Rochefort 10 is a Belgian Trappist, a strong quad beer that's very highly rated. It sits in the same class of beers as St Bernardus Abt and Westvleteren 12, currently having a perfect 100 score on Ratebeer.com. The monks that brew Rochefort 10 create two other well known Trappists, the Rochefort 8 and Rochefort 6.
The Rochefort brewery is inside the Notre-Dame de Saint Rémy Abbey in the town of Rochefort which is about 120Km from Brussels or about half way to Luxembourg. Amazingly, the brewing of beer started at this abbey in 1595. Like all Trappist monks, they only brew beer to sustain themselves or to donate the proceeds to charitable foundations.
And similar to the brewery of St Bernardus, the water that's used for brewing Rochefort 10 is drawn from the grounds of the abbey. A long time ago there were attempts to mine minerals from the surrounding area and while digging a little stream became exposed, which was called the Tridaine. This little spring provides the water used in brewing Rochefort 10 and is said to contribute significantly to the taste of the beer. Like most quad Trappists, it's possible to store Rochefort 10 for a significant amount of time whereby the tastes only become more complex.
Rochefort 10 has an alcohol content of 11.3%ABV and is characterised by the blue bottle cap and blue "10" logo on the label. It pours a smooth dark brown colour and has a white / beige head that's not too big. Rochefort 10 has a sweet and deep aroma and there are noticeable flavours of dark fruits, molasses, apple and gentle hop spices. The alcohol is well hidden, despite its high alcoholic content. Nevertheless it has a nice warming effect on the body. Having a Rochefort 10 is the perfect ending to an active day spent outside in the cold.
All in all Rochefort 10 is a fantastic beer best drank slowly to appreciate all complex flavours.
Dominant impressions of latte coffee with powerful chocolate aromas in the nose. The alcohol esters are enveloped with hints of autumn wood, citrus zest (orange, lemon) and freshly baked biscuits. The initial taste is sweetly sinful. Beer and chocolate trapped into one single glass, a liquid milky draught with a backbone of bitter malt. The alcohol warms the throat and, in the finish, you will pick up traces of cloves, citrus, orange and mocha. The heaviest of the Rochefort beers, the 10 is a quadrupel style beer and can be recognized by its blue label.