Trappistes Rochefort 10 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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Trappistes Rochefort 10Trappistes Rochefort 10

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Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium | website

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.30%

Availability: Year-round

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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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Photo of techdiver
4.72/5  rDev +5.6%
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 leftmindedrighty
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11.2oz bottle, this was from my cellar, best by date of Oct. 20, 2006

Making this bottle 5 years old, being kept properly cellared for 4 years

Smell is fine, very fruity, I smell almost nothing else

Taste is Grand, very fruity, sweet, a tad malty. Simply put, this is so very smooth. All I taste is complex fruitiness, all tied together with the hop(s) and yeast. Words don't do this justice. I taste no alcohol, seriously. I've had grape juice that was harder than this.

Overall, I have many more of these in my cellar, and if this hasn't already peaked, or is past it's prime, I don't think I could comprehend this brew at it's zenith. Very well done, age has made this one a thing to worship.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter, it pours brown with some ruby red tints and it has some sediment floating around the glass, along with a small tan head. This is a very good smelling beer, I can smell bananas, plums, molasses, brown sugar, toffee and chocolate. It tastes like dark fruit, bananas, molasses and a bit nutty. It starts off sweet, and then has a lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium/full, and it's smooth and creamy. Drinkability is good too, it's very easy to drink although the high ABV starts to catch up to me after a little while, but the alcohol isn't as noticable as you'd think it would be. Overall I think this is a pretty good beer, I'd definitely buy it again.

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

So what makes a beer perfect? Could there ever be such a beer? Dare I award such a high rating?

I don't go around awarding perfect fives to just anything and I probably won't do it again. The Rochefort Trappistes 10 is worthy, completely. This beer didn't happen by accident. It's obvious that it was brewed with great care and deliberate work.

The taste is more than smooth and even. It's both complex and balanced at the same time. The taste is sweet without being candylike, and when served in the proper glassware, the velvet aroma mixes with the flavors seamlessly.

There have been plenty of Trappistes Rochefort 10 reviews here and they're all worth reading. All I can add is that when you experience this beer you immediately know that you've poured something special. It's world-class, perfect, and worthy of this rating. You will not be disappointed.

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Photo of Greenfloyd
4.87/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer could easily take an hour to drink...

Pours into a snifter with the appearance of unfiltered, dark, clover honey. The lingering substantial head was light brown, almost burnt orange in some lights. Said to be one of the strongest beers in Belgium, I could easily smell this beer for a hour...and enjoy every second of the strong banana bread nose with hints of malt and strawberry. An incredible combo of ripened banana and sweet malt warms you as it finishes remarkably with mild black pepper notes (Normally I might not be thrilled with a black pepper description, but the softness and complexity of the taste is fantastic). The mouth feel was heavy, as you might expect of a quad, but the smoothness throughout this huge beer is what solidifies it's "5" status for me. Indicative of the style, flavorful cheeses thrive when paired with this beer. I enjoyed it with a plate of gorgonzola ravioli, using a fairly neutral butter herb sauce so the cheese shines through....of course one could pair it only with a little Port Salut cheese, and be in for a terrific night...Enjoy

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

Pouring a deep and glorious brown, the head dissipates quickly but sticks to the edges of my Leffe glass with much appeal.

While there's a distinct alcohol smell, the aroma is brilliantly detailed. Plum and fig make up part of the picture, but rich malt with cherry and chocolate come through the strongest.

While drinking, you're privy to a delightful warmth and the taste of all what was smelt after pour. I have a soft spot for malt-heavy brews, and this is indeed one, but not enough so to unbalance the near perfect delivery of the flavoursome bouquet.

The aftertaste is dry and spicy, and as the warmth mellows all the wonderful chocolates and fruits come back into play before their final departure.

Another high-quality Belgian brew, quite honestly the best I've ever had, but unfortunately at AUD $14 a stubby, I will have to reserve this one for very special occasions.

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Photo of guitarmage
4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Barely any light passes through, but the brew is clearly a brown with yellow hightlights. Head is an off white, lacing leavesa sticky ring on the glass, very thin layer of bubbles on the top.

Smell: Sweet malt, molasses, dark chocolate, black coffee, very aromatic. Also some cheese smell, like an aged cheddar.

Taste: Mimics the smell, but with a fairly intense alcoholic warmth. Also a little more spicy, coriander, cloves.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, coats the mouth but finishes clean as well, light carbonation.

Drinkability: Delicious as expected, more alcoholic than other Quadrupels I've tried, but tasty. This one just lets you know you can't drink too many of them.

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Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
4.47 out of 5 based on 8,986 ratings.
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