Trappistes Rochefort 10 | Brasserie de Rochefort

Trappistes Rochefort 10Trappistes Rochefort 10
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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:
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Added by Todd on 11-06-2000

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Photo of jed
4.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Comes in a brown, 33 cl bottle with "Authentic Trappist Product" mark. The bottles says, in French, "Should be consumed before 8/5/08." Poured into a Trappistes Rochefort chalice.

Appearance: Pours a dark, dark brown, almost a stout-like black but for the hint of light. Cola/coffee. Hazier, lighter brown near the top of the glass, with a small head. Weak head retention, but as it fades it leaves tons of dirty lace.

Smell: Smell is dominated by spicy fruit aromas and alcohol esthers. Also strong notes of brown sugars, reminiscent of a brown ale. As it warms, sugar becomes more prominent with a hint of cocoa.

Taste: Nose is immediately spicy with cloves, cinnamon, and pepper, balanced by raisin sweetness. Obvious warming from the huge amount of alcohol. Hops are more pronounced than other Belgians I've tried, and the beer is less dominated by fruit flavors. Yeast contributes to dry, slightly bitter/sour finish with plums, currants (?), and chocolate. Aftertaste has strong notes of alcohol, but not the same raw warmth as the 8; instead, the alcohol is spicy and adds to the flavor. As the beer warms, the aftertaste becomes more herbal and medicinal.

Mouthfeel: Very high level of carbonation initially, but it settles to a nice level. As with all good Trappists, very smooth mouthfeel, although less creamy than something like St. Bernadus Abt 12. Becomes a little syrupy as it warms, which takes away a little.

Drinkability: Obviously the high alcohol content prevents this from being a session beer, but it's an excellent beer to sip and slowly enjoy.

A world apart from the tasty Rochefort 8, with much more complex flavors and higher drinkability. I think that the alcohol is handled much better here: even though it's more evident than the 8, it's also more flavorful and actually adds to the experience of the beer. Rochefort 10 may be the perfect beer to enjoy after dinner; treat it like some good whisky, pause, and relax.

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Photo of ngandhi
4.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Steamy, fuselate nose built on dark fruits and herbs. On the palette, this is on a new plane of gustatorial sensation. I taste every fruit from plums and prunes to pears and apples, all centered around a tower of rich cocoa and caramel. Alcohol fumes from this beer, especially as it warms, lending a seamless depth and spice to the brew with a dry finish.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of DESTRO
4.73/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep brownish/orange with a massive rocky/bubbly tan pillow of a head. quite possibly the most impressive looking beer ive ever seen. aromas of brown sugar and maple, a good dose of malt and a slight hint of alcohol. smells a tad fruity as well. sweet in the mouth, malty and thick. tastes of caramel, overly ripe banana and hints of all sorts of sweet treats. some dark fruits also come into play along with touch of molasses. it finishes with a nice alcohol bite you can feel in your nostrils upon swallowing. hefty and smooth in the mouth yet crisp on the back of the throat, luxurious. drinkable? oh yes, for what it is. this goes down as one of the true greats.

$7.99 for a 11.2oz (yikes!)

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Photo of canucklehead
4.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From the earthy nose to the dark reddish-brown colour this beer
is a joy to sit and contemplate. When the first sip is taken the flavours are both strong and bold yet rounded at the edges. It tastes
like the beer has been aged for 2 or 3 years due to the harmonious
meld of hops and malt. You can taste the alcohol but it does not interfere with the sheer pleasure of sipping a glass of this classic.

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Photo of dansteino
4.97/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is exceptional -- so good it is sick.

I feel the earth moving.

The nose is wonderfully beautiful and complex. Caramel, citrus, raisin, other fruit, spices. Everytime I raise the glass, I smell something different.

The taste fruit, caramel, chocolate.

Port-like with a refreshing effervescence. I could drink this beer for the rest of my life -- I wish it were not so expensive and hard to come by here in the Big Easy.

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Photo of silenius
3.75/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My bottle has a drink by 04-03-08 date. Being it is from Europe, I'm not sure if that is April 3 or March 4. Doesn't matter either way, I guess. This one is gone.

It pours a leathery brown color with glints of red. The head needs no coaxing and small thin patches remain in my glass throughout. The first sniff is slightly sour, but that blows off soon enough to reveal an earthy, woody, smoked meat smell that is not entirely unlike red wine.

The taste is not my style. Too much wood in it for me. Certainly complex, but not in a good way in my opinion. I can see it has merits, but I'm not a big fan of what it has.

The mouthfeel is prickly and effervescent, but substantial. Reminds me too much of how soda feels in my mouth.

This is drinkable and there are hundreds of beers that I would turn down to get one of these, but there are so many others that I think are better.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This unique brew pours a murky brown/leathery color with a big multi-sized bubbly head and lots of sticky and trailing lace.
The initial smell is of a musty basement. A oaky smell emerges as does a whiff of malt, cloves, citrus, apples and alcohol.
The medium/full body has a fresh bread taste. An oaky background supports flavors of citrus, plums, apples, candy sugar, cloves, and peppery spices.
The warming alcohol, while noticeable, is well within the overall balance of aroma and flavor. This is a nice rich Trappist to enjoy by the fire with fine cheeses, dessert, or just as a pleasant nightcap.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.87/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A light brown, off-red hue, with a thick bubble-bath-like head, which acts as a layer throughout the body of this well crafted brew. On the nose, a tinge of alcohol, cotton candy, fruit, fresh flowers. Up front, chewy and a bit sugary, yet now over-dominating. Alcoholic presence off the top, again not too over-powering or distracting. Extremely well balanced and in tact. Everything in this brew appears to be in place, incredible flavorings in the way of bubble gum, cotton candy, plums, cocoa, some spices as it warms, even cloves and orange peel. A decent belly-warmer near the end, with some notes of smokiness, yeast and fresh baked bread. The alcohol effect is incredibly well hidden for the style/ABV, this one is almost addicting, near liquid perfection.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.62/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick, creamy, light tan head almost makes it look like a nitro. There's a fair amount of stringy above the chocolatey brown beer. Rich alchoholic plum and raisins, mixed with chocolate bars and apples. I don't know if I've done the aroma any justice, but it's damn good. A mild blend of dark fruits, a bit of caramel, and some followed up my a lightly bitter and alcoholic finish. Silky smooth mouthfeel with a moderately full body. The 11% alcohol barely makes itself known. This is one great beer, just the right mix of flavors and aromas combined with a smooth drinking beer.

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Photo of granger10
4.72/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So many flavors, such little amount of beer I have to find them all. That is what I thought about this beer. The complexity was staggering. 11.2 oz was not enough! But I can't afford any more than that. This was a very dark beer for a Belgian and it had a nice, frothy tan head to show its carbonation. Lots of lacing. Smell is strong and has a raisiny, bready flavor to it. Taste is just too complex to describe. It starts out with a tang hit of chocolate and caramel malts. Some floral hops come lightly into the mix. A bready character soon follows. Then fruity sensations run wild. Dark plums and raisins dominating my palate. A rum-like quality is there all along but only increases to epic proportions towards the end. Yeast is quite sour and extremely dry in the finish. This is a beer to savor and sip, very slowly. The only drawback was the price for this. At $10/bottle I can't afford too many of these!

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured ruby and black into Rochefort goblet. Lots of beige colored flakiness in suspension hovering on the bottom of the goblet. Light brown foam. Lots of dark roasted candi sugar and malt in the nose, coffee and fruit. Taste is complex; smooth, rich and amazing. So many changes in the palate as one sips. Malt sweet and candi raisin and currant, yet maintaining a dryness that is fantastic. I've had this beer a couple of times and it's just really, really good. It's dated 26 08 08 (b.b. Aug 8, 2008), so it's kind of young, but with this beer that's good. Sparkling black Cristal...

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.72/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle had a "best before" date of 05.18.06 on the label. Had a muddy reddish-brown color with a fair amount of suspended yeast clumps and particles, a ¼" lumpy off-white head that quickly dwindled down to a thin ring and left minimal lace.
A couple sniffs and some gentle swirling of the chalice yielded an enticing array of aromas: sweet dark fruits, bready malt, yeast, vanilla, candy sugar, molasses, and alcohol. A taste - mmm, vanilla, candied plums, raisins. Another, larger taste - even more fruit (bananas, this time), almost a pumpernickel bread yeast-laden maltiness, and a finishing alcohol punch and warming sensation to the throat and chest. The feel was medium- to full-bodied, with a light effervescence, and smooth alcohol essence.
Damn, now that was how to start off 2004! Given how long the monks at the Abbaye de Notre-Dame de Saint-Rémy have been brewing this beer, they certainly have got it fine-tuned. Truly a world-class beer.

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Photo of FranklinPCombs
4.82/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark opaque, with barely visible hints of red visible in the light. Thick foamy head quickly recedes. The smell of this beer presents so many thoughts, but they all seem to meld together perfectly. The smells are subtle and elusive. Malts are present, with ints of chocolate, various fruits, coffee, and some meaty spices. The taste is very spicy, again almost meaty, with the chocolate hints again, and nutty coffee hints. The heavy carbonation of tiny bubbles gives it a dry mouthfeel which smooths out on the back. Amazingly I thought it was maybe 8% ABV until my brother told me that it was tipping 11%. This says alot for the drinkability of this beer. Simply an amazing beer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pourred a dark brew with a nice foamy white head with excellent retention time. Complex aroma of spice and roastiness arose from my glass. Taste of spice is complex and alcohol taste is subtle which is great achievement at 11.3%. Body if full and support well the mix of spice from this beer. Always great to review a trappist beer when they are so perfect as this one clearly is. The only thing I can compare this to is Chimay red. Wow!!!

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Photo of rkhaze
4.82/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This gem poured a cloudy cola brown with bits of suspended yeast. Thick, bubbly medium sized head. Dessert type aromas. Banana, maraschino cherries, brown sugar and a bit of dark rum.
A hint of chocolate as well. Smelled like a serious, alcohol infused banana split.
Very complex flavors. Rich and creamy. Bready malt, banana, tropical and red fruit, mildly tart yeast and a nice subtle bitterness to balance it all. The alcohol was present, but well integrated into the whole.
Lightly sticky and viscous mouthfeel. Rich and full bodied but with a carbonation that makes it velvety and highly drinkable.
Top notch tipple.

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Photo of proc
4.78/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What an outstanding beer.

Pours out to a wonderful, dark amber with a huge head and lively carbonation. The aroma is that of malt, raisins and plums. The taste is a wonderful experience with fruit and anise note taking presence. The finish is lively and delicious. The ABV is very, very well hidden.

World class beer.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a lightly hazy deep red - amber color when held up to the light. It is dark amber to brown otherwise. It is topped by a light brown head. Aromas of dark fruit, fruit-cake, and rum. The taste has a lightly spicy yeast character. There is a light sweetness, though this beer is fairly light bodied. Flavor notes of raisin and other dark fruit are under the spicy notes of this beer. The spiciness adds a complexity to this beer that was not in the 6, but I think that the 6 was better integrated than this beer.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.2/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Massive beer. Appearance is a beautiful calm nocturn color with a surprising pale brown head.
Aroma: Bouquet is a fruity melody, plums/prunes.
In mouth: Nice complexity, roasted notes, controled alcohol, sweet nectar, everything is well balanced in here

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Photo of GreenCard
4.3/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle best before date: 11/11/08...

Appearance: dark mahogany brown, some head develops but quickly dissipates to a crown and some bubbles, slight haze

Aroma: richly fruity and sweet, deep notes of prunes and clovey spice, quite phenolicy, also an usual guava scent

Flavor: a lovely full maltiness with a rum-raisiny undercarriage, fairly sweet initially, then the peppery alcohol takes over, then a pleasant hop bitterness, finish is semi-sweet w/ a pruney aftertaste and some residual bitterness, very complex

Mouthfeel: full bodied, terse carbonation, blooming alcohol warmth w/out burning

Overall Impression: What a great beer! The flavor just BLOOMS in your senses. Also has a wonderful cognac-like essence. Rochefort is truly one of the best Trappist breweries. World class!

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Photo of merlin48
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle.Maybe it was the goblet, but it appeared a beautiful cherry amber at the bottom, while an almost opaque dark chetnut brown at the top. Generous beige head with a glop of thicker foam in the middle. Nose was of honeydew melon and darker fruit. Exquisite! Mouthful was creamy.

Taste was incredible. More dark fruits, and a hint of McIntosh apples and melon on top of first rate Belgian malts. What an experience to enjoy! Taste and aroma got even better as the goblet emptied.

I enjoyed this one much better than the Westy 12. In fact, this Rochefort 10 was the best I've ever had, anywhere, anytime. A sublime experience! Thus my first 5s across the board. Definitely worth the price of admission. Perfection in a bottle!

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Photo of Crosling
4.45/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Incredible and Inspirational. An amazing beer. Upon opening the nose was intense. I could smell the beer from 2 feet away. All Kind of dark fruits, sweet bananas, wood, alcohol available in the fine nose. A copper colored beer, feel bad saying this but it almost looked like Pepsi. But the fluffy head was incredible.

Then the best part...the first cherries, plums, apricots, bananas, prunes, raisins, all kinds of dark fruits. Some sediment in the beer as well and an amazing lace left on the glass.

An incredible Belgian even at $ 7.99/btl...absolutely!

The best beer around? Perhaps, but I still haven't had Westy 12 yet.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.47/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

not that impressed with this one. upon pouring, it honestly looked like i just dumped a can of pepsi into my glass. it was perhaps the most carbonated brew i've ever seen. the head was bubbly as hell and disappeared instantly. still, it had a better than average dark ruby/brown colour to it. the smell was actually quite nice, incorporating malt, cherry and some other sweet smells. the taste followed suit with the smell but was a bit more syrupy than i expected and the carbonation that was so apparent in the pour was virtually gone. strange. there is a strong alcohol presence in the taste as well to the point that it is almost medicinal. needs to be toned down a bit methinks. overall, not that drinkable of a brew for $7 a pop. i'd be inclined to try it again just to see if perhaps i had a bad bottle, but it's nothing special in my eyes.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.92/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is damn near a perfect beer and that is despite its massive ABV. The 10 poured a odd group of colors. Stout black with a foggy white head at first glance. A closer look revealed the top of the glass to be more a brown color with the bottom opaque. Smell was insanely good. A huge bevy of aromas melded so well together. Swirls of licorice, chocolate, dough, a musty "belgianesque" note, and a spicy alcohol finish that tickled the back of my nose. The taste was even more intense if that is possible. Huge notes of alcohol and anise coupled with a bittersweet chocolate upfront with hints of toffee behind cascading into a tart cherry middle, which developed into a almost stout like malt finish without the volumonous mouthfeel. The addition of the yeast subdued the mouthfeel but melded and increased the intesity of all the flavors, especially in the aroma. If this is what being a monk is like(which I know its not) then you can sign me up!

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Photo of moulefrite
4.48/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Don't get much prettier no sir! A black hole of a brew, yet with a very faint, and I mean faint dollop of amber at the bottom of the glass. The head and lace are concrete structures. Aromas are very ripe and fruity, with melon at the forefront. Some botrytis aromas appear as well. The mouthfeel is very enjoyable-at once enveloping the entire mouth with warmth and bursts of barnyard flavors. Flavors are redolent of Blue Cheese-funky, moldy, fruity, yes very much blue cheese esc. I'd bet it would pair like a dream. A sweetness in the way of coffee with heavy cream and sugar adds to the complexity. All in all very wine like in flavor with great depth of flavor. The ever present fruity funkiness will not be for everyone, straight off that is. Yet, this is one that will grow on you for sure. I will re-edit it each time I taste it. Superior Stuff!

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Photo of leeenglewood
4.72/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance was dark brown with a creamy white head that held on to the last drop. Smelled of brown sugar and bruised apples. Tasted like dark roasted malts and had quite spectacular ester profile of sweet fruits and real sun dried raisins to go along with a slightly yeasty flavor. The mouthful was thick and creamy with a slightly oily tinge to the tongue. One of the first truly unique beers I’ve ever had so many flavors intermingle to tantalize the pallet. Very hard to describe just how excellent this beer truly is.

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Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
Beer rating: 96.4% out of 100 with 9,267 ratings
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