Trappistes Rochefort 10 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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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 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 Magister_Beav
1.24/5  rDev -72.3%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I was very excited to try this. I had heard that this was fantastic. It poured well, is nice and dark screaming I have lots of flavor.

It certainly does have lots of flavor. Horrible rotten flavor. Did they brew this beer using fruit harvested from the bottom of a pigs trough? I can't even finish the bottle.

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Photo of ianranderson
1.24/5  rDev -72.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Had been looking forward to trying this beer for a while now. Boy was I disappointed. I honestly cannot think of one redeeming quality about this beer. It started off well. The appearance was a very nice copper color. The smell was awful. It smelled like rotten fruit and upon drinking it did not get any better. Very bitter and sour tasting. Not pleasant at all. By far the most disappointing beer I have ever had. I am hoping that I just had a bad bottle but after talking with others it seems that this is the norm now for Rochefort.

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Photo of Spica66
1.7/5  rDev -62%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Fr. Ian and I decided that since I had obtained a Westy 12 from megriggs in Germany, why not buy a St. Bernardus Abt 12 and this one to see what the #1, 6 and 11 beers in the world and the #1, 2, and 3 Quads were all about.

We started with this one.

Served at 55 degrees into tulip glasses.

A: Very strong pop of the top. Dirty brown color, yeasty, cloudy. Decent head formation and retention, but not pleasant to look at due to the cloud of yeast in the beer that does not seem to want to settle out.

S: Funky. It is the least complex and most yeast-funk smell I have ever come across.

T: Horrible. Doesn't really even taste like beer. It is as if someone siphoned off the yeast cake and put in into flat cola and bottled it.

M: The good level of carbonation keeps this from being a slime on your tongue.

D: I had to force Fr. Ian to finish his.

I would not take another of these if you gave it to me. Biggest waste of $7 ever. I sure hope the other two work out better...

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Photo of Bouleboubier
1.87/5  rDev -58.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

(bottle best by: 13 08 2018)

A: pretty damn opaque and dark - reddish-brown? can't tell... huge head on the pour into a balloon glass, open-sponge structure, tan-hued, crackly.... fair bit of yeast made it into the glass

S: bright, clean, flowery alcohol aromatics - also spicy in a ginger and nutmeg-sort of way.... sort of a faint brown sugar undertone.... really no rich, deep aromas that penetrate the sinuses - just this dead, flat, unappealing moldy citrus peel thing going on

T: is this another damn infected bottle?! just had this happen with the 8... this is awful - super phenolic-spicy and tart and sickly acidic.... obfuscating any and all malt character... burnt, ashy campfire twigs...

M: drying, desiccating, thin and lifeless

O: I'm really gonna have a hard time recommending this beer to customers until I get a decent bottle again... kinda sucks at this price point... what the hell is going on here?! I know it's not supposed to taste like this...

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Photo of ajzbedo73
2.06/5  rDev -53.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle into over sized wine glass

A: Poured a deep amber and murky with very little head, with sediments floating in the foam (what head there was).

S: Had a strong grape smell to me. More like a low end merlot. Not what I was expecting at all. Don't get me wrong, I love a good wine (Napa Valley is on my bucket list), just not when I want a great beer.

T: Very malty, but not good malty. Reminds me of the Mickey's I drank when I was a teen. I don't get anything from this but alcohol and Mickey's. I'm trying, just nothing else there. Best sip was the last, the sediments did give a sweet taste.

M: As underwhelming as the smell and taste. Chewy, but a lingering foam. Foam like toothpaste with peroxide in it. It just doesn't go away. Has an alcohol burn going down. Definitely not pleasant.

D: I was very excited to try this beer, and left extremely disappointed. Maybe I need to try another bottle sometime. I don't know. Maybe I'm missing something here. But if I wanted Mickey's, I'd buy Mickey's for less than this one bottle. I would not recommend. I wanted to like it, just wasn't possible.

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Photo of krunchie
2.12/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Really I don't get the fuzz about this beer. It really isn't the 15th best beer on planet earth...

Served in a Chimay glass at 11.1C (52F).
A: First off i noticed the giant yeast cake on the bottom of the bottle. I poured carefully, hoping it wouldn't come loose and get into the glass, but it came loose immediately and voilá: I had a glass of expensive beer with yeast globs swirling around in it. I waited for it to settle, as much as possible that is, and reviewed the appearance before I tasted it.

It's a thick, dark-red-brown to tar colored liquid with a slightly beige head. The head is quite thick and creamy and makes it look pretty good. Nice head retention and nice CO2 level.

S: Dark malts and dark sugars. Quite spicy: I got some cardamom and cinnamon for sure. Molasses. Quite fruity, but more like old fruit, like the smell of an apple that's turned brown of age. Some estery yeast smell, but not too much. I also got a slight vegetal, funky smell that reminded me of the smell of trub that's been in the brew kettle for a while after the wort's been transferred. Being a homebrewer I know that smell...and I don't like that smell in beer.
Good potential but it's not worth more than a 2. Once again, this beer is very highly rated so most people would probably not agree with me, but it's what I think and that's the score I'd give any other beer if it had these properties.

T: Very intensive. Dark, high cocoa-percentage chocolate, some hop bitterness, plums and spicy, almost chili-like flavors and aromas that make this beer quite hot. And the alcohol is not very bitter, but it tastes like vodka. You know that spicy, hot taste of pure vodka - well, it's there! A bit resiny too and some burnt sugar.

M: Creamy and full, nice CO2 but my overall feeling about this brew makes me want to give it no more than a 3.

D: The vodka-like alcohol tones, the trub-like aroma and the unpleasant bitterness that struck me in the back of the mouth and quite hard on the palate makes it very hard to drink.

It's not like other trappists, even the other Rocheforts which I like, that just takes a long time to drink because they are so full-bodied and instensive with their rich flavors.
This beer takes a long time to drink because it just isn't good. It's no good and I don't recommend it....and I NEVER thought I'd say that about a trappist beer! But there you go. And I deeply and sincerely mean it. Go buy the 8 instead if you like trappists, it's MUCH better!

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Photo of aasher
2.22/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer poured the darkest of browns with a two finger light khaki head. The aromas are of plum, yeast bread, and ALOT of alcohol. It also has this slightly off, sour tinge to it. Meh. It's very bready and gives off a lot of dark fruits. Of course, a little too much alcohol. This makes me crave a St. Bernardus 12 Abt. It drinks ok, and that's about it. It's still crisp and goes down smoothly but isn't very drinkable. This beer features far too much alcohol. This was infinitely better the first time I had it. This bottle let me down. Rochefort is 0-2 on the evening.

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Photo of Rainier
2.22/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

I'm pretty sure I got a really bad batch of this beer. The appearance looked great IMO. It looked pretty dark, had about a 2 finger head. However, the taste and mouthfeel was waaay off for me. It literally tasted like vomit and I could taste the alcohol. I hope the bottle I had was a bad batch. It had a lot of sediments in it as well.

Used a duvel tulip glass to drink this.
Bought from Bevmo. It was pretty pricey too...

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.34/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: An opaque brown with reddish highlights when held to the light. A nice light tan-colored head that pours 1 finger high and recedes slowly into a significant film on the top, leaving some lacing behind.

S: Sour apples, raisins, figs, and cocoa. A very noticeable alcohol nose that is reminiscent of the aroma of cheap spirits in plastic bottles.

T: The initial taste is dominated by sour apples, figs, raisins. Chocolate comes in the mid-taste. The finish is all alcohol burn, reminding me of bottom-shelf vodka. Normally, I consider how well-hidden the ABV is to factor into the mouthfeel, but it's so prevalent and strong here that I can't even enjoy the flavors.

M: Full-bodied with active and energetic carbonation -- too carbonated, even for the style. It seems to attack the mouth instead of blending with the flavor.

D: A very good flavor, but the alcohol smell and taste are an absolute deal-breaker. There are similarly complex brews that do a better job of masking the burn. I will try the Rochefort 8, but I have no intention of purchasing the 10 again. A very undrinkable brew.

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Photo of dfranks
2.46/5  rDev -45%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Well I sure hope that I dont get stoned for this one...I did not like this beer at all. I honestly think it was the very high alcohol in this but not really sure. I will admit this is the first quad I have ever bought so maybe its just not my style but couldnt even finish this. Even after paying $6 for this bottle!!

Poured into glass and noticed bits floating around (this is normal though for this beer) the dark brown beer with a really nice head. I really thought it looked great in the glass and was really excited to try. Go in for it and noticed a pretty decent smell. My smile quickly turns into a frown. My first taste wasnt bad (although not good) and could really notice the alcohol/wine taste which was nice but as this beer started to warm a little I just couldn't continue. Drank about 1/2 and just had to quit. Not enjoyable at all.

Im sure if you are someone who enjoy quad beers than this would be good but just not for me.

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Photo of corywalston
2.62/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A. Slightly aggressive poor 1½ inch tan head that dissipates to ½ and retains stability. Color is grayish brown look a little like gutter water.
S. Immediately get hit with a wall of alcohol. Smells like an amber ale, no hidden notes.
T. Taste alot like a tall can of Steel Reserve 211 malt liquor with liquorish candy.
M. Syrup
O. The alcohol taste in this beer is off putting for only 11.3%. This beer has little taste. Not worth the money.

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Photo of vkv822
2.64/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

11.2oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours a very dark brown. When held to the light has lighter brown edges and a haziness becomes apparent. Has a foamy tan head of about a quarter inch that has great retention.

The nose is sweet with dark sugars, tart apple, and a yeast backing. Faint alcohol in the backing.

The taste is of brown sugar, dark fruit and light yeast phenol. There are also some tart apple notes in the finish as well as an alcohol burn.

The mouthfeel is full bodied with low, yet prickly carbonation.

It has some nice qualities, but the ABV is not well integrated and by the end of the glass is incredibly dominant, I just wasn't impressed overall.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
2.64/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz bottle.

Appearance: Deep reddish brown with perfect head.

Smell: Sweet esters and fruits.

Taste: Completely overpowering sweetness, kind of sickly to me. I know this is supposed to be top-shelf, but I honestly cannot stand the flavor. Reminds me somewhat of medicine.

Notes: This is a highly rated beer that many other people evidently appreciate more than me. I guess it just comes down to personal taste...

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
2.67/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Poured nicely until the yeast splooged into the glass. I thought I was pouring the beer better then that. It was a bit of a turn off to the beer. Head is very loose and that of a typical Belgian beer.

S- The smell is fruity with a strong smell of alcohol.

T- The taste was less fruity and more like cured meat. Strong taste of soy sauce and almost salty. I am getting a small hint of dates, and grapes. But very small.

M- Fizzy and very carbonated in the mouth and going down.

D- This is one that I'm not going to buy again. Perhaps I just got a crappy one, or it went bad. Drank right after purchase. I'm not one to pour a beer down the drain, but it is tempting. Then again I'm not one to waste beer, good or bad. I did prefer the Rochefort 8 more. This beer seems very one dimensional. I know I'm rating this beer pretty low, but I've had lots better quads then this.

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Photo of grey_wolfe
2.75/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I have had very mixed experiences with this beer. The first time was amazing, I ordered it online and it tasted super good (this was the first thing I had ever ate or drank that did the whole "oh a different taste" on every sip) that being said the next time I had it I got it from a place in Eugene Oregon called The Bier Stein and it was foul, it tasted like rubbing alcohol even on the second bottle I tryed that night which I let warm up a bit as the place sold it very cold. The following time was in Public House in the Venetian in Las Vegas, it was like the first changing. I tryed the Bier Stein again (stupidly expecting a different result) and it tasted like cold rubbing alcohol again. The fifth and current time I am trying it the beer I got it from a place in Portland Oregon called Belmont Station and it tasted kinda like malt mixed into rubbing alcohol. So drinker beware I have found this beer both life changing and undrinkable

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Photo of mulder1010
2.76/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

served in a Rochefort goblet.

A-- dark, dark brown with a tan head. Head was 1 inch and quickly faded. Good amount of carbonation with the beer. Was amazed by how dark the beer was. Made me salivate in excitement.

S-- Burnt sugar, figs, vanilla, and alcohol. Lots of alcohol. The more it warmed the more apparent the alcohol became.

T-- candied sugar and alcohol. Well carbonated but I said several times in lunch that this was so not what I expected and was just tasting the alcohol

M-- Overly sweet and too much alcohol. There was such a burn with this it was just hard to drink. The warmer it got th worse the burn was. Too heavy for me I think.

D-- One was enough.

I will be honest as I have sat on these notes for 3 weeks now. I feel guilty for even writing this. So many good reviews and I just flat out was unhappy with this beer. ABV was too high for me I think. I will try the 8 and try this again. It may not be a beer that just suits me and that I get. I got too much alcohol and it was a total turn off to me.

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Photo of TheEclecticGent
2.85/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This Quad has a thick cloudy brown color with a heavy thick even light brown head. The smell is rich with fermented fruit. The taste is lighter than expected. It has an ethereal aftertaste and a warming effect probably due to the high alcohol content. A bit nutty but far more sterile than I would have hoped for in a “good” Belgium beer. It has all the tags to be a great beer but it lacks a full flavor. Perhaps the 6 or the 8 will have a more intact flavor. Seems, overly fermented?

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Photo of waughbrew
2.95/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Reddish light brown with a very light brown head that lasts for a short bit. No lace. Smells of caramel rum raisin alcohol, nutmeg, and a hint of smoke. Flavor is sweet rum raisin in oak, cloyingly sugary. Rumminess is annoying. Finish really disappoints. Where are those beautiful yeasts? Oh that's right, they are covered up by the rum candy sweetness. Cough-syrupesque by the end. Feel is a little chalky and thicker than expected, but good. Finish is way too sweet and boring for me. I did not even want to finish the 11.2 ounce bottle.

A real disappointment for me. Where is the complexity? Just because it has alcohol doesn't mean it is good. No hops, and not all that much yeast character. I don't understand this beer.

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Photo of Sixpack595
2.95/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

What a dissapointment. Medicinal, sour and bitter. I really don't see what all the hype is about. I hope this was just a bad bottle, but at 7 bones a pop I won't be giving it a retry any time soon. It looked nice, it smelled nice, but it tasted like cough medicine served in an ashtray after you just brushed your teeth. The beer did get better as it warmed, and the alcohol did make it a bit more palatable, but all in all I think it was a bad beer. After trying all the great Unibroue beers this one fell far short.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.95/5  rDev -34%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Mahogany with a two finger head. Lacing clings all over the glass. Gorgeous!

S - Figs, dates, a plethora of floral notes. It is almost offensive. Like spraying perfume up your nose. Definitely too fragrant, there are too many pleasant odors smashed together, not much is decernable. It is intensely sweet smelling.

T - Fruity, plums, dates and yellow raisins, accompany a bit of allspice and a potent sugar. The aftertaste is at first very sweet, I can see how others might like this, but I didn't. Then is is a slight bitter, but a bouquet of flavor continuously strikes long after you drink. It's neat at parts, but odd at others.

M - Thick, froths up in your mouth a lot. Fairly refreshing, but not in the sense that it washes things down. It leaves a residue.

D - For a quad, this is pretty drinkable. It still is a bit of a struggle to finish it. It is a good beer that many would like, a good beer that I won't soon buy again.

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Photo of spdyfire83
2.96/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

128th Review
Bottle to Westvletren 12 (small) chalice

From notes. This was beer #2 that was enjoyed as part of a blind Quad tasting - to warm our palates before the real tasting - in Utrecht (December 2011). Thanks Jeffo and doopiedoopiedoo for the hospitality!

A: Deep tint of brown. 0.5 (mocha) fingernail head on Jeffo's pour - I was being honest.

S: Currants, caramelized brown sugar, toffee, coffee, and plums. Hint of sour funk though which was weird.

T: Taste a bit better than it smells, but still seems a bit off.

M: Medium-full bodied with soft carbonation.

O: This was my least favorite of the five being poured, but I think the bottle may have been off. We had a lengthy discussion about this, but I don't really remember what the conclusion was. I'll come back to it again at some point in the future and probably re-review it just for kicks.

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Photo of pinkano
3/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - very dark red with brown
S - kind of peppery and bitter with some figs on the beginning
T - alcohol is not hidden very well to the body and the bitternes is kind of obtrusive. Sweet end on the tongue.
M - lower carbonation that I expected from this beer
D - not so much drinkable at all, but outstanding on 11,3%

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Photo of ElCommodoro
3/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a surprisingly DARK hazy brown. I mean DARK. I didn't know a quad could look like this. Smell is typical yeasty smell of Belgian beers with a maltier tone.
The TASTE was a punch in the face. I was not expecting this. It was a punch in the face of dark, rotting fruits. ALL of them! It was a punch in the face of yeast. It had a MUCH maltier backbone than I was expecting. This stuff is like Belgian beer extract. The only thing it WASN'T a punch in the face of, sadly, was alcohol. The bite is a lot less subdued than in most quads I've tried. Well hidden under layer upon layer of dark, fruity flavours and thick essence of malted barley. I like flavourful beers, but this is maybe too much for me. It's so sweet, and with such, a full body, and so much yeast. I mean, this is an interesting experience, but for the price tag, I definitely can't go back for this again. It may be considered an ancient standard of the style, but this is crazy with the flavours. Under some rotting apricot flavour, I just got a whiff of some coriander, cinnamon and maybe anise. To add to my overwhelming experience. I'm not sure what to do about this insane concoction. I know it's a classic, but it's so intense that it's hard to get through my 11 ounces, even. If you want something that took more ingredients in one bottle than American beers put in a keg, try this out. It will blow your mind.

What really put me over the edge, though, was too much of a brown sugar/molasses type flavour. I like sweet beers, but that brown sugary flavour is just cloying.

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Photo of tykechandler
3/5  rDev -32.9%

maybe i just had a bad/old bottle, but this was entirely too boozy to be very enjoyable. tasted like rum. i certainly want to revisit, as it had been a while since i had one, and this is not how i remembered it tasting. so take this review with a grain of salt.

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