Trappistes Rochefort 10 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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Trappistes Rochefort 10Trappistes Rochefort 10

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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 hotstuff
3.57/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First of all, thedm and I compared this to the Westy 12 and I very, very much like the Westy 12 over this brew. I just could not acquire a taste for this brew as I was hoping to. That said, it poured a large invigorating tan head with fine-small bubbles into my glass. The lacing was good on all sides of my glass. It had a sweet aroma to it and a cloudy brown body. There was carbonation observed with this brew. It kept leaving me with a tingly, burning sensation in my throat that was not to my liking. Give me a Westy 12 anyday!!

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Photo of Jon
4.7/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Here's one of those dangerous Belgian brews. This one pours a dark ruby color with a sturdy beige head that laces extremely well. A sweet chocolate aroma presents itself, as notes of nuts and yeast are subdued but present nevertheless. Taste is sweet, nutty, yeasty, alcoholic, and overall delicious. Mouthfeel is smooth and this beer is very well balanced. For a beer of its ABV, this one drinks way too easily and can put one on his ass if he is not careful. Certainly a classic, and well worth its acclaim.

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Photo of Popsinc
4.7/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with a huge foamy head. Very appetizing.

The taste was big and malty. The beer started dry with earthy and spicey notes (nutmeg, pepper & cinnamon) and then became more complex and flavorful with hints of chocolate, molasses, brown sugar and maybe even some plum & fig notes to it. I liken it to a big Tootsie-Roll in a bottle.

A very warm beer both in appearance and in taste. Complex. More refined and mature than Rochefort 8.

This was a great drinking experience. A true classic of the beer world!

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Photo of daledeee
4.82/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

No wonder it is rated high. Primo stuff. Poured it into a fluted glass and got about half an inch of head that went away quickly. Some floaties. Very dark color. The smell is strong(to go with the alcohol). Banana, plum, cocoa, medicine all present in nose. The alcohol is not real prominent, surprisingly. Only a little warm going down. I would recommend the 52-58F serving temp stated on the bottle. Only a little carbonated bite. Really wonderful mouth feel. Fruit, malt, fig or plum. You can wait for several minutes between sips, the taste sticks around!! There are very few beers that even come close to this quality and enjoyment. Price is the only hold back ~$6. Worth it for a special treat

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Photo of jcalabre
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Originally sampled 11 March 2002 at Pizzaport's Belgian Beerfest on draught. Rochefort 10 is a world class wonderful beer. The explosion of flavors in your mouth aren't to be missed. It has very light hop notes, but the plum, raisin & other flavors are gorgeous.

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

After passing this by numerous times because of the price, I finally sprung for a bottle and am just amazed at how good this beer is. The head foams up a bit fluffy off-white and looks like a layer of pudding sitting on top of the beer. The head dimishes a bit but sticks around to the end, leaving lace all the way down the glass. It's a beautiful, deep ruby. The smell is ripe fruit, most notably raisin and cherry, and a bit of spice. Ripe fruit and peppery flavors come through with just a hint of licorice. The mouthfeel is a creamy miracle. This is the ultimate sipping beer and a must for a special occasion.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.52/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 mL brown bottle, capped, date stamped on label (271004), blue cap.

This ale poured (carefully) a cloudy, dark coffee brown with highlights of red, with thin tan foam that dissipated rapidly. The smell was vinous and fruity (figs, apples), with caramel, sweet malt, and oak thrown in. There was also an alcohol odor discernible, though not strong. The taste was mildly sweet, vinous and fruity (apples, grapes, figs, raisins), with malt and alcohol flavors. The flavors blended wonderfully to give a very mellow experience. The mouthfeel was very smooth and velvety, with medium-full body and low carbonation. The flavors lingered in the mouth. The drinkability was very good. A very nice strong Belgian ale.

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.95/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice dark brown pour with some amber notes. A pillow of tan foam sat on top, and did not move even after I was finished. A massive aroma of cherries, dark malts, coffee, caramel, and alcohol. It is all blended to near perfection.

This is a huge beer. The flavor is all over the place with lots of complexity. A little sweet fruitiness is followed by a good smooth flow of dark malts. The flavor starts to get roasty towards the end, and then you get a big blast of alcohol. Sometimes the alcohol was hidden, and if it was like that throughout, this beer would have scored much higher. I tasted a whole lot of alcohol through most of this beer. It was not welcomed in that quantity. Besides that, this is an excellent beer. It is everything you would want from a belgian dark ale. Full bodied, with a great aroma and masses of flavor. The alcohol warms nicely, but the flavor of alcohol needs to be toned down.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Notes: The appearance of this beer does not merit a '5' rating...and the drinkability is not a '5' either

What an amazing beer! I decided to celebrate my 250th review of a Rochefort 8 yesterday by cracking open this marvellous bottle of Rochefort 10. I have to say: of all of the Trappist breweries Rochefort is really trying hard to become my favorite one. The verdict is still up in the air though as I do love all of the Westvleteren and Chimay beers as well! This beer poured a very syrupy dark brown colour that was very reminiscent of the 6 and the 8. This beer was a bit darker though and it did also have a very large fluffy, off-white head as well. The aromas were of subdued alcohol, dark malts, breads, spices, belgian sugars, yeast and hops. Excellent aromas. The taste of this beer was wonderful. The more subdued flavor notes melded nicely with the very hearty dark malt and spice flavors. The mouthfeel was incredibly syrupy and thick and the drinkability was very good, especially for a beer weighing in at over 11% ABV!
Truly, one of the all-time greats!
Cheers to all BA's...I raise this glass to you (again) !

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Photo of 86MonteSS
4.92/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What else can be said? I was told that this is the closest I can get to Westvleteren 12 without actually having it, and if so, I'm really looking forward to it. Manly head and thick mouthfeel. The flavor is inexplicable, so I'll let others try. You pour it, let the head settle a bit, take a spicy sip, stare down into it and say... "holy shit." Thank you, Belgium.

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

Ahh...Rochefort 10...I've been looking forward to this!

Appearance: Pours an incredibly dark mahogany with minimal clarity. It's tan head starts out thick and creamy, and dwindles down to a small cap. Good lacing on the glass.

Smell: Wonderful aroma that comes across as nutty and vinous. Lots of dark fruits, port, and alcohol blend together well. There's a bready note, but it's faint. I pick up on a touch of spiciness, as well as a slight phenolic note.

Taste: Bitter-sweet with an explosion of dark fruits. The nuttiness hangs in the forefront. There's a nice toffee/butterscotch flavor that sits just under the surface. The same phenolic touch that was in the nose plays in the background. Very complex and warming. There's a nice rush of alcohol on the tail end that reminds you that it's not to be hurried. Adding the yeast ups the spiciness a bit, as well as adds even more of a bready flavor. This brew tastes 'darker' than the Westy 8 I recently enjoyed...

Mouthfeel: Lush and creamy with a full mouthfeel. Adding the yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle only enhances that feel. Very warming with an alcohol-tinged finish.

Drinkability: Scary for the amount of alcohol this brew has. It packs a wallop, yet hides it until the end. I could drink several of these...slowly of course!

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

Poured a slightly red deep brown color with a creamy head that stayed thin after it fell. Nose was a pear/apple smell, wine grapes, spicy alcohol, and that medicinal tone that dark & heavy belgian brews give off. It also smelled of a slight floral tone, but much softer and refreshing than most hop-type of floral scents.

Flavor was tastily chewy with savory malts, peppery, and had an earthy body that had notes of smoked cedar. (like BBQ kinda thing). Also had a little fruity taste, like a slight pear flavor on the tip of my tongue. Very smooth through out, it had an interesting creamy taste in the finish, and to boot an aftertaste of dark candy-sugar hiding in the nooks of my mouth. No taste of the alcohol but you’ll feel it. The mouthfeel was soft and viscuous – not watery, not oily, but something great in between.

This beer is so easy to go back to, as it makes you content in its taste and feeling. Easily a beer to have often, if you can afford it. So simple, not in a minimalist way but in a straightforward way. Outstanding tradition and elegant simplicity - what a dark malty brew can be at its best.

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

Things just keep getting heavier. Deep ruby in color with a very thin, densely packed, dark tan head. Aroma is of burnt malt, plum, sugar, and alcohol. I was actually a bit underwhelmed by the aroma. After sniffing the 8, I expected something even bigger from the 10. It would have been a nice warning of what to expect in terms of flavor! Once again, the alcohol is quite noticeable from the first sip. And then…well, there’s a *lot* going on. Bready body, tastes of molasses, pepper, raisin and plum, pear and banana, all undergirded by a solid chocolate/caramel maltiness. Finishes with a strong hit of leafy hop flavor. Thinner in body than I had expected, but still creamy and viscous in mouthfeel. Not to be trifled with!

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Photo of beerluvr
4.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours with a rapidly fading brown head over murky opaque dark brownish liquid. The nose is a heady mix of dark fruits, chocolate, malts and alcohol. Taste is a wonderful mix of candi sugar, yeasty fruitiness, hops, chocolate...and a massive alcoholic presence that just coats the throat as you swallow this complex ale. Finishes with a complexity rarely tasted in most ales of any style, with a chocolatey sweetness that gives way to a very appetizing dryness that begs another long of Belgium's (and the world's) finest beers, one of the all-time greats! Worth every pricey penny!

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

Murky burnt sienna capped with a staggering beige foam. An archetype of appearance.
Aromas of hay, alcohol, burnt sugar, pepper, and trout streams.
Taste focuses on the subtle rather than the 11%+ thrashing that is in store. Pepper and caramel initially, which segue smoothly into the fruit isle at the local mega-grocery store. The shopping basket fills with anise, prunes, star fruit, kiwi, lime, and pineapple. Underlying this all is a scorched sugar base. Yeast adds some sour spiciness. Alcoholic bitterness towards the finale, with is offset by a subdued floral hopping.
A bit fizzy right away, but settles to a substanciated heft within the mouth.
Way too drinkable for something this strong.

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

This beer pours a slightly hazy coppery brown with a small tan head. It has a sweet cookie like peppery smell. As expected extremely complex and smooth with a creamy sherry like flavor and sharp peppery alcohol warmth with a very rounded full mouthfeel. Definitely a delicious smooth beer more akin to a sherry or port and intended to be savored in a similar manner. Would be welcome anytime but possibly best suited as an after dinner drink. One of my favorites.

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

Once again, it's great to be Catholic, and the Trappist monks do it again! This stuff is really amazing. I really can't think of any flaws in this brew. I guess the only draw back is the high price of $8+ a bottle. As soon as I opened the bottle, I noticed the vanilla and fruits scent in it. One thing that "turned me on" was the sight of the beautiful dark color and a creamy brown head. The head was supper thick at first, but subsided into a film-like substance. The taste was of heavy vanilla, fruit, nuts, and a hint of alcohol taste. The nutty vanilla taste stays around for a while after you swallow and leaves a little tinge on the tounge. I really like this brew and put it up there with the Weste 12. If you have it in your area, give it a go, it's well worth the price.

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Photo of Naerhu
4.91/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.3% malt, hop, yeast
Ultra-ripe peach and fig aroma, brown/tan head. Brown Body, medium low head, lots of lacing. An explosion of flavor with maple focus flavor and the richest longest finish I have ever experienced wrapped in the creamiest texture. Alcohol slowly but elegantly making itself known. Can I sell my soul in exchange for a life supply of this beer?

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

A coppery brown, slightly hazy Belgian Trappist Ale with a very small tannish head. The smell is sweet, raisiny, and sherry-like. The taste is also reminiscent of sherry...sweet, smooth, and slightly creamy with a peppery finish. In my mouth it is very round and creamy. I have made a note to myself to definitely get some more of this very tasty and delicious Belgian ale. The higher alcohol in this gives it a very nice warming finish.

(source: PremierGourmet; Buffalo, NY)

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

11.5% is in my mind as I pour this brew. It pours a dark thick brown with a huge head that settles down quickly. I immediately smell plums and tropical fruits, along with alcohol.

The initial sensation to me after my first taste was "warming". The alcohol is not overly powerful in the taste at all. What is powerful in the taste is pears and dried fruits. I didn't notice much of a chocolate taste like many reviewers have mentioned. I just can't believe how smooth this beer is for the amount of alcohol in it. This is the finest Belgian beer I have had yet. I definitely like it more than Maudite, La Fin Du Monde, and Trois Pistoles; these being the only other Belgian ales I have tried. It tastes so good, that it's hard to drink it slow which is a good idea unless you want to be overwhelmed with a quick inebriation.

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Photo of nathi
3.5/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

**Added after reading reviews: Seems other reviewers all note a head and lace, this bottle will not form a head if I put it in a blender I bet....wonder if I have a bad bottle?**

bottle dated best before 15/08/06 (funny, may as well but a brewed on date)

Very loose sediment, even after sitting still in the fridge and being gently poured leaving a little in the bottle, I was disapointed to get a shot of sludge into my glass that muddied it all up. Will remember to leave about 3 oz in the bottle next time, which is a lot of a not-so-cheap beer. No head. May update if the next bottle I try pours better.

Disapointing aroma. Very high, but clean, alcohol. With low, but nice aroma of chocolate covered cherries. The low aroma is very disapointing.

Flavor is also very simple. Nice dryness for a such big beer, which I really like in a Belgian. A bit hot still, needs to age a bit more, need to nunt down some older bottle, because I cant see wasting celar space on this beer. Smoky flavor, some nice phenolic spicyness, but low. Not a lot of malt, this beer must have a healthy sugar dose. Some fruityness, but not real high for a belgian.

One of the more drinkable big beers I have had, but definitly not one of the more interesting. I can see this making a great aged beer...but I dont see it as one of the top beers in the world. Who knows, maybe an aged bottle would change my mind.

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Photo of DerKaiser
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a big, powerful, and elegant Belgian beer. It pours a dark, leathery brown with a nice head. The aroma is heavy with fig and molasses notes. Very aromatic.

The flavor is lush and full-bodied, remeniscent of liquor-soaked figs, dark rum, licorice, and hints of chocolate. There's a smooth, coating mouthfeel. Spicy, warming, peppery alcohol notes carry throughout the nose and mouth, particularly after the beer warms. The high alcohol content is a key component of this beer.

This beer is very complex and wonderfully balanced, with layers of flavor that reveal themselves as the beer warms in the glass. It really is a delicacy, and at $8.00 per bottle it's one that I will indulge in very infrequently.

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

This beer was a high alchohol content for my normal taste but you really only get the good parts of that warm feeling, no overpowering perception of alchohol. Don't be afraid if your don't drink this style of beer or beer's with such high ABV.

I did swirl sediment into poor.

Appearence: dark cider with a nice toffe colored fluffy head that disipates somewhat fast leaving a nice lace on top of beer but a clean glass.

Smell: sweet of malty dried fruits, hint of alchohol

Taste: Got better with each sip as temp rises opening more flavors. Currants, dried fruits and rum with a slight caramel/toffe maltiness.

Mouthfeel: Very fine carbonation expand in your mouth like a mouse, very rich and very smooth for alchohol content.

Drinkabilty: great, its not part of a six pack it's meant to be savored slowely. You will also feel the warmth in your belly and your head letting you know not to rush and/or start to slur your words.

Overall this beer was excellent .

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Photo of paceyourself
3.85/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a small tight head that fades slowly. A rich mahogany color doesn't hide the sediment that snuck into the glass. The grass like aroma lets me know to expect a strong brew. Buttery, toffee flavor rides the malty goodness and with a hint of wood it gives a full mouthfeel. The 11.3% is there from begining to end but not over powering.

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

A masterpiece of a beer. A absolute treat, one of the true greats,has the perfect blend of malt and bitterness.Tastes of fruit and spice. Alcohol not that noticable in taste, but definitely in effect! Two of these, and it will be sleepy time! I had this after a St. Bernardus 12, and I definitely prefered the Rochefort. Overall, this is a unique and incredible beer! This one poured a very large, foamy head which took a while to settle. Sweet and complex, a wonderful brew.Smooth, creamy, and as close to perfect as a beer can be.

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Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
Beer rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 9,499 ratings