Trappistes Rochefort 10 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort

Style: Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 2,959 | Ratings: 9,617
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy with a huge rocky head over a reddish-brown body. The nose is quite impressive! Extremely fruity with notes of pears and bananas, as well as a big chunk of fresh bubblegum. The body is light/medium and it has a somewhat zesty mothfeel.The flavor is expansive with a silky, fruity maltiness that fills the mouth revealing a faintly milk-chocolate character just before a charge of hops coats the throat. The alcohol is noticeable but not obtrusive. The distinctively chocolatey flavor also comes through in a late, warming finish - accompanied by some vanilla, fruit and bready notes. An astonishingly complex beer that cannot be done justice with just words.

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Photo of aracauna
4.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I will compare this beer to Westvleteren 12 because they are similar beers. Rochefort is darker and more opaque. The head is a darker khaki. The head composition is unusual. The bottom is big bubbled but the bubbles get smaller the closer to the top until the top layer you can't see the individual bubbles and you just get a creamy foam. Because of the different bubble sizes you get a less creamy mouthfeel , but one where the feel of the bubbles plays a part. The aroma is that of a good porter with some spice and fruitiness. The flavor has a nice toffee maltiness with pears, chocolate and a dessert spice like cinnamon or nutmeg. It also has a brightness to the flavor that the Westy lacked. Like the Westy, surprisingly easy to drink for its strength.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.62/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a murky dark brown. Damn near black. Light only seems to get through on the edges. The head is thick, luscious, creamy and tan. This beer has a beautiful aroma. Dark fruits, dark malt and cotton candy all in the mix. And sweet cookie dough. Now this is a beer to savor. Beautiful taste as it hits the tongue. Sweet fruits meld in perfection with dark (slightly burnt?) malts and of course sugars (seemingly brown and dark candy). Barely a hint of alcohol. (And this is 11.5 a/v?) So damn smooth. And damn tasty to boot. One of the best Belgian beers I've ever had.

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Photo of StevieW
4.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Magic in a glass.......Deep dark, ruby hints border the glass of this beauty. Thin fizzy tan head, that left after minute or two. Perfectly rich smell of carmel, cannied fruits, plums, and chocolate malt. Tasted much the same, incredible complex combination of roasted chocolate malt, fruit, carmel, cannied fruit and silky smooth mellow finish. This beer blankets your taste buds in happiness. High alcohol slides past, warms your belly and makes you happy. A perfectly balanced complex beer, the best I have had so far in my beer exploration. I saved this one for a special ocassion.............

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Photo of ADR
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Deep chestnut brown, head settles in 25 seconds or so. Small bubbles but not fizzy. Aroma is just a touch vinous, nice rum and raisin notes, yeastiness is distinct and fresh flowery. Dense smoky raisin flavors, slightly like the smell but more restrained. Nice balance, not overly champagne-like or super sticky brandy. Finishes with a satisfying alcohol warming and coating property. Flavor impact like a see-saw, powerful at the beginning and end. There are some Belgian brews that rub me the wrong way (and many that don't), this hallowed "cough syrup" is not only an excellent example of a dark artisinal ale but a great tasting beer. Coated the wine goblet I used really nicely.

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Photo of hooligan
4.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ahh... sweet nectar. A wispy lace of foam on a maroon-black beer. This beer smells of carmel, plums, and banana. While drinking my first mouthful I breathed in through my nose and tasted smooth, sweet, caramel and fruit, with a finish that spiced strongly of alcohol and faint black pepper. The crispness of this beer is so light, it reminds you of a chewier lambic, with a indescribable smoothness. Quite possibly one of the best beers in the world, but damned expensive.

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Photo of mmthompson33
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As one of the few best Belgian Trappists (maybe the best), this is one of those beers that deserves a place in the Hall of Fame just as Ripken, Henderson & Gwynn do. It's a classic, with a unique combo of strength and drinkability. It's one of those beers by which all others are measured.

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Photo of mattmaples
4.76/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

God smiles on this monk made beer!! This beer is the softest, most velvety beverage ever to take a ride past my lips. Huge plum / fig flavor. Huge body, enormous malty yummyness with little hop to be found. ALthough Todd and Jason mentioned a "prickly alcohol" presense, I did not get any of that. Mine was totaly smooth from begining to end. If it wasn't so expensive I would be drinking at least one of these a week. As it is, it is a wonderful treat to enjoy on occation.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 33cl Euro-style brown bottle. A freshness date of March 23, 2005, but it'll last much longer. Original Beglian label, no Enlgish. Brought over from Belgium. The (10) denotes it's strength, not abv, amongst a series of beers. They also brew a (6) and an (8).

Appearance: Dark, deep, rich rustic brown with a creamy tan tight lace, which is semi-sticky.

Smell: Spicy alcohol, ripe fruit (raisin & plum) and sweet ripe tropical melon aromas.

Taste: Upfront is an immediate prickly alcohol that rides upon a layer of tingly carbonation, making it smooth. Alcohol is extremely warming on the palate, throat and face. The malt is big, sweet & fruity, like ripe plum that melds with a spiciness that brings English Christmas Pudding drizzled with rum to mind. Some spicy pepper notes (from the yeast), some sweet sugary peppermint, almost medicinal to a certian point. Did we mention that this beer is alcoholic?

Notes: Beer like this gives us a reason to live.

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Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
Beer rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 9,617 ratings