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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Ratings: 9,469 |  Reviews: 2,921
Photo of maxpower
4.82/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown color, with a huge tan head of tiny bubbles, sweet and fruity aroma, sweet and malty, flavors of dark fruit and caremel, full thick robust mouthfeel and some what chewy, just about perfectly balanced. I will have another one.

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

This beer poured a very dark brown color and formed an light tan bubbly head that left some lace. An aroma of malt, plum, raisins and spice. A flavor of malt and spice with some fruit element plus you can detect the presence of the alcohol and it's warming effect comes through in a tart finish that hints at heavy carbonation being present. This is by far the best of the three of theirs that I have tried. Thanks again to the Ohio lawmakers for letting us get this.

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Photo of BeerGlassesCollector
4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown colour topped by a nice thick head that settles down rather easily. Aroma of this dark strong ale consists of chocolate and strong alcohol aroma (afterall the ABV is 11.5%). Chocolate and alcohol are the dominants of the flavour of this beer. Mouthfeel is quite strong with heavy carbonation... One of the finest dark strong ales of Belgium

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

Cloudy deep brown / amber with a very persistant and lacy head... aroma of plums and chocolate... oh, and a whole lot of alochol... almost reminds me of brandy. Flavor is very heavily dominated by the alcohol, with some fruity flavors and a touch of chocolate coming through. Sweet and tart, but not at all cloying or overstated. Mouthfeel is light to medium with a lot of effervescence... this beer is just loaded with carbonation, and fills the mouth like a champagne. This is a very good, and unique brew... not quite the pinnacle of beer excellence, but definatley a very good beer.

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Photo of Gusler
4.77/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"ZAP, ZING, PFLOT, and ZOWIE" Batman, where has this great beer been hiding, "GUSLER" you "CHUMP", yes "CHIMAY" is great, but this beer "Whips It's ARSE". Deep, dark, and quite handsome is this beer! majestic beige head, lace in thick clinging sheets, the nose is that of a "5 Star" brandy, fruity, sweet. Start is heavenly sweet, the top is skimpy, the finish is pertinently hopped, strong alcohol dry aftertaste, potently acidic, and "Just one spectacular Brew".

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

This beer got me by surprise with it's powerful aroma and flavor. It is possible that it wasn't as fresh as it could have been because it didn't have any lasting head or lace to speak of. The appearance was a bit hazy. My homebrew dubbel looks better... The flavor was very complex, though. I don't have much experience in describing beers, but the words sweet, sour, and alcoholic come to mind. Rochefort 10 is a good treat once in a while. It must be drunk nearly at room temperature to experience everything that's going on in this brew. Served cold, it has a nasty bite, as do most of the Belgian and/or dark ales I've tried. The mouthfeel after swallowing this beer reminded me of whiskey or even a strong wine. Something keeps me coming back to Rochefort, although there are many others I haven't tried yet.

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

From the very start this Beer simply oozes Class. A brown 33cl (12 fl.oz) Bottle, that long before the days when paper was applied, was known only as "Noire" - indeed, it still is by some die-hards. A cream-colored label now simply pronounces the contents as “Trappistes Rochefort Biere 10 Bier”, in a sort of a cross between an Olde English and Old Germanic Font. Its understated packaging is quite fitting; no hard-sell is needed, for this beer does its talking once poured.
Into the correct Glass (a must!), it has a darkish, deep brown hazy appearance, that when held up to my desk lamp refracts the artificial light with a deep ruby red glow. Massive carbonation at first gives an authoritative head that slowly settles. Streams of small bubbles race feverishly to join the underside of the brown head.
Take Care all who Enter here…..
The aroma pulls no punches, and proudly pronounces the beers strength without any ambiguity. A very powerful alcoholic, vinous, malty-mouthfeel, with a somewhat fruity middle. The fruit is perceptible in the aroma, especially as the beer reaches room temperature, I always get Bananas. Strong dark chocolate liqueur tastes fused with hints of Dundee Cake. It slowly warms the lining of the throat as it descends, and leaves a long fantastic warming finish that releases yet further tastes - this beer never ends it seems. I wish it wouldn’t. A perfectly balanced Strong Dark Belgium Trappist Ale that must not be served cold (below 54 F). The Bottle cost me $7.95, and it was worth every Cent, possibly more. A Majestic, Aristocratic, Legendary Trappist Ale made from the Highest Quality Ingredients by Craftsmen. To be treated with Respect, Reverence, and a Realization that, you WILL want to drink it again. An Old Master of the Beer World.
NOT for Atheists!!!.

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Photo of marc77
4.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy dark brown hue, topped by a thick, well retained very dense tan head. Dense, heterogenous lace is left down the glass. Bubblegum esters and mellow chocolate dominate the aroma, but tart fruit, yeast mustiness and whiffs of peppery alcohol add complexity. Flavorwise, banana esters and assertive malt sweetness are perceptible initially, then are promptly ensued by deeply caramelized fruit notes reminescent of sugary prunes and dates. A combination of raisiny Special B and chocolate malt surfaces late, complementing the caramelized dark fruit flavors. Hop bitterness is virtually absent and would be out of place in this malt driven brew. Lightly bodied and agreeable in mouthfeel considering the strength-- the copious use of dark candi sugar is quite evident. Finishes w/ bready malt notes and darts of spicy alcohol on the tongue. Satisfying alcohol warmth grows progressively stronger and eventually coats the throat. Rochefort 10 is certainly a delicious brew, but seems to lack the depth and drinkability of the "lighter" Rochefort 8. It's intense and tasty, nevertheless.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.26/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Unlike the Westy I didn't start this one too cold, and I was rewarded. What a great Ale. Like a liquid Fig Newton. Sweet, almost candy aroma. This is a beer to sit back, relax, and enjoy.

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

Hazy with a huge rocky head over a reddish-brown body. The nose is quite impressive! Extremely fruity with notes of pears and bananas, as well as a big chunk of fresh bubblegum. The body is light/medium and it has a somewhat zesty mothfeel.The flavor is expansive with a silky, fruity maltiness that fills the mouth revealing a faintly milk-chocolate character just before a charge of hops coats the throat. The alcohol is noticeable but not obtrusive. The distinctively chocolatey flavor also comes through in a late, warming finish - accompanied by some vanilla, fruit and bready notes. An astonishingly complex beer that cannot be done justice with just words.

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Photo of aracauna
4.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I will compare this beer to Westvleteren 12 because they are similar beers. Rochefort is darker and more opaque. The head is a darker khaki. The head composition is unusual. The bottom is big bubbled but the bubbles get smaller the closer to the top until the top layer you can't see the individual bubbles and you just get a creamy foam. Because of the different bubble sizes you get a less creamy mouthfeel , but one where the feel of the bubbles plays a part. The aroma is that of a good porter with some spice and fruitiness. The flavor has a nice toffee maltiness with pears, chocolate and a dessert spice like cinnamon or nutmeg. It also has a brightness to the flavor that the Westy lacked. Like the Westy, surprisingly easy to drink for its strength.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.62/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a murky dark brown. Damn near black. Light only seems to get through on the edges. The head is thick, luscious, creamy and tan. This beer has a beautiful aroma. Dark fruits, dark malt and cotton candy all in the mix. And sweet cookie dough. Now this is a beer to savor. Beautiful taste as it hits the tongue. Sweet fruits meld in perfection with dark (slightly burnt?) malts and of course sugars (seemingly brown and dark candy). Barely a hint of alcohol. (And this is 11.5 a/v?) So damn smooth. And damn tasty to boot. One of the best Belgian beers I've ever had.

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

Magic in a glass.......Deep dark, ruby hints border the glass of this beauty. Thin fizzy tan head, that left after minute or two. Perfectly rich smell of carmel, cannied fruits, plums, and chocolate malt. Tasted much the same, incredible complex combination of roasted chocolate malt, fruit, carmel, cannied fruit and silky smooth mellow finish. This beer blankets your taste buds in happiness. High alcohol slides past, warms your belly and makes you happy. A perfectly balanced complex beer, the best I have had so far in my beer exploration. I saved this one for a special ocassion.............

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

Deep chestnut brown, head settles in 25 seconds or so. Small bubbles but not fizzy. Aroma is just a touch vinous, nice rum and raisin notes, yeastiness is distinct and fresh flowery. Dense smoky raisin flavors, slightly like the smell but more restrained. Nice balance, not overly champagne-like or super sticky brandy. Finishes with a satisfying alcohol warming and coating property. Flavor impact like a see-saw, powerful at the beginning and end. There are some Belgian brews that rub me the wrong way (and many that don't), this hallowed "cough syrup" is not only an excellent example of a dark artisinal ale but a great tasting beer. Coated the wine goblet I used really nicely.

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Photo of rastaman
4.77/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great beer, big rich, strong, warming, chocolatey, bit spicy, great beer for a cold winters night. A classic.

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Photo of hooligan
4.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ahh... sweet nectar. A wispy lace of foam on a maroon-black beer. This beer smells of carmel, plums, and banana. While drinking my first mouthful I breathed in through my nose and tasted smooth, sweet, caramel and fruit, with a finish that spiced strongly of alcohol and faint black pepper. The crispness of this beer is so light, it reminds you of a chewier lambic, with a indescribable smoothness. Quite possibly one of the best beers in the world, but damned expensive.

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Photo of mmthompson33
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As one of the few best Belgian Trappists (maybe the best), this is one of those beers that deserves a place in the Hall of Fame just as Ripken, Henderson & Gwynn do. It's a classic, with a unique combo of strength and drinkability. It's one of those beers by which all others are measured.

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Photo of mattmaples
4.76/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

God smiles on this monk made beer!! This beer is the softest, most velvety beverage ever to take a ride past my lips. Huge plum / fig flavor. Huge body, enormous malty yummyness with little hop to be found. ALthough Todd and Jason mentioned a "prickly alcohol" presense, I did not get any of that. Mine was totaly smooth from begining to end. If it wasn't so expensive I would be drinking at least one of these a week. As it is, it is a wonderful treat to enjoy on occation.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 33cl Euro-style brown bottle. A freshness date of March 23, 2005, but it'll last much longer. Original Beglian label, no Enlgish. Brought over from Belgium. The (10) denotes it's strength, not abv, amongst a series of beers. They also brew a (6) and an (8).

Appearance: Dark, deep, rich rustic brown with a creamy tan tight lace, which is semi-sticky.

Smell: Spicy alcohol, ripe fruit (raisin & plum) and sweet ripe tropical melon aromas.

Taste: Upfront is an immediate prickly alcohol that rides upon a layer of tingly carbonation, making it smooth. Alcohol is extremely warming on the palate, throat and face. The malt is big, sweet & fruity, like ripe plum that melds with a spiciness that brings English Christmas Pudding drizzled with rum to mind. Some spicy pepper notes (from the yeast), some sweet sugary peppermint, almost medicinal to a certian point. Did we mention that this beer is alcoholic?

Notes: Beer like this gives us a reason to live.

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