Trappistes Rochefort 10 | Brasserie de Rochefort

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Trappistes Rochefort 10Trappistes Rochefort 10
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Brewed by:
Brasserie de Rochefort
Belgium
trappistes-rochefort.com

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 11-06-2000

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Photo of Delerium
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a big beer. It's well balanced, and when poured into a snifter, it presents a huge head with wonderful lacing. Dark, dark redish brown colour, full of mollases flavour, a bit of spice and fruit notes, with a delicate hop-tone to it. Perfect balance of carbonation which extends to the pleasant mouthfeel of this beer. Five stars for sure, highly recommended. Chris

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Photo of KingG
4.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Relatively fresh bottle.

Served at cellar temp and poured into my Olg Guardian 10oz glass.

Appearance is very good. Dark brown beer with a fluffy, thick, sand-colored head. Ton of lacing in the glass. Visually inviting.

Smell is exceptional. A lot going on here. Banana, bubblegum, walnuts, sugary malts, Belgian yeast, pepper, figs, sweet dates and ripe guava. Amazing smell.

Taste is exceptional. everything i smelled i tasted as well but with much more in the figs and sweet malt department. One of the most complex beers i've ever had.

Mouthfeel is exceptional. Rochefort 10 dances all over the tongue and cheeks greatly. Carbonation is perfect; lively but not overly so. Finishes warming.

Drinkability is exceptional. Never has a beer with 11.3% been this easy to drink. I could drink this all night without a second thought.

Overall:
Possibly my favorite Belgian beer. If you haven't had it yet, what are you waiting for?

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Photo of jmalex
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yesterday I had the 8, but today is the piece de resistance! I've been sitting on this for about 6 months, and for my birthday, I get to drink it (though 3 days late). Best by date: 10 08 10

APPEARANCE: Pours an opaque deep brown with barely any highlights. The 2-finger light beige head is large-bubbled and shrinks to a solid cap. The head now has tremendous staying power and is something to marvel at.

SMELL: What the 8 lacked in aroma, the 10 has in waves. The heat of the alcohol is very apparent but not the most prominent. Belgian malts, caramel, and especially brown sugar dominate the nose. A bit of fruitiness is present and even some citrus as it warms, but yeastiness is hard to find. Big and impressive. It lets you know you're in for one heck of a treat.

TASTE: Yeasty, dark, and powerful leads into sweet and fruity. The finish is slightly hot and dry but very clean. Truly a masterpiece. I imagine this beer as one with the strength and power of a championship fighter, yet with the dexterity and grace of a ballet dancer. Simply stunning.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-full bodied with a perfect carbonation. The dryness at the finish is the only detractor.

DRINKABILITY: Amazing. Yes, it's obvious there's alcohol in here. You can smell it, you can taste, but you can't feel it. It's very hard to believe it's as high as 11.3%. What a wonderful beer to sit down with and relax. I'm in no hurry tonight

The monks know their stuff. There's no doubt about that. I'm incredibly thankful that I was able to drink this tonight - especially since hearing that it's becoming harder and harder to find.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick syrupy dark dark dark brown, almost black. The head gets up to 1/4 inch with some good hard pouring towards the end. The head mostly goes away, but the lacing stays around and it's a good strong lacing. The smell is very sweet smelling and lots of dark fruit smell. The mouthfeel is very carbonated and the alcohol presence is noticeable, but not off putting. Flavors of candy sugar and sweet sweet plum greet you with a medium-full body. The mouthfeel is still smooth. Overall, this is a favorite friend of mine that I will have always.

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Photo of BretSikkink
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Reviewed shortly after Rochefort 8. Interesting to note that 8 is 7.5% and 10 is 11.3%. Consummate quadrupel, black hole of a beer with a big foamy tan head. Only shows signs of being brown when held to light. Good retention, lacing is immaculate. Overall a marvel to look at.

Major spicing, big dark fruit aromas, some lighter estery character and some serious alcohol featuring a phenolic bite. The yeast is soft, full, and inviting, offers up aniseed and a little bitter chocolate.

Okay, seriously, 11% is serious business. But underneath the sharp peppery bite of alcohol is a smooth operator. Huge sweet malt (rum alcohol here), raisin flavors on the palate, smoked as well as caramelized malt, just like the 8 also has some minty dextrin action. Holy complexity, it's hard to get everything from the tongue to the internet. Full, herbal mouthfeel, offers some clove, more of the liquorice from the nose, molasses or something similar, huge warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel is smoother and creamier than the 8, full body with high viscosity. Perfect. So rich and decadent.

You could bring anything you want to the table with this boy, but it will bring down all but the richest of flavors. I threw some fresh Wisconsin sharp cheddar at it, cut a couple of rectangles of seriously funky Chimay cheese, and
pulled out some aged Danish blue; none of them came close to overwhelming this quadrupel. Very impressive brew all the way around, must-try for a wide demographic of beer drinkers.

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Photo of letsgopens
4.68/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Trappistes Rochefort 10 Quadrupel embodies all that a Belgian Ale should be. The dense tan head holds very well, leaves a nice lace and it's deep cloudy, woody-brown color possesses cider-like qualities. When held to the light red/amber highlights are revealed.

The bouquet gives off a summery fruity (light and dark) aroma with strong hints of citrus and apple. This quadrupel has incredibly complex flavor elements including citrus, prune, date, apple, malt, molasses, vanilla, and an understated (in a good way) bitterness.

The mouthfeel is full and smooth with a nice bite and an earthy pulp like quality than makes for a very enjoyable texture. It's hard to describe just how good this beer is: phenomenal. A must try.

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Photo of Gmann
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep murky brown color with a short tan head that left a solid ring as it dissipated.

The aroma is of prunes and fig and a heavy caramel scent. Almost smells buttery. Some solvent notes in the end.

The taste is bold, nice roasted malt flavor up front. Kind of has a pumpernickle breadiness, some dark cherry sweetness, earthy undertones, almost a cigar type flavor. Noticable caramel and toffee flavor going on. A bit of a boozy bite in the end.

The feel is well bodied with active carbonation, leaves a bit of a twang on the tongue. Creamy feel. Sweet on the palate though has some earthiness to it to help balance.

A very good quad, I could be able to drink a few, though the alcohol will get me. Nice and interesting balance.

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Photo of dickieb
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was quite happy to come across this one. PoorÂ’s a deep cloudy mahogany, with very little light passing through and a big almost soda like head. A sweet smell with spicy and banana tones. A very complex taste that I cant even pretend to understand with a pleasant bite of alcohol. This was worth the $6 I paid for it, and certainly one of the best I have ever had.

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Photo of Backer2004
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The easiest of the trappist beers to find here, so why not drink one that's been cellared for a year? Pours a deep mahogany color with solid cream lacing, more brown with the end yeast sediment poured in the glass. Lots of plums, fruit, caramel, a bit hot (could cellar even longer to mellow out with no problem). Great smell as it warms. Worth the five bucks, no doubt.

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Photo of John_M
4.72/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Easily one of the best beers I've ever tasted. The price tag for this beer seems to revolve between $8 and $13, depending upon where you buy it. Despite the high price, there are times when just nothing esle will really do. I have had this beer on a number of occasions now...

The beer pours a rich, thick, luxurious dark brown color, with excellent head retention and fabulous lacing. On the nose.... oh my, where to begin. Chocalate fudge, caramel, cherries and port all combine with Belgium spice to make one exotic, incredible aroma. On the palate... mmm... so rich, so smooth... satin and silk with a heavenly mouthfeel. This beer is pretty sweet, but is not the least bit cloying IMO. The flavors replicate the nose, with lots of cherries, caramel and chocolate. This beer is very rich and very long, with a very long, lingering finish. This beer is a real sipper, which only makes sense given the abv. (which is well disguised.... you would never guess the abv. is that high) However it's so rich and viscuous, there's no way to just gulp this down. An absolute taste treat.... easily one of the 5 best beers I've ever tried. Delicious.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As soon as I popped the cap, the beer came gushing out all over my counter. My poor wife is going to be wondering tomorrow why her kitchen towel smells like beer.
Dark brown to mahogany in color. Excellent 3 finger thick creamy tan head that holds better than duck tape. A thick sheet of lace almost covers the entire glass all the way around. This beer has a nice sophisticated look.
Brown sugar, pipe tobacco, autumn leaves, with mild spice and fruit in the aroma.
A thick and full, brown sugar malty backbone leads to a cornicopia of flavors that includes. Bananna, some smokeyness,molassas, fresh whole leaf tobacco. There's a subtle hop bitterness in the middle and a slight taste of alcohol in the finish which reminds me that this beer is 11% and I shouldn't have another bottle.
This beer taste as sophisticated as it looks. It is full of class and would be perfect to show the wine drinkers just how much class a beer can have.
I've tried St. Berny's Abt 12 and I think I like this one better. This is a bold beer in a subtle way. Blunt, but with a lot of tact.
Mouthfeel is full, creamy, smooth, dry, but with some kick to it.
I wanna drink a few of these, but I know I shouldn't. The alcohol becomes more noticable about half way through the glass, and I started at cellar temp.
I'm afraid a lot of BA's are like me: They search thier beer stores for the newest and latest beers, and leave this one on the shelves. IMO this was a mistake. My favorite Trappist beer so far.

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Photo of dvotypka
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Rochefort 10 is undoubtedly one of the finer beers in the world. I base this review off of many servings at various bars in the NY/NJ area, as well as a rare find of several bottles sealed since 1996.

The young Rochefort is a rich, flavorful beer, slightly sweet, quite smooth, and full of wonderful flavors found in darker beers, but rarely found all in one beer such as this.

The 10+ year old version is incredibly complex and full of flavors that make you sit and ponder, trying to track all the fine tastes going through your pallette. This certainly rivals a 2004 Westvleteren 12 I had the pleasure to sip.

Ya can't go wrong with this beer and if you enjoy triples/quadrupel, consider yourself fortunate any time you find it for sale.

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Photo of gordavidson
4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured very slowly into a tulip. After how long I had been letting this sit, I was surprised at how cloudy this was. A very interesting looking beer to say the least. Murky brown at first glance, but upon further inspection, is more ruby around the edges. When I try and look straight through the center, it is impossible to see the other side- the only way I can describe it is a crystal ball effect. A beautiful off-white pancake of a head forms and maintains itself for the entire drinking experience.

S- Absolutely unbelievable. Some cherry, brown sugar, sweet bread, oakiness... Everything blends together so well for a very aromatically rewarding experience. I also detect some hints of fig, apple, malted milk balls, and vanilla. My mouth waters just smelling it.

T- Cherry, and sweet bread right off the bat. Some brown sugar and oak. The alcohol is definitely apparent. A little bit nutty with some associated nut bitterness. Hints of vanilla. Definitely not as sweet tasting as the aroma. Strange. Not as similar to the St. Bernardus as I remember.

M- Very smooth on the palate, but upon swallowing, the alcohol leaving a very cloying dryness to the mouth. The alcohol definetly becomes a bit numbing. I found it to be unique how the alcohol was not apparent until the liquid had been swallowed. What I originally thought was some metallic flavor to this I soon realized was just some sourness.

D- The smell and taste are enough to override the excessive alcohol dryness. I wish this was just a tad sweeter and the booze was a little more subdued...

This is world-class for sure. I don't seem to remember the alcohol being this apparent the other time I tried it. Perhaps this could use some more time to sit.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, fudgy brown color with a khaki head that leaves lots of lacing on the glass, and maintains itself in a thin cover over the liquid. Smells very rich -- chocolate, that familiar Rochefort yeast, and raw alcohol. Some faint fruit notes in the vein of figs or dates. On the palate, rich, malty mocha notes overlaid with figgy fruits, phenols and spice. The flavors are huge, refined, and are lent a boozy intensity by the raw alcohol that comes out in the mid-palate and burns through the finish. Mouthfeel is very full with alcohol, carbonation and smooth malts that are a huge step up in thickness from the Rochefort 6 and 8. Overall, this is a phenomenal beer. All the different elements are in balance, and all those elements are compelling in and of themselves. Even aspects of the beer that are normally detractions, like the raw alcohol note, contribute here positively to the overall experience. Wow. What a beer.

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Photo of westweasel
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams "Super Glass". The beer poured out a hazy dark brown hazelnut color, with an orange tint and an inch of tan head. I also got a few dark brown spots in the foam from the yeasty business in the bottom of the bottle.

The smell was very interesting. I smell caramel, chocolate, butterscotch and alcohol.

The taste was fantastic and complex. I can taste caramel, chocolate, clove, and banana. I can also taste some alcohol.

The mouthfeel was somehow extremely smooth. The body seemed about medium.

The drinkability is excellent. This beer is so smooth and easy to drink. It would be easy to drink tons of this.

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Photo of HumuloneRed
4.09/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is a nice brown red color. Not much in the way of head. Sweet in the nose with some spice and maybe some fig/fruit. Lots of plum with an alcohol burn at the finish. I like the beer but I think it can be better. I will try it again but put some more age on it.

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Photo of Bugsey
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Definitely one of the most amazing beers I've every had. It's a great beer to simply sit and marvel at the complexity of flavors present. Very sweet, marlty. Hints of banana, bread, and toffee, or burnt caramel. Carbonization is moderate (less than the comparable St. Bernardus).

Don't share this one. And don't drink it fast.

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Photo of YankChef
3.78/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a fortified wine glass.

Appearance: deep, dark amber-brown with a fluffy off-white head that clings to the glass very strongly

Smell: Smell is of red grapes, brown sugar, leather and a little currant

Taste: Taste is very smooth of red grapes and actually a quick hit of bitterness. Leather and oak are also prevelant. Linger dry flavor of leather. Alcohol is there but doesnt come through very strong.

Mouthfeel: quick spritzof carbonation but certainly not very carbonated. Very smooth.

Overall: Certainly a good beer and one of the better quadrupels i have had. Very smooth and easy to drink for the 11.3% a/c. That said, im not overly impress with this brew. I think the ridiculously high rating is a bit much and there are a lot more beers i would put ahead of it. Perhaps i just havent tasted enough beers.

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Photo of medic25
4.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a chalice, this beer pours a well carbonated head, with a pretty mahogany color topped by a latte colored foam. Aroma is fairly fruity. Taste is very interesting; fruity, raisins, but drier and slightly hoppier than expected. The strong alcohol creeps through, warming the palate. A good example of the style.

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

Executive Summary: Deep, complex flavor and exemplary mouthfeel are the strong points. Hard to argue with a standard, and this is no exception. This is one of those beers you want to have around in order to impress company. Highly recommended.

Appearance: Pours a deep molasses color into my tulip with a very aggressive, fluffy khaki head that persists for quite some time at several fingers thick. Good amount of lacing.

Smell: Yeast, banana, raisins, berries, clove, alcohol

Taste: Sweet at the outset, but a tidal wave of other flavors come through. I can't even identify some of them, so here's a rundown of what I'm sensing: spicy hop flavor, bready malt, raisins, figs, alcohol. They swirl together to create a dynamic experience the likes of which I'm not sure I've ever encountered.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation is quite on the mark for the style and this isn't so thick and sticky so as to be distracting. Everything about the mouthfeel serves as a reference for the style in my humble opinion.

Drinkability: It certainly has a story to tell as far as the flavor profile is concerned. I could sip this thing all night and discover nuance after nuance. Of course, after two of these, I'd also be discovering quite a loose tongue.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.2/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle that I shipped back from Denver since they left the Texas market. Label had a best by date in 2011. It was a cloudy dark brown with reddish tunes. The head was small but a constant carb stream kept a foam in the center throughout. The smell was heavy on plums and raisins. I saw someone describe it as port-like and would tend to agree. Was very sweet smelling and you could get hints of the ABV. The taste was also very sweet from start to finish with a little bitter at the end to tone down the sweet. The alcohol definitely comes thru in the taste but isn't too overpowering. Overall, it has a good taste and a 33cl bottle is more than enough. Anything more than that and I know the sweetness and high ABV would get to more. Pretty warm feeling as it is. Highly recommend you try it. I can see this as an annual treat for me. (4, RB, T, Y)

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

Purchased this brew in Indianapolis a year ago and forgot I put it in my cellar. Boy, am I glad I found this gem. Poured muddy brown with a tan head. The head was foamy and floating with yeast sediment. Great retention and sticky lacing left on glass. Taste as it smells, starts sweet, bold and rich in malt, dried fruit such as plums, prunes and raisins. Molasses and a strange hint of tobacco (copenhagen) in the medium. Finishing off with a bitter coffee scent and strong alcohol bite. Nice medium body with a creamy feel and lively carbonated that make easy to consume. Overall, I enjoyed this brew alot despite the tobacco scent and taste. Enjoy

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Photo of wagenvolks
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My first beer rated as all 5's...I literally tried to find something I didn't like about this one and failed in the attempt.

Poured into a tulip glass, producing a chocolate-color infused with thick yeast particles visible along the edges. The head is tan, retained well, and sparkles. Lovin' it. Aroma is full of fruit: blackberry, banana, and honeydew. Notes of tobacco and molasses make for an amazingly aromatic boquet.

Taste is of sweet malty notes and fruit with a touch of banana bread. The feel is smooth and subtle; you wouldn't know this thing has an 11.3% ABV without looking. An alcoholic note does pull through on the aftertaste as it warms, however, and it complements the taste. I could drink this all day if my wallet was thick enough. Hands down: a fantastic beer.

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Photo of dogger6253
4.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a very deep brown color with a decent-sized head, slightly brown/tan in color, some sediment at the end. There was decent lacing left behind, but nothing extremely impressive.

A rich aroma, heavy alcohol at first, but that quickly melds into other scents: definitely raisins and other dark fruits with a hint of coffee perhaps? I'd have a hard time distinguishing this beer from a plum tree based on smell, wonderfully ripe and full of life.

The taste is heavily influenced by the dark fruits again, though not as ripe-tasting as they smelled. There is a hint of alcohol in the aftertaste, but it's very welcome and pleasing; it reminds me that I'm drinking beer.

The alcohol warms the tongue and otherwise this is a creamy and easy to sip beer; not too heavily-bodied, but definitely not too light either. All around, a wonderful beverage and one I can't wait to try again.

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Photo of jaxon53
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at cellar temperature in a snifter. Poured a deep brownish color, with a little bit of floaties. About two inches of thick, frothy, off-white head formed. Excellent retention and generous amounts of lace left on the glass. Smelled strongly of alcohol, dried dark fruits ( raisin, plum) , mollasses. This had a hell of a nose on it. Tasted again of alcohol, more dried fruits, and maybe a hint of oxidation. Was smooth up front, with a somewhat bitter, warming alcohol finish. Very tasty. Plenty of carbonation and the alcohol really shines through despite the sweetness. Very well balanced without one overpowering flavor. Pretty drinkable solid brew. A must try in my opinion.

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Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
4.47 out of 5 based on 9,114 ratings.
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