Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort
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Reviews by weizenbob:
4.53/5 rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
This 330 ml bottle was purchased at Pere Marquette Expeditions in Ludington, MI for $7.19. The best by date of August 18, 2015 indicates that this is a fairly fresh bottle (at just over a year old). Don’t these monks know that the world is ending in 2012? The bottle was poured into a Duvel tulip glass and served at 50 degrees Fahrenheit. A careful pour yielded two fingers of khaki-tinted head. Retention is moderate. Lacing clings to the glass with each sip. The color of the brew is dark brown, closing in on black.
The aroma blasts forth with loud decrees of raisin and licorice. It smells alcoholic, but nowhere close to what I’d expect for 11.3% ABV. It is rich for sure.
The flavor is pure decadence. Intense sweetness leads the charge with literal impressions of maple syrup. The aforementioned raisin and licorice manifest behind the sappy goodness, providing some nice depth to the proceedings. A mild vinegar sensation is detected but is not a detraction from the whole. Yes, it is alcoholic, but again, not nearly what you’d expect from 11.3% ABV. The alcohol also doesn’t have that candy sugar impression that I get from a lot of Belgian and Belgian-style ales. It is really quite a marvel.
The mouthfeel is full bodied, yet the viscosity is not terribly thick. The carbonation level is low to moderate. Though this is the easiest drinking beer of its strength that I’ve sampled, the alcohol does warm a lot on the way down the throat. That makes it a sure fire sipper, as a large swig would surely induce a gag reflex.
Overall this beer is a very positive experience. It is expensive and it’s not the easiest drinking brew at the bottle shop. But let’s face it; this isn’t the kind of beer that is going to be a daily driver. This isn’t even a dessert beer. It deserves to be enjoyed all by itself with a fresh palate to appreciate its subtle nuances. Dare I say that 330 ml (approximately 11.2 ounces) is even plenty big to split with a friend.
The Two-Schlitz Scale: (reference my profile for an explanation)
This bottle cost roughly the same as eight bottles of Schlitz, and it was worth every penny.
Serving type: bottle
12-02-2011 23:55:39 | More by weizenbob
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United Kingdom (England)
4.48/5 rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Dark brown with red tinges. A very thin head of foam. Correct for the style which is not the most visually appealing, Big chunks were visible on pouring the sediment in. I don't mind this.
Aroma is of raisins, prunes, cola and rum. Also smells boozy in a good way.
Taste is of rum, cola, raisins and alcohol. It is very warming and spicy and rich. Absolutely delicious and makes me want to drink it far quicker than you should!
Mouthfeel is very fizzy.
A delightful , complex, boozy Belgian strong dark ale. Not super hard to find and well worth trying for any Belgian beer fan. A must try in fact. Deserves its reputation as one of the greats.
My mark out of a hundred would be 95.
Serving type: bottle
07-13-2014 19:46:12 | More by LagerCognoscenti
Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
100 out of 100 based on 6,775 ratings.