Trappistes Rochefort 10 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort

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 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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Photo of tavernjef
4.31/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This pours out a molasses color yet settles in the glass barely brown, a very dark black coffee color in the glass with a tremendously large, thick billowing head of dark cream with speckles in it. The top settles and softens to look like melted vanilla ice cream(whipped) and the lacing is one continuing thick curtain around the entire glass with amazing sticking power. One divine looking glass of ale!

Softer then soft nose, nothing to powerful, subtle and soft, appetizing and engaging, ever changing and new; soft fruits of pear, apple, and mango, touches of plum, fig, and raisin, deeper is some spices but light, some cocoa, continues to get more lively as it warms, grabbing light phenolic notes, cookie sugars, and yeast.

Taste is calm and soothing with many hidden subtleties, soft yet kinda darkish bakers chocolate dominates the front and middle with some caramel with a bit of light breadish qualities. Finish is all over the place, as the chocolate wears off a slight appearance of light tropical fruits dash in before reaching the peak of both feel, body, and taste where it mingles with yeasty spicyness, yet some chocolate remains behind drying slightly in the finish, and very late are yet more spices with an little extra burn of good Ol' alcohol, and thats the only place that 11.3% shows itself. And yet it continues, there are many wonderful things that float around once its been there a while including some nice caramel coating the back of the tongue. Nice! As in the smell, there is nothing overpowering, just a bunch of soothing character and subtlety thats just as savory as a really great, chewy homemade cookie.

Feel is super smooth with a very fluffy, almost floating in texture, close to medium yet seeming full body. The texture and body reminds me of the soft graham cracker used for ice cream sandwiches. If you've ever just ate the dimpled brown graham cracker part by itself, this is what I'm talking about. Nice smoothness overall.

Which brings us to its drinkabilty - it has alot of that! Wow, very scrumptious, just thick enough, fluffy, and glides down with astounding ease. Moderate overall really, in my book, was hoping for a bit more and the Rochefort 8 I like just a bit more; still this is very quenchable and wouldn't pass it up for nothing. Price wise it might be? $8 for 11.2 ounces it's almost worth it here.

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Photo of jed
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
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 -7.1%
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 +5.1%
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 +7.8%
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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Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
Beer rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 9,563 ratings