Monday, December 31, 2012

Review: Trappistes Rochefort 10

Trappistes Rochefort 10
11.3% ABV
Brasserie de Rochefort, Belgium
11.2 oz bottle
Served in Dogfish Head Signature Glass
Reviewed on 8/1/12

Pours a  dark brown with a thick beige bubbly head.  Good carbonation.  Excellent lacing.  Sediment left at bottom of bottle.

On the nose, notes of malt, yeast, bananas, vanilla extract, caramel, chocolate, and slight berry.

Taste has malt and yeast at the front, with creamy chocolate and caramel notes coming through soon after.  Coffee and banana bread type notes also come through, with alcohol and vanilla layered in there as well.

The mouthfeel is smooth and velvety, with a great balance of many flavors.  Quite full bodied.

Overall, this is an exceptional, rich-flavored Belgian ale worthy of the praise it receives.  As it warms up, nuances of flavors appear, proving almost a different taste with each sip.  The ABV is high but it is mildly evident in the taste.  As you can see on the right column of this blog, this is my top beer.

A shout out to the Shab Row Bistro and Wine Bar in Frederick, MD, where I picked up my bottle of this gem for a great price.

Score: 99

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