Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort
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4.61/5 rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured into my dads tulip/snifter like Maudite glass. A beer of this caliber does not rear its head this often. Or at least, it shouldn't. I find it a bargain at almost $7. Actually, it should cost much, much more. I find myself at a lack of words worthy to describe this offering. It is so simple, yet so complicated. This brew makes me sad. Only because of the many may which try this and not understand. Sometimes I think that I might not understand. This is no ordinary "beer"...This is other-worldly. It is so good that I feel that I may not be worthy of it! You know the words on the Ruination and Arrogant Bastard bottles that say things like 'this is a liquid poem', and 'you are not worthy'? This applies here more than there. This is truly divine and a privilege to drink. While I could only drink this and only this for the rest of my life, I would never do so. It is to be reserved for special occasions and times of celebration, or if you happen to be a monk on 40 day fast. (Got it for my birthday, and Im not even sure that qualifies!) But alas, I must review.
A- Appearance is really quite something. It is a clear deep amber brown color, and here and there it gets darker and then lighter as it pours, due to the yeast. I love how much yeast is suspended in it. Truly a thing of beauty, there is not too much in there, but just enough to stay apparent and noticed throughout. Thick, off white head, nice and fluffy. I really think there is going to be a lot more head than there ever is, but it is balanced and consistent in every bottle I have ever had. Great lacing, the head thins a bit as it warms, but it stays with it the whole duration. When held up to the light it is a beautiful amber brown. The yeast never seems to settle, it almost as if this brew has a consciousness and is alive!
S- What a glorious aroma! Again, very simple, yet very complex! I get a lot of dark fruit such as figs and currants, I get just a hint of dark red wines and maybe some plums, but I could just be inventing that... Its just heavenly. Deep maltiness that goes on and on. A sweet caramel is there. There is a touch of floral and bitter hoppiness that blends in well with the rest of the flavors. Yeast is an apparent source of these aromas. I do detect an alcohol smell, but its not enough to throw off anything else going on. It all seems to play well off of one another and is just incredible. If I had to choose one word, again and again, it is balance.
T- I am really having trouble putting this into words. I can compare it to the smell, but I feel like that description is either over doing it, or is not doing enough! Sweet caramel, figs, dark currants, raisins, dates, doughy-bread, yeast-forward-red-wine-esque flavors going on... It is truly incredible.
EDIT: I cant believe I forgot to add this part! I was so excited to review! haha
M- I had already finished my review when I took another sip and started to describe it to myself and realized I did not put my thoughts in the actual review!
Mouthfeel- Balanced is a word that normally lacks for me in a multitude of beer, simply because I go for either more Hop or Malt forward brews. But with this particular offering, balance is the name of the game. It is not thin by any means, but I would not consider it thick either. It is just a hint under what I consider "chewy", it is definitely full bodied. This is a "big" beer, and I think the monks hit it square on by making sure it could help sustain them by replacing meals. It makes me want to try doing just that! It is that good, and I can easily say it would replace a steak for my tastes any day. Thank you, all Trappist monks everywhere.
Overall, this is probably the best beer all around I can honestly say I have ever had. It is the most balanced, delicious satisfying beer I have ever consumed. I have never had a Westy 12, but I seriously doubt it could top this.
Again, it makes me sad that few will be able to appreciate something like this as I have, and continue to. This is a dream in a bottle. It is what few men can even begin to believe they can achieve. It is a goal, it is a gift. It is the essence of a craft, and a thrill to have experienced. The last time I felt something that I can compare to the feeling I get when I drink this is called love.
Serving type: bottle
02-15-2014 05:08:57 | More by Jay_Ulreich
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