Rochefort 6, 8, and 10

Rochefort 6-8-10

Rochefort 6-8-10

Last night we shot over to see our friends Sean and Kerry in Waltham. We played a game called Tobogo. We then played some Mexican Train Dominoes. Both games are a ton of fun and I recommend trying out either.

Rochefort 6-8-10

I wanted to bring some review beer over so I shared my Rochefort 6, 8, and 10. For a while I have been thinking that I wanted to share the bottles given how boozy they are: 7.5%, 9.2%, and 11.3% respectively. The numbers on the bottle seem to just be the name of the beer (I originally thought they were relative to aging). Someone more educated can jump in with a comment here if there is something more to the 6, 8, 10.

Rochefort 6
Rochefort 6

We drank these in order of booziness, which seemed appropriate. The Rochefort 6 can be described as yeasty/bready and not as sweet as one might expect. In fact, it was quite drinkable! The carbonation was out of control, which surprised us all.

The Rochefort 8 was slightly darker in color and was almost as easy to drink. Then again, we were splitting 11.2 ounce bottles three ways. The 8 was much less fizzy than the 6, but also more sweet (brown sugar). We all noticed a ridiculous amount of sediment in the 8.

Rochefort 8
Rochefort 8

Finally, we moved on to the Rochefort 10. It was big, spicy and tasted like figs or raisins. A HUGE beer, but delicious all the same.

I thought all three were really good beers. None of them knocked my socks off.

Rochefort 10
Rochefort 10

Author: Joshua Dion

I write about beer in an un-intimidating way, welcoming beer lovers of all experience levels.

5 thoughts on “Rochefort 6, 8, and 10”

  1. The numbers in the names of the Rochefort beers refer to their original gravity in a system of measurement not used anywhere else. They correspond pretty closely to the first two digits after the decimal point in standard gravity (i.e. the 10 has an original gravity of approximately 1.100, the 8 is about 1.080, etc.).

    The 10 is one of my favorite big beers, though it’s certainly a once in a while indulgence.

  2. I had read so much about both the Rochefort 8 and 10, that I wanted to try both simultaneously. I bought two bottles at Whole Foods and enjoyed each in identical brandy snifters at identical temperature. I’m not a professional reviewer, but I have tried some of the most exotic and expensive rums in the world, so I tend to know what I like and can transmit that into terms a consumer can understand. I’ve got about 1/3 glass left of each, and it’s not because I tried to equalize the tasting. It’s just that both are so good, I’m enjoying them naturally, in equal consumption. If one were much superior, the glass would emptied by now. Out of the bottle, the 8 created much more of a head, and I didn’t particularly like that. The 10 created a nice head with less lacing and didn’t require me to nurse the pour. The 8’s foam required me to wait for the foam to subside before pouring the remainder of the bottle. The 8 has a more sour and lively taste. The 10 has a more luxurious taste. The 8 is rated at 9.2% alcohol, and the 10 at 11.3% alcohol, and since I like a beer buzz (hey, I said I wasn’t that sophisticated – just honest), the 10 wins on that alone. I’m almost at the bottom of both glasses, and see equal amounts of sediment. I swirl the sediment to mix, since I wouldn’t want to miss that! The bouquet of the 10 at this late game, and now room temperature is more intriguing that the 8, and is more mature and sexy. I just now finished both. My vote would go to the Trappistes Rochefort 10 for overall luxury, respectable but manageable foam, higher alcohol, end-of-glass flavor. The 10 is a winner from start to finish. However, if you like a beer with a livelier (and sour) start, the 8 might do it for you. However in the end, the 8 was about as pleasing as a bar rag, while the 10 was as enjoyable as a comfortable well worn oak bar stool.

    1. Gregg:

      Wow! That was quite a review there. Thanks for taking the time to comment. I always hearing other people’s opinions of the beers I review.

      -Lost

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