Trappistes Rochefort 10 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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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 Zach136
4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Beers of Fame Blind Taste Test

A - Darkest of the four quads. Virtually opaque with red tints. Decent head retention with a paler head than the other three.

S - Mostly caramel and dates in the nose.

T -Very, very complex and hard to pick out. A lot of dark dry fruits and brown sugar.

M - Lots of unfermented sugar, very thick and chewy.

O - The winner by a nose, a very great brew and relatively affordable. Would drink again.

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Photo of osidebeerguy
4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mr-jj
4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a chalice from a .33l bottle. Best before 07/05/2019.

Color is dark mahogany and completely opaque. A creamy two-finger foam lingers forever. Lots of semi-sticky lacing. Smell is really complex - lots going on here. There are dark fruits, some banana notes, malty sweetness all blended with some phenols. Flavor is equally complex with malt, lots of fruit and some booze. Body is light/medium, really creamy, lots of carbonation. It's very drinkable for an 11.3 ABV.

Overall, a great example of what a quad can be when everything comes together.

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Photo of bsk295
4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: This beer has a blackish-brown body with red highlights. The head is a creamy texture, ivory in color, and about 1/2 finger. Very little to no lacing, but it's definitely mostly lasting. Visible carbonation.

S: A sugary sweet aroma mixed with dark fruits (raisins) & nuts. Reminds me very much of a port except there is a small hint of Belgian yeast.

T: An amazing and complex flavor of dark fruits (dates, raisins, apricots), candy sugar, and rich creamy malts. No hops are detected and the flavor is very similar to a port which hides the high ABV well.

M: A big and creamy mouthfeel with a silky smooth texture. Medium body (my husband thinks it's med-full) witl light carbonation.

D: LOVE LOVE LOVE this beer. Will definitely be drinking this again!

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Photo of xShoWTeKx
4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Poured from bottle to tulip, color is a dark caramel, and has a large tan head that dissipates very slowly. There is A LOT of sediment idk if it just happened to be my bottle or what?

S: Strong roast and biscuit with a good bit of dried fruit and a little bit of booze.

T: Follows the nose with a strong roast front (not quite coffee like but I can't really put my finger on it), sweet dried fruit, dark candy, and caramel, with a smooth but noticeable alcohol finsih.

M: Full bodied with medium carbonation.

O: An extremely good quad, I will definitely be buying this again.

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Photo of ScoPi
4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Yoann
4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pied from a bottle to a snifter
A - Very dark, very lively with a shiny head
S - Really rich already, toffee malts with spicy hops, strong alcohol scent like whiskey
T - Tastes like a good whiskey, confirms the smell, rich and woody
M - Very well carbonated
O - This is a quality beer, strong but balanced, I highly recommend everyone to taste it!

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Photo of BSiegs
4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Extremely deep reddish brown in color with massive light tan head. Retention is excellent. The aroma is rich sweet malt, raisin, fig, slight alcohol and spice. The taste is incredible. Again, rich maltiness leads the way. Then comes notes of spice, dark fruits, caramel, pepper. The malt and slight spice linger on your tongue at the swallow. The body is medium with a moderate-high carbonation. Smooth and slight alcohol burn on the finish. Absolutely divine.

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Photo of TCHopCraver
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my brother for this kind Birthday gift!

Rochefort 10 appears slightly different out of the bottle than I was expecting. It is kind of a muddy river water dark brown, with deep mahogany and almost greenish hues when held close to light. The head is uniformly dense and dark beige, with tightly packed little bubbles scattered throughout. This head rose to about a finger and a half from a medium pour into my 23 oz. snifter. I cannot see through the body of the beast. Lacing left on the glass is dense and full of arches.

My first thought about the smell (other than a bit of confusion), was that it reminds me of my grandmother's mince meat pie. After a Google search of the ingredients of said pie, this made perfect sense. Certainly, I can smell fig, raisin, plum, and dark cherry, and these dark fruit aromas are supported by spicy smells of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. There is also a little bit of a peppery quality to the aroma, as well as toasty notes. Mainly I am impressed how these fruit and spice qualities meld seamlessly with a phenolic odor. It really is a very pointed and cogent smell that needs to be picked apart a bit to find individual characteristics. A fairly heavy alcoholic heat is also an important quality found in the smell, but it is not overpowering at all and adds to the quality of the bouquet. As the beer warms, the fruit and spice flavors emerge and the phenolic character takes a secondary position. Caramelized and brown sugar smells also come out as the beer comes closer to room temperature. Wow, this is a complex and heavy (think Marty McFly) combination of malt and Belgian yeast.

The flavor immediately break forth onto my palate with an earthy, yeasty, peppery flavor combination that transitions more toward dark fruits and sweet spices as it spends more time in my mouth. This reminds me a lot of a fine liquor... almost like the best rum ever made, but without the stinging alcoholic heat- only a lovely, warming contribution from the alcohol. Notes of caramelized brown sugar are a huge component of the taste and really play well off of the dark fruit flavors. The phenolic quality that I ascertain from the smell is fairly hidden in the flavor, and its place as a role player pushes the overall taste over the top. The finish is really quite sweet and brings the dark fruits, namely fig and raisin, to the forefront. However, more sips reveal that the finish is really a combination of the sweet dark fruits and spices and the reappearance of the the earthy, peppery yeast influence. This taste is extremely nuanced and has more components than I can possibly describe, so I will stop this long-winded rant now.

The mouthfeel is a journey through the nuance of this beer. It starts with a very forward earthy/spicy/semi-sweetness on the tip of my tongue, then disperses like an ocean wave over the rest of my palate as the thick sweetness of the malts kick in. The finish is slightly drying, yet the overpowering sweetness of the middle of the sip mingles with the earthy and peppery characteristics to provide an aftertaste that lingers until the next sip.

This is one amazing beer. The care and craftsmanship that must have gone into this recipe over time boggles my mind. There are so many subtleties that complement one another in a symbiotic manner. All that said, yes, I want this again, but it is not something that I could or would want to drink regularly. I think my brain would explode if I did. Lovely beer.

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Photo of bsp77
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Extremely dark brown with thin, but lasting, cream colored head.

Smell: Loads of figs, raisins and plums, with a strong combination of musty yeast and alcohol.

Taste: Pretty similar to the smell - plum, figs and raisins, with an intoxicating mix of the musty and sweet. Can't really explain why this tastes so damn good.

Feel: Low carbonation, thick chewy body. Very smooth and a little warming.

Drinkability: Wow, an 11% abv beer that is very easy to drink. Just fantastic.

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Photo of Shovelbum
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thin, rapidly receding, white head over dark brown body. Intoxicating aromas of sweet vinous fruit and plums tinged with a strong medicinal alcohol presence. Soft up front with sweet malt and grape flavors. Very complex flavors that are difficult to pull apart and commend individually. There is a mild chocolate flavor, grapes, spiciness and the impossible to miss alcohol. A slight nip of spicy hops at the finish. Smooth and soft throughout with a clean, yet warming finish.

Unlike any beer I’ve tasted before. Big alcohol presence carries a symphony of vinous flavor and aroma. Superb.

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Photo of foamer
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark cloudy brown into my wine glass with some sediment floating around. No head to speak of but given the abv that's to be expected. Nose of fruits - plum, blackcurrant - and alcohol. Taste is of rich sweet malts with some yeasty notes and backed with strong plum and blackcurrant flavours and finishing with warming alcohol. Very nice mouthfeel with delicate carbonation. This is a lovely beer and one which I have had a number of times of ocassions and will continue to come back to. Surprisingly drinkable given its abv. Paired nicely with some French brie.

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Photo of zjungleist
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a deep and dusty brown and had an average light colored head. There was quite a lot of floating brown yeasty bits, but that's ok. Both the smell and taste evolved a great deal during my glass, so I will try to elaborate...

The smell started as mainly yeast, while the flavor was mainly that of brown or candy sugar.

The smell evolved and took on more malty scents, and then dates and raisins toward the end.

The flavor stayed very sweet through out, but eventually took on similar dark fruit flavors combined with hops, some deep yeast and malt flavors, and towards the last two sips... some strange cider like flavor.

Over all, the smells and tastes were not all that complex, but more specific from sip to sip. One thing I must mention is how well the alcohol was masked.

The mouthfeel was right on par, with good body, a slight syrupy oiliness, and a nice carbonated bite to balance it out.

Overall, a very nice brew. I will probalby try this again, but not too often at $7 a bottle.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My 100th review! I thought I ought to celebrate this BA milestone with something special.

It opens with a loud hiss and pours from the 330ml brown bottle into a globe glass. It has a very dark brown, somewhat murky appearance with lots of head. The head settles into a 2" layer on top and diminishes very slowly. Almost no lacing left behind.

The aroma is spectacular - rich in fruits, nuts, spice, and alcohol. Many times I go just for a sniff instead of a sip.

The taste is exceptional as well. So much depth and so many layers to it. The list of fruits goes on and on: cherries, figs, raisins, currants, bananas, etc. There's spices galore, mostly ones that remind me of Christmas: cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and pepper. Then there's that distinctive Belgian yeast and, of course, lots of alcohol. It's all very well balanced and enjoyable as a slow sipper of a beer. It almost seems a shame to call it "beer" when it's clearly much more than that.

Mouthfeel is okay given the style but it's high in carbonation and ABV so it's not the gentlest thing on the palate. Drinkabiliy suffers for the same reasons.

This is an incredible beer and one that shoots straight to the top of my favorites. I can't think of anything else I've tried that has so much going on. It's simply magnificent.

Edit: A year later to the day (completely by accident) I am revisiting this beer and enjoying it as much or more than the first time. Dated for the last day of 2013, this is still reasonably fresh. Mouthfeel is better than I remembered being much softer on the palate. Still one of my favorites.

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Photo of ahogue
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Dark brown, cloudy, with a small head that disappeared quickly.

S: Rich, sweet, and pungent - molasses, bananas, some light mango or rasins.

T: Complex and sweet, the molasses really comes through, with some punch at the back side of spices coming out over the fruit. Leaves my mouth warm and pleasant feeling for quite a while afterwards.

M: Light carbonation, not too heavy given the complexity of the flavors going on here.

Overall, a fantastically complex beer that somehow doesn't come off too heavy, despite the alcohol.

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Photo of Kinsman
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours the deepest of dark mahogany with a thick foamy almond colored head. Thickness of the head fades pretty quickly into a nice 1cm thick cap on the body.

Aroma is simply amazing. Fruity with a bit of a solvent-like character from the alcohol. Raisins and apples covered in brown sugar would seems to best describe the fruit.

First sip matches right up with the aroma. Sweet, alcoholic, and a bit of spice. The malt makes it self know with lots of sugar and fruit. The alcohol provides a wonderful warming character without being overbearing.

Mouthfeel is full but smooth and creamy. A decent amount of carbonation makes this beer feel almost alive as it passes from the glass to my mouth.

Well, there is a reason this beer is in the Top 10 on this site. Complex, bold, and Amazing. These monks are onto something here.

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Photo of StormAles
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cheers2beers
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown almost black liquid. The creamy tan head stacked up quite nicely and maintained about a quarter of an inch. Nice amount of laceing can be found and if you look hard through this beer you can find a few columns of beading.

Smell: The aromas are awesome!! A sweet bready character, cinnamon, licorice, some yeasty notes, and a potent alcohol. Fruits are restrained in the aroma. Can detect some berry hints such as cherries and cranberries.

Taste: The flavors, like the nose, are just simply amazing. Layered malts galore. Starts sweet then comes this wonderful doughy,bready flavor. Think it like bread fresh out of the oven. Im getting some nuttiness out this as well. Dark fruits are restrained but are there along with an almost acidic alcohol potentency. Complex at the very least.

Mouthfeel: Slick and oily substance with a heavy carbonation with a medium body. Almost spritzy but not quite. Alcohol again in the finish.

Drinkability: This was a most exeptional quaff. A MUST try. A complex beer to get your mind wondering and at the same time a beer to just take the edge off in 60 secs or less.


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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle had a "best before" date of 05.18.06 on the label. Had a muddy reddish-brown color with a fair amount of suspended yeast clumps and particles, a ¼" lumpy off-white head that quickly dwindled down to a thin ring and left minimal lace.
A couple sniffs and some gentle swirling of the chalice yielded an enticing array of aromas: sweet dark fruits, bready malt, yeast, vanilla, candy sugar, molasses, and alcohol. A taste - mmm, vanilla, candied plums, raisins. Another, larger taste - even more fruit (bananas, this time), almost a pumpernickel bread yeast-laden maltiness, and a finishing alcohol punch and warming sensation to the throat and chest. The feel was medium- to full-bodied, with a light effervescence, and smooth alcohol essence.
Damn, now that was how to start off 2004! Given how long the monks at the Abbaye de Notre-Dame de Saint-Rémy have been brewing this beer, they certainly have got it fine-tuned. Truly a world-class beer.

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Photo of largadeer
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My original review from 11-08-2006 is pretty embarrassing, so I'm re-ticking this one.

It pours a dark and turbid brown. Once in the glass it's completely opaque, topped by a light beige head that retains well.

This one smells great - rich toffee, caramelized figs, fruitcake, spices and a faint medicinal/botanical character that's very fitting.

Lush and velvety on the tongue, almost creamy, the mouthfeel is incredible. There's a lot of depth to the flavor, with an emphasis on rich caramelized malt, black licorice, dates, earthy figs, spiced cake. It drinks entirely too easy for a beer over 11% ABV, and there's barely a trace of heat. The finish is mild but lingering, spicy and semi-dry, almost vinous.

This is every bit as good to me now as it was 4 years ago, a true classic.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A very murky brow, with some sediment floating about. Rich head, off-white, with a nice lip of lace.

S: Upon straight pour: soft malts, and some dark fruit esters. Swishing in the goblet released an intense, huge aroma. The same aromas already noted + some sweet fruits & some bubblegum-like smell that I would expect more in a hefeweizen.

T: A rich, almost wine-like quality. Soft, clean malts. Candied fruits, and again like the aroma, a bit of a bubblegum taste. That note seemed a little unusual, considering others don't appear to mention that. Becomes rather tangy as it warms a bit (though it wasn't given THAT long to warm). In terms of the alcohol that's also mentioned in other reviews, I don't detect it much - at least in terms of a brew of this ABV, strangely. It was far more sweet and rich flavours over peppery and 'alcohol-warming.'

M: Round & smooth... big, yet with a very clean body and finish.

D: Excellent to sip at. I started the bottle with a clean palate, for the sake of review. Being hungry, though, after half a bottle I paired it with baguette spread with a Brunet goat cheese. This was absolutely excellent, bring out some of the tangy sweetness in the ale. A wonderful abbey-ale, and something special to keep away for a special occasion or when the Westy is unavailable (like here!)

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Photo of techdiver
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dense, deep brown with ruby highlights and a modest head that leaves a small cap.

Marvelous fruity smell; plum and raisin seem most evident. High ABV evident, but not overwhelming.

Taste is malty, sweet, and fruity. A very complex brew with smooth finish containing some pleasing bitterness.

Coats the mouth, but feels light at first and gains some heaviness on the finish.

Drinkability isn't bad either. The alcohol is well hidden, so tolerance would seem to be the limiting factor here.

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Photo of Scsinger85
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of ne0m00re
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I still have pleasant memories of a Flemish server at a restaurant in Ghent explaining to me that it isn't "rock-e-fort" like the cheese but "RocCHCHCHCH-fort" with an unbelievable gutteral sound.
Anyhow, I poured a 33 cL bottle (stamped 311213 08:32, whatever exactly that means) into a Chimay challice.
A: Woodsy brown that poured with a tan creamy head that died to a smooth film; although, there are bubbles constantly running up it.
S: It is a really sweet, slightly alcoholic musty prune and raisin smell. The backbone is brown sugar sweet bread.
T: The front end is a sweetness of coffee cake with blackberries, but the finish in the back of the mouth is a slightly metallic bitterness of excessively earthy--almost moldy--tart hops, which is almost reminiscent of a sour mash without the sourness.
M: Big frothy with crisp little bubbles, bordering on slightly syrupy.
D: Awesome; I wouldn't even know it was 11.3% ABV.

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Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
Beer rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 9,441 ratings