Trappistes Rochefort 10 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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Trappistes Rochefort 10Trappistes Rochefort 10

Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium | website

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 GimpyCane
4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this brew in Indianapolis a year ago and forgot I put it in my cellar. Boy, am I glad I found this gem. Poured muddy brown with a tan head. The head was foamy and floating with yeast sediment. Great retention and sticky lacing left on glass. Taste as it smells, starts sweet, bold and rich in malt, dried fruit such as plums, prunes and raisins. Molasses and a strange hint of tobacco (copenhagen) in the medium. Finishing off with a bitter coffee scent and strong alcohol bite. Nice medium body with a creamy feel and lively carbonated that make easy to consume. Overall, I enjoyed this brew alot despite the tobacco scent and taste. Enjoy

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Photo of wagenvolks
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My first beer rated as all 5's...I literally tried to find something I didn't like about this one and failed in the attempt.

Poured into a tulip glass, producing a chocolate-color infused with thick yeast particles visible along the edges. The head is tan, retained well, and sparkles. Lovin' it. Aroma is full of fruit: blackberry, banana, and honeydew. Notes of tobacco and molasses make for an amazingly aromatic boquet.

Taste is of sweet malty notes and fruit with a touch of banana bread. The feel is smooth and subtle; you wouldn't know this thing has an 11.3% ABV without looking. An alcoholic note does pull through on the aftertaste as it warms, however, and it complements the taste. I could drink this all day if my wallet was thick enough. Hands down: a fantastic beer.

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Photo of dogger6253
4.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a very deep brown color with a decent-sized head, slightly brown/tan in color, some sediment at the end. There was decent lacing left behind, but nothing extremely impressive.

A rich aroma, heavy alcohol at first, but that quickly melds into other scents: definitely raisins and other dark fruits with a hint of coffee perhaps? I'd have a hard time distinguishing this beer from a plum tree based on smell, wonderfully ripe and full of life.

The taste is heavily influenced by the dark fruits again, though not as ripe-tasting as they smelled. There is a hint of alcohol in the aftertaste, but it's very welcome and pleasing; it reminds me that I'm drinking beer.

The alcohol warms the tongue and otherwise this is a creamy and easy to sip beer; not too heavily-bodied, but definitely not too light either. All around, a wonderful beverage and one I can't wait to try again.

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Photo of jaxon53
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at cellar temperature in a snifter. Poured a deep brownish color, with a little bit of floaties. About two inches of thick, frothy, off-white head formed. Excellent retention and generous amounts of lace left on the glass. Smelled strongly of alcohol, dried dark fruits ( raisin, plum) , mollasses. This had a hell of a nose on it. Tasted again of alcohol, more dried fruits, and maybe a hint of oxidation. Was smooth up front, with a somewhat bitter, warming alcohol finish. Very tasty. Plenty of carbonation and the alcohol really shines through despite the sweetness. Very well balanced without one overpowering flavor. Pretty drinkable solid brew. A must try in my opinion.

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Photo of meatyard
4.69/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark, cloudy brown with a short, tan head.
The smell is a shot of bread with alcohol and raisins plus ripe bananas.
The taste is quite a mixture of the same things as the smell but a bit muted in comparison. It's very nicely balanced among so many malt qualities.
The mouthfeel is medium to thick with a light shot of alcohol in the finish.
Drinkability is excellent, a beer to try and sip over time to allow for so much complexity to come forward. It's strong, so one or two will do but also will be very satisying.
There's good reason this beer is highly rated in it's style, it's a great beer.

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Photo of janubio
4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown creamy foam with a middle duration. Brown colour, unless you remove in the end to pour the sediment, then it's very dark.
Earthy liquorous aroma, with coffee, some chocolate, and the usual suspects: plums, raisins...Mouth is delicious and very alcoholic, warm, chocolate, the usual suspects again, brandy... Vinous and velvety, both in aroma and in mouth, but without losing that kind of roughness or unrefined quality usual in many trappist beers. Did I tell it feels vey alcoholic?

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Photo of bgraney
3.93/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dense, rich brown. Creamy coffee-colored head bubbling at the base, thick and foamy at the top.
Biscuity aroma with a smooth malt follow through.
Strong alcohol hit right off the bat. Kind of overpowers the maltiness but the flavors linger on the tongue once the alcohol burns off.
Full, rich mouthfeel but less expansion of flavors than expected.
Great tasting beer but the alcohol strength means one and out for me. The time spent on one is definitely quality time.

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Photo of clabaugh
4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an opaque ruby-brown, with a fizzy and frothy head colored a light khaki. The head dissipates methodically into a ring of creamy froth resting atop a dark and austere body.

Smell: Grapes combined with a pungent earthiness that strikes a fine aromatic melange.

Taste: Deliciously malty up front, as the palate is confronted with a mix of toasty grains, dates, and honey. The opening salvo of malty sweetness gradually gives way to a yeasty, phenolic flavor at the swallow. The alcohol is present in full force with every sip. Nevertheless, all aspects come together in a blissful deliciousness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a delicate creaminess, followed with some invigorating carbonation. Audaciously warming on both tongue and belly.

Drinkability: Delicious without question, and well-rounded to be sure. Admirably lives up to its reputation. Among the world's finest.

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Photo of auderale
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 6 pack in Belgium. Pours a dark brown with a nice head. The sweet aroma was awesome. Had a malty, fruity flavor. This is one of my favorite beers of all. I enjoyed this just as much as the Westy 12 and it's much cheaper. I need to stock up!!!

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Photo of pgenius
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a cloudy dark brown with a foamy tan head

S - Roasted malts, raisins, chocolate, and dried fruit

T - Simply delicious, a lot like the aroma, strong presence of alcohol with a nice bitter aftertaste

M - Full bodied, sweet and bitter in a harmonious way. As it warms up you can start to appreciate the complexity of this beer

D - I would have this brew again in a heartbeat but at the price it might be a while

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Photo of hunteraw
4.67/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark, mahogany brown in color. Nearly opaque, but not quite. I stopped pouring as soon as I saw lots of dark sediment in the neck of the bottle. I'll pour in the floaties later. Head is modest, tan in color, and shows good retention. Little lacing, perhaps due to the high alcohol content... or my glass not being clean enough.

Smell: Belgian, spicy... Aroma is more "dry" than "sweet" - curious to see if the taste matches. Dark fruits, brown sugar and hefeweizen like aromas (bubblegum, especially) come out more as it warms. Also, boozy when it's warmed more...

Taste: Wow that's good: an explosion of flavor on the tongue. Spicy, with dark fruits (cherry?), tart. Yeast lends itself to breadiness, plenty of hops to balance the sweetness common in the style. Finishes tart and dry (highly attenuated) rather than sweet. 11.3% abv? You must be kidding. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Body is much lighter than I would have expected, I'd call it just on the light side of medium. Tingly carbonation. Warms on the way down rather than in the mouth. Creamy.

Drinkability: High, high, high.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is only my second time trying this majestic beer, its a shame it isnt readily available in Toronto.

It pours a ruddy murky brown color with a big creamy head. The head drapes my Chimay chalice in a coating of lace and never disappears, even after 2 hours. The aroma is doughy and sweet, with peripheral ripe berries, figs and all spice. Some alcohol kick is barely perceptable in the nose. The taste is smooth and complex. Fresh supple fruit abounds - grapes, figs, pomegranite, pear and even strawberry are detectable. A thick malt flavor and some treacly sweetness is noticeable as well. A wee bit of anise shows in the background. Fresh bread dough abounds. The finish is malty, spicey and complex, with minimal hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is thick and super creamy.

This is the third best quad Ive ever tried.

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Photo of oelergud
4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark opaque reddish brown almost black body. Light tan head mostly tiny to small bubbles but very low retention and lace.
Delicious light sweet and dark fruity scent with some molasses.
The taste is a very nice fruit and sweet molasses flavor. Prune and raisen. Abit of brown sugar in the aftertaste and just a touch of hops.
Full body with good coating and a slick feel.
Very drinkable, fresh and good. The alcohol is kept very well in check.


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Photo of scottoale
4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had a couple of these...330ml. brown glass bottle with a coded main label and a blue cap. Poured with the utmost care into a 13.5oz. crystal tulip was a dark, murky hazelnut-brown with an orange-red hue and a fluffy, uneven beige cap of a fat finger. Excellent retention, lacing and carbonation kept things alive and good looking.

The aroma was sweet and spicy with dark fruit, alcohol, yeast, sugar and malty goodness. A little muted until it warms substantially and definetely complex.

The taste is malty dark and fruity with ripened flavors of fig, plum, red grapes, banana and a bit more. Sweet for the most part, but never gets out of hand with the supreme balance of the ingredients and the skill of the brewers, this is a truly remarkable brew. The hops don't stand out, but they do come through and the finish is pleasantly clean and warming from the high ABV.

Plenty of body with a velvety smooth as silk mouthfeel, this stuff is the cream of the crop in this dept.

A thoroughly top-notch brew that's more than drinkable...sip it, enjoy it and respect it...Cheers!

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Photo of kelticblood
4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 FL.OZ bottle.

The pour revealed a dissapointing head that was short lived, and wasn't the head I've come to expect with many Belgian Ale's. I did pour real slow and gentle because of past experiences with almost exploding Belgian Heads.The color is a brownish-red with yeast floating around. Complex aroma of sweet malts with fruity notes. Absolutely exceptional creamy mouthfeel for a beer this strong. Alcohol is well-hidden and has perfect carbonation with a great finish. This could be dangerous because of how easy it goes down. Finish has a dry moderate bitterness with a full body. Hops are tasted more and more with each sip thorughout half the beer. This is very drinkable and a beer not for amatuers. About 3/4 through and I'm feeling the effects of the 11.30 ABV already. This was bought at Town & Country Liquors in West Springfield,Mass. for $6.99/bottle. Overall excellent and lived up to it's reputation.

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Photo of udubdawg
4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had the 8 last night. Skipped lunch, and am having the 10 now - perhaps a mistake, but I'll enjoy the ride.

11.2 oz bottle.
Pours a murky dark brown. Did my best to keep out the sediment, but it involved leaving 3 oz or so of beer in the bottle - considerably more than I left with the 6 or 8. Enjoyed the chunky yeast-filled bottom of the bottle separately. Head was noticeably less than the 8, and didn't last nearly as long, but this is an older bottle than the fresh 8 I had last night. I've got a fresher bottle I'll try soon and give this a shot for a higher appearance score.

Nose is big on fruit and alcohol. "Port-like" was my first thought. More plum and raisin than the 8, but not as much as the 6. Lots of brown-sugary sweetness is there, but well beneath the alcohol.

Taste is different than the 8, and much more noticeable alcohol, but I can't call it anything less than great. Loads of dark fruit and some brown sugar and clove. Quite a lot of vinous qualities. A hint of bitter in the finish...if I could stand to drink (or stand up after drinking) a few of these at a time, I think I'd discover a lot more in this complex brew. Alcohol is everpresent, but it manages to be warming with a bit biting. It is never harsh - well done!

Undeniably better mouthfeel than the 8, it is in fact a damn near perfect creamy-smoothness. This beer started at a carbonation level that I only achieved with the 8 in the bottom 1/3rd of the glass.

I feel warm all over, but only had one (fantastic) beer. Add in the price and the need to be sober enough to avoid pouring the worst of the yeast chunks into your glass, and the drinkability isn't that high. But if you are limiting yourself to one beer this evening, you can't do much better than this.

Head-to-head with the 8 I'd give the nod to the weaker beer in appearance (subject to re-review), and to the stronger beer in mouthfeel. Hard to declare a winner in the nose and taste categories, and both are extremely drinkable.

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Photo of drseamus
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this into a nice chalice and the dark ruby beer perfectly filled it with the thick foamy head just barely pushing up over the edge of the glass. The aroma was primarily a malty sweetness, with hints of prunes and other dark fruits. The mouthfeel on this is great though. It's very rich and creamy and just slides down my throat. Most of the taste is malt and a residual sweetness as you might expect. There are also some spicy phenolic notes and the slight bite of alcohol. Overall I like this beer a lot, but I might actually be more partial to the Rochefort 8 because there isn't as much of a bite to it.

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Photo of BeerCheese
4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Took the bottle from the fridge and poured into a clean glass about 30 minutes later. Poured the color of root beer. Appears to be a little cloudy with some find brown sediment that settled out quickly. Nice creamy tan head that stuck around for a few minutes and left nice lacing on the glass. Sweet smelling with hints of cherries, oranges and vanilla. No real hop aroma. Medium carbonation and medium/full body. A little hint of alcohol in the taste and warming alcohol going down. Fairly well balanced with a little more malt than hops. Very nice taste. Tasted a little like a dry red wine.

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Photo of SaucyA
4.13/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger creamy tan head, almost black, cola color. Into a tulip.

Smell is of yeast, dried fruits.

Taste is spectacular. Drenches your mouth with some of the most fantastic flavors imaginable. Nuts, raisins, molasses, chocolate, nice alcohol bite but not overwhelming. I definitely recommend drinking at the suggested temperature to discover the nuances.

Mouthfeel is extraordinary, medium bodied with light carbonation. And drinkability is through the roof. While it's a sipper, you'll have to go easy on these because they're so strong and wonderful.

Fantastic despite the price.

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Photo of muffguy4beer
4.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in tulip glass from bottle.

Appearance: Rough pour leaves nice thick head light brown in color. Dark brown almost black color. Strong lacing as the beer went down.

Smell: Raisins, sugar, faint alcohol. Very warm scent nice on a cold winter night.

Taste: Malty, warm, robust. Hints of chocolate and raisins. Alcohol really hits the back of the tongue. This beer is a joy over the whole tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium body thats is nice and smooth.

Drinkability: Not going to have more than one of these in a sitting. A beer for a cold night that needs a bit of warming. Sip on this bad boy and enjoy the flavors as the beer warms a bit. Tasty.

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Photo of Morris729
4.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy dark reddish-brown color with a mountainous fluffy beige head that coats the walls of the glass with webs of sticky lace as it slowly recedes. The nose is quite fruity with notes of apricot, pear, banana, apple, and star fruit. A bit of brown sugar, cinnamon, cake, and brandy round out the complex aroma. Taste begins sweet with dark malt and a bit of candied sugar followed by notes of fruitcake and cherry liqueur and a hint of cocoa. The texture is almost a perfect creamy smoothness. An immensely complex drink and one of the true gems of the beer world.

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Photo of nestafl
3.9/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I love this beer! Don't get to enjoy one as often as I should. Imagine if this was what we all knew as the standard for all beers to be based from. Matter of fact I might have to go buy one right now for me to enjoy later on. All of the characteristics of this beer put a smile on my face...

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Photo of stulowitz
4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark, murky and mysterious. Small but thick and dense head.

S: Figs, prunes, spicy, apperantly a small amount of coriander is added at the end of the boil.

T: Spicy, vanilla and fig appearnces, slight date-like sweetness. Alcohol very present, warming in mouth and on the way down. Taste to me sort of like the muscular adolcent love-child of Westmalle dubbel and triple.

M: Spritzy due to high carbonation, each sip is like a burst of flavour and energy. Not thick or heavy at all.

D: Great complex ale. I will enjoy many more of these in the future, but no more than one a session.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Date of 05-04-11, 10:14, classic bottle. Into a St Bernardus tulip glass, pours a dark dark russet brown, a lovely foamy inch thick head, settling down to a nice foam, good lacing that dosnt' stick to the glass, very nice. Aroma is the strength here, just perfect. Dark fruits, sweet sugars, plum, spices, brandy, maybe a bit of bourbon, very deep, very complex, very enticing. Taste... it could use a year, but nearly perfect, with flavors mirroring the nose, a classic. The mouth is very nice, a subtle alcohol warming, man I really could have another, but drinking multiple bottles of Rochefort is simply dangerous, so I'll cellar my others. A classic, worth every penny.

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Photo of vanrassel
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm glad I waited until this point in my beer advocacy to review this wonderfully complex beer — frankly, I couldn't have done it justice even a few months ago.

It poured into my goblet a dark cola colour with ruby highlights. Tiny bubbles made up a compact, creamy one-finger head that left sheets of lace. Smells of cinnamon, prunes, brown sugar, rum and powdery yeast wafted up from my glass.

The first sip of this beer is always sharply alcoholic but always incredibly smooth after that. Carmelized sugar, raisins and blackcurrants play off a rummy booziness that is gentle and warming and not indicative of this beer's high ABV. A yeasty flavour reminds the drinker that this is still very much beer.

Tiny bubbles play nicely on the palate — lively, but not abrasive. The finish is slightly sticky, but overall this beer goes down incredibly smooth.

I've never had Westvleteren 12, but it must truly be great to be considered a peer (or a superior) to this beer.

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Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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