Trappistes Rochefort 10 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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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

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Added by Todd on 11-06-2000

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

Best by: 14-11-06... Poured a cloudy brown color with a small tan head and that left nice lacing on the glass. An intoxicating aroma of fruit (mainly cherries and apples) some pepper and butterscotch as well. Chocolate, plum, grape and currant were indeed noticed in the flavor. Alcohol seems to linger alittle on my lips and the tip of my tongue as well! But all in all this in a great brew, and I wish it wasn't so expensive!

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

330ml bottle

Along with 8 other specially imported beers, this was the first I tried

Pours with a dark, viscous body. Thick, heavy sediment lies at the bottom and floats around the glass. Foamy tan head, fizzes and erupts to form an inch to 2inch head.

Smell, rum , raisins and other dried fruit. Strong malty fragrance, flowery aroma and a thick, heady aroma of herbs and fruit.

Taste is phenomenal. Esters of dried fruit, bananas, peaches. Strong malty alcohol kick, but smooth as it could possibly be

As far as belgians this is is unbeatable, a fantastic brew and is one of the best things I have ever tasted, as far as the beers i've tried, this one is perfection in a bottle, a piece of liquid art


Since the first time i've had this with a creamy brie, chunky houmous, a selection of anti pasto and ciabatta, it all worked very well

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Photo of kindestcut
4.82/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Note: This beer has been aging since August 2003, so any variations of flavor are as a result of its age.

The Rochefort 10 is the stronger brother to the Rochefort 8. It's very similar in appearance and aroma. It's the flavor that sets them apart.

The Rochefort 10 pours a very dark brown with an active head. The tan head rises slowly but forcefully to the top of my glass. I have to wait for it to recede before I finish the pour.

The aoma is quite spicy. I detect the same rum aroma as I did with the Rochefort 8. At forst taste, it seems similar, however, the fruitiness gives way to a distinct alcohol warmth. It is to be expected of a beer that is 11% ABV, however it is incredibly drinkable. Unlike some high alcohol Belgians I have had, this one hides its alcohol better than any I have sampled. It's a stealthy little devil.

All in all, this is a wonderful beer. I would love to end my meal with one.

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Photo of diablo14
4.87/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

rochefort 10 needs no introduction to the seasoned connosieur. it is, to put it simply, one of the very finest brews on the planet across all styles. magnificent in all categories.

exquisite brown/red/purple like color with a rocky but not too intense head. very easy going fizz happening within. the smell is quite mellow, but complex. rich burnt toffee and chocolate aromas meet up with stone and dried fruits, and a dash of spicy elements also joining in. the taste is just sensational. sweet caramel intensity with plummy, raisiny notes, some apple and pear, a little chocolate, and finishing off with a blast of cinnamon, star anise, cloves and some traces of oak. dryish hop finish pulls everything into order perfectly to finish out what is truly a magnificent drinking epxerience. so incredibly balanced, smooth, strong, but easy to drink. no real trace of the huge ABV, especially if this is the nightcap after a fair session. its beers like this that make those trappist monks the sorts of fellows youd like to have working in your local brewpub.

this is one of those beers that you just have to try before you depart this frail existance. it may not be everyones cup of tea, but good golly, its a champion brew in anyones language. its the most expensive bottle on the shelf by a long way, but worth it to the last drop. a monument to beer and brewing is rochefort 10.

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

Pours a really dark brown with a small but active tan head. Settles out in to a nice thick sheet of lace.

Smells wonderfully fruity with a heavenly yeast background.

Extremely balanced as it passes the palate. Starts with a bit of plum and apple. Turns grainy and almost rye in it's middle. Finishes with a nice bisquit flavor. Not the most flavorful quad I've had.

Texture is quite evident with that grainy slick mouthfeel predominating.

Super smooth and drinkable for such a high ABV. Another great belgian sipper.

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Photo of frank4sail
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by 091208. Tasted in my trusty Wesmalle goblet.
Light brown and ruby highlighted look in the goblet with a dense tight light tan head. Very attractive. Sweet bread dough and dark caramel smell with hints of crushed raisens as well. Deep dark sour plum and pear taste upfront is then followed by a white pepper, allspice, and cooriander finish. Nice very smooth fuller mouth. A beautiful sippin beer!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love me some Trappist ale and believe me folks this is a damn good example of one. Appearance: Deep murky amber brown mahogany nice finely bubbled tan head leaves a nice bread rising like thicket of head even after dwindling a bit, and the lacing is intricate and fine belgian style all the way. Aroma: Candi sugar, cloves, layers of complexity bombard the senses with some chocolate doughy bread notes, anise, fruit (over ripened fuices flowing). Taste: Awesome slightly tickles the nose with a slow alcohol burn on the first sip, and after that just ease in and enjoy the experience of sampling this fine brew. More cookie dough, yeast cakes, anise, chocolate very dark chocolate, and lucious fruit around the edges herbal hops evident. Mouthfeel: Sticky texutre but smooth and perplexing full bodied fine carbonation. Drinkability: A true godsend constructed in an Abbey can't beat this great brew, pricey but mindblowing awesome.

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Photo of Andreji
3.13/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ok, ok, everyone, spare your critiques and eyebrow raising. I'm also asking myself "what went wrong?" in regards to this beer.

But I don't think just because a beer is "Trappist", or "Top __" I should follow peer pressure and overrate the beer. Because it's a matter of taste, like everything. The date was OK. The pour was ok (in a Rochefort glass even, for the style of it), and the procedure as well. The first glace- small fizzy head, caramelly colour, reminded me of the better memories of beers like 'maudite' or 'trois pistoles' which I so enjoy.

But one whiff to sense the alcohol and yeast started decaying my perception of it. But still, seemed spicy and valid to drink. I went right on, and the overwhelming alcohol, poorly hidden, as well as the excessive, inadequate abundance of sweetness mixed with an oily mouthfeel repulsed me (slightly, not completely), and dropped my judgment immediately. Sad, I held this one til the last minute here in paris, unpurchased, waiting for a good surprise. I'm sticking to Chimay et co.

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Photo of kmcnair
4.38/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown, orange, amber color and makes a thin, yet condensed bubbly white head. Thick lacing down my Chimay goblet. Odor is rich of prunes, raisins, figs, very chocolatey... very nice. Flavor holds true of the boquet, very spicy, pruney, roasted chocolate malts, hint of currant and an alcoholic bite. Mouthfeel is medium to full, warms the pallate as it goes down, leaves a syrupy coat on the throat. This is a very drinkable beer, but like any Trappist should be savored... I think Rochefort 10 would go very nicely with a fine cut of beef.

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Photo of oggg
4.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled in a red wine glass. The beer initially poured with slight chill haze -- a murky grey brown, that warmed to a brandy-ish color with more clarity. A good sized tan head frothed up but faded quickly to just barely cover the beer.

The aroma was intoxicatingly chocolately. Earthy, musty. Fig. Subtle roasted/toasted grains. Alcohol apparent.

When cold, the carbonation was a bit stinging, but after warming, it was still brisk but brief. The chocolate from the aroma fills the palate as advertised. There are roasted notes and an earthy flavor. It's tremendously rich, smooth, and sweet. No hop presence.

The finish is oily but with a mild dryness. There is a huge amount of warming alcohol throughout. This along with the roasted flavor lends some astringency to counter the sweetness.

This is a highly warming sipper. It's like drinking chocolate except so much better. Not sure why this is a Quadrupel, I would've guessed Belgian Dark Strong. Very delicious.

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Photo of beefytee
4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Was served this beer at "The Gingerman" in New York City. I paid an unbelievable $15.00 for this 11oz bottle. It came straight from the fridge, so it was a bit to cold at first. The waitress had an awful pour generating zero head on the beer. I forgave her because she admitted it...she had a whole tray in her other hand. After letting it warm a bit more I poured the remainder of the bottle in and was able to salvage a bit of a head.
Dark brown, a little cloudy
Sweet pleasant medicinal smell

The first taste was about what I had expected. Very close in mouth feel to the Westy 12 but even sweeter. I found myself wishing for a bit more bitterness about half way through the beer. Bananas...
And the beautiful nuttiness of the yeast were all in my mouth.

A beer I would drink after a meal or with a plate of fruit and cheese, definitely not with a meal.

Great beer, will get it again if Westy is not available.

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Photo of Zorro
4.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33 CL bottle with a best before date of 22 07 08.

Pours a mildly cloudy ruby red/brown brew, no head at all probably because of the alcohol content.

Smell is fruity and spicy with the smells of malt, figs, plums, cinnamon, pepper and 20 other things I can't name.

Taste is mildly sweet and flavorful, you can feel the alcohol of this one numb your tongue a bit. Warm fruitiness wraps your tongue in waves of complex sugars and subtle waves fruits. This is a sipping beer that keeps giving you new flavors the whole time you sip it.

Mouthfeel is good.

A pleasure to drink, but at $8 for that one glass bottle not something I can consume often.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.42/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruby red body is slightly hazy as I am careful about not pouring the yeast dregs in the goblet. The foamy head is about an inch and a half tall after the pour, and sticks around a while, being fed by very fine bubbles from the medium carbonation beneath. Nice lace is evident around the glass. The aroma is deliciously fruity, with plums, cherries, raisins, and licorice notes. The taste is delicately balanced between fruitiness of the malt and spiciness of the yeast. There are also notes of brown sugar on the palette. The mouthfeel is very creamy due to the fineness of the carbonation. It is incredibly smooth and drinkable with almost no hint of the underlying strength. This is a picture perfect mold from which other Belgian Strong Dark Ales are cast. But as usual, the imitations pale when compared to the brilliance of the original.

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

Got this for my birthday in a mixed 6 pack. Bottle is numbered 270508.

Pours out dark brown, sits a murky, chocolate colored brown in the glass with a big, light tan head that really sticks to the glass and a good thick skim stays on the beer the whole way down. Awesome.

Smells yeasty, full of breads and malts. Caramel tones along with some diacetyl top it off and produce a very unique, earthy aroma.

Tastes initially sweet with that caramel and butterscotch pulling out in front. Mild alcohol and a slight bitterness finish this off. A nice tasting beer, and the alcohol blends very well inside the other flavors.

A smooth, clean, refreshing body along with some moderate carbonation make this one all around good beer. Easy to drink. Delicious.

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Photo of far333
3.7/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Murky mocha colored with a dark beige head of tight bubbles that rises up and settles quickly, but leaves a thin film of foam atop. Aroma is sweet and enticing, of sweet malt, fig, cocoa, and spices. Mouthfeel is full and creamy, a little crisp and dry, leading to rich flavors of malt and plum, rounded out with currant, spices and prune. A bitter aftertaste lingers, followed by an alcoholic tingle. The alcohol lingers long into each successive sip, and detracts from the fine flavors wanting to burst through. An excellent beer, but much seems to be masked.

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Photo of resirob
4.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked a real winner for my 20th review!

Appearance: The 10 pours a deep muddy mahogany with an ample khaki head that settles to a ½ finger. Leaves a little patchy lace.

Aroma: Nice! Bready, woodsy, dark fruit sweetness of rum-soaked raisins and plums. Alcohol is clearly evident, but not overpowering.

Taste: Wow. Beautifully complex, the taste begins with bready and woodsy notes. This is followed by a smooth, fruity sweetness that easily melds into a spicy and dry alcoholic finish. The fruit and alcohol notes linger a bit on the tongue, as the alcoholic warming spreads.

Mouthfeel: The full mouthfeel is tempered a little by the carbonation, leading to more of a medium-full body. Perfect.

Drinkability: High alcohol content makes the drinkability less than it could be, though the alcohol is masked well.

Truly an outstanding beer. Must. Get. More.

It is because of beers like this that I have been forced to reassess what my favorite style is. I still like my stouts & porters, but damned if the Belgians aren’t getting the best of me.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a deep mahogany color with a thick, chunky off-white head. The aroma is malty, fig-like, with a bit of phenols. It has a bit of brown sugar sweetness as well. The flavor starts out sweet and malty, which it then flows to a dark fruit, figgy taste. It then finishes with a dry alcoholic warmth. This is a full-bodied brew that does well masking its strength. A very good beer, definitely better than the 8.

Sampled 12/14/03

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Photo of Sammy
4.92/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Best of the trappistes rocheforts. One must try this in their lifetime, even if their last meal. One of the best beers I have ever tasted. The specs: Mahagony cloaked by beautiful cream. Agree this is the ideal match for a steak. More so than wine. Drank it late evening - wonderful idea.It's kalula, pear and apple fruit, citrus, caramel all in a perfect yeasty combination. Alcohol rock. To savour.

Second tasting December 2004 and it met my desire again.

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

Trappist magic?

Love the bottle presentation, and then again, its fine foam-sustaining, murky dark brown and mahogany presentation in my glass (operative word: "my").

I do not recommend ingesting this one through the nose as I did while attempting to gather in its sublime aroma... much too much a wasted drop. For me, its smell was a "wet," massive particle-attack of sugar and alcohol sweetness. Inviting.

Taste? Well, it's one very powerful beer on the buds; no subtlety here... Candy-sweet with a complex of flavors. Woody-wheat-yeasty-sweet: woody (slight but divine); wheat & yeast (fruity esters); sweet (vinous raisin and alcohol).

Hops are untraceable, as appropriate, and the carbonation superbly cuts through the alcohol, which yet remains present and warning.

Special stuff.

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Photo of Trentonator
4.87/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer with a big grilled steak, and it went very well. Complex is an understatement, this is a very complicated, intriguing and wonderful beer. Drinking this is an experience, not just another quaff. I wonder what it takes to become a Trappist monk ? . . . . . I might just send them a resume.

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Photo of tjd25
4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An amazing opaque brown color. The head quickly faded but never really died. The smell is impressive: lots of red fruits, strawberries and raspberries mostly. Unlike other trappists I had, the yeast wasn't noticeable in the smell or in the taste.

The taste is complex and fruity. Maybe a bit licorish with the high alcohol content. Dark malts. Very thick and even a little bit chewy in the mouth. Some sourness in the aftertaste, hints of lemon, spices abound. A beer for long winter evenings, that warms your whole body. Intense.


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Photo of kbub6f
4.52/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Beltramo's Wines & Spirits in Menlo Park with a couple of other goodies I can't get here. Was it worth the extra weight in my carryon? ...

The head is small, cream-colored and dies fast. Some extra brownies on yeast pour. The beer is a dark, cloudy brown. Opaque, in fact. Mmm... tangy, sweet creamy nose. Lots of sweet fruit in the front, plus a slight sourish grainsiness. Full, caramel, thick, sweet, creamy middle. Almost chocolatey, but not quite. Some deep fruit in there, carrying through the dry, fresh, bready finish. Alcohol, to be sure. Absolutely wonderful. Awesome.

A: <yes>.

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

Had one of these with alexgash. Pours a mysterious murky dark brown, I'm not really sure what to expect here. Light dense Khaki colored head. Rich dark fruit, chocolate and raw malt aromas. Taste is wonderful. Rich chocolatey alcohol flavors mixed with mild dark fruits and an almost roasted quality. You could almost call this a Belgian Imp. stout. Instead of the hops we've got sweet flavorful yeast flavors coming through. Goes down so easy for being 11.3% as to be dangerous. A beer worthy of its praises.

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Photo of stewart124
4.38/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge creamy tan head atop this cloudy dark mahogany beer. Very sweet smells of raisins, plums and strong malts. Hints of alcohol spices. The taste of plums and raisins hit the palate first, followed by a peppery spice and a warming alcohol feel. Very sweet smooth tastes. The strong old malts finish this beer of quite well and add a bit of complexity. Dries in the aftertaste. In conclusion this is a delicious brew that I wish I could get ahold of more often.

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Photo of Hex92
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

WOW!. Thats a damn good beer. I poured it into the glass and held it up to the light. It was dark as could be. Took a sniff and knew that it was going to taste great. This beer did not disappoint. I think the Belgian Strong Dark Ales are beginning to edge out the dubbels as my favorite style. I could drink this beer every day (3 or 4 times a day) and never grow tired of it. I believe I will have to run up to Richmond this weekend and find some more!

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Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
Beer rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 9,393 ratings
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