Trappistes Rochefort 10 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium
trappistes-rochefort.com

Style: Belgian 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 crookedhalo
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
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 +4.9%
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 +7.1%
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 +1.8%
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 +7.1%
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 +6.2%
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 -1.8%
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 -6.7%
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 -4.4%
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 +11.1%
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 -1.1%
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 taste...wow...dark 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 AsburyParkJMH
3.47/5  rDev -22.9%
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 +9.3%
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 -0.4%
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 +4.9%
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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Photo of grynder33
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark amberish color,huge head that disappeared slowly, sweet fruity aroma,the chocolate coffeeiish taste comes through in a gust. Mouthfeel is not very smooth, alittle too much carbonation, but otherwise very special stuff.Taste got a little bitter at the end.

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Photo of Brent
4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle had been lurking in the back of the beer fridge for quite a while - one I had been saving for a special occasion, but the time never seemed right to break out his beer. Finally, some good news justified liberating the beer. Although my happy frame of mind would no doubt contribute to enjoyment of any beer, this was still a tall order to fill - the beer had better be good.

And fill the order it did. Poured a murky cola brown. Aroma and flavors redolent of dark candied fruit - sort of like fig and rice crispy balls from childhood Christmas. Alcohol was there in force, but the flavoring level was not overdone and lent some pepper bite. Quite drinkable for the abv heft.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.79/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – The body is very dark brown, cloudy to the extent that no light in my house can put a dent in the color. I controlled the head at the pour, but it was still big and left a filming layer on top of the ale.

Smell – The sugars jump right out of the glass. The generous cane is the first one I caught. This was followed by crumbly brown and sandpaper raw. The heavenly fruits came next. The apricot led the way followed by overripe pears, Bing cherry juice, an orange wedge or two, a little banana, some figs, a piece of star fruit, and finally a quality red apple.

The alcohol notes and mature malt bring up the rear. This is a very complex bouquet.

Taste – Man, is this good. The sweetness comes out in force at the tongue. It seems like a drop of vanilla has been added to give it even more smoothness. I thought the malt might wimp out at the taste, but it stays its ground (an amazing accomplishment).

Mouthfeel – Very lightly carbonated and smooth, smooth, smooth. The alcohol calls attention to itself at some point, but after the first sip or two you just don’t care.

Drinkability – This defines “creamy Belgian Ale.” It’s just beautiful to hold in the mouth and the flavors will keep you busy all night long. What a treat.

Update – I have this occasionally and decided to re-review for 2004. I was able to pick up some tobacco at the nose to go along with all of the wonderful fruits. It seemed a little more boozy though then I remember so I shaved a half point off of the MF.

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Photo of beergeek279
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in the 11.2 oz. bottle. The color is a dark amber, with a bubbly, creamy white head. The smell is malty sweet, and also smells of alcohol. The taste is quite sweet, with hints of nut and raisins, with a malty aftertaste; the alcohol is clearly present, but rather than detracting from the beer, it adds to the relaxing, warming sensation of the beer. Mouthfeel is as creamy as possible. Drinkability-wise, despite the over 11% ABV, I would certainly enjoy drinking as many of these as I could afford!!

When everyone speaks of Trappists, they talk about Westvleteren, and rightly so. However, Rochefort is every bit as good, and I think I enjoyed it even more!. A very underrated beer, and definitely a new favorite on my list!!

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Photo of Ianhockey91
3.33/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep caramel like color at first pour, when i say caramel, i mean like butrnt caramel. The aroma is cinnomeny, sweet and fruity all rolled into one, cant quite put my finger on it. The taste is very very sweet, like many strong ales out there, btu more malty and sweeter, also very little hops, and the alcohol makes itself known.



Looks much like a coca-cola when poured into a glass. This isn't a candid camera stunt, is it? It is dark brown, with a brown, head that starts fizzy but turns almost creamy and it maintains itself forever. Ahh, the initial aroma; this is no soda. There are the earthy-yeast notes that seem to be evident in any well made triple, along with candy apple. I am surprised that this ale's strength is not noticeable.

This brew tastes initially like a traditional english nut brown ale with hints of malt, but then overwhelms with sweetness. As it warms, notes of fruitiness and malt become more prominent and the sweetness takes on a whole new life.

The alcohol warming is prominent.

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Photo of beerguy101
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep black color, lacy head, big malty aroma. Malty and expansive. Candy sugar and alcohol. Fruit and spices. Complex flavor, but alcohol predominates. Warms the tummy well. Smooth taste. Excellent flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is malty and dry. Aftertaste is malty and slightly bitter with a definite alcohol bite. Great beer.

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Photo of bditty187
4.24/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with dried blood highlights, near opaque. The off-white head is massively fluffy, solid as a rock, excellent retention… lots of unorganized lace. Eye candy in my goblet! Mellow nose… bubblegum esters, ripe bananas, light spice/pepper, alcohol. It is inviting but not that potent. Very tasty palate with loads of alcohol spiciness (upfront) that sizzles the tongue… a pleasant pain! Peppery, lightly funky-medicinal… the amount of bitterness is great. The maltiness is not as pronounced as I though it should be, lightly sweet like candied sugar. Exotic fruitiness. There are plenty of subtle complexities… so delicious to drink! Medium body, firm carbonation… yet the mouthfeel is slightly creamy. Long finish, “more-ish” aftertaste. This one is great and I wish I had more. Very Recommended!

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

Murky brown colour, nice big head which leaves a solid lacing.

Fruity nose, banana and raisins mostly...slightly alcohol too. It smells really nice. The taste is fresh and fruity, mosltly I sense raisins and esters. It combines both sweet and sour tastes, with a slight bitter aftertaste, of course it also tastes a bit of alcohol but I don't really mind that.

The mouthfeel is really good, it's silky smooth and perfectly carbonated. However whopping in at this high abv. it might not be the most drinkable of them all.

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Photo of Sixpack595
2.95/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

What a dissapointment. Medicinal, sour and bitter. I really don't see what all the hype is about. I hope this was just a bad bottle, but at 7 bones a pop I won't be giving it a retry any time soon. It looked nice, it smelled nice, but it tasted like cough medicine served in an ashtray after you just brushed your teeth. The beer did get better as it warmed, and the alcohol did make it a bit more palatable, but all in all I think it was a bad beer. After trying all the great Unibroue beers this one fell far short.

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

(330 ml bottle). Pours with an enormous and thick light tan head, beer is cloudy, very dark brown colour. Heavenly complex aroma: oak, port wine, dried fruit and spices. 5.0 points for aroma/smell is not enough! Flavour is complex, spicy and oaky - toffee sweetness is well balanced with hops. Warming mouthfeel, otherwise the high ABV is well hidden. Long lasting aftertaste. Can't find any faults with the beer - therefore a straight 5.0. Does that imply that any "perfect" beer has to be as strong as Rochefort 10? Certainly not - but in the strong division, this one is in the lead, at least untill I have sampled Westvleteren... (But the price in Norway is outrageous: USD 9 for a small bottle - in the store!)

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Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
Beer rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 9,532 ratings