Trappistes Rochefort 10 | Brasserie de Rochefort

2,830 Reviews
Trappistes Rochefort 10Trappistes Rochefort 10

Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 11-06-2000

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 2,830 | Ratings: 9,075
Photo of nickss
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a goblet.... dark cola appearance with a monstrous 1" rocky light beige head. Darker than I'm used to from quads, but still gorgeous. Tons of lacing... nice.

Big berry aroma with a significant alcohol presence... lots of plum, cherry, even a bit of toffee.

Big alcohol flavour... gets very much up in the nose. Extraordinarily complex... some nuttiness, malt, cherry, plum, as well as a fair amount of crisp yeastiness. Quite nice.

Big thick mouthfeel with a moderate amount of carbonation.... just perfect for this style.

While the alcohol is noticeable in the flavour, it certainly is not so 'in-your-face' that it hurts the drinkablility. For an 11.3% brew, this one is sneaky. While I think I prefer Abt. 12 to this brew, they are both classics, and exceptional for their style.

 806 characters

Photo of Tupperwolf
3.06/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hooray! Finally, I get to put my Trappistes Rochefort chalice to its intended use.

From a 330ml bottle, Rochefort 10 pours a velvety brown with tiny gold highlights; Soon a mochalike froth of a head builds, and the last tilt of the bottle is met with a stream of delicious belgian brown sediment. The head leaves little lacing, and remains as a soapy ring around the murky brown surface.

Smells of raisins and slight sugar are drowned out by oaky alcohol scents - whiskey dominated. Not as strong of a scent as I've come to expect from a quadrupel, especially given the chalice, intended to capture all those scents and offer them up to the nose.

The flavor peaks with a lot more whiskey - There are some grassy tones, and very, very slight cherry, but alcohol and oak are dominant. I absolutely despise whiskey, so this really isn't the flavor for me. The flavor is actually a little watery for a quadrupel, so it reminds me unpleasantly of a whiskey and water.

Mouthfeel is zesty with carbonation, lively, if you will, and rather light. It finishes extremely dry, the alcohol stripping everything from the palate.

I'm uncharacteristically dissappointed in this one - my palate just doesn't like the flavors and experiences it provides very much. I won't rate it lower than average, because I understand that it's my mouth's problem, not the beer's. Your milage may vary.

 1,387 characters

Photo of hanco005
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle, marked 160310 and 07:50, poured into an oversized wine glass

A—medium brown, cloudy with a 2 inch thick creamy cocoa colored head. Head has flecks of brown in it, tan bits of sediment swirl around in the glass, head fades slowly, thick full lacing remains

S—fruity, apricot, plum, raisons, alcohol seems fairly well hidden. One of the strongest smelling beers I’ve had thus far

T—Alcohol is abundant, fruits and spices are blended well, as is the sweetness and bitterness. Tasting the apricots, plums, and raisons that were in the smell, a little sour and tart as I drink more, finishes dry

M—full bodied, slippery and a little oily, medium carbonation

D—a sipping brew for sure, this one will warm you up in a hurry. Excellent! One is plenty…the 11.3ABV reminds you it is there with every sip.

 832 characters

Photo of marinobrew
3.95/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is easily an all time favorite. It pours into the glass aromatically with a stout head. The fruity eshters and sweet malt linger for a long time. The Head is tight laced and long lasting. The mouth is strong coffee and cocoa with a hint of raisin and licorice, but they are only subtle. The finish is somewhat dry and still long lasting. The coffee and trace amount of fruit from the hops/malt stick around for a while.

 424 characters

Photo of Metalmonk
4.36/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

It's Friday, it's springtime...bring on the high gravity Belgian ales.

Poured into a Trappistes Rochefort goblet. Got a rocky, creamy, very thick head that retained well. Just one black shade less than your typical black-as-hell stout. Call it ultra-ultra-dark brown. Lots and lots of lace.

Considering the complex flavor, this has a more subtle aroma than expected. Faint wafts of hops and alcohol arrive first, with toasted, almost burnt malts following.

A light smokiness appears first, then alcohols and an almost burnt malt flavor, all taken over quickly by a mellow raisin/prune sweetness. But then the alcohol returns. Depending on the temperature, the alcohol can take over a bit, so I try to stick with the suggested minimum of about 54 F. If you can't control the temp so much, it's still a fine, fine experience.

Mouthfeel is exceptional: creamy, slightly carbonated, a tiny bit of weight to it as it swirls around, a real delight. I try and keep it in the mouth as long as possible.

My only problem with this one is not the high ABV (bring it on) but how the alcohol dominates the flavor a bit too much. This is a unique ale, in that I tend to taste and feel it differently every time. But it's always above average to one degree or another.

 1,258 characters

Photo of Jacobob10
4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This time down in Atlantic City, I decided to treat myself at Firewaters.

Date on the bottle says 05.10.10 meaning this bottle was about 10 months old. The pour was very, very nice. Deep brown and ruby color with a creamy 2-finger tan head. The aroma was not as complex as I expected it to be. Dark malts, chocolate, and a little bit of raisin. The taste really brought the flavors out more. I thought the chocolate and fruitiness really shined here. The flavor certainly improves as the beer warms to ambient temperatures. Very rich with an alcoholic bite that does not go unnoticed. The mouthfeel was my least favorite part of the beer. I felt that the carbonation was a too high making it a little thin in body and leaving a fizzy feeling on my tongue. I was craving that thick, full-bodied feeling and it just wasn't there. Despite that, the drinkability is high. But be careful, the ABV is high and it certainly wants you to know it's there as I can honestly say that this beer knocked me on my ass a bit.

I would definitely recommend this beer to anybody, even though the high carbonation didn't make this beer as enjoyable as I thought it would be. I could see how laying this beer down for a year or two would really help make it more complex.

 1,257 characters

Photo of phisig137
4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Samiclaus tulip at cellar temp. Dark brown with ruby red highlights, and an offwhite head imerges and slowly dissapates. Sheets of lace don't even describe this. A solid blanket of lacing forms around the entire glass.

The aroma here is incredible. dark cherries, plums, figs, raisins, mild coffee, malt, caramel, and freshly baked pastries.

Flavor is equally superb, showing more dark fruit, baked pies, caramel, and a hint of chocolate. There is a considerable malty sweetness, but it is not to the point of being cloying. Mouthfeel is full and oily, while tiny bubles lift the flavors off your tongue. flavor lingers quite a while.

Drinkability get a point off because you just simply don't want this glass to be empty. Sip, savor, and fully enjoy each drop. Simply outstanding.

 806 characters

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

served in my watou chalice... i had the 10 a couple of years ago but really didn't know what i was getting into then so this is my official (re)introduction.

the pour yields a mahogany colored ale upon which rests a thin foamy, off-white cap. lots of floaties in this one.
very aromatic, sweet and spicy smelling while giving off notes of the darker fruits (figs, raisins, prunes), cocoa, and hints of black pepper and clove. some noticeable diacetyl and a whiff of alcohol too...

leaves streaks as i drink but no sticky lacing remains.

the taste comes off a bit dry and sour at first (brett?), but sweetens up a bit with repeated sips. flavors of apple, molasses, burnt candy sugar, anise and an alcoholic finish. this is a complex brew here, and it's character and strength are revealed slowly and subtlely as it warms in my glass.

it starts sweet, with a malty, alcoholic middle and finishes with a touch of dryness which just begs for another sip.

mouthfeel is a medium/full and a bit chewy with good carbonation.

the alcohol kicks in rather readily and the complexity lends a richness so i'm not sure i'd wanna do more than one of these (probably as a nightcap) but it is freaking tasty.

a brew worthy of it's reputation.

 1,249 characters

Photo of tkarsies
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served at room temp in wine goblet. Best before 5/19/09. Poured dark brown with 1/2 cm tan head that left lots of lacing. Some streams of carbonation seen rising throughout. Smell of dark fruit (plums, raisins), some malt and sweetness.
Taste is sweet, fruity, some malt flavors, little hop bitterness. Later, still more sweetness, then the alcohol makes its presence known, but never becomes overwhelming but lends some spiciness. Lingering taste is of sweet fruits and malts. Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, with carbonation making it feel a little lighter than otherwise, but still quite full-bodied.
Wow. This is a meal in a bottle and a real treat to sip. Will definitely try this again. Richness and high ABV limit this to one in an evening and cost with limit how often I try this beer. This is my first quad and definitely will be hard to beat.

 851 characters

Photo of davidchollar
4.84/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

very dark. nearly black, brownish on the edge when held to the light. big beige head settles quickly, but remains a nice thin layer. such a simple, unassuming little bottle, boring plain label, normal-looking dark beer. amazing and hard to believe this is my highest-rated beer, currently number 5 on the best of BA list. and also the most expensive beer i've ever bought.

huge belgian smells. fruity, yeast, alcohol ...s'mores? smells very sweet, complex, hard to describe. raspberry chocolate, plum wine. some hints of malted milk, whoppers. maybe even a tiny hint of coffee roasty stout malt. wow this is one serious mother quaffer.

taste brings more surprises, including a dry bitter finish. high abv is very obvious, but works with the flavor, isn't too distracting. big, full-bodied chewy mouthfeel. this is way more intense than the couple of quadrupels i've had so far, and a great example of a beer being so solid and powerful it can stand on its own. i'll take one of these with nothing else. no food or smoke, just a bottle and a glass, this beer kicks ass.

 1,075 characters

Photo of Raymond69
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears brownish red when held to the light. It pours with into an Orval chalice with a rocky uneven head that disapates rather quicky . Leaves a fair amount of lace

Smells slightly sweet, very faint hop smell.

Taste is complex , fruity esters, apples?.. Finishes with some malty bourbon flavors.

Feels balanced , nice carbonation, great hop/malt balance.

This one holds up well to any food/cigar combo I can think of. It's drinkability is only held back buy the alcohol% and price.

 494 characters

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

11.2 ounce bottle, pours cloudy brown with some yeasty sediment floating around, excelent retention shown on the tan head, loose, puffy, with world class thick lacing. Nose of rum soaked raisins, and yeasty goodness. Tasty and strong brew, notes of dark rum, ripe fruits, figs, ginger, bready yeasts. Yum. Heady, complex, classic belgian,world class sipper, well worth seeking out and enjoying. If only the price was more in the realm of affordability.

 452 characters

Photo of supernaut
4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - A thick 2+ finger head and a deep deep reddish-brown color. A host of sediment is visible on the bottle of my snifter, and that pillowy head just seems to stay there forever...significant lacing as well...pretty darn nice looking beer. Very old school belgian.

S - A very flowery nose. A range of sweetness and a slight yeastiness is evident.

T - Citrusy at times with malt and banana everpresent. Some subtle spicy and alcoholic tones present themselves as the taste lingers. A bit of caramel as well. Nothing dominates, just well done.

M/D - Significantly smoother than beers of the same style. An incredibly balanced mouthfeel leads to a substantially clean finish.

O - A great beer worthy of any praise given. I wish had a bit more beer money to stock up on more of this...

 810 characters

Photo of kevin62
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured out a dark,reddish brown with a beautiful large sparkling head.There was hints of raisin and chocolate in the smell as well as taste.This is an exceptional Belgian beer,probably one of the best.Do yourself a favor and run out and get this beer now!

 265 characters

Photo of stacey14
4.8/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is good (and rather easily found) comparison to Westvleteren 12. I think I could probably drink it every day for the rest of my life without getting tired of it. It poured out to a beautiful brown color with a fair amount of lacing and the smell was incredible and took me back to Belgium with every inhalation. But I think that the most memorable aspect of this beer was how incredibly smooth and creamy it was. A far cry from the 8, which is good while the 10 is exceptional.

Six packs for all!

 504 characters

Photo of BillyB
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours opaque brown but when held up to light becomes a dark copper/amber. Two fingers of thick tan foam leave nice lacework on the glass.
Aromas of sweet malt, caramel, chocolate and dark fruits like raisins, plums.
Taste is a good balance of sweet and bitter.
Full bodied, smooth, velvety mouthfeel with slight carbonation and nice alcohol warmth.
Very drinkable, just make sure you take it easy. The strength is deceiving in this excellent beer.

 451 characters

Photo of Dewey0603
3.91/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a clear very dark reddish black with a large two finger foamy head. The smell has a real dark fruit and alcohol aroma with a hint of brown sugar. The taste has brown sugar, figs,prunes or raisins, and a lot of alcohol. The m/f is heavy or even "chewy" with a complex mix of dark fruit and sugar flavors, alcohol,and alot of carbonation. This is a very good beer,yet I think it may be a tad overrated.

 411 characters

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

Again - Thanks to Red, White and Brew - Mount Holly, NJ!

33cl bottle - looks like something from the 1800's. Served in a Chimay chalice.

A - deep brown body with a big creamy caramel head that last and last. lacing with each sip. Nearly opaque.

S - Figs, rasins, nuts, cherries, caramel and dark brown sugar. Yum.

T - Malty, sweet, bready, fruity- a meal in a bottle. This is the best beer to date for me.

M - Creamy and warm, sipping and holding, sipping and holding..

D - Smooth - you don't realize this is 11.3%. An exceptional experience.

I think this is my new #1.

 593 characters

Photo of mjc410
4.04/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Westy chalice, which is MUCH easier to find than any of their actual ales...

Opaque brown, except when held up to a bright light: this gives a warm, deep glowing amber color. The two-finger head is very static, and has almost the same color as the label on the bottle. It leaves thick rings in the glass that gradually form tight lacing.

Sweet caramel. Dark malts. Not much else comes to mind. Not bad, just undistinguished.

Somewhat drier than the nose indicates. Finish is reminiscent of tobacco somehow, followed by warming alcohol. Leaves a pleasant, mildy acidic taste behind. As it warms, the ale becomes sweeter and more palatable.

Smooth, slightly tingly carbonation. Gradually begins to feel more viscous.

Very high, so long as you take small sips, and space them well. I learned this about halfway through. If you don't, the alcohol builds on your palate and hurts the taste.

 936 characters

Photo of JohnfromDublin
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted this at Christmas 05, but reviewed this bottle on 18th Feb 06.
Poured (into a Chimay chalice) a brown cloudy soup (is there a touch of purple there?) with a decent head considering the alcohol.
Smell is of malts, figs (?), really good.
The taste is very complex, there is so much going on that I don't know where to start; malts, fruits (plums), resin, phenols. Each sip reminds me of something different, - a real conversation stopper!

This is a serious sipping beer, I can feel the alcohol warming! To be partaken of on special occasions, a real treat!

 568 characters

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.77/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After hearing this beer described and referenced a lot as of late I decided to pick up a bottle to decide for myself. Thsi was a very nice quadruple.

The smell is honey, citrus and oak blended very invitingly.

The color is a nice reddish brown. Some sediment at the bottom of the bottle, some in the bottle. I'd say that was due to the 60 mile trip and not enough time to let things settle down. Hard to wait to long on this brew.

Taste is a nice mix of apple, peach, cinamon, robust malt and belgian candy. Definitely a warming feeling from the alcohol but not a bad addition to the taste, let's you know it's there.

$8 for a 12oz bottle. A very nice treat, but the price is a bit high to make it more than an occaisonal treat. Aside from the price I would definitely recommend this to anyone who would like to sample a good begium quadrupple.

 859 characters

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

330 ml bottle. Rochefort 10 pours out an impenetrable dark brown color with a large head that fades to a thin layer of foam. Rich, malty aroma. Amazing aroma come from this brew as it warms: chocolate, toffee, dark fruits, hazlenuts, grapes. The flavor is quite malty and spicy, but not overpowering. The subtle flavors are still able to come through. Pears, grapes, chocolate, bread, and hazlenuts. Little bitterness. Alcohol is noticable, but this is way more drinkable than any 11.3% beer deserves to be. Mouthfeel is creamy. Great complexity and flavor. This is one of the best beers in the world.

 601 characters

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

This is the greatest beer in the world. The flavor profile is so complex, with chocolate, fruity, spicey notes all going on, but yet perfectly balanced. I first had this beer in a cafe in Brussels, and it was perfect. I have since had it here in the United States many times, and it makes the journey pretty good, although it is better when handled and stored properly over its life. It is very consistant from bottle to bottle.

 428 characters

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

33 cL bottle poured into an oversized wine glass. Thick, opaque cloudy coffee. Fizzy grayish yellow head that quickly settles to a thin cap. Aromas of cherries, figs, raisins -- all drowining in cognac; caramel malts and a suggestion of anise. Big, alcoholic brandy flavor. Cherry cordials and date sugar sweetness. I kept thinking that this is what I'd expect a Belgian Barleywine to taste like. Viscous mouthfeel, oily and creamy at once with fluffy carbonation. This is absolutely one of the best beers I've ever tasted. An indulgence worth every penny.

 556 characters

Photo of Birdiebeagle
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle Pours a cloudy dark brown with a big creamy light tan head. The lacing is excellent and the head lasts well. Aroma is very pleasent with hints of plum, wood, and cola. Has a soft sweet aroma. Taste is excellent. Carbonation is perfect, the mix is awesome goes down with total ease. I could drink this anytime anyplace. This is a full bodied beer with an oily alcohol texture. Has a touch of a sweet finish, but its very good. I love this beer.

 450 characters

Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
4.47 out of 5 based on 9,075 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    No fake news here. Get real beer content delivered to your doorstep every month.