Rochefort 10 is a classic among Belgian Abbaye Beers. Brewed by the Abbaye de Rochefort, Rochefort 10 remains unchanged since the 1950s. Deep mahogany with a fleeting tan head, Rochefort 10 is bursting with sweet cocoa and plum malts, and an intensity that defies description. The rich, smooth, pleasingly alcohol-infused body is packed with caramel plum tones and a spicy, elegantly bitter hops character that offset the sweetness, delivering a rewardingly aromatic finish.
The brewery is located inside the Abbey of Notre-Dame de Saint-Rmy, near the town of Rochefort, and has been brewing beer since 1595. There are approximately 15 monks resident at the monastery. The monks are very secretive about the brewing process, and the brewery is not open to the public, therefore much of the information publicly known about the brewery comes from only a few sources.
As with all other trappist breweries, the beer is only sold in order to financially support the monastery and some other good causes. The monks will not increase production based on demand or profit motives, but only enough to support themselves, resulting in a fairly limited supply of beer availability.