Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort
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4.28/5 rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3
Even a slow pour of this one fills my St. Bernardus chalice with a good 2.5 inches of foam. Well. The huge, massive toasted marshmallow head is most impressive, composed of big foamy bubbles. It settles after about 10 minutes, leaving great clumps of foam on the sides. Tons of yeasty bits too, this may be the most sediment rich beer Ive encountered. The beer itself is a deep tobacco color, opaque and rich, with white yeast suspended in all levels of the beer.
Like any good Trappist, theres lots to smell here. I get loads of dark fruits, raisins, dates, figs, rum and alcohol. After all that, theres still Belgian yeast, caramel, cocoa and a distinct tannic red wine smell. The only unpleasant aspect is a phenolic band-aid tone that seems a bit off. Theres much fun to be had with this one, but let it warm a bit first.
The taste is really wild. The alcohol in this one is VERY pronounced, and burns the back of my throat a bit. As youd expect, its also quite warming. The taste is quite dry, again reminiscent of a red wine. Past the dry alcohol is a very malty ale, heavy on the candy sugar sweetness. Theres an earthy quality to this one, and a cocoa flavor as well as a real roasty, grainy streak. I get raisins, figs, and perhaps a touch of citrus no other hop presence is evident. To sum up: Complex, alcoholic, and rich.
Mouthfeel: Quite dry, yet creamy and rich. The little yeasty bits (we need an official name for these) give the impression Im drinking a very natural beer, which is most likely the case.
Rochefort 10, while incredibly tasty, isnt the sort of thing Id reach for on a regular basis. The alcohol is a bit overwhelming, and I wouldnt dream of having more than a single glass of this in a blue moon never mind the $6 price per 11.2oz bottle! This is something to savor, and is special precisely because its so complex. Give me one every few months and Id be quite satisfied. Do yourself a favor and crack one on your birthday like I did!
Serving type: bottle
10-08-2006 23:03:20 | More by kkipple
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