Trappistes Rochefort 10 - Brasserie de Rochefort
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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
4.15/5 rDev -8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
11.2 oz bottle from Pearl Specialty Market and Liquor. Poured into a tulips glass
A - Pours a dark brown, almost black, with hints of red. This poured with a massive three-finger, creamy tan head. The head retention was fantastic. It took forever for the head to completely dissipate. Nice, thick lacing stuck to the side of my glass.
S - The aroma is quite complex on this beer. It starts out sweet with lots of dark fruits (raisins, figs) and sugars. Hints of chocolate are present. The alcohol is not hidden here. As the beer warmed, I found the aroma to become more malty with a nice caramel smell.
T - Dark fruits and sweet malts dominate. It's peppery a bit too. The alcohol stings you at first but then smoothes out into the aftertaste.
M - Medium-to-full bodied with minimal carbonation. A nice creamy texture exists. As mentioned before, the alcohol stings a bit but is quickly mellowed out.
O - An great, complex beer. It's a sipper but very enjoyable. Not something I would drink on a regular basis but great to have once in a while. I haven't had too many Quads recently so this was an excellent choice to get reacquainted with the style. The price tag wasn't horrible either. I paid around $6-$7 for the 11.2 oz bottle.
Serving type: bottle
12-02-2011 07:52:52 | More by Mahlik
4.45/5 rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Sadly, I only bought one bottle at "Boo's" while visiting family in Columbus, GA. Poured into a Urthel tulip glass.
A - Dark brown, almost black. 2.5 finger thick light tan head that lasted for quite some time.
S - Very ripe banana and other fruit. Smells great.
T - Plums with a hint of smokiness. Mild bitterness.
M - Smooth with moderate carbonation.
O - Love this stuff. Wish I had gotten several bottles, but I really didn't know what I was buying. Got it before I had discovered BeerAdvocate.
Serving type: bottle
12-02-2011 00:00:08 | More by TrappistJohnMD
Trappistes Rochefort 10 from Brasserie de Rochefort
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