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Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort

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Reviews: 2,730
Hads: 8,650
Avg: 4.47
pDev: 17.45%
Wants: 805
Gots: 2,230 | FT: 67
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Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium | website

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) | 11.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 11-06-2000

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Photo of BigHead
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A purdy ale in my St. Bernardus glass. A dark reddish brown ale with some murkiness from those lovely yeasties, lovely. The aroma took me off guard a little bit, I expected the nose to have some alcohol to the nose, I mean it is 11.3%, but man I got the first wiff of sweet candy sugars but then the alcohol burned its way in to my nostrils. The sweetness hits my tongue like Ike Turner. I can detect raisins and what seems like brown sugar and caramel battling it out too, but the alcohol quickly soothes all of the activity. This puppy coats your mouth wonderfully. The flavors really pick up as this dude warms, I am glad that I am taking my time with this one. The alcohol makes drinkability an issue but overall I am happy with my first Rochefort experience.

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Photo of lostbearbrew
4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Well, finally took the plunge and tried this a little while back. Surely wasn't disappointed.

Dark brown pour with slight tan head. Many slightly hidden aromas from this one, with lots of sweet malt and maybe a little coffee, many types of prune-fig like fruit, and some alchohol. One of the nicer, lesser pronounced smelling beers I've had in a while.

Superb layering of flavors, which lends to why this beer always ranks so well - there's something here for everyone, and not much that will drive folks away. Chocolates, toffee, sweet caramel/almost butterscotch...winey like flavors appear as beer warms, and really begins to take on a whole second life. Yummy!

At between six and eight dollars a bottle, I won't be drinking this all that often, but I look forward to enjoying maybe 6 a year.

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Photo of scooter231
3.8/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I was rather excited to finally try this guy- been thinking about it for a while, and finally splurged on it. Looks deep deep dark brown, with a light tan head, no light getting through this. Smell is raisiny, light, sweet. Not as deep as I wanted it to be.

Taste is... not bad. But not living up to the hype. Raisiny, sweet, pruney. Alcohol is extremely well hidden. Mouthfeel is bubbly, medium-bodied, feels good. Pretty drinkable, but overall too sweet to be extremely drinkable. I liked this better when it warmed up, but overall I was disappointed. Perhaps I got a young bottle- who knows. Still, a good beer, and very sneaky at 11 percent.

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Photo of DrJay
4.82/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown and hazy with a medium tan head that leaves generous lace on the chalice and sticks around til the bitter end. Complex, warm aroma with lots of malt (caramel and toffee), a deep fruitiness, and vinous alcohol, but it still stays fairly soft and mellow. Wonderful flavours as well, with the caramel and toffee maltiness joined by a light roasted character. Ripe fruit as well as a bit of chocolate (mainly as it warms) and sugary sweetness. Finishes with plenty of alcohol warmth. Full body and high carbonation to start, but this reduces quickly. Airy texture with a drying and slightly grainy texture. This is fast becoming my favourite line of trappist beers. Excellent complexity and balance, big flavours yet still remains mellow. A joy to enjoy.

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Photo of longarm
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque, dark leather-like color with dirty-yellow carbonation that fades a little too quickly. Looking down from the top, tiny bubbles roil-up through a syrupy mass.

Strong carmelized sugars, sweet rum and raisins in the aroma. Resembles a tawny port. This aroma starts nice after the pour, but as the brew warms, aromas come together especially well.

Amazing dose of flavors, including raisins, molasses and a little sour fruit. A nice hint of finishing hops scrubs everything up for the next sip. A moderate hit of alcohol slammed me at the end of each drink. Some might find a bit overwhelming, but I enjoyed it and didn't find it out of whack. Hard to complain about a quadrupel noting some alcohol.

Mouthfeel is perfect, coats the entire palate with fruity flavor, only to rapidly fade away. This perfection makes it difficult to not drink too fast.

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Photo of brentk56
4.78/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: A classic Belgian pour with a massive head topping the coffee colored liquid; the head refuses to fade and leaves swathes of lacing

Smell: A veritable basket of fruit - apples, pears, bananas combined with a bit of vanilla, milk chocolate, bubblegum and some balsa wood

Taste: A most unusual blend of smooth orchard fruit flavors, some wood and tobacco, and a touch of bubblegum for starters; about half way through, you pick up some bitterness and more tobacco flavors; the finish is dry with some alcoholic warming

Mouthfeel: Creamy and full-bodied; with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Extraordinarily smooth with so much going on

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Photo of RedHaze
4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very dark brown with a 2 inch head that slowly faded to a thin cap that stuck around, and nice lacing.

Smells of sweet spiced plums/prunes and a little cherry, candied sugar and a touch of caramel.

Taste is sweet and slightly chocolatey, with dark fruits, alcohol and a little bit medicinal. Very rich and smooth.

This is definitely a beer to savor.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice. So much going on in this beer. No idea even where to begin and do it justice. Pours very black, with almost a purpish tinge. Color of liquid toffee. Slight head with some heavy carbonation. But that carbonation receded upon sipping to feel heavy and soothing on the palate. Extremely full and broad feel to this flavor. Whole lot of things happening in the flavor. Very candy like--toffee, caramel, chocolate, and mounds of Belgian sugars. Yeast is very prevalent too and provides a very nice plum flavor. Aroma is more of the plums. Alcohol is also quite strong but does nto detract from the drinkability because this beer is so full of flavor.

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Photo of Sixpoint
4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of the world's greatest beers. No question.

One of my favorite things about this beer is its lively, active carbonation. It's very unique to have a beer of this strength to have the champagne-like carbonation of a hefe-weizen. It leads to awesome head retention and amazing drinkability.

This beer is just way too complex to try to distill its qualities into words. You have to experience it yourself. You won't be disappointed.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Everybody deserves a treat at the end of a long, tiresome week. For me tonight, it's none other than a classic trappist quad. Let's drink.

Served in a Watou oversize wine glass, with the utmost respect. Drink by date reads 04 03 09.

Appearance- Pours a deep chestnut brown with a fantastic, thick head that lingers for more than five minutes. Lacing is superb, excellent cling. The bubbles are the smallest I have ever seen floating atop a beer, with amazing structure. This looks heavy, like it weighs more than 11 oz.

Smell- Figs, leather, alcohol, new shoes. Abandoned building. Spicy dark candied fruit, soaked for ages to bring out their full aromas. Doctor's office. Faint smoke notes after sitting for twenty minutes now. Then comes a sweet rum cake character after the thirty minute mark. This is still going, changing back to alcohol and leather with the soaked figs in the background. Amazing, and fun as hell.

Taste- Liquid dark fruit, fully aged and spiced to perfection. Rich malt backbone that anchors the complexities of the carnival going on inside the mouth. Alcohol is well hidden in the taste, but far more obvious to my fine motor skills. Absolutely wonderful.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Slick and viscous, with aromatic and gustatory qualities that beg to be savored. Everything a trappist quadrupel could ever hope to one day become.

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Photo of whartontallboy
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep brown, almost black, pour with a nice off-white head. Leaves huge sheets of lace in my St. Bernardus chalice. Quite a bit of sediment swirls around and settles to the bottom.

Smell is lots of fruits, particularly a clear plum scent and some oak. A bit of chocolate and some licorice in the nose, too.

Flavor is heavily alcoholic, fruit, bitter chocolate, and a bit of sweetness. Lots of doughiness as well, and the fruit character gets stronger (plum and figs especially) as it warms. The alcohol is heavy and warming in the finish, but it doesn't bite too badly. A bit of raisiny goodness comes through as well.

Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, and full. Nice!

Overall: I'm really glad I picked this one up; there's a lot going on in there, and it drinks really well for its ABV. Really tasty. Nicely done.

Overall:

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Photo of Sephiroth
4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into a tulip this goes with a half inch of tan foam. It is a dark, ruby color. The smell is of dark fruits, and gummy worms, if that makes any sense. There is a maltiness beneath thesweetness.

The taste is of figs, dark cherries, a leathery dryness percieved at the back of one's tongue, and brown sugar. This needs some time in my cellar, methinks. The mouthfeel is thick, but it is not cloying. Drinkability is high. The taste is so complex, I want to sip, and sip again to discover everythig this brew can offer.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.29/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The only downside to this one was a slightly soapy smell (yes, the glass was clean). Aside from what I took as a soapy smell this wasn't as fragrant as other brews of the style.
Thick, sticky head and lacing... beautiful deep color to this critter.
A ripe to carmelized banana thing going on in the flavor; Chocolate/coffee milkshake with banana added.
Very, very smooth with a medium mouthfeel.
For a quadrupel that's 11.3% this is extremely drinkable.
This would make for an expensive habit as I paid $6 for an 11.2 ounce bottle... I find St. Bernardus and La Trappe (even Ommegang's Three Philosophers) make nearly as good or as good quadrupels; with money as a consideration they are much better choices.
Everything considered, this should be tried at least once.
Maybe twice.

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Photo of andjusticeforale
4.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

People will review this beer by saying, "it has hints of blah and a touch of blah..." I can't do that with this one. That is all too subjective.
Lets look at the bigger picture.

We are raised on Budweiser and "Macro swill light" and all other ungodly crap. But to the average person, a big 11+ proof beer Is simply ludicrous. Say to the average Joe... "Have one of these... it tastes like port wine mixed with scotch, is as filling as possible, has free floating particles and has so many flavors that it changes on every sip... oh yeah, and it costs about $7 a bottle..."----And the average person says.. "I'll have a Miller light please."
But... I had a bottle of terribly bad Zinfandel not too long ago that cost $10.99- I ate a flavorless breakfast sandwich that had 750 calories, not to mention a lifetime of beers that I have looked at and said, "why the hell am I drinking this?"(as I drank ten of them...)

With that in mind... If you drink beer to pair with pizza or to get drunk or to be social in the local nightclub, This is not for you! This is a big, better-when-its-warm, drink out of a medieval chalice, pick stuff out of your teeth, don't need to eat for three days, if you drink two- you will surely have an unforgettable experience kind-of-beer.

The stuff is darker than pepsi, smells like bubblegum, tastes like a big smooth latte, has no aftertaste and conceals the alcohol better when it is warm. I have never had Westvleteren 12; that being said, this is the best I have ever had. ALl beer snobbery aside, in my mind, you can keep the strong scotch ales and imperial stouts. This is the beer for real men.(and women).

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Photo of karst
4.83/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Rochefort has three beers identified as six, eight and ten in the old system of Belgium degrees. Saw this Trappist 10 Belgium beauty at Highland Liquor Stop while there to pickup a "trade" arranged while visiting Three Floyds in nearby Munster, In. Best by 18 03 08 it is nicknamed " the Trappist beer for real men" and love by women and men around the world.

Best served in 54°-58° and sips great as it warms to room temp. With the quietest pour possible from a undisturbed 33cl bottle I left the heavest part of the yeast slurry behind. I was happy to find the carbonation and head staying well within control - unlike some Belgiums- as I poured this murky dark brown Quadruple into Stone barleywine rastal that it topped with its dense tan head and thick curtain of lace that showed good retention for 11.3% abv.

A cornucopia of aroma and flavors - light tropical fruity esters (pear, apple, mango, bananna sweat tangerine and more) , mellow chocolate, carmelized fruit (pruness, raisons, figs and dates) with spicy alcohol and yeasty spicyness. Flavors shift like the patterns of a calidescope as the glass warms and the alcohol shows itself.

Medium full body with a smooth velvetly mouthfeel. Flavors well blended and were supurb - little aftertaste (the Styrian Goldings and German Hallertau Hersbrucker hops are very subdued anymore bitterness would be out of place) nothing cloying in the slightly dry finish. So drinkable! How did Michael Jackson overlook this in his Great Beer Guide of 500 Classics? Alas, he covers it well in his Beer Companion's chapter on Trappist Beer. Poor Mr. Jackson. So many beers. . .

The perfect end of a marinated grilled chicken meal with all the trimmings! Cheers from Mid.-Missouri Carpe diem.

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Photo of Viggo
4.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing deal at Volo, $9 for one of the suckers. Pours a dark mahogany brown, pretty hazy, big head forms and goes but leaves a metric ass tonne of lacing. Smell is amazingly complex; almost weissbier like banana/clove esters and phenols abound, grapefruit, oaky vanilla, lots of malt, slight hint of alcohol. Taste is crazy, banana and clove once again, alcohol, earthy, oaky vanilla again, tastes oak aged, honey, a little bitterness from the hops but those take a back seat. Almost an armagnac vinousity (word?) to it, amazing. Very full mouth, warms all the way down, thick and chewy, perfect carbonation. This is one killer beer.

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Photo of sacfly
4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

061009 code on bottle

Pours a dark brown with a hint of red. Nice small to medium bubbles. Got yeast in the glass even with a careful pour and leaving almost an inch in the bottle. It seems the yeast jumped into suspension when the bottle was opened due to the heavy carbonation. Sweet grape/pear, sherry, and yeast in the nose. Taste resembles the nose with the sherry flavor standing out over the others. Not overpowering, but distinct sherry overtones. Dry finish, slightly tart. Nice blend of flavor. The head is ever replenishing and maintains throughout drinking. Zero lacing on the glass…? Looks can be deceiving on this one. Ignore the chunks of yeast and enjoy this one.

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Photo of fisherman34
4.2/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep, dark brown in colour with minimal head. Notes of caramel, raisins, and nuts. Flavors are more powerful with elements of port wine, prunes, chocolate, and dark berry fruit. Perhaps there’s just a touch of alcohol flavor in there as well. Probably too rich for more than one bottle at a time, or even one bottle per week, but this is still a masterpiece of brewing.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
2.64/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz bottle.

Appearance: Deep reddish brown with perfect head.

Smell: Sweet esters and fruits.

Taste: Completely overpowering sweetness, kind of sickly to me. I know this is supposed to be top-shelf, but I honestly cannot stand the flavor. Reminds me somewhat of medicine.

Notes: This is a highly rated beer that many other people evidently appreciate more than me. I guess it just comes down to personal taste...

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Photo of numenor1
4.32/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours dark tan with a very quickly dissipating head that leaves lacing down the glass.

Smell: The smell is great, smells of spices, coriander perhaps black pepper, and dark fruits and alcohol.

Taste: Quite complex with everything very well integrated. For me the alcohol hits first then the sweet malts start to take over. I pick up definite prunes, and walnuts (ala nocino, a italian walnut liqueur made from unripe, green walnuts). Actually the whole brew smacks of nocino. A malty far more balanced nocino. Anyhow. There's also strong caramel and molasses overtones with everything dissolving away into a lingering spicy, alcoholic finish.

Mouthfeel: It's decently smooth and creamy, but nothing phenomenal for me.--Ok, i thought i had it warm enough, but i did not. After warming mouthfeel is a thing of beauty, very thick and rich.

Drinkability: It drinks like a wine, eh not quite so well.

I haven't been overly taken with the quarupels and tripels, but still, this is impressive.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my St. Bernardus chalice. It had a two finger head, but was very fizzy, and it dissipated rather quickly to a thin layer of foam. It was a deep brown in color, and slightly hazy.

Aroma was molasses, rich dark fruits, and a little spiciness, with a touch of alcohol at the end. However, strangely, it was a light aroma... not as heavy as one would expect from a beer this dark and high in ABV.

The taste was rich and complex, with dark fruits to the fore, followed by a blend of spices... subtle pepperiness and coriander. I didn't pick up any of the chocolate some people have mentioned. A sweetness came in toward the end, as the alcohol warmed my mouth. A little bit of a hoppy bitterness seemed to linger.

Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy, just right for the flavor. Not heavy or overbearing.

Drinkability... excellent beer. I would have it again. Not the absolute best quadrupel I have had, but very high up there.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.87/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A thin layer of faintly brown tinted bubbles sits atop a cloudy, cocoa-colored brew full of suspended sediment.

It's a little too cold to pick up a strong aroma right now, so I'll hold off a bit on that and go ahead and have a taste.

Mmmm....smooth, creamy and simply sublime. Deep, soft sweetness full of complexity--molasses, dark brown sugar, the faintest touch of cocoa, and a thousand other things.

The mouthfeel is tremendous. Creamy, smooth, wonderful.

I'd drink this until I burst...

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Photo of carln26
4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured from the bottle a slightly hazy medium brown/dark amber in color. It was topped by a thick, clumpy tan head that retained for more than 10 minutes in my glass. The nose has bread dough up front followed by spice (coriander/allspice a hint of white pepper). It has layers of citrus (grapefruit/orange/lemon), and is finished by figs and dates from the malt. The taste has more of the bread dough followed quickly by the spice and citrus. The citrus combines with the malt in the flavor to produce red wine like flavors. Dark berries, plums, accompanied by slight alcohol warming. Wow! Amazing flavor, much more than even the nose indicated. Slick, lightly heavy mouth feel, decent drinakbility.

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Photo of arizcards
4.87/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 33cl bottle back in March for $7.42. Been saving the Trappistes for awhile now and it is now go time!

Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights with plenty of yeast sediment. Head is tan and initially large but quickly turns to a small sustained head. Nose is a medley of sugar, spice and everything nice including dark fruits and chocolate. The taste is one of the most complex beers I have ever had. The flavors are all over the board. Flavors noted include candied sugar, bananas, hint of pepper, dark fruits, finishing with a nice dry hop. Mouthfeel is creamy and full with a high amount of carbonation to light up the palate even more. Overall drinkability is near perfect. The only mark against this brew is the high ABV warms me up a bit too much after each taste. But nonetheless this is the 2nd best beer I have sampled yet!

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Photo of Beersignal
4.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The beer is deep rich chocolate brown colour with faint ruby highlights when held to the light. Light strains to get through the hazy liquid and the yeast in suspension. A generous spongy foam head built up initially only to leave in a hurry, however, leaving behind sizeable spots of brussels lace.

As would be expected of a Belgian Trappist, the yeast and its byproducts dominate the aromas. Fruity and peppery notes strike up front and slowly move aside to let mild spice, malt and breadlike aromas surface. The entire aroma profile is gentle and very harmonious.

Very round and fleshy (??) brew leaving the drinker with the impression that he has just eaten rather than drank the beer. That is how full bodied this beer seemed to me. Flavours mimic the aromas and are dominated by fruity and yeasty notes. However, the malt permeates much more in the flavours than it does in the aromas, lending the beer more balance. Hints of spices and cocoa do manifest themselves near the end along with a mild alcoholic bitterness, giving the beer a balanced and complex flavour profile that is as harmonious as the aromas.

This is one of my favourite trappists along with Orval.

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Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
99 out of 100 based on 2,730 ratings.