Trappistes Rochefort 10

Origin: Belgium

ABV: 11.2%

STYLE:  Belgium Quad

Belgium beers have been my favorite ever since I tried my first one about 3 years ago. Since then, I have tried multiple ones, picking up something new every time I see one. While I see the Trappistes Rochefort series every time I walk in to my local store, for whatever reason I generally tend to pass over it.

While in Asheville, NC with my wife last weekend, we walked in to “Brusin’ Ales, a beer store that sells over 1,000 different Craft Brews, including this particular one. I decided to pick one up at the recommendation of the gentleman running the place. He was spot on with this brew- it is excellent. Enough of this… let’s get to the good stuff.

Appearance – Copperish dark brown to a mahogany like color. This is one of the murkiest beers you’ll ever see. Beige head sits lush on top residing to a fairly thick bit of lace. Pretty good stick clinging to the walls of the glass.

Smell – Lots of dark fruit with a slight caramel along with a hint of molasses, along with a very heavy yeast presence. In short, I cal smell the beer 2 feet away, as it sits in my glass.

Taste – This the where the Rochefort 10 really shines. Lots of Belgian spice up front followed quickly by a wave of dark fruit that also provides the mouth with a layer of sweetness. More toasty malt with caramel and molasses all doing their part, followed by another swing from the delicious dark fruit with spices in a somewhat dry finish. Full and rich with flavor. Every single inch of the mouth is coated with Trappist flavors. Complex and big yet the balance makes for an excellent drinkable quad. Very well done, in my opinion.

Drink-ability – very highly carbonated, but comes across somewhat smooth thanks to the full body. Easy to drink too.

Overall Score – 97%. An excellent example of what a Belgian Quad should be. I can truly say this is one of my favorite Belgian beers of all time, and I will continue to purchase these frequently. Although, at a bit over 7 bucks for a 12 oz bottle, this might be reserved as a celebratory beer- well worth it, though!

Side note: This beer pairs very well with the Rodrigo La Fortaleza cigar which was reviewed by Cigar Frank most recently on this site. The Sumatra wrapper, coupled with the Dominican binder and filler of the cigar, really opens up the pallet so that you can enjoy all the different layers of flavor this beer has to offer.

 

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