Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort
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3.93/5 rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2
I think this beer is a bit overrated, but the last two times I've had it it was so bad I decided to hold judgement.
You have to drink this one just under room temperature, else it is like syrup. Then it tastes right.
A - Black with candy brown at the edges. Really too dark for a quad, which in my opinion should be a nice translucent candy brown, like brown sugar. Don't forget the floaties, either, which i don't like in my beer. They look like fond, the little burnt bits that get left on a skillet, which indicates a pretty killer decoction mash, or if they are bits of husk, sloppy sparging. In spite of some zealous carbonation, the slightly starchy, milk chocolate-like head disipates quicky.
T & S - It almost approaches a "beer liquor" in terms of taste and smell, indicating an excessive amount of the monk-famous candi sugar used, probably 15%-20% of the fermentables. You've got your industry standard dark fruits and spices in there, dry maltiness, and stale hops (not a bad thing for this style). Muted and a bit cheesy, I'd say Styrian Goldings and some Hallertaur. Close your eyes and you can imagine the minute amounts of corriander they've said they put in there. This all wafts up thru your nose carried on warm, undulating wings of alcohol. Feels like you're holding a shot of cheap toffe-flavored liquor up to your nose at times, if not for the complexity of the whole thing.
M &D - Thick and syrupy on the one hand, and paradoxically thin on the other. The tons of carbonation really bring this beer to life, otherwise it's like a flat, beery brandy or whisky. Which is unfortunate because it all escapes VERY fast (probably at least in part due to the beer needing a warm serving temperature) so you're kind of forced to choke this 11.5% fucker down. Drinking it becomes a race against equilibrium thermodynamics. I wish it would stay around longer, I was starting to enjoy it. Mabye it would benefit from a chilled glass.
The guys at Rochefort really should let this one age for awhile before shipping it out, they are really shooting themselves in the foot by shipping it out so young. I read that this one goes from grain to bottle in 3 weeks! All the elements of a great beer are there but they are just so disseperate that it's a little like trying to piece together a puzzle.
Serving type: bottle
06-27-2009 19:39:20 | More by ericduran
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