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Trappistes Rochefort 10 | Brasserie de Rochefort

2,792 Reviews
Trappistes Rochefort 10Trappistes Rochefort 10

Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium | website

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 11-06-2000

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Photo of Ant777uk
4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

No elfs, old men or pink elephants on the label. Are they saving money on a designer or are they putting 100% of their focus on their beer..?

Deep, black, head remains after pouring...

Best drank after at least half an hour outside the fridge.

Aroma is too malty and sugary, not the best.

This is one of the biggest and most courageous beer I have tried, in terms of flavour. It has so many levels, every sip is different. Despite its strength, still it has a smoothness that controls all of its personality. This is amazing beer. Will def try the other numbers also. Though a bit too much of a sugary overtone. And too chocolatey.

Tastes of mocha, cocoa beans, coriander.

Look, aroma, feel...really they are similar to others. The taste is what makes this shine.

I massively respect the people who made this. They do not care about marketing. Just their actual product, in its essence. Respect. I am happy to have discovered this. Thank you to everyone who made this...

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Photo of Apellonious
4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz poured into a tulip glass. Best before 23.07.2020. Looks like I am little early.

A - Poured a dense, dark brown, with a one finger tan head that moves to a thin lace within a few minutes. Very active sounding at the pour. Visible sediment at the bottom.

S - Bananas, dark fruit (cherry/fig), bread, some cider notes and slight heat.

T - Interesting. Caramel, general quadness/bread, cherry, a little bit of burn.

M - Very active carbonation happening in the mouth. Would say its medium high. The heft is full, but not overbearing. Finishes dry.

O - I don't visit this style often enough, but this is one is a great offering that's worth a try, even if it is a little pricey.

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Photo of HappyGuy12345
4.79/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 11.2 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Dark brown with huge amount of head (4 fingers). Sediment is noted on bottle of glass when you nearly finish drinking it.
Smell: Subtle fruity smell.
Taste: Perfectly sweet. Hints of sugar, caramel and molasses are noted. The high alcohol content (11.3%) is masked extremely well. No unpleasant aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Light carbonation. Medium body. Very smooth going down.
Overall. It isn't hard to see why this is considered a world class beer. Simply delicious.

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Photo of KatyBeerGuy
4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle with enjoy before date in feb 2020, straight into Tulip glass. 3 finger creamy foam went to 1/2 finger after a few minutes and stuck around. After 5 minutes, yeast fell to bottom of glass.

Beer was dark brown and lightly carbonated. Could taste the alcohol in first sip, but it all went down very easy after that.

Tasted of caramel and lightly reminiscent of nutty chocolate.

This is definitely "top shelf" beer that I'll truly enjoy once in a while, but it won't go into the regular rotation.

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

Look: Very dark, opaque brown. Noticeable sediment. Thick, creamy tan head.
Smell: Plum, raisin, fig, caramel, alcohol, hint of citrus hop
Taste: Comes right of the bat with lots of dark fruit and brown sugar/caramel. Spicy hops. Heat from the alcohol amplifies the spicy notes. Alcohol taste is there but subdued well by the sweetness. Fairly sweet, but not overwhelming at all. Perfect balance.
Feel: Medium/heavy body, creamy, smooth, just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall an outstanding beer. The more Belgian ales I drink, the more I like them. There's more spiciness here than I've found in other of similar styles.

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Photo of MACrist
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Mahogany brown with a finger + of tan foamy head that lingers quite a while, and settles down to a nice layer on top of the beer. No lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Floral, candied sugar, a little alcohol, lots of dried dark fruit/fruitcake, big and bready.
TASTE: Just like aroma, very sweet beer. Add brown sugar/molasses.
FEEL: Very effervescent, slick up front and then drier in the finish. Medium body.
OVERALL: A nice one to sip on. Very sweet overall, but nice big molasses, dark fruit flavors.

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Photo of jws7968
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This really is an amazing beer. I am a porter and stout fan, but this is one of my favorites out of those styles. Has a boozy taste which a love and goes down smooth.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark rich reddish-brown with some yeast floaties, and a fluffy small head that hangs around and slowly dissipates as you sip. Smell is holiday spices, right dark fruits, sweet dessert breads, dates, figs. Taste is similar to the aromas, rich, dark sugary notes, figs, dates, fruitcake, dark sweet bran cereals, molasses cookies, dark fruit, sorghum, anchored down by a nice pumpernickel bready maltiness. Feel is super smooth, and dense. a bit syrupy, but allows all of the flavors to coat the palate. Great dark Trappist offering for sure. A winter sipper.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.57/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle 'best before 11/18/2019'. Poured from bottle a dark, cloudy brown with dark yeast sediment taking a seat on top f the pillowy head, which it rode all the way down... Foamy light khaki head is very lively and has a layer persists to the end. Tons of carbonation, a gentle rock of the glass invokes a fresh layer of bubbles.

Smells very similar to the Rochefort 8, mostly of yeast and kind of soapy; I probably should have let these bottles settle out more before opening because there was a lot of stirred up yeast to contend with. Other smells are very sweet and mixed fruits. Taste is very sweet and full of fruits. Medium to full body and just a hint of booze at the end, a nice amount. Long finish with sweet tastes of cherry, raisins, and candy and maybe tobacco.

Overall, I'm drinking this side by side with the Rochefort 8, and while both are excellent and drink very smooth while hiding their abv, the 10 is just has more going on. Its really delicious and has a few more layers to it than its little brother.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip glass. It pours a dark mahogany and is opaque when the glass is held up to the sun. It has a thick, creamy, one-finger ecru-colored head and lacing. The smell is more subdued than I anticipated. It's earthy, with some faint fruitiness and a touch of spice. The taste features banana, current, cherry, tobacco, and other dark fruit, with a smoky peat, and some caramel. It is an amazingly complex and pleasurable flavor. This ale is medium-bodied, highly-carbonated, and the 11.3% ABV is not that noticeable but really sneaks up on you. Overall, this it a very well-crafted and delicious Quad. This is one of my favorite beer styles and Trappistes Rochefort 10 is clearly world class.

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Photo of rex_4539
3.92/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very good beer but overhyped in my opinion. Not as good as the La Trappe Quadrupel, for example.

High ABV very present, unfortunately.

Of course, I would happily drink it any day :)

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Photo of TruePerception
3.79/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Trappistes Rochefort 10, Belgian Quad ale. 11.3% ABV.

A: Over three fingers of head, to start with; tan. Gotta let this settle... Dark, tamarind/brown in the glass. Honey brown-yellow in the dimple. Rather faint, yet sticky sheeting. Okay lacing.

S: Earthy, with a note of dirt. A fairly strong, sweet tree sap/molasses aroma immediately behind that; with a slight earthy sourness to it. Aroma doesn't stick around for very long, though.

T/MF: Flavor is straight up earth; and fairly bitter, at that. Very dry, considering the aroma. There is a note of tree sap. Slight lime pith. With a bright flare at the end. Seems more of a pairing beer than a stand alone. A shame; I've heard people speak really highly of it. It's not bad, but certainly not worth $7 for a little bottle.

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Trappist Rochefort 10 with 1 year of age

Pours a dark honey color with tons of floaties; 2 fingers of an off-white colored head. Only small shimmers of light pass through the beer. Great lacing.

Aroma brings dark fruits, light clove, a bit of banana, Belgian yeast, brown sugar, cherries, and a bit of citrus.

Taste is brighter than expected. Citrusy; crisp carbonation, banana, a tad bit watery, slight clove spice. Alcohol becomes more present as it warms.

Trappist Rochefort with 2.5 years of age

Aroma brings cherries, apple juice, dark fruits, citrus, yeast, and rum.

Much more citrus on the flavor than on the 1 year. Definitely a bit of funk, more carbonation. More alcohol is present on the taste than the 1 year; even a bit of bitterness is noted. Less balanced. I believe this beer peaks at 1 year.

Overall, this is a great, classic Belgian style Quad. It is definitely more citrus forward than expected. The crisp carbonation in combination with this brightness creates something incredibly drinkable, despite the high ABV. I see this pairing well with cherries jubilee. It gets a 91/100.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; "best before" Sept 22 2020 and served lightly chilled. Not the first time I've had this one.

Pours a muddy, burgundy-brown colour with reddish highlights, crowned with one finger of foamy, creamy-looking light beige-coloured head. Good retention; it persists at the surface for more than 10 minutes, receding unevenly into a lumpy cap and frothy collar, and simultaneously producing plenty of attractive lace. The aroma is similar to that of Rochefort 8, but with more of a focus on dark fruit. Big notes of plum, raisin, cherry and currant leap out on the nose, in addition to some pronounced caramelized/candi sugar sweetness. Hints of orangepeel and flowers also come to mind, with yeasty notes of banana and clove becoming more noticeable as the glass warms.

While all quality quads will provide a certain level of intensity, this one just does not relent - from the start of the sip until well after you've gulped it down. Saccharine flavours of candi syrup and molasses serve as the background, with those dark fruit notes I picked up on the nose dominating initially. Flavours of cherry, sugarplum, currant and date are each detectable, with a fairly significant hint of banana in there, too. The flavour becomes more herbal and earthy on the back end, with touches of licorice, clove and yeast rounding the profile out. Sweet-ish aftertaste with some alcohol warming, but the booze integrates beautifully. Full-bodied, with moderate carbonation levels that start off fairly assertive, but drop off over time, developing a much softer, smooth mouthfeel once it has had time to breathe.

Final Grade: 4.7, a superlative A+. Rochefort 10 is one instance where all of the hype is completely well-founded - as far as strong, Belgian-style dark ales go, this one floats amongst the cream of the crop. It is a decadently tasty quad that should be considered an absolute must-try for all serious beer geeks - one bottle will not be enough. While Rochefort 8 has been available year-round in this province for a few years now, I'm still keeping my fingers crossed that this beauty will some day be equally easy to find at the LCBO.

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Photo of mkh012
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, Rochefort 10. Alongside St. Bernardus Abt. 12, it is generally considered the best Belgian Quad that you don't have to spare an arm and a leg for (since Westy 12 is near impossible to find).

Pours a thick dark brown with a hint of red. Chunky tan head. It smells of dark fruits, as any proper Quad should. I also get a hint of soapiness that makes me wonder if this bottle was properly cared for. 2018 best by date leads me to believe this sat for a while. The taste is very smooth for 11% ABV. Becomes a bit stronger as it warms. Figs, toffee, fruitcake, as "easy-drinking" as 11% can be, but still certainly a sipper. Starts with the lively carbonation you expect from a Belgian beer. Aftertaste is clean.

Is Rochefort 10 a word-class beer? No doubt about it. But I think I've had better Belgian brews. If you except that a Belgian Strong Dark Ale is basically the same as a Quad, I've preferred Gulden Draak, Trois Pistoles (Canadian, I know, but Belgian-style), and maybe even Chimay Blue to Rochefort 10. I also seem to be in the minority that thinks 8 is Rochefort's strongest offering. The sweet spot so to speak. While Rochefort 10 is certainly bigger and more complex than something like Trois Pistoles, it is also a bit more earthy and medicinal.

I would love to try this as intended. Properly cellared in a Belgian basement rather than left on a shelf for who knows how long. A more "ideal" bottle would probably earn a 5.

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Photo of BeersForBeardo
4.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nothing to say that hasn't already been said. Absolutely phenomenal beer. I was fortunate to find this in my local store. First time i tried it was actually an accident. Arguably the best beer i have ever had. If you have this beer available and don't purchase it you are doing yourself a dis-service.

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Photo of Bunman3
4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a delightful birthday treat for me. The only thing I did not like was its lack of life in the glass. Overall, this is another world class offering from Trappistes Rochefort. A guy can't afford these for every day, but should treat himself from time to time!

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Photo of dd43
4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this alongside an Abt 12, an experience I highly recommend other Belgian quad fans partake in. The aroma difference with St Bernardus is pretty surprising. Much more of a contrast than I would have guessed before I tried it myself.

Massive, rocky tan head on this one, tiny bubbles that lace somewhat but not in an appreciable way. Earthy aroma, herbal and almost floral at times. I get some licorice in the flavor and some cherry notes in the bouquet. I don't know if the differences I detect in this beer as compared to Abt 12 are the result of yeast esters or hops, but I'm guessing this is a yeast byproduct. Amazingly complex beer that is actually a little lighter on the palate than Abt 12. But don't be confused about where this sits. It's a big substantial 11.2% Belgian quad and should be handled as such. World class beer.

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Photo of Biggtriksta
4.82/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

While I have not been able to get my hands on any Westvleteren, I have been able to try this one alongside its other notable competitor, St. Bernardus Abt 12. The boldest of the three Rochefort beers, 10 is by far my favorite of all of the Quads I have tried. With such a strong, robust flavor profile that is loaded with dark fruits and molasses, this beer is delicious. It balances booziness with complexity in a way that I haven't found in any other Belgian Quads. Delicious beer!

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - A murky dark brown color.
Smell - Figs, plums, oakiness, sweet caramel/toffee notes,
Taste - Follows the nose with the dark fruits....plums, dates, figs, some cherries, hints of smokiness, spice, caramel sweetness
Feel - The 11.3% makes itself present but not in an overpowering way or fusel at all. Goes down extremely smooth.

Overall - What an amazing beer!! Enjoyed 6, 8 and 10. Great stuff.

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Photo of DrAnnaNemis
4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with a thick tan head. Smells of figs and oak. Taste is big on figs with plum, brown sugar, caramel, dark bread and an oak finish with a mild alcohol burn. A smooth and warming drink. This was really nice!

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

Nothing left to say that hasn't already been said. Tried the 8 and the 10 at the same time. Both world-class without a doubt. Very similar, but the 10 is just a little more than the 8 in several aspects. More aroma, sweeter, more flavor, and stronger abv. No bandwagon shit here. This is good beer. Get one!

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Photo of ckornmannn
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle, into a tulip: medium brown color, dense and hazy. Flecks of sediment. Off white dense head with great lacing. Plum and fig prominent on the nose, also a cilantro-like herbal aroma. Complex taste: plum, fig, peppery, with a good hop presence too. The mouthfeel of the beer is amazing; not overly viscous but a great aftertaste lingers almost forever. Pretty amazing!

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Photo of WoodButcher
4.08/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle with a use by date of 2020. Probably could have aged a bit but I don't know if it would have added to complexity.

Pours a rich chocolate/leather brown, cloudy with a tight tan head that lingered the entire time.

Smell is sweet with ripe dark fruits and a bit of smokiness and mild spice.

Taste is more of the same with hints of caramel, dark fruit, a bit of tobacco smokiness, malty and yeasty, and a little astringency in the finish. The 11.3% ABV is barely noticeable. You could get in trouble with this one! Certainly not a session beer, but very drinkable.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a mildly prickly and fine carbonation. A little thick, but unlike many beers of this nature it isn't cloying, overly spiced, and doesn't leave your mouth feeling slick or coated.

overall a great quad.

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Photo of 11-52_4hops
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A big ending for my 2015 beer sampling. Dark copper color; initial big head; 1/4" tan-white layer remaining long after the pour. Nose of candied fruits, anise, and a little sherry. Full, bold taste - smoky cherries, prunes, anise, medicinals, booze - almost like Becherovka in ale form. A little pleasant bitterness left behind. Despite the big head, not as much carbonation mouth feel as expected -- maybe just hiding behind all that big taste. This ale made me yearn for a couple of feet of snow outside and a big roaring fireplace. Would not be my choice for everyday drinking, but rather reserved for a time of quiet contemplation on something really unique and rich.

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Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
99 out of 100 based on 2,792 ratings.
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