unpleasant) alcohol tang. Spice flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove follow in soon after. The finish is semi-dry and warming, with lingering peppery-ness and toasted dark bread malt.

Mouth-feel is on the "full" side of medium-bodied, smooth but with tingling accents from the brisk carbonation. The 11.3 % ABV is quite assertive- you'll know you're drinking a BIG beer, here- but it never quite crosses the line into being "hot."

Rochefort 10 is pretty much the exemplar of what a Belgian Quad should be. Big, complex, assertive, and booze-y, with wonderful fruit complexity. The sweet/spicy contrast of the malts and the yeast works beautifully here with the alcohol lending a fortifying warmth. One of the all-time great sipping beers, to be sure.

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

Best before 14 January 2014 (so I guess it's bottled about seven months ago).

A: Pours a dark, mahogany brown liquid. The head is cream coloured, and perhaps two fingers high.

S: Very complex. Dried fruits, candy, burnt sugar, alcohol. Actually it reminds me of Rumtopf.

T: Follows the smell. Sweet, but not overwhelmingly. Also some moderate bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: Nice. Quite a lot of CO2 (trappistes usually have) and not as sticky as Belgian beers could get.

D: Very, but I am going to put a couple of bottles in the celler. They should probably develop even more complexity.

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

12 oz bottle, poured into a wide bubble chalice glass. Dark ruby-tinted brown color, with a small initial head that fades fast. Dark fruits and a huge bouquet of malt dominates the nose, with notes of toasty caramel. Much more malty than many abbey styles, this has big roasted, dark-chocolate flavors, with lighty spicy bitterness and a noticible alcoholic pepperiness. Finish is lingeringly bitter, but as much from roasty malt as hoppy bitterness. Substantial body, with a luscious, creamy mouthfeel.


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Photo of Knapp85
4.57/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured out as a deep mahogany color with some red highlights in it. The head rises and falls rather quickly. The lacing a minimal but does have just a little that sticks to the glass. The smell is great in this beer, aromas of sweet dark fruits and some Belgian yeast. The taste is mostly the same but brings along a touch of spice in the finish. The mouthfeel is really nice, smooth, rich and creamy. Overall this beer is a gem. I'm looking very forward to having my next bottle.

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4.57/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very dark brown with about a fingers worth of tan head.

S: Alcohol right away, then moves to dark fruit, raisins, plums, ripe banana. Very inviting. I've found this needs to be around 60 degrees to really open up.

T: As with the smell let it warm up to around 60. Man, what a taste. Dark fruit, just like the smell. This beer has many layers that you can slowly dissect
M: Smooth and almost no sign of the 11% alcohol!

D:great beer, no doubt. I use this beer as a treat to myself!

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Photo of mattboyer182
4.57/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had it third after the 6 and 8

A - Dark brown and a thin head that dissipates rather fast.

S - Great smell. Dark fruits such as raisins and plums maybe.

T - Rich, malty taste up front. Fruits very noticeable. Nice lingering sweetness.

M - Quite a bit of carbonation.

O - Good over all. Just need to swirl it around a bit to release a little air.

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

Poured from 33cl bottle(best by 08/09) a cloudy dark brown with a large head of foam that dissipated slowly leaving just a fine layer with lots of lacing.

The smell is all sweet and fruity and yeasty with strong notes of plum. A very nice nose indeed.

The taste is very sweet up front; I note molasses & fig(?) with just a touch of the plum that I noted in the smell and no yeasty flavour at all. The alcohol is not a factor in the taste but does create a bit of a warming feeling...nothing wrong with that but I know that 1 of these is all that I could handle at 1 sitting. ;^)

Bottom line: I had this brew a couple of years ago and I have to honestly say, I didn't care much for it at the time but now, after expanding my palate's horizons, so to speak, I find this brew a definite winner and certainly a world class product. I thoroughly recommend it!

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

I've been saving this one for a while. Pours a deep ruby color with tints of brown. Very effervescent with a thick white head the remains constant throughout. Lacing is present all the way down the glass. Aroma is very complex with raisin, fig, brown sugar, and cooked fruit. The taste is reflective or aroma, the alcohol is present but not overwhelming it balances the sweet fruit flavors. The flavors linger on my tongue for minutes. A very intense and beautiful beer. The experience is amazing but it is most certainly a sipping beer.

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

This is my first review in a while, figured I would make it something good.

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: At first glance this beer is darker then what I remember Westvleteren looked like. Definitely not opaque, if held up to the light it is red around the edges. There is a small layer of white head, but that fades to a nice lacing.

Smell: Lots of dark fruits, figs, raisins, malty goodness, and a touch of alcohol.

Taste: Lingering taste of figs and plums, with a nice sweetness derived from maltiness of this beer. There is a little more of an alcohol warming effect from this beer then from other trappist quads I have tried in the past, but it is a pleasant warming feeling, more inviting then anything.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation dances on your tongue, which is surprising from a beer that is this high in alcohol. It is still relatively light feeling, but still a sipper for sure.

Overall: I would highly recommend this beer. It's a world class example of the style and I'm sad that I will not be able to find them in Texas anymore. Worth seeking out if you can.

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Photo of GuinNess86
4.57/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Muddy brown color with 1/2" head
that laces the glass and settles
extremely slow.

Smell - Has a strong fruity smell with
raisins and figs.

Taste - A strong sweet taste that stays
with the palate.

Drinkability - Very rich to drink more than one
but a satisfying treat to the taste buds.

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Photo of jnn4v
4.57/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown, mahogany color. Almost milk chocolatey in shade, but not quite opaque enough to describe it that way. Still, a significant haziness prohibits light from filtering through anywhere but the edges of the glass. Very mild head.

S: When served at about 45 degrees, scent was alcohol followed by yeast followed by toasted chocolate malts. Caramel and molasses came out next along with some candied ginger. Very complex and rewarding scent.

T: Sugar, chocolate and fruit malts all rush to the tip of the tongue and swirl around while being quickly escorted down by a strong alcohol burn. At cellar temperature, there is some bitterness on the sides of the tongue toward mid-taste. Even sweeter, smoother and more rewarding as it warms.

M: Shockingly carbonated initial mouthfeel (gave my tongue a brief jolt), especially given the near total lack of head when poured gently. Otherwise, a thinner body than expected, but overall still pleasant.

D: Starts out moderately drinkable, but ends as one of the more drinkable beers on the market.

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

Dark and cloudy. Big, prevalent, consistent head. Smooth with a slight tang and a light alcohol burn. Well rounded, lot of flavor. Glad I picked this one up.

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

Poured from an 11.2 bottle to a duvel tulip glass.

A: very dark with a beautiful creamy head.

S: This is probably the best smelling beer I have ever had. It smells better than most of my favorite wines.

T: This is the best tasting beer I have ever had. period. I am new to the BA and craft beer world, so I don't have a lot of experience, but it is glorious. nicely balance sweet and malty with a well-masked alcohol.

M: A beer that you don't want to swallow right away. feels smooth.

D: Very solid drinkability for it's high alcohol. definitly a sipper and not a session beer by any means, but very good.

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Photo of HippieDave56
4.57/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
Beer rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 9,424 ratings