Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort
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4.9/5 rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
At $7.50 per bottle, I figured this just has to be a great beer. Every expectation: met and exceeded.
It looks glorious, to put it mildly. One of the darkest, and the most textured looking Belgian I've tried, with a lofty head that slides down revealing the very definition of nice lacing on the glass.
Smells of the usual suspects: figs and wheat, but there's a certain sharpness that cuts through. Unlike the bite of an IPA, this sharpness seems to portend a visceral experience on the tongue.
Taste is slightly warm, a subtle arrangement of bold spices and raisins or apples, with a vigorous carbonation spiking everything up a notch. It's the careful balance of these aspects that makes this one such a fantastic experience.
Mouthfeel comes in thick, but nowhere near overly so, even for the style. It's situated at this perfect crossroads of viscosity and carbonation. Being a huge fan of RIS's and other oily monsters, this is a surprising and huge plus point.
There's some alcohol warmth building up by the end which is to be expected at 11.3%, but I can confidently state that this one appears no stronger than 8% or so, and even then, well masked. Its smoothness and hidden strength let me imagine this as the ninja assassin of quads, of Belgians, of beer in general.
Serving type: bottle
06-23-2011 03:25:56 | More by optimistictour
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