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 Enola
4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this beer for sometime in my fridge and decided to drink to kick off the New Year celebration.

The beer is a dark brown color and there is a nice creamy head. When the beer is rolled around inside my Chimay glass it leaves the glass entirley coated with lacing which enevntually slides back into the brew. The smell is of plums and raisins and there is also alcohol presence. The taste is Again, fruit like and somewhat nutty. The mouthfeel is bittersweet and the alcohol shows up here as well. I could have this beer again on occasion. A nice beer to sip will certainly warm you up.

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Photo of uncle8gil
4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I poured this beer too cold, but as it warmed, my oh my, did the taste explode. I didn't want to finish it, it was that good. It poured very, very dark (even held up to light it was difficult to see the yeast particles dancing). It fizzed quite loudly and suddenly into the glass, but on the first taste, as I braced for carbonation overhaul, surprisingly found the carbonation no more than a beautiful dancing upon the tongue. Magic, friends, pure magic. And the taste…well, as it warmed the taste grew in complexities that I cannot dare to describe. Sweet dates and figs dance upon the palate, but the sweet taste did not overwhelm…neither did the bitter kick. I am quite partial to that bitter kick, but did not miss it here in favor of the amazing taste of this ale. Highly drinkable, only be careful friends, as the unnoticeable alcohol creeps up and by the end of only one glass I was surprised by the pleasant buzz.

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

Vintage 1999

Pours dark chestnut with an off-white head of medium density.
Retention of less than two minutes before receding to a ring of foam and a whisp on the surface. A few dots of lacework remain, but not curatins.
Aromatics are remarkable, with rummy toffee notes, vanilla, and juicy raisins. Alcohol is evident and spicy on the nose.
Dark fruits and nougat finish the aroma, with a vineous nod.
Mouthfeel is lightish for the style, amazingly dry for such a large beer. Carbonation is subdued, but enough remains to crisp up the mellowed character.
Pallet is moderately boozy, with figs steeped in dark rum.
The yeast lends a spicy but balancing complexity, with hints of allspice and anise.
Classic bubblegum notes run underneath the malty, caramelish flavors, with a lingering warmth on the back of the throat.
Remarkably lacking in oxidation or fusels, and in exceptional condition for almost eight years old.

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Photo of jbramley
4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brown with a very thick off-white head. Has a sweet, floral nose with hints of straw and a slight tanginess. Has a carbonated feel on the tongue with a smooth flow across the cheeks. Sweet, slightly syrupy with some alcohol flavor. A very well-balanced flavor, with a little bit of bitterness and the taste of malts. Heavy lacing on the sides of the glass.

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Photo of shadow1961
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Trappistes Rochefort 10 pours out a fluffy head that collapses to
lace, over a deep, cloudy brown brew. The nose is deeply of malt,
bubble gum, and fruit. The flavor is malty and fruity, but there's something
like scotch way in the background. Mouthfeel is round and tingly, and
there's definitely a warming effect due to the 11.3% alcohol by volume.
Really delicious!

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Photo of PeatReek
4.02/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Standard bottle decanted into a large port glass since I'm sans snifters just now. Color is deep ruby brown, impenetrable except at the edges where a touch of light shows through. The sticky ecru head is durable but a bit thin, perhaps owing to an overly gentle pour. Slightly leathery, prune-raisin dried fruit aroma, mild hints of chocolate and whisky-like phenols. The first sips start fizzy and sweet, evolving into a phenolic bite and prominent alcohol warmth, turning into almost a sting in the aftertaste. As I let it warm and breathe a bit, the carbonation mellows and some port, sherry, oaky flavors come through. Still, the bitey aspect at the end of the sip sticks around, and I wonder if it's actually something to do with the grain (like a lot of Biscuit malt). Great aroma and front of the sip, but that bite at the end dings the drinkability a bit.

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

Definitely a quad. Thank you Csims for this bottle.
Pours a dark amber...not black, but very dark with a nice single finger head that melts to a good quarter inch of continually sticky lacing.
Aromas are all Belgium....yeasts, sweet amber malts, and yes, alcohol.
Flavor is completely balanced between sweet amber malt, bready yeast, dark fruits, hops, candy sugar and alcohol. Nothing dominates...everything blends together perfectly without losing individual identifying properties.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a perfect amount of carbonation and aftertaste is "simply Belgium"...all that was there in the original tastes is there in lesser amounts until you take another sip.
World Class?

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Photo of Vancer
3.86/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Whoa, wait a minute – my 1890 crystal snifter is showing a murky and dark oak pour. Frothy ivory head that settles into a fine ring o’lace. Lots of yeasty goodies await on the bottom – GET IT!

Lots of caramel and Belgium spices in the sniff, but the quaff – what a letdown. Just your basic notes of sugar cane, molasses and Belgium yeast. Certainly, it’s tasty, but at $8 a 11 ozer, I’m expecting more eye-opening flavor.

I’m glad I tried it, it’s good – but you can get this, or better tasting brews at a much better price, here in the good ol USA.

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Photo of crwills
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

What a fantastic beer. Had a bottle of this at Smokeless Joe. The bartender recommended the Rochefort 8 to go with the clam chowder I was eating, but I'd had the 8 before and wanted to try this one out instead. Got a good tasting done before digging into the soup.

Poured a brownish gold, with very little head but lots of lacing as I swirled it. Aroma was apparent even in a reasonably crowded bar from a few feet away. Glassware was a little unusual (smallish glass), but OK.

Aroma is somewhat alcoholy, with a lot of caramel, nuttiness, and some very mild dark fruit. Some roasted malt as well.

Flavour is just fantastic, and only emphasized by the perfect (IMO) mouthfeel. Smooth, but not too oily. Some mild alcohol presence in the flavour, but mostly powerful malts (toasted), chocolate, a little bit of coffee, and some mild berry or cherry notes. Aftertaste is muted, and avoids any cloyingness it might have had from the flavour.

Excellent, excellent beer, and worth the price.

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

12oz bottle from Corridor Wine and Spirits in Laurel, MD. Poured in a Chimay chalace (two pours).

Pours a translucent dark brown (almost coffee) with almost 2 fingers of head. Staying power with the head, but lots of lacing.

Smells a bit alcoholy. Maybe some malt, something sweet.

Tastes a smooth sily sweet, maybe malty. Alcohol bite at the end, nice for the style. Long lasting taste, I cant figure out the spice in it. Almost tastes like saffron to me.

Mouthfeel is the best I could imagine a beer to be. This is what I want out of drinking beer. Feels like a party in my mouth where I am the guest of honor. I could drink(sip) this all day.

Wish this was cheaper than $5.5us/12oz. My absolute favorite. Matter of fact, I think this is in a different league of any beer Ive ever had.

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Photo of rayjay
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

L120711, 07:49. Poured into a goblet. Impressive head (especially for the abv) which is randomly stained brown and red.

The nose is full of sweet malts, sugar, and booze.

Quite a range of flavors are flowing out of every inch of this beer...sweetness from the massive amount of malts, and definite candi sugar in there. Don't get me wrong, the sweetness is tastefully restrained and never cloying or overbearing. The alcohol is there for sure, but it too plays a delicate role. The carbonation adds a gentle zip. Cigarette ashtray notes are in there. All these rich malts and barely any hops almost reminds me of a dopplebock.

This is the 4th quadrupel I've had yet; the first two I had, La Trappe and Weyerbacher, I found too rich, and I hadn't touched a quad since then. But, I've recently decided to explore the style after having my first Westy 12. It was great, but what blew me away was how drinkable it was.

This beer was every bit as great. It was exactly what I was looking for tonight, the very definition of the style. It's a hand-crafted work of art with the finest attention to detail. Now I have 3 more quads waiting on deck, can't wait to crack into them! I highly recommend this beer to all. Cheers!

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Photo of russpowell
4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330 ml that has the follwing #s 30 11 10 (BBD?) & next line: 07:53

Pours chestnut with a 2 fingers deep tan head& in to my Vondel glass. An oily appearance is apparent as it warms. Begins to murk up a bit at the end, with some floaties. A hint of lacing & some film on the head

S: Chocolate, booze & pralines. Then whisky & caramel (scorched)

T: Sweet woody flavor, then chocolate, booze & then dryness up front. Fruittyness& candy sugar follows, a little brown sugar also. Woodyness, toffee flavors & dryness in the finish ( oh yeah more warming on the edge of burning alcohol)

MF: Low carbonation & slightly prickly feel from all the alcohol.

Good drinkablility for the 12% abv, reminds me of a brandy. Very complex beer, but probably needs a few more years to completely round out. Enjoyed it, just a little too boozy for me

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Photo of SudNut
4.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a dark murky brown with a tan finger thick head. Smells of a spiced plum that has had a few too many drinks, fruity with a hint of spice and alcohol. The taste is unbelievable the 11% ABV was not as noticeable as I thought it would be. This one has complex flavor sweet malts, fruits, hops and a hint of alcohol burn, very delicious! Mouthfeel is full with good carbonation. The drinkability is dangerous on this one with the ABV but I found myself wanting another one! Best Rochefort of the bunch!

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Photo of sloejams
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The 10, Rochefort's biggest and best beer is a remarkable quadrupel. It pours a dark cola color with a thick, picky finger head. The heads laces all over the glass. The aroma is sweet: plum and brown sugar. A nice crisp yeast scent balances the sweetness. The flavor is extremely complex. Initially the sweetness hits, similar to the nose. It continues with the slightest sour notes - green apple and dark cherry. Just a tiny bit of bitterness finishes. There's a lot going on here and it all comes together wonderfully. Incredibly delicious, the 11.3% ABV is hardly noticeable. I enjoyed this as an after dinner beer but it certainly would do well with many cuisine options.

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Photo of uberabr
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very dark brown with mild head that leaves good lace. Carbonation is exquisite.

S: Very strong in the nose. Crisp green apples and a nice sugary malt with hints of orange peel and cinnamon. Plum, apricot and fig linger. Very pleasant.

T: A tart bite followed by a nice sugary sweetness. Raisins and brown sugar. Tastes lighter than it looks. The alcohol is definitely noticeable and is complemented quite well between the tart fruit and sweet malt.

M: Just about perfect for me. Light and sufficiently full with a crisp but bubbly, champagne effect. Very nice.

D: This is a very drinkable Belgian. You can definitely taste and feel the alcohol but for such a high ABV the “quaffability” is superb. I could easily down a bomber of this beer on my own over a meal. It’s so light and sweet. Really a pleasure. A little pricey, but probably worth having again for a special occasion.

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

Seemed like a good beer to counteract all the paganism going on tonight.

appearance: Upon pouring off of the sediment into my favorite beer glass, a 1" light khaki head is produced. Nice head retention after the initial recession and some light lacing is left behind. The beer is a deep chesnut or rich tobacco color.

smell: At first smell I find notes of dark berries, but in a more malty, less fruity kind of way. A slight note of wood that has been impregnated with tobacco smoke. Aged, subtle Belgian hop aroma. Just a touch of hazelnut chocolate. Candied fruits and varied sugars. The touch of ethanol present is a boon to the aroma. Light notes of quality brandy. A very subtle macerated strawberry note and maybe a floral hint of pollen or honey.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is high, but very smooth. The body is a full medium, the weight of which is greatly hidden by the carbonation.

taste: Wonderfully complex, I don't even know where to begin. The same berrylike maltiness from the nose is present and seems to be a blend of currant with some lighter notes of blueberry. I don't mean to give the impression that the beer is fruity, because it isn't. Moderate notes of flavored, sweet tobaccos are found. Aged, papery hop flavor with a light bitterness that partially dries the finish. Very subtle yet flavorful, and quite confounding when it comes to describing what I sense. A touch more ethanol is found on the tongue than in the aroma.

drinkability: The ABV is expertly tempered. A great beer.

Cellard about a year, or maybe a few months less. The beer is marked as best by 06-07-10 (Euro style, day first), so I guess it's about one or two years old now.

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Photo of beveritt
4.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml brown botle into a Duvel goblet. The label has a date and time stamp, but I am not sure how to read it. Too bad, as I bought a couple of these and would like to age them.

Appearance: Pours a medium brown color with a half inch off white head. The head stayed around for the whole beer and left a small amount of lacing. The beer is pretty clear, but there is a lot of sediment in the bottom. If you don't like floaties (and I mean chunks) make sure you decant this one. I poured a little bit of the sediment in on accident, but I don't think it really adversely affected the flavor.

Smell: A strong mix of sugary sweetness, alcohol, and herbs. It almost smells like some herbal teas, a very pleasant aroma.

Taste: An amazing blend of flavors. Smooth at first, with a strong sweetness in the middle, followed by just a slight bitterness. You really notice the use of the famous Belgian candy sugar here. The sweetness is a much deeper flavor than that you would find from standard white table sugar.

Mouthfeel: Great body, just bursting with flavors. A decent level of carbonation. Even after a hard pour and much swirling around, there was a noticeable bite.

Drinkability: I wish I had more than 11.2 ounces of this stuff! I know the alcohol level is high, but this is definitely one I would want to have a few more of. A great beer that lives up to the hype.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark hazelnut brown appearance with violet highlights. Quarter inch head of tan foam. Lots of lace.

S: A slew of wonderful and rich aromas meet the nose; dark fruits, sweet brown sugar, fresh bread and yeast, sweet malts, a touch of liquorice.

T: Nearly divine. Dark fruit flavors of plumbs and pears meet with sweet malt and mild dough. Afterthoughts of caramel and grain. The essence of leafy smoke. Nice.

M: Mild on the palate, and velvety smooth.

D: Pretty good. This would be a bad-ass winter warmer to have each evening if it weren't so expensive.

Notes: One of the better Quads. Not quite as good as St. Bernardus, but definitly on it's level.

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Photo of afinepilsner
4.89/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2oz brown bottle

Trappistes Rochefort 10 was a hazy red-brown color with a light tan head. The head was thick and had decent retention, eventually becoming a thin ring. The aroma was fruity (raisins and prunes), malty, and alcoholic. The taste was port-like with dried fruit and dark malt flavors. The finish is long, dry, and throat warming. It is medium to full bodied with fairly low carbonation. Drinkability is excellent. Overall this is an excellent beer with lots of great flavors and very smooth considering the high alcohol. This beer definitely needs to served at the proper temperature.

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Photo of CH3CH2OH
4.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Good, uniform tan head that lasts. Thick dark and muddy, the way a dark strong should be. Blackberry and currant aroma and a strong estery, sweet taste with a steady hop bitterness going through to the finish. A tingle of alcohol which is acceptable and expected in this style with that high of abv. Smooth mouthfeel but not too thick or cloying. Excellent cleansing finish, in part due to the hops, partly from the dryness of the alcohol.

My favorite of the Trappist dark strongs. I'd love to cellar some.

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Photo of dherling
4.79/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate brown color with a minimal cappucino head. Deep roasted nose, chocolate, hickory, orange, port, cherry, it just keeps going. Starts sweet and slightly smokey, goes to some orange, port, cherry, molasses, maple syrup, malt. Hides the alcohol so well, and as big, and sweet as this is, it finishes dry and refreshing. Nice slight tingingly mouthfeel. What an amazing beer.

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Photo of jazappi
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Bottle, Brown, Poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Dark Brown, a lot of head, about two and half fingers of lacing, then it kind of dissappears

Aroma: You can smell the alcohol, pepper. Very Nice

Taste: Peppery taste, you can very much tasted the alcohol also. Leaves a good flavor in you mouth

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, I had to take moderate drinks to taste all of the flavor, gulps caused me to taste too much alcohol.

Overall: Poured into a pint glass. Very neat beer, I think overall it is a very good beer, I don't think it is something I can drink a lot of at once. But something I can drink once again for special occasions.

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Photo of Bones54
4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've heard a lot about this beer, and was excited to see at on the "Beer Tour" at the Winking Lizard (chain in Northeast Ohio). The price was a little steep though- $6.75 for a bottle.

Overall a very good beer. Poured a nice dark color with a minimal head. High in abv, but that was difficult to detect. Sweet.

I'm not familiar with the Belgian beers, this is different from most things I'll drink. But it's definately got me leaning towards searching out some more Belgians!

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Photo of acrawf6
4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before 7/10

Pours out a nice very dark leathery tan with a big fluffy tan head sitting on top.

Smell. Very sweet of fruits- prunes, plums, and a banana creaminess. Is just slightly peppery; the sweetness overwhelms it. Just so creamy.

Taste. An explosion of flavors- first starts off a touch peppery with alcohol and slightly yeasty. A light tartness then comes out with alcohol soaked fruits- cherries and plums stick out the most. Not as heavy as i remember it to be. After a fwe seconds I get a nice creaminess and taste of butter icing. Finishes dryer then it starts off to be and slightly warm and peppery. hides the 11.3% alc. very nicely.

Mouthfeel. Full for the style. Very creamy, despite the carbonation being very present and lively (but not as much as other quads).

Overall. An incredible beer! Flavor is much more delicate than i remember and lighter. So creamy and flavorful though. I hear the Rochefort vs. St. Bernardus debate; my side is that Rochefort is slightly more complex on flavor, but Bernardus has a better flavor. I still choose the Bernardus.

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Photo of xymyl
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: Brown withhints of copper, dark cream colored head. With small bubbles. Head pours high and slowly settles leaving some lacing.

Nose: Spices and bread dough sit just above the surface of giant caramel and complex fruit notes including pears, apples, cherries, plums and a hint of dates, smoke, sweat and a hint of old band-aid with a very slight generic plastic note. These notes that sound more negative are really pretty good here in the small quantity that they are present. I probably won't smell them at all when this warms up a bit.

Taste: Everything and more shows up on the taste the alcoholic heat pulses its way through in elegant waves bringing up the spiciness with each surge and as the wave dies down it shows more woody/smokey dark sugar notes or lighter fruit notes alternately. Surprisingly mouthwatering. I really didn't notice any trace of band-aid or plastic flavor in the taste, which was a very good thing.

Body/Drinkability: Medium light bodied beer that is vey drinkable.

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Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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