Trappistes Rochefort 10 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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Brasserie de Rochefort

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 descartes
4.27/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 33 cl bottle.

Appearance: Mahogany colored with half inch lace.
Smell: Earthy, very complex with hints of banana, nuts and pepermint.
Taste: Nutty front, kicks in with hops and alcohol in middle and back. Coco aftertaste. Warms the insides.
Mouthfeel: Creamy thick mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Too strong to have several at a time.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.18/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer has a deep opaque brown body with a big creamy tan head that last and last. It has nice lacing with each sip. No carbonation visible but the head is still going.

S- During the pour I thought I smelled a strong banana aroma but I don't detect that anymore. The smell of dark caramel and brown sugar come through with a hint of dates.

T- The taste of dark sugar is not sweet but it really blends with a light grain flavor in the background. Some notes of dates and raisins finish with a soft alcohol kick.

M- The head is still going and it gives the mouthfeel a creamy texture and a full mouthfeel. There is a nice alcohol warmth in the finish.

D- This is a well balanced beer with all the flavors melding and the alcohol is a nice balance to the grain and sugars. I usually don't taste dates but more of a raisin flavor but this was a nice difference. It goes down very smooth for a 11.3 ABV.

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Photo of TheEclecticGent
2.85/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This Quad has a thick cloudy brown color with a heavy thick even light brown head. The smell is rich with fermented fruit. The taste is lighter than expected. It has an ethereal aftertaste and a warming effect probably due to the high alcohol content. A bit nutty but far more sterile than I would have hoped for in a “good” Belgium beer. It has all the tags to be a great beer but it lacks a full flavor. Perhaps the 6 or the 8 will have a more intact flavor. Seems, overly fermented?

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Photo of mjohn27603
4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sent by Lou91 in a beer trade. Best if consumed by 3/7/07 but I couldn't wait that long. Pours light to medium brown in color. Looks darker brown in the glass. Foam develops and fills over half the glass. Carbonation bubbles appear large in size. Aroma through lots of foam is of nuts and spices. Taste is a litle of cardboard perhaps damaged in the shipment? Mouthfeel is exquisite, very silky smooth. Taste is of nuts, very subdued not overpowering in any way. Taste is a little like grapeseed. This reminds me of Westy 12 a little bit. High ABV is hidden very well. No alcohol burn. A little bit of evaporating alcohol if held on the tongue for a while.

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Photo of ohitsbrad
4.97/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

29 December 2005, Best Before May 09

Appears murky dark brown with a small tan head. The aroma is complex and of raisins, spices, belgian yeast, chocolate, cocoa and fresh fruit (bananas, oranges). There is a huge sweet chocolatey malt flavour. Tastes of dark dried fruits (raisins), brown sugar, spices (allspice) and has a warming alcoholic finish. The mouthfeel is full, thick and smooth. Had Rochefort 10 a few times now and it has a lot going on. An outstanding, complex and warming beer. Always the right choice at the Belgian Beer Cafe in Perth.

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Photo of zjungleist
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a deep and dusty brown and had an average light colored head. There was quite a lot of floating brown yeasty bits, but that's ok. Both the smell and taste evolved a great deal during my glass, so I will try to elaborate...

The smell started as mainly yeast, while the flavor was mainly that of brown or candy sugar.

The smell evolved and took on more malty scents, and then dates and raisins toward the end.

The flavor stayed very sweet through out, but eventually took on similar dark fruit flavors combined with hops, some deep yeast and malt flavors, and towards the last two sips... some strange cider like flavor.

Over all, the smells and tastes were not all that complex, but more specific from sip to sip. One thing I must mention is how well the alcohol was masked.

The mouthfeel was right on par, with good body, a slight syrupy oiliness, and a nice carbonated bite to balance it out.

Overall, a very nice brew. I will probalby try this again, but not too often at $7 a bottle.

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Photo of phishgator
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Impressive pour into a chalice, deep mahogany with a slight tan head. The head is thick foam that slowly dissipates. The aroma is on candied rasins, fruit, and choclate. The flavor matches the aroma, except for the belgian sugar that is really sweet. The sickiness of the sugar leaves a slick feel in the mouth. After one the warm is enough and the sugary sweetness detracts from the ability to enjoy another.

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Photo of Prufrock
4.07/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a red wine glass.

pours a nice deep, murky brown with a bubbly inch of off-white head. foam leaves nice lacing.

unbelievably complex aroma. roasted malts, chocolate-covered raisins, rum-soaked prunes and other dark fruits. just a hint of the hich alcohol content. some bready, roasty malts and cola sweetness as well.

thick, chewy malts with a brown sugary sweetness and hints of dark fruits. full, creamy mouthfeel with a little too much carbonation. alcohol taste is nonexistent, but the 11.3% hurts the drinkability. excellent beer.

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Photo of Mandrake
4.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark reddish brown with a large, off-white head that is slow to dissipate. The ruby highlights glinting through the cloudy brown were beautiful. Smells sweet and fruity, with some chocolate in the mix too. Tastes mostly of sweet toffee and caramels, with raisins and plum and a small hint of the usual trappist breadiness thrown in for good measure. Feels creamy and well-carbonated, perfectly thick without being at all difficult to drink. Honestly extraordinary, the ABV is so well masked that the beer is warming and inviting and not at all harsh.

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Photo of badbeer
4.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured beautifully into a Westmalle chalice. Beer poured a dark, almost muddy brown color with a slightly creamy head that slowly dissipated and leaves a solid lacing around glass. Smell is of dark fruit and deeply roasted grain, not an overpowering smell, just a very complex one that has subtle aromas to it. Taste has cherries and some malty sweetness, nothing extreme, just very complex. Mouthfeel is glorious and drinkability is high, to hell with the price.

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Photo of Lnedrive14
4.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

IT'S A TRAVESTY!!! I knocked my glass over and lost half of this precious beer. I cried a bit, it's true. Alas, I must move on.

I must say, this week has been crucial. After a long string of disappointing brews, Ive had some great stuff this week - thank the good lord.

A: Dark black with a thick white head. Beautiful brew. Absolutely outstanding.

S: Dark, maybe pumpernickel bread, plums, roasted malts, fire burnt molasses.

T: Thick, juicy malts. A tad bit of caramel sweetness, but almost the perfect level.

M: Thick, creamy, but not syrupy at all. Pretty much perfect here.

D: What? This has alcohol? Are you sure??? Cuz damn, I couldnt tell. I was so sad i spilled half of this, because I literally could drink it all night.

Lived up to its rep - one of the best beers in the world.

I think I could have given this beer all 5's, but I'm not ready to do that yet.

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Photo of oberon
4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pors a deep murky brown with a fluffy,sticky off white that sticks like glue to the glass,wow what amzing aromas what can I say perfect cinnamon spice and cherry,cakey with alcohol infusion,amazing.Where to start flavor wise cherry over top of a cinnamon clove-like spiciness almost like fruit cake.The alcohol presence is there in the finish but its a great little burn,goes down smoothly but with a full body.A classic for reason I have had this a few times but this is my first bottle to myself,I wouldnt share with anybody I admit it.Damn fine beer.

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

This is by far the best trappist ale available. Upon opening the bottle, you are met with a distictive fruity aroma. Pouring the beer reveals a creamy head,and a dark amber brown color. 11.3% abv, yet there is no real smell of alcohol. A beer that isn't bitterly hopped. Smooth drinking beer. You will find much yeast sediment at the bottom of your bottle or glass. The best beer I have ever tasted.

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Photo of AaronRed
4.57/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

You don't find many beers like this one. In fact, I often don't spend that 7.99 per bottle on any 11.2 ounce beer. So for the coast off a Sierra Nevada pale ale six pack, I bought this to try- well because I wanted to. I feel that is enough justifcation. Anyway, I loved this beer. It was rather like an experience ot sorts. Huge creamy head above a dark amber liquid. Strong smell of dried figs, raisins- all kinds of sweetness. The smell of alcohol was also enormous. The beer started too cold to really get a take of it's flavor, so I let it sit for a while. It almost hard to describe how it tastes. It's jst so flavorful, with loads of carmel/ brown sugar sweetness balanced by almost a spicey note. It all works. It's a sipping beer, and really you can only have one. Alcohol is extremely high, but you can drink this beer easily over the course of an hour, so you don't get blasted right away. I will by this again, but only as a treat on a cold winter night.

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Photo of ZAP
3.87/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark Brown color....nose is sweet bubble gum, some faint cocoa, and some earthy notes..

Taste is similar...bubble gum, cookie dough, raisens, some light cocoa, some banana, and rum.

Very creamy in the mouth but clearly alcoholic on the finish...

This is nice enough but I wouldn't put it in my top tier...the alcohol on the finish is a bit much and overall the flavors while nice are not strong enough for this style in my opinion for it to hit my upper tier..

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.95/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Mahogany with a two finger head. Lacing clings all over the glass. Gorgeous!

S - Figs, dates, a plethora of floral notes. It is almost offensive. Like spraying perfume up your nose. Definitely too fragrant, there are too many pleasant odors smashed together, not much is decernable. It is intensely sweet smelling.

T - Fruity, plums, dates and yellow raisins, accompany a bit of allspice and a potent sugar. The aftertaste is at first very sweet, I can see how others might like this, but I didn't. Then is is a slight bitter, but a bouquet of flavor continuously strikes long after you drink. It's neat at parts, but odd at others.

M - Thick, froths up in your mouth a lot. Fairly refreshing, but not in the sense that it washes things down. It leaves a residue.

D - For a quad, this is pretty drinkable. It still is a bit of a struggle to finish it. It is a good beer that many would like, a good beer that I won't soon buy again.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.67/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy, murky brown, with an abundance of yeast settling in the glass. Smells complex and fruity, and the alcohol is very detectable here. There is an inital sweetness upon tasting, a malty, and honeylike uniqueness. It is thin with a slight coarseness (possibly due to the lingering yeast) and medium carbonation. Very nice balance of sweet and bitter, there are lots of hidden flavors in this one that are difficult to identify. Strong on alcohol, but like a Quadrupel should be. This is a fine example and I will have to drink a few more of these...

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Photo of Shovelbum
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thin, rapidly receding, white head over dark brown body. Intoxicating aromas of sweet vinous fruit and plums tinged with a strong medicinal alcohol presence. Soft up front with sweet malt and grape flavors. Very complex flavors that are difficult to pull apart and commend individually. There is a mild chocolate flavor, grapes, spiciness and the impossible to miss alcohol. A slight nip of spicy hops at the finish. Smooth and soft throughout with a clean, yet warming finish.

Unlike any beer I’ve tasted before. Big alcohol presence carries a symphony of vinous flavor and aroma. Superb.

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Photo of rousee
4.94/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Other than appearance and drinkability, this beer is almost perfect. I still think that considering the strength of 11.3% abv, it is extremely drinkable. The aroma is sweet floral malt with the smell of barley, hay and some fruitiness like cherries or apples. Amazingly smooth pleasant mouthfeel. Taste is well balanced and smooth. All of the elements in the aroma are present on the palate. A beautifully crafted beer.

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Photo of bitterdestroyer
3.83/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

man this stuff is pricey. i liked it though. definitely the better of the true trappiste/belgians. mmmm plums soaked in alcohol. don't get much better than that my friend...

appearance: nice and dark. awesome head. decent lacing. looks tasty.

smell: nice balance of oak, chocolate, and that all too familiar scent of plums and booze. yummy.

taste: c'mon don't make me say it again... although i will admit the alcohol taste wasn't as dominant once it warmed a bit in my hand. par for the course i suppose.

mouthfeel: full and well balanced. just the right amount of everything. carbonation felt nice on the tongue. got better as it warmed in the mouth.

drinkability: very nice. i was surprised at how i really wished i'd had another one on hand despite the alcohol content.

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Photo of pbr85
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured this from a 33cL bottle into a chalis

appearance: This beer pours a majestic dark brown with a nice finger thick, brown head. The lacing is excellent.

Smell: Chocolate syrup scent dominates with fruit and alcohol on the side. Smell is excellent; no scent dominates to an unpleasant degree.

Taste: Fruits hit first, followed by a dominant taste of roasted malts and slight hints of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, perfect amount of carbonation. Your tongue will love you when you drink this.

Drinkability: Awesome drinkability for a high alcohol beer like this. You can hardly even taste the alcohol. I could drink this all night.

Notes: Simply an amazing beer. It isn't too sweet, not too bitter, perfectly complex.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

murky brown with some ruby highlights, thick tan head that dissolves in a little while. leaves some lacing. i'm not gonna waste any time, cause this looks delicious.
the aroma is quite pungent vinous and sweet there is a lot of molasses, brown sugar and dark fruity aromas, plum, rainsin, black cherry stand out most. baked bready aromas fade in and out. there is some alcohol detectable. bananas and cocoa as it warms.
dark malty molasses and dark fruits abound here in the taste too, the plum raisin, and black cherry all present. there is a peppery spicy qulaity that may or may not be associated with the warming alcohol. pears and light chocolate flavors begin to appear with some warming as well as hints of vanilla and a generic candied fruit flavor. herbal hop bitterness coats the throat and is actually surprisingy present towards the finish. i'm liking the butterscotch that shows up at near room temp.
the body is smooth and creamy as hell with carbonation that at first feels stronger than it seems. very nice.
good drinkability for such a beefy beer. quite an experience, and something that should be sought out. i myself find that it's nice to come back to these beers once in a great while, if i had them too often, other stuff might not taste so good anymore.

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Photo of sinistrsam
4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This quad poured a dark brown color with a gradient form dark to light towards the bottom of the goblet. There was a fair ammount of sediment suspended in the body. A medium-sized head which left a small ammount of lacing on the glas.
The aroma was wonderful and only got better as it warmed. Molasses and raisin, a lot of malt, not much hops. Definitely some alcohol. The taste got MUCH better as it warmed; take home message is don't crack this one from the fridge. Pretty intense carbonation hits you at first, a bitter, acidic taste but it fades very quickly, leaving a complex taste of yeasts, malt, almost molasses, bready grain taste, alcohol, small hints of dark fruit. The mouthfeel was excellent, with a very unique smoothness that developed with tempterature. It was extremely full-bodied, with a subtle semi-sweet aftertaste that was excellent. This is one of the finest, if not the very best quad I hve ever tasted. Try it, you'll like it.

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Photo of Derek
4.15/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dated 19/05/09, it's over 1.5 years old.

I picked this up at Premier Gourmet, in Buffalo. Waited to have it back-to-back with the Rochefort 8.

A: Ruby-black, off white head. Head isn't as fluffy or retained nearly as well as the 8, but it does leave a nicer lace.

S: Chocolatey, raisins, molases and alcohol! Not as fruity as the 8, but a little maltier.

T: More sherry-like than it's little brothers, but more chocolatey than the 8, with a lot more molases as well. Lots of roasted malt and caramel flavour. Alcohol taste is very apparant, and becomes overtly assertive as it warms.

M: Moderate body (lighter than some quads), fairly high carbonation.

D: It's good, but the alcohol taste and subsequent inebriation is rather limiting.

Personally, I enjoy Rocheforts 'light' weights a little more. In terms of other quads, it's a little more potent, with a slightly lighter body than most.

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

I am enjoying this beer in a 33 cL Ommegang holiday chalice. The beer is slightly chilled and should warm throughout the review. The bottle has been in my cellar for approximately one year (a 2004 christmas gift via Liquid Solutions).

Appearance: Dark brown, almost opaque. When held to light, a slight rub red appears. Nice Brussels lace appears around the lip of the chalice, as a result of a few anticipatory sips.

Smell: Nothing else on earth smells like this. Dark fruity overtones jump out, even when the beer is fresh from the fridge. The high alcohol content is masked incredibly by the wonderful aroma of the ale.

Taste: This is my first '5' rating for taste. The beer warms nicely on the tongue, releasing some very pleasant tastes in the mouth. The sugars used are readily apparent, as taste is sweet without being too sweet, strong without being too strong. This beer is a tricky one. The high alcohol content is not readily noticeable, but it is there and can knock you off your feet.

Mouthfeel: This ale sits so nicely on the palate that one does not want to swallow it. Allow it to sit for 5-10 seconds on your tongue. As it warms, it takes on a whole new personality. Incidentally, I have had this beer at room temperature (not 55 degrees, but room temp of say 70 degrees) and it is great at that temperature.

Drinkability: This beer is so close to perfection (how appropriate then that it is brewed by a Trappist monastery). The drinkability falls just short as it is so delicious that more than 2-3 bottles is too much (not to mention to 11.3% abv).

There is no beer I'd rather drink than Rochefort 10. It is my favorite ale, hands down, and always on stock in my cellar.

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Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
Beer rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 9,469 ratings