Trappistes Rochefort 10 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium
trappistes-rochefort.com

Style: Belgian 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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Ratings:
9,511
pDev:
9.56%
 
 
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Photo of csmrx7
4.38/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of VashonGuy
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I had this as part of a side by side with Westy 12. The three of us participating all agreed that the Westy 12 was much better. I was a little surprised that the Rochefort 10 didn't grab me more. It's good, to be sure, but not as remarkable as I hoped, and not quite in the same ballpark as some of my favorite quads, BDSAs, or other strong beers. The body of the beer was a little lighter than I expected. It's a bit tart. Of course, there are lots of dark fruit flavors.

The Westy 12 was three years old, and the Rochefort 10 was a few months off the store shelf, so that might be a factor. I think I'll sock a couple of bottles away, and taste again in a couple of years, to see whether my opinions change. If so, I'll update this review.

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Photo of beertaker
3.95/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Weston64
4.24/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PrynneCabin
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DoghouseReilly3946
4.39/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rochefort 10 - 11.3% ABV - 27 IBUs
Date: Best by 01/31/22, enjoyed on 08/28/18.
Appearance: Brown, almost cola colored with some ruby around the edges and a fizzy tan head that disappears fast. Also, there is a lot of yeast floating around.
Aroma: Tons of dark fruits including dates, figs, raisin and cherry. Aromas of sweet bourbon, molasses based dark rum, and caramelized coconut sugar are identifiable as well. Some Belgian yeast can be detected also.
Taste: The taste follows the nose quite closely. First a nice boozy oak warmth hits before the beer repeats everything the nose had to offer. With every sip, the beer seems to change just a little, at times almost feeling like a porter to occasionally displaying cognac characteristics. It also surprisingly has more of a medium body than its thick and chewy appearance suggests. Additionally, the carbonation is somewhat prickly. Its sweet and savory in perfect balance and the boozy character, while present is more warming and not at all ethanol forward. In short, this is a wonderful, complex, and classic example of the style.
Biased comments: The lofty expectations I had for this beer were met. Rochefort 10 has a truly incredible aroma, a complex and layered taste, the only real minor issue here is the price tag. $8 a beer is a bit steep, but for an occasional treat, this is a awesome choice.

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Photo of npolachek
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid offering with my only criticism that its a bit tough to drink. Color is dark, somewhat less dominant smell than other Rochfort offerings. Either way, world class beer.

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Photo of maxarvo
4.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of drunkenmess
4.02/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MoreBeer4me
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's very, very good.....but not great. Heavy carbonation, thick head, sweet and fruity with a slight taste of cola. It's a bit sloppy and not as clean and crisp as say a Chimay Blue. The beer is also overpriced. If not $6.50 per bottle, I'd likely buy a few every so often. For those who never had this, think of a strong, semi-sweet Scottish ale, then add a shot of booze along with a bit more carbonation. If that flavor profile arouses your tap, and $6.50 - $7.00 for a bottle sounds good, then this beer is for you!

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Photo of Chad0131
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AllOfTheCats
3.76/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sabojik
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a fresh 33cl bottle into a tulip.

Look: A classic quad. Not all that much lacing, and minimal head, but a beautiful near-black dark amber hue.

Smell: Despite its higher alcohol content, somehow phenol dominates less here than it does in the Rochefort 8. Slight notes of plum, a bit less banana than the 8, and some bready notes.

Taste: World-class. What the Rochefort 10 lacks in definitive scent, it more than makes up for in flavor — a perfectly-aged blend of plum, fig, banana, and bread, with just enough Candi sugar to accent the already-sweet harmony of tastes.

Feel: By far the smoothest of the Rochefort lineup, with carbonation so minimal that it evokes a fine dessert wine. And for Trappistes' highest-ABV offering, it even has even less alcoholic burn than the Rochefort 8.

Overall: I don't think much else needs to be said, lest I repeat what nearly 10,000 ratings have already noted. This is one of the best beers in the world. Drink it. Love it.

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Photo of BigIslandfarmer
4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cardfan212
3.78/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a goblet.

Look - A beautiful reddish brown with a massive and long-standing pillowy sandy colored head. This beer is a gorgeous pour.

Smell - Bananas, cloves, milk chocolate, almonds. Some slight peppery and grassy notes on the tail end. A nice balanced blend featuring the typical Belgian ale features and some interesting newcomers.

Taste - The smell translates almost one-to-one into the taste, except everything is hidden behind a strong spicy alcohol curtain. You can taste every bit of the 11.3%.

Feel - The body and carbonation are easy and smooth, but the alcohol really bites going down. It's rough and a bit disappointing.

Overall - I want to love this beer, but the alcohol is so hard to get through. I've had plenty of other high ABV Belgian ales that were super smooth and easy to drink, but this one is not one of them. Still, once you get past the harshness, it is a wonderful beer.

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Photo of VikingDAB
4.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rdmcnrmk
4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hopsohard
4/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GaryG7
4.26/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

I would prefer to grade it based on a few glasses from a keg but I've only found it in the bottle. Like others of this type (Belgian tripel/Quadrupel) the taste is very smooth for the ABV level. (If you have more than two, have a designated driver or call for an Uber or Lyft!)

I drank it an a bar outside so it was served with a standard plastic cup. (Still a better option than out of the bottle.) Despite the less-than-optimal choice of serving method, the beer poured well with the right amount of head. The feel is smooth on the palate (I hate lagers because they are too bubbly!). Alas, it's been a couple of weeks since I tried the beer so I don't remember the smell other than it was pleasant.

Now the downside. It's expensive. Granted, I live in Northern New Jersey where everything is expensive but the beer is $7 a bottle at a discount store (Total Wine). (I paid $9 at the bar during happy hour. The regular price is $14.)

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4.96/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of PaulSlazinger
4.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ben_tries_brews
4.66/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thefuzzyone
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CantankerousCaveBear
4.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
Beer rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 9,511 ratings