962: Trappistes Rochefort 10

Name: Trappistes Rochefort 10
Brewery: Brasserie de l’Abbaye Notre-Dame de St. Remy
Country of Origin: Belgium
City & State: Not Applicable
Style: Quadrupel (Quad)
Alcohol Content (ABV): 11.3%
First Brewed: 1953

Tasting Notes
Dark brown beer with a reddish shine and creamy head. The nose has banana, toffee, ripe pear, and chocolate liqueur, which on the palate turned into Mexican mole (spicy chili and bitter chocolate sauce), enriched with port, raisins, and spiced. Ends as a rich Armenian brandy on wood.

Ricky’s Thoughts
Tonight we are drinking from our new glasses. Since we started this project, we have just been pouring this into whatever glass we can find in the kitchen cabinet. But this weekend we were shopping at Hamilton Town Center, an outdoor mall just north of where we live, and decided to invest in some new glasses. What we got are not glasses… but candle holders. But trust me, they look like perfect drinking glasses. Especially since we share a single bottle per post.

The beer we are drinking tonight is the 10 in a series of 3 beers from Rochefort. I feel like I have had this beer before, but don’t recall. On BeerAdvocate, it has a rating of A with nearly every person that reviews it giving it an A+ rating. So it must be good! And for those of you wondering, it does not mean 10 years, rather the gravity that the beer was produced at. (Yeah, I don’t really understand it either.)

The beer smells incredible. Ignore the fact that you can smell the HUGE ABV that this beer offers, coming in over 11%. Let’s just focus on the earthy wood smells that just scream from the bottom of the glass. The more you smell this, the more I just want to sniff it…

When you finally decide to take a drink, you are SMACKED In the face with instant carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel from front to back. Then the flavors circle the palate, coming to rest on a smooth, smoky, and somewhat weak, but pleasing aftertaste. I will tell you, if you smell this beer before drinking… right before drinking, the beer has a much more enhanced flavor.

The beer is good… and it doesn’t taste like it smells. There is hardly any, if any at all, alcohol flavor on the palate. But that’s okay. Of course, that is also dangerous since you could pound these beers if you wanted. But again, coming in at 11.3% ABV you should only drink one or two of these before slowing down. I fear starting at the 10 I wouldn’t enjoy the 8 or the 6 as much… but you know what I always say…

Bottoms up people!

Rating: 4/5

Sheryl’s Thoughts
Well, tonight’s beer smells pretty good.  I read a bit of the description earlier, sounds like it’s pretty complex.  It’s another Trappist beer, made by monks.  Seriously, the smell is great.  It smells spicy and fruity and… heavy.  Like, not like those carbonated ales that smell like lemons or oranges.  This is a thick, heavy beer that smells more like raisins.  It’s dark brown in color and very thick in the glass with not a lot of head to it.  I wonder what it tastes like.

It’s got kind of a cinnamon taste to it, that’s the first thing I thought of.  It’s very warm going down.  I guess you would consider this more of a winter beer, but that seems to be the kind that I like.  It’s got a spicy cinnamon flavor to it, with not as much fruit as it smells like.  It’s 11% alcohol, I know (I looked at the bottle), and it packs a pretty powerful punch.  This is the kind of beer I could see myself sipping while smoking a cigar by a fireplace.  How silly does that sound?  Regardless, I like it.  The flavor and smell is good, and it tastes good going down.  I’d definitely buy this one again.

Rating: 4/5 

961 bottles of beer on the wall…

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